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USDA grants and loans bring cash infusion to rural Nebraska

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The U.S. Department of Agriculture is awarding more than $1.7-million dollars in loans and grants to a host of projects across rural Nebraska. Doug O’Brien, the agency’s Under Secretary for Rural Development, says the infusion of capital comes from the Rural Micro-entrepreneur Assistance Program and it’ll go initially to five Nebraska-based agencies. O’Brien says, “Southeast […] Read More »

State Sen. John Nelson sworn-in as new Lt. Governor

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Gov. Dave Heineman has selected Omaha state Senator John Nelson as the new lieutenant governor, serving out the remaining three months of the Heineman Administration. Heineman said Nelson is a perfect candidate to fill the vacancy left with the resignation of Lavon Heidemann. “I chose him, because John is a respected public official, he’s a […] Read More »

Civic Auditorium auction is Friday and Saturday

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The Rolling Stones and President George W. Bush were there. So was Elvis, Kiss, REO Speedwagon, Ringling Bros. Barnum and Bailey Circus, Creighton Bluejay Basketball, UNO Hockey and even Lloyd Bentsen and Dan Quayle held a vice-presidential debate there. After more than 60 years the Omaha Civic Auditorium served the state well and will be […] Read More »

American Cancer Society in need of volunteer drivers

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It is estimated at 9,550 Nebraskans will be diagnosed with cancer this year and getting every one of them to scheduled treatment is a big challenge. The American Cancer Society relies on volunteer drivers to help those with no vehicle or friends and family nearby to provide those rides. Mission Delivery Specialist Christine Bleich says […] Read More »

Transportation Secretary sees no quick solution to rail car shortage

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Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx can’t promise any solution this fall to a rail car shortage threatening harvest season. Farmers need rail cars to move crops, but rail has been diverted to hauling oil from the Bakken oil fields in Montana and North Dakota. “I don’t think the trend is going to change abruptly any time […] Read More »

Big name corn field concert draws big crowd, big money to protest pipeline

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More than 8,000 people turned out in a corn field north of Neligh on Saturday for a concert and rally in opposition to construction of the Keystone XL oil pipeline. The “Harvest the Hope” event was held on Art Tanderup’s farm. Tanderup said the concert, featuring Neil Young and Willie Nelson, grew out of contacts […] Read More »

Harvest time is almost here, use extra caution on rural roads

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Tractors and combines will soon be bringing in the harvest from the fields and lumbering down Nebraska’s rural roads at all hours. Kelly Brunkhorst, executive director of the Nebraska Corn Board, is putting out a reminder to those farmers — and to all motorists — to be cautious and courteous. Brunkhorst says “We just want […] Read More »

Abdullah, running game shine as Nebraska demolishes Illinois 45-14

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91 plays later and 624 yards later, Nebraska’s offense still wasn’t satisfied. They may get their shot at satisfaction next week against a high-profile opponent and a chance to stake an early claim to the Big Ten. Behind a dominating rushing performance and an opportunistic defense, 19th-ranked Nebraska moved to 5-o on the season with a comfortable […] Read More »

Illinois’ young QB will face his toughest test yet. Sophomore off to record breaking start

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The Nebraska Cornhuskers open up Big Ten play today facing the Illinois Fighting Illini with an 8 p.m. kickoff.  Last week, Miami’s young quarterback saw what can happen with 92,000 fans getting revved up into a frenzy and now the Illini sophomore quarterback Wes Lunt could get the next dose as he faces an improving […] Read More »

Lincoln man charged with manslaughter in fatal crash last week

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A 54-year-old Lincoln man has been charged with manslaughter in connection with a fatal car crash last week. Lancaster County Sheriff Terry Wagner says deputies formally notified Diep Dong of the charge at his house Thursday. According to the sheriff’s office, Dong attempted to pass another vehicle driving north on a two-lane road September 18th […] Read More »

Climate change authors say debate is over, time to prepare

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One of the lead authors of a new University of Nebraska-Lincoln report on climate change says Nebraska farmers and ranchers will face significant weather-related challenges in the coming decades. Climate scientist Don Wilhite says average temperatures will continue to rise with a substantial increase in high-temperature stress days over 100 degrees. And while average annual […] Read More »

Med Center fires 2 workers

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Two employees at the Nebraska Medical Center in Omaha were fired after being accused of  violating HIPAA regulations. The Med Center audited their electronic medical records and discovered that two employees inappropriately accessed the records of Dr. Rick Sacra who was being treated for Ebola. Based on the results of an investigation two employees no […] Read More »

Nebraska Medical Center shares information on how to treat Ebola

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The Ebola patient treated at the Nebraska Medical Center returned home to Massachusetts on Thursday after being released earlier that day. Dr. Phil Smith is the director of the Med Center’s biocontainment unit and says extra precautions were taken to treat Dr. Rick Sacra and to insure sure all of the infectious waste was properly […] Read More »

Bicyclist sustains life-threatening injuries in head-on collision

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A collision on a Lincoln bike path has left a 66-year-old Lincoln man clinging to his life. The Lincoln Police Department reports a 15-year-old bicyclist was looking down and hadn’t notice he had veered into the path of the other bicyclist, hitting him head-on. The older bike rider initially stopped breathing, but CPR performed by […] Read More »

Rural Futures Institute building on early success

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The University of Nebraska Rural Futures Institute is already impacting residents in the two years it was established. Founding Executive Director Chuck Schroeder says they focus on building relationships with local community leaders who want to see growth. This program supports N-U faculty research and engagement projects and student service programs to build relationships with […] Read More »