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Vast majority of Nebraska schools score well under new criteria

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Most Nebraska public schools are doing well under new accountability criteria. State Education Commissioner Matt Blomstedt gives a positive assessment of school quality in releasing the new accountability formula. “We believe that schools generally in Nebraska are good,” Blomstedt tells reporters during a news conference. “However, we have schools that fall into ‘needs improvement’ in […]

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Eight years since Von Maur shooting tragedy

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There was a lot of excitement in Omaha on the morning of December 5, 2007. President George Bush was in the city and visited a health care center and attended a fundraiser for then U-S Senator Mike Johanns. Life was just getting back to normal when tragedy struck just after 1:30 p.m. Fred Wilson was […]

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Eight years since Von Maur shooting tragedy

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There was a lot of excitement in Omaha on the morning of December 5, 2007. President George Bush was in the city and visited a health care center and attended a fundraiser for then U-S Senator Mike Johanns. Life was just getting back to normal when tragedy struck just after 1:30 p.m. Fred Wilson was […]

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Huskers will discover destination on Sunday

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Nebraska will discover its bowl destination on Sunday and the Foster Farms Bowl and the Armed Forces Bowl are the likely destinations. The Foster Farms Bowl will be played on December 26th in Santa Clara, California, against a Pac-12 opponent while the December 29th Armed Forces Bowl in Fort Worth, Texas, would feature a team […]

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Thousands expected at Sunday’s Family Festival in Omaha

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Thousands are expected to attend the Wells Fargo Family Festival in downtown Omaha on Sunday. The event is part of Omaha’s Holiday Lights Festival and has become a tradition for many families from several states. The festival features free attractions and special programs at six venues. The W. Dale Clark Library downtown is partnering with […]

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Kansas Ag Issues Podcast – 12/04/2015

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  Greg Akagi talks with National Cattlemen’s Beef Association President Elect at the Kansas Livestock Association Convention in Wichita.   […]

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Man killed, deputy wounded in western Nebraska shootout

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A man has been killed and a deputy seriously injured in a shootout in western Nebraska. The Nebraska State Patrol reports 66-year-old Neil Stretesky of Big Springs was shot and killed during an altercation with Deuel County Sheriff’s deputies who were attempting to serve arrest warrants out of Sedgwick, CO and Keith County, NE. 52-year-old […]

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Former high school teacher reaches plea deal in sex case

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A former Hastings High School teacher has agreed to a plea deal to escape a harsher sentence for having sex with a female student. 39-year-old Johnathan Shafer has pleaded no contest to two misdemeanors: contributing to the delinquency of a minor and negligent child abuse. The charges carry a maximum sentence of one year in […]

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Transportation bill restores crop insurance cuts (AUDIO)

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The $305 billion transportation bill does more than help build roads and bridges in Nebraska, it restores the crop insurance program. It is a five-year bill totaling more than $300 billion, primarily designed to help rebuild the nation’s infrastructure. But, it contains other goodies as well. “The bill repeals the crop insurance cuts that were […]

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Residents of central Nebraska town under boil order

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Residents of Sargent in central Nebraska are under a boil order after E. coli bacteria and Coliform have been found in their drinking water. The boil order comes after a previous order was lifted in late October. Health officials say a water sample taken from a location in September tested positive for E. coli. A […]

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Nebraska’s cattle producers congregate in Kearney to talk policy

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Hundreds of ranchers and cattle producers from across Nebraska are in Kearney for the annual convention of the Nebraska Cattlemen Association, which wraps up today. Dave McCracken, the organization’s president, says members are tackling a host of issues this week that are important to the industry, which has a $12-billion a year impact on the […]

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Sen. Fischer praises $305 billion transportation bill

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United States Sen. Deb Fischer praises the five-year, $305 billion transportation bill working its way through Congress. Fischer had a direct hand in shaping the measure, a compromise between the Senate and House versions. Fischer is a member of the Senate transportation committee and served on the conference committee which negotiated the final agreement. Some […]

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Senator Fischer questions calls for tighter gun control

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Nebraska U-S Senator Deb Fischer says more of her colleagues are calling for tighter gun control after yesterday’s tragedy in San Bernardino. Senator Fischer says, “I think anytime we have one of these horrible situations take place you will always hear people call for more gun control. My question is what kind of gun control? […]

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