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Pros and cons in death penalty debate take issue to all of Nebraska (AUDIO)

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A petition drive is underway on an extremely emotional issue and Nebraska’s top election authority is watching closely to ensure all rights are protected. Workers have fanned out across Nebraska asking registered voters to sign petitions to place the death penalty on the ballot next November. Opponents plan to counter the effort. Secretary of State […]

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Chautauqua offers state history lesson in a tent, told by famous figures

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The Nebraska Chautauqua Festival opens today in Kearney, offering an entertaining, educational look at how the state and Great Plains were settled 150 years ago. William Stoutamire is director of the Frank House at the University of Nebraska at Kearney. It’s the backdrop for many of the events, including the large tent that hosts the […]

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High water creates a few problems at SE Nebraska recreation sites

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High water is playing havoc with state recreation areas in southeastern Nebraska. The Nebraska Game and Parks Commission reports roadway 5 at Stagecoach State Recreation Area (SRA) has been barricaded because of high water. Campgrounds, at present, are accessible. They could be temporarily closed if the water continues to rise. Lakeside drives on Bluestem SRA […]

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Congressman Ashford on controversial trade agreement

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Secretive deals regarding a free trade deal has the attention of many Americans and those in Congress. President Obama wants fast-track authority to finish the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) but drafts are still in the works. Nebraska 2nd District Congressman Brad Ashford says Congress is aware of what is going on. Congressman Ashford says, “The TPP […]

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Motorcyclist arrested; chase in southeast Nebraska hit 118 mph

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A Nebraska State Patrol trooper clocked the motorcycle at 115 mph in a 55 mph zone. The motorcyclist would hit 118 mph during a high-speed chase in southeastern Nebraska that lasted a little more than half an hour. NSP reports 21-year-old Andrew Naderhoff of Hickman has been arrested on a number of charges and now […]

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Storm Chasers drop I-80 series opener

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The Omaha Storm Chasers dropped the first game of the three-game set with the Iowa Cubs by a score of 6-3. The loss was Omaha’s fourth in their last five games at Werner Park. Storm Chasers starter Clayton Mortensen suffered his team-high fifth loss of the season, as he gave up four runs in only […]

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Lincoln falls at Sioux City

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The Lincoln Saltdogs stranded a season-high 13 runners in a 9-1 loss at division-leading Sioux City Monday night. The Explorers scored three quick runs in the first and plated five more in the third, aided by three Lincoln errors, to race out to an 8-0 advantage. The clubs play the second of the four-game series Tuesday […]

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Gov. Ricketts declares trade mission to Europe a success (AUDIO)

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Gov. Pete Ricketts calls the European trade mission a success. Ricketts wrapped up the trade mission on Monday with a visit to Copenhagen, Denmark where he talked about biosciences with European industry leaders. He also met with Novozymes executives, speaking about possible expansion in Nebraska. Novozymes has a plant in Blair which produces enzymes for […]

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Study: Teen birth rate in rural counties exceeds urban counties

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The teen birth rate in rural counties is one-third higher than in urban counties, according to a study from the National Campaign to Prevent Teen and Unplanned Pregnancy. Katherine Jarvis, coordinator for the Omaha-based Nebraska Children’s Home Society, says they’re seeing high percentages of teen moms aged 17 and younger, and she uses Madison County […]

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Woman dies in crash at Omaha Home for Boys

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An Omaha woman has been killed after her car ran off the road and crashed into twin utility poles in the parking lot at the Omaha Home for Boys. Omaha police say 48-year-old Dierdre Toombs wasn’t wearing seat belts and was thrown from the car. Police say Toombs was speeding when the car ran off […]

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Nebraska farm fined for paying workers less than they earned

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A Nebraska farm has been found in violation of federal law and will pay nearly 100 workers almost $70,000 in unpaid wages and pay nearly $90,000 in civil penalties for violating federal wage laws. The United States Department of Labor reports Heldt Produce of Ashland did not pay temporary foreign guest workers properly and paid […]

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Local family in Washington DC advocating for child Medicaid

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Three-million children nationwide have complex medical conditions and two-thirds rely on Medicaid to pay for that treatment. Wendy Larson is one of dozens of families today and tomorrow in Washington DC for Speak Now for Kids Family Advocacy Day. Larson’s daughter Katelyn received a heart transplant at Children’s Hospital and Medical Center in Omaha and […]

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Lincoln police arrest man for stealing TV and a pound of bacon

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Lincoln police say a woman who reported a burglary in her apartment noticed only two things missing: a television and a pound of bacon. Sure enough, 12 hours later, Lincoln police officers found a man passed out on the front lawn of a home early Saturday morning. Next to him was a 42-inch flat-screen TV. […]

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New citizens take oath at Homestead National Monument

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A special ceremony at the Homestead National Monument in Beatrice has been held to welcome 70 new citizens to the United States. The national monument became a federal courtroom for a bit, long enough for the 70, who came from a number of different countries, to swear their allegiance to the United States. United States […]

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Tickets available in Memorial Stadium

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Nebraska fans have a unique opportunity to purchase season tickets at Memorial Stadium. According to a press release from the university the majority of the approximately 1,500 remaining season tickets are available as season tickets for the first time in 2015 due to a change in the visiting team allotment at Memorial Stadium. Prior to […]

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