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Platte Institute’s review of the legislative session

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Nebraska’s Platte Institute for Economic Research is reviewing this past legislative session and Executive Director Jim Vokal says the repeal of the death penalty, prison reform and driver’s licenses for children of illegal immigrants took front and center but it is frustrating serious tax relief and education reform didn’t happen.   Vokal says Nebraska has the […]

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Husker soccer team set for trip to Canada

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The Nebraska women’s soccer team is headed to Canada later this week for a series of matches and the Huskers will also take in some of the 2015 FIFA Women’s World Cup. The Huskers have seven matches scheduled against Canadien teams in Ontario and Quebec. They will also attend five matches of the first stage of […]

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Saltdog skid reaches six games

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Laredo scored two runs in the bottom of the sixth inning and added two more in the bottom of the eight to down the Lincoln Saltdogs 9-5 in Laredo on Tuesday night. Jon Gaston homered and Mitch Canham had three hits and drove in a pair of runs for the Saltdogs (4-8), who dropped their […]

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Omaha falls in El Paso

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Tommy Medica and Alex Dickerson homered as El Paso knocked off the Omaha Storm Chasers, 7-4, Tuesday night in the opener of a four-game series at Southwest University Park. The Chihuahuas scored three times in the first inning and twice in the second inning to take the lead for good as the Storm Chasers fall […]

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State senator to carry death penalty debate to the public (AUDIO)

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A state senator who led the fight in the Unicameral against repeal of the death penalty will carry on that fight. Sen. Beau McCoy of Omaha failed in his attempts to block an effort to repeal the death penalty in the legislature. He carries on those efforts as co-chair of a petition drive to retain […]

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Speaker Hadley says raw emotion came out during death penalty debate (AUDIO)

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Legislative Speaker Galen Hadley says state senators relied on their emotions, not research, during the somber debate to repeal the death penalty in Nebraska. Hadley says state senators understood the seriousness of the debate when they overrode the governor’s veto of the bill to repeal the death penalty. “It was so somber me,” Hadley says. […]

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Cyclists prep to pedal through central Nebraska

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The annual Tour de Nebraska bicycle ride will be rolling through central Nebraska in mid-June. Susan Rodenburg is organizing the five-day, 285-mile trek, what’s known as a circle tour. “A circle tour means we start and end in the same place,” Rodenburg says. “This year, it’s Ravenna. They’ll take off on June 17th from Ravenna […]

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Man dies days after house fire in Omaha; another still critical

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One man has died, another remains in critical condition from wounds suffered in a house fire Friday in Omaha. The Omaha Fire Department reports 56-year-old Vernon Gamble died from complications due to burns and smoke inhalation. 31-year-old Frederick Stennis remains in critical condition at Nebraska Medical Center. Firefighters say discarded smoking material set the house […]

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Sen. Nordquist to leave Unicameral to become Congressman Ashford Chief of Staff

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State Sen. Jeremy Nordquist of Omaha will leave the Unicameral at the end of the month to become Chief of Staff for Congressman Brad Ashford. Nordquist worked with Ashford in the legislature prior to Ashford’s election to Congress in 2014. Nordquist first won election to the legislature in 2008 and won re-election in 2012. “I […]

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Crouch and Wiegert named to Hall of Fame ballot

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Nebraska legends Eric Crouch and Zach Wiegert have been named to the 2016 College Football Hall of Fame ballot. The 2016 ballot includes 76 players and five coaches from the Football Bowl Subdivision. Crouch was the 2001 Heisman trophy winner and led the Huskers to the national championship game. Wiegert was named Nebraska’s seventh Outland […]

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Nebraska voters might decide the death penalty issue

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A referendum effort is underway that would allow Nebraskans to vote on whether or not the state should reinstate the death penalty. Aimee Melton is a board member with Nebraskans for the Death Penalty and says the first step was taken Monday by filing the necessary documents with the Secretary of State’s office. Melton says […]

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Speaker Hadley: lawmakers had great session, didn’t lose touch (AUDIO)

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Speaker of the Legislature, Sen. Galen Hadley of Kearney, looks back at what he considers a successful legislative session and rejects the notion that lawmakers are out of touch. Hadley gives a quick assessment of the just-concluded legislative session. “I thought it was a great session,” Hadley tells reporters during a post-session interview in his […]

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Late homer lifts Storm Chasers

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For the second straight day the Omaha Storm Chasers used ninth inning heroics to win at Albuquerque. Cheslor Cuthbert’s solo homer in the top of the ninth lifted the Storm Chasers to a 2-1 victory as they split a four game series with the Isotopes. Omaha (26-26) continues a Pacific Coast League road trip with […]

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McDermott tabs former Boston College aide

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Creighton men’s basketball coach Greg McDermott has a new assistant coach. Preston Murphy spent last season on the staff at Boston College, where he had previously served as the program’s director of operations from 2006-10. Murphy also had coaching stints at him alma mater, the University of Rhode Island as well as the high school […]

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Pierson-El named preseason All-American

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Nebraska’s De’Mornay Pierson-El has been named to the preseason All-American team by publisher and college football prognosticator Phil Steele. He was a first-team selection as a punt returner and the only Husker to be named on Steele’s four All-American teams. Pierson-El led the nation in punt return yards in 2014 with 596 and returned three […]

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