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Sen. Johanns proposes competition to improve VA (AUDIO)

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Sen. Mike Johanns says veterans dissatisfied with the health care provided by the Veterans Administration should be allowed to seek care in the private sector. Johanns, a member of the Veterans Affairs Committee, says the committee has been enormously generous to the VA’s budget requests in the past. “The VA would come in and say, […] Read More »

Beat the heat – drink water

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The heat and humidity returned to Nebraska in force this week and many hospitals and clinics are busy treating patients suffering from heat related illness. Dr. Michael Walts is with Alegent Creighton Health in the Omaha metro area and says the best thing you can do is to drink plenty of water… not alcohol or […] Read More »

Eastern Nebraska man charged with sex trafficking

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An Omaha man will spend 10 years in federal prison for sex trafficking in Iowa and Nebraska. Court records show 25-year-old Adrien Jamaal Cole pled guilty to sex trafficking in March of this year. An investigation found Cole had used minors in and around the Omaha area as prostitutes. He also recruited teen girls to […] Read More »

Sen. Johanns joins legislation to address border crisis (AUDIO)

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Sen. Mike Johanns has backed legislation to resolve the crisis which has allowed an estimated 57,000 children to cross the southern border illegally. Johanns co-sponsors a bill that would tweak the 2008 law on illegal immigrant children, create a swifter immigration process for the children, and add 40 immigration judges. “In Nebraska, immigration court dates […] Read More »

Storm Chasers Start Road Trip With A Win

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Christian Colon collected three hits, scored a run and drove in a run to lead Omaha to a 4-1 decision over Memphis Monday night in the opener of a four-game series at AutoZone Park. The Storm Chasers won their second straight to improve to 53-48 and moved to within a half-game of division-leading Iowa, which […] Read More »

Huskers add commitment from OL Jurkovic

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Nebraska added another verbal commitment to the 2015 recruiting class as offensive lineman Mirko Jurkovic Jr. committed to the Huskers. The 6-foot-5, 276-pound Jurkovic has close to 20 offers on the table, but recently named a top three that consisted of Florida, Nebraska, and Ohio State after having taken unofficial visits to all three schools. Although it […] Read More »

State’s cattle producers encouraged to attend meetings to learn, sound off

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The Nebraska Cattlemen’s Association is holding a series of meetings around the state this week to get input from its members on various state and federal issues and concerns. The association’s legislative director Laura Field says they’re making seven stops for meetings. Field says, “We’re going to talk about some issues with animal health and […] Read More »

Congressional delegation urges prompt approval of disaster declaration

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The state Congressional delegation has written President Barack Obama, asking the president to act swiftly on the state request for a presidential disaster declaration in wake of the Pilger tornado. A slew of storms hit not only Pilger, but a number of communities in Cedar, Cuming, Dixon, Stanton, and Wayne Counties. Sen. Mike Johanns says […] Read More »

OSHA determines cause of collapse at Omaha facility

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International Nutrition in Omaha has been fined $120-thousand dollars in safety violations after a collapse that killed two people last January. Occupational Safety and Health Administration officials say the collapse was caused by nine overloaded storage bins of limestone on the roof. That weight caused three floors to collapse inward. OSHA spokesman Scott Allen says […] Read More »

Health alert issued for Will Creek Reservoir in northeast Nebraska

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A new health alert has been issued for a Nebraska lake. State officials report a health alert for toxic blue-green algae has been issued for northeastern Nebraska’s Willow Creek Reservoir in Pierce County. A health alert continues for Rockford Lake in Gage County in southeastern Nebraska. The health alert was issued for Willow Creek when […] Read More »

York man sentenced to 20+ years in prison for child pornography

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A 47-year-old York man will serve 23 years in federal prison, then will be placed on 20 years of supervised released, and be forced to register as a sex offender for producing child pornography. Federal prosecutors say Bobby Gene Clark, Jr. was arrested by the York Police Department after a 7-year-old described being sexually assaulted. […] Read More »

Omaha mayor’s budget proposal includes more police officers

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The city of Omaha is getting ready to work on budgets and included in Mayor Jean Stothert’s proposal is more money for the police department to hire more officers. Over the weekend the Omaha World Herald reported the department solved 7% of burglaries in 2013 compared to 16% in 2004. In 2013 they solved 12% […] Read More »

One person dead, another injured in Lincoln motorcycle crash

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One person died, another suffered injuries when a motorcycle ran a red light in Lincoln and crashed into a sports utility vehicle. Lincoln police report 21-year-old Jessie McCain of Lincoln, a passenger on the motorcycle, died at the scene of the crash late Saturday night, O and Cotner Streets. The driver of the motorcycle, 21-year-old […] Read More »

Teen-ager dies in central Nebraska accident

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A teen-ager has died in a rollover accident in central Nebraska in which a 15-year-old was behind the wheel. The Nebraska State Patrol reports 16-year-old Jayden Friend of Fullerton died late Saturday night after being thrown from the car. Friend was pronounced dead at the scene. The 15-year-old driver was taken to a hospital. The […] Read More »

State Bar hopes to lure more law students to rural Nebraska (AUDIO)

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Too many rural Nebraska counties have too few attorneys. The Nebraska State Bar Association hopes to do something about it. Twelve counties have no lawyer. Twenty-two have three or fewer. Some rural lawyers are aging. Some have retired. Some want to retire. “There’s one lawyer who wants to retire, but says his clients won’t let […] Read More »