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Tennesse men charged with wounding another while in Nebraska

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Two Tennessee men have been charged in the shooting and wounding a companion during a stop in Kearney. The two, arrested Sunday morning, are being held in the Buffalo County jail. Twenty-four-year-old Evan Swenson is charged with attempted 2nd degree homicide and use of a weapon to carry out that attempt, while his accomplice, 22-year-old […] Read More »

No criminal charges will be filed against Corrections employees in sentence miscalculation case (AUDIO)

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No criminal charges will be filed against Department of Correctional Services employees for the miscalculation of prison sentences. Attorney General Jon Bruning, along with Lancaster County Attorney Joe Kelly, have determined the misconduct in the prison system didn’t rise to a criminal offense. “We have independently determined that we cannot prove what criminal law requires […] Read More »

Former Nebraska Sen. Chuck Hagel resigns as Sec. of Defense (AUDIO)

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Former Nebraska United States Senator Chuck Hagel has resigned as Secretary of Defense. President Barack Obama, in a White House announcement, thanked Hagel for his service. “When I nominated you for this position, you said that you would always give me your honest advice and informed counsel. You have. When it has matter most, behind […] Read More »

Psychedelic mushroom grow operation uncovered in Ralston

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A loud music complaint late last week sent Ralston police to an apartment building around 2 o’clock Friday morning. Deputy Chief Mark Leonardo says officers responding to the call talked to two people inside the apartment and noticed drugs in plain view. Officers were able to obtain a search warrant and returned to the apartment. […] Read More »

Pilger bank president to be among “citizen heroes” honored on Friday

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During Friday’s Nebraska-Iowa football game, the American Red Cross will honor two men, one from each state, who went above and beyond in the face of crisis. Red Cross spokeswoman Kara Kelly says the honoree from Nebraska is Gene Willers, the president of the Midwest Bank Branch in Pilger, a town that was forever changed […] Read More »

Former Nebraska Sen. Chuck Hagel reportedly stepping down as Defense Secretary

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Reports out of Washington, in particular the Washington Post and the New York Times, say that Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel has submitted his resignation under pressure. Hagel, a former Republican United States Senator from Nebraska, has been Secretary of Defense for less than two years. According to the newspaper reports, Hagel resigned after holding a […] Read More »

Nebraska Congressman says voters want Washington to work (AUDIO)

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Americans shook up Washington during the elections across the country and one Nebraska Congressman says voters expressed frustration with Washington at the ballot box. Congressman Adrian Smith sees the election as not necessarily an endorsement of the Republican Party, but a desire by voters that Washington pursue a different direction. That different direction just might […] Read More »

Suspect in custody following weekend shooting in Kearney

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A man was taken to an Omaha hospital Saturday following an early morning shooting in south Kearney. According to Kearney Police Captain Mike Kirkwood, officers were called to the 300 block of 2nd Avenue shortly before 4:30 Saturday morning in response to a report of a suspicious person in the area. When officers arrived, they found […] Read More »

AAA predicts best Thanksgiving travel weekend since 2007

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Those going home for Thanksgiving will have company on the roads and in the air. Triple-A released their travel outlook for the upcoming Thanksgiving holiday weekend. Nebraska spokesperson Rose White says they predict 46.3 million Americans will journey 50 miles or more from home between Wednesday, November 26th and Sunday, November 30th. White says 89% […] Read More »

Gophers run over Huskers en route to second half comeback victory

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Despite trailing 21-7 at halftime, 25th-ranked Minnesota didn’t waiver from what’s made them one of the better teams in the Big Ten–a strong running game and timely completions in the passing game. That formula worked once again as Minnesota knocked off Nebraska for the first time in Lincoln since 1960. Mitch Leidner’s 3-yard touchdown run […] Read More »

Study: Thanksgiving meal for 10 will cost pennies more this year

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Nebraskans may be paying slightly more for their Thanksgiving meals this week than they did last year, according to a survey from the American Farm Bureau Federation. Dave Miller, the Farm Bureau’s research director, says the cost of the traditional holiday meal for ten people is only up 37-cents from last year. “The Thanksgiving feast […] Read More »

Gov.-elect Ricketts vows new approach to prison problem

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Gov.-elect Pete Ricketts promises to bring a fresh perspective to the prison problem in Nebraska. A legislative panel found state corrections officials use unreliable data and have failed to update policies, including the use of solitary confinement. Ricketts says he will launch a national search to bring in a new corrections director who will consider […] Read More »

CHI Health responds to rejected proposal

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CHI Health CEO Dr. Cliff Robertson says they will continue to serve the region’s health care needs even though Blue Cross Blue Shield of Nebraska rejected a proposal this week to put an end to a contract dispute. CHI Health patients are no longer in-network if they are covered by Blue Cross. Dr. Robertson says […] Read More »

Nebraska high school graduation rate rises

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Nearly 90% of the seniors in Nebraska high schools last year graduated. The Nebraska Department of Education reports the graduation rate from last year was 89.7%, up from 88.5% in 2013. The department says the four-year graduation rate has improved steadily since 2011, when 86.1% of the high school seniors graduated in four years. The […] Read More »

Nebraska’s largest water park undergoing $5-million expansion

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Nebraska’s largest outdoor ride and water announced a $5-million expansion.  The 16 acre park in Omaha announced this week construction is underway on their first new project, Makana Splash. Spokesperson Katie Anderson says that is a 40 foot tall water playground and it is scheduled to open this coming Memorial Day weekend. Anderson says Makana […] Read More »