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President signs Sen. Fischer’s GONE Act into law (AUDIO)

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President Barack Obama has signed into law a bill co-sponsored by Senator Deb Fischer designed to save money by closing some worthless accounts. It’s called the GONE Act, which stands for The Grants Oversight and New Efficiency Act. It’s rather simple. The act calls for federal agencies to close grants 90 days after they expire. […]

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Hunters can help control the spread of a deer disease

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  The Nebraska Game and Parks Commission reports chronic wasting disease is spreading through the deer population. Samples tested during hunting season last fall turned up three positive cases in the Northeast District. Scott Taylor, wildlife division administrator, says periodic testing shows the disease is moving east. “In the long term – decades out – […]

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State lawmakers mull bill to boost wind power projects

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A wind energy bill proposed by Senator John McCollister of Omaha is being introduced in the Unicameral. The bill, LB-824, would deregulate development of private wind energy and remove barriers that discourage investment in Nebraska wind projects. Robert Byrnes, president of Nebraska Renewable Energy Systems in Lyons, is skeptical about the measure accomplishing anything. “This […]

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Interstate 80 closed from Lincoln to North Platte

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Interstate 80, from Lincoln to North Platte, is closed. The Nebraska Department of Roads closed the interstate due to the heavy snowfall and high winds of the winter storm that is still making its way through Nebraska. NDOR says road crews continue to plow snow in southwest and south-central Nebraska in an effort to keep […]

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Travel not advised, roads closed, Nebraska pulls snow plows

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Roads throughout Nebraska are snow-covered with both the Nebraska State Patrol and the Nebraska Department of Roads advising motorists not to travel today. NDOR pulled its snowplows off of state highways in District Three, Norfolk due to extremely low visibility. NDOR says blowing and drifting snow is making the roads impassable. The roads department calls […]

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Husker basketball to wear special uniform

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The Nebraska men’s basketball team will wear special uniforms for three games in February in honor of Black History Month. The university and adidas unveiled unveil the Black History Month collection to pay tribute to Wilbur Wood, the Huskers’ first African-American basketball player. Wood lettered from 1908 to 1910 and was one of the first […]

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Omaha Fire Department taking extra steps to respond during the storm

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The Omaha Fire Department has taken steps to make sure they can respond to all emergencies during this winter storm. Chief Bernie Kanger says all trucks and medic units are equipped with chains but it may take them a bit longer to arrive to calls.  He says there is one thing the public can do […]

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Storm impacting flights in and out of Eppley in Omaha

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The winter storm is having an impact at Eppley Airfield in Omaha. Eppley officials report that the airport is open for arrivals and departure operations. A total of 52 flights have been impacted due to the storm that include 19 arrivals that have been cancelled and 33 departures. Travelers should determine the official status of […]

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Nebraska power outages due to the storm

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Omaha Public Power District reports there are nearly 20,000 customers without service due to the snowstorm. Spokesperson Paula Lewkowski says one of the biggest problems now is the wind. Lewkowski says, “We are making some restorations but we continue to get calls as we get some restored. We continue to get repeated outages because some […]

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Snow slowly moving out of Nebraska

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Nebraskans will be digging out today after a heavy snow over most of the state. National Weather Service – Omaha Meteorologist Cathy Zapotocny says there is more than a foot of snow in some areas of the state.  She says this storm system is still over parts of Nebraska. Zapotocny says, “It is trying to […]

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Winter storm shuts down I-80 in central Nebraska

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Heavy snow has combined with high winds to create hazardous driving conditions through nearly all of Nebraska, prompting the closing of I-80 in the heart of the state. The Nebraska State Patrol reports dangerous driving conditions throughout the state. The Nebraska Department of Roads has closed a portion of I-80, from Elm Creek to Utica. […]

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Winter storm belts Nebraska

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It might have come a bit later than expected, but a winter snow storm has hit Nebraska The intensity and the amount of snow falling depends on where you live. The National Weather Service has issued a blizzard warning for southwest, central, and northeast Nebraska. A winter storm warning is in effect for western Nebraska; […]

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Winter storm will hit some parts of Nebraska harder than others

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This winter storm could hit some areas of Nebraska much harder than others. State climatologist Ken Dewey with the University of Nebraska-Lincoln says the strength of this storm is the key and he calls is a very powerful storm. “So this will be a system that’s typical of our March blizzards in Nebraska where the […]

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Nebraska State Patrol warns drivers to stay off roads during winter storm

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If you have to drive during the winter storm, the Nebraska State Patrol wants you to be prepared. Spokesperson Deb Collins says there will be extremely dangerous road conditions, so it’s best to stay off the roads. If you have to go out, she says to use main roads whenever possible and take your time. […]

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USDA to grant millions for wetlands mitigation banks

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U.S. Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack is announcing that $9-million is available for farmers in Nebraska and elsewhere to set up agriculture-only Wetlands Mitigation Banks. Vilsack says the mitigation banks that exist now give an advantage to big developers over individual farmers. “Several states have begun the process of establishing agriculture-only mitigation banks that are available […]

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