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Osborn claims US can achieve energy independence in five years

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Republican candidate for United States Senate, Shane Osborn, says the U.S. can achieve energy independence in the next five years. “I put a plan out that talks just about that; how we can get there through fracking and having a diversified energy portfolio with liquefied natural gas. Stop the war on coal. The EPA’s war […] Read More »

Nebraska puts the brakes on California “ridesharing” companies

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The concept of “ridesharing” may be growing in some big cities, but companies that coordinate the service need to drive around a few obstacles before heading down any Nebraska roads. Ridesharing is popular with smartphone users in metro areas. An app links motorists with would-be passengers who will pay for rides. They can pay using […] Read More »

Huskers fill a spot at center as Georgetown transfer comes to Lincoln

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The Nebraska men’s basketball team has added 6’9, 247 pound center and Georgetown transfer Moses Ayegba. He’s a fifth-year senior and will eligible to play immediately after he earns his undergraduate degree in May. He spent four years at Georgetown, but said he was looking for a change. He was recruited to play with the […] Read More »

Expert: Severity of wildfire season ahead is still a tossup

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The training manager of the state’s Wildland Fire Academy says it’s still anyone’s guess as to how bad the year ahead will be for wildfires. Casey McCoy, with the Nebraska Forest Service, says he puts little stock in long-range forecasts and says your odds of predicting a wildfire season would be just as good as […] Read More »

Crowded Republican field avoids clashes in governor debate (AUDIO)

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Six Republicans running to succeed Gov. Dave Heineman touted their experience and avoided any real clashes, though one acknowledged the growing negative tilt of the campaign, during a debate in Norfolk. The debate sponsored by the Nebraska Republican Party and moderated by the Norfolk Daily News brought all six together on the stage of the […] Read More »

Gov. Heineman says nurse practitioner bill didn’t require enough training

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Gov. Dave Heineman says he vetoed a nurse practitioner bill passed unanimously by the Unicameral, because it didn’t require enough training. LB 916 would have eliminated a requirement that nurse practitioners have written agreements with doctors. Heineman says the bill’s provision that nurse practitioners have at least 2,000 hours of supervised practice wasn’t enough. “A […] Read More »

State announces mobile job search app, effort to attract veterans (AUDIO)

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State officials have announced the job hunt has gone high-tech in Nebraska and that Nebraska is working even harder to attract veterans to the state. First, State Labor Commissioner Cathy Lang says a new mobile app will make the information on the job search website, NEworks.gov, available on smartphones and tablets. “The job search process […] Read More »

Sand Hills rancher wins accolades for conservation efforts

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A cattle ranch in the Sand Hills area of the state is being awarded the 2014 Nebraska Leopold Conservation Award. Duane and Nancy Pelster represent the third generation managing the Pelster Angus Ranch along the Cedar River near Ericson. Duane Pelster is recognized as a pioneer in the use of rotational grazing. He says that […] Read More »

Nebraska-Omaha baseball wins fourth straight, getting past Creighton

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Creighton Baseball outhit Nebraska-Omaha 8-5 on Tuesday night at TD Ameritrade Park Omaha, but the Mavericks came up with timely hitting to notch a 4-1 win over its crosstown rival. Creighton dropped to 20-13-1, while UNO won its fourth consecutive contest to improve to 20-13. Clayton Taylor homered on the sixth pitch of the game, […] Read More »

Two more night games planned for the Husker football schedule

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Two more Nebraska football games have been slated for nighttime starts. The Big Ten Network will air the Huskers September 27th home game against Illinois for 8pm, then October 18th at Northwestern at 6:30. That will make five consecutive night games for Nebraska in 2014. Already set for kicks after sunset are a 9:30 p.m. […] Read More »

Ricketts denies orchestrating negative campaign against Bruning (AUDIO)

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Omaha businessman Pete Ricketts denies he’s behind the attack adds against Attorney General Jon Bruning in their campaign for the Republican nomination for governor. A number of television ads have attacked Bruning as the May 13th primary Election Day draws near. The Bruning campaign accuses Ricketts of secretly funding the negative campaign. Ricketts denies the […] Read More »

Encampment in Washington D.C. protests Keystone XL pipeline

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Leaders of a state advocacy group are joining Native Americans and farmers and ranchers from Nebraska in Washington D.C. this week to protest the proposed Keystone XL oil pipeline. Ben Gotschall is spokesman for BOLD Nebraska and says members of the Cowboy and Indian Alliance rode horses into the nation’s capitol on Tuesday to kick-off […] Read More »

Lincoln man charged in the death of his wife Easter Sunday

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A heated argument Easter Sunday evening apparently led to murder in Lincoln. Lincoln Police Chief Jim Perschong says 41-year-old Kent Burklund has been charged with second degree murder in the death of his wife, Bettina Burklund, also 41. Perschong says officers went to the couple’s home Monday after co-workers of Bettina became worried, because she […] Read More »

Deadly overnight accident in Omaha

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One person is dead following an early morning accident in Omaha. Police say a speeding SUV was southbound on 72nd Street when the driver lost control near Shirley Street around 1:00 a.m. The vehicle went off the road, through two parking lots; hit a tree and then a light pole. Authorities say the driver died […] Read More »

Deadly overnight accident in Omaha kills one

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One person is dead following an early morning accident in Omaha. Police say a speeding SUV was southbound on 72nd Street when the driver lost control near Shirley Street around 1:00 a.m. The vehicle went off the road, through two parking lots; hit a tree and then a light pole. Authorities say the driver died […] Read More »