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Presidential disaster declaration granted in wake of Pilger tornado

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Federal officials have informed Gov. Dave Heineman his request for a presidential disaster declaration in wake of the Pilger tornado has been granted. The declaration covers more than just the Pilger tornado, extending to cover damage from tornadoes and thunderstorms through southern and northeastern Nebraska between June 14th and the 21st. Still, the biggest damage […] Read More »

Nebraska teen-age girl dies in sightseeing plane crash in Alabama

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The crash of a sightseeing airplane near the Alabama-Florida state line has killed two, including a Nebraska teen-age girl. The Baldwin County, Alabama Sheriff’s Office reports 15-year-old Marli Shea McManus of Papillion died in the crash. The pilot, 67-year-old Dean Legidakes, also died in the crash. The sheriff’s office says the two took off from […] Read More »

Sen. Johanns supports McDonald as next Secretary of Veterans Affairs (AUDIO)

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Sen. Mike Johanns supports President Barack Obama’s nomination of former Procter & Gamble CEO Robert McDonald as the next Secretary of Veterans Affairs. Johanns, a Republican member of the Senate Veterans Affairs Committee, says McDonald has the background needed to shake-up the troubled Department of Veterans Affairs. “I really believe in this person. I like […] Read More »

Young kids set abandoned Omaha house on fire

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Omaha firefighters rushed to battle a house fire Wednesday afternoon at 43rd and Sprague Streets. The house had been abandoned and there was no electricity or gas service at the house that was heavily damaged. Investigators determined that three juveniles were responsible for the fire and admitted to fire play. Investigators say there was evidence […] Read More »

Early childhood education touted as way to fight crime (AUDIO)

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A push is underway to promote early childhood education as a way to reduce crime. Advocates admit this is a long-term solution, but argue that money spent upfront in the first few years of life could make the difference between a child growing up to be a criminal or growing up to be a productive […] Read More »

Concerns over Omaha’s new Municipal Land Bank

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Nebraska’s largest city is taking steps to rid neighborhoods of vacant, abandoned and run-down houses. The Omaha City Council approved the creation of a Municipal Land Bank that can either purchase or accept donations of those properties clean them up and resell. One of the goals is to rid neighborhoods of these eyesores. John Chatelain […] Read More »

Summer blood supply is “stable” but donors are still needed

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Hospitals in Nebraska and two neighboring states use 38-thousand pints of blood every day, yet only about one-in-ten residents who are eligible to give blood do so once a year. The LifeServe Blood Center is appealing for blood donors this summer. While the region has a “stable” blood supply at the moment, spokeswoman Nicole Hanger […] Read More »

Pipeline protesters plan pickets through Lincoln today

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Protesters who support climate change legislation and who oppose the Keystone XL pipeline project are marching across the country today. A group of protesters led by BOLD Nebraska will march to the state capital in Lincoln. BOLD spokeswoman Jane Kleeb says they’re delivering 1,000 petition signatures which ask the governor to disclose the contents of […] Read More »

Poll provides encouragement to independent US Senate candidate Jenkins (AUDIO)

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A public opinion poll provides some encouraging numbers for the independent United States Senate campaign of Jim Jenkins. Jenkins commissioned the poll by the MSR Group of Omaha that surveyed 618 registered Nebraska voters between May 27th and the 29th. MSR Senior Vice President Rob Noha says several findings surprised him. “I think one of […] Read More »

Omaha makes top 5 list of best cities for recreation

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When it comes to the top 100 best cities in the U-S for recreation, Omaha comes in number three. WalletHub.com conducted the study on the importance of recreational facilities, parks and green spaces that helps improve health, physical activity and property values. CEO Odysseas Papadimitrious says they also considered the costs for entertainment and Omaha […] Read More »

Tips for beating the heat, while avoiding skin cancer…and ‘skeeters

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The hottest days of summer have arrived in Nebraska, prompting reminders from health officials to drink plenty of water and wear light-weight, light-colored clothing. Also, take plenty of breaks if you’re exerting in the sun, especially when high temperatures are in the upper 80s and lower 90s. Epidemiologist Patty Quinlisk encourages everyone who’s spending time […] Read More »

Sen. Fischer: increase Russian sanctions in wake of Malaysian jet crash

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Sen. Deb Fischer supports increased sanctions against Russia in wake of the downing of a Malaysian commercial flight over Ukraine. Fischer acknowledges much isn’t yet known about the doomed flight, except that it was shot down by a missile fired from territory occupied by pro-Russia separatists. Fischer says the U.S. must go beyond sanctions and […] Read More »

Busy season for the Nebraska Regional Poison Center

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Many Nebraska families will be packing a lot of fun into the final weeks of summer. Joan McVoy is the Public Education Coordinator with the Nebraska Regional Poison Center and urges everyone to program this number into their phone- 1-800-222-1222. McVoy says no matter where you are at in the county you will then be […] Read More »

UNMC Physician with update on chikungunya

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Physicians in the U-S are learning more about the exotic-sounding illness that originated in the Caribbean - chikungunya. Most of those in the U-S with the illness had recently traveled to that area and returned home ill. Chief of the Infectious Disease Division at the University of Nebraska Medical Center Dr. Mark Rupp says like West […] Read More »

Chadron resident kills young cougar that fails to flee

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A young female mountain lion has been shot and killed when it failed to flee a home near Chadron. The Nebraska Game and Parks Commission says the homeowner reported he shot the 5-month-old female Saturday at his home south of Chadron. According to the resident, the mountain lion crouched in the grass about 20 yards […] Read More »