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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 »

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 »