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Congress fails to pass long-term highway bill, extends current funding (AUDIO)

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Congress has extended transportation funding just ahead of the deadline, but falls short in an effort to pass a long-term highway bill. House leaders rejected the six-year $350 billion bill approved by the Senate. Instead, Congress passed a three-month highway bill, providing more time to negotiate. Congressman Adrian Smith acknowledges it’s not the best outcome. […]

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Road and bridge construction hangs in balance in Washington (AUDIO)

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Hopes of approving a long-term transportation bill could run into political reality this week. United States Sen. Deb Fischer expresses optimism a six-year transportation bill can be approved. “I’ve long advocated for moving away from short-term patches and instead we need to focus on longer term solutions,” Fischer tells news reporters. Senate leadership has reached […]

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Keystone pipeline marks one-billionth barrel of oil moved

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While controversy and court battles continue over the proposed Keystone XL oil pipeline, the “other” original Keystone pipeline marked a milestone last week. That pipeline has moved one-billion barrels of oil since it went into operation in 2010. Cory Goulet, president of Keystone Projects for TransCanada, says 14 spills have been documented from the pipeline […]

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Prediction: Gas prices may drop to $2/gallon under Iran nuke deal

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Nebraskans may see significantly lower gasoline prices in the coming months if Congress approves the pending nuclear agreement with Iran. Fuels analyst Harold Hommes says Iran is stockpiling at least 30-million gallons of crude oil. “Iran is ready to begin exporting,” Hommes says. “They’ve got, from my understanding, loaded vessels in place. They are actually […]

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School bus riders will need to swipe card to board in Kearney

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The Kearney Public School District is preparing to roll out new technology next year with the goal of helping younger students get on the right school bus and get off at the right stop. Becky Reier, the district’s transportation director, says a mobility safety program using a swipe card system is being put in place […]

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Nearly $2M investment coming for infrastructure in Omaha area

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The Omaha metro area will get a boost as Council Bluffs, Iowa, has won a grant of $1.9-million dollars improve the roadway access to the River’s Edge development area. Craig Markley, with the Iowa Department of Transportation, says the area around that park on the Missouri riverfront is seeing new growth. “That’s the former Playland […]

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Car lovers cruise Kearney for five-day festival

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A festival focused on shiny automobiles opens today in Kearney. Brad Kernick is chairman of the 28th Annual Cruise Nite, which has expanded from just one night to five full days. The main events are centered around 600-plus custom and classic vehicles that will line the town’s streets. “Cruise Night has evolved into five days […]

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Archway marks 15th anniversary with weekend celebration

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The Archway near Kearney is celebrating 15 years and one-point-five million visitors with a birthday party this weekend. The monument to westward expansion that spans 310 feet over Interstate 80 will host a variety of special events on Saturday to mark the anniversary. Spokesman Jace Robinson says there will be arcade games, model railroading, food […]

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Head of state Farm Bureau says EPA plan would hurt state/US economy

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The president of Nebraska Farm Bureau says the EPA is jeopardizing a key segment of Nebraska agriculture by failing to meet the blending requirements for ethanol as outlined by Congress. Steve Nelson was one of several Nebraskans who testified at the recent EPA hearing on the Renewable Fuels Standard in Kansas City. “The message was […]

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Lawsuit looms over possible cuts to ethanol production mandate

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Congressional delegations from the nation’s top two ethanol producing states — Nebraska and Iowa — are asking the federal Environmental Protection Agency to hold hearings on proposed changes to the Renewable Fuel Standard in each of their states. Nebraska Ethanol Board Administrator Todd Sneller says while he would like to have a hearing in Nebraska, […]

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Gas prices are way down so 4th of July travel numbers are way up

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Many Nebraskans will be celebrating their freedom this coming holiday weekend by hitting the open highway for a road trip. Mark Peterson, with AAA-Nebraska, says they’re predicting a big boost in Fourth of July travel. “AAA is projecting 41.9-million Americans will be traveling 50 miles or more from home this Independence Day,” Peterson says. “That’s […]

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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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TSA failures has Senator Sasse concerned

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There are more disturbing reports regarding the Transportation Security Administration and their ability to keep travelers safe. Two reports shows workers failed to detect mock explosives and weapons 67 out of 70 tests and that 73 airport workers were on terrorism watch lists. Nebraska U-S Senator Ben Sasse says this is just the tip of […]

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Be careful out there this Memorial Day weekend (AUDIO)

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Memorial Day kicks off the unofficial start of the summer travel season. State officials want you to be careful out there. The Memorial Day holiday weekend isn’t just the unofficial start of summer driving, it’s the real beginning of highway construction. Gov. Pete Ricketts asks Nebraska motorists to be careful when approaching a highway construction […]

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AAA: This will be the biggest Memorial Day for travel in 10 years

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Nebraska’s highways and interstates will be exceptionally busy next weekend, the first big holiday travel weekend of the year. Gail Weinholzer, spokeswoman for AAA-Nebraska, says it’s forecast to be the busiest Memorial Day weekend for travel in a full decade. “We expect a nearly 5% increase in travel for this Memorial Day over last year,” […]

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