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LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) — A Nebraska law approved last year without debate has set the nation's highest hurdle for independent candidates to qualify for races such as governor and U.S. Senate, contradicting the state's history of downplaying partisan politics.

As of today, OPPD has two crews working to help restore power Floridians lost during Hurricane Irma. 

Nebraska by Heart is a statewide public art project celebrating the 150th anniversary of our state.

OFFUTT AIR FORCE BASE, Neb. (AP) — U.S. Secretary of Defense James Mattis is set to visit U.S. Strategic Command headquarters at Offutt Air Force Base south of Omaha.

LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) — Nebraska state Sen. Bob Krist is leaving the Republican Party and launching an independent bid for governor.

Metropolitan Community College recently received a $25,000 grant from the United Way of the Midlands which will help enhance its College Success Navigators program.

Metropolitan Community College at Do Space is offering another Minecraft camp on Saturday, September 30th from 9 to 3:30, for children ages 7 through 14.   

Chris Swanson, Manager of MCC at Do Space, says this Minecraft camp will focus on command blocks – behind-the-scenes programming that allows gamers to change their 

Minecraft worlds. He says the skills taught at this camp may develop into career interests for some campers.

A UNMC research team is excited about their glaucoma research results. 

Nebraska sees spike in butterfly population

Sep 11, 2017

  OMAHA, Neb. (AP) — Several Nebraska cities are seeing an abundance of butterflies.

Random Acts of Poetry, an annual fundraiser held by the Nebraska Writer’s Collective, takes place this Friday, September 15th, from 7 to 10 p.m.  

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."

Albert Varas

Destino, or destiny in Spanish, aptly describes the Latino Center of the Midland’s role in positively impacting the destiny and future of Omaha's Latino community. LCM's annual Destino Dinner raises funds in support of opportunities for youth, adults and families to find their path to a better destiny.  Executive Director Albert Varas talks about the upcoming event and the mission of the organization.

100 People
Watie White

Omaha artist Watie White talks about his newest public projects, Lead Stories and 100 People.  You can learn more about the projects and the artist at watiewhite.com.

Two Nebraska Children’s Home Society programs -- Raising Your Grandchildren and Pathways to the Future – a program for young parents -- recently received a nearly $109,000 grant from the United Way of the Midlands. 

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.

The VNA Senior Speaker Series continues next Thursday, September 14th with a presentation called: “Taking Care of YOU: Suggestions on Self Care during times of Sadness, Loss and Grief.”

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.

Ricketts seeks applicants for Nebraska legislative seat

Sep 6, 2017

Nebraska Gov. Pete Ricketts is seeking qualified applicants to fill a legislative seat that is about to come open.

Ricketts is looking to replace state Sen. Joni Craighead of Omaha, who announced that she is resigning effective Friday. Craighead represents District 6, an area that includes parts of western and central Omaha.

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.

The Nebraska Department of Labor projects there will be 1 million computer-related job openings in the United States by 2024.

Nebraska Loves Public Schools is presenting a new documentary called Seeds of Hope they created on immigrant and refugee students.

LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) — A Nebraska state senator from Lincoln says he is running for another term.

OMAHA, Neb. (AP) — A monthly survey of business leaders suggests more economic growth lies ahead for nine Midwest and Plains states.

Community 360 is a local non-profit that has been recruiting, screening and training skilled volunteers for area nursing homes for 25 years.  

We will be making repairs to our transmitter some time today or tomorrow (Saturday). 

OMAHA, Neb. (AP) — Douglas County Attorney Don Kleine has announced he will seek re-election to a fourth term next year.

Gregg Allman was taken from us on May 27th of this year. While no longer physically here, he did leave us with one final gift - a new album, Southern Blood.

The UNO Art Gallery is currently displaying a collection of art works by individuals who were artists-in-residence at the Kimmel Harding Nelson Center for the Arts in Nebraska City.

LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) — Former University of Nebraska Regent and 2014 Democratic gubernatorial candidate Chuck Hassebrook is running for an open seat in the Legislature.

Local farmers who are over age 21 and farm 250 acres or more are eligible to win a $2500 donation they can direct to their favorite nonprofit organization.

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