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Nebraska looking for even more markets in Asia (AUDIO)

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As Nebraska works to strengthen its economic ties with Japan, state officials carefully watch negotiations which could further open a promising Asian market for Nebraska agricultural goods. State Agriculture Director Greg Ibach says Asia already is a great market for Nebraska farm products, but if the Trans-Pacific Partnership wins approval, it would become even greater. […] Read More »

Nebraska hopes conference will lead to increased trade with Japan (AUDIO)

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Nebraska hosts the 50th annual Midwest US-Japan Association annual conference; in 2018. Gov. Dave Heineman says the conference should spur Nebraska exports to Japan and Japanese investment in Nebraska. “I’m especially gratified that we’re going to host the 50th,” Heineman tells reporters during an announcement. “Anniversaries like that tend to be a little more important. […] Read More »

Survey: 90% of Nebraska’s job market “stable” for 4th quarter

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An upbeat job market is expected in Nebraska during the final three months of the year, according to a new survey. Manpower Incorporated spokeswoman Karen Miller says an overwhelming majority of employers polled in the state were optimistic. “We’re excited to see 21% of employers are looking to add staff for this October through December timeline […] Read More »

Radio Shack, with 30 Nebraska stores, faces bankruptcy

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An electronics store chain that was once very popular in Nebraska may soon vanish — or at least become more scarce. Officials at Radio Shack are talking with lenders, bond holders, shareholders and landlords as they work to fix the balance sheet. The company may need to file for Chapter 11 bankruptcy reorganization depending on […] Read More »

Farmers see fallout from financial collapse of Pierce Elevator

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It appears several dozen Nebraska farmers, perhaps as many as 200, will be left holding the bag as nearly $2-million was not paid by the failed Pierce Elevator when it closed earlier this year. The Nebraska Public Service Commission denied the claims. John Fecht, who heads the PSC’s Grain Division, says those who were denied […] Read More »

A big recruiting weekend for Nebraska (and we’re not talking Huskers) (AUDIO)

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Recruiting is a fiercely competitiveness business; and not just for Husker football. Nebraska makes its pitch to recruit businesses to the state this weekend. Business executives from across the country and around the world are coming to the 47th annual Nebraska Diplomats Passport Weekend in Lincoln. And the key to successful recruitment, according to Diplomats […] Read More »

Survey: State economy slows, employers have more openings than applicants

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A survey of business leaders across Nebraska finds the state’s leading economic indicator for August fell several points from July but continues to grow. Creighton University polls companies monthly in Nebraska and eight other Midwestern states. Creighton economist Ernie Goss says the region’s employment index also fell for the month, setting up an unusual situation. […] Read More »

Nebraska to make big economic pitch this weekend

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Nebraska makes a big push to sell the state both nationally and internationally this weekend. The 47th annual Nebraska Diplomats Passport Weekend will be held this weekend in Lincoln, inviting site selection representatives from several states and several countries to the state. Gov. Dave Heineman says a group of business executives and community leaders has […] Read More »

EPA slaps two Norfolk companies with big fines

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Two pesticide companies with common ownership based in Norfolk have agreed to pay nearly $75,000 in penalties for the production and distribution of unregistered and misbranded pesticides. Custom Feed Services Corporation will pay a penalty of $55,752. Earthworks Health LLC will pay $18,761. The Nebraska Department of Agriculture inspected the two businesses on behalf of […] Read More »

Blue Cross – CHI Nebraska contract ends Sept 1

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As it stands right now Blue Cross Blue Shield’s contract with 12 CHI Nebraska hospitals and about 1,400 health care providers ends September 1st. The two have been in negotiations for months after Blue Cross sent notice to end their contract because CHI Nebraska charged 20% to 30% more compared to other facilities for the […] Read More »

Gov. Heineman sees pros and cons; still says he would vote against minimum wage (AUDIO)

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Gov. Dave Heineman says that while there are pros and cons to increasing the state minimum wage, he would vote against the November ballot proposal to raise it. Heineman says he prefers how the state has historically addressed the issue. “In the past, Nebraska has followed the lead of the federal government regarding the minimum […] Read More »

Nationstar slashes more jobs in Scottsbluff

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A Texas-based mortgage company is cutting more jobs at its office in the Nebraska panhandle. Officials with Nationstar Mortgage say they plan to eliminate another 90 positions at the firm’s facility in Scottsbluff. The cuts are expected to start within a matter of weeks, during September and October. Back in March, Nationstar announced it would […] Read More »

Nationstar to lay off more employees in Scottsbluff

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Amid overall good state economic news comes a sour note for the Panhandle. Nationstar Mortgage has announced it will eliminate 90 more jobs in its Scottsbluff office. The company based in Lewisville, Texas had already announced earlier in the year that it would cut 105 jobs in Scottsbluff. The reductions will leave approximately 150 Nationstar […] Read More »

Cargill pays nearly $200K in fines for failing to plan properly

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Cargill has paid $187,500 in fines to the federal government for failing to have emergency plans in place for “worst-case” oil spills at its storage facilities in Blair and in Eddyville, IA. The Environmental Protection Agency Region 7 announced the settlement in which Cargill, headquartered in Minnetonka, MN, pays a civil penalty. According to the […] Read More »

Farm Credit Services of America joins alliance with Frontier Farm Credit

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Farm Credit Services of America is expanding. The Omaha-based agricultural credit company will enter an alliance with Frontier Farm Credit of Kansas, beginning next year. Farm Credit Services President Doug Stark says the alliance benefits both companies. “Well, in the case of Kansas customers and Frontier, we’re going to bring our resources, our size and […] Read More »