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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 »

Nebraska state unemployment rate drops to 3.4%

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The state unemployment rate dropped two-tenths of a percent in October. The Nebraska Department of Labor announced the unemployment rate for October was 3.4%, seasonally adjusted, down 0.2% from September and down 0.4% from the October unemployment rate last year of 3.8%. “The October increase in non-farm employment continues the year to year growth Nebraska […] Read More »

DNR Director Dunnigan steps down

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Another member of the Heineman Administration has stepped down. Nebraska Department of Natural Resources Director, Brian Dunnigan, has resigned. Gov. Dave Heineman appointed Dunnigan to the position in 2008 after he had served in the department for more than 30 years. “It has been a great privilege to serve the citizens of the state and […] Read More »

President Obama action angers Congressional Republicans (AUDIO)

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President Barack Obama took executive action to spare up to five million illegal immigrants from deportation, angering Congressional Republicans in the process. Republicans in the Nebraska Congressional delegation charge President Barack Obama has overstepped his authority, even violated the Constitution. Congressman Adrian Smith says Congress must respond. “It’s disappointing that the president is doing this. […] Read More »

NPPD: Sand Hills high-voltage line to “benefit all of our customers” (AUDIO)

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Officials say the high-voltage electrical transmission line that’s proposed to cut through 220 miles of Nebraska’s Sand Hills region is designed to have a positive impact on the entire state’s power infrastructure. Mark Becker, spokesman for Nebraska Public Power District, says the upgrade is needed, not because there isn’t enough power but because the current […] Read More »

New agreement reached on use of Republican River

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Nebraska has reached agreement with Kansas and Colorado on use of the Republican River. Representatives of the three states have signed a resolution which approves adjustments to the Republican River Compact. Representatives tout the changes as beneficial to all three states and say they set a course toward long-term solutions to persistent problems. The Chairman […] Read More »

Sen. Johanns: “What the president is doing on immigration is just wrong.” (AUDIO)

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Sen. Mike Johanns isn’t waiting until tonight to react to an immigration proposal to be unveiled by President Barack Obama in a televised White House address. “My reaction could not be more negative. What the president is doing on immigration is just wrong,” Johanns tells Nebraska Radio Network. “Here he goes, acting unilaterally, he undermines […] Read More »

BCBS Nebraska rejects CHI Health’s proposal

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Blue Cross Blue Shield of Nebraska turned down CHI Health’s proposal that would end a contract dispute that places the health care provider out of network. Jenny Alm is Blue Cross Blue Shield of Nebraska’s VP of Network and Product Innovation and says, “They took a decrease in Omaha by about 7%. If you remember […] Read More »

Statewide average price at the pump under $3

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There is good news at the gas pump in Nebraska. For the first time since December 2010 the statewide average price for a gallon of regular unleaded gasoline is under the $3 mark. AAA Nebraska spokesperson Rose White says the average price for 87-88 octane rated fuel is $2.97. AAA surveyed 176 Nebraska communities and […] Read More »

Ag Youth Council sees plenty of opportunity in agriculture (AUDIO)

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A new crop of young people have been named to the Nebraska Agricultural Youth Council and they say the future of farming is bright. Twenty-one college-aged men and women have been named to the 44th Nebraska Agricultural Youth Council, which spreads the message of agriculture throughout the state. Head Counselor Johnny Florence of Ord, a […] Read More »

It’s again a day for promoting health and kicking butts

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Many Nebraskans who are smokers will have today  circled on their calendars. It’s the American Cancer Society’s Great American Smokeout, an annual effort to encourage smokers to quit for the day or to make a plan to quit. Agency spokeswoman Peggy Huppert says in the early 1970s, more than 40% of adult Nebraskans smoked cigarettes or […] Read More »