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Drought expands as does work of Drought Mitigation Center (AUDIO)

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As drought concerns spread, demand for the services of the National Drought Mitigation Center rises. The center, located on the East Campus of the University of Nebraska in Lincoln, is expanding to meet the growing need. National Drought Mitigation Center Director Mike Hayes says the center, now in its 20th year, has had to rely […]

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Strong storms bring hail, heavy downpours and rope tornadoes

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Tornadoes, hail and heavy rain were reported in storms that moved along the Nebraska-Kansas border in the late afternoon hours of Labor Day. Two spotter reports to the National Weather Service described rope tornadoes near Reynolds and south of Fairbury, according to John McKee, the Jefferson County Emergency Management Coordinator. “If we did have any […]

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Huskers shift focus to South Alabama

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The Nebraska football team shifted its attention to South Alabama as the Huskers returned to the practice field on Monday following a heartbreaking season-opening loss to BYU. Junior wide receiver Jordan Westerkamp said he was anxious to get back to work. “We still have fire and we still have the momentum”, said Westerkamp. “It was a tough loss […]

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Pro-police rally draws hundreds in Papillion

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An event Monday that was quickly organized in support of law officers drew hundreds of people to the street in Papillion. The president of the Fraternal Order of Police Lodge 19, Marsha Fuqua, says she started telling people about the rally last week in hopes they would turn out on Labor Day. Those who lined Washington […]

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Repairs at Gavins Point Dam due to 2011 floods almost complete

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Final repair work on Gavins Point Dam from flooding four years ago should wrap up in a few weeks. Extremely heavy releases early in the summer of 2011 badly damaged parts of the dam and downstream areas. Dave Becker, operations manager for the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers at Gavins Point, says they should be […]

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Riley wants more production from ground game

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Nebraska coach Mike Riley says he wants more production from a running game when the Huskers host South Alabama on Saturday. The offense generated only 126 yards of rushing on 37 carries in a 33-28 loss to BYU. That’s well below the 240 yards on the ground the Huskers averaged in 2014.   Riley says […]

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USDA: Fewer acres of farmland coming open for new producers

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A national survey of land ownership shows just over 2% of farmland will be available for beginning farmers and ranchers in the next year, perhaps 10%over the next five years. Traci Bruckner, senior policy associate at the Lyons-based Center for Rural Affairs, says land access is a long-standing problem for those just starting to farm, […]

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Motorcyclist dies after being thrown from bike in Omaha

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A motorcyclist lost control of his bike and crashed in a fatal accident in Omaha late Sunday night. Omaha police report witnesses say the bike was accelerating at a high rate of speech when approaching the intersection of 156th and Valley Streets when 40-year-old Adam Walker lost control and was thrown from the bike. The […]

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Local officials say property tax complaints need to go to Unicameral

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Local officials say complaints about property taxes just might be misplaced. Gage County Assessor Patti Milligan says complaints to county officials do little good. She urges county residents to contact their legislator, arguing that if property taxes are to come down, they will need to be lowered by the legislature. “Get on board,” Milligan states. […]

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Teen dies in rollover accident near Grand Island

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A teen-ager has died in a rollover wreck near Grand Island this weekend. The Hall County Sheriff’s Office reports 15-year-old Nicholas Galvan of Grand Island was pronounced dead at the scene at North Road and Wood River Road late Saturday evening. According to the sheriff’s office, Galvan was a passenger in the car when the driver […]

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Mine to remain open, fears of electricity rate spikes out west eased

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A Colorado coal mine remains open, relieving fears that its closure could drastically raise electricity rates in western Nebraska. United States Sen. Michael Bennet of Colorado has announced the Department of Interior has completed its draft environmental assessment required by the courts to keep the Colowyo Mine in operation. The Colowyo mine employs 200 people […]

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Legal battle over Keystone in Nebraska goes to trial next month

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A legal fight attempting to overturn the 2012 state law used to settle on the Keystone XL oil pipeline route through Nebraska continues. Attorney representing landowners fighting TransCanada have submitted legal briefs in Holt County. Attorney Dave Domina says the documents argue the legislature failed to follow the constitution. “The Public Service Commission, which is […]

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Ben Kuroki, Nebraska native and WWII hero, dies

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A Nebraska native believed to be the only Japanese-American to fly bombing missions over Japan has died. Ben Kuroki, a native of Hershey, was 98. Kuroki, a tail gunner in World War II, flew 30 missions over Europe, then 28 over Japan. Kuroki was actually taken prisoner in Morocco after his B-24 crashed. Upon release […]

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Too much screen time could lead to Computer Vision Syndrome

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A study finds the average Nebraska kid spends more than seven-and-a-half hours daily using entertainment media: TVs, computers, tablets, video games, cell phones and other electronics. For some, it can lead to what’s known as Computer Vision Syndrome. Symptoms include headaches, sore eyes, fatigue, blurry vision and eventually, nearsightedness. Optometrist Dr. Beth Triebel says there’s […]

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Hail Mary Sinks Huskers in 1st Season-Opening Loss in 3 Decades

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It was a heartbreak start to the Mike Riley era for the Nebraska football team. “OK. Am I supposed to make an opening statement after that?” Riley started his postgame press conference. Nebraska (0-1) dropped its season-opener for the first time since 1985 with the loss to BYU on Saturday, after the Cougars converted a […]

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