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Drivers at risk from hackers

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Nebraskans driving Jeep Cherokees may be a bit more nervous getting behind the wheel after two computer hackers were able to take control of the vehicle from ten miles away. Cyber security expert Mark Gigliotti says this is just one example of what they are trying to stay one step ahead of. Gigliotti says, “I […]

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Windows 10 arrives July 29th

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On Wednesday, July 29th, Microsoft will release their free of charge version of Windows 10. Omaha computer expert Thor Schrock is the owner of Schrock Innovations says you are going to love it. Schrock says, “Windows 10 is an amazing operating system. Anybody who has a Windows 7 or 8 computer might be eligible for […]

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Prediction: Gas prices may drop to $2/gallon under Iran nuke deal

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Nebraskans may see significantly lower gasoline prices in the coming months if Congress approves the pending nuclear agreement with Iran. Fuels analyst Harold Hommes says Iran is stockpiling at least 30-million gallons of crude oil. “Iran is ready to begin exporting,” Hommes says. “They’ve got, from my understanding, loaded vessels in place. They are actually […]

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Nebraska joins other states in asking phone companies to help block calls

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Nebraska has joined with the vast majority of states to request five major phone companies offer their customers call-blocking technology; technology the companies had claimed federal law prevented them from offering. Forty-five states have sent a joint letter to chief executives of the carriers pointing out a new Federal Communications Commission (FCC) rule clarifies that […]

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New Grasslands Initiative sign up starts Sept 1

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Nebraska farmers and ranchers will soon be able to take advantage of a new Conservation Reserve Program initiative. Mike Schmidt is the deputy administrator for the U-S Department of Agriculture’s Farm Service Agency and says they are targeting working grass, range and pasture land. Schmidt says, “Grasslands is a new initiative. It is a working […]

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Omaha mayor submits 2016 budget proposal

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The mayor of Nebraska’s largest city turned over her 2016 budget proposal to the Omaha City Council Tuesday. Mayor Jean Stothert says her priority is public safety. Mayor Stothert says, “The brave men and women in blue who protect us everyday deserve a well equipped and well trained police force. We will goal of fully […]

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Gov. Ricketts authorizes Guard to arm more personnel

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Gov. Pete Ricketts has authorized Adjutant General Daryl Bohac to arm additional guardsmen in wake of the Chattanooga, Tennessee shooting that killed five service members. Lt. Colonel Kevin Hynes, the spokesman for the Nebraska National Guard, says the Guard is acting on the authorization. “What this does is it gives the Adjutant General of the […]

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Corrections workers will be asked to assess their culture (AUDIO)

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What is the culture of the Department of Correctional Services? A study hopes to find out. State Corrections Director Scott Frakes says an independent agency will conduct a department-wide culture study. “Just kind of getting a good, overall sense of how the staff views the agency they work for,” Frakes tells Nebraska Radio Network. Frakes […]

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UNL drought forecasters look ahead to hot & dry versus cold & wet

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Long-range forecasters say the overall trend of cooler, wetter weather will likely continue for the next several months, with some periods of hot and dry mixed in, followed by what may be a mild winter ahead. Brian Fuchs, a climatologist at the National Drought Mitigation Center, which is based at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln, says […]

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Nebraska remains on top with lowest unemployment rate

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Nebraska’s unemployment rate remained unchanged last month. So did the state’s status. The state unemployment rate remains at 2.6%. Nebraska remains first among the states with the lowest unemployment rate. According to the Nebraska Department of Labor, the June unemployment rate of 2.6% was unchanged from May. “June continued the trend of the unemployment rate […]

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20-year-old charged with stabbing Nebraska City resident to death

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A 20-year-old man has been charged with murder in the death of Jacob Adams in Nebraska City Sunday. Sebastien Hall has been charged with second-degree murder as well as use of a weapon to commit a felony. Authorities accuse Hall of stabbing Adams in the throat and chest during a fight. Deputy County Attorney for […]

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Nebraska in top 5 states for fiscal health

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A new report shows Nebraska is one of the top five states regarding fiscal health.   Platte Institute for Economic Research Executive Director Jim Vokal says ranked 4th best for cash position in the country and tied for 4th place when it comes to reliability of revenue. Vokal says Nebraska has $780-million in cash reserves but […]

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Nebraska Cattlemen hit the road to hear from members (AUDIO)

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Beef producers get to hear from those representing them at the state Capitol and in Washington and get to air their opinions this week during the Nebraska Cattlemen’s educational road trip. Topics will be wide-ranging during stops at six cities across Nebraska. Nebraska Cattlemen Legislative Affairs Director Laura Field expects a lot of questions about […]

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Group says Nebraska farmers missing out on big cash crop

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The Nebraska Hemp Association would like Governor Pete Ricketts will look into the development of industrial hemp as a cash crop for Nebraska farmers. President Bill Alchord says a law was passed in 2014 to legalize the development of a pilot program at postsecondary institutions and the Department of Agriculture for research but that will […]

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School bus riders will need to swipe card to board in Kearney

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The Kearney Public School District is preparing to roll out new technology next year with the goal of helping younger students get on the right school bus and get off at the right stop. Becky Reier, the district’s transportation director, says a mobility safety program using a swipe card system is being put in place […]

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