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Congressman Smith pushes to ease regs on rural hospitals (AUDIO)

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A Nebraska Congressman says federal rules don’t just hurt the bottom line of rural hospitals, they interfere with patient care. Congressman Adrian Smith proposes changes for two federal rules. One requires a doctor be on hand, even for routine medical decisions; a burden on rural hospitals which Smith says should be able to rely on […]

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How China’s economic meltdown impacts the U-S

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China saw explosive economic growth over the past few years and now that is cooling off dramatically. Their economy is struggling after big drops in stocks and some investors believe that trend will continue. Creighton University Economist Ernie Goss says China is Nebraska’s fourth largest international customer so their economic problems will be felt here. […]

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Papillion woman dies from injuries in Sunday wreck

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A 21-year-old Papillion woman has died of injuries sustained in a wreck at the Douglas-Sarpy County line Sunday. Cayla Hawkins had suffered abdominal injuries, according to authorities. Police from both Omaha and Bellevue responded to the crash which occurred late Sunday night at 39th Avenue and Harrison Street. Hawkins was traveling east on Harrison Street […]

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Final weeks of death penalty petition effort

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Petition circulators for Nebraskans for the Death Penalty continue to collect signatures from voters in their effort to get the issue on the November 2016 ballot. Supporter Teri Roberts was in Waterloo collecting signatures Tuesday evening. Roberts is the mother of Omaha murder victim Andrea Kruger. Roberts says, “I had always been for the death […]

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Hadley Richters named Ex. Director of Nebraska Democratic Party

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The Nebraska Democratic Party has announced Interim Executive Director Hadley Richters has been named the new executive director of the party. Richters became interim executive director when Dan Marvin left the post in November 2014. “Hadley is an outstanding political leader,” Vince Powers, Chair of the Nebraska Democratic Party said in a written statement released […]

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Rural Nebraska hospital administrator testifies fed rules too big a burden (VIDEO)

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A rural Nebraska hospital administrator testifies at a Congressional hearing in Washington that federal regulations threaten the financial stability of rural hospitals and restrict their ability to care for patients. Brown County Hospital CEO Shannon Sorensen has testified before the United States House Ways and Means Committee. Sorensen tells committee members the federal rule that […]

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Storm Chasers draw closer in division race

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Miguel Almonte and three relievers combined on a five-hitter as Omaha blanked Round Rock, 2-0, Tuesday night in opener of a four-game set at Dell Diamond. The victory, coupled with an Oklahoma City loss at Memphis moves the Storm Chasers to within four games of the Dodgers in the Pacific Coast League American North Division […]

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Omaha pitcher dealt to Oakland

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The Kansas City Royals have made a trade and an Omaha Storm Chasers pitcher is part of the deal. Kansas City acquired Oakland infielder Ben Zobrist and sent two pitchers to the A’s, including Omaha right-hander Aaron Brooks. The 25 year-old Brooks was 6-5 for the Storm Chasers with a 3.71 earned run average. Earlier […]

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Outreach group offers comfort to families of suicide victims

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An average of 180 Nebraskans commit suicide every year while 1,200 more are treated at hospitals for suicide attempts and self-inflicted injuries. Renae Zimmer is co-founder of the Central Nebraska LOSS Team, which stands for Local Outreach to Suicide Survivors. She explains the mission. Zimmer says, “We’re a national organization and we just formed the […]

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Winnebago man sentenced for sexual contact of a child

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A Winnebago man has been sentenced to slightly more than three years in federal prison for sexually contacting a child. Senior federal District Judge Joseph Bataillon sentenced 23-year-old Lawrence Merrick, Jr. for Abuse Sexual Contact with a Child. Merrick, a member of the Omaha Tribe, was staying at a residence on the Winnebago Reservation on […]

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Gov. Ricketts urges President Obama to OK Keystone XL pipeline

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Gov. Pete Ricketts has written President Barack Obama, urging the president to approve the Keystone XL oil pipeline. Ricketts asked Obama to issue the presidential permit needed for TransCanada to cross the Canadian border to build the pipeline that would transport crude made from oil sands in western Canada to refineries along the Gulf Coast […]

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No criminal charges to be filed in motorcyclist’s death

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No criminal charges will be filed against a driver who hit a motorcyclist and dragged him for nearly two miles at a road construction site near Lincoln in mid-January. 38-year-old Gabe Wilken of Lincoln died in the wreck. It took an extensive investigation simply to identify the driver. According to the accident report, Wilken was […]

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Road and bridge construction hangs in balance in Washington (AUDIO)

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Hopes of approving a long-term transportation bill could run into political reality this week. United States Sen. Deb Fischer expresses optimism a six-year transportation bill can be approved. “I’ve long advocated for moving away from short-term patches and instead we need to focus on longer term solutions,” Fischer tells news reporters. Senate leadership has reached […]

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Insurance mergers could mean higher rates

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Blue Cross – Blue Shield insurer Anthem has agreed to acquire Cigna in a $54-billion deal. Earlier this month Aetna and Humana struck a merger deal for $37-billion. University of Nebraska – Omaha’s Finance, Banking and Real Estate Development Chairman Dr. David Volkman says there is one thing that has spurred these mergers. Dr. Volkman […]

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Keystone pipeline marks one-billionth barrel of oil moved

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While controversy and court battles continue over the proposed Keystone XL oil pipeline, the “other” original Keystone pipeline marked a milestone last week. That pipeline has moved one-billion barrels of oil since it went into operation in 2010. Cory Goulet, president of Keystone Projects for TransCanada, says 14 spills have been documented from the pipeline […]

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