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Industrial hemp bill easily passes the Unicameral

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Industrial hemp could be grown for research in Nebraska under a law easily passing the Unicameral. The legislature voted 39-to-2 for LB 1001, a bill that will allow the University of Nebraska and the state Department of Agriculture to grow hemp. The bill now goes to Gov. Dave Heineman. Sen. Norm Wallman of Cortland says […] Read More »

How the Northwestern student-athlete union decision could affect Nebraska (AUDIO)

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In a decision that could have a ripple effect through college athletics, the National Labor Relations Board in Chicago sided with football players at Northwestern, saying they qualify as employees under federal law and can create the nation’s first college athlete’s union. The Big Ten institution, based in Evanston, IL, argues that college athletes, as […] Read More »

Sponsor hopes prison reform will avoid need for new prison (AUDIO)

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Prison reform has moved into a position to pass this legislative session as lawmakers seek ways to ease prison overcrowding without building a new prison. First-round approval has been given to LB 907, a $14.5 million prison reform measure. Judiciary Committee Chairman, Sen. Brad Ashford of Omaha, is sure the measures contained in the bill […] Read More »

Nebraska veteran says DC’s cold & snow reminded him of Korea (VIDEO)

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  A Korean War veteran from Dodge County was among those on this week’s Honor Flight that flew out of Omaha. Dwayne Lundy was one of over 450 veterans on the Honor Flight on Tuesday. Lundy says it was snowing in Washington D.C. “It was so cold in Korea,” he said. “It just reminded me […] Read More »

Husker volleyball picks up their first victory in the sand

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The Nebraska sand volleyball team posted a 3-2 victory over the Arizona State Sun Devils on Wednesday afternoon in Tempe, Ariz., marking the Huskers’ first dual win of the 2014 season. Nebraska’s No. 1 squad of Justine Wong-Orantes and Melanie Keil helped propel NU to the win with a three-set (16-21, 21-16, 15-11) defeat of […] Read More »

Husker baseball team ends road trip with a loss at K-State

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The Nebraska baseball team (14-10, 1-2 Big Ten) took a 1-0 lead in the top of the first, but then fell behind 8-1 through two innings and never was able to recover in a 12-6 loss to the Kansas State Wildcats (15-9) on Wednesday night at Tointon Stadium. The game ended a five-game road trip. […] Read More »

Edwards twins lead total team effort in NU softball’s big win over UNO

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Tatum and Taylor Edwards put together impressive individual efforts as the 18th-ranked Nebraska softball team won a 10-0, five-inning game at Nebraska-Omaha. Tatum Edwards improved to 11-6 on the year by tossing a one-hit shutout with 10 strikeouts in only five innings. At the plate, Edwards finished 2-for-3 with a walk, a homer and three […] Read More »

Boaters: Beware of water flow changes near Gavins Point

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Boaters on the Missouri River near Gavins Point Dam are being advised water releases that normally flow through the powerhouse will instead be released from the spillway for the next few months. Dave Becker, the operations manager for the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers at the dam, says the change is due to work that’s […] Read More »

Groups vow to keep up the fight to expand Medicaid (AUDIO)

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Various groups vow to keep fighting to expand Medicaid in Nebraska, despite a legislative defeat this session. Nebraska Appleseed Executive Director Becky Gould addressed groups gathered in the Capitol Rotunda for a news conference. “We’re here today to say that the vote last week was not the end of the conversation and all of us […] Read More »

$15M prison reform measure advances in Unicameral

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A nearly $15 million prison reform measure has advanced in the Unicameral, an attempt to ease prison overcrowding while maintaining public safety. Judiciary Committee chairman, Sen. Brad Ashford of Omaha, told colleagues during legislative flood debate the intent of LB 907 is two-fold, to keep non-violent offenders out of prison and to keep inmates from […] Read More »

Charges filed in death of 20-month-old Broken Bow boy

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Two women from Broken Bow are now jailed in connection with last year’s death of a young child in that town. The Nebraska State Patrol has filed charges of second-degree murder and child abuse leading to the death of a child against Brittney Pryce and Diane Hill. Both were taken into custody yesterday. Pryce and […] Read More »

McDermott named NABC All-American. Third time in his career

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Creighton forward Doug McDermott joined some elite company on Wednesday as he was named a First Team All-American by the National Association of Basketball Coaches for the third straight season. McDermott is just the 12th man to earn first team accolades three times, joining Ralph Beard, Tom Gola, Oscar Robertson, Jerry Lucas, Lew Alcindor, Pete […] Read More »

Husker hitters back Kubat for his first win as NU downs Wichita State

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Nebraska baseball put together a 17-hit performance in a 7-3 win over the Wichita State Shockers on Tuesday night at Eck Stadium. The Huskers improved to 14-9 on the year with the win, and junior Kyle Kubat picked up his first win of the year in 6.2 strong innings and Zach Hirsch earned his second […] Read More »

State’s office of vital statistics tracks a range of life’s milestones

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The Nebraska Department of Health and Human Services keeps track of a host of interesting state statistics, and just released a report on births, deaths, marriages and divorces. Some 60,000 “vital events” were filed with DHHS in 2012. Marriage has been on the decline since 1970. Couples are also waiting longer to say “I do.” […] Read More »

Virus spreads in Nebraska hog herds, along with worry

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The executive director of the Nebraska Pork Producers Association says concern is spreading about a virus that’s hitting hog herds. The first case of porcine epidemic diarrhea virus or PEDV in Nebraska was reported in January, but Larry Sitzman says the total number of cases is unknown. “It’s not a disease so it’s not reported, […] Read More »