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Bill would tax touch-screen games, if they’re found to be illegal

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State lawmakers have authorized a tax on video machines they suspect are illegal. “That is as backwards of a way of going about doing things as I’ve ever heard in this place,” stated Sen. Beau McCoy of Omaha during legislative floor debate on LB 70. McCoy told colleagues it doesn’t make sense to impose an […]

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Need to lose a few pounds? It’s time to “Rethink Your Drink”

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Almost one in every three Nebraskans is obese, according to the latest rankings, and what we’re drinking can be just as fattening as what we’re eating. Carol Voss, a registered dietician and a nutritionist says just one 12-ounce soda contains around 150 calories and 40 grams of sugar, which in itself is more than the […]

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Be careful out there this Memorial Day weekend (AUDIO)

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Memorial Day kicks off the unofficial start of the summer travel season. State officials want you to be careful out there. The Memorial Day holiday weekend isn’t just the unofficial start of summer driving, it’s the real beginning of highway construction. Gov. Pete Ricketts asks Nebraska motorists to be careful when approaching a highway construction […]

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“Sham” cancer charities now subject of massive lawsuit

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Nebraskans are warned to do their research before contributing to a charity. The advice from Chris Coleman, at the Better Business Bureau, is in response to a federal lawsuit involving all 50 states against four phony cancer charities. The complaint says the organizations collected $187 million in donations over five years and only about five-precent […]

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Gov. Ricketts urges Nebraskans to voice their views on death penalty

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Gov. Pete Ricketts confirms he will veto the bill repealing the death penalty and Ricketts calls on Nebraskans to let their senators know how they feel. Ricketts says he has been talking with state senators since they approved LB 268, which would repeal the death penalty in Nebraska. Ricketts says public opinion can be persuasive […]

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Visitation tonight, funeral tomorrow for Omaha Officer Kerrey Orozco

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The Omaha Police Department remains in shock after the shooting death of Officer Kerrie Orozco Wednesday in the line of duty. John Wells, president of the Omaha Police Officer’s Association, says it has hit officers hard. “You are trained to expect this could happen, but it doesn’t really prepare you for when it happens to one […]

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Gov. Ricketts offers condolences to Officer Orozco’s family

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Gov. Pete Ricketts paused during a news conference on highway safety to remember slain Omaha police officer Kerrie Orozco. “I’d like to take a moment right now to remember one of the members of our law enforcement community who has passed away recently,” Ricketts said. “The terrible tragedy with Officer Orozco is something that reminds […]

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More details released in death of Officer Kerrie Orozco

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Omaha Police Chief Todd Schmaderer released more information about the shooting death of Officer Karrie Orozco Wednesday. He says Sgt. Jeffrey Kopietz and Officer Robert Laney, both members of the Metro Area Fugitive Task Force, were conducting surveillance along Martin Avenue just before 1 pm in northeast Omaha when they spotted the suspect, Marcus Wheeler. […]

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Iowa Gov. Branstad pays tribute to slain Omaha police officer, will attend funeral

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Iowa’s governor has ordered that flags be flown at half-staff Tuesday in honor of the Omaha police officer who was killed in the line of duty this week. Twenty-nine-year-old Kerrie Orozco was shot and killed Wednesday while serving an arrest warrant on a known gang member in Omaha. Orozco was a native of Walnut, Iowa, and […]

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Gov. Ricketts signs into law $8.6B state budget for next two years (AUDIO)

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No objections. No line-item vetoes. Gov. Pete Ricketts has signed into law the bills making up the $8.6 billion state budget for the next two years. Ricketts says the budget achieves the goals he set out earlier this year: keep the growth of state spending around 3% and provide more money for property tax relief. […]

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Omaha police officer killed in line of duty

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The Omaha Police Department, area law enforcement and the community is mourning the death of Omaha Police Officer Kerrie Orozco. Omaha Police Chief Todd Schmaderer made the announcement Wednesday that she was killed in the line of duty. Officer Orozco was a member of the fugitive task force. Chief Schmaderer says she and other officers […]

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Omaha officer killed in the line of duty

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The Omaha Police Department, area law enforcement and the community is mourning the death of Omaha Police Officer Kerrie Orozco. Omaha Police Chief Todd Schmaderer made the announcement Wednesday that she was killed in the line of duty. Officer Orozco was a member of the fugitive task force. Chief Schmaderer says she and other officers […]

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DREAMers might soon be drivers in Nebraska

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Youth brought into this country illegally at a young age will be allowed to apply for a Nebraska driver’s license under a bill passing the Unicameral. The Unicameral has voted 34-to-9 to allow youth enrolled in the federal Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program to apply for driver’s licenses. The youth are often referred […]

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Feds do damage assessment in 10 counties after severe storms

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The Nebraska Emergency Management Agency is requesting the Federal Emergency Management Agency work with NEMA and local emergency managers on joint damage assessments in ten southeast Nebraska counties. Those counties sustained heavy rain, hail, wind and flood damage from tornadoes and severe storms between May 3rd and May 11th. The counties are: Gage, Saline, Jefferson, […]

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It will take one more vote to repeal death penalty in Nebraska (AUDIO)

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Nebraska lawmakers have voted to repeal the death penalty, but one more vote looms ahead. Veteran state Sen. Ernie Chambers of Omaha saw success after 40 years of trying to repeal the death penalty. “Nebraska will step into history by abolishing the death penalty,” Chambers told colleagues during legislative floor debate. “This will be the […]

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