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Congressman extolls the virtues of corn detasseling

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Congressman Jeff Fortenberry contends detasseling has been an integral part of building Nebraska’s strong work ethic. And Fortenberry, a father of five, has more than a passing interest in corn detasseling. Fortenberry praises the work of teen-agers in Nebraska corn fields this time of year. “Thousands of Nebraska young people pour into the fields at […] Read More »

100 year old UP depot scheduled to be demolished

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The 100 year old Union Pacific Railroad depot in Columbus will be torn down next year. U-P spokesman Mark Davis says a few years ago the railroad offered to donate the old depot to the city of Columbus. However, the building sits about 15 feet from active railroad tracks. For safety reasons U-P required the […] Read More »

Omaha police investigate shooting death of teen

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Omaha police are investigating the shooting death of a 19 year old man inside a unit at the Pacific Winds apartment complex in the west part of the city.   Joseph Morolla of Omaha was shot around 9 p.m. Sunday night. He was rushed to a hospital where he later died. Omaha police have not released […] Read More »

Motorcyclist dies in central Nebraska accident after losing control of bike

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A 60-year-old motorcyclist from Broken Bow has died after losing control of his bike. The Custer County Sheriff’s Office reports Kenneth Neville died at the scene, three miles south of Broken Bow. According to the sheriff’s office, Neville was riding south on Sumner Road early Sunday evening. Neville lost control of the motorcycle. It hit […] Read More »

Omaha youth golf program attempts to address decline in interest

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It seems that golf is no longer one of the great American past times. The National Golf Foundation reports the number of players has been dropping since 2010 and most of them putting away the clubs are people in their 30′s and younger. City of Omaha Golf Manager Bob Baber says business has been very […] Read More »

Another independent qualifies for US Senate ballot in November

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We have another independent candidate for United States Senate. The Secretary of State’s office reports Todd Watson of Lincoln has qualified for the November ballot, joining Jim Jenkins as alternative candidates to those nominated by the two major political parties. More than 4,000 signatures for Watson to be placed on the ballot have been verified. Watson […] Read More »

FEMA aid coming to 12 Nebraska counties following storms, floods

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Twelve Nebraska counties are now approved for disaster assistance from the Federal Emergency Management Agency, or FEMA. Recovery efforts are still underway for residents across the state who were impacted by the recent severe storms, tornadoes and flooding. Kevin Garvin, the emergency manager for Cedar County, says the FEMA assistance will greatly help with the […] Read More »

The silver lining of June storms: an end to the drought (AUDIO)

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One month of well-above-normal rainfall has ended the drought in nearly all of Nebraska. But drought continues to plague a large portion of the United States. Climatologist Brian Fuchs at the National Drought Mitigation Center on the University of Nebraska-Lincoln east campus says heavy June rains finally broke the drought which began in 2012. “It’s […] Read More »

Study: New buildings under construction meeting code for energy conservation

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So far, so good. A statewide spot check by the Nebraska Energy Office is finding most new buildings under construction are meeting guidelines laid out in what’s known as the International Energy Conservation Code. Ginger Willson, director of the state Energy Office, says they looked at 38 commercial buildings across Nebraska in different stages of […] Read More »

Nebraska soldier dies in IED attack in Afghanistan

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A Nebraska soldier has died from wounds suffered in an improvised explosive device (IED) attack on his vehicle in Afghanistan. The Defense Department reports 30-year-old Staff Sergeant Benjamin Prange of Hickman died Thursday. The IED attack occurred in Mirugol Kalay in Afghanistan’s Kandahar Province, according to Defense Department. A soldier from California also died in […] Read More »

Reminder to boaters – life jackets are a must

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A hot July weekend means a lot of people will be heading to lakes and rivers to keep cool.  Nebraska Game and Parks Commission spokesman Greg Wagner says officials were not happy with what the saw – or rather didn’t see- last weekend on the Elkhorn River. He says Game and Parks officials checking canoes […] Read More »

Sen. Johanns expects Supreme Court to resolve conflicting health rulings (AUDIO)

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Conflicting rulings on the federal health care law might have to be resolved by the United States Supreme Court, according to Sen. Mike Johanns. Johanns expects the Obama Administration to request the entire Washington, D.C. appellate court to reconsider a ruling unfavorable to the law. Johanns, a Republican, says that might work. Johanns notes Senate […] Read More »

Yes, it is as hot as you think is…maybe hotter

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It’s hot out there. How hot? Hot enough to break some records in western Nebraska. The sun was searing the Nebraska Panhandle plains Thursday where temperatures reached up to 112 degrees. That mark was hit in rural Sioux County, as was 111 degrees about ten miles east of Harrison. Mitchell, Chadron and rural Banner County, […] Read More »

Health alert issued for one lake, extended for another, lifted for a third

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Another health alert has been issued for another Nebraska lake as one health alert continues and one is lifted. State officials have issued a health alert for toxic blue-green algae for Swan Creek Lake 5A in Saline County. An alert issued earlier for Willow Creek Lake in Pierce County continues. Samples taken earlier this week […] Read More »

Nordquist works on illegal immigrant driver’s license issue

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State Senator Jeremy Nordquist of Omaha is working on legislation that would allow certain illegal immigrants to get driver’s licenses in the state of Nebraska. Nordquist says the issue falls directly under the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program. Those under 16 years of age in the U.S. by June 15, 2012 could remain in […] Read More »