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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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NPPD announces coal-fire power plant conversion to hydrogen

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It could be the fuel of the future. Nebraska Public Power District has announced it is working with California-based Monolith Materials to replace a coal-fired unit in southeast Nebraska with a hydrogen-fueled plant. NPPD Chief Executive Officer Pat Pope says Monolith Materials will use natural gas and electricity to create a substance called carbon black. […]

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Smokeless medical marijuana bill clears committee (AUDIO)

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A medical marijuana bill has cleared a committee and heads to the full legislature for debate, though it doesn’t look much like the bill that was introduced this session. Sen. Tommy Garrett of Bellevue still recognizes his bill, but. “It’s gone through some remarkable transformations,” Garrett tells Kevin Thomas, host of Drive Time Lincoln on […]

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Animal cruelty investigation in Omaha

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The Nebraska Humane Society is offering a $1,000 reward for information leading to an arrest in an animal cruelty case in Omaha. Vice President of Field Operations Mark Langan says a woman reported Sunday a vehicle was circling a southeast Omaha neighborhood when someone inside threw something out the window. He says that something was […]

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Study: Ethanol is worth $5-billion to Nebraska coffers

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A University of Nebraska study finds the ethanol industry has a five-billion dollar impact on the state’s economy. Todd Sneller, head of the Nebraska Ethanol Board, says the report covers a five-year period, from 2010 to 2014, and shows renewable fuels are vital to the state’s economic engine. “Ethanol production continues to be a very […]

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Nebraska economic sustains growth

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Nebraska remains on track for economic growth, according to the latest survey conducted by the Bureau of Business Research at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. Director Eric Thompson says the survey of Nebraska businesses has shown consistent growth. “This is the fourth consecutive monthly increase, suggesting the Nebraska economy should be solid throughout the rest of […]

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Lincoln man sentenced to federal prison on child porn charge

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A Lincoln man has been sentenced to six-and-a-half years in federal prison for possessing child pornography. U.S. Attorney Deborah Gilg reports 37-year-old Kenneth Charles Poston III will also be required to pay restitution of $2,000, be on supervised release for 10 years after serving his time in prison, and be registered as a sex offender. […]

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No joke, Marijuana Party seeks political recognition in Nebraska

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Nebraskans have the opportunity to sign a petition that would recognize a new political party in the state. Mark Elworth Jr. is the acting chairman of the Marijuana Party, an organization that supports the medical, industrial and recreational use of hemp and says they need about 5,500 valid signatures before they can move forward. Elworth […]

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Gov. Ricketts will lead first trade mission to the EU

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Gov. Pete Ricketts has announced he will lead a trade mission to Europe. The governor, along with state agriculture and economic development officials, will travel to Denmark, Belgium, and Italy in June. Ricketts says one of the big stops on the trip will be to the European food show in Milan, Italy. Another major stop […]

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