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Omaha police chief supports prison reform legislation

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The Nebraska Legislature’s Judiciary Committee addressed several prison reform measures during a hearing Wednesday in Lincoln. Omaha Police Chief Todd Schmaderer testified and said the current aim of the state’s prison system is misguided. Chief Schmaderer said, “No where is the goal of corrections to reduce prison overcrowding but somehow that has become the culture […]

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Nebraska Humane Society supports legislation targeting bad dog breeders

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Nebraska lawmakers are looking at legislation that would help shut down and prosecute operators of puppy mills.   Nebraska Humane Society’s Vice President of Field Operations Mark Langan there are several reasons why they haven’t been able to shut them down after finding animal abuse. Langan says, “The Department of Agriculture is responsible for inspecting licensed […]

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Sponsor of voter photo ID bill insists it will pass, eventually (AUDIO)

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A bill to require Nebraska voters to display a photographic identification to vote has been defeated in the Unicameral. State senators voted 25-to-15 for a so-called “bracket” motion, shelving LB 111 for the remainder of the session. The procedural vote effectively kills the legislation this year. Sen. Tyson Larson of O’Neill admits the vote somewhat […]

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First chance to see Mike Riley’s Huskers will come on April 11th

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The University of Nebraska and BTN have announced that the Huskers’ April 11 Red-White Spring Game will be televised live on the network, beginning at 1 p.m. In addition to live coverage on BTN, the game will also be available for fans on their mobile devices through BTN2Go. This marks the fourth straight year BTN […]

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NU women make a late push but fall short at Northwestern

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Tear’a Laudermill scored 16 of her 20 points in the second-half to help No. 21 Nebraska cut a 24-point deficit to six with over two minutes left before falling 59-51 to the Northwestern women’s basketball team at Welsh-Ryan Arena on Wednesday. The Huskers, who shot just 10.7 percent (3-28) from the floor in the first […]

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Utility warns of power cut-off scam, hundreds of customers get calls

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Utility customers in Nebraska and several neighboring states are being warned about a telephone scam. MidAmerican Energy spokeswoman Ashton Newman says 1,500 customers contacted the utility to report receiving a suspect call in recent months. “The good news is the majority of our customers appear to not be falling for these scams and they are […]

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Voter photo ID bill dies after opponents shelve it for session (AUDIO)

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Opponents didn’t have to talk the voter photo ID bill to death. They, instead, won a procedural vote to, in effect, kill it. Opponents of LB 111, which would require Nebraskans to display photo identification to cast ballots, had mounted a filibuster against it. They prepared to spend days criticizing the bill, seeking to block […]

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Jenkins competency hearing set for March 2

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Experts at the Nebraska Regional Center issued a report to the court yesterday that convicted killer Nikko Jenkins is competent and understands sentencing proceedings. A three judge panel will determine his fate and Omaha Defense Attorney William Gallup says his mental illness will be a factor. Gallup says, “The primary mitigating fact would be his […]

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OSHA completes investigation in TV crew shooting death

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The Occupational Safety and Health Administration completed their investigation into the shooting death of crew member of the TV show COPS last August in Omaha. Sound technician Bryce Dion followed officers into a Wendy’s restaurant during an armed robbery. The suspect fired an air-soft at officers who returned fire. A stray bullet hit Dion and […]

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Opponents stage filibuster against voter photo ID bill (AUDIO)

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Debate is underway in the legislature on a requirement that voters display photo identification before casting a ballot. Opponents plan to talk a long time. Sen. Tyson Larson of O’Neill sponsors LB 111, which he told colleagues is patterned after an Indiana law which withstood a legal challenge before the United States Supreme Court. Larson […]

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Six incoming Huskers on the 2015 Shrine Bowl roster

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Husker recruits Michael Decker of Omaha North and Daishon Neal of Omaha Central are the two main players in this summer’s 57th annual Nebraska Shrine Bowl.  In addition four husker walk-ons will play.  They include: Wyatt Mazour – Boone Central (Nebraska walk-on) Conor Young – Cozad (Nebraska walk-on) Noah Johnson – Sutton (Nebraska walk-on) Fyn Anderson – Lincoln Southeast (Nebraska walk-on) […]

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Girls basketball scores from 2/17/15

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Adams Central 51, St. Paul 43 Ainsworth 61, Broken Bow 34 Archbishop Bergan 49, Omaha Brownell-Talbot 29 Arthur County 45, Hyannis 36 Auburn 49, Syracuse 33 Axtell 49, Overton 39 BDS 52, McCool Junction 24 Bertrand 65, Alma 35 Bishop Neumann 67, Ashland-Greenwood 29 Blue Hill 69, Harvard 23 Brady 53, Medicine Valley 28 CWC […]

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Boys basketball scores from 2/17/15

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Ainsworth 92, Anselmo-Merna 52 Arlington 61, Aquinas Catholic 45 Bennington 60, Ralston 43 Bishop Neumann 52, Ashland-Greenwood 40 Boys Town 74, Plattsmouth 70 (1OT) Grand Island 69, Hastings 42 Gretna 57, Omaha Skutt Catholic 52 (1OT) Millard West 60, Papillion-LaVista 44 Morrill 79, Glendo, WY 65 (1OT) Nebraska City 61, Omaha Gross Catholic 48 Omaha […]

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Winery & Grape Growers Forum March 5 – 7

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The 18th annual Nebraska Winery and Grape Growers Forum and Trade Show is rapidly approaching. University of Nebraska – Lincoln Extension viticulture specialist Paul Read says Nebraska has seen a nice sustainable growth in the wine industry. In just over 20 years the number Nebraska wineries has grown to 30 and there are more than […]

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State’s future farmers are being recruited as hometown ag ambassadors

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Nebraska FFA chapters can now compete for educational and financial resources from the Nebraska Corn Board. The Ag Champions Contest is designed for FFA chapters to submit advocacy plans to boost education in communities about issues and misconceptions about agriculture. Corn Board executive director Kelly Brunkhorst says three winners will receive grants based on the […]

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