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Ashland’s own astronaut is passing along his survival (and scuba) skills

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Former astronaut and Nebraska native Clay Anderson is now teaching a college course that has students skydiving, scuba diving and learning wilderness survival skills. Anderson says the purpose of the workshop is to expose students to the type of critical thinking needed for spaceflight training. “I think that’s the overlying goal for me is to […] Read More »

Group opposed to EPA expansion of Clean Water Act grows (AUDIO)

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Some groups more associated with the city than the farm have joined the Nebraska Farm Bureau coalition opposed to an expansion of the Clean Water Act. Farm Bureau officials have assembled what it calls the “Common Sense Nebraska” coalition to protest the proposal by the Environmental Protection Agency to expand the Clean Water Act beyond […] Read More »

12 year old Bellevue girl takes charge during house fire

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A 12 year old Bellevue, Nebraska girl is being hailed a hero after fire broke out in their home Thursday morning. Elizabeth Mahan says she saw black smoke coming down the basement stairs and left her bedroom to investigate. She says saw flames coming from the laundry room. Mahan says, “I quickly ran up the stairs and […] Read More »

Criminal investigation underway at Department of Corrections

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A number of employees at the Nebraska Department of Corrections were suspended Wednesday as the result of miscalculating sentences of nearly 600 inmates that were released early. Nebraska Governor Dave Heineman says the issue is far from over. The suspensions stemmed from an independent personnel investigation conducted by the Jackson – Lewis Law Firm and […] Read More »

Sen. Fischer calls Afghan shooting a disturbing event (AUDIO)

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An American general is dead, others wounded, after a person wearing an Afghan National Security Forces uniform opens fire, a disturbing event, according to a Nebraska senator. The shooting earlier this week at the National Defense University in Kabul, Afghanistan took the life of Major General Harold Greene. Sen. Deb Fischer, a member of the […] Read More »

USDA boss says not all climate change impacts are bad

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Farmers and scientists are trying to determine how climate change will impact agriculture in Nebraska and nationwide in the years ahead, with one study predicting without action, crop yields will drop 20% by mid-century. U.S. Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack says farmers will have to adapt to greater variability in the weather, but the news isn’t […] Read More »

Corrections Dir. Kenney suspends employees for sentencing scandal

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State Corrections Director Mike Kenney has announced he has suspended some employees, disciplined others, and ordered changes at the Department of Correctional Services in light of the miscalculation of prison sentences. A miscalculation by the Department of Correctional Services led to the release of 306 inmates before they had served their time. Before it was […] Read More »

Northeastern Nebraska resident dies in grain bin accident

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A 60-year-old man couldn’t be saved in a grain bin accident in northeastern Nebraska. The Dixon County Sheriff’s Office reports Timothy Hansen of Laurel stepped into the grain bin Tuesday afternoon to break loose some grain. The grain pile gave way and swallowed him. Several people attempted to save him to no avail. Hansen was […] Read More »

Lincoln police charge father-in-law in fatal stabbing

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Lincoln police accuse a 77-year-old of fatally stabbing his son-in-law during a birthday celebration in the victim’s home. Charged with second degree murder is Bayapa Lingala, accused of stabbing 46-year-old Sujay Nooka in the chest with a knife. Nooka was rushed to a nearby hospital and underwent surgery, but died hours later. Police report the stabbing […] Read More »

Attorney questions Lincoln Regional Center’s refusal to treat Jenkins

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A hearing will be held on Thursday to determine what to do with convicted killer Nikko Jenkins. The man who killed four people in Omaha one year ago was found incompetent to be sentenced so Judge Peter Bataillon ordered Jenkins to the Lincoln Regional Center for treatment. Earlier this week the Lincoln Regional  Center refused […] Read More »

Lincoln man fatally stabbed at birthday party

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A 46-year-old Lincoln man stabbed in the chest during a birthday party at his home late last night died of his wounds early this morning. The Lincoln Police Department reports officers arrested a relative at the scene and recovered a knife they believe to be the murder weapon. Police spokeswoman Katie Flood says police were […] Read More »

Troubling trend: motorcycle deaths up in Nebraska (AUDIO)

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A motorcyclist died in Lincoln this week, the fourth in the city this year, the 14th statewide, a tragic trend. The numbers, as related by Fred Zwonechek with the Nebraska Office of Highway Safety, are somber. “So far this year we have a total statewide 14 motorcycle fatalities. That compares to nine at this time […] Read More »

Federal funding will help complete flood control project

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President Obama recently signed the Water Resources Reform and Development Act which provides protection for many Nebraskans. This legislation prioritizes the Western – Sarpy Clear Creek Flood Control Project and John Winkler, General Manager of the Papio – Missouri River Natural Resources District says this provides protection for those on both sides of the Platte […] Read More »

Expert: Now’s the time to top off propane tanks for winter heating

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While many Nebraskans have their air conditioners running during the heat of early August, one expert suggests they look ahead to wintertime and their home heating needs. Fuels analyst Harold Hommes says a very rapid rise in liquid propane prices last winter left many Nebraskans stunned and facing tough financial decisions. “We’re encouraging people to […] Read More »

Charges filed in fatal golf cart wreck last month

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Charges have been filed in a fatal golf cart accident in Gretna early last month. Sarpy County authorities have charged 24-year-old Cody Dembinski of Gretna with misdemeanor motor vehicle homicide and careless driving in the accident that took the life of 31-year-old Patrick Jurgensen of Gretna. According to the Sarpy County Sheriff’s Office, Jurgensen suffered […] Read More »