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Wayne State College president set to retire this week

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Tomorrow is the last day on the job for Wayne State College President Curt Frye, who’s retiring after 30 years at the school in northeast Nebraska. Frye says he’s been fortunate to work with a lot of good people over the decades. “You can’t be involved with a place, a job or an institution for […]

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AG Peterson doesn’t like it, but says state will comply with same-sex ruling

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Nebraska has dropped its appeal of a federal court ruling striking down the state ban on same-sex marriage. The action comes in wake of the United States Supreme Court ruling granting same-sex couples across the nation the right to marry. Attorney General Doug Peterson says the state will comply with the ruling. That doesn’t mean […]

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Possible close of Colorado coal mine could raise electric rates in Panhandle

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The potential closing of a coal mine in Colorado could raise electricity rates in Nebraska’s Panhandle. U.S. Sen. Deb Fischer has joined with Colorado and Wyoming Senators in asking the Department of Interior to take steps to keep the Colowyo Mine open. The mine provides coal to the Tri-State power plant in Craig, Colorado which […]

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ACLU Nebraska applauds Supreme Court same-sex ruling

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The United States Supreme Court has ruled same-sex couples can get married in every state, striking down bans on same-sex marriage, such as the one in Nebraska. Legal Director of the ACLU of Nebraska, Amy Miller, is pleased with the ruling. “We are absolutely floored with happiness,” Miller tells Nebraska Radio Network. “Of course, we […]

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Omaha event planner charged with felony theft

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The owner of Creative Creations in Omaha turned herself into authorities today and is facing three counts of felony theft. Douglas County Attorney Don Kleine filed the charges against Patricia Urbanovsky for bilking her employees out of more than $100,000. He says Urbanovsky is accused of having her employees use their own credit cards to […]

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Supreme Court clears way for same-sex marriage in Nebraska

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A United States Supreme Court ruling has legalized same-sex marriage throughout the country, striking down Nebraska’s definition, which limited marriage to one man, one woman. The Supreme Court ruled 5-4 that marriage is a fundamental constitutional right and that states must recognize the union of same sex couples. The office of Gov. Pete Ricketts issued the […]

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Aftermath of ACA ruling: repeal it or fix it? (AUDIO)

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In the aftermath of yet another ruling by the Supreme Court on the federal health insurance law competing calls have been issued: get rid of it versus fix it. A Supreme Court ruling keeps subsidies in place for those getting health insurance through the federal exchange, a crucial victory for the Affordable Care Act. Most […]

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Dress like a “nerd” to avoid tick bites & disease exposure

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Nebraskans are spending a lot of time outdoors now which may expose them to a tiny insect that could mean big trouble. Epidemiologist Dr. Patty Quinlisk says ticks are very active during the summer months and carry several diseases — the most common is Lyme disease. Dr. Quinlisk says it’s fairly easy to prevent bites […]

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Nebraska Republicans disappointed in health care ruling

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United States Sen. Deb Fischer says she’s disappointed the Supreme Court held in favor of the federal health insurance law. “Today’s decision is disappointing and it does not change the fact that this law is hurting millions of Americans,” Fischer tells Nebraska reporters during her weekly conference call. The court upheld subsidies to those receiving […]

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Western Nebraska mother pleads no contest in beating of her 3-year-old

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A western Nebraska woman has been convicted of a misdemeanor in connection with the severe beating of her three-year-old daughter by her boyfriend. 25-year-old Cassandra Miller of Scottsbluff pleaded no contest to a charge of misdemeanor child abuse by neglect. An August 14th sentencing date has been scheduled. Miller’s boyfriend, Cody Olbricht, had been sentenced […]

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Supreme Court ruling keeps intact health subsidies for Nebraskans

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The United States Supreme Court has upheld subsidies for federal health care exchanges, such as the system in Nebraska. The court, in a 6-3 decision, rejected a claim that the subsidies provided by the Affordable Care Act are limited to state exchanges. James Goddard with Nebraska Appleseed applauds the ruling. “It’s a huge victory for […]

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Gov. Ricketts praises passage of fast-track trade bill

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Gov. Pete Ricketts praises Congress for passage of Trade Promotion Authority, otherwise known as fast-track trade authority. “This is all very, very good news for Nebraska to be able to grow our markets, be able to expand our opportunities to create jobs and so I’m pleased that the Senate passed it,” Ricketts tells Kevin Thomas, […]

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OSHA opens investigation into fatal construction accident

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A federal investigation has been opened into the fatal construction accident Wednesday near downtown Lincoln. The Occupational Safety and Health Administration has confirmed it will investigate the circumstances surrounding the death of 41-year-old Michael Snider of Sedalia, Missouri. A construction worker has been killed near downtown Lincoln after a large piece of rebar fell more […]

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Fischer pleased fast-track trade authority heading to president (AUDIO)

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Fast-track trade legislation has passed the Senate and been sent to the president. It took a second try, but Trade Promotion Authority, better known as fast-track trade legislation, has passed. The United States Senate voted 60-to-38 to approve TPA. The bill now goes to President Barack Obama for his signature. TPA is a key piece […]

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Summer camp for future nurses targets Panhandle high schoolers

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A summer camp is planned next month in Scottsbluff for high school students who are considering the field of nursing. Dr. Liane Connelly, assistant dean of the University of Nebraska Medical Center College of Nursing, says the two-day camp is free to qualifying Panhandle students. “It provides an opportunity for us to reach out and recruit […]

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