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7 hurt as blasts rock petroleum facility in West Point

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A series of explosions in eastern Nebraska leaves two workers hospitalized in critical condition at Nebraska Medicine. Crews were cleaning propane trucks at a business in West Point Wednesday afternoon when the blasts and fire happened. Witnesses say the workers were taken to the hospital on a medical helicopter after seven of them had originally […]

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Possible close of Colorado coal mine could raise electric rates in Panhandle

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The potential closing of a coal mine in Colorado could raise electricity rates in Nebraska’s Panhandle. U.S. Sen. Deb Fischer has joined with Colorado and Wyoming Senators in asking the Department of Interior to take steps to keep the Colowyo Mine open. The mine provides coal to the Tri-State power plant in Craig, Colorado which […]

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Sen. Fischer remains optimistic about trade legislation

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United States Sen. Deb Fischer believes trade legislation will pass, eventually. The House has approved so-called “fast track” trade legislation after failing to do so last week. Fischer notes the defeat late last week came after President Barack Obama made a personal appear to his fellow Democrats. “I think it was a huge blow to […]

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Trade bill squeezes through House, returns to Senate (AUDIO)

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A trade bill moves forward that a Nebraska Congressman says could boost exports from this state. Congressman Adrian Smith is pleased the House returned to trade legislation and approved the Trade Promotion Authority on a 218-to-208 vote. “Yes, it was a fairly close vote, but the fact that we’ve taken that vote two weeks in […]

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OSHA recommends western Nebraska company pay fine in fatal accident

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Federal labor officials propose a western Nebraska concrete company pay a nearly $15,000 fine in the death of a worker in April. 26-year-old Craig Anderson of Columbus died in the accident April 11th while working south of Schuyler. Anderson worked for Gehring Construction & Ready Mix Company. Anderson, who was operating a payloader, attempted to […]

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Gov. Ricketts declares trade mission to Europe a success (AUDIO)

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Gov. Pete Ricketts calls the European trade mission a success. Ricketts wrapped up the trade mission on Monday with a visit to Copenhagen, Denmark where he talked about biosciences with European industry leaders. He also met with Novozymes executives, speaking about possible expansion in Nebraska. Novozymes has a plant in Blair which produces enzymes for […]

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Survey: Third quarter hiring will pick up statewide

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More than one-quarter of the Nebraska businesses taking part in the latest Manpower Employment Outlook Survey anticipate adding workers soon. Manpower spokeswoman Karen Miller says 95% of the state’s employers that were surveyed plan to hire more employees or maintain their current workforce levels between July and September. Miller says, “Twenty-seven percent of the employers […]

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University of Nebraska-Omaha adds LGBTQ/Sexual Studies minor

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Starting this fall the University of Nebraska – Omaha is adding a new LGBTQ/Sexual Studies minor to its curriculum. Associate Professor of Sociology Dr. Jay Irwin says this program will be valuable to students as they enter the corporate and business world. Dr. Irwin says, “It is going to focus on all sorts of identities in […]

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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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