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Minimum wage hike makes the November ballot

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Nebraska voters will decide whether the state minimum wage is increased. Secretary of State John Gale has announced organizers gathered well more than the signatures needed to place the issue on the November ballot. Organizers needed to gather slightly more than 80,000 signatures of registered Nebraska voters to land on the ballot. Gale says nearly […] Read More »

The Tax Wall Street Party falls short of ballot status

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A would-be Nebraska political party has fallen short. Secretary of State John Gale reports The Tax Wall Street Party failed to gather enough signatures to make it on the November ballot. Organizers turned in 5,679 signatures to the Secretary of State’s office earlier this month. They needs at least 4,880 valid signatures from Nebraska voters […] Read More »

School is in session – how to combat the bully

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Many Nebraska schools are already underway and while it is an exciting time for some it can be a time of dread for others – meaning the bully.  Peggy Caruso is a personal development coach and sees this problem all too often and says children don’t report it out of fear or further humiliation. Caruso […] Read More »

State unemployment rate rises a tenth of a percent, still lower than a year ago

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The state unemployment rate rose slightly in July, up a tenth of a point to 3.6%. Acting state Commissioner of Labor, John Albin, has been reviewing the numbers. “The thing that stands out to me is that it was the 11th straight month where if you do a year over year comparison the unemployment rate […] Read More »

Health alerts issued for 2 more lakes, in effect for 3 others

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Health alerts have been issued for two more lakes, while three remain under health alerts. State officials report health alerts for toxic blue-green algae have been issued for Bluestem Lake in Lancaster County and Oliver Lake in Kimball County. Health alerts remain in effect for Iron Horse Lake in Pawnee County, Willow Creek Lake 5A […] Read More »

Inmate found dead in Adams County hanged himself

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An inmate found dead in the Adams County jail hanged himself, according to the County Attorney. County Attorney Donna Fegler Daiss investigated the death of inmate Matthew Arterbrun in her role as county coroner. Arterbrun was found dead in his fail cell this past weekend. He was 39. Arterburn was being held at the jail in […] Read More »

State Sen. Conrad to become director of ACLU Nebraska

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State Sen. Danielle Conrad will transition into a position with the American Civil Liberties Union once she leaves office. Conrad will become director of the ACLU of Nebraska in November. Conrad, who is 37, will complete her second term as state senator at the end of the year. Term limits prohibits her from running for […] Read More »

Sesquicentennial celebration in Valley this weekend

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 In 1864 the DouglasCounty community of Valley was established by the Union Pacific Railroad as they developed plans for the Transcontinental Railroad. That means Valley is 150 years old and they are celebrating their sesquicentennial this weekend. Mayor Carroll Smith says events kick off this afternoon with a golf tournament at the Pines. From 3 […] Read More »

Both Johanns and Fischer see GOP takeover of Senate (AUDIO)

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Both of Nebraska’s United States Senators believe Republicans will take the majority in the Senate this fall and both want the Senate to revert back to its old rules. Sen. Mike Johanns believes Republicans have a very good chance of taking over the Senate. “Just simply, because the Senate’s not working under Harry Reid,” Johanns […] Read More »

Wayne State’s freshman class of 700 moves in today

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It’s move-in day at Wayne State College, where President Curt Frye says it will be a busy day, especially for the freshmen. “We’re going to be just a shade under 3,600 students total,” Fry says. “We have about 698 freshmen that are registered. What I would advise them to do is pull up, unload and […] Read More »

US Senate candidate Jenkins says Nebraska is ready for an independent

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A recent public opinion poll indicates Nebraska voters would consider voting for an independent candidate for United States Senate. Independent candidate Jim Jenkins commissioned the poll and says its results are encouraging. “Well, I think it reflects that Nebraskans have historically been pretty independent and open-minded. I think we’re political pragmatists,” Jenkins tells Nebraska Radio […] Read More »

Nebraska volleyball picked behind Penn State

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The Big Ten Conference released its preseason volleyball poll on Thursday afternoon and Nebraska’s 2014 squad was picked second by the league’s coaches. Senior Mary Pollmiller and sophomore Kadie Rolfzen were named to the 15-member preseason All-Big Ten team, with Rolfzen an unanimous selection. The 2014 season marks Nebraska’s fourth season as a member of […] Read More »

Deadly school bus – pick up accident in Saunders County

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An East Butler Public School bus with 11 students on board collided with a pick up around 7:30 Thursday morning on a county road northwest of Valparaiso. Saunders County Sheriff Kevin Stukenholtz says the pick up driver was thrown from the vehicle when it rolled.  That person was airlifted to a Lincoln hospital and pronounced dead. […] Read More »

Scammers targeting more utility customers

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Scammers apparently are working overtime to take advantage of hard working Nebraskans. Omaha Public Power District spokesperson Jodi Baker says so far this month 36 customers reported receiving calls from someone claiming to be from the utility demanding money. Customers reported seven calls in July and 27 in June. Baker says customers have reported the […] Read More »

One person killed, others injured in pick-up, bus crash (UPDATE)

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One person has died, two others have been critically wounded in a pick-up, school bus crash in eastern Nebraska. None of the students on the East Butler Public Schools bus was seriously injured, though they all went to a local hospital as a precaution. Saunders County Sheriff Kevin Stukenholtz says the pick-up driver, 50-year-old Steven […] Read More »