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Lawsuit against death penalty petition tossed

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A Nebraska judge has thrown out a lawsuit attempting to get the death penalty thrown off the November ballot. Lancaster County District Judge Lori Maret dismissed the lawsuit which claimed supporters of the initiative petition that placed capital punishment on the ballot failed to disclose Gov. Pete Ricketts as a sponsor. The governor and his […]

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Sen. Fischer writes VA Sec. McDonald about Lincoln VA campus

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United States Sen. Deb Fischer has written Veterans Affairs Secretary Robert McDonald, asking him to resolve issues holding up the re-development of the Lincoln VA campus. Fischer says new federal regulations have stalled an already prolonged process. “The VA’s last-minute requirements and failure to engage with Nebraska developers has really put this project in jeopardy,” […]

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Nebraskans preparing for major winter storm – blizzard

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Nebraskans are urged to prepare for a powerful winter storm. Corey Mead is a meteorologist with the National Weather Service in Omaha and says it was already snowing in southwest and central Nebraska at 10 a.m. That system will continue to move to the northeast. Mead says, “The band of heaviest snow is expected to […]

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Man shot and killed after helping break up fight in Lincoln

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Lincoln police say a man who helped break up a fight between a man and a woman at an apartment complex was shot and killed when the man returned with a gun and started shooting Sunday morning. Dead is 25-year-old Joshua Hartwig. Assistant Police Chief Brian Jackson has told reporters the man and woman had […]

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Complaints over Omaha snow removal linger as next storm moves in

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There have been a lot of complaints over the past few weeks about Omaha’s snow removal. A major street had to be shut down two weeks ago and crews brought in to clear it during rush hour.  Mayor Jean Stothert says they are coming up with a new strategy. Omaha has been using the same […]

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Plenty of warning for winter storm helps Nebraska Emergency Management Agency prepare

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The Nebraska Emergency Management Agency is coordinating the state’s response to the winter storm. Jodie Fawl, public information officer, says blizzards are nothing new for the state, and they are keeping in touch with the National Weather Service and local emergency management officials. “So, if there were issues in any county across the state, those […]

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Genetics could control the spread of Eastern Redcedar in Nebraska

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The Eastern Redcedar tree has been moving into Nebraska pasture and grazing land as well as woodland areas at a faster rate over the past decade. Ritch Nelson, state wildlife biologist for the U.S.D.A. Natural Resources Conservation Service says it’s a problem, but they have ways of controlling it. “Fire is part of that toolbox, […]

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Nebraskans’ mental health, suicide rates still a concern

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The Nebraska Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) reports one in 15 Nebraskans recently reported a major depressive episode in the past year. The data is from 2013, the most recent year that has figures available. DHHS Prevention Manager Renee Faber says many of those people had suicidal thoughts. She says that’s why having […]

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Snowstorms take toll on blood supplies, donors needed

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Severe winter weather has left blood supplies for many hospitals across the region at critically low levels. Katie Marshall, spokeswoman for the Midwest region of the American Red Cross, says there’s an “emergency need” for blood donors. “What we’re seeing at this point is that the blood that’s coming in is going out to hospitals […]

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Major winter storm could hit Nebraska early next week

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Get your snow shovels ready. It looks like a major snow event is headed our way.  Becky Kern is a meteorologist with the National Weather Service in Omaha and says they are watching a system that is now near Hawaii and another near Alaska. That system is expected to hit the west coast by Sunday […]

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Nebraska’s tax e-filing rate surpasses 90% participation

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This year’s e-file system is available for Nebraskans to get their state taxes done. Revenue Department Tax Specialist Dawn Holtmeier says NebFile is free to use and gets you a faster refund. “If all your income is from Nebraska, you’re a full year Nebraska resident, it’s a good option for you,” Holtmeier says. However, she […]

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Stolen vehicle leads to Omaha police officer involved shooting death

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An officer involved shooting death is underway in Omaha. Just before 5 p.m. on Thursday, Omaha police officers responded to call regarding a disturbance over a stolen vehicle on the city’s northeast side.  Officers found the vehicle at 3700 South 68th Plaza at the Grover Square apartment complex. Police say the suspect barricaded himself in […]

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Sen. Fischer taking wait and see approach to presidential race (AUDIO)

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United States Sen. Deb Fischer says she’s willing to sit back and wait to see what Iowa Republicans do in the caucuses next week. Fischer, a Republican, hasn’t endorsed any of the Republicans running for president. She doesn’t plan to, at least not for a while. As for the sometimes chaotic nature of the GOP […]

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Tax credit of $500 would help those who care for a loved one

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AARP Nebraska is backing a $500 state income tax credit proposal for those who take care of a family member or friend. Advocacy Director Mark Intermill says the projected $12.5 million annual cost is far below what the state would pay for hospital or nursing home care. He estimates the state would have to pay […]

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UNMC researchers seek volunteers for study on older motorists (AUDIO)

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Elderly drivers are needed to volunteer for a study at the University of Nebraska Medical Center on driver mobility and safety. Dr. Matt Rizzo, director of UNMC’s Mind & Brain Health Labs, says they hope to improve the understanding of how brain aging affects driver behavior. “It’s primarily a study of older drivers, ages 65 […]

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