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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 »

Expert: Gas prices may fall closer to $3/gallon in Nebraska

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With fall arriving next week, gasoline prices are falling in Nebraska — and one analyst says they may dip closer to $3 a gallon by the end of next month. Gail Weinholzer, at AAA-Nebraska, says the statewide average price for a gallon of self-service unleaded gas is now $3.35, that’s down seven cents a gallon in […] Read More »

Omaha receives federal grant for new rapid bus service

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U-S Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx made a stop in Nebraska on Monday. He was in Omaha to announce a $15-million federal grant that will be used for a new rapid-bus service line in the city. Fox says Omaha will continue to see population growth. In many cities the infrastructure can’t keep up with that growth […] Read More »

September is Renewable Fuels Month

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September is Renewable Fuels Month in Nebraska and the Nebraska Corn Board wants drivers to know of the renewable fuel options available to them. Kim Clark is the Director of Biofuel Development and says all drivers have options at the pump but those with flex fuel vehicles have more. Most vehicles operate fine with E10 […] Read More »

Motorists can expect plenty of company on the roads for the holiday

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The last holiday weekend of summer is just ahead and more Nebraskans are expected to be on the road this Labor Day compared to last year. Rose White, at AAA Nebraska, says holiday travel should be picking up nationwide. “Across the country, we’re expecting that travel will be up about 1.3% from last year with […] Read More »

Despite full planes, Frontier dumps Siouxland service to Denver

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Frontier Airlines is suspending its Sioux City to Denver passenger service. The airline notified Sioux Gateway Airport director Curt Miller that it’s starting what it calls a “seasonal shut down” of flights on October 24th. “That was a surprise to us,” Miller says. “We weren’t expecting to have any reduction in service. They indicated it […] Read More »

Despite summer driving season, gas prices plummet

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Not that you’ll hear any complaints, but gasoline prices are steadily dropping in Nebraska and they’ve fallen almost 30-cents a gallon since early June. Gail Weinholzer, spokeswoman for AAA-Nebraska, says prices statewide are now averaging $3.39 a gallon, which is eight-cents below the national average. Weinholzer says prices at the pump dropped almost every single […] Read More »

Troubling trend: motorcycle deaths up in Nebraska (AUDIO)

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A motorcyclist died in Lincoln this week, the fourth in the city this year, the 14th statewide, a tragic trend. The numbers, as related by Fred Zwonechek with the Nebraska Office of Highway Safety, are somber. “So far this year we have a total statewide 14 motorcycle fatalities. That compares to nine at this time […] Read More »

Congressman Smith seeks to keep federal funding for rural airports

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A pilot shortage threatens to decrease funding for Nebraska’s small, rural airports. Congressman Adrian Smith has introduced legislation that would allow small airports to use air traffic numbers from 2012 so they can qualify for funding under the Airport Improvement Program. “So my bill would actually insure that those airports which reached the 10,000 enplanements […] Read More »

Despite peak demand and violence overseas, Nebraska gas prices are dropping

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Gasoline prices often skyrocket following international events, but escalating military action in Israel and the recent downing of a Malaysian airliner have not brought a pump price hike. In the past week, gas prices have actually dropped in Nebraska. Fuels analyst Harold Hommes says there have been no catastrophes impacting Gulf Coast refineries. “Refinery production […] Read More »

Saturday marks 25th anniversary of the crash of Flight 232 in Sioux City

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A new permanent exhibit and garden that pays tribute to the crew, passengers and the Siouxland response to the 1989 crash of United Airlines Flight 232 is now open at the Mid America Air Museum in Sioux City. Museum director Larry Finley says he gets weekly questions from visitors about Flight 232 and how local […] Read More »

Nebraska State Patrol 4th of July special enforcement underway

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Drivers – be on your best behavior this 4th of July holiday weekend. The Nebraska State Patrol will be conducting a special enforcement, “Drive to Save Lives” starting July 3rd and running through the 5th. Lt. Kevin Bridges with Troop A in Omaha says an $18,960 grant from the Nebraska Office of Highway Safety is […] Read More »