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Gov. Ricketts threatens veto of gas tax hike

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Supporters of a gas tax increase might need more than 27 votes. The Unicameral advanced LB 610, a six-cent increase in the state gas tax, on a 27-14 vote. It appears supporters will need 30 to overcome a likely veto from Gov. Pete Ricketts. Only a couple of hours after the legislature advanced the gas […]

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Lawrence Phillips suspected of killing cellmate in California prison

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Lawrence Phillips, the one time St. Louis Rams running back, who was given a chance to turn his troubled life around by then head coach Dick Vermeil, is suspected of murdering Damion Soward, a 37-year-old who was serving 82 years to life for first-degree murder. Phillips is serving 31 years in prison in California for attacking […]

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Gas tax increase nearing passage in Unicameral (AUDIO)

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A six-cent increase in the state gas tax is on the verge of passing. State lawmakers have advanced to final round LB 610, a bill that would increase the state gas tax by six cents over four years, on a 27-14 vote. If that vote holds on final round, it wouldn’t be enough to overcome […]

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Proposal to change legislative term limits dies in Unicameral

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State lawmakers have rejected a proposal to alter legislative term limits. Sen. Paul Schumacher of Columbus proposed expanding the current limit of two, four-year terms to two, six-year terms. “This is a serious issue, taken seriously by people who have absolutely nothing to benefit by putting it before the voters that we should look at […]

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Bellevue Police Department update on office body cameras

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More police departments across the country are outfitting officers with body cameras so they have video proof of all interactions with the public. Bellevue police officers have been experimenting with the cameras for four years and Chief Mark Elbert says it isn’t an overnight process. Chief Elbert says, “Number one you have to have enough […]

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Eppley Airfield and national airport security breaches

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A new report shows there have been more than 260 airport perimeter breaches at our nation’s airports in the last 10 years.   Eppley Airport Chief of Police Tom Conahan says there have been three breaches here and one attempted breach. Chief Conahan says, “Three of them managed to climb over the fence at certain points […]

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Sponsor of Medicaid expansion measure willing to try again (AUDIO)

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Even after defeat for three straight legislative sessions, the sponsor of the bill to expand Medicaid in Nebraska says she won’t give up. Sen. Kathy Campbell of Lincoln says she expected the battle to be tough and knew Gov. Pete Ricketts opposed expanding Medicaid. “I wasn’t surprised with Gov. Ricketts’ comments and his position, because […]

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Construction worker killed in weekend accident near Schuyler

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Authorities in northeast Nebraska’s Colfax County say a construction worker was killed on Saturday near Lake Socorro. The worker is identified as 26-year-old Craig Anderson, of Columbus. Reports say Anderson was trying to free up a stuck cement truck by pulling it with a payloader when the chain snapped and hit him. Anderson was declared […]

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Nebraska Science Festival star parties

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Nebraskans are invited to a night out with the stars. Science Program Outreach Coordinator at the University of Nebraska Medical Center Kacie Baum is also the Nebraska Science Festival Coordinator and says for the first year they are adding star parties to the festival lineup. The first star party is planned at the Strategic Air […]

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Public encouraged to give Hero Flight of veterans a good send-off

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Veterans of the Korean War from five Nebraska counties will be taking a chartered jet to the nation’s capitol next week to see the monument built to honor their service. Sherry Morrow, coordinator for the Buffalo County Hero Flight, says groups and individuals are raising money to make the trip possible. “We have done the […]

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Western Nebraska man sentenced to 80 years in brutal child death

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A 28-year-old Gering man has been sentenced to 80 years in prison after being found guilty of beating a two-year-old child so badly her liver ruptured. A Scotts Bluff County District Court jury, in late February, found Dustin Chauncey guilty of brutally beating to death Juliette Geurts, the daughter of his live-in girlfriend, in July […]

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Fans are ready for the next era of Nebraska football, following large turnout for Spring Game

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Fans are ready for the next era of Nebraska football.  The Mike Riley era opened with an exciting Spring Game debut in front of 76,881 fans at Memorial Stadium on Saturday afternoon.  The Red held off the White, 24-15, thanks to a 17-0 lead in a game that featured four, 20-minute quarters. Scoring Summary First Quarter (Red 10-0) RED […]

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Nebraska bowling…National Champs!

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The Nebraska women’s bowling team won its fifth NCAA title in school history Saturday night, as the top-ranked Huskers defeated Stephen F. Austin 4-2 at Tropicana Lanes in St. Louis.  The Huskers have won five NCAA titles since bowling became an NCAA sanctioned sport in 2003 and in the first 12 years of NCAA sponsorship, the […]

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Former Nebraska school official placed on probation, ordered to pay restitution

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A former eastern Nebraska school official has been sentenced to probation and ordered to pay restitution for using school funds to pay for purchases made on his personal credit card. Federal prosecutors say 52-year-old James Clark will serve four years’ probation and repay $20,000 to the Westside Community Schools District. According to U.S. Attorney Deborah […]

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Nebraska ranked 5th for hail damage claims in 2014

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April showers bring May flowers but can also bring severe storms that pack a lot of hail in Nebraska. According to state Farm Insurance, Nebraska ranked 5th among states for hail claims in 2014 with 21,328 filings. Spokesperson Ann Avery has some recommendations on how to protect your family, vehicle and home from damage.   She […]

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