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Sen. Johanns worried changes to lunch program too many too fast

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There have been a number of changes to the school lunch program and that has Senator Mike Johanns concerned. Senator Johanns serves on the Senate Agriculture Committee and says the new regulations and requirements make too many changes too quickly and there is little flexibility at the local level to account for differences in students […] Read More »

UNMC Physician with update on chikungunya

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Physicians in the U-S are learning more about the exotic-sounding illness that originated in the Caribbean - chikungunya. Most of those in the U-S with the illness had recently traveled to that area and returned home ill. Chief of the Infectious Disease Division at the University of Nebraska Medical Center Dr. Mark Rupp says like West […] Read More »

Chadron resident kills young cougar that fails to flee

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A young female mountain lion has been shot and killed when it failed to flee a home near Chadron. The Nebraska Game and Parks Commission says the homeowner reported he shot the 5-month-old female Saturday at his home south of Chadron. According to the resident, the mountain lion crouched in the grass about 20 yards […] Read More »

Approps chair says Unicameral’s steady, cautious approach worked (AUDIO)

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State revenue came in a bit stronger during the last fiscal year than expected and just right according to the legislature’s Appropriations Committee chairman. The state closed the books on the 2013-2014 fiscal year June 30th with $4.117 billion in state revenue, 2.4% better than the forecast of $4.021 billion. Sales tax revenue came in […] Read More »

Creighton guard Chatman undergoes surgery on thumb

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Rising Creighton men’s basketball senior Austin Chatman will undergo surgery later today as doctors reattach the radial collateral ligament in his right thumb. Chatman’s activity will be limited to some conditioning and drills while wearing a cast, which is expected to be needed for two months. Despite the minor setback, Chatman is expected to be […] Read More »

Storm Chasers fall on the road in Memphis

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Shane Robinson scored two runs, drove in a pair and finished a triple shy of hitting for the cycle to support seven strong innings from Marco Gonzales as Memphis downed Omaha, 6-3, Tuesday night in the second of four meetings at AutoZone Park. The Storm Chasers slipped to 53-49 and fell a game and a […] Read More »

Saltdogs come from behind to win series opener

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In just their fourth game at home this month, the road-tested Saltdogs (31-30) overcame an early deficit to defeat the Amarillo Sox (20-41) 5-2 in front of 2,572 fans at Haymarket Park Tuesday night. After a pair of errors led to two unearned in the top of the second, Lincoln responded quickly with two runs […] Read More »

Hottest days of the year & swimming is forbidden at two big lakes

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A health alert is posted due to toxic blue-green algae at two popular recreation areas in Nebraska. Swimming is now considered dangerous at Willow Creek Reservoir in Pierce County and at Rockford Lake in Gage County, according to Brian McManus, spokesman for the Department of Environmental Quality. McManus says, “If you expose it to your […] Read More »

Nebraska man sentenced to 20 years for causing fatal wreck last year

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An east-central Nebraska man has been sentenced to 20 years in prison and his driver’s license has been revoked for 15 years for slamming into another car, killing a 22-year-old. 31-year-old Christopher Hajek of Marquette pleaded no contest in May to a charge of driving under the influence during the wreck last year. He was […] Read More »

One dead, one injured in central Nebraska car wreck

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A young St. Paul man has died after a near head-on collision on a state highway in central Nebraska. Dead is 21-year-old Derek Holt. The Howard County Sheriff’s Office reports Holt died of his injuries Sunday night at a hospital after his car hit an oncoming car on Nebraska 92, approximately two miles west of […] Read More »

Omaha police raid two marijuana grow operations

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One person has been arrested after a marijuana grow operation was found in the basement of a house in Omaha. Narcotics officers removed 100 plants, some 3 to 4-feet tall. Along with the plants officers found grow lights, watering system, filters and other equipment used to grow the plants. That raid happened at 42nd and […] Read More »

Nebraska ranks 10th overall in Kids Count report

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Nebraska placed 10th overall in the latest Kids Count report. Chrissy Tonkinson, research coordinator with Voices for Children in Nebraska, says that is two points lower than last year’s ranking. They look at four categories that include economy, education, health and family & community. Tonkinson says Nebraska’s education and health scores are up but there […] Read More »

Sen. Johanns proposes competition to improve VA (AUDIO)

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Sen. Mike Johanns says veterans dissatisfied with the health care provided by the Veterans Administration should be allowed to seek care in the private sector. Johanns, a member of the Veterans Affairs Committee, says the committee has been enormously generous to the VA’s budget requests in the past. “The VA would come in and say, […] Read More »

Beat the heat – drink water

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The heat and humidity returned to Nebraska in force this week and many hospitals and clinics are busy treating patients suffering from heat related illness. Dr. Michael Walts is with Alegent Creighton Health in the Omaha metro area and says the best thing you can do is to drink plenty of water… not alcohol or […] Read More »

Eastern Nebraska man charged with sex trafficking

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An Omaha man will spend 10 years in federal prison for sex trafficking in Iowa and Nebraska. Court records show 25-year-old Adrien Jamaal Cole pled guilty to sex trafficking in March of this year. An investigation found Cole had used minors in and around the Omaha area as prostitutes. He also recruited teen girls to […] Read More »