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Sesquicentennial celebration in Valley this weekend

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 In 1864 the DouglasCounty community of Valley was established by the Union Pacific Railroad as they developed plans for the Transcontinental Railroad. That means Valley is 150 years old and they are celebrating their sesquicentennial this weekend. Mayor Carroll Smith says events kick off this afternoon with a golf tournament at the Pines. From 3 […] Read More »

Both Johanns and Fischer see GOP takeover of Senate (AUDIO)

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Both of Nebraska’s United States Senators believe Republicans will take the majority in the Senate this fall and both want the Senate to revert back to its old rules. Sen. Mike Johanns believes Republicans have a very good chance of taking over the Senate. “Just simply, because the Senate’s not working under Harry Reid,” Johanns […] Read More »

Wayne State’s freshman class of 700 moves in today

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It’s move-in day at Wayne State College, where President Curt Frye says it will be a busy day, especially for the freshmen. “We’re going to be just a shade under 3,600 students total,” Fry says. “We have about 698 freshmen that are registered. What I would advise them to do is pull up, unload and […] Read More »

US Senate candidate Jenkins says Nebraska is ready for an independent

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A recent public opinion poll indicates Nebraska voters would consider voting for an independent candidate for United States Senate. Independent candidate Jim Jenkins commissioned the poll and says its results are encouraging. “Well, I think it reflects that Nebraskans have historically been pretty independent and open-minded. I think we’re political pragmatists,” Jenkins tells Nebraska Radio […] Read More »

Deadly school bus – pick up accident in Saunders County

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An East Butler Public School bus with 11 students on board collided with a pick up around 7:30 Thursday morning on a county road northwest of Valparaiso. Saunders County Sheriff Kevin Stukenholtz says the pick up driver was thrown from the vehicle when it rolled.  That person was airlifted to a Lincoln hospital and pronounced dead. […] Read More »

Scammers targeting more utility customers

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Scammers apparently are working overtime to take advantage of hard working Nebraskans. Omaha Public Power District spokesperson Jodi Baker says so far this month 36 customers reported receiving calls from someone claiming to be from the utility demanding money. Customers reported seven calls in July and 27 in June. Baker says customers have reported the […] Read More »

One person killed, others injured in pick-up, bus crash (UPDATE)

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One person has died, two others have been critically wounded in a pick-up, school bus crash in eastern Nebraska. None of the students on the East Butler Public Schools bus was seriously injured, though they all went to a local hospital as a precaution. Saunders County Sheriff Kevin Stukenholtz says the pick-up driver, 50-year-old Steven […] Read More »

TransCanada disputes “new” study on Keystone XL pollution (AUDIO)

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A new study contends Keystone XL will add much more carbon emission to the atmosphere than estimated by the State Department. TransCanada contends the study isn’t new and doesn’t reflect reality. The study by the Stockholm Environmental Institute indicates Keystone would increase greenhouse gas emissions by as much as 121 million tons of carbon dioxide […] Read More »

“You Drink & Drive, You Lose” crackdown starts Friday

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Nebraska’s “You Drink & Drive, You Lose” impaired driving crackdown starts Friday and runs through Labor Day. Sixty-three law enforcement agencies across the state will be putting in extra time looking for drunken drivers. During the previous three years Nebraska has averaged 10 traffic fatalities, including averaging four that were alcohol or drug-related, for this […] Read More »

As school starts, some rural districts face teacher shortage

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This is the first day of class for many Nebraska school districts and some administrators are still scrambling to fill out their faculty rosters. Ted Hillman, superintendent for the Boyd and Lynch school district, says filling open teaching positions hasn’t been easy. “The Nebraska legislature and local schools have worked hard to maintain what they […] Read More »

Veteran eastern Nebraska sheriff dies after suffering heart attack

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Long-time Butler County Sheriff Mark Hecker has died after suffering a heart attack late last week. The Butler County Attorney’s office reports Hecker died Tuesday at an Omaha hospital. He had suffered the heart attack on Friday. Hecker was 53. Hecker first won election as Butler County Sheriff in 1998. A candlelight vigil has been […] Read More »

FEMA rebuilding specialists in Beaver Crossing and Seward

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  Federal Emergency Management Agency rebuilding specialists will be in Beaver Crossing and Seward this week to help provide information to those rebuilding or making repairs to their property after the Mother’s Day tornado. Barb Sturner is an External Affairs Officer with FEMA and says they will answer questions about safe rooms and protecting homes […] Read More »

No one hurt, but the video of Kearney hospital flooding is incredible (VIDEO)

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No one was hurt. No patients, staff, or doctors suffered injuries. But, the cafeteria at Good Samaritan Hospital in Kearney might not be back in operation for months after a flash flood sent a wall of water into the hospital this weekend. Marsha Wilkerson with the hospital says the city storm water system couldn’t handle […] Read More »

Brush Up Nebraska painting 78 homes Saturday

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The number of deteriorating homes in the Omaha metro area is alarming but 78 will be getting  cleaned up and a new coat of paint on Saturday. Tom Pettigrew started Brush Up Nebraska in 1989 as a community service to help low income elderly and permanently disabled homeowners maintain their home. Since then volunteers have […] Read More »

GOP Senate candidate Sasse rejects frontrunner status

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Republican Ben Sasse claims he’s running his campaign for United States Senate as if he is trailing in the polls. But, he isn’t. A smattering of public opinion polls have been taken of the campaign to succeed Sen. Mike Johanns, a Republican who has decided to leave public office after the end of this term. […] Read More »