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Omaha man sentenced to nearly 12 years for bank robberies, carjacking

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An Omaha man has been sentenced to nearly 12 years in prison for robbing two banks and stealing a car. United States Attorney Deborah Gilg says 39-year-old Phillip Weber has been sentenced to 11 ½ years in prison for the 2014 bank robberies. A federal grand jury indicted Weber for robbing the Security National Bank […]

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Invasive plant chokes lake, closes Goose Lake Wildlife Area

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An invasive plant has taken over the lake at the Goose Lake Wildlife Management Area, prompting the Nebraska Game and Parks Commission to close the park. Goose Lake will remain closed until further notice. Game and Parks reports it had to take the action, because of a heavy infestation of Eurasian watermilfoil, an invasive aquatic […]

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Second teen escapee from Kearney captured

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A second teen who escaped from Kearney’s Youth Rehabilitation and Treatment Center on Monday has been captured and at last report was being held in the Lancaster County Youth Detention Center in Lincoln. A spokesman with the Department of Health and Human Services in Lincoln confirmed the 16-year-old had been apprehended without incident, but did […]

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Thousands of flags will honor 9/11 victims at Omaha’s Memorial Park

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For the eleventh year Lynn Castrianno and dozens of volunteers will be placing nearly three-thousand flags at Memorial Park at 60th and Dodge Streets in Omaha this afternoon. Castrianno is the organizer of the September 11th Remembrance and says each flag will bear the name of a victim, their age and the location where they […]

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UNK reaches historic agreement with DOJ in therapy dorm dog dispute

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The University of Nebraska-Kearney has reached an historic agreement with the Department of Justice that applies the Fair Housing Act to colleges for the first time. UNK reached a $140,000 settlement in a lawsuit stemming from 2011 when the university denied a student’s request to have a therapy dog in a dorm to help her […]

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Labor Day weekend enjoying the great outdoors

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This is one of the busiest weekends of the year in Nebraska. There are dozens of community celebrations, the State Fair and the Huskers kick off their season. Nebraska Game and Parks Commission spokesperson Greg Wagner many people will also head to state recreation areas and parks for the long Labor Day weekend. Wagner says, […]

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Mike Riley prepares to lead the Huskers into Memorial Stadium for 1st time (AUDIO)

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Football season is here. And a new coach gets set to take the field at Memorial Stadium for the first time. Mike Riley prepares for his first game as head coach of the Nebraska Cornhuskers. “It’s that beautiful time of the year to kick off the college football season and we will be very, very […]

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College age students prefer pot over cigarettes

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For the first time ever, more college age students report using marijuana more often than smoking cigarettes. The University of Michigan released a new study titled “Monitoring the Future” and it shows marijuana use is at its highest rate in 35 years. It shows that one in 17 college age students smoke marijuana at least […]

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Family challenge aims to reverse or prevent childhood obesity

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The American Heart Association is launching a month-long, get-healthy challenge for all Nebraska families. Spokeswoman Kassi Wessing says the goal is to raise awareness about childhood obesity. “One in three kids are overweight or obese,” Wessing says. “Some people may not realize it, but this is the number-one health concern for parents today. It’s a […]

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Family challenge aims to reverse or prevent childhood obesity

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The American Heart Association is launching a month-long, get-healthy challenge for all Nebraska families. Spokeswoman Kassi Wessing says the goal is to raise awareness about childhood obesity. “One in three kids are overweight or obese,” Wessing says. “Some people may not realize it, but this is the number-one health concern for parents today. It’s a […]

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Teen who escaped Kearney center recaptured; another remains at large

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A teen-ager who escaped from the Kearney Youth Rehabilitation and Treatment Center earlier this week has been captured. A second teen-ager, who escaped with him, remains at large. Authorities say the 16-year-old was spotted at a Sarpy County residence late Wednesday night. Officers took him into custody without incident. Police suspect the teens might have […]

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Sex trafficking sting nets 16 in Lincoln

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Sixteen men have been arrested in Lincoln for soliciting sex as part of a national summer crackdown on sex trafficking. Lincoln Police Sergeant Ben Miller says too often prostitutes have been trapped in the trade by pimps who take over their lives through threats or drug dependency. Miller says sex trafficking isn’t necessarily the kidnapping […]

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Texas motorcyclist dies when bikes collide with deer in northwest Nebraska

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A motorcyclist from Texas has died after the group of motorcyclists in which he was riding ran into deer crossing the highway in northwestern Nebraska. The Nebraska State Patrol reports 53-year-old James Anderson of Longview, Texas died in the wreck. According to NSP, the motorcyclists were riding north on Highway 385 about three miles south […]

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One dead, one injured in rollover wreck in southeast Nebraska

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One man died, another suffered injuries in a rollover crash in southeastern Nebraska. The Seward County Sheriff’s Office reports the accident occurred early this morning on a gravel road. Both men were thrown from the vehicle. No names have been released. The investigation continues.

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Strong out of the gate, attendance up at State Fair

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A strong start has attendance up at the Nebraska State Fair. State Fair Executive Director Joseph McDermott says attendance figures for the first four days of the event show a hefty increase over past fairs, with attendance in Grand Island so far up by more than 20,000 people or about 21%. “So, we’re very pleased […]

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