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Be careful as you travel this Thanksgiving holiday weekend (AUDIO)

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Many Nebraskans take to the road today, one of the biggest travel days of the year. The Nebraska State Patrol wants you to be safe out there. Colonel David Sankey, Superintendent of the Nebraska State Patrol, says the rules of the road are simple. “Don’t drive impaired, whether that’s drunk or drugged. Wear your seat […] Read More »

AAA predicts best Thanksgiving travel weekend since 2007

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Those going home for Thanksgiving will have company on the roads and in the air. Triple-A released their travel outlook for the upcoming Thanksgiving holiday weekend. Nebraska spokesperson Rose White says they predict 46.3 million Americans will journey 50 miles or more from home between Wednesday, November 26th and Sunday, November 30th. White says 89% […] Read More »

Couple who lost daughter to drunk driver urge use of designated driver (AUDIO)

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A couple who lost their 19-year-old daughter in a drunk driving accident plead with Nebraskans to not drink and drive. Todd and Jaimie Calfee of Bennett told their story to reporters during a news conference at the governor’s residence. “On September 9th, 2011 our lives were completely devastated when we were greeted by two sheriff’s […] Read More »

Upgraded 511 website a better guide for traveling Nebraska

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With winter weather approaching, perhaps sooner than we might like, the Nebraska Department of Roads says its newly streamlined 511Travel Information website offers motorists solid information on road conditions they travel. Department of Roads spokeswoman Mary Jo Oie says recent improvements have made the information offered on the website even more user-friendly with the condition […] Read More »

NRD board in Beatrice area to vote on bike trail today

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A vote is expected today by the Lower Big Blue Natural Resources District Board to take ownership of a bicycle trail in southeast Nebraska. Colleen Schoneweis, with the Nebraska Trails Foundation, says the 20-mile stretch runs from the Kansas border north, toward Beatrice. “We’ll help them in maintaining with volunteer people and volunteer money and […] Read More »

Road constuction projects should be wrapping up soon

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Colder weather is rolling in and motorists in many parts of the state may be wondering when the construction season will end. Pat Boyle, a construction engineer in Norfork with the Nebraska Department of Roads, says the heavy equipment, orange cones and barricades will be going back into storage very soon. “There’s always a push in […] Read More »

Drivers beware…deer on the highways (AUDIO)

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Fall poses a few more dangers than normal on Nebraska highways, especially car-deer accidents. Be careful out there, in particular near those deer crossing signs on the highway. Nebraska Office of Highway Safety Administrator Fred Zwonechek says they’re there for a reason. “It’s usually probably a place where typically deer are moving regularly,” Zwonechek tells […] Read More »

New span opens this afternoon joining Nebraska & Iowa

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A new bridge is opening today connecting southeast Nebraska and southwest Iowa. Officials say completion of the project not only eases travel for motorists but will encourage economic development between the states for years to come. Scott Nixon, a construction engineer with the Iowa Department of Transportation, says it’s been a lengthy, expensive venture. “The […] Read More »

Water levels rising higher on the Missouri River to prep for ’15

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The Missouri River will be rising at least three more feet over the coming weeks as the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers prepares for next year with above-normal releases from Gavins Point Dam. Jody Farhat, chief of the Missouri River Basin Water Management Division in Omaha, says the increased releases now will help lower the […] Read More »

County leaders struggle to keep bridges passable as harvest begins

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Many Nebraska counties face the dilemma of having to repair or replace dozens of crumbling rural bridges, especially as farmers ramp up traffic during the harvest. The Nebraska Legislature’s Transportation Committee is hearing testimony on an interim study of the problem. Saunders County Highway Superintendent Steve Mika says his county has more than 400 bridges and […] Read More »

Nation’s ag boss blasts rail lines for not anticipating bumper harvest

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The nation’s top agriculture official is raising alarms about the looming shortage of rail cars to carry grain from Midwestern fields to market. U.S. Ag Secretary Tom Vilsack says railroad officials should have anticipated the coming bumper harvest and been ready with sufficient cars for delivery. Vilsack says, “The reality is that we’re behind, the […] Read More »

Transportation Secretary sees no quick solution to rail car shortage

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Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx can’t promise any solution this fall to a rail car shortage threatening harvest season. Farmers need rail cars to move crops, but rail has been diverted to hauling oil from the Bakken oil fields in Montana and North Dakota. “I don’t think the trend is going to change abruptly any time […] Read More »

Transportation Secretary touts Grow America Act during Nebraska visit

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Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx touted the Grow America Act during a stop in Nebraska. The act is a proposal by the Obama Administration to spend $302 billion over the next four years to shore up the transportation trust fund and provide money for other transportation projects. Foxx, during a tour of the Kawasaki Motors Manufacturing […] Read More »

Report: Teens who skip driver’s ed more likely to have crashes, convictions

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A new study finds young people who don’t take driver’s education courses are more likely to be involved in collisions and they’re much more likely to get ticketed and be found guilty of traffic law violations. Gail Weinholzer, spokeswoman for AAA-Nebraska, says vehicle crashes remain the leading cause of death for teenagers, both in Nebraska […] Read More »

Study: Nebraska’s highways rank #2 in the nation

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A new report shows Nebraska’s highway system ranks among the very best in the country, based on their condition and cost-effectiveness. The study’s lead author, David Hartgen, with the Reason Foundation, explains how they compile the rankings which show Nebraska at number-two in the nation for the second year in a row. “Each of the […] Read More »