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Big East pitcher of the week honors go to Creighton junior Micaela Whitney

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Creighton softball junior Micaela Whitney capped off an impressive opening week by claiming BIG EAST Pitcher of the Week honors the league office announced Monday afternoon. Whitney started the season and her Creighton career by hurling a no-hitter in the Bluejays’ 2015 season opener against Pacific at the Kajikawa Classic on Thursday. The junior struck […]

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Collapse of CoOportunity Health has Nebraskans seeking answers, alternatives

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The liquidation of CoOportunity Health Insurance has raised a lot of questions for thousands of policy-holders in Nebraska and Iowa. Natalie Duy, at the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services, is one of the people trying to answer some of those questions. “The current CoOportunity members will be receiving a letter from our agency, CMS, […]

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Nebraska businesses remain optimistic about hiring

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A survey of Nebraska businesses described many as “solidly optimistic” about employment, with slightly less than a quarter of those surveyed stating they plan to add jobs this year. Only six percent expect to cut jobs. The survey was taken by the Bureau of Business Research at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. Its director, Eric Thompson, […]

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Scam artists targeting Anthem Insurance customers

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Con artists might well be jumping on the opportunity provided by a huge data breach at Anthem Insurance, better known as Blue Cross, Blue Shield. Anthem reported it was the victim of a sophisticated cyber-attack in January which could have affected as many as 80 million current and former customers. Hackers gained access to personal […]

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Ricketts again chooses Louisiana resident for DHHS post

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Gov. Pete Ricketts has tapped another Louisiana resident to work in the Nebraska Department of Health and Human Services. Ricketts earlier appointed Louisiana Department of Health and Hospitals Deputy Secretary Courtney Phillips as the next Chief Executive Officer of DHHS. Now, Ricketts has chosen Calder Lynch of Baton Rouge, Louisiana to serve as the next […]

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Norfolk man dies from injuries suffered in January crash

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A Norfolk Man injured in an auto accident in late January has died. The Platte County Sheriff’s Office reports 26-year-old Matthew LeComte died at a Lincoln hospital. According to the sheriff’s office, LeComte ran into the back of a manure spreader near Humphrey as the truck slowed down to make a turn. The accident occurred […]

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Woman dies of injuries suffered in I-80 wreck a week ago

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A woman severely injured in a car crash on Interstate 80 in Omaha a week ago has died of her injuries. Omaha police report 38-year-old Maria Melendez of Omaha died at the Nebraska Medical Center. According to the police report, Melendez lost control on an icy I-80, her SUV went off the road near an […]

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5 horses removed from Boone County farm

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Five horses were rescued by the Nebraska Humane Society from a farm in Boone County on Friday.  The Boone County Sheriff’s Department sent a request to NHS and three equine team members responded to the call. The owner willing relinquished the animals. Several deceased horses were found also found on the property.    Charges are pending […]

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Crime Stoppers reward increased for bank robbery information

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Omaha police and the area Crime Stoppers organization are increasing the reward for tips leading to the arrest of those responsible for bank or credit union robberies. Crime Stoppers board member Doug Parrott says bank and credit union robberies have spiked in recent months and those committing the crimes are becoming more aggressive.  The Omaha […]

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Ag Dir. Ibach confirmed, after puppy mill complaints aired (AUDIO)

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State Agriculture Director Greg Ibach has been confirmed by the Unicameral, but only after grievances were aired over how the department has handled so-called puppy mills. Ibach, first appointed to the position by Gov. Dave Heineman, has served since 2005. Gov. Pete Ricketts re-appointed him. Problems surfaced during the confirmation hearings before the legislature’s Agriculture […]

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Closed factory in Ravenna finds new life, reopening in July

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A Texas-based pet food company is buying a vacant building in south-central Nebraska to launch a new operation this summer. Darling Ingredients is opening shop in the Buffalo County town of Ravenna, just north of Kearney. Dana Dennison, executive director of the Ravenna Economic Development Corporation, says the deal was finalized last month and renovations […]

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Nurse practitioners would have more authority under bill advancing in Unicameral

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A bill that would give nurse practitioners more freedom has moved forward in the Unicameral. Sen. Sue Crawford of Bellevue sponsors LB 107 which would remove current restrictions on nurse practitioners in under-served areas of the state. “Colleagues, there is no baby in this bathwater,” Crawford told colleagues in her opening in floor debate. “It […]

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Ricketts chooses Louisiana Deputy Secretary as new HHS CEO

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Gov. Pete Ricketts has chosen the Deputy Secretary of the Department of Health and Hospitals for Louisiana to be the new Chief Executive Officer of the Nebraska Department of Health and Human Services. Courtney Phillips must be confirmed by the Unicameral. Ricketts launched high-profile national searches for both the Department of Correctional Services and DHHS, […]

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Sledding, fishing at Nebraska State Parks

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The recent snow is a welcome sight for those waiting to break in a new sled. Nebraska Game and Parks Commission spokesman Greg Wagner says one of the best areas in the eastern part of the state for winter fun is Mahoney State Park near Ashland.  Wagner says they have two snow 100 yard snow […]

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