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Pierson-El named Freshman All-American for special teams

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De’Mornay Pierson-El was named the punt returner on the Football Writers Association of America (FWAA) Freshman All-America team. Pierson-El returned 34 punts for 596 yards in 2014, returning three punts for touchdowns while averaging 17.5 yards per return. Pierson-El led the nation with his 596 return yards, 194 more yards than any other returner. He […]

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Proposal calls for Nebraska to take steps to drop prison population (AUDIO)

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A proposal for prison reform contends Nebraska can spend a little to save a lot. An outline for prison reform has been released to state lawmakers by the Council of State Governments Justice Center, advocating for increased supervision of inmates released from prison, the greater use of probation, and improved parole supervision. Marc Pelka with […]

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Lightning strikes Creighton once again. Late three-pointer dooms Bluejays

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Matt Carlino’s three-pointer with 11.2 seconds left gave Marquette a 53-52 victory over visiting Creighton on Wednesday night in Milwaukee.  Marquette improved to 10-6 (2-2 BIG EAST), while Creighton dropped to 9-9 (0-5 BIG EAST). It was the second straight heartbreaking loss for Creighton on a three-pointer in the closing seconds after Sterling Gibbs made […]

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Worries rise over invasive species in Nebraska rivers and lakes

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Concerns are being raised about Nebraska’s waterways after the recent discovery of invasive mussel species in two South Dakota lakes. Allison Zach is the Nebraska invasive species program coordinator for the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. She says both zebra and quagga mussels in South Dakota could mean trouble for Nebraska, especially those found along the border […]

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Proposals hope to make Nebraska veteran-friendly

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A number of measures are being proposed this legislative session, aimed at retaining and attracting military veterans to Nebraska. Sen. Sue Crawford of Bellevue says many of those measures take direct aim at those now serving at Offutt Air Force Base near Omaha. “Retain those veterans who work at Offutt, who are stationed at Offutt, […]

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I-80 traffic stop seizes nearly 60 pounds of marijuana

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A California man has been arrested and 58 pounds of marijuana seized during a traffic stop on I-80 in Hamilton County. The Nebraska State Patrol reports a trooper pulled over a sport utility vehicle a mile east of the Giltner exit for speeding Tuesday afternoon. A patrol drug dog brought to the scene sniffed out […]

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7 year old Plattsmouth girl critically injured

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A 7 year old Plattsmouth girl was rushed to a hospital in critical condition with head and neck injuries evening in a two car accident in Sarpy County.   Investigators say at 5 pm Tuesday,  Madelyne Hughes was a passenger in a vehicle driven by her sister, 17 year old Taylor Hughes. They say Hughes made […]

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More problems for CHI Creighton

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The Omaha Fire Department will no longer transport trauma patients to CHI Creighton University Medical Center. The decision was made after the Department of Health and Human Services denied CHI Creighton a level on trauma center status for failing to meet four requirements. Fire Chief Bernie Kanger says, “It is in the patient’s best interest […]

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Mexican meth ring busted in Omaha, 20 suspects arrested

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Local and federal authorities say they’ve broken up an international drug-smuggling ring in the Omaha-Council Bluffs metro area. Omaha police and agents with the DEA spent 18 months assembling the case and in recent days, arrested 20 people they say are associated with the Sinaloa cartel in Mexico. The ring was apparently funneling large amounts of […]

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UNK’s Manhart and NU’s Anderson to play in the NFLPA Collegiate Bowl

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Nebraska Kearney senior offensive linemen Cole Manhart is one of 10 Division II players taking part in this Saturday’s NFLPA Collegiate Bowl in Carson, CA.  Manhart is on the “National” team coached by former NFL head coach Mike Martz. Manhart’s teammate is Nebraska linebacker Zaire Anderson.  The game kicks off Saturday at 3:00 p.m. Central and can be seen […]

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Nebraska-Kearney receives a gift from The Buckle

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Students at the University of Nebraska at Kearney and the Kearney community will benefit from a gift to the University of Nebraska Foundation in honor of fashion retailer The Buckle for student-athlete scholarships, intercollegiate athletic facilities and the new campus Wellness Center. The largest portion of the gift establishes the Buckle Athletic Scholarship Fund as […]

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Senator proposes shift in how Nebraska schools are funded (AUDIO)

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A state senator proposes a shift away from property taxes to fund schools by enacting a local income tax. State Sen. Al Davis of Hyannis stated during a news conference in the Capitol Rotunda Nebraska must find a different way to fund public schools. “But despite Nebraska’s strong interest in education, the state has never […]

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Dropping gas prices are helping & hurting ethanol industry

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Gasoline prices are still falling across Nebraska and while it’s great news for motorists, those involved in ethanol production are seeing their profit margins shaved to remain competitive. Nebraska Ethanol Board administrator Todd Sneller says it’s a good news-bad news scenario. “We’ve seen a decline in the margins at ethanol plants but December was an […]

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NU Regent chairman says new president has vision for Nebraska

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University of Nebraska Board of Regents chairman Howard Hawks says the board chose Hank Bounds as the new university president in part because of his vision for Nebraska. Bounds, who has led Mississippi’s eight public universities since 2009, has been chosen to lead the four-campus University of Nebraska system. Hawks says Bounds demonstrated a vision […]

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$25,000 bond set for wife of Nikko Jenkins

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 The wife of convicted murderer Nikko Jenkins was in court today. Chalonda Jenkins was arrested Sunday in Bellevue. Police there arrested her on an outstanding warrant for shoplifting. During that arrest police say Jenkins threatened them and fought back. That led to charges of making terroristic threats and assault in Sarpy County. A judge set […]

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