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Nebraska higher ed seeking nearly $300 million for building projects

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Nebraska’s state colleges and universities are asking lawmakers for millions of dollars in building projects. The Nebraska State College System is seeking nearly $50.4 million to renovate three buildings and construct a new facility on its three campuses. Chancellor Stan Carpenter made the funding request (LB755) to the state Appropriations Committee Tuesday morning. “We recognize […]

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Douglas County Health Department cracking down on operating without a permit

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The Douglas County Health Department may close upwards of 165 food and beverage businesses that are currently operating without a permit.   Chief of Administration and Finance Tim Kelso says all businesses were sent notifications in November that the new permits were due on December 9th.  Reminders to those delinquent were sent in January that permits […]

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Checking work email while on vacation? You’re not really on vacation.

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A technology expert recommends Nebraskans take some time away from electronic devices to make life a little easier. Rey Junco uses technology every day for research but he decided about five years ago he needed to set it aside to refresh himself. “Every year, twice a year, I take a break from all technology,” Junco […]

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Nebraska’s consumer confidence dips while businesses show optimism

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Consumer confidence is down at the beginning of the year, according to the University of Nebraska-Lincoln Bureau of Business Research (BBR). The group’s monthly index shows a 4.3% decline from December to January. BBR Director Eric Thompson says he is not surprised. “I think the decline from December to January probably reflects sort of the […]

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Meatpacker bill opens rare divide among rural Nebraska lawmakers (AUDIO)

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Debate on the bill lifting Nebraska’s ban on meatpackers owning hogs causes a rare split among the Unicameral’s rural delegation. Normally united to promote rural interests, the hog packer bill divided rural legislators. “Well, I hope my urban colleagues are enjoying the split among us rural, ag senators,” Sen. Curt Friesen of Henderson remarked during […]

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Shields Injured as Huskers Beat Rutgers

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UPDATED: Shavon Shields has now been released from the hospital after a CT scan came back negative. Coach Tim Miles released the following statement:   “We are relieved and thankful Shavon has been released, and that his injuries aren’t more serious. We will follow the proper protocol to get him back to full speed. I […]

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Last packer hog ownership ban falls; Nebraska joins other states

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A last-minute filibuster cannot stop a measure that lifts the ban on meatpackers owning hogs in Nebraska from passing in the legislature. LB 176 clears the Unicameral easily on a 34-to-14 vote. But, not until supporters overcame a rare, final-reading filibuster against the bill. Opponents of the measure held up the vote for two hours […]

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Cause of Omaha suspect death is still not known

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Toxicology reports could be available next week regarding the death of an inmate being held at the Douglas County Corrections Department. 59 year old Mark L’Heureux collapsed inside the jail on Tuesday.  He was rushed to a hospital where he was later pronounced dead.  Authorities say there were no known signs of physical trauma to […]

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Stabbing that sent two people to the hospital is under investigation

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A domestic disturbance in Lincoln Thursday night ended with both people involved going to the hospital. Lincoln Police report they were called to a house near 69th and Vine streets and found a boyfriend and girlfriend had been fighting. Officers say a knife was during the fight and the 31 year old male had a […]

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Winnebago man sentenced to prison for assault on Indian reservation

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A 28-year-old Winnebago man has been sentenced to nearly four years in federal prison for sexually assaulting a 14-year-old girl on the Winnebago Indian Reservation. The United States Attorney’s office says Steven Rice previously had pleaded guilty to the sexual abuse of a minor. Rice has been sentenced to 46 months in federal prison. He […]

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Pedestrian struck and killed by train

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A 51-year-old man has been struck and killed by a train, which authorities say he might not have noticed. Police say Johnny Frees of Cozad was walking alongside the train tracks, talking on his cell phone when he was hit by the train shortly before noon Wednesday. Investigators suspect he might not have heard the […]

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Plans are in the works for a Nebraska Vietnam War Honor Flight

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Patriotic Productions is in the process of organizing their first Nebraska Vietnam Veterans Honor Flight to Washington D.C. Co-founder Bill Williams says they just announced the event earlier this week and the applications from veterans are pouring in. In the first few days they received 60 applications and Williams says even a few people have […]

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Gov. Ricketts on Iowa caucus: I’m glad the process has started (AUDIO)

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Gov. Pete Ricketts is expressing more relief than excitement over the results of the Iowa caucus. Ricketts was recently asked by the news media about his reaction to the Republican caucuses in Iowa. “I’m glad that the process has started and that we’ve got one down,” Ricketts responded with a laugh. Ricketts, a Republican, said […]

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Omaha City Council approved contract to demolish the Civic Auditorium

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Elvis Presley performed there and so did the Rolling Stones. Omaha’s Civic Auditorium and Music Hall has sat empty for quite some time and the Omaha City Council this week approved a $3.1-million contract with an Illinois company for demolition. . Omaha’s World Group Commercial Real Estate Principal Trenton Magid says this will make way […]

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Huskers sign balanced class

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Nebraska football coach Mike Riley says the Huskers’ new recruiting class understands what Nebraska is all about. Riley says there were no signing day surprises as the Huskers inked a class of 21 players. “We can give them a combination of things that almost nobody can match in terms of the life skills they are […]

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