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Parole Board head claims she felt pressure due to prison overcrowding

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The chairwoman of the Nebraska Parole Board told a special legislative committee she was pressured by the Heineman Administration to parole more prison inmates to ease overcrowding. Chairwoman Esther Casmer said both former state Corrections Director Bob Houston and Gov. Dave Heineman’s Chief of Staff, Larry Bare, pressured her to parole more prisoners after the […] Read More »

Former western Nebraska hospital administrator sentenced on child porn charge

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A former western Nebraska hospital administrator has been sentenced to three years in federal prison for possession of child pornography. Senior U.S. District Judge Richard Kopf sentenced 65-year-old James Parks to three years in prison. In addition, Parks will have to serve five years of supervised release and register as a sex offender. Parks reached […] Read More »

Be careful as you travel this Thanksgiving holiday weekend (AUDIO)

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Many Nebraskans take to the road today, one of the biggest travel days of the year. The Nebraska State Patrol wants you to be safe out there. Colonel David Sankey, Superintendent of the Nebraska State Patrol, says the rules of the road are simple. “Don’t drive impaired, whether that’s drunk or drugged. Wear your seat […] Read More »

Nebraska man to be honored during Friday’s Husker game

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A tradition will continue at Friday’s University of Nebraska – University of Iowa football game. Athletic directors from both teams will make a special presentation during half time honoring one resident from each state for remarkable acts of courage. Nebraska’s hero is Gene Willers. He is the president of Midwest Bank of Pilger and is […] Read More »

Homestead National Monument opens new exhibit, plans for quarter unveiling

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The Homestead National Monument of America is opening a new exhibit on Friday called the Winter Festival of Prairie Cultures. Park Ranger Susan Cook says the exhibit represents various cultures who settled on the prairie because of the Homestead Act of 1862, and well as Native Americans. “The Pawnee Indian Village gave us a picture […] Read More »

Fortenberry regrets Hagel decision to resign as Defense Secretary

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Congressman Jeff Fortenberry regrets that Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel has resigned. Fortenberry says Hagel, a former United States Senator from Nebraska, was forthright when dealing with Congress. “He’ll tell you what he thinks,” Fortenberry tells Kevin Thomas, host of Driver Time Lincoln on Nebraska Radio Network affiliate KLIN. “The White House, the way it’s […] Read More »

Investigation yields little to explain why Idaho man set himself on fire

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It remains a mystery why an Idaho man walked up to a gas pump at a Beatrice convenience store last week, poured gas on himself, and set himself on fire. Beatrice Police Chief Bruce Lang says the investigation of the incident has gotten nowhere, primarily because investigators cannot talk to Luedeman who is listed in […] Read More »

Creighton University president stepping down

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Creighton University President Timothy Lannon informed the Board of Trustees he will be leaving the position earlier than anticipated. Lannon had planned on retiring June of 2015 but due to health concerns he moved that date up to January 20th. The board intends to appoint J. Christopher Bradberry, dean of the School of Pharmacy and […] Read More »

UNMC study on smoking VS weight gain

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A 20 year study conducted by the University of Nebraska Medical Center found it is better to be an overweight ex-smoker than a normal weight smoker. Dr. Mohammad Siahpush is a professor at the College of Public Health and the principle investigator of this study and says about 53,000 individuals and followed them between 2 […] Read More »

AG Bruning believes sentence miscalculations are over (AUDIO)

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No criminal charges will be filed against Corrections officials who miscalculated prison sentences, leading to the early release of hundreds of inmates even as the Attorney General believes Corrections has put the problem behind it. Attorney General Jon Bruning found incompetence, but not criminal intent on the part of officials at the Department of Correctional […] Read More »

Nebraska Farmers Union prez says climate change must be taken seriously

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A report from the General Accounting Office says climate change could make the crop insurance program more vulnerable to potential losses. Nebraska Farmers Union President John Hansen says the report is another example of why climate change needs to be addressed and taken seriously by both ag and non-ag interests. “The GAO report is just […] Read More »

Tennesse men charged with wounding another while in Nebraska

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Two Tennessee men have been charged in the shooting and wounding a companion during a stop in Kearney. The two, arrested Sunday morning, are being held in the Buffalo County jail. Twenty-four-year-old Evan Swenson is charged with attempted 2nd degree homicide and use of a weapon to carry out that attempt, while his accomplice, 22-year-old […] Read More »

No criminal charges will be filed against Corrections employees in sentence miscalculation case (AUDIO)

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No criminal charges will be filed against Department of Correctional Services employees for the miscalculation of prison sentences. Attorney General Jon Bruning, along with Lancaster County Attorney Joe Kelly, have determined the misconduct in the prison system didn’t rise to a criminal offense. “We have independently determined that we cannot prove what criminal law requires […] Read More »

Former Nebraska Sen. Chuck Hagel resigns as Sec. of Defense (AUDIO)

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Former Nebraska United States Senator Chuck Hagel has resigned as Secretary of Defense. President Barack Obama, in a White House announcement, thanked Hagel for his service. “When I nominated you for this position, you said that you would always give me your honest advice and informed counsel. You have. When it has matter most, behind […] Read More »

Psychedelic mushroom grow operation uncovered in Ralston

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A loud music complaint late last week sent Ralston police to an apartment building around 2 o’clock Friday morning. Deputy Chief Mark Leonardo says officers responding to the call talked to two people inside the apartment and noticed drugs in plain view. Officers were able to obtain a search warrant and returned to the apartment. […] Read More »