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Tecumseh remains in lockdown as restoration continues

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State Corrections Director Scott Frakes says the investigation into the Tecumseh prison riots continues. Frakes says he hopes to soon receive the critical incident review of the riot that took place in May. “So, the critical incident report is going to give us a better sense of the timelines and some definite recommendations around how […]

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Sen. Fischer remains optimistic about trade legislation

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United States Sen. Deb Fischer believes trade legislation will pass, eventually. The House has approved so-called “fast track” trade legislation after failing to do so last week. Fischer notes the defeat late last week came after President Barack Obama made a personal appear to his fellow Democrats. “I think it was a huge blow to […]

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Carp-O-Rama at Branched Oak

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This will be a great weekend to grab the fishing pole. Nebraska Game and Parks Commission spokesperson Greg Wagner says they are having a fun family event Saturday morning Branched Oak State Recreation Area west of Lincoln. Wagner says they “chummed” or baited an area near Lieber’s Point so the success should be good. All […]

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State Senator assaulted in Omaha bar

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Omaha State Senator Burke Harr is recovering from an attack Wednesday night at a popular College World Series bar. An Omaha Fire Department Rescue Squad was called to Blatts Beer and Table on 12th Street near TD Ameritrade Park and rushed Harr to a hospital. Harr suffered a broken leg that required surgery Thursday. Harr […]

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Church safety after tragedy in Charleston

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The senior pastor at Salem Baptist Church in northeast Omaha wants everyone to know that places of worship are safe places and people should not be afraid to enter their doors at any time. This follows the tragic shooting deaths of nine people attending Bible study at a church in Charleston, South Carolina Wednesday night.   […]

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Trade bill squeezes through House, returns to Senate (AUDIO)

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A trade bill moves forward that a Nebraska Congressman says could boost exports from this state. Congressman Adrian Smith is pleased the House returned to trade legislation and approved the Trade Promotion Authority on a 218-to-208 vote. “Yes, it was a fairly close vote, but the fact that we’ve taken that vote two weeks in […]

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Unemployment rate up a bit; Nebraska still has lowest in country

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The state unemployment rate ticked up a bit in May. Nebraska Department of Labor officials report the state unemployment rate rose from 2.5% in April to 2.6% in May. Though the state unemployment rate is one-tenth of a percent higher, it is still nearly a full percentage point lower that in May of last year […]

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Minor earthquake shakes portions of Nebraska

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Officials say a light earthquake rattled parts of north-central Nebraska early Thursday. The U.S. Geological Survey says the quake occurred around 4:10 a.m. Thursday. Its epicenter was about 3 miles below ground at a spot about 7 miles south-southeast of Valentine. The agency says the tremor registered 3.3 on the Richter scale. A dispatcher with […]

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Nebraska’s stretch of Lincoln Highway is the venue for a long road trip

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Car lovers who enjoy hitting the open road will be cruising across Nebraska on the Lincoln Highway in another week as part of a 12-day, 28-hundred mile journey from Michigan to California. Rosemary Rubin, spokeswoman for the Lincoln Highway Association, says they’ll be covering about 250 miles a day. “The Lincoln Highway Association is not […]

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OSHA recommends western Nebraska company pay fine in fatal accident

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Federal labor officials propose a western Nebraska concrete company pay a nearly $15,000 fine in the death of a worker in April. 26-year-old Craig Anderson of Columbus died in the accident April 11th while working south of Schuyler. Anderson worked for Gehring Construction & Ready Mix Company. Anderson, who was operating a payloader, attempted to […]

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Earthquake shakes things up a bit in north-central Nebraska

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It was a slight tremor, but a tremor nonetheless. The United States Geological Survey says a light earthquake, measuring just 3.3 on the Richter scale, shook north-central Nebraska this morning. The quake likely woke a few people up, because it struck around 4:10am. The Geological Survey reports the epicenter of the earthquake was approximately 3 […]

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Ricketts taps private engineer with public background to lead DNR

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Gov. Pete Ricketts has chosen an engineer in the private sector with a public sector background to be the new Nebraska Department of Natural Resources Director. Jeff Fassett currently is the Director of the Water Rights Strategic Program for HDR Engineering. At HDR, Fassett worked on water supply, water rights, and water resources development projects […]

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OSHA launches investigation into construction worker death

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A federal labor investigation has been launched into the death of a construction worker in the Omaha area. The Omaha area office of the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) says it has opened an investigation into the death of 42-year-old Jeffrey Gulp. Gulp died of injuries suffered in an electrical shock he received while […]

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Sen. Fischer says her prayers are with the families of SC shooting victims

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Sen. Deb Fischer calls the shooting at an historic black church in Charleston, South Carolina a “horrible event.” Authorities have arrested 21-year-old Dylann Roof of Lexington, South Carolina, suspected of opening fire during a prayer service and killing nine. “It’s very, very sad that these instances happen in that we have individuals out there who […]

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New director sees culture changing at Corrections, slowly (AUDIO)

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The new Nebraska Corrections Director says the culture at Corrections is changing. But, Scott Frakes admits change is coming slowly. Frakes arrived in Nebraska with the task of reforming a Department of Correctional Services under increasing scrutiny for miscalculation of prison sentences, the treatment of Nikko Jenkins, convicted of killing four in Omaha after being […]

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