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Platte Institute: prison policy must change to reduce recidivisim

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The Platte Institute for Economic Research released the results of their “Securing Nebraska: Correctional Policy Improvements in the Cornhusker State” report that includes recommendations for corrections reform. According to the Platte Institute, corrections policies which incarcerate but don’t reduce recidivism fail taxpayers and public safety Communications and Outreach Director Adam Weinberg says they looked at […]

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UNMC/Nebraska Medicine receive White House Ebola recognition

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At 12:20 Wednesday afternoon, University of Nebraska Medical Center Chancellor Jeffrey Gold and Nebraska Medicine – Nebraska Medical Center medical director of the Biocontainment Unit Dr. Phil Smith will be participating in an event in the White House in recognition of their response to the Ebola crisis.  President Barack Obama will attend and speak at […]

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Omaha man found guilty of stealing from grandmother in nursing home

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A mother and son have pleaded no contest to charges they stole money from their mother and grandmother, a resident of an Omaha area nursing home. The Attorney General’s Medicaid Fraud and Patient Abuse Unit brought charges against Kimberly Hill and Jordan Hill, both of Omaha. The two are accused of stealing from Mary Hill. […]

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Questions raised, still proposed tax on suspect video machines advances (AUDIO)

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Questions are raised about a proposal to tax video machines suspected of being illegal gambling devices. Still, the bill advances in the Unicameral. LB 70, sponsored by Sen. Paul Schumacher of Columbus, would impose a 10% tax on suspect machines unless the owner can prove they aren’t used illegally for gambling. Sen. Beau McCoy of Omaha […]

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New Nebraska quarter honoring homesteaders goes into circulation

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A replica water pump built by Beatrice High School Industrial Arts students released the first flood of quarters featuring the Homestead National Monument during Tuesday’s ceremony in Beatrice. It marked the beginning of 300-million of the 25-cent pieces which will go into circulation as part of the U.S. Mint’s America the Beautiful Series. Mark Engler, […]

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High school basketball scores from 2/10/15

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Boys scores Ainsworth 80, Stuart 45 Allen 32, Winside 28 Amherst 62, Alma 54 Anselmo-Merna 60, South Loup 59 Aquinas Catholic 68, Humphrey St. Francis 57 Auburn 50, Syracuse 49 Bancroft-Rosalie 61, Howells-Dodge 53 Banner County 63, Hyannis 35 Battle Creek 82, Neligh-Oakdale 58 Bayard 47, Leyton 37 Boone Central/Newman Grove 59, Northwest 36 Boyd […]

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Grand Island man convicted in cell phone peeping

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A former Kearney restaurant manager has been convicted of using his cellphone to record female employees in the business’s restroom. Twenty-eight-year-old Robert Koziol of Grand Island recently pleaded no contest in Buffalo County District Court to five counts of felony unlawful intrusion between January 1st and September 25th of 2014. As part of a plea […]

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Kyle Korver replaces Dwayne Wade. First Creighton player since ’75 to appear in the NBA All-Star game

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Kyle Korver  became the first Creighton Bluejay in 40 years to be selected to the NBA All-Star game, replacing the injured Dwayne Wade.  Korver, the fourth Atlanta Hawk chosen, was selected by Commissioner Adam Silver for the Eastern Conference team after Wade pulled out because of a hamstring injury. Korver, who turns 34 next month, […]

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Wisconsin too much for Huskers as late rally falls short

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Sam Dekker matched his career high with 21 points, and Wisconsin (22-2, 10-1 Big Ten) won its seventh straight game with a 65-55 win over Nebraska on Tuesday night at Pinnacle Bank Arena. The Cornhuskers (13-11, 5-7) lost for the fourth time in five games. Dekker’s three-pointer with just under five minutes to play put the […]

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Powerball jackpot bounds to $485-million for tonight’s drawing

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Nebraskans are expected to snap up Powerball tickets at a brisk rate today as the jackpot for tonight’s drawing has climbed to a record level. Lottery spokeswoman Mary Neubauer says there’s added attention to this $485-million jackpot for another reason. She says it’s been almost one year since the jackpot was this high as there seemed […]

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Former Elm Creek Village Clerk set to go to trial on embezzlement charges

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The former Elm Creek Village Clerk is scheduled to go on trial in Buffalo County, charged with embezzling more than $10,000 from the city. Forty-nine-year-old Wendy Stephens appeared in Buffalo County Court Tuesday for a preliminary hearing, at which time she waived her right to a speedy trial. The case will now be bound over […]

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UNK student admits to making bomb threats against school

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A student at the University of Nebraska in Kearney has confessed to making bomb threats against the school. Nineteen-year-old Matthew Skinner of Ogallala pleaded guilty Monday in Buffalo County Court to a charge of attempted threatening the use of explosives. The charge stems from an incident on September 24th in which Skinner, a freshman at […]

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Push to repeal motorcycle helmet law comes as 75th Sturgis Motorcycle Rally approaches

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Supporters of an effort to repeal the state mandatory motorcycle helmet law claim Nebraska loses millions of tourism dollars, because of its helmet law. They say the upcoming 75th anniversary of the Sturgis Motorcycle Rally in South Dakota makes this the perfect year to repeal the law. Opponents counter the money reaped cannot replace the […]

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Nebraska Lottery Powerball ticket give-away

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The Nebraska Lottery is adding to the excitement of Wednesday’s big jackpot drawing. Spokesperson Neil Watson says the estimated jackpot amount is $450-million dollars so they will distribute 450 coupons for free Powerball tickets at three locations in Nebraska on Wednesday.  Powerball officials will be at Russ’s Market on Coddington Avenue in Lincoln at noon […]

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Nation’s newest 25-cent piece honors Nebraska history, monument

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A standing room only crowd filled the Education Center of the Homestead National Monument near Beatrice on Monday night as area residents, coin collectors and National Park Service personnel learned about the process of putting the monument on U.S. currency. The Homestead is the first of 2015 and the 26th overall in the United States […]

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