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Winter weather provides harsh test for elderly drivers

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Nebraska’s population is among the nation’s oldest and some motorists continue to drive on the state’s roads well into their 90s, which for some, may pose a risk to themselves and others. Nick Jarmusz, at AAA, says family members need to be direct with their elders when safety is clearly becoming an issue. “It’s important […] Read More »

Gov. Ricketts searches for NDOR director; opposes gas tax hike

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Gov. Pete Ricketts says he is not in favor of increasing the gas tax. Many states are poised to take advantage of a drop in gas prices by increasing the state’s take. Ricketts says the state needs to operate on what it has. “I want to work with the money that we have available right […] Read More »

Push to repeal motorcycle helmet law comes as 75th Sturgis Motorcycle Rally approaches

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Supporters of an effort to repeal the state mandatory motorcycle helmet law claim Nebraska loses millions of tourism dollars, because of its helmet law. They say the upcoming 75th anniversary of the Sturgis Motorcycle Rally in South Dakota makes this the perfect year to repeal the law. Opponents counter the money reaped cannot replace the […] Read More »

Bid farewell to gas prices under $2 a gallon

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Gasoline prices are climbing in Nebraska after many weeks of falling. Gail Weinholzer, at AAA-Nebraska, says a glut of crude oil is prompting some refineries to shut down and do maintenance work, plus, there is a labor dispute that started over the weekend that’s impacting about one in every ten U.S. refineries. “After 123 days […] Read More »

Winter gives Nebraska a second punch

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A second round of severe winter weather has Nebraska in its grip, but the National Weather Service forecasts that grip to loosen after today. The National Weather Service has issued a winter weather advisory until noon over most of the state; eastern, central, and northwestern Nebraska. A winter storm warning is in effect until noon […] Read More »

Weekend weather brings a brutal reminder that winter isn’t over (AUDIO)

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A brutal weekend storm reminds all of us that winter isn’t over and that travelers must be prepared. Captain Lance Rogers, Nebraska State Patrol Commander of Headquarters Troop-Lincoln, says the brutal blast of winter caught many drivers by surprise. A little preparation can make a big difference. “Always, of course, carry those emergency first aid […] Read More »

Winter weather causes two fatal accidents in Nebraska

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Icy conditions led to two fatal accidents in Nebraska. The Nebraska State Patrol reports a 30-year-old trucker lost control on Interstate 80 during the snow Sunday morning. His truck collided with another semi tractor-trailer on the interstate. That accident as well as numerous others snarled traffic through northern Lincoln Sunday morning from Northwest 48th Street […] Read More »

January death toll for motorcyclists reaches new all-time high

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The recent warm weather has allowed Nebraska motorcyclists to go on some rare January rides but with more two-wheelers on the roads, more accidents are being reported, some of them fatal. Nebraska recorded its very first-ever January motorcycle death during 2012. Rose White, at AAA Nebraska, says this year’s tally is even worse. “Tragically, just […] Read More »

East Coast snow impacts operations at Eppley

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Those along the east coast are digging out from a snowstorm that dumped several inches to more than a foot in some areas. Chris Martin is Director of Airline Affairs and Airport Operations at Eppley in Omaha and says the storm did impact several flights in and out of Omaha.   J.F.K, La Guardia and Newark […] Read More »

Thinking of flying down to Havana? Better think again.

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Nebraskans who’ve heard the news about travel restrictions to Cuba being relaxed will be disappointed if they try to book a flight. Gail Weinholzer, with AAA-Nebraska, says travel agents are getting a lot of calls from people who think Cuba will be the next hot vacation destination. For now, it will only be easier for […] Read More »

Dropping gas prices are helping & hurting ethanol industry

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Gasoline prices are still falling across Nebraska and while it’s great news for motorists, those involved in ethanol production are seeing their profit margins shaved to remain competitive. Nebraska Ethanol Board administrator Todd Sneller says it’s a good news-bad news scenario. “We’ve seen a decline in the margins at ethanol plants but December was an […] Read More »

Cheap gas prices are treat for drivers, fright for Wall Street

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While gasoline is selling below $2 a gallon in some Nebraska cities, the great news for motorists is cause for alarm for investors. Markets around the globe are showing signs of weakness as crude oil dropped to $50 a barrel, half what it was a year ago. Creighton University economist Ernie Goss says stock markets […] Read More »

Group argues two-lane Highway 275 hinders economic growth

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A coalition has formed in northeast Nebraska, pushing for the expansion of Highway 275. 4 Lanes 4 Nebraska Executive Director Josh Moening says the Norfolk area keeps growing, despite Highway 275 being a two-lane road between Norfolk and Fremont. “This is an area that contributes so much to our state, economically and socially, but for so […] Read More »

Review TSA guidelines before flying this holiday season

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Transportation Security Administration agents screen about 1.8 million passengers every day at airports across the country. Air travel will increase this week as people head home for the holidays and TSA Federal Security Director for Nebraska Paul Ross suggests those flying take time to review list of items of what is prohibited to take on […] Read More »

Nebraska hoping for long-term highway funding solution

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Nebraska hopes to learn soon how much highway construction money might be coming from Washington. State Department of Roads Director Randy Peters says he hopes Congress re-authorizes the Federal Highway Trust Fund soon. “We’re looking for re-authorization to go, hopefully, more than six months, more like six years. But Congress needs to act on that […] Read More »