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State lawmakers advance $8.7B state budget (AUDIO)

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State lawmakers have begun debate on an $8.7 billion state budget for the next two years, advancing it to the next round. Appropriations Committee Chairman, Sen. Health Mello of Omaha, said the committee attempted to address pressing needs while cleaning up some old issues. “The Appropriations Committee particularly focused on property tax relief, K-12 education […]

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Storm Chasers pound Colorado Springs in series opening victory

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Rey Fuentes collected five hits, including a home run, knocked in a pair of runs and scored twice to pace a 16-hit attack in Omaha’s 9-4 victory over Colorado Springs Thursday night in the opener of a four-game set at Security Service Field. The Storm Chasers improved to 11-9 and won for a second time […]

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Nepalese students at UNK hold fundraiser, prayer vigil

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More than 7,000 miles from home, Nepalese students at the University of Nebraska at Kearney are holding a fundraiser to benefit relief efforts following last weekend’s devastating earthquake. UNK graduate student Anjana Brasain says their Nepalese Student Association on campus has just seven members. “For the betterment of Nepal, we are trying to put forth […]

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Mother kept on life support until baby delivery

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In early February, 22 year old Karla Perez of Waterloo suffered a brain hemorrhage and was rushed to Methodist Hospital in Omaha. Perez was 22 weeks pregnant and the baby was not developed enough to survive outside the womb. Dr. Todd Lovgren is a maternal – fetal physician at Methodist Women’s Hospital and says her […]

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Bill to pay teens less than minimum advances in Unicameral

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Supporters of a bill to pay youth a dollar less than the minimum wage have overcome a filibuster and edged the bill close to passage. Sen. Jeremy Nordquist of Omaha defended the filibuster of Legislative Bill 599 against criticism from Sen. Bill Kintner of Papillion, arguing that the bill flies in the face of what […]

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Legislators move tax break bills, but not broad-based relief

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State lawmakers have advanced a couple of tax breaks, but not until hearing a number of legislators grumble about the lack of broad-based property tax relief. Sen. Bill Kintner of Papillion opposes a tax break for the state’s zoos (LB 419), because the Unicameral hasn’t acted on reducing the property tax burden. “I understand the […]

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Creighton baseball battles for non-conference win at South Dakota State

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Head coach Ed Servais and the Creighton Baseball team executed small ball to perfection by manufacturing six runs, to upend South Dakota State 8-5 on Wednesday, April 29. With the win Creighton moved to 25-13 on the season, taking both games from South Dakota State this season. The Jackrabbits, meanwhile, fell to 26-17. The Bluejays […]

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Offense struggles as Creighton softball drops doubleheader to Bulldogs

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The Creighton softball suffered two setbacks in the seventh inning in a doubleheader against Drake by scores of 1-0 and 5-1 in the Bluejays’ home series finale at the CU Sports Complex. Creighton (21-19) found itself tied entering the seventh frame of both games but Drake (30-19) put together late-game rallies to break ties in […]

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Dog flu is confirmed at Nebraska’s eastern border

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Nebraska dog owners need to be on guard as the potentially-fatal dog flu is now on the border. Iowa’s first case of canine influenza is confirmed in Sioux City. Veterinarian Dr. Jeff Bottger, in Sioux City, says the dog flu, known as H3N2, is of greater concern to pets that may have other medical issues. […]

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8th Circuit holds off, will wait for Supreme Court same-sex ruling

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The 8th United States Circuit Court of Appeals is deferring to the U.S. Supreme Court on the issue of same-sex marriage. Nebraska had been scheduled to defend its definition of marriage, which prohibits same-sex marriage on May 12th during a hearing in Omaha. Missouri, South Dakota, and Arkansas, all with similar marriage definitions, are also […]

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Sen. “Captain Chaos” moves to give pro wrestling a tax break (AUDIO)

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A bit of levity came to the floor of the Unicameral today as “Captain Chaos” succeeded in advancing a bill to give professional wrestling a tax break in Nebraska. Sen. Colby Coash of Lincoln adopted the wrestling nickname “Captain Chaos” as he presented LB 291, which would exempt professional wrestling from State Athletic Commission authority, […]

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Law professor says Supreme Court could issue two-prong ruling on same-sex marriage case

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A constitutional law professor from Nebraska expects Justice Anthony Kennedy to be the deciding vote in the same-sex marriage case before the Supreme Court. And Creighton University Professor Michael Fenner says the court could issue a two-prong ruling. Fenner points out Kennedy has written all the opinions handed down by the United States Supreme Court […]

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650 Students taking part in Ag Literacy Festival

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For the next three days the Washington County Fairgrounds in Arlington will be invaded by about 650 third grade students in a four county area for the University of Nebraska – Lincoln Extension’s Ag Literacy Festival. Dodge County Extension Educator Tracy Behnken says only 5% of our state’s population currently live on farms and we […]

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Hubbard man charged in strangulation of wife

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A northeast Nebraska man is charged in the slaying of his estranged wife. Twenty-seven-year-old Rogelio Pablo-Morales, of Hubbard, was charged with murder on Tuesday in the death of 21-year-old Margarita Morales of South Sioux City. Authorities say the woman was strangled on April 19th in Sioux City, Iowa. While Pablo-Morales was initially charged with second-degree […]

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Wayne State conditionally reinstates fraternity suspended for drinking violations

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A fraternity suspended by Wayne State College for abuse of alcohol has been reinstated, conditionally. Wayne State officials say the college has given conditional recognition of the Lambda-Chi chapter of Tau Kappa Epsilon (TKE), effective April 20th through January 31st of 2016. Wayne State suspended TKE in December for drinking violations. The conditional approval is […]

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