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State lawmakers mull bill to boost wind power projects

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A wind energy bill proposed by Senator John McCollister of Omaha is being introduced in the Unicameral. The bill, LB-824, would deregulate development of private wind energy and remove barriers that discourage investment in Nebraska wind projects. Robert Byrnes, president of Nebraska Renewable Energy Systems in Lyons, is skeptical about the measure accomplishing anything. “This […]

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Rural towns nudged to seek help to land development dollars

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Rural communities across Nebraska are being encouraged to apply for funds to host community design workshops. Cynthia Nikitin is program director of the Citizens’ Institute on Rural Design, which is putting out a request for proposals. “To apply and to be brave and bold and take a step forward,” Nikitin says. “Applying for federal funding is […]

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$150M transportation infrastructure bank proposed

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Gov. Pete Ricketts has endorsed a proposal to accelerate road and bridge projects in the state. Ricketts backs creation of a transportation infrastructure bank, which would borrow $150 million from the $728 million state cash reserve fund to build expressways, help counties pay for bridge repair, and fund economic development projects. Ricketts says the money […]

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Kansas Ag Issues Podcast – 12/15/2015

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  DTN Progressive Farmer staff writer Todd Neeley talked about the latest development regarding the EPA’s WOTUS Rule.  The GAO […]

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Open Enrollment for 2016 health insurance is underway

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Nebraskans have until January 31st to select their health insurance plan through the government’s Marketplace under the Affordable Health Care Act.   Tom Gilsdorf is the director of product development for Blue Cross Blue Shield of Nebraska and says those who purchased health insurance on the marketplace last year are encouraged to go back and review […]

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Commissioner pleased with ratings increase

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Postseason television ratings on TBS and FS1 are up 18 percent this year, Commissioner Rob Manfred said Monday, calling it the most pleasant development of his tenure to date.

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Ho Chunk plans major development in South Sioux City area

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The economic development company owned by the Winnebago Tribe of Nebraska is planning on more development in and around the Sioux City area. Lance Morgan, the CEO of Ho Chunk Incorporated, says one of the projects is developing a 200-acre piece of land on the Nebraska side of the Missouri River. Morgan says they are […]

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Marketers consider ways to share Nebraska’s quality of life

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A forum in Kearney this week brought together economic development leaders from across the region. Organizers say the goal was to let attendees provide input on ways to grow local economies and to improve the overall quality of life in Nebraska. Dave Snitley, president of Firespring Marketing and Advertising in Lincoln, was the forum’s moderator. […]

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Group says Nebraska farmers missing out on big cash crop

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The Nebraska Hemp Association would like Governor Pete Ricketts will look into the development of industrial hemp as a cash crop for Nebraska farmers. President Bill Alchord says a law was passed in 2014 to legalize the development of a pilot program at postsecondary institutions and the Department of Agriculture for research but that will […]

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Ricketts taps private engineer with public background to lead DNR

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Gov. Pete Ricketts has chosen an engineer in the private sector with a public sector background to be the new Nebraska Department of Natural Resources Director. Jeff Fassett currently is the Director of the Water Rights Strategic Program for HDR Engineering. At HDR, Fassett worked on water supply, water rights, and water resources development projects […]

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Scientists call for ban on future oil sands development

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As TransCanada continues the push to build the Keystone XL oil pipeline across Nebraska, a new effort is emerging to put a moratorium on all oil sands development in North America. Sarah Hobbie, a professor at the University of Minnesota, is among more than 100 climate scientists, economists and biologists who’ve signed an open letter, […]

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Rallying the troops, state’s new economic development boss takes tour

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Nebraska’s economic development director has been on the road the past few weeks, visiting community and business leaders in cities all across the state. Brenda Hicks-Sorenson says her tour of Nebraska has taken her to small towns and big metro areas. “I’ve been focusing on listening and talking to as many partners as well as […]

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Nebraska hospitals tout Medicaid expansion as economic development

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The Nebraska Hospital Association says the state is passing up an economic opportunity by refusing to expand Medicaid. Nebraska Hospital Association is touting a study by University of Nebraska-Kearney professors which concludes Medicaid expansion would draw down billions of federal funds and sustain nearly 47,000 jobs. The Unicameral will once again consider expanding Medicaid under […]

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