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Medical marijuana advances in Unicameral

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A bill legalizing medical marijuana has advanced in the Unicameral. LB 643 is patterned after the Minnesota law enacted last year that allows marijuana to be used for medicinal purposes if taken in pill or oil form or through vapor. It prohibits marijuana to be smoked. Sen. Dave Bloomfield of Hoskins asked colleagues during legislative […]

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Gov. Ricketts stands by gas tax hike veto; expects attempt at override

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Gov. Pete Ricketts reiterates his stance against an increase in the state gas tax. “I can tell you, having traveled the state for the last year and a half, I’m not sure there’s anybody who has traveled the state more than I have, the top priority for Nebraskans is tax relief and this is the […]

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Tecumseh prison returns to normal, though still in lockdown

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State Corrections Director Scott Frakes says Tecumseh state prison has returned to normal, though it remains in lockdown. A riot at the prison left four inmates and two prison guards injured. Two inmates were injured in scuffles with guards. One was shot and wounded. Another suffered injuries after being shot with rubber bullets. Two inmates […]

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Creighton’s Rasmussen named Athletic Director of the Year

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Creighton University Director of Athletics Bruce Rasmussen has been named 2014-15 AD of the Year by the National Association of Collegiate Directors of Athletics (NACDA). Rasmussen is one of 28 honorees nationwide to be honored for an award that spans seven divisions (NCAA FBS, FCS; Division I-AAA, II, III, NAIA/Other Four-Year Institutions and Junior College/Community […]

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Two inmates dead, prison guards injured in Tecumseh prison riot

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Two inmates have been discovered dead in a housing unit at the Tecumseh state prison, two others are being treated in a hospital in wake of a riot at the prison. Prison guards have secured the prison. All staff have been accounted for, according to Department of Correctional Services officials. The public is not at […]

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Prison fights leave two staff, inmates injured

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Weekend fights at the Nebraska State Penitentiary in Lincoln left two staff members at the prison injured. A few inmates had to seek medical attention as well. The two staff members were taken to a Lincoln hospital Saturday to receive treatment for minor injuries. Both have been released. Acting prison warden, Robert Madsen, issued a […]

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Mother’s Day eCard scams

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Sunday is a day for everyone to thank their mother for all they do. Along with flowers and gifts, many people send greetings by email in the form of an eCard. The Better Business Bureau – Nebraska reports scammers look forward to Mother’s Day as much as moms as it is a day they can […]

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Flooded farmers may be forced to replant, weekend weather is key

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Many acres of farmland in Saline and Jefferson counties are underwater after this week’s heavy rains, particularly the downpours that came along with severe weather on Wednesday. Saline County Extension Educator Randy Pryor says the extent of damage to the newly planted crops will be known next week. “Seeds that are sitting there underwater that […]

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Gov. Ricketts wastes no time; vetoes gas tax increase hours after passage (AUDIO)

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Gov. Pete Ricketts has rejected a proposal to increase the state gas tax, setting up a veto showdown with the Unicameral. Ricketts has vetoed Legislative Bill 610, which would have increased the state gas tax by six cents over the next four years. “I don’t believe that Nebraskans are looking to have their taxes increased,” […]

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Two Nebraska nursing homes placed in receivership

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Two Nebraska nursing homes have entered receivership after their Utah owner notified Nebraska officials it was no longer able to pay staff. The Nebraska Attorney General’s office reports judges in Brown and Burt Counties entered orders placing the Ainsworth Care Center and Logan Valley Manor in Lyons into the receivership of Klaasmeyer & Associates of […]

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Nebraska officials worry public silence could remove red meat from dietary guidelines

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Nebraska officials worry proposed federal dietary guidelines could negatively impact the state beef industry. And they hope public comments will make a difference. Gov. Pete Ricketts asserts environmentalists are pushing for the federal government to rid the guidelines of red meat, claiming that the beef industry harms the environment. “Well, I’m very concerned about it, […]

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Severe weather hits Nebraska, tornado does damage

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Another round of severe weather hit Nebraska Wednesday evening, with one confirmed tornado touching down in Adams County, southwest of Hastings. Radar indicated other tornadoes in southeast Nebraska. The city of Lincoln sounded the tornado sirens shortly after 8:30pm when skies seemed extremely threatening. The tornado in Adams County damaged some homes and outer buildings […]

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Mountain lion shot and killed in Omaha

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A mountain lion was shot and killed in Omaha Wednesday afternoon. Omaha police report the adult mountain lion was spotted near Project Harmony in west Omaha. Police report officers used shotguns to kill the cougar. No one was injured. The Nebraska Humane Society confirmed the kill.  

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Job-hunting new grads should “scrub” social media accounts first

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Thousands of young Nebraskans are about to graduate from college and they’ll be flooding the internet with their resumes over the next few weeks as they begin job hunts. Susan McBroom, a vocational rehabilitation counselor, says before you type the first letter on your resume, check Instagram and all other online accounts to make sure […]

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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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