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Report: Medicaid expansion could cost Nebraska nearly $1 Billion

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The Nebraska Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) reports a proposed Medicaid expansion would cost $978 million through 2027. A private actuarial firm, Optumas, calculated the cost based on proposed legislation (LB1032) that lawmakers are considering now. Calder Lynch, DHHS Division of Medicaid director, says that’s too costly and could end up being more […]

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Kearney hotel operator charged with helping illegal immigrant

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A 63-year-old hotel operator from Kearney has been arraigned on charges he helped an illegal immigrant under investigation by the Social Security Administration Office. U.S. Attorney Deborah Gilg says Paul Younes and Kearney Hospitality, which owns a number of hotels in central Nebraska, have pleaded guilty; Younes to unlawful employment of aliens and Kearney Hospitality […]

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Strategic Air & Space Museum summer camp program for Nebraska students

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The Strategic Air & Space Museum near Ashland announced their lineup of summer “space camps”. Marketing and Public Relations Director Deb Hermann says they have a number of camps available for students of all ages. Campers entering grades 1-3 are offered one day camps that include Space Adventures, Robotics 101 and Aviation Adventures. Here students […]

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Farmers ask for property tax relief; school officials object to governor’s plan

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Farmers complained property taxes are out-of-control. Public school officials complained a proposal to keep them in check is too burdensome. Both sides were heard at a legislative hearing before the Education Committee as it considers LB 959, which would limit school districts to two-and-a-half percent revenue growth annually. Districts could exceed the limit by going […]

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Omaha girl is state finalist in “Doodle 4 Google” contest

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A sixth-grader from Omaha is this year’s Nebraska finalist in the annual Google Doodle contest, where students create art using the six letters in the name of the search engine. Abby Gilreath attends Russell Middle School. Google spokesman Patrick Lenihan says this is the 8th year for the competition. “Every year it just gets better,” Lenihan […]

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Supreme Court halts EPA until lawsuit joined by Nebraska is decided

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An ambitious plan to curb carbon emissions proposed by President Barack Obama and opposed by more than two dozen states, including Nebraska, has been put on hold by the United States Supreme Court. The court has not ruled on the merits of the plan by the Environmental Protection Agency, but has prevented the EPA from […]

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Omaha man sentenced to life as three-time offender

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A 29-year-old Omaha man has been sentenced to life in prison as a three-time felon after being convicted by a federal jury last year on two counts of bank robbery and one count of attempted bank robbery. Investigators used data from Quantal Blake’s ankle bracelet to convict him. According to U.S. Attorney Deborah Gilg, investigators […]

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Nebraska higher ed seeking nearly $300 million for building projects

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Nebraska’s state colleges and universities are asking lawmakers for millions of dollars in building projects. The Nebraska State College System is seeking nearly $50.4 million to renovate three buildings and construct a new facility on its three campuses. Chancellor Stan Carpenter made the funding request (LB755) to the state Appropriations Committee Tuesday morning. “We recognize […]

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Omaha man charged with motor vehicle homicide posts bail

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A Council Bluffs family is mourning the loss of a 21 year old woman killed in a tragic accident on January 31st. Prosecutors say 19 year old Eswin Mejia was street racing in Omaha when he rear-ended Sarah Root’s SUV.  She was rushed to a hospital and later died. There have been a lot of […]

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Sen. Fischer gave indications she supported Rubio prior to announcement (AUDIO)

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United States Sen. Deb Fischer tipped her hand on the endorsement of Florida Senator Marco Rubio for President late last year. Rubio was the headline speaker at the Nebraska Party’s Founders Day in late November in the Omaha area, taking time out of campaigning in Iowa. He came to Nebraska at the request of Fischer, […]

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Douglas County Health Department cracking down on operating without a permit

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The Douglas County Health Department may close upwards of 165 food and beverage businesses that are currently operating without a permit.   Chief of Administration and Finance Tim Kelso says all businesses were sent notifications in November that the new permits were due on December 9th.  Reminders to those delinquent were sent in January that permits […]

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Record number of Nebraskans get insurance through federal marketplace

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The number of Nebraskans who have healthcare coverage through the Affordable Care Act for the coming year totals 87,835. The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services reports the state’s enrollment grew by about 14,000 from last year. James Goddard, Nebraska Appleseed healthcare director, calls that good news, but says more needs to be done […]

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Checking work email while on vacation? You’re not really on vacation.

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A technology expert recommends Nebraskans take some time away from electronic devices to make life a little easier. Rey Junco uses technology every day for research but he decided about five years ago he needed to set it aside to refresh himself. “Every year, twice a year, I take a break from all technology,” Junco […]

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Woman shares human trafficking message Tuesday in Omaha

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There will be an important message for Nebraska parents, guardians to grandparents and teachers shared Tuesday night at Westwood Church in Omaha. Members of the Set Me Free Project will hold an presentation on the dangers of sex trafficking and how to prevent children from falling victim.  Guest speaker Bronwyn Zitka travels the state talking […]

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Sen. Fischer endorses Marco Rubio for President

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United States Sen. Deb Fischer endorses Florida Senator Marco Rubio for President. “Well, I’m just excited this morning to announce that I am endorsing Marco Rubio for president and I look forward to campaigning for him and working for him throughout this campaign,” Fischer tells Nebraska Radio Network in a telephone interview from Washington, D.C. […]

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