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Motorcycle-SUV crash kills Grand Island man

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A Grand Island man is dead after a motorcycle and SUV collided Sunday afternoon. Grand Island police have identified the man as 39-year-old Todd Schlender.  Authorities say Schlender was riding his motorcycle south on Webb Road when an SUV headed the opposite way turned in front of him to enter a business parking lot.  Schlender […]

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Small business owner sentenced for burning down business

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A small business owner in Nebraska has been sentenced to 16 years in federal prison for defrauding insurance after burning down his business. 53-year-old Thomas Schropp of Omaha has been sentenced for arson and insurance fraud. U.S. Attorney Deborah Gilg says Schropp hired a person in November of 2008 to set fire to his business […]

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Missing UNL student appears to have been swept away by highwater

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It appears a University of Nebraska-Lincoln student missing for more than a week was swept away by rapidly moving water in a Lincoln creek. Lincoln Police Chief Jim Peschong says a local business has stepped forward with surveillance footage that appears to show 30-year-old Anwesha Dey fall into Antelope Creek on Sunday, May 3rd. “The […]

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Legislators again complain about lack of property tax movement

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State legislators have advanced a break on personal property taxes. But, it’s not much of a break in the eyes of some lawmakers. In fact, debate on Legislative Bill 259 focused less on the bill and more on the overall lack of movement of property tax relief legislation. Numerous lawmakers have complained that bills, such […]

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Fifth-generation pop bottler takes over Nebraska’s top markets

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Sioux City’s long-time Coca-Cola bottler is expanding its territory in both Nebraska and Iowa. The Chesterman Company has signed a letter of intent with the Coca-Cola Company to assume a much wider distribution area in each state, including the Omaha and Lincoln markets. CEO Cy Chesterman says it’s part of a 21st century partnership model […]

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New University of Nebraska President Bounds reflects on statewide tour (AUDIO)

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The first order of business for new University of Nebraska President Hank Bounds was to tour the state. Bounds hit the ground running or, at least, traveling what he refers to as the 500-mile campus. He comes away from the state tour convinced Nebraska doesn’t tell its story as well as it should. “And so, […]

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NPPD announces coal-fire power plant conversion to hydrogen

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It could be the fuel of the future. Nebraska Public Power District has announced it is working with California-based Monolith Materials to replace a coal-fired unit in southeast Nebraska with a hydrogen-fueled plant. NPPD Chief Executive Officer Pat Pope says Monolith Materials will use natural gas and electricity to create a substance called carbon black. […]

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Gov. Ricketts will lead first trade mission to the EU

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Gov. Pete Ricketts has announced he will lead a trade mission to Europe. The governor, along with state agriculture and economic development officials, will travel to Denmark, Belgium, and Italy in June. Ricketts says one of the big stops on the trip will be to the European food show in Milan, Italy. Another major stop […]

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Nebraska businesses optimistic about next six months

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Nebraska business owners and executives tell a University of Nebraska survey they’re optimistic about the next few months. Bureau of Business Research Director Eric Thompson with the University of Nebraska-Lincoln reports on the latest survey of business attitudes about the next six months. “Nebraska businesses have positive expectations for sales, but they continue to have […]

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Rallying the troops, state’s new economic development boss takes tour

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Nebraska’s economic development director has been on the road the past few weeks, visiting community and business leaders in cities all across the state. Brenda Hicks-Sorenson says her tour of Nebraska has taken her to small towns and big metro areas. “I’ve been focusing on listening and talking to as many partners as well as […]

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March Mid-America Business Conditions Report

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Creighton University Economist Ernie Goss released the March 2015 Mid-America Business Conditions Index, which is a leading economic indicator for a nine state region including Nebraska. The business conditions index ranges from 0 to 100. The index for March sank to 51.4 from February’s 57.0. The regional index, much like the national reading, is pointing […]

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Nebraska could place business tax breaks under microscope

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Do tax breaks actually create jobs? It’s a question the Unicameral wants answered. A bill calling for the evaluation of tax incentive programs to lure businesses to Nebraska has advanced in the Unicameral. Speaker Galen Hadley of Kearney says Nebraska needs to determine whether companies would not have come to Nebraska “but for” the incentives […]

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Lincoln restoration company fined by EPA

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An emergency restoration company from Lincoln has reached agreement with the Environment Protection Agency for violating federal regulations. RDF, doing business as Paul Davis Restoration, has agreed to spend $27,304 to replace windows in Lincoln houses built prior to 1978. The company also will pay a $3,033 penalty. EPA Region 7 failed to follow federal […]

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Judiciary Committee hearing today on eminent domain

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Nebraska’s Legislative Judiciary Committee will hold a hearing this afternoon that would eliminate the power of eminent domain for certain pipelines. This bill is on the heels of TransCanada filing in January to obtain land for the Keystone XL Oil Pipeline. Those opposing the pipeline argue that a foreign country has no business using eminent […]

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Ethanol industry riding high last year, suffering through the start of this year

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What a difference a year can make. Last year, the ethanol industry soared. This year, it has been rough. Overproduction and the big drop in oil prices get the blame from industry insiders. CEO of KAAPA Ethanol of Minden, Chuck Woodside, says strong profits last year spurred over-production. “We’ve got over 15 billion gallons of […]

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