Politics & Elections
12:18 pm
Thu July 5, 2012

Kerrey to Fischer: debate me on health care reform

Democratic U.S. Senate candidate Bob Kerrey.

Democratic U.S. Senate candidate Bob Kerrey says he wants to debate his Republican opponent on the issue of health care.

Kerrey talked about health care during a news conference Thursday morning in Omaha. So far, Kerrey and State Senator Deb Fischer have only one debate set.

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10:05 am
Tue July 3, 2012

Creighton economist expects weaker economic growth for the rest of 2012

A monthly indicator of economic health in nine Midwest and Plains states dropped in June.

Creighton University economist Ernie Goss compiles the Mid-America Business Conditions Report. The index dropped to 57.2 in June, down four-tenths of a point from the May report. It’s the second month in a row the index has dropped.

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8:23 am
Tue July 3, 2012

Drought conditions prompt state of emergency in Nebraska

Governor Dave Heineman has declared a state of emergency due to drought conditions.

The Governor's office said Monday in a news release that the declaration makes state personnel and resources available for prevention and emergencies, Heineman says the drought conditions "are presenting an imminent threat to the ability of local governments to respond."

The National Weather Service in Omaha says the past six months have been the warmest on record.

8:38 am
Thu June 28, 2012

Temperatures top 100 degrees in Omaha metro

Omaha’s high temperature reached 102 Wednesday and hot weather is expected the next few days.

Alegent Health spokeswoman Jodi Hoatson says 12 people were treated in the five hospitals’ emergency rooms for heat-related illness as of Wednesday evening. Heat exhaustion and heat stroke can set in quickly during hot weather unless you take precautions.

Areas south of the Omaha metro are under a heat advisory Thursday. Lincoln’s high temperature also reached 102 Wednesday.


1:40 pm
Mon June 25, 2012

Political scientist expects further legal challenges after Supreme Court ruling on immigration law

A UNO political scientist expects further challenges following the U.S. Supreme Court’s split ruling on Arizona’s immigration law.

The U.S. Supreme Court overturned three parts of that law. Justices kept a provision allowing police to check a person’s status during a separate violation if they suspect the person is an illegal immigrant.

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Missouri River Flooding
2:52 pm
Fri June 22, 2012

Corps of Engineers: more than $100 million in post-flood repair projects complete

U.S. Army Corps of Engineers officials say more than $100 million dollars worth of levee repair work has been done following last year’s Missouri River flooding.

Omaha and Kansas City District officials updated the post-flood repairs during a conference call Friday. Last summer’s flooding along the Missouri River caused significant damage in Nebraska and Iowa.

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2:33 pm
Thu June 21, 2012

VA of Nebraska-western Iowa hiring additional mental health care clinicians

The VA Medical Center in Omaha.

The VA of Nebraska-western Iowa plans to add 16 additional personnel to provide mental health care to veterans.

It’s part of a nationwide initiative by the VA to add 1,600 mental health clinicians nationwide.

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Politics & Elections
2:30 pm
Wed June 20, 2012

Election Commission proposes adding, changing precincts before November election

The Douglas County Election Commission wants to add 30 precincts and make changes to 69 others before the November election.

Election Commissioner Dave Phipps made the announcement Wednesday, following public and advisory coalition meetings on the closure of polling places. The number of precincts was reduced by almost half prior to the May 15th primary election. State law, the 2010 Census, and redistricting meant changes to precincts would be needed in all of Nebraska’s 93 counties.

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12:13 pm
Tue June 19, 2012

New name, logo, slogan for a Sarpy County school district

A Sarpy County school district has a new name.

South Sarpy District 46 is now Springfield Platteview Community Schools. The name change followed public meetings and a board vote.

Brett Richards, incoming superintendent of Springfield Platteview Community Schools, says the new name was chosen in part because of the district’s role in the Learning Community.

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8:21 am
Mon June 18, 2012

DHHS announces new services for young people with developmental disabilities

About 325 Nebraska children with developmental disabilities will have new services available to them.

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