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AAA: Gas prices may drop toward $2 a gallon by summertime

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Nebraskans may not have to budget as much money for driving during the upcoming summer vacation as they did last summer. Gail Weinholzer, at AAA-Nebraska, says all signs point to stable or lower gas prices in the months ahead. Oil refineries have switched from the winter blend to the summer grade of fuel and there’s […]

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Teens could get paid less under bill advancing in Unicameral

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State lawmakers have advanced a bill that would allow businesses to pay teen workers less. Legislative Bill 599 would allow businesses to pay their teen-age workers a dollar less than the new state $9/hour minimum wage, once fully implemented at the beginning of next year. Sen. Laura Ebke of Crete sponsors the bill, which she […]

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Legislators advance bill to scrap mandatory minimum, habitual criminal laws

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State lawmakers have advanced a bill to do away with mandatory minimum prison sentences and the habitual criminal statute, over the objections of the state Attorney General and county prosecutors. Sen. Ernie Chambers of Omaha sponsors LB 173, telling colleagues many of the “tough on crime” moves by the legislature in the past have been […]

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Tax filing errors that can prompt an audit

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The first goal for many Nebraskans today is to get their income taxes filed before the deadline at midnight. For some, after the sigh of relief comes the fear of an audit by the Internal Revenue Service.  Berger and O’Toole CPA Bob Berger says there are a few red flags the IRS looks for when […]

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Second man pronounced dead in Tuesday’s rail yard explosion

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A second man has been pronounced dead after an explosion at Nebraska Railcar Cleaning Services in Omaha. Both were cleaning a rail tanker car. The explosion blew 40-year-old Dallas Foulk off the top of the tanker. He died after being taken to Creighton University Medical Center in critical condition. A second worker was trapped  inside […]

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Former Huskers football coach Tom Osborne talks about the struggles of Lawrence Phillips

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As head football coach of the Nebraska Cornhuskers, Tom Osborne dealt with many issues involving players and none may be more prominent than those of Lawrence Phillips.  Phillips is now the primary suspect in the death of his cellmate Damion Soward, a 37-year-old who was serving 82 years to life for first-degree murder. Phillips is […]

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Crime bill moves forward, compromise pending (AUDIO)

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A compromise is promised and a crime bill meant to ease prison overcrowding and reform sentencing laws has moved forward in the legislature. Debate on the merits of LB 605 began before the bill hit the floor of the Unicameral Tuesday afternoon. Attorney General Doug Peterson held a news conference in his Capitol office about […]

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Placzek delivers game winner as Nebraska baseball knocks off Creighton

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The No. 23 Nebraska baseball team (27-11, 5-4 Big Ten) came away with a 7-6 victory on Tuesday night at TD Ameritrade Park and for the third time in four games against the Creighton Bluejays (20-9, 5-1 Big East), Nebraska’s Jake Placzek delivered the game-winning hit. A junior from La Vista, Neb., Placzek came through […]

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Tax procrastinators need not panic; just file an extension

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Federal tax returns are due by midnight tonight and officials with the Internal Revenue Service expect more than 48,000 Nebraskans will request an extension this year. IRS spokesman Bill Brunson says you can go the antiquated route, filling out a paper form that needs to be put in an envelope, stamped and postmarked before midnight, […]

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One dead, another trapped after Omaha rail yard accident

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One man is dead, another trapped inside a rail car after an industrial accident in Omaha. The Omaha Fire Department reports an explosion Tuesday afternoon at GE Rail blew one worker off the top of a tanker car. The second man was trapped inside the tanker after the explosion blew the ladder off the car. […]

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Deaf and hard-of-hearing receiving smoke detectors

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It was a year ago the Omaha Fire Department conducted a demonstration of smoke and carbon monoxide detectors specially designed for deaf and hard-of-hearing individuals. Captain Melanie Bates says the response was overwhelming. Captain Bates says, “”They are very expensive. They are pieces of equipment that you have to order from specialty companies. There are […]

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Osborne on passing of Adrian Fiala

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The Husker Nation is mourning the loss of Adrian Fiala who passed away Monday at age 67.   The linebacker played for Nebraska during the Bob Devaney era. Former University of Nebraska Athletic Director and Head Coach Tom Osborne remembers Fiala well.  Osborne says, “He was such a knowledgeable guy about Nebraska football. A lot of […]

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Creighton’s Murray and Rogalla sweep Big East baseball honors

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Junior Brett Murray and freshman Keith Rogalla swept the BIG EAST Weekly honors on Monday, April 13 with the Player and Pitcher of the week. In a 3-0 sweep of Xavier, Murray hit .444 with an all-around series that included two RBI, three doubles and two runs. Murray’s at bats played an integral role in […]

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Morel mushroom season approaches as hunters guard their hoards

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Nebraskans who love to hunt, cook and eat morel mushrooms are ready to start scoping out their secret areas in hopes of finding their prized growths of fungus. Maxine Stone has hunted the elusive mushrooms for years and says they have a distictive look. “A morel is either black or yellow or grey and it […]

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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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