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Nebraska State Patrol’s I-80 Challenge starts Friday

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It will be a busy weekend for Nebraska law enforcement. Nebraska State Patrol spokesperson Deb Collins says as of Wednesday morning there have been 149 traffic fatalities so far this year on Nebraska roads, up from 143 at this time one year ago. She says they are conducting a special three day enforcement to reduce […]

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Some aren’t sold on Senate transportation measure

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Skepticism is being expressed about the six-year, $350 billion highway bill passed by the Senate. U.S. Sen. Deb Fischer brought Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx to Nebraska to promote the transportation measure approved by the Senate just prior to Congress leaving Washington for its August break. The House balked and Congress approved a three-month, $8 billion […]

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Transportation Sec. Foxx sees progress in road funding (AUDIO)

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Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx promoted a six-year transportation bill passed by the Senate during his visit to Nebraska. U.S. Sen. Deb Fischer hosted Secretary Foxx fresh off Senate passage of a six-year, $350 billion transportation bill. “We’re making a commitment that we’re done with these short-term patches going forward,” Fischer stated during a news conference […]

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Eppley Airfield adding non-stop flights

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Those flying out of Eppley Airfield in Omaha will soon have more options.   World Group’s Executive Vice President of Marketing Jeff Beals says airlines have added more non-stop flights in and out of Eppley which is good for business. On Monday, Allegiant announced they will add non-stop flights from Omaha to Orlando on November 5th. […]

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Corn growers aim to rebrand gas pumps nationwide

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Nebraska and Iowa, the nation’s two largest ethanol-producing states, are launching a joint effort to “rebrand” gasoline pumps nationwide with stickers promoting the American Ethanol brand. Kelly Brunkhorst, executive director of the Nebraska Corn Board, says the project stems from the past five years of partnership with NASCAR and the pro stock car racing circuit’s […]

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No tricks, just treats: $2 gas possible by Halloween

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Gasoline prices are dropping slowly and steadily as Nebraska motorists are seeing the lowest pump prices since 2009. Gail Weinholzer, spokeswoman for AAA-Nebraska, says the national average has dropped for 19 days in row and the statewide average is now $2.69 a gallon. She says there’s a lot of buzz about whether gas prices will […]

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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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