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Dep’t of Roads heads back to drawing board with Highway 12 project

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The Nebraska Department of Roads is withdrawing its permit application to rebuild a section of Highway 12, both east and west of Niobrara. DOR engineer Kevin Domogalla says the public doesn’t support the plan. Domogalla says, “From the comments we received at the Corps’ public hearing, we decided we need to seek an alternate solution […]

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Note to Beatrice residents: Never mind the jet engines and bright flames

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A biodiesel plant in Beatrice is preparing to open and officials are warning residents they will soon be seeing and hearing some unusual sights and sounds. Beatrice Mayor Stan Wirth says the Duonix plant will run a series of tests over the next few months, including one that may sound like a jet engine. “As […]

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Gov. Ricketts defends Corrections Dir. Frakes as well as department (AUDIO)

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Gov. Pete Ricketts defends the Department of Correctional Services and its director in wake of criticism leveled during a legislative hearing. Ricketts backs the strategic plan unveiled by Corrections Director Scott Frakes. “We all know that we have issues in the Department of Corrections and we didn’t get to be here overnight and it’s not […]

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Piccolo filling in for Moore at GM Meetings

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Dayton Moore does not get to bask in the Royals' World Series glory alongside his peers at the General Managers Meetings, hearing teams talk about the plan his team put together. Nor does Moore get to meet with other GMs as he tries to put together his...

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Researchers in Omaha study hearing loss in very young children

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A first-of-its-kind study was done in part at Boys Town National Research Hospital in Omaha on hundreds of children with mild-to-severe hearing loss. It finds those kids don’t learn to speak or communicate as well as others who have good hearing. Researcher Beth Walker says children who were fitted with hearing aids at a very […]

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School administrators hear about accountability during conference in Kearney

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About a thousand school administrators from across Nebraska are hearing about new state accountability measures during a conference in Kearney. Nebraska Education Commissioner Matt Blomstedt says there might be a new measuring stick, but the object remains the same. “In many ways, we are trying to win the hearts and minds of educators to do […]

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Lawsuit looms over possible cuts to ethanol production mandate

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Congressional delegations from the nation’s top two ethanol producing states — Nebraska and Iowa — are asking the federal Environmental Protection Agency to hold hearings on proposed changes to the Renewable Fuel Standard in each of their states. Nebraska Ethanol Board Administrator Todd Sneller says while he would like to have a hearing in Nebraska, […]

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Legislators move tax break bills, but not broad-based relief

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State lawmakers have advanced a couple of tax breaks, but not until hearing a number of legislators grumble about the lack of broad-based property tax relief. Sen. Bill Kintner of Papillion opposes a tax break for the state’s zoos (LB 419), because the Unicameral hasn’t acted on reducing the property tax burden. “I understand the […]

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8th Circuit holds off, will wait for Supreme Court same-sex ruling

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The 8th United States Circuit Court of Appeals is deferring to the U.S. Supreme Court on the issue of same-sex marriage. Nebraska had been scheduled to defend its definition of marriage, which prohibits same-sex marriage on May 12th during a hearing in Omaha. Missouri, South Dakota, and Arkansas, all with similar marriage definitions, are also […]

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Lawmakers hear gripes about TransCanada in oil pipeline hearing

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TransCanada and the proposed $8 billion Keystone XL oil pipeline have returned to the Capitol as an issue before the Unicameral. The Judiciary Committee heard hours of testimony on LB 473, which would not allow a foreign company to use eminent domain to acquire easements for a pipeline and would remove the power of approving […]

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More teens and young adults suffering hearing loss

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The World Heath Organization estimates 1.1-billion teens and young adults will suffer hearing loss due to listening to loud music for long periods of time using ear buds. Dr. Michi Diller is an audiologist at Boys Town National Research Hospital in Omaha and says this is an issue that should not be ignored. Dr. Diller […]

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Hosmer: Two-year deal a no-brainer

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Eric Hosmer admitted he was fretting somewhat about possibly having to sit through an arbitration hearing, but those nerves were quickly settled with the Royals' offer of a two-year deal.

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Jenkins competency hearing set for March 2

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Experts at the Nebraska Regional Center issued a report to the court yesterday that convicted killer Nikko Jenkins is competent and understands sentencing proceedings. A three judge panel will determine his fate and Omaha Defense Attorney William Gallup says his mental illness will be a factor. Gallup says, “The primary mitigating fact would be his […]

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