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LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) — The trial for a former University of Nebraska women's basketball player charged with faking a hate-crime attack has been set for Jan. 7.

LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) — Nebraska lawmakers should have an easier time balancing the budget next year, thanks to growing revenue and shrinking expenses.

ST. LOUIS (AP) — Illinois Governor Pat Quinn and Missouri U.S. Senator Roy Blunt are joining the chorus expressing concern over the Army Corps of Engineers plan to reduce flow from an Missouri River reservoir, potentially affecting shipping on the Mississippi River.

OMAHA, Neb. (AP) — An index of economic conditions in 10 Midwest and Western states has jumped for a third straight month, but the looming "fiscal cliff" and other factors have shaken confidence in the region's economy for the coming months.

OMAHA, Neb. (AP) — The fight over a proposed pipeline to transport crude oil from Canada to Gulf Coast refineries is picking up again as groups urge President Barack Obama to either approve or reject the pipeline.

LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) — The State Board of Education and the Nebraska Department of Education will hold public meetings from five cities around the state to discuss social studies standards.

OMAHA, Neb. (AP) — The Omaha Public Power District is considering a general rate increase of 6.9 percent.

It would be the district's biggest rate increase in 10 years.

OMAHA, Neb. (AP) — A Douglas County judge has sentenced an Omaha woman to life in prison for killing her former landlord.

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — Services have been scheduled for a western Iowa soldier who was killed in Afghanistan.

LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) — Nebraskans are being asked to keep an eye out for whooping cranes as the birds migrate through Nebraska on their way to winter grounds along the Gulf Coast in Texas.

LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) — Nebraska lawmakers are planning to revisit a proposed legislative salary increase that was overwhelmingly rejected by voters.

OMAHA, Neb. (AP) — A man who pleaded guilty to second-degree murder in the 2009 deaths of a Brazilian missionary family living in Omaha has been sentenced to 20 years in prison.

LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) — The USDA has lowered its predictions for the drought-stunted corn crops in Iowa and Nebraska.

LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) — The Nebraska Department of Revenue is reporting $228 million in October net tax receipts, an amount roughly in line with the state's certified forecast.

LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) — Nebraska already faces a nursing shortage. But a top dean at the University of Nebraska Medical Center says the need will grow even more under the federal health care law.

OMAHA, Neb. (AP) — The Canadian company that wants to build another oil pipeline to carry crude oil to Gulf Coast refineries remains optimistic about the project after President Barack Obama won re-election.

OMAHA, Neb. (AP) — Republican Mitt Romney has made sure Nebraska will remain entirely red on this year's political maps by winning the entire state.

OMAHA, Neb. (AP) — For the 12th consecutive election, a Republican presidential candidate is victorious in Nebraska.

OMAHA, Neb. (AP) — Firefighters have found the body of a man inside a blazing building on the north side of downtown Omaha.

LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) — Polls are opening across Nebraska so voters can answer the final and most important poll on who they want to be president and who they want to represent them in Washington and Lincoln.

OMAHA, Neb. (AP) — Omaha police have released few details about the death of a 64-year-old man they are investigating.

OMAHA, Neb. (AP) — Warren Buffett's company says its third-quarter profit soared 72 percent because the value of its investments and derivative contracts improved significantly.

OMAHA, Neb. (AP) — Investors always examine Berkshire Hathaway's earnings reports carefully for clues about what CEO Warren Buffett might invest in.

Berkshire is scheduled to release its third-quarter earnings report Friday afternoon.

ST. LOUIS (AP) — Drought-plagued Midwest farming states got little benefit from the massive storm that pounded the Eastern Seaboard this week, although the nation's worst drought in decades appears to be easing in some areas.

LINCOLN, Neb (AP) — Nebraska's elections chief says voter turnout is expected to rival that of the 2008 election.

OMAHA, Neb. (AP) — Nebraska's U.S. Senate race that once appeared headed for a blowout has gotten newfound attention with a frenzy of spending on political ads and some polls showing the race could be tightening.

OMAHA, Neb. (AP) — Omaha firefighters could soon have their first new contract since 2007 after negotiators reached a tentative deal.

OMAHA, Neb. (AP) — Police have released the names of a teenager who was fatally wounded and a young woman who also was shot in northeast Omaha.

OMAHA, Neb. (AP) — Omaha Mayor Jim Suttle is asking state officials to keep inmates convicted of violent or gang-related crimes from getting a chance at furlough programs.

OMAHA, Neb. (AP) — A 17-year-old student at Omaha's Westside High School has been charged as an adult after police say they found explosive materials and drugs in his backpack.

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