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Deadline to comment on Renewable Fuel Standards is today

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Gov. Peter Ricketts wants you to complain to the EPA about the RFS. The EPA, of course, is the Environmental Protection Agency. The RFS is the Renewable Fuel Standard. The EPA has proposed weakening the RFS, requiring the nation’s fuel supply have billions of gallons less of bio-fuels mixed in; a change which would greatly […]

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Outstanding run continues in Cain’s big day

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By the 13th inning of the Royals' 7-6 win over the White Sox on Saturday, Lorenzo Cain didn't care if he hit a home run to end the game. But following a doubleheader on Friday and a rain-soaked extra-innings contest today, it was Kansas City's hottest ...

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Up to 40,000 expected for Bellevue’s 14th annual Riverfest

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The Omaha suburb of Bellevue opens its largest event of the year today, Riverfest: Red, White and Que. Jim Ristow, CEO of the Bellevue Chamber of Commerce, says highlights of the 14th annual fest include barbeque, live music, craft vendors, helicopter rides and tonight, there’s a hot air balloon glow. “We’ll have five balloon teams […]

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Omaha event planner charged with felony theft

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The owner of Creative Creations in Omaha turned herself into authorities today and is facing three counts of felony theft. Douglas County Attorney Don Kleine filed the charges against Patricia Urbanovsky for bilking her employees out of more than $100,000. He says Urbanovsky is accused of having her employees use their own credit cards to […]

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Review could lengthen prison stays for 2,000 inmates (AUDIO)

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As many as 2,000 inmates in state prisons could have their sentences lengthened after a review of how sentences are calculated. State Corrections Director Scott Frakes said today reforms to how the department calculates “enhanced good time” discovered errors in a number of prison sentence calculations. “Ahead of the sentencing automation upgrades projected for completion […]

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Gov. Ricketts disappointed Congress rejects trade deal

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Gov. Pete Ricketts, taking a break from his European trade mission, expressed disappointment today in the defeat of a trade measure in Congress. Congress soundly defeated a Pacific Rim free trade initiative promoted by the Obama Administration. The vote actually came on an amendment to the Trans-Pacific Partnership, touted as providing protection for workers who […]

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Papillion 12 year old opening RockFest

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Many 12 year old boys and girls play the guitar but very few like Aidan Fisher of Papillion. Aidan and his father, Chris are on the road today heading to Kansas City where he will open RockFest with his own version of the National Anthem. Fisher says Aidan started taking piano lessons when he was […]

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Vote to override governor on death penalty repeal will come today

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Gov. Pete Ricketts has vetoed the death penalty repeal bill, setting up a showdown with the Unicameral. Ricketts admits the vote on the repeal of the death penalty took him by surprise. “I, along with most Nebraskans, the overwhelming number of Nebraskans I talk to, were surprised and disappointed by that vote,” Ricketts says. “Because, […]

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Stormy Friday and Saturday forecast

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Right on schedule, storms are starting to pop up in Nebraska today.   Jim Meyer is a meteorologist with the National Weather Service in Valley and says it appears the most severe weather will be in the central part of the state. He says the storms today will be sporadic. Meyer says, “We are basically in […]

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Legislators return to debate on repeal of the death penalty (AUDIO)

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State lawmakers return to debate on a bill to repeal the death penalty today and a University of Nebraska law professor sees momentum to abolish capital punishment. Professor Eric Berger with the University of Nebraska College of Law says the assumption could be made that a conservative state like Nebraska would resist repeal of the […]

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Gas tax going up; lawmakers override governor’s veto

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The price you pay at the pump is going up. State legislators have overridden Governor Pete Ricketts’ veto of the six-cent gas tax hike. Sen. Jim Smith of Papillion, the sponsor of LB 610, urged colleagues to enact his bill, despite the objection of the governor. “This discussion today is about a difference of opinion […]

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Workers’ Memorial Day events in Lincoln

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The Occupational Safety and Health Administration is sponsoring two Workers’ Memorial Day events today in Lincoln. Rhonda Burke is an OSHA spokesperson and says on average, 12 people die on-the-job each day due to work related injuries and three million employees report serious job related injuries and illness. According to a recent OSHA report, “Adding […]

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AG Peterson will listen closely to same-sex arguments before Supreme Court (AUDIO)

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Nebraska might not be directly involved, but Attorney General Peterson will be listening closely today to oral arguments before the United States Supreme Court in the same-sex marriage case. In an odd legal juxtaposition, the Supreme Court hears oral arguments prior to a May 12th court date in Omaha when the 8th United States Court […]

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Nebraska’s holiday – Arbor Day

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More than one-million trees were planted in Nebraska on the first Arbor Day in 1872. The tradition continues today as many schools and communities hold tree planting ceremonies in honor of the day. Anthony Marek is the director of communications for the Arbor Day Foundation says the world is a better place because of trees […]

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State and city leaders react to bills that would change sentencing guidelines and repeal the death penalty

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Governor Pete Ricketts, Nebraska Attorney General Doug Peterson, Omaha Mayor Jean Stothert and other officials gathered today in Omaha to speak on proposals in the Legislature that would soften sentencing guidelines for criminals and repeal the death penalty in Nebraska. Lawmakers this week advanced legislation that would weaken prosecution of habitual criminals and end mandatory […]

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