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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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Floodwaters close numerous roads in Nebraska

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Flooding brought on by the severe weather which roared through Nebraska has made a number of highways impassable this morning. The Nebraska Department of Roads and the Nebraska State Patrol closed several highways due to high water. Both NDOR and NSP remind motorists not to drive around road closure barricades or attempt to driver through […]

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For Nebraska, converting 2 to 4 lanes on 275 could equal $145M

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A trade and industry group says finishing the Nebraska Expressway System is long overdue. And could boost the state economy. Executive Director Josh Moenning with 4 Lanes 4 Nebraska says the expressway system project had long been touted as the top priority of the Nebraska Department of Roads. “It’s nearly 30 years old and the […]

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Lawmakers ready to exit Midwest Interstate Passenger Rail Compact

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State lawmakers have moved closer to ending Nebraska’s participation in the Midwest Interstate Passenger Rail Compact, in three years. The Unicameral has given preliminary approval to LB 317, which would end participation in the compact working to bring high-speed passenger rail service to the Midwest. But not for three years. Supporters of the bill complain […]

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Study: Ethanol is worth $5-billion to Nebraska coffers

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A University of Nebraska study finds the ethanol industry has a five-billion dollar impact on the state’s economy. Todd Sneller, head of the Nebraska Ethanol Board, says the report covers a five-year period, from 2010 to 2014, and shows renewable fuels are vital to the state’s economic engine. “Ethanol production continues to be a very […]

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AAA: Gas prices may drop toward $2 a gallon by summertime

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Nebraskans may not have to budget as much money for driving during the upcoming summer vacation as they did last summer. Gail Weinholzer, at AAA-Nebraska, says all signs point to stable or lower gas prices in the months ahead. Oil refineries have switched from the winter blend to the summer grade of fuel and there’s […]

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Gas tax increase nearing passage in Unicameral (AUDIO)

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A six-cent increase in the state gas tax is on the verge of passing. State lawmakers have advanced to final round LB 610, a bill that would increase the state gas tax by six cents over four years, on a 27-14 vote. If that vote holds on final round, it wouldn’t be enough to overcome […]

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Debate on raising gas tax underway at Unicameral (AUDIO)

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State lawmakers have begun debate on raising the gas tax to pay for road and bridge construction. Sen. Jim Smith of Papillion told colleagues during legislative debate Tuesday it’s time to raise the gas tax again. “But I do want to have this discussion with you today, colleagues, and it needs to be a discussion,” […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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