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Sky high meat prices could limit 4th of July grilling

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The high cost of meat could take the sizzle out of Nebraskans 4th of July cookouts this year. Annemarie Kuhns is an economist with the U-S Department of Agriculture and says if it goes on the grill it is going to cost more than one year ago. She says beef and veal is 10.7% higher […] Read More »

Relatively unknown crop from Asia could be Nebraska’s next soybean

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It has an odd name, but a bamboo-like plant from Southeast Asia could be the Nebraska’s next energy crop. Miscanthus (pronounced mis-CAN-thus) is a relative of sugar cane and it’s about to become much more abundant in a region dominated by corn and soybeans. Agronomist Emily Heaton is working with miscanthus in Iowa: “When I […] Read More »

Reinactors from the 1860s host 4th of July weekend bash at Fort Kearny

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A three-day event is underway to celebrate the nation’s Independence Day at Fort Kearny State Historical Park, the U.S. Army outpost founded in 1848 that eventually became the city of Kearney. Laura Rose, a spokeswoman for Fort Kearny, says a soldiers’ camp and living history event will be held today, Saturday and Sunday from 9 […] Read More »

Voters likely to decide minimum wage hike (AUDIO)

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Organizers of a campaign to place a proposed increase in the state minimum wage before voters in November say they have more than enough signatures for success. “Today, I’m proud to announce that thanks to the help of hundreds of citizens who donated thousands of volunteer hours, we will be submitting 134,899 signatures,” State Sen. […] Read More »

We’ve had rain. Still, be careful with fireworks this 4th

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Rain last month has improved conditions in the state’s forests. Still, the Nebraska Forest Service urges Nebraskans to take precautions with fireworks. Don Westover, Fire Program Leader with the Nebraska Forest Service, says though there has been plenty of rain in many parts of Nebraska, fireworks still pose some dangers. “We just really have to […] Read More »

Nebraska State Patrol 4th of July special enforcement underway

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Drivers – be on your best behavior this 4th of July holiday weekend. The Nebraska State Patrol will be conducting a special enforcement, “Drive to Save Lives” starting July 3rd and running through the 5th. Lt. Kevin Bridges with Troop A in Omaha says an $18,960 grant from the Nebraska Office of Highway Safety is […] Read More »

Historic B-17 Flying Fortress over metro skies Saturday

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An unfamiliar sound will be heard coming from the skies over Omaha on Saturday and it will generate a lot of attention. The Liberty Foundation’s WWII B-17 Flying Fortress bomber the Memphis Belle is on tour at the Council Bluffs Municipal Airport.   The Memphis Belle is one of only 13 B-17′s that still fly […] Read More »

Get a taste of the 1890s as you celebrate 1776 in Grand Island

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The Fourth of July will be “blast” at the Stuhr Museum of the Prairie Pioneer in Grand Island. Museum spokesman Mike Bockovan says they’ll be improvising an 1890s version of skyrockets. “At noon, we’re going to do something called Firing the Anvil,” Bockovan says. “Our blacksmith takes a big anvil out into the middle of the […] Read More »

Blood donors urged to give as Independence Day draws near (AUDIO)

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As Independence Day approaches, the American Red Cross urges Nebraskans to give blood. April Oppliger with the American Red Cross says summer also poses challenges, because many donors take vacation and young donors are out of school. “During the summer that’s already a challenge, but then we come to the 4th of July and those […] Read More »

Storm Chasers drop fifth straight

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Arismendy Alcantara and Matt Szczur drove in runs in the tie-breaking seventh inning rally that sent Iowa past Omaha, 4-3, Wednesday night in the fourth of five meetings at Principal Park. The Storm Chasers suffered their fifth straight loss to slip to 44-42 and three and a half games behind the Cubs in the American […] Read More »

Saltdogs winning streak halted

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Ian Gac homered and Conor Spink was spectacular in relief but the Saltdogs (21-23) three-game win streak came to an end in a 6-5 defeat to the Laredo Lemurs (23-20) in front of 2,508 fans at Uni-Trade Stadium Wednesday night. After falling behind 6-2 through seven innings, Gac swatted a two-run home run to left […] Read More »

USDA: Despite weather troubles, most crops are doing well

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While strong winds, hail and flooding damaged some Nebraska crops in recent weeks, the latest USDA report indicates the growing season for many farmers statewide is going well. In the past week, temperatures were moderate and many areas saw adequate rain. Some growers changed out corn for soybeans this year, but the USDA’s Anthony Prillaman […] Read More »

54th Ralston 4th of July Celebration

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Ralston, Nebraska is also known as Independence City – USA and activities for their 54th annual celebration get underway Thursday. Mayor Don Groeser says it truly is an old fashioned 4th of July celebration. Thursday night festivities start with a picnic in the park followed by a pie baking contest and a street dance. Mayor […] Read More »

Sparks, second UNMC chancellor, dies

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Dr. Robert Sparks, the second chancellor of the University of Nebraska Medical Center, has died. Sparks was 82. Sparks also held the positions of vice president of the University of Nebraska system. “He was a thoughtful administrator and a visionary whose programs greatly outlasted his tenure,” said Dr. Robert Wigton, a professor in the Department […] Read More »

Fireworks will be permitted at 7 state rec areas on the 4th

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Seven state recreation areas will allow fireworks on the 4th. The Nebraska Game and Parks Commission reports visitors will be allowed to touch off fireworks at Branched Oak State Recreation Area (SRA) near Malcolm, Fort Kearny SRA near Kearney, Memphis SRA near Memphis, Fremont SRA near Fremont, Two Rivers SRA near Venice, Pawnee SRA near […] Read More »