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Volunteers descend on Pilger to help in first step to recovery

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Nearly two thousand volunteers have descended on Pilger to help with the clean up after an EF-4 tornado destroyed up to three-quarters of the small community in northeast Nebraska. The devastation hit Erica Hanton of Omaha hard. She grew up in Pilger. “I spent a lot of my childhood here in Pilger. Every day, in […] Read More »

Rebuilding after a tornado

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As residents of Pilger continue to clean up after Monday’s deadly tornado, Fred Standa knows the path to recovery is not an easy one. Standa was the mayor of Mapleton, Iowa in April of 2011 when an EF-3 tornado hit the town of 14-hundred. He says somehow you get by with a little help from […] Read More »

Sen. Fischer seeks to increase micro loan limits to small business

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Sen. Deb Fischer is looking at ways to help small businesses in Nebraska and across the country. Fischer has introduced legislation that seeks to increase access to capital for people looking to start a small business. “Studies have shown that the availability of microfinance services increased household incomes and strengthened families and community,” Fischer tells […] Read More »

Study to help reduce prison population underway (AUDIO)

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An effort to reform the Nebraska criminal justice system with an eye to reducing prison population is underway. Reforming state sentencing laws and incarceration isn’t easy, according to Gov. Dave Heineman. “It’s a challenge every single day,” Heineman tells reporters during a news conference in his Capitol office. “Obviously, if the criminals would quit committing […] Read More »

Omaha Police Department on COPS

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The Omaha Police Department has partnered with the Spike television series COPS. A news release from the department states this is part of an on-going community policing imitative. Showing our officers in action is the ultimate form of transparency. Community policing is imperative to gaining and keeping the trust of the citizens of Omaha. “I’m […] Read More »

All three candidates in Upper Big Blue race advance to General Election

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All three candidates in the race for the Upper Big Blue NRD, Subdistrict 4, will appear on the November ballot after the Nebraska State Board of Canvassers addressed a mistake made in the May 13th primary. The board ordered a recount after learning that the race was inadvertently left off the ballot for approximately 2,000 […] Read More »

Audit shows problems with state’s gambling commission

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State auditors conducting a review on the Nebraska Commission on Problem Gambling saw red flags when it came to awarding contracts to help problem gamblers. Auditor Mike Foley says the commission formed in July of 2013 and hired an interim director. That person was the director of a group that provided services to those with […] Read More »

Day five CWS: Texas hits the first homer and knocks out UC-Irvine

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Texas shortstop C.J Hinojosa’s home run in the seventh inning, the first in 115 innings of play at the CWS, gave the Longhorns a 1-0 win against the UC-Irvine Anteaters.   That lone run stood up behind another solid pitching performance from Longhorn’s ace Chad Hollingsworth, who pitched eight shutout innings. Texas as a team had […] Read More »

Gas prices creep up in Nebraska following unrest in Iraq

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Militants stormed Iraq’s main oil refinery this week and were driven back by the country’s military, escalating fears of a looming Iraqi civil war. It’s prompted a modest rise in gasoline prices in the U-S, according to Gail Weinholzer, spokeswoman for Triple-A-Nebraska. “Unfortunately, anytime there’s significant political unrest in the Middle East, it tends to […] Read More »

Gov. Heineman vows to get to bottom of early inmate release

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Gov. Dave Heineman vows to get to the bottom of the mistakes made by the Nebraska Department of Correctional Services that led to inmates being prematurely released from prison. The Omaha World Herald reports in a special investigation that the department miscalculated prison time served for 50 inmates who received early release, with more than […] Read More »

Volunteers needed for Pilger clean up

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Clean up is underway in Pilger after the deadly tornado Monday and volunteers are needed. Mike White is with the Nebraska Emergency Management Agency and encourages folks that can help to do so. White says safety is their biggest concern and those volunteering first need to be able to handle the heat. He recommends wearing […] Read More »

Pilger woman remains in critical condition after twister

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A woman injured in Monday’s tornado that hit Pilger remains in critical condition at Alegent Creighton Health in Omaha. Kay Labenz is the mother of 42 year old Kandi Murphree and says Kandi remains in intensive care with head trauma and a broken leg.  Labenz says 4 year old Robin is being taken care by […] Read More »

Flooding anticipated along the Missouri River

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Omaha city officials closed N-P Dodge Park in preparation for potential flooding along the Missouri River. The National Weather Service reports 2 to 8 inches of rain fell north of Omaha in the past 24 hours and more rain is expected in the days ahead. Omaha Parks Director Brook Bench says more than 340 boats […] Read More »

Gov. Heineman: Hardly anything is left in Pilger (AUDIO)

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Gov. Dave Heineman toured a devastated community and said recovery for Pilger has just begun. Heineman traveled to the small northeast Nebraska community of Pilger to observe first-hand the damage done by twin tornadoes. “It’s total devastation, massive damage, unbelievable damage,” Heineman told Kevin Thomas, host of Drive Time Lincoln on Nebraska Radio Network affiliate […] Read More »

Nebraska football season tickets now on sale

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Individuals interested in purchasing any of the remaining available seats can go to Huskers.com/tickets or call the Nebraska Athletic Ticket Office at 800 8 BIG RED. This season fans have the opportunity to get a view of the field from the seats that are available on Huskers.com. Season tickets for the 2014 season are $56 […] Read More »