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Landowner attorney not surprised by State Dept. Keystone XL delay

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State Department officials say they will not move on the Keystone XL oil pipeline due to the legal wrangling over the route through Nebraska. Attorney Dave Domina, who represents the landowners challenging how the state went about authorizing the route, says the latest delay makes sense. “I’m not at all surprised to hear that the […] Read More »

Omaha’s Benson HS Jr. ROTC heading to France

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Twenty-seven students from Omaha’s Benson High School will get a first hand look at history in June. Members of the Junior ROTC will travel to Normandy, France and take part in ceremonies to mark the 70th anniversary of D-Day. The cadets raised $91-thousand in the past year. They hosted countless car washes, pancake feeds, sold […] Read More »

Chambers extracts his pound of flesh on final day (AUDIO)

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State lawmakers wouldn’t give him what he wanted, so Sen. Ernie Chambers of Omaha made them pay on the last day of the legislative session. Chambers, angry that twice state legislators failed to give him the votes to overturn a veto of his bill to ban the hunting of mountain lions, slowed legislative work to […] Read More »

Gov. Heineman praises lawmakers on last day (AUDIO)

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Gov. Dave Heineman praised state lawmakers for their work this legislative session, addressing the Unicameral on the final day of the legislative session. “It’s been a very good year for Nebraska taxpayers,” Heineman stated. “We are providing more than $412 million of tax relief to Nebraskans over the next five years. That is meaningful, responsible, […] Read More »

FDA approves new allergy medication

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The grass is finally starting to turn green and flowers blooming. Nebraskans are ready to put the winter behind us and start enjoying nice weather but those with allergies typically think twice about heading to the great outdoors. Dr. Jeffrey Stokes is an allergist and immunologist with Alegent-Creighton Health in Omaha and says there is […] Read More »

Pest spotted in Colorado may endanger Nebraska walnut trees

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While Nebraskans are being warned about the emerald ash borer that destroys ash trees, yet another invading insect is causing a stir as it could threaten our walnut trees. Entomologist Robin Pruisner says a pest called the walnut twig beetle is now confirmed in neighboring Colorado, but it hasn’t yet been spotted in Nebraska. “Research […] Read More »

Mental illness – prejudice – or just plain mean

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A white supremacist in jailed in Kansas accused of killing two people at a Jewish community center and then another person at a retirement community last Sunday. Authorities say this is a hate crime. University of Nebraska Medical Center Forensic Psychiatrist Dr. Carl Greiner isn’t commenting on this case specifically but says bigotry isn’t a […] Read More »

Surprise truck inspection Wednesday

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The Nebraska State Patrol conducted a surprise truck inspection at 203rd and West Maple Road Wednesday. A total of 77 commercial trucks were stopped and inspected. Inspectors found more than 400 violations and 38 vehicles were taken off the road. Those vehicles were not safe on the road because of bad brakes, bald tires or […] Read More »

“Unique” legislative session comes to close today (AUDIO)

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Gov. Dave Heineman calls it a unique legislative session; one that ends today as lawmakers return to the Capitol for the final day of a 60-day session. The governor’s office has been reviewing dozens of bills sent to Heineman by the Unicameral. Heineman says some of those bills have been combinations of bills. “It has […] Read More »

Nebraska Beef Council names winner in best burger contest

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For a second time, Stella’s Bar & Grill in Bellevue takes top honors in the Nebraska Beef Council’s “Nebraska’s Best Burger” contest. Director of Marketing Adam Wegner says Stella’s Cheeseburger received the most on-line votes and rave reviews from the panel of judges. More than 200 restaurants were nominated this year and judges visited the […] Read More »

New scam involves “phishing” texts to your cell phone

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Nebraskans, particularly in the Siouxland area, are being warned about bogus text messages that claim to be from Wells Fargo Bank, directing people to go to a phony website and enter their account information. Angie Kaipust, spokeswoman for the bank in Sioux City, says it’s a “phishing” scam. Kaipust says, “What these fraudsters do is […] Read More »

Water sustainability bill signed into law by Gov. Heineman (AUDIO)

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A bill designed to maintain Nebraska’s greatest natural resource, its water, has been signed into law by Gov. Dave Heineman. Heineman signed into law LB 1098, the water sustainability bill, which he says should insure that Nebraska has the water it needs both for agricultural and city uses for years to come. “This is a […] Read More »

Nikko Jenkins found guilty of killing four in Omaha after release from prison

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An Omaha man is found guilty of four murders last summer and of weapons charges. It was just last week that Nikko Jenkins wanted to enter a plea of no contest to those crimes but Douglas County District Judge Peter Batallion refused that plea stating. Jenkins on Friday filed a hand written document stating he […] Read More »

Osborn trails Sasse in fundraising; insists he has the cash he needs

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United States Senate candidate Shane Osborn says he has the money he needs to win the Republican primary next month. The Osborn campaign reports raising a total of $1.6 million, trailing only Ben Sasse among the four major Republican candidates. Osborn says that total includes just over $600,000 for the primary election. “You know, we […] Read More »

Frustration over no change in “good time” law this session

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A change in Nebraska’s “good time” law was front and center when the Legislature started this year’s session but lost a lot of steam in the days and week’s that followed. Omaha State Senator Pete Pirsch co-sponsored the bill along with Omaha State Senator Scott Lautenbaugh on behalf of Attorney General Jon Bruning and Governor […] Read More »