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Lawmakers debate whether 18-year-olds should be allowed to run for office

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State lawmakers are debating whether 18-year-olds should be allowed to run for public office in Nebraska. “I can’t support this. For Pete’s sake, if we elected an 18-year-old governor, he wouldn’t be able to buy a beer to celebrate,” Sen. Dave Bloomfield, Hoskins, quipped during legislative floor debate on LR 26CA. If approved by the […]

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Omaha man sentenced to prison for Medicaid fraud

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A 61-year-old Omaha man has been sentenced to five months in federal prison, three years of supervised release, and ordered to pay restitution for Medicaid fraud. Both the U.S. Attorney’s Office and the Nebraska Attorney General’s office report Clements Akara will also have to perform 100 hours of community service. According to authorities, Akara confessed […]

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Nebraska Sunshine Project protest

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A citizens group that monitors juvenile court hearings is taking issue at what happened Wednesday in a Douglas County Courtroom. Laura McCormick is the executive director of the Nebraska Sunshine Project, an organization that seeks judicial accountability involving the juvenile court system. McCormick says on Wednesday they were attending a proceeding with Juvenile Court Judge […]

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Thousands more in Nebraska sign-up for coverage through Obamacare

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The Enroll Nebraska Network reports, so far, more than 82,000 residents who don’t get healthcare coverage from their employer have signed up through the Affordable Care Act. State Coordinator Eric Savaiano says that’s an increase of 8,000 over last year. The Enroll Nebraska Network is offering help to the uninsured who need to sign up […]

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UNMC stress management symposium for students and health care professionals

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The University of Nebraska Medical Center in Omaha is helping students, staff and health care professionals deal with stress. Statistics show that between 300 and 400 physicians each year commit suicide and an estimated 11% of all U.S. medical school students seriously consider suicide. One out of every two physicians has experienced job burnout.  The […]

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Sen. Sasse campaigns for GOP in Iowa…against Trump (AUDIO)

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United States Sen. Ben Sasse is in Iowa stumping for about any Republican presidential candidate besides Donald Trump. Sasse says Republican voters need to be asking a lot more questions of Trump leading up to the Iowa Caucuses Monday. “What I hear from lots of people in my family, what I hear from folks at […]

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Cattlemen want to put “right to farm” law into Nebraska’s constitution

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There’s now a state law that spells out the right to farm and ranch in Nebraska but an effort is underway to include that law in the state constitution. Laura Field, legislative director for the Nebraska Cattlemen, says that’s one of four bills the association is making a priority this legislative session. “In the November […]

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Filibuster of gun rights bill holds…by one vote (AUDIO)

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Supporters of a bill that would have prohibited cities from adopting gun laws stricter than state law failed to overcome a filibuster, by one vote. Talks failed to reach a compromise, then supporters fail to end a filibuster, falling a single vote short of stopping debate and forcing a vote. Sen. Adam Morfeld of Lincoln […]

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How to grow high-tech jobs a focus of Governor’s Ag Conference

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Nebraska farmers, ranchers and anyone interested in the state’s agriculture industry are invited to this year’s Governor’s Ag Conference. “I think Nebraska agriculture loves the opportunity to gather together and learn about cutting edge issues and some of the policy considerations that affect their daily lives,” State Ag Director Greg Ibach says about the event […]

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Update on Omaha funeral home fire

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As an Omaha funeral home went up in flames early Tuesday morning, a co-owner Bill Cutler’s main concern was for the families of the nine deceased individuals inside. At one point during the fire, Cutler and a firefighter went inside Heafey-Heafey-Hoffman-Dworak – Cutler Funeral Home at 78th and Center Street to see if they could […]

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Car crash involving Gov. Ricketts sends one to the hospital

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Lincoln police are investigating a traffic accident this (Wed) morning, involving Governor Pete Ricketts. It happened just before 7 a.m. in the area of 13th and Washington streets in downtown Lincoln. The governor and the state trooper driving the vehicle were not injured. Officers say the driver of the other vehicle was taken to the […]

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Gun debate drags on, could reach crucial vote today (AUDIO)

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State lawmakers again take up a debate on whether Nebraska cities can impose stricter gun laws than the state with a crucial vote upcoming. A filibuster has held up a vote, forcing supporters to search for 33 votes to cut off debate and force a vote. Debate on LB 289 enters its fourth day today. […]

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Fab Four’s original animator brings art show to Siouxland

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The man who was the animator for the Beatles and some of the best-known cartoon characters of decades past is in Siouxland this week showing off his work. Australian-born Ron Campbell animated the Beatles cartoon TV series as well as much of the work on the Fab Four’s “Yellow Submarine” movie. Campbell says he didn’t […]

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Body of missing Omaha man found in submerged truck in South Carolina

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The body of a young Omaha man reported missing since early December has been recovered in a submerged pick-up in Folly Beach, South Carolina. The Omaha Police Department says family members reported 26-year-old William Smith II missing December 8th. Dental records confirmed the body recovered was that of Smith. The cause of death has not […]

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Nebraskan says Medicaid expansion would help with mounting bills

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A Nebraska resident who says the medical bills piled up when she took time to take care of her aging father urges state lawmakers to expand Medicaid. Sarah Parker of Lincoln says she requested her company reduce her hours to free up time to better care for her father. Once the hours were reduced, employer-funded […]

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