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UNMC physcian resonding to West Africa Ebola outbreak

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An Omaha doctor who helped treat Ebola patients at Nebraska Medicine’s Biocontainment Unit is heading to Sierra Leone. Dr. Ali Kahn left earlier this week to meet with officials at the World Health Organization in Geneva before he continues his travels.   University of Nebraska Medical Center’s Dr. Jane Meza is the Senior Associate Dean at […] Read More »

Blasting Platte River ice jam on hold for now

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An ice jam along the Platte River continues to cause flooding in Douglas and Saunders Counties. General Manager of the Papio-Missouri Natural Resources District John Winkler they are considering the use of dynamite to break up the jam but weather conditions are not favorable today due to the strong wind. Winkler says if they do […] Read More »

Gov. Ricketts renews call for McPherson to resign from school board (AUDIO)

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Gov. Pete Ricketts renews his call for Pat McPherson to step down as a member of the Nebraska Board of Education. McPherson has refused to resign, telling the board in a prepared statement that he has apologized for offensive statements made about the president on his blog. [See earlier story] Ricketts, though, says the 6-to-2 […] Read More »

Former Nebraska Sen. Hagel says good-bye to Pentagon

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Former Nebraska United States Sen. Chuck Hagel has bid farewell to the Pentagon, sent out as Secretary of Defense with fanfare and best wishes from President Barack Obama. Obama declared Hagel a “great friend” and declared him a patriot during a special ceremony at the Pentagon. “In an era of politics that too often descends […] Read More »

Judiciary Committee chairman says prison population can come down (AUDIO)

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The chairman of the legislature’s Judiciary Committee says the Unicameral needs to try to reduce the prison population before even considering adding prison beds. Judiciary Committee Chairman, State Sen. Les Seiler of Hastings, is confident state lawmakers will consider a number of bills aimed at easing prison overcrowding. “Well, I think they’ll take a real […] Read More »

Elm Creek clerk charged with pilfering more than $10,000

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The village clerk in Elm Creek is charged with embezzling from the town’s coffers. Forty-nine-year-old Wendy Stephens of Elm Creek was charged this week in Buffalo County Court with one count of theft totaling more than $1,500, a class III felony. Stephens was arraigned Tuesday. According to court records six altered checks had been discovered […] Read More »

January death toll for motorcyclists reaches new all-time high

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The recent warm weather has allowed Nebraska motorcyclists to go on some rare January rides but with more two-wheelers on the roads, more accidents are being reported, some of them fatal. Nebraska recorded its very first-ever January motorcycle death during 2012. Rose White, at AAA Nebraska, says this year’s tally is even worse. “Tragically, just […] Read More »

Supporters of medical marijuana insist bill will help those suffering

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The Cannabis Compassion and Care Act is getting a lot of attention. Omaha State Senator Tommy Garrett is one of several co-sponsors of LB 643 that would legalize medical marijuana in the state. He wants everyone to know this has nothing to do with the recreational use of marijuana. Senator Garrett says, “We are not […] Read More »

Pat McPherson, “I am not a racist” (AUDIO)

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Embattled Nebraska School Board member Pat McPherson proclaims, “I am not a racist” prior to a 6-to-2 vote by the board, calling on him to resign. The school board approved a resolution asking McPherson to resign during its legislative retreat held at the Nebraska Department of Education offices in Lincoln. The board took the action […] Read More »

Elkhorn man sentenced to five years on child pornography charges

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An Elkhorn man has been sentenced to five years in federal prison on child pornography charges. Federal prosecutors say 25-year-old Trevor McLaurine formerly lived in Richland, Washington. An investigation by the Nebraska Attorney General’s office led to McLaurine’s residence in Elkhorn in which investigators discovered more than 8,000 files of child pornography. A federal judge […] Read More »

Counterfeit cash appears in the Panhandle

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Authorities in western Nebraska are on the lookout for bogus bills. First it was counterfeit $20s in Sidney, now it’s fake $100s in Scottsbluff. Fake money is floating around the Panhandle and now there’s word that Scottsbluff police have gotten two complaints of fake $100s from different businesses. Cheyenne County Sheriff John Jenson said this […] Read More »

U-S Senate addresses Keystone XL Pipeline issue again today

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The Keystone XL Oil Pipeline is again being addressed on Capitol Hill today. American Petroleum Institute Senior Manager Cindy Schild says after nearly seven years lawmakers may be wrapping up the pipeline controversy. She says today the U-S Senate will take up 18 amendments regarding the Keystone legislation. Schild says they have come close to […] Read More »

Ashford finds Congress exciting, challenging (AUDIO)

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Congressman Brad Ashford says it is an incredible honor to serve the Second Congressional District in Washington and his election to Congress is a dream come true. Ashford is getting settled in his new role as a member of Congress in the nation’s Capital. “It’s exciting. It’s challenging. It’s something I can really get my […] Read More »

Omaha man charged in Iowa cattle rustling case, more arrests pending

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A cattle rustling case in southwest Iowa has brought the arrest of a Nebraska man, with warrants issued for two more suspects. Cass County Sheriff Darby McLaren says 57-year-old Ervin Jacob, of Omaha, is in custody on multiple felony charges for allegedly stealing eight cattle from a farm in Lewis over two weeks last May and June. […] Read More »

Measles case in Omaha, another in Lincoln raises concerns

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State health officials express concern that a measles outbreak that began in Disneyland could spread throughout the country. The outbreak has grown to 87 cases; one in Nebraska. State Epidemiologist Dr. Tom Safranek says one of the 87 cases was discovered in the Omaha area. Another unrelated case has been reported in Lincoln. Safranek says […] Read More »