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Business
9:53 am
Fri July 27, 2012

Report shows improvement in economic well-being, but also an increase in poverty

A new report shows Nebraska ranks second in the nation in economic well-being, but child welfare advocates say it isn’t all good news.

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Business
5:06 am
Fri July 27, 2012

The SBA says this is a good time to start your own business

Michael Foutch is the Economic Development Specialist for the Nebraska District Office of the US Small Business Administration. 

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Weather
1:33 pm
Thu July 26, 2012

Drought worsens in Nebraska

The latest drought monitor report shows most of Nebraska is in a severe drought.
National Drought Mitigation Center

75 percent of Nebraska is now in a severe to extreme drought.

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Omaha
1:14 pm
Wed July 25, 2012

Reported hate crime leads to Omaha Vigil Against Violence

Omaha’s Memorial Park is the site of a vigil Thursday night in support of a Lincoln woman who was the victim of a hate crime.

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Weather
1:00 am
Mon July 23, 2012

Drought conditions worsen in Nebraska

A new report on drought conditions shows 75 percent of Nebraska is in a severe drought.

The drought monitor report released last Thursday shows part of central Nebraska is in an extreme drought. The National Weather Service says it’s the worst drought since 1956 and the worst agricultural drought since 1988.

Temperatures are expected to remain above normal in to September, according to the report. Omaha set a record high Sunday of 105 degrees.

Politics
1:00 am
Thu July 19, 2012

State Senator calls for Legislature to begin work on health insurance exchange

A State Senator from Omaha says the Nebraska Legislature should begin work to set up a health insurance marketplace, and that process should include public input.

A meeting last week in Lincoln brought together state officials, the insurance industry, and other stakeholders to discuss the state-based health exchange following the U.S. Supreme Court's ruling last month on the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act.

 

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Weather
2:38 pm
Fri July 13, 2012

Salvation Army opening three cooling centers Saturday morning

The Salvation Army of Omaha plans to have three cooling centers open this weekend as temperatures soar in to the upper 90s.

Salvation Army officials announced Friday that the Kroc Center, North Corps, and Lied Renaissance Center will be open Saturday and Sunday from 8am to 5pm.

Those three locations will be open from 8am to 8pm as cooling centers Monday through Friday next week.

The National Weather Service expects a high temperature around 95 Saturday and 97 Sunday.

Business
1:31 pm
Thu July 12, 2012

Report calls for reform of Nebraska's tax system

An economic analysis group says Nebraska lawmakers need to explore changes to the state’s tax policy.

The Open Sky Policy Institute released a report Thursday morning on Nebraska’s budget and tax policy. Executive Director Renee Fry says state government needs to look at reforming the tax code, as well as expanding what goods and services are taxed. 

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Transportation
12:00 pm
Tue July 10, 2012

23 killed in motorcycle crashes in 2011

AAA Nebraska says deaths from motorcycle crashes are up 71 percent through June.

Last year, 23 people died in motorcycle accidents in Nebraska. AAA Nebraska spokeswoman Rose White says 12 people have died in motorcycle accidents so far this year, up from seven at this time in 2011.

White says Nebraska’s mild winter is partially to blame.  "For the first time in the history of Nebraska, we recorded a fatality during the month of January. With many motorcyclists out now for the last six months, we’ve seen a substantial increase in fatalities."

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Missouri River Flooding
2:15 pm
Thu July 5, 2012

Corps of Engineers: runoff from six Missouri River dams to remain below normal

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers says runoff from the six dams that feed the Missouri River will be below normal the rest of the year.

In a news release, Corps officials say the July runoff forecast shows below-normal runoff for the rest of 2012. It’s at 87-percent of normal north of Sioux City.

Jody Farhat, chief of the Omaha District’s Water Management Division, says the lower runoff means normal operating conditions. It won’t affect the navigation season, which ends November 24th at Omaha.

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