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April’s Mid-American Business Conditions Index report

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The latest Mid-America Business Conditions Index for April in nine Midwestern states points to slow economic growth ahead. Creighton University Economist Ernie Goss says the overall index for the month of April rose to 52.7 from March’s 51.4. Goss says, “Firms linked to energy and agriculture are experiencing pullbacks in economic activity. Growth in Oklahoma […]

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Another round of scammers targeting utility customers

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Scammers are back to their old tricks with another round of calls to utility customers claiming their bills are overdue. Omaha Public Power District spokesperson Jodi Baker says it is an old trick but picking up steam. OPPD received 43 customer reports of these fraudulent calls this month alone compared to 23 in March and […]

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Nebraska’s lowest unemployment rate dips a bit more

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Nebraska’s unemployment rate, already the lowest in the country, dipped slightly last month. The state Department of Labor announced the preliminary unemployment rate for March was 2.6%, down ever so slightly from the February unemployment rate of 2.7%. The Nebraska unemployment rate is half a percentage point better than the North Dakota unemployment rate of […]

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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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Property tax deadline for some Nebraskans is March 31

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An important tax deadline for Nebraskans in three counties is March 31.  Douglas County Treasurer John Ewing says that is the deadline to pay the first half of 2014 personal property taxes. Ewing says, “Unfortunately with the state statutes that are in place for people who don’t pay the property taxes that interest accrues at […]

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Deadline for farmers to pick new Farm Bill programs is March 31st

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Nebraska farmers only have a week remaining to decide which federal farm program is best for them. Jeff Davis, with the Farm Services Agency, says March 31st is the last day farmers can elect between the three farm bill programs. Davis explains the provisions of the ARC-co which is based on county figures. “So, you […]

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Hochevar open to starting season in Triple-A

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When Spring Training began last month, right-hander Luke Hochevar had hesitations when asked if he could be ready by Opening Day. Hochevar, recovering from Tommy John surgery last March 18, said he simply didn't want to push his rehab process.

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Creighton baseball bounces back with 11-3 series finale win over Utah Valley

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Ignited by a three-run double by senior Kevin Lamb in the second inning, the Creighton Baseball team defeated Utah Valley 11-3 on Sunday, March 15. The win gave Creighton the series from the Wolverines, taking three of the four contests to move to 9-7 on the season. Utah Valley, meanwhile, fell to 4-15 overall. Lamb’s […]

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National Poison Prevention Week

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March 15th through the 21st is the 53rd Annual National Poison Prevention Week. Joan McVoy is a registered nurse with the Nebraska Regional Poison Center and says this week is to raise awareness about the dangers of poisonings and how to prevent them Statistics from the U-S Department of Health and Human Services show poisonings […]

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Red Cross urgent call for blood donors

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Severe winter weather across the country has affected blood supplies. American Red Cross, Nebraska – Southwest Iowa Regional spokesperson Katie Marshall says storms in March already forced the cancellation of more than 200 blood drives that resulted in nearly 7,000 uncollected blood and platelet donations. Marshall says, “That is already on top of an already […]

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Infectious disease & Ebola symposium

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Members of the University of Nebraska Medical Center / Nebraska Medicine’s Biocontainment Unit will share their experiences of treating Ebola and other infectious disease at a one-day symposium on March 11th. Several organizations are teaming for the event including the US Strategic Command. U-S Air Force Retired Lt. General Bob Hinson is the director of […]

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No ill effects for Hochevar after 1st BP session

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Luke Hochevar, recovering from Tommy John surgery last March, had thrown his first batting-practice session of the spring on Tuesday, and the first thing Royals skipper Ned Yost did when he got to the clubhouse Wednesday morning was find out how the ri...

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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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Hochevar excited about first throwing session

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Luke Hochevar was smiling like a kid under a Christmas tree. And why not? The Royals' right-hander, who underwent Tommy John surgery on March 17, threw a baseball for the first time since then on Wednesday in an indoor batting cage at Comerica Park.

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Teaford’s contract sold to Korean team

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Left-handed pitcher Everett Teaford is going to give Korea a try. The Royals announced on Sunday that Teaford's contract has been sold to the LG Twins of the Korean Baseball Organization. He had been in the Major League clubhouse until March 14, when h...

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