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Democrat Hillary Clinton announces Nebraska team

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Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton has announced her Nebraska Leadership Council ahead of the March 5th caucus. The Nebraska effort will be led by Congressman Brad Ashford, and former Governor United States Senator Bob Kerrey. Clinton recently visited Omaha to meet with Warren Buffett, raise campaign money, and discuss her economic plan. “I am honored to […]

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Omaha’s New Year’s Eve fireworks spectacular set for tonight

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Omaha will welcome 2016 with a bang tonight. Marc Nichols is the executive director of the Downtown Omaha Inc. Foundation and says the big finale to the annual Holiday Lights Festival is a spectacular fireworks show at the Gene Leahy Mall at 14th and Farnam Street. The fireworks show starts at a family friendly hour […]

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Nebraska native killed in Afghanistan honored in New York City

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A Nebraska native has been honored during a New York City funeral Mass after being killed while serving in Afghanistan. The flag-draped casket of Joseph Lemm, a native of Beemer, was among six United States service members killed in a suicide attack near Bagram Air Field in Afghanistan four days before Christmas. Hundreds of uniformed […]

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Officers disciplined for leaving house hours prior to murder of mother and child

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Two Omaha police officers will be disciplined for leaving the house of 22-year-old Destacia Straughn after a well-being check hours before she and her two-year-old daughter were killed. Omaha Police Chief Todd Schmaderer says an internal investigation disclosed the officers violated department policy during the check. Dontevous Loyd is accused of killing Straughn and her […]

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Nebraska man accused of killing Colorado man, stuffing him in barrel, remains in Wyoming

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It appears criminal charges in Wyoming have kept the suspect in a murder in Nebraska from facing charges here, for now. 24-year-old Zachary Mueller of Bridgeport is accused of killing 33-year-old Pedro Dominguez of Greely, CO and stuffing him in a barrel. A western Nebraska farmer fished the barrel out of a creek near Bayard […]

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Chamber suggests legislature focus on more than property tax relief (AUDIO)

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Nebraska businesses hope state lawmakers will consider a few other issues than property tax relief in the upcoming legislative session. Nebraska Chamber of Commerce President Barry Kennedy says there’s a lot for legislators to do with little time to waste. “It will be the short session and there are a lot of major issues out […]

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Insurer’s adjusters to start flying drones in Nebraska

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One of the nation’s largest home and auto insurance companies plans to launch a program in Nebraska next year using drones to inspect property damage after disasters ranging from fires to floods to tornadoes. Shawn Broadfield, vice president of innovation & claims at Allstate, says the remote-controlled aircraft are small, maneuverable and can carry high-definition […]

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Nebraska Squanders Double-Digit Lead in Big Ten Opener

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Nebraska (8-6, 0-1) built a 12-point second half lead over Northwestern Wednesday afternoon in their first Big Ten game of the season, but it wasn’t enough as Northwestern rallied to win 81-72. “It was just a really disappointing game. I thought our fans were great. It was a good college basketball game for a long […]

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Report raises concerns about Nebraska’s public power districts

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A new Platte Institute study finds many public power districts in Nebraska are facing challenges to keep electricity rates from rising faster than in neighboring states. Jessica Herrman is the Institute’s director of research. She says a variety of factors are pushing electricity prices up for public power districts, including abundant supplies of natural gas. […]

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Deadly morning accident in Sarpy County

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A Bellevue, Nebraska man was killed in a two vehicle accident this morning in Sarpy County. Lt. Randy Firby with the Sarpy County Sheriff’s Department says road conditions contributed to the crash. Lt. Firby says, “Cedar Island Road is a dirt road and was snow covered. The snow is packed down from cars driving on […]

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Omaha teacher charged with sexual abuse of 14-year-old

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An Omaha middle school teacher has been accused of having a sexual relationship with a 14-year-old former students. Omaha police are releasing few details about the case against 35-year-old Brian Robeson, charged with two counts of sexual assault of a juvenile. Robeson teaches seven-grade math at Alfonza W. Davis Middle School. Officers with the Special […]

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Nebraska unlikely to lose Congressional seat after 2020 Census (AUDIO)

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Nebraska might be growing slowly, but it likely isn’t going to lose a Congressional district in the 2020 Census. The Census Bureau has released its latest count of the nation’s population. The number of Nebraskans grew, but not by much. The updated figures show a state population of 1.896 million, up by 0.7%. The state […]

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One person killed, another wounded on slick road in Sarpy County

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One person is dead, another wounded after their car slid on snow-covered pavement into an intersection and was t-boned by another vehicle in Sarpy County. The Sarpy County Sheriff’s Office reports the accident occurred shortly after seven o’clock this morning near Bellevue. A car traveling west couldn’t stop as it approached the intersection and slid […]

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Landmark Omaha restaurant closing after 81 years

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Piccolo Pete’s restaurant in Omaha has quite a long history. Tony Piccolo founded the restaurant more than 81 years ago and it is still in the family. His grandson, Scott Sheehan is the current manager but only for a few more days. The famous neon sign will go dark as they get ready to close […]

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Blood supplies critically low in Nebraska, donors urgently needed

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The sole supplier of blood to more than 110 hospitals in Nebraska, Iowa and South Dakota is putting out an urgent plea for donors. Nicole Hanger, spokeswoman for LifeServe Blood Center, says there’s an urgent demand for blood and the only source is human volunteers. “It’s not unusual that we see donations decrease at this […]

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