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Omaha man sentenced to life as three-time offender

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A 29-year-old Omaha man has been sentenced to life in prison as a three-time felon after being convicted by a federal jury last year on two counts of bank robbery and one count of attempted bank robbery. Investigators used data from Quantal Blake’s ankle bracelet to convict him. According to U.S. Attorney Deborah Gilg, investigators […]

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Nebraska higher ed seeking nearly $300 million for building projects

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Nebraska’s state colleges and universities are asking lawmakers for millions of dollars in building projects. The Nebraska State College System is seeking nearly $50.4 million to renovate three buildings and construct a new facility on its three campuses. Chancellor Stan Carpenter made the funding request (LB755) to the state Appropriations Committee Tuesday morning. “We recognize […]

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Omaha man charged with motor vehicle homicide posts bail

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A Council Bluffs family is mourning the loss of a 21 year old woman killed in a tragic accident on January 31st. Prosecutors say 19 year old Eswin Mejia was street racing in Omaha when he rear-ended Sarah Root’s SUV.  She was rushed to a hospital and later died. There have been a lot of […]

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Sen. Fischer gave indications she supported Rubio prior to announcement (AUDIO)

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United States Sen. Deb Fischer tipped her hand on the endorsement of Florida Senator Marco Rubio for President late last year. Rubio was the headline speaker at the Nebraska Party’s Founders Day in late November in the Omaha area, taking time out of campaigning in Iowa. He came to Nebraska at the request of Fischer, […]

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Douglas County Health Department cracking down on operating without a permit

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The Douglas County Health Department may close upwards of 165 food and beverage businesses that are currently operating without a permit.   Chief of Administration and Finance Tim Kelso says all businesses were sent notifications in November that the new permits were due on December 9th.  Reminders to those delinquent were sent in January that permits […]

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Record number of Nebraskans get insurance through federal marketplace

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The number of Nebraskans who have healthcare coverage through the Affordable Care Act for the coming year totals 87,835. The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services reports the state’s enrollment grew by about 14,000 from last year. James Goddard, Nebraska Appleseed healthcare director, calls that good news, but says more needs to be done […]

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Checking work email while on vacation? You’re not really on vacation.

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A technology expert recommends Nebraskans take some time away from electronic devices to make life a little easier. Rey Junco uses technology every day for research but he decided about five years ago he needed to set it aside to refresh himself. “Every year, twice a year, I take a break from all technology,” Junco […]

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Shepard claims record ninth B1G award

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For a record ninth time Nebraska’s Jessica Shepard has been named the Big Ten Conference women’s basketball Freshman-of-the-Week. The 6-4 forward from Fremont, Nebraska, completed the 13th week of the women’s basketball season by becoming Nebraska’s single-season freshman scoring leader with 466 points. Shepard eclipsed the previous Husker freshman mark held by Debra Powell (461) […]

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Creighton prepares for #5 Xavier

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Creighton coach Greg McDermott says rebounding remains a priority as the Bluejays prepare to host fifth-ranked Xavier on Tuesday night in Big East action. After getting pounded by Seton Hall and Villanova on the glass the Bluejays responded by outrebounding DePaul 43-25 in Saturday’s 88-66 victory. “I think we are fundamentally a better rebounding team […]

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Woman shares human trafficking message Tuesday in Omaha

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There will be an important message for Nebraska parents, guardians to grandparents and teachers shared Tuesday night at Westwood Church in Omaha. Members of the Set Me Free Project will hold an presentation on the dangers of sex trafficking and how to prevent children from falling victim.  Guest speaker Bronwyn Zitka travels the state talking […]

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Sen. Fischer endorses Marco Rubio for President

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United States Sen. Deb Fischer endorses Florida Senator Marco Rubio for President. “Well, I’m just excited this morning to announce that I am endorsing Marco Rubio for president and I look forward to campaigning for him and working for him throughout this campaign,” Fischer tells Nebraska Radio Network in a telephone interview from Washington, D.C. […]

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Nebraska’s consumer confidence dips while businesses show optimism

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Consumer confidence is down at the beginning of the year, according to the University of Nebraska-Lincoln Bureau of Business Research (BBR). The group’s monthly index shows a 4.3% decline from December to January. BBR Director Eric Thompson says he is not surprised. “I think the decline from December to January probably reflects sort of the […]

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Meatpacker bill opens rare divide among rural Nebraska lawmakers (AUDIO)

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Debate on the bill lifting Nebraska’s ban on meatpackers owning hogs causes a rare split among the Unicameral’s rural delegation. Normally united to promote rural interests, the hog packer bill divided rural legislators. “Well, I hope my urban colleagues are enjoying the split among us rural, ag senators,” Sen. Curt Friesen of Henderson remarked during […]

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UNMC physician takes part in recent HIV study

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The result of a recent study suggests there is pathway to a possible cure for HIV-1 infection. University of Nebraska Medical Center’s Dr. Courtney Fletcher is dean of the College of Pharmacy and took part in this study that questioned why powerful drugs administered to patients didn’t wipe out the infection.  Dr. Fletcher says the […]

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Could you use another $2,300 in your tax refund check? Read on…

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The Internal Revenue Service is appealing to Nebraska taxpayers to sign up for the Earned Income Tax Credit. Ken Corbin, who directs the program for the IRS, says if you made money working in 2015, you may be eligible for the credit. “Any person who has earned income from employment — whether you’re running a […]

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