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Senator proposes shift in how Nebraska schools are funded (AUDIO)

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A state senator proposes a shift away from property taxes to fund schools by enacting a local income tax. State Sen. Al Davis of Hyannis stated during a news conference in the Capitol Rotunda Nebraska must find a different way to fund public schools. “But despite Nebraska’s strong interest in education, the state has never […]

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Dropping gas prices are helping & hurting ethanol industry

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Gasoline prices are still falling across Nebraska and while it’s great news for motorists, those involved in ethanol production are seeing their profit margins shaved to remain competitive. Nebraska Ethanol Board administrator Todd Sneller says it’s a good news-bad news scenario. “We’ve seen a decline in the margins at ethanol plants but December was an […]

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NU Regent chairman says new president has vision for Nebraska

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University of Nebraska Board of Regents chairman Howard Hawks says the board chose Hank Bounds as the new university president in part because of his vision for Nebraska. Bounds, who has led Mississippi’s eight public universities since 2009, has been chosen to lead the four-campus University of Nebraska system. Hawks says Bounds demonstrated a vision […]

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$25,000 bond set for wife of Nikko Jenkins

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 The wife of convicted murderer Nikko Jenkins was in court today. Chalonda Jenkins was arrested Sunday in Bellevue. Police there arrested her on an outstanding warrant for shoplifting. During that arrest police say Jenkins threatened them and fought back. That led to charges of making terroristic threats and assault in Sarpy County. A judge set […]

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What to do if power lines fall on car

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Icy roads have contributed to several collisions recently between cars and power poles. Omaha Public Power District spokesperson Jodi Baker says in at least one case power lines  landed on a car creating a dangerous situation. Baker says electricity travels through the ground in waves that lose power as they spread. Omaha Public Power District […]

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Name of victim released in Holdrege death investigation

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Authorities in Phelps County are continuing their investigation into the death of a person whose body was found on a public street near the BD plant in Holdrege last Thursday. The victim has been identified as Kristi Carnes of Arapahoe, an employee at the BD facility. Carnes was found unresponsive in her vehicle shortly before […]

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United Way of the Midland launches nationwide presidential search

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United Way of the Midlands has announced it will begin a nationwide search for a new president to succeed Karen Bricklemyer, who died unexpectedly last summer. DHR International’s James Abruzzo will lead the search. Bricklemyer served three years as United Way of the Midlands President and CEO. Senior Vice President of Marketing Shawna Forsberg took […]

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CHI Creighton denied trauma level application

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The Nebraska Department of Health and Human Services conducted a review of CHI Creighton in Omaha last October and denied their application to be designated as a level one Adult Comprehensive Trauma Center.   The DHHS report states CHI Creighton failed to meet standards in clinical capabilities in general services, clinical qualifications in neurosurgery, clinical capabilities […]

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I-80 traffic stop nets 35 pounds of pot

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An Iowa woman has been arrested by Nebraska law enforcement authorities on drug charges following a weekend traffic stop along Interstate 80 in Buffalo County. According to a Nebraska State Patrol incident report, 48-year-old Lori Ferleman of Mason City, Iowa, was stopped by a Nebraska State Trooper on Interstate 80 near the Minden exit Sunday […]

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Husker State among nation’s best for volunteerism

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A report ranks Nebraska 6th in the country for the percentage of residents who volunteer. Those efforts not only benefit those in need, but the head of the federal agency in charge of volunteering and service says it also benefits the volunteers themselves. Wendy Spencer, CEO of the Corporation for National and Community Service, says […]

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Nebraska Medicine patient remains free of Ebola

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Nebraska Medicine reports that the health care worker who had a high risk exposure to Ebola while working in Sierra Leone has not tested positive and remains virus free. The patient has been monitored and tested inside their Biocontainment Unit. “Our testing has shown no signs that this patient has developed Ebola,” said Phil Smith, […]

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NU Board selects new president

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The University of Nebraska Board of Regents voted Monday afternoon and appointed Hank M. Bounds as the new NU president. Bounds is currently the commissioner of higher education at Mississippi Institutions of Higher Learning.   He was one of four finalists interviewed for the position.    

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Lee Terry joins DC law firm

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Former Nebraska Congressman Lee Terry will join Kelley Drye & Warren LLP Government Relations Practice, a law firm in Washington DC. Terry will serve as a Senior Advisor in the Government Relations and Public Policy practice group. A news release states that in Terry’s eight terms in the House of Representatives he helped shape federally […]

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Kearney to host Ebola presentation next week

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An expert on Ebola is scheduled to give a presentation about the virus and preparedness in Kearney next week. Dr. Kimberly Parlson, a biology professor at the University of Nebraska-Kearney, explains some of the uses for the bio-containment unit at the University of Nebraska Medical Center in Omaha. Dr. Parlson says, “What the purpose of […]

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NU women rally on the road to knock off Illinois

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All-American Rachel Theriot scored 20 of her game-high 27 points in the second half to rally No. 19 Nebraska from a seven-point second-half deficit to a 58-53 victory on Sunday over the Illinois Fighting Illini. Nebraska trailed 49-43 with 6:42 left, but Theriot scored eight straight points over the next two minutes to tie the score at […]

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