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Storm chasers to be spotlighted at Saturday’s Severe Weather Seminar

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The annual regional Severe Weather Seminar is planned for this weekend at the Saline Center west of Wilber along Nebraska Highway 15. Saline County emergency management coordinator B.J. Fictum says experts from the Iowa Storm Chasing Network will be among the featured highlights this year. “The Iowa Storm Chase Team that took all of the […]

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Nebraska could place business tax breaks under microscope

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Do tax breaks actually create jobs? It’s a question the Unicameral wants answered. A bill calling for the evaluation of tax incentive programs to lure businesses to Nebraska has advanced in the Unicameral. Speaker Galen Hadley of Kearney says Nebraska needs to determine whether companies would not have come to Nebraska “but for” the incentives […]

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Omaha officer involved in fatal shooting resigns

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An Omaha police officer who shot and killed a robbery suspect has resigned. Police Chief Todd Schmaderer accepted the resignation of Officer Alvin Lugod. Lugod fatally shot robbery suspect Danny Elrod February 23rd. Omaha police responded to a robbery call at a Dollar General and found Elrod, who was 39, at a nearby parking lot. […]

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Kansas man arrested in Nebraska after high-speed chase

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A high-speed pursuit that began in north-central Kansas ended with the arrest of a Kansas man in southeast Nebraska. Jefferson County Sheriff Nels Sorensen reports that 37-year-old Justin Sutterlin of Marysville, Kansas was arrested in Fairbury after fleeing several agencies in Kansas at speeds topping 100 miles-per-hour. Sorensen says the county communications center received an […]

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Teen charged with motor vehicle homicide

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A Plattsmouth, Nebraska teenager is facing charges of motor vehicle homicide in an accident last January that claimed the life of a passenger. Taylor Hughes was 17 years old when prosecutors say she failed to yield to a vehicle and her SUV was hit by a minivan in Sarpy County. The passenger was Hughes’ 7 […]

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Man pleads no contest in hit-and-run death

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A 33-year-old man who initially fled the scene after running over and killing a pedestrian last May has reached a plea agreement with prosecutors. James Gibbs of Panama later turned himself in after hitting 62-year-old Gregory Nicklas with his pick-up late in the evening of May 29th. Gibbs was driving home from a bar. Nicklas […]

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Senator claims some backed out of support for motorcycle helmet law repeal (AUDIO)

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A state senator who pushed to repeal the mandatory motorcycle helmet law claims some senators failed to fulfill their promise to end a filibuster against it. Debate dragged on for days as the legislature considered LB31, which would repeal the requirement that adult motorcyclists wear helmets in Nebraska. During legislative debate Monday afternoon, Sen. David […]

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Deadline for farmers to pick new Farm Bill programs is March 31st

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Nebraska farmers only have a week remaining to decide which federal farm program is best for them. Jeff Davis, with the Farm Services Agency, says March 31st is the last day farmers can elect between the three farm bill programs. Davis explains the provisions of the ARC-co which is based on county figures. “So, you […]

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Former Husker coach Kaczenski arrested on domestic assault

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Former Nebraska defensive line coach Rick Kaczenski, part of Bo Pelini’s staff that was fired in December, was arrested Sunday on a charge of third-degree domestic assault and remains in jail as of Monday morning. Lincoln police arrested the 40-year old Kaczenski Sunday afternoon after they had already responded to a call from someone outside the Kaczenski’s home regarding arguments […]

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Omaha man dies in head-on crash near Lincoln

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One person died, another suffered critical injury in a head-on collision near Lincoln Sunday. Chief Lancaster County Deputy Sheriff Jeff Bleimeister tells reporters during a media briefing that 31-year-old Mario Garcia of Omaha died at the scene. 44-year-old Merri Bradley of rural Crete has been taken to Bryan Medical Center, where she is listed in […]

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Fire heavily damages Jefferson County hog lot, 200+ firefighters respond

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Firefighters from perhaps 20 departments in Nebraska and Kansas battled a major fire at the Livingston Enterprise State Line Hog Facility, south of Fairbury in Jefferson County. The blaze broke out Sunday night and was contained early this  morning. Fairbury Rural Fire Chief Kenny Krause says upwards of 200 firefighters helped fight the blaze. “It […]

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Congressman says failure of CoOportunity Health says much about ACA (AUDIO)

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A Nebraska Congressman says the collapse of a health cooperative created under the Affordable Care Act says a lot about the federal health insurance law. CoOportunity Health seemed to have a bright future, insuring 120,000 residents of Iowa and Nebraska. Yet, it amassed $150 million in liabilities and the Iowa Insurance Commissioner moved to liquidate […]

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Time to prepare for foul weather from floods to twisters

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We’re likely done with blizzards for a while, but now it’s time for Nebraskans to focus on being prepared for the challenges of the warm weather months ahead. This is the start of Severe Weather Awareness Week. Meteorologist Kenny Podrazik, at the National Weather Service, says today’s focus is on flooding and flash flooding, while […]

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