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Kearney hosts Agri-Eco Tourism conference, starting this afternoon

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The Nebraska Tourism Commission is opening its annual three-day Agri/Eco Tourism Workshop today in Kearney. The event is designed for people who want to learn more about the tourism industries surrounding agriculture and the environment. Commission spokeswoman Karen Kollars says a host of activities are planned through Wednesday. “We’ll start out with a three-hour workshop […] Read More »

At least 3 Nebraska Radio Shacks to close under Chapter 11

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As more details are released about Radio Shack’s plans to emerge from bankruptcy, at least three stores in Nebraska will be closed, though most of the rest will remain open in some form. John Linenberger owns J & L Electronics in Beatrice — a Radio Shack store. Linenberger says being a dealer-franchise means he’ll likely […] Read More »

Ward Labs in Kearney: 4.4-million soil samples and still going

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An agricultural soil testing firm in Kearney is marking the completion of a major expansion project. Ward Laboratories has cut the ribbon on a 16,000 square foot addition. Company founder and president Ray Ward says the expanded facility will help the company provide more efficient soil testing results for ag producers. Ward says, “That’s our […] Read More »

Nebraska businesses remain optimistic about hiring

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A survey of Nebraska businesses described many as “solidly optimistic” about employment, with slightly less than a quarter of those surveyed stating they plan to add jobs this year. Only six percent expect to cut jobs. The survey was taken by the Bureau of Business Research at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. Its director, Eric Thompson, […] Read More »

Closed factory in Ravenna finds new life, reopening in July

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A Texas-based pet food company is buying a vacant building in south-central Nebraska to launch a new operation this summer. Darling Ingredients is opening shop in the Buffalo County town of Ravenna, just north of Kearney. Dana Dennison, executive director of the Ravenna Economic Development Corporation, says the deal was finalized last month and renovations […] Read More »

Former Sen. Johanns elected to Deere&Company board

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Former Sen. Mike Johanns, also the former Secretary of Agriculture, has been elected to the board of directors for Deere & Company, the manufacturer of John Deere tractors and farm equipment. “Mike’s wide range of expertise in the areas of agriculture, banking, commerce, foreign trade, law and governance will be valuable assets for the Deere […] Read More »

Price at the pump plummets at record pace

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Gas prices have been declining at a record pace. Rose White with Triple-A Nebraska says gas prices have fallen every day for nearly three months. Nationally, gas prices have fallen every day since September 25th, a record. “The current week-over-week drop of 15 cents is the largest such decline in more than six years,” White […] Read More »

Ft. Calhoun back to life after short shutdown

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Ft. Calhoun is back in business. The nuclear power plant shut down last Wednesday, due to a main generator lockout. Officials believe moisture got into a transformer control cabinet, which automatically tripped the reactor offline. The down time wasn’t wasted, according to the Omaha Public Power District. It reports workers took advantage of the plant […] Read More »

OSHA could fine Kearney plant big for worker illness

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A Kearney manufacturer faces a possible $7,000 fine for an incident this summer when a long-time employee suffered a heat-related illness that required hospitalization. The Occupational Safety and Health Administration has cited Eaton Corporation after the 53-year-old worker suffered acute kidney failure when the temperature inside the plant reached 101 degrees on July 11th. The […] Read More »

Survey points to good job prospects in Nebraska in 2015

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For people who are looking for a job, Nebraska should be a good place to find one in early 2015. Karen Miller, a spokeswoman for Manpower Incorporated, says a survey of business leaders across the state by finds more than 20% plan to add to their workforces between January and March. Miller says, “When taking […] Read More »

Nebraska toy maker in hunt for big award

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A toy maker that started out quietly in Elkhorn is making a big splash. Fat Brain Toys is in the running for a prestigious honor. “We have three products that are finalists for the Toy of the Year award,” Fat Brain Toys Marketing Director Matt Hansen tells Nebraska Radio Network affiliate KHUB. “And this is […] Read More »

Sen. Fischer says EPA ozone proposal would harm economy (AUDIO)

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Sen. Deb Fischer says a new proposed regulation by the Environmental Protection Agency could drastically harm Nebraska’s economy. Fisher objects to the EPA proposal to reduce allowable concentrations of ground-level ozone from 75 parts per billion to between 65-and-70. She says it’s not a minor adjustment. “It is startling what this does,” according to Fischer. […] Read More »

Royals seeking matches at Winter Meetings

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As the sun went down over the Pacific out the window of his hotel suite on Monday, the first day of the Winter Meetings, Royals general manager Dayton Moore seemed about as relaxed as one could expect, even if he does have quite a bit of business to ta... Read More »

Nebraska fined $725,000 in “patent troll” case

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A loss in a battle against what Attorney General Jon Bruning called “patent trolls” will cost Nebraska $725,000. Federal District Judge Joseph Battaillon levied the fine against Bruning after ruling against the Attorney General in a patent infringement case. The attack against so-called patent trolls had been a high-profile pursuit of Attorney General. Bruning had […] Read More »

Once Black Friday’s over, plan to Shop Small, Dine Small tomorrow

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Big box stores across Nebraska are packed with Black Friday shoppers today, but another effort is gaining momentum tomorrow — Small Business Saturday. Pat Brown-Dixon, the regional administrator of the U.S. Small Business Administration, says merchants who own and run their own shops are also eager to have your patronage. She suggests making it a […] Read More »