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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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Omaha aspires to be a global agri-business leader

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Omaha hopes to benefit from Nebraska’s strong agricultural sector to become one of the top five agri-business leaders in the world. Senior Vice President Randy Thelen with the Greater Omaha Chamber of Commerce sees value-added agriculture as a key to making the city a global leader in food processing, biofuels, and bio-chemicals. “We’ve seen tremendous […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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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, […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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