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UNL survey shows ag land values dropped statewide during past year

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Nebraska ag land values fell 2% overall in a farm real estate market survey from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. It covered the 12-month period ending February 1st. UNL Extension educator Jim Jansen says that average doesn’t tell the whole story. “The land classes that support the beef industry, as an example, the grazing land or […]

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Those needing help can now text 911 in Buffalo County from any cell

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Buffalo County is now the first county in Nebraska to receive 911 text messages through all available cell phone companies. In January, 911 emergency dispatch centers in Buffalo and Douglas counties began accepting text messages from Sprint and Verizon customers with texting plans. Messages are accepted from people in situations in which it otherwise would […]

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Historic 1870s one-room schoolhouse to undergo restoration

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One of the oldest remaining one-room schoolhouses in Nebraska is undergoing renovation. Susan Cook, a park ranger at the Homestead National Monument of America near Beatrice, says visitors won’t be able to step inside the Freeman School for a few weeks. “We’re replacing the whole wood floor in it,” she says. “They did replace it […]

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Wayne County to still conduct weddings inside courthouse

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There’s a correction from some local media reports about the Wayne County Courthouse being involved in part of the discussion about anybody, straight or gay, could no longer have their wedding in the Wayne Courthouse; you still can. Only the Wayne County Magistrate will no longer perform anymore ceremonies. Randy Larson, Chair of the Wayne […]

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UNL grad is now CNN’s man in Washington DC

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A University of Nebraska Journalism College graduate is in the midst of covering his fifth presidential election. CNN’s senior Washington correspondent Jeff Zeleny says the speed of the news cycle has changed how often candidates are forced to answer questions, which was the case with last week’s landmark U.S. Supreme Court ruling on same-sex marriage. […]

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Historic Fort Kearny to host Civil War encampment this weekend

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One of Nebraska’s longest-running Fourth of July celebrations will kick into gear again tomorrow at Fort Kearny State Historical Park near Kearney. Gene Hunt, the park’s superintendent, says it’s a historic look at our state’s pioneer past. “A group of Fort Kearny reinactors has been coming out here for years,” Hunt says. “They set up […]

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OSHA will investigate West Point explosion

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The U-S Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration opened an investigation into Wednesday’s explosion at Sapp Bros. in West Point. Workers were cleaning out propane tanks when the explosion happened around 3:30 pm. Seven people were injured and two were airlifted to Nebraska Medicine in Omaha for treatment. OSHA spokesperson Rhonda Burke says […]

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UNMC/Nebraska Medicine – National Ebola Training and Education Center

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The University of Nebraska Medical Center/Nebraska Medicine has been named one of three institutions that will make up the National Ebola Training and Education Center. UNMC Chancellor Dr. Jeffrey Gold says they are pleased to accept this designation as a national leader in the world’s fight against Ebola and other infectious diseases. Emory University in […]

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Fireworks impact on air quality

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Everyone loves a backyard fireworks display or attending a big show on the 4th of July. Douglas County Health Department Director Dr. Adi Pour doesn’t want to rain on anyone’s celebration but says those with certain health conditions should limit their time outdoors due to the heavy smoke. Dr. Pour says the department’s monitor shows […]

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New facilities named at Nebraska

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The soon to be completed University of Nebraska Soccer and Tennis Complex has officially been named Hibner Stadium and Barbara Hibner Field for soccer and the Sid and Hazel Dillon Tennis Center. Hibner Stadium features a full-sized competition field with lights and seating for about 2,500 spectators. The Huskers will compete in the new facility […]

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Husker recruit leads Australia to upset win

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Future Husker Jack McVeigh led Australia to a 69-56 upset of Serbia in the medal round of the FIBA under-19 World Championships. McVeigh scored 18 points and hauled down 12 rebounds as Australia advanced to Friday mornings quarterfinal round and a matchup with Turkey. A 6-foot-7 guard/forward, McVeigh is averaging 10.8 points per game and […]

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Lincoln falls in extra innings

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St. Paul scored four runs in the top of the 12th inning to beat the Lincoln Saltdogs 12-8 on Wednesday night. The Saltdogs forced extra innings by scoring four two-out runs in the bottom of the ninth inning. Aaron Payne worked a two-out walk in the last of the ninth with the ‘Dogs trailing 6-2 […]

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Omaha blanked in Ventra rehab start

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The Omaha Storm Chasers suffered their sixth shutout loss of the season on Wednesday night with a 2-0 loss to the New Orleans Zephyrs. Kansas City Royals  right-hander Yordano Ventura made his second start as part of his rehab assignment with Omaha. Ventura allowed only one run in five and a third innings of work but was saddled […]

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Governor stands behind big-money donation to death penalty effort

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Governor Pete Ricketts is defending his donation to the group seeking to reinstate the death penalty in Nebraska. Governor Ricketts was asked during a press conference on Wednesday about his $100,000 donation to the organization leading the petition drive. “I don’t think there’s anything inappropriate about allowing Nebraskans the opportunity to be able to vote […]

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7 hurt as blasts rock petroleum facility in West Point

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A series of explosions in eastern Nebraska leaves two workers hospitalized in critical condition at Nebraska Medicine. Crews were cleaning propane trucks at a business in West Point Wednesday afternoon when the blasts and fire happened. Witnesses say the workers were taken to the hospital on a medical helicopter after seven of them had originally […]

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