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Proposals hope to make Nebraska veteran-friendly

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A number of measures are being proposed this legislative session, aimed at retaining and attracting military veterans to Nebraska. Sen. Sue Crawford of Bellevue says many of those measures take direct aim at those now serving at Offutt Air Force Base near Omaha. “Retain those veterans who work at Offutt, who are stationed at Offutt, […] Read More »

I-80 traffic stop seizes nearly 60 pounds of marijuana

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A California man has been arrested and 58 pounds of marijuana seized during a traffic stop on I-80 in Hamilton County. The Nebraska State Patrol reports a trooper pulled over a sport utility vehicle a mile east of the Giltner exit for speeding Tuesday afternoon. A patrol drug dog brought to the scene sniffed out […] Read More »

7 year old Plattsmouth girl critically injured

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A 7 year old Plattsmouth girl was rushed to a hospital in critical condition with head and neck injuries evening in a two car accident in Sarpy County.   Investigators say at 5 pm Tuesday,  Madelyne Hughes was a passenger in a vehicle driven by her sister, 17 year old Taylor Hughes. They say Hughes made […] Read More »

More problems for CHI Creighton

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The Omaha Fire Department will no longer transport trauma patients to CHI Creighton University Medical Center. The decision was made after the Department of Health and Human Services denied CHI Creighton a level on trauma center status for failing to meet four requirements. Fire Chief Bernie Kanger says, “It is in the patient’s best interest […] Read More »

Mexican meth ring busted in Omaha, 20 suspects arrested

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Local and federal authorities say they’ve broken up an international drug-smuggling ring in the Omaha-Council Bluffs metro area. Omaha police and agents with the DEA spent 18 months assembling the case and in recent days, arrested 20 people they say are associated with the Sinaloa cartel in Mexico. The ring was apparently funneling large amounts of […] Read More »

Senator proposes shift in how Nebraska schools are funded (AUDIO)

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A state senator proposes a shift away from property taxes to fund schools by enacting a local income tax. State Sen. Al Davis of Hyannis stated during a news conference in the Capitol Rotunda Nebraska must find a different way to fund public schools. “But despite Nebraska’s strong interest in education, the state has never […] Read More »

Dropping gas prices are helping & hurting ethanol industry

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Gasoline prices are still falling across Nebraska and while it’s great news for motorists, those involved in ethanol production are seeing their profit margins shaved to remain competitive. Nebraska Ethanol Board administrator Todd Sneller says it’s a good news-bad news scenario. “We’ve seen a decline in the margins at ethanol plants but December was an […] Read More »

NU Regent chairman says new president has vision for Nebraska

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University of Nebraska Board of Regents chairman Howard Hawks says the board chose Hank Bounds as the new university president in part because of his vision for Nebraska. Bounds, who has led Mississippi’s eight public universities since 2009, has been chosen to lead the four-campus University of Nebraska system. Hawks says Bounds demonstrated a vision […] Read More »

$25,000 bond set for wife of Nikko Jenkins

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 The wife of convicted murderer Nikko Jenkins was in court today. Chalonda Jenkins was arrested Sunday in Bellevue. Police there arrested her on an outstanding warrant for shoplifting. During that arrest police say Jenkins threatened them and fought back. That led to charges of making terroristic threats and assault in Sarpy County. A judge set […] Read More »

What to do if power lines fall on car

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Icy roads have contributed to several collisions recently between cars and power poles. Omaha Public Power District spokesperson Jodi Baker says in at least one case power lines  landed on a car creating a dangerous situation. Baker says electricity travels through the ground in waves that lose power as they spread. Omaha Public Power District […] Read More »

Name of victim released in Holdrege death investigation

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Authorities in Phelps County are continuing their investigation into the death of a person whose body was found on a public street near the BD plant in Holdrege last Thursday. The victim has been identified as Kristi Carnes of Arapahoe, an employee at the BD facility. Carnes was found unresponsive in her vehicle shortly before […] Read More »

United Way of the Midland launches nationwide presidential search

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United Way of the Midlands has announced it will begin a nationwide search for a new president to succeed Karen Bricklemyer, who died unexpectedly last summer. DHR International’s James Abruzzo will lead the search. Bricklemyer served three years as United Way of the Midlands President and CEO. Senior Vice President of Marketing Shawna Forsberg took […] Read More »

CHI Creighton denied trauma level application

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The Nebraska Department of Health and Human Services conducted a review of CHI Creighton in Omaha last October and denied their application to be designated as a level one Adult Comprehensive Trauma Center.   The DHHS report states CHI Creighton failed to meet standards in clinical capabilities in general services, clinical qualifications in neurosurgery, clinical capabilities […] Read More »

I-80 traffic stop nets 35 pounds of pot

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An Iowa woman has been arrested by Nebraska law enforcement authorities on drug charges following a weekend traffic stop along Interstate 80 in Buffalo County. According to a Nebraska State Patrol incident report, 48-year-old Lori Ferleman of Mason City, Iowa, was stopped by a Nebraska State Trooper on Interstate 80 near the Minden exit Sunday […] Read More »

Husker State among nation’s best for volunteerism

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A report ranks Nebraska 6th in the country for the percentage of residents who volunteer. Those efforts not only benefit those in need, but the head of the federal agency in charge of volunteering and service says it also benefits the volunteers themselves. Wendy Spencer, CEO of the Corporation for National and Community Service, says […] Read More »