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Congressman Fortenberry calls for Ebola travel restrictions (AUDIO)

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Another member of the Nebraska Congressional delegation calls for travel restrictions in the fight against Ebola. Congressman Jeff Fortenberry calls for a ban on all unnecessary commercial flights to countries fighting the Ebola outbreak. “This is a very serious disease. This should be fundamentally about protecting public safety,” Fortenberry tells Kevin Thomas, host of Drive […] Read More »

Biocontainment unit makes changes to treat Ebola patients

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Nebraska Medicine – Nebraska Medical Center in Omaha is becoming a world leader in treatment of Ebola. Staff successfully treated two patients with the second released on Wednesday. Dr. Phil Smith is the director of their biocontainment unit and says they are sharing their knowledge with other facilities. Dr. Smith says, “We are looking at […] Read More »

Nebraska’s winter wheat crop off to a fast, healthy start

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Planting of winter wheat in Nebraska is all but wrapped up for the season. Royce Schaneman, executive director of the Nebraska Wheat Board, says timely rainfall helped producers get the crop in the ground and conditions are very favorable. “We’re off to a fast start,” Schaneman says. “We’ve had good germination and the crop’s getting […] Read More »

Farm truck accident kills Hebron man

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An accident involving a farm truck and a semi tractor-trailer in southern Nebraska has claimed the life of a 62-year-old man. The Thayer County Sheriff’s Office reports James Summers of Hebron died in the accident near Hebron. According to the office, Summers was crossing U.S. 81 in his farm truck when a semi driven by […] Read More »

Lincoln woman charged with leaving scene of fatal August accident

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A 34-year-old Lincoln woman faces a variety of charges in connection with the death of her friend who fell out of the sunroof of her sports utility vehicle in August. Lincoln Police Department spokeswoman Katie Flood says Lindsey McCallister has been charged with leaving the scene of an injury accident, tampering with evidence, and drunk […] Read More »

Ebola patient released from Omaha hospital

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Nebraska Medicine – Nebraska Medical Center in Omaha has successfully treated their second Ebola patient. Ashoka Mukpo was released this morning from the hospital’s biocontainment unit and is on his way home to Providence, Rhode Island. Mukpo did not attend a morning news conference in Omaha but Dr. Jeff Gold, Chancellor of the University of […] Read More »

Kenney defends controversial program; denies governor knowledge

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State Corrections Director Mike Kenney defends his controversial program to allow prison inmates released prematurely to serve out the rest of their sentences at home. Kenney objects to state senators on a special legislative committee calling his temporary alternative placement program illegal, insisting it was the best alternative for a handful of inmates who had […] Read More »

National Teen Driver Safety Week

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Motor vehicle crashes are the number one killer of teenagers in Nebraska. This is National Teen Driver Safety Week and parents are urged to review the rules of the road with their young drivers. Nebraska Department of Highway Safety Administrator Fred Zwonechek says in 2013, teens represented 7.1% of all licensed drivers in the state […] Read More »

Players consider it an honor to wear the Blackshirts. So much, that one player doesn’t feel he’s ready to wear it yet (AUDIO)

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16 Husker defenders were awarded the coveted Blackshirt jersey. Upfront defensive ends Randy Gregory and Greg McMullen both were selected as ends in the Blackshirt group. Defensive tackles were sophomore Maliek Collins, and juniors Kevin Williams and Vincent Valentine. Four linebackers with seniors Zaire Anderson, Trevor Roach, junior David Santos and sophomore Josh Banderas being […] Read More »

Big East coaches pick Creighton for 9th

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The Creighton men’s basketball team has been picked to finish ninth in a preseason poll of BIG EAST coaches. Defending league champion Villanova was a unanimous favorite with 81 points, as coaches are not able to vote for their own team in the poll. Georgetown (67) picked up the other first place vote and was […] Read More »

A lighter hand leads to more participation in wellness programs (AUDIO)

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Methods have changed and it seems more employees and school children are participating in wellness programs. More and more businesses offer wellness programs, help with exercise and diet, to improve employee health and reduce insurance costs. Tara Smydra runs the program for Norfolk Iron and Metal Company and says a change in tactic increased employee […] Read More »

New span opens this afternoon joining Nebraska & Iowa

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A new bridge is opening today connecting southeast Nebraska and southwest Iowa. Officials say completion of the project not only eases travel for motorists but will encourage economic development between the states for years to come. Scott Nixon, a construction engineer with the Iowa Department of Transportation, says it’s been a lengthy, expensive venture. “The […] Read More »

National Cyber Security Awareness Month – BBB scam alert

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This is National Cyber Security Awareness Month and the Better Business Bureau – Nebraska is doing everything they can to help consumers and businesses do a better job securing their personal information. President and CEO Jim Hegarty says after big data breaches at businesses and restaurants they are holding a seminar on Thursday in Omaha.   […] Read More »

TransCanada denies Energy East is alternative to Keystone XL

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A TransCanada executive denies an ambitious new project by the company is being undertaken as an alternative to the Keystone XL pipeline. Approval of Keystone XL has been delayed for years. TransCanada now awaits a decision on its route through Nebraska from the state Supreme Court. Vice President for the Keystone Pipeline Project, Corey Goulet, […] Read More »

Candidate Ashford claims public is put off by negative ads against him

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The 2nd District U-S House of Representatives race has taken a nasty turn. Television ads by the National Republican Campaign Committee display Democratic candidate Brad Ashford’s picture next to convicted murderer Nikko Jenkins. It claims Ashford, a state senator from Omaha and chairman of the legislature’s Judiciary Committee, supports Nebraska’s “good time” law, contending the law let […] Read More »