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Two shooting deaths within 2 hours in Omaha

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Two people were shot and killed with two hours this morning in Omaha. Police near 99th and Maple Streets in the city’s northwest region were flagged down by citizen at 6:30 am. . When police arrived they found an adult male with a gunshot wound to the chest. He was pronounced dead at the scene […] Read More »

One case of measles confirmed in Douglas County

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The Douglas County Health Department reports the first confirmed case of measles since 2010. Health Department Director Dr. Adi Pour says measles is a highly contagious airborne illness that typically starts as a fever, runny nose and a sore throat. Two to three days after the symptoms begin, small white spots may appear in the […] Read More »

Possible Ebola patient is virus free

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The patient under observation for Ebola at Nebraska Medicine’s Biocontainment Unit in Omaha has been released and has left the metro area.   “We are happy to report the patient showed no clinical or laboratory evidence of Ebola infection,” said Phil Smith, M.D., medical director of the Biocontainment Unit at Nebraska Medicine. “The patient was regularly […] Read More »

President’s proposal could harm college savings plans (AUDIO)

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College savings plans offered through the state Treasurer’s office could become much less attractive under a proposal by President Barack Obama. The president proposes ending the tax break on college saving plans to help pay for other initiatives, such as making community college free. Nebraska offers four so-called 529 college savings plans, named for a […] Read More »

Losing streak stands at eight as Creighton again falls in final seconds

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Butler scored seven of the game’s final nine points and defeated Creighton for the first time since 1934, 64-61, on Wednesday night at historic Hinkle Fieldhouse in Indianapolis. Butler (14-6, 4-3 BIG EAST) started the game quickly, as all five starters scored in the first four minutes as the Bulldogs raced to a 10-4 lead. […] Read More »

Huskers add Williams as receivers coach to complete Riley’s coaching staff

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Keith Williams has been hired as an assistant coach at the University of Nebraska, completing Coach Mike Riley’s first full-time coaching staff with the Cornhuskers. Williams will coach the Nebraska wide receivers and joins the Husker program from Tulane University, where he has spent the previous three seasons. “Keith Williams is a tremendous addition to […] Read More »

Legislator suggests legalizing poker to offset property tax hikes

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A popular card game would be reclassified as a game of skill, not gambling, under legislaton before the Unicameral. Senator Tyson Larson of O’Neill says poker should be put in a different category so it can become legal in the state. “You can be a professional poker player but you cannot be a professional coin […] Read More »

Bill would add sexual orientation to state anti-discrimination law (AUDIO)

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Sexual orientation would be added to the state anti-discrimination laws under a bill introduced in the legislative session. Sen. Adam Morfeld of Lincoln stated the time hasn’t come for such legislation, it passed long ago. “We’ll no longer wait as rights that are supposedly guarantee to all, but then denied in our workplaces and in […] Read More »

State senator seeks change to allow DACA youth to drive

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A state senator hopes there’s a change at the top, but if not, he plans to push ahead for a change in state policy that would allow youth brought to Nebraska illegally when young to obtain driver’s licenses. Sen. Jeremy Nordquist of Omaha accuses former Gov. Dave Heineman of stubbornly fighting against the driving privileges […] Read More »

TransCanada moves to use eminent domain, faces new legal action on Keystone XL (AUDIO)

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TransCanada has moved to use eminent domain in Nebraska to obtain the property necessary to build Keystone XL even as a new lawsuit against the company has been filed. Attorney Dave Domina represents a landowner from Holt County, another from York County, fighting TransCanada’s eminent domain proceedings. The new lawsuit carries the same contention as […] Read More »

Nebraska beef exports exceeded $1-billion last year

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A state official says Nebraska beef exports reached a new milestone with record sales during the first 11 months of 2014. State ag director Greg Ibach says there were several factors leading to Nebraska’s beef producers exceeding the $1-billion mark in exports last year. “Worldwide demand is strong and in Nebraska, we’ve put a lot of […] Read More »

Defense stars again for Huskers in 52-49 win over Gophers

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Three times in the final 16 seconds, Minnesota had a chance to tie the game against Nebraska on Tuesday night. Three times, the Gophers couldn’t knock down a game-tying three-pointer and the Huskers scraped by once again thanks to a suffocating defense. Andre Hollins, Carlos Morris, and DeAndre Mathieu each saw their three-point attempts miss […] Read More »

Veteran Washington state Corrections official to become new Nebraska Corrections Director

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The Deputy Director of the state of Washington Department of Corrections has been named the new director of the Nebraska Department of Correctional Services by Gov. Pete Ricketts. Ricketts has appointed Scott Frakes of Olympia, Washington as the director to replace Michael Kenney. Ricketts made the appointment from recommendations made after a national search for […] Read More »

Nebraska Farm Bureau backs property tax relief bills

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The Nebraska Farm Bureau is backing four bills introduced this legislative session that would lower property taxes for agriculture and ranch land. President Steve Nelson says the property tax burden has skyrocketed over the last 10 years and agriculture landowners are shouldering that burden. Nelson says, “The pieces necessary to provide a foundation for meaningful […] Read More »

TransCanada files eminent domain papers in nine Nebraska courts

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TransCanada Keystone Pipeline, LP filed papers in local courts in nine Nebraska counties to acquire the remaining 12% of easements from landowners through eminent domain. This action was required to meet a January 22nd deadline set by the state of Nebraska. Andrew Craig is TransCanada’s land manager for the Keystone project and says they reached […] Read More »