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(Omaha, NE)  --  A missing dog in Omaha is reunited with its owner in Texas

LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) — Nebraska state veterans' care workers are receiving a 20 percent pay raise after recent surveys found their wages are lagging their peers in other states.

SNYDER, Neb. (AP) — The Nebraska State Patrol says its bomb squad destroyed a live grenade found in a newly-bought truck in eastern Nebraska.

DANNEBROG, Neb. (AP) — For three quarters of a century, the same Christmas card featuring a Scottish man in a kilt has made its way through the mail either to or from a Nebraska woman.

(Scottsbluff, NE)  --  Someone is holding a winning Powerball ticket that was sold in Scottsbluff.  

During the month of December, all of the Omaha Public Library branches will be offering holiday activities for the whole family.

President and CEO of Child Saving Institute stops by the studio during Morning Edition and chats with host Mike Hogan about the mission of the organization and the upcoming event to raise gifts for the children. More information is available at www.ChildSaving.org

The 12th annual Wells Fargo Family Festival takes place Sunday from Noon to 5.  Ollie the Trolley will offer free rides among the six participating venues. 

The UNMC ice skating rink will open this Saturday, November 25th and will remain open through February 4th.

The UNMC and Nebraska Medicine youth violence prevention program, Dusk to Dawn, or D2D, has recently received a $315,000, three-year Clinical Scholars Grant from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation.  

October is Cyber Security Awareness Month.  According to the FBI’s state-by-state breakdown of cyber crime, Nebraskans lost roughly $80,000 from identify theft and $90,000 from credit card fraud in 2016.

One Killed in Nebraska Train and Grain Truck Collision

Oct 20, 2017

MITCHELL, Neb. (AP) — One person has died in the crash of a grain truck and a train just west of Mitchell. 

October is National Cyber Security Awareness Month, which the Department of Homeland Security (dhs.gov) says is "a yearly campaign to raise awareness about the importance of cyber security."

Nebraska Appleseed is paying close attention to the impact of the President’s decision to stop the Cost Sharing Reduction payments (CSRs) to insurers on the ACA. 

Nebraska lecturer reassigned after student confrontation

Sep 8, 2017

LINCOLN, Neb. (AP)   The University of Nebraska in Lincoln says a lecturer has received threats after online video showed her confronting a student recruiting for a conservative group.

Graduate teaching assistant Courtney Lawton was among several faculty members protesting recruiting efforts for Turning Point USA. The group advocates for conservative causes and maintains a "professor watch list" of faculty deemed radically liberal.

Video circulating on social media shows Lawton flipping off the student recruiter and referring to her as a "neo-fascist."

Fire district reaches service agreement with Omaha

Sep 7, 2017

OMAHA, Neb. (AP) — A suburban fire district and the city of Omaha have agreed on a plan for the city to provide fire protection rather than have it provided by a new fire department.

The tentative, 10-year agreement was announced Wednesday by Mayor Jean Stothert and Elkhorn Suburban Fire District officials.

The district's board and the city ended negotiations on a new contract after the fire district raised concerns about how much Omaha's services cost. District officials said they'd be moving ahead instead with plans for a new fire department.

A Nebraska woman is lending her wedding dress to brides on tight budgets instead of letting it gather dust in her closet.

Dawnetta Heinz started sharing her dress a month ago with brides who can't afford to buy one, the Omaha World-Herald reported .

The strapless dress with a beaded bodice has already been borrowed by two other brides, and at least eight others have expressed interest.

City siren silenced for calling firefighters to duty

Sep 5, 2017

A siren no longer will sound in the Omaha suburb of Bennington to call firefighters to duty.

The Omaha World-Herald reports that the city siren now will sound only for weather or civil defense warnings.

Fire Chief Ben Tysor says Bennington started using the siren in 1970 to alert its fire volunteers. Now the department has pagers, smartphone alerts and radios to reach fire crews and medics.

By now you have likely heard about the importance of eye safety if you are planning to view the total eclipse on Monday, but the Red Cross has other safety tips they want you to keep in mind.  

Nebraska Methodist College and the College of St. Mary are teaming up for the 15th year of hosting a community orientation. 

Allison Kinney-Walker, an Assistant Professor at Nebraska Methodist College, says these conferences have a different topic each year, with this year’s theme being: “Creating Engaged Campuses: Embracing the Immigrant and Refugee Populations.”  

OMAHA, Neb. (AP) — Omaha's Henry Doorly Zoo and Aquarium has announced an "elphie" contest for a chance to win a behind-the-scenes elephant experience at the zoo.

LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) — A state commission that will decide whether to approve or deny the Keystone XL pipeline in Nebraska has kicked off the first day of legal hearings on the project.

LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) — Hunters may begin purchasing Nebraska fall turkey permits later this month.

LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) — A woman has been hosting monthly birthday parties for anywhere between 10 to 60 kids at a local community center in Lincoln.

The Iowa West Foundation recently awarded $4 million in grant and initiative funding.

LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) — Low oil prices and the high cost of extracting Canadian oil are casting new doubts on the Keystone XL pipeline as project developer TransCanada faces its final regulatory hurdle in Nebraska.

LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) — Boating safety courses are being offered all across Nebraska in August to help people learn about the laws that govern boats.

LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) — State agencies are making special preparations for the solar eclipse that's expected draw hundreds of thousands of visitors to Nebraska.

A subsidiary of NextEra Energy Resources is going to build a 160-megawatt wind farm called Sholes Wind Facility in Wayne County, Nebraska. 

LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) — Ten artists have been painting storm drains in Lincoln to increase awareness that the drains lead directly to creeks and lakes.

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