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Holiday tips from the Nebraska Regional Poison Center

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As we celebrate the holidays the Nebraska Regional Poison Center reminds all Nebraskans safety first. Educator and RN Joan McVoy says the number of poisoning incidents involving children increases during the holiday season. She says over 50% of the calls they receive involve medications.  McVoy says visiting friends and relatives may spend the night and […] Read More »

Medical incident might have led to fatal crash

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Police suspect a medical incident might have led to a car crash that took the life of a Lincoln man. Lincoln police report 43-year-old Michael Clancy died in the wreck downtown Sunday evening after his car ran off the street and hit a light pole. Emergency workers rushed Clancy to a local hospital, but he […] Read More »

Committee concludes Corrections pressured into questionable practices (AUDIO)

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A special legislative committee concludes Gov. Dave Heineman set the tone that led to the prison sentencing miscalculations, because he refused to consider building a new prison to relieve overcrowding. Committee chairman, Sen. Steve Lathrop of Omaha, acknowledges the committee never made a direct connection between Gov. Heineman and various questionable practices to release prisoners, […] Read More »

Winter storm hits the Nebraska Panhandle, closing several schools

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Roads are slick, icy, and snow packed in Sidney. A hazmat call went out before 10:30 this morning for a jackknifed semi tractor-trailer at mile marker 63 that was leaking fuel. We measured four inches of snow in Sidney’s Legion Park. Winds have been causing snow to drift in spots and around corners of buildings […] Read More »

Comment period on conservation program changes nears

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The U-S Department of Agriculture is proposing changes to their Conservation Stewardship Program and Nebraska farmers have a chance to comment on those suggestions. Mark Rose is with the Natural Resources Conservation Service and a Farm Bill team leader and says more will be offered to producers. Rose says, “Other lands that can be enrolled […] Read More »

N-U president candidate wraps up visit

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Dr. Michael Martin wrapped up his visit to Nebraska late last week. He is one of four finalists for the presidency of the University of Nebraska System. After touring all four N-U locations, Dr. Martin said he is impressed how the system functions. He says, “It really is a chance to build, augment and add […] Read More »

Congressman lukewarm on budget bill (AUDIO)

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A Nebraska Congressman reluctantly voted for a trillion dollar spending bills, saying it’s better to approve a flawed bill than allow the federal government to shut down. Congress barely approved the $1.1 trillion dollar spending bill and barely avoided a shutdown. Congressman Adrian Smith, a Republican, suspects a last-minute Democratic revolt in the House might […] Read More »

Nebraska Farmers Union backs ACA, Medicaid expansion

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A Nebraska farm group insists the federal health insurance law greatly benefits rural Nebraska and backs expansion of Medicaid as a benefit to farm families. Nebraska Farmers Union president John Hansen says the law met a need in agricultural communities. “We have to remember where we started here,” Hansen tells Ken Anderson with Brownfield Ag […] Read More »

Winter weather returning to Nebraska, NWS issues warning

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A lot of weather is coming our way even as the state has experienced some rain, sleet, and snow already. The National Weather Service has issued a winter storm warning today for western Nebraska into the north-central and northeastern portions of the state. A winter weather advisory has been issued from the southwest into northeast […] Read More »

Colorado woman dies in I-80 rollover wreck in western Nebraska

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A passenger in a car that rolled over on Interstate 80 in western Nebraska Saturday has died. The Nebraska State Patrol reports 20-year-old Emily Barnes of Colorado was ejected from the vehicle. Barnes died at the scene. According to NSP, 22-year-old Cody Seldon of Michigan was driving east on I-80 about two miles east of […] Read More »

One man swims to safety, another presumed drowned in boating accident

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A search will pick up this morning after one Nebraska man swam to safety while another appears to have drowned in Lake Manawa in Council Bluffs, Iowa. Authorities report 36-year-old Bengamin Ferguson of Omaha is in fair and stable condition this morning at Mercy Hospital in Council Bluffs. The name of his companion who remains […] Read More »

Single vehicle wreck kills Cozad man

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A single vehicle crash this past weekend in central Nebraska has claimed the life of a Cozad man. The Dawson County Sheriff’s Office reports 21-year-old Jacob Kappes lost control of his pick-up on Road 762 Saturday morning. The truck slid through the intersection with Road 425 and rolled into a ditch. Kappes was ejected from […] Read More »

Congressman Smith says approval of budget bill the right thing to do

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Congressman Adrian Smith says he wasn’t thrilled with the budget bill passing Congress and avoiding a federal government shutdown, but voted for it nonetheless. The $1.1 trillion spending bill narrowly passed the House on a 219-to-206 vote. “Clearly, the agreement is far from perfect, but I really believe after sifting through the details and given […] Read More »

Gov.-elect Ricketts chooses Schnoor to replace Sen. Janssen

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Gov.-elect Pete Ricketts has selected David Schnoor of Scribner to fill the state senate seat being vacated by Sen. Charlie Janssen of Fremont who won election as state Auditor in November. Gov. Dave Heineman earlier said he would defer to Ricketts on who to select as Janssen’s replacement. Heineman will make the formal appointment. Schnoor, […] Read More »

Prison plan hopes to slash costs, avoid building new prison

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A plan to help Nebraska ease prison overcrowding and avoid the cost of building a new prison has been released. The recommendations include increased use of probation and drug courts for non-violent offenders as well as additional use of supervision for inmates released from prison. State Sen. Les Seiler of Hastings says supervision of released […] Read More »