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Nebraska State Patrol 4th of July special enforcement underway

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Drivers – be on your best behavior this 4th of July holiday weekend. The Nebraska State Patrol will be conducting a special enforcement, “Drive to Save Lives” starting July 3rd and running through the 5th. Lt. Kevin Bridges with Troop A in Omaha says an $18,960 grant from the Nebraska Office of Highway Safety is […] Read More »

Historic B-17 Flying Fortress over metro skies Saturday

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An unfamiliar sound will be heard coming from the skies over Omaha on Saturday and it will generate a lot of attention. The Liberty Foundation’s WWII B-17 Flying Fortress bomber the Memphis Belle is on tour at the Council Bluffs Municipal Airport.   The Memphis Belle is one of only 13 B-17′s that still fly […] Read More »

Get a taste of the 1890s as you celebrate 1776 in Grand Island

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The Fourth of July will be “blast” at the Stuhr Museum of the Prairie Pioneer in Grand Island. Museum spokesman Mike Bockovan says they’ll be improvising an 1890s version of skyrockets. “At noon, we’re going to do something called Firing the Anvil,” Bockovan says. “Our blacksmith takes a big anvil out into the middle of the […] Read More »

Blood donors urged to give as Independence Day draws near (AUDIO)

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As Independence Day approaches, the American Red Cross urges Nebraskans to give blood. April Oppliger with the American Red Cross says summer also poses challenges, because many donors take vacation and young donors are out of school. “During the summer that’s already a challenge, but then we come to the 4th of July and those […] Read More »

USDA: Despite weather troubles, most crops are doing well

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While strong winds, hail and flooding damaged some Nebraska crops in recent weeks, the latest USDA report indicates the growing season for many farmers statewide is going well. In the past week, temperatures were moderate and many areas saw adequate rain. Some growers changed out corn for soybeans this year, but the USDA’s Anthony Prillaman […] Read More »

54th Ralston 4th of July Celebration

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Ralston, Nebraska is also known as Independence City – USA and activities for their 54th annual celebration get underway Thursday. Mayor Don Groeser says it truly is an old fashioned 4th of July celebration. Thursday night festivities start with a picnic in the park followed by a pie baking contest and a street dance. Mayor […] Read More »

Sparks, second UNMC chancellor, dies

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Dr. Robert Sparks, the second chancellor of the University of Nebraska Medical Center, has died. Sparks was 82. Sparks also held the positions of vice president of the University of Nebraska system. “He was a thoughtful administrator and a visionary whose programs greatly outlasted his tenure,” said Dr. Robert Wigton, a professor in the Department […] Read More »

Fireworks will be permitted at 7 state rec areas on the 4th

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Seven state recreation areas will allow fireworks on the 4th. The Nebraska Game and Parks Commission reports visitors will be allowed to touch off fireworks at Branched Oak State Recreation Area (SRA) near Malcolm, Fort Kearny SRA near Kearney, Memphis SRA near Memphis, Fremont SRA near Fremont, Two Rivers SRA near Venice, Pawnee SRA near […] Read More »

Western Nebraska man charged with 44 counts of child porn

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A Sidney man charged with 44 counts of child pornography will be arraigned next week. Levi Hallett was in Cheyenne County Court for a preliminary hearing and the judge ruled there is enough evidence to proceed. The 26-year-old Hallett will appear in District Court this upcoming Tuesday. Court papers say a citizen contacted law enforcement […] Read More »

Elkhorn River access sites remain closed

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Three access sites along the Elkhorn River in Douglas County will remain closed through the 4th of July holiday.   John Winkler is the General Manager of the Papio – Missouri River Natural Resource District and says the recent heavy rain may have caused run-off from farm fields that contained chemicals that could irritate the skin. […] Read More »

Pilger update – rebuilding hurdles due to flood plain

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Another hurdle for residents of Pilger. Many took shelter in basements when twin tornadoes hit the community last month. Those residents credit their basements for saving their lives. Now because of FEMA flood plain regulations homes rebuilt will not have basements unless they meet certain guidelines. Pilger Village Clerk Kimberly Neiman says all homes have […] Read More »

Ag coalition forms to fight back against proposed EPA rule

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A coalition of agricultural groups has formed in Nebraska to protest a proposed expansion of the Clean Water Act. The “Common Sense Nebraska” coalition claims the Environmental Protection Agency wants to extend its reach onto family farms. Nebraska Farm Bureau President Steve Nelson claims the EPA is seeking to expand the Clean Water Act to […] Read More »

Domina celebrates 26th Amendment as he woos young voters (AUDIO)

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Democrat Dave Domina celebrates the 26th Amendment as he courts support from young voters in his United States Senate campaign. Domina honored Anthony LaMere of South Sioux City, killed in the line of duty in Viet Nam on the day the 26th Amendment to the United States was ratified, July 1st of 1971 during a […] Read More »

Creighton survey: Economy on the upswing in June

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A monthly survey of business leaders in Nebraska and eight other Midwestern states shows the region’s economy during June was in its best shape in more than three years, since March of 2011. Creighton University economist Ernie Goss says growth in domestic and export orders over the past three months was very strong. “New orders, […] Read More »

Support building for U-S Marine jail release

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Nebraska residents can show their support for the release of U-S Marine Sgt. Andrew Tahmooressi from a Mexican jail. Tahmooressi was arrested April 1st after mistakenly crossing the border with three guns that are legally registered in the U-S. Wednesday morning Virgil Patlin of Omaha is organizing a demonstration outside the Mexican Consulate office at […] Read More »