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State ag director under fire over “puppy mills”

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Opponents of so-called “puppy mills” are fighting the reappointment of Nebraska Agriculture Director Greg Ibach. Activists testified before state legislators this week that Ibach has allowed the “cruel neglect” of dogs at breeding operations in Nebraska to continue, and worsen, during his time in office. Jay Rempe, at the Nebraska Farm Bureau, says his group, […]

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Keystone XL bill passes Senate, Sierra Club prays for a veto

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Environmental activists in Nebraska are reacting to the Thursday U.S. Senate vote that saw passage of a bill to mandate construction of the Keystone XL oil pipeline. Ken Winston, a lobbyist for the Nebraska Sierra Club, says there’s no doubt the bill will be killed by President Obama, if it reaches his desk. “We’re optimistic […]

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Chief Justice tells lawmakers alternatives to prison show promise (AUDIO)

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Nebraska Chief Justice Mike Heavican told lawmakers alternative sentencing holds promise in reducing the prison population, during his State of the Judiciary address. Heavican said the 16 so-called problem solving courts, such as drug courts, DUI courts, and young adult courts, provided treatment under supervised probation to a thousand Nebraskans. “Assuming that half these individuals […]

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Bicycling enthusiasts plot course for annual Tour de Nebraska ride

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With more snow and winter weather back in the forecast, it may help to think warm thoughts about this summer’s planned Tour de Nebraska Bicycle Adventure. The annual ride is set for the third week in June, beginning and ending in the central Nebraska town of Ravenna. Susan Rodenburg  is the co-founder of the five-day […]

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Freshman comes up big again for 15th ranked Huskers

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Nebraska freshman Natalie Romeo hit a three-pointer from the corner with 1:11 left to give the 15th ranked Huskers their first lead of the game in a 59-57 come-from-behind women’s basketball win over Illinois on Thursday night at Pinnacle Bank Arena.  The lost was Illinois’ sixth in a row, playing without their top player. Romeo, […]

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US Senate approves construction of Keystone XL oil pipeline

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The United States Senate has approved construction of the Keystone XL oil pipeline, but not with enough votes to overturn an expected presidential veto. The Senate has followed the House in approving construction of the oil pipeline that would run through Montana, South Dakota, and Nebraska. Sen. Deb Fischer says she understands the 62-to-36 vote […]

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Treasurer Stenberg pleased Obama withdraws proposal to change 529 plans

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State Treasurer Don Stenberg expresses relief President Barack Obama has withdrawn a proposal to end the tax break that fuels contributions to 529 college savings plans. Stenberg says he’s pleased the president has backed away from the proposal. “It was an ill-advised plan,” Stenberg tells Nebraska Radio Network. “The 529 college savings plan is one […]

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UNMC physcian resonding to West Africa Ebola outbreak

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An Omaha doctor who helped treat Ebola patients at Nebraska Medicine’s Biocontainment Unit is heading to Sierra Leone. Dr. Ali Kahn left earlier this week to meet with officials at the World Health Organization in Geneva before he continues his travels.   University of Nebraska Medical Center’s Dr. Jane Meza is the Senior Associate Dean at […]

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Blasting Platte River ice jam on hold for now

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An ice jam along the Platte River continues to cause flooding in Douglas and Saunders Counties. General Manager of the Papio-Missouri Natural Resources District John Winkler they are considering the use of dynamite to break up the jam but weather conditions are not favorable today due to the strong wind. Winkler says if they do […]

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Gov. Ricketts renews call for McPherson to resign from school board (AUDIO)

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Gov. Pete Ricketts renews his call for Pat McPherson to step down as a member of the Nebraska Board of Education. McPherson has refused to resign, telling the board in a prepared statement that he has apologized for offensive statements made about the president on his blog. [See earlier story] Ricketts, though, says the 6-to-2 […]

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Bailey Morris sets Concordia’s career scoring record in win at Doane

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Concordia guard Bailey Morris scored 30 points to become the school’s all-time career scoring leader and lead the NAIA Division II No. 3 Bulldogs to an 86-77 victory against Doane. Morris now has 1,806 points over 122 career games. The senior from Clay Center has averaged 14.8 points per game over her career. Ninth-year head […]

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Former Nebraska Sen. Hagel says good-bye to Pentagon

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Former Nebraska United States Sen. Chuck Hagel has bid farewell to the Pentagon, sent out as Secretary of Defense with fanfare and best wishes from President Barack Obama. Obama declared Hagel a “great friend” and declared him a patriot during a special ceremony at the Pentagon. “In an era of politics that too often descends […]

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Creighton avoids setting a new school record by beating St. John’s

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Creighton basketball was looking to not break a school record. The Bluejays had lost nine straight games tying a school mark and were 0-8 in Big East play, but last night behind a combined 38 points off the bench from Toby Hegner and James Milliken, the Jays got their first conference win knocking off St. […]

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Judiciary Committee chairman says prison population can come down (AUDIO)

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The chairman of the legislature’s Judiciary Committee says the Unicameral needs to try to reduce the prison population before even considering adding prison beds. Judiciary Committee Chairman, State Sen. Les Seiler of Hastings, is confident state lawmakers will consider a number of bills aimed at easing prison overcrowding. “Well, I think they’ll take a real […]

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