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Fifth-generation pop bottler takes over Nebraska’s top markets

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Sioux City’s long-time Coca-Cola bottler is expanding its territory in both Nebraska and Iowa. The Chesterman Company has signed a letter of intent with the Coca-Cola Company to assume a much wider distribution area in each state, including the Omaha and Lincoln markets. CEO Cy Chesterman says it’s part of a 21st century partnership model […]

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Lawmakers ready to exit Midwest Interstate Passenger Rail Compact

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State lawmakers have moved closer to ending Nebraska’s participation in the Midwest Interstate Passenger Rail Compact, in three years. The Unicameral has given preliminary approval to LB 317, which would end participation in the compact working to bring high-speed passenger rail service to the Midwest. But not for three years. Supporters of the bill complain […]

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UNMC medical science donors memorial

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Medical, physician assistant and physical therapy students at the University of Nebraska Medical Center will host a memorial service on Friday for those who’ve donated their bodies to science.  Dr. Kim Latacha, assistant professor of Genetic Cell Biology and Anatomy at UNMC says, “It is absolutely vital to their medical educations. Having the donors there […]

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Omaha police injured during car theft arrest

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Two Omaha police officers are recovering from minor injuries after trying to arrest a suspected car thief Wednesday night. The department reports both officers were following up on a stolen vehicle investigation when they saw the suspect in a stolen vehicle drive into a parking lot. Both officers approached the vehicle when the driver threatened […]

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New University of Nebraska President Bounds reflects on statewide tour (AUDIO)

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The first order of business for new University of Nebraska President Hank Bounds was to tour the state. Bounds hit the ground running or, at least, traveling what he refers to as the 500-mile campus. He comes away from the state tour convinced Nebraska doesn’t tell its story as well as it should. “And so, […]

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When utility scammers call, hang up and call the real utility

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Con artists are ratcheting up the pressure with an aggressive new scam involving Nebraska Public Power District customers. Mark Becker, a spokesman for NPPD, says the scammers will call and claim you’re overdue on bills that must be paid immediately with a prepaid card or the power will be shut off within 20 minutes. “In […]

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Lawmakers move to ban powered alcohol in Nebraska

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State lawmakers have moved to ban powered alcohol in Nebraska. A liquor control bill, amended to ban the sale of powered alcohol, has won preliminary approval on a 32-to-3 vote. Sen. Mark Kolterman of Seward succeeded in amending the bill to ban powered alcohol from being sold in the state. “It would be easy to […]

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Child found walking alone on Omaha street

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A three year old girl is safe after she was found wandering alone in a southeast Omaha neighborhood. Police were called to 30th and T Street around 5:15 when someone saw the child alone. Omaha Police Officer Michael Pecha says they could not locate the child’s parents so she was taken to Project Harmony. He […]

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Grand jury will investigate western Nebraska death

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A grand jury will be empaneled to investigate a death in western Nebraska. The Attorney General’s office reports two Sidney police officers discovered the death at a residence after responding to an emergency call about a domestic assault. The 911 call came shortly after 6 o’clock in the evening of the 19th. Little is being […]

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Another round of scammers targeting utility customers

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Scammers are back to their old tricks with another round of calls to utility customers claiming their bills are overdue. Omaha Public Power District spokesperson Jodi Baker says it is an old trick but picking up steam. OPPD received 43 customer reports of these fraudulent calls this month alone compared to 23 in March and […]

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Congressman Smith: tax reform still a priority (AUDIO)

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Tax reform remains a priority of Congress, at least, according to Congressman Adrian Smith. Smith insists tax reform hasn’t faded as an issue, even though numerous other issues have been bubbling to the surface in Washington. Smith, who serves on the tax-writing Ways and Means Committee, sees much promise in federal tax reform. He says […]

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Keep an eye on your pooch for signs of dog flu

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Dog owners in Nebraska are warned to be on the lookout for signs of CIV, or canine influenza virus, as there are outbreaks being reported across the Midwest. While there are no cases reported in Nebraska as yet, veterinarian Dr. Beth Streeter says the so-called dog flu is a concern. “It’s something to be aware […]

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Ag Director worries environmental, not health, concerns swaying dietary guidelines

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State Agriculture Director Greg Ibach worries environmental concerns are creeping into the dietary recommendations made by the federal government. The United States Department of Agriculture is preparing its latest dietary guidelines and this time environmentalists are pressuring the USDA to recommend eating less red meat to reduce the carbon footprint of the cattle industry. Ibach […]

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First seat installed in UNO’s new arena

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A construction milestone reached on Monday on the University of Nebraska – Omaha campus. The first of 7,500 seats was installed inside the new UNO – Community Arena at 64th and Center Street. Chancellor John Christensen says installing the first chair is worth celebrating. He says, “I think it symbolizes all the work that has […]

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Nebraska’s lowest unemployment rate dips a bit more

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Nebraska’s unemployment rate, already the lowest in the country, dipped slightly last month. The state Department of Labor announced the preliminary unemployment rate for March was 2.6%, down ever so slightly from the February unemployment rate of 2.7%. The Nebraska unemployment rate is half a percentage point better than the North Dakota unemployment rate of […]

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