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Fortenberry says Congress can do little in wake of Keystone XL veto

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Congressman Jeff Fortenberry says Congress has little recourse in wake of President Barack Obama’s veto of the Keystone XL bill. President Obama vetoed the bill approved by Congress, stating it circumvented the existing process for dealing with TransCanada’s request for a presidential permit to cross the northern border to build the $8 billion oil pipeline […] Read More »

Celebrations by some Nebraskans over Keystone XL bill’s veto

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Nebraska environmentalists are applauding Tuesday’s veto by President Obama of the bill that would have authorized construction of the Keystone XL oil pipeline. BOLD Nebraska’s energy director, Ben Gotschall, says the veto wasn’t a surprise, but it was welcome. “The White House had indicated several times that they were going to veto the bill, the […] Read More »

AG office sees Republican River order as victory for Nebraska (AUDIO)

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The United States Supreme Court has ordered Nebraska to pay Kansas $5.5 million to settle a dispute over use of the Republican River. Nebraska officials call it a victory. “I think overall the office of the Attorney General is very pleased with the U.S. Supreme Court’s decision,” Justin Lavene, chief of the Agriculture, Environment, and […] Read More »

Nebraskans honor their agricultural roots and the future of farming

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The 7,000-plus FFA members in Nebraska are celebrating FFA Week. The program teaches high school students about the world of the ag industry. FFA spokesman Kurt Veldhuizen doesn’t see any letting up in the program that’s nearly 90 years old. “I think it’s very strong and when you look at ultimately FFA’s tie to agriculture, […] Read More »

School website back after hackers take over, post porn

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A northeast Nebraska school district is rebuilding its website after hackers took it over. North Bend Central manages the website NBTigers.org. Those who logged on Monday were greeted with pornographic images. Once school officials were notified, the website was taken down. The website now reads, “We are back…but under construction.” It asks viewers to return […] Read More »

Northeast Nebraska judge refuses to lower bond in fatal teen-ager shooting case

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A northeast Nebraska judge has refused to lower the bond for a Fremont teen-ager accused of shooting to death his roommate. A reduction in bond for 18-year-old Andrew Marty was denied by Dodge County Judge Kenneth Vampola in county court Tuesday. Marty, in court on manslaughter, assault with a deadly weapon, and other charges was […] Read More »

President Obama spikes Keystone XL bill

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President Barack Obama has fulfilled his promise and vetoed legislation authorizing construction of the Keystone XL oil pipeline. The president retains his authority to approve or reject an application by TransCanada to cross the border between Canada and the United States to build the pipeline from western Canadian oil sands fields to Steele City, Nebraska. […] Read More »

Trooper seizes marijuana, hashish in traffic stop in western Nebraska

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A state trooper has seized nearly 30 pounds of marijuana during a weekend traffic stop on Interstate 80. The Nebraska State Patrol reports the trooper stopped an eastbound car near the Ogallala exit on I-80 in Keith County for following too close. After getting permission to search the vehicle, the trooper found 27 pounds of […] Read More »

Omaha police officer involved shooting death

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A robbery suspect was shot and killed by an Omaha police officer Monday evening. Officers were sent to the Family Dollar Store in southeast Omaha around 6:30 pm to investigate an armed robbery. Before officers arrived at the store they located the suspect and attempted to make an arrest. At that time 39 year old […] Read More »

Keystone XL Oil Pipeline legislation heads to president’s desk

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The U-S Congress sent the Keystone XL Oil Pipeline bill to President Obama today but word from the White House is he will veto it. Nebraska 2nd District U-S Congressman Brad Ashford remains optimistic the permit will eventually be signed. He says, “Canada is our largest trading partner in the world. They are going to […] Read More »

Nebraska loses to Kansas in Republican River dispute

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Nebraska has been ordered to pay Kansas $5.5 million to settle a lingering dispute over the use of water from the Republican River. While the United States Supreme Court sided with Kansas in the main portion of the legal wrangling between the two states concerning the Republican River, it did side with Nebraska in its […] Read More »

Debate begins on winner-take-all Electoral College bill (AUDIO)

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A very partisan debate is underway among the officially non-partisan state senators as the Unicameral discusses whether Nebraska should again be a winner-take-all state in the presidential elections. At present, only Nebraska and Maine distribute presidential electors to the Electoral College proportionately. Maine has had the system since 1969. Nebraska adopted it in 1991. LB […] Read More »

Nebraska ranks 49th in US for school breakfast program

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Nebraska placed near the very bottom of a new study ranking the states for the percentage of low-income students who take part in government-funded school breakfast and lunch programs. Crystal FitzSimons, spokeswoman for the Food Research and Action Center, says only two states had a worse showing. “Nebraska is feeding about 50,000 low-income kids for […] Read More »

Former Lincoln resident sentence on child porn charges

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A former Lincoln resident has been sentenced to nearly six years in federal prison for receiving and distributing child pornography. The United States Attorney’s office reports 54-year-old Charles Walker will also be required to serve five years of supervised release and register as a sex offender. In February of last year, Lincoln police tracked down […] Read More »

Gov. Ricketts searches for NDOR director; opposes gas tax hike

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Gov. Pete Ricketts says he is not in favor of increasing the gas tax. Many states are poised to take advantage of a drop in gas prices by increasing the state’s take. Ricketts says the state needs to operate on what it has. “I want to work with the money that we have available right […] Read More »