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The director of Nebraska's Department of Natural Resources has resigned. Brian Dunnigan stepped down from the position on Thursday after more than 30 years with the department. He was appointed director by Gov. Dave Heineman in 2008. Heineman is leaving office in January. As director, Dunnigan oversaw a department that helps manag...
A fire in Grand Island severely damaged a family's home late Thursday morning. All of the occupants, a husband, a wife and their daughter made it out safely. Grand Island firefighters responded to a garage fire shortly before 11 a.m. It took about 20 minutes for them to put the fire out. The cause of the fire remains under investigation. The garage...
Several people were evacuated from a Kearney area industrial firm early this (Friday) morning after fire broke out in a maintenance storage area of the business. At approximately 3:30 a.m., firefighters were summoned to Baldwin Filters located at 4400 East Highway 30. The fire was contained to a small area of the storage facility, due i...
Nebraska State Fair officials are working on a plan to book a bigger musical act for a large, outdoor concert for next year. The State Fair Board met for a retreat last week. Fair officials have noticed some county fairs are bringing in well-known performers that are as big or bigger than the ones at the state fair. One of the pl...
When the Nebraska Medical Center began treating patients for Ebola this fall, experts had to figure out how to safely conduct lab tests and handle samples. A paper outlining some of the lessons learned in the lab has been published, so other hospitals can learn from their experience. Pete Iwen, director of the Nebraska Public He...
Gas prices in Nebraska continue a downward slide ahead of the holiday. The statewide average price for regular unleaded dropped to $2.97 a gallon this week. It's the first time that average gas prices in the state have been below $3 since December 2010. Prices in Hastings are actually five cents below the state average at $2.92 a gallon. AAA Nebras...
The president's use of executive action to delay any move to deport as many as five million illegal immigrants has angered Nebraska Congressional Republicans. Congressman Adrian Smith says President Barack Obama's rationalization for the move is insufficient. Congressman Adrian Smith says Congress must respond. Smith suggests Congress might file a ...
Blue Cross Blue Shield of Nebraska is rejecting the latest contract offer from one of the state's biggest medical networks because the insurer says the offer still costs too much. CHI Health officials offered a new agreement to Blue Cross earlier this week that would have cut rates by $10 million. But Blue Cross officials say CHI Health's...
A grant from the Nebraska Office of Highway Safety will ensure that more officers will be on the look out for safety violations as travelers hit the road for the Thanksgiving holiday next week. Extra law enforcement will be out on Nebraska roads beginning on Monday, Nov. 24 for their annual "Click it or Ticket" campaign. Police officials say Thanks...
Nebraska's state tax revenue likely won't grow as fast in the future because of a law passed earlier this year. State officials generally assume that revenue will grow at an average rate of 5 percent per year. Fiscal office director Michael Calvert told a legislative committee that a new tax-bracket indexing law will slow the increases over time. T...
The City of Hastings officially gets into the holiday spirit tonight with the Celebration of Lights. It's a special celebration this year as the COL is celebrating their 25th anniversary of the event. Tiffany Crouse, Director of the Hastings Downtown Center Association says the event will be filled with fun for the entire family. The lights will tu...
Police in Kearney are investigating a report of a burglary which took place earlier this week at a local restaurant. According to police reports, an unknown subject entered the Big City Burrito Restaurant on Monday and stole an undisclosed amount of money. An investigation revealed that the person or persons involved gained entry by throwing an ob...
Some area hospitals will see a workforce reduction in the very near future. On Tuesday, CHI Health CEO Cliff Robertson sent out a statement to some employees saying that a total of 1,500 administrative and support positions will be impacted by budget cuts by the end of January. Joan Neuhaus, Senior Vice President and Chief Operations Officer for CH...
Utility bills are likely to climb in Hastings as the city attempts to get rid of the water's dangerous nitrate levels. At a city council work session last night the utility discussed the need for the rate increase which would be about $1.66 per month. The issue will be presented to the Hastings City Council at their Monday meeting. The cost of fixi...
A man who killed his fiancee in a drunken-driving crash in Grand Island has been sentenced to five to eight years in prison. A judge on Tuesday sentenced 30-year-old Johnny Alvarez. He pleaded no contest to felony motor vehicle homicide and driving under the influence in September. Both charges were reduced in a plea deal. Alvarez was hospitalized ...
The U.S. Senate has struck down the Keystone XL oil pipeline. The measure fell one vote shy of the necessary 60 votes to pass. The vote came down just after 5 p.m. last night. Senators voted 59-41 against the measure. Bold Nebraska's Jane Kleeb called on President Obama to "stand up and reject Keystone XL now." Debate over the pipeline doesn't end ...
The man who was life-flighted following a Saturday afternoon crash in Adams County has died. 56-year-old Steven Anthony of Fairfield died Monday afternoon as a result of his injuries, according to the Nebraska State Patrol. Anthony was life-flighted to Lincoln after his car collided with another at the intersection of Showboat Road and Prairie Lake...
Last week, Blue Cross Blue Shield announced they would eat the cost to provide in-network benefits with CHI hospitals outside the Omaha metro area. At a press conference Monday, CHI Health CEO Cliff Robertson announced a proposal that calls for a $10 million rate reduction for the first year followed by a rate freeze for the second year for patient...
Grand Island Police are warning people to monitor their mail. A recent spike in mail theft has prompted officials to issue the alert. There are currently 73 cases of mail theft on record from all across the city. They say credit cards, debit cards, bank statements and gift cards have been stolen. Police say to check your mail everyday and to never ...
Twenty-one college-aged Nebraskans have been chosen to serve on a youth advisory council that promotes agriculture. The new members of the Nebraska Agricultural Youth Council were unveiled Monday at the Capitol by Gov. Dave Heineman and Department of Agriculture Director Greg Ibach. The council coordinates events to teach youth about agriculture. A...
The third patient with the Ebola virus to be treated at the Nebraska Medical Center has died. In a press release sent out this morning, doctors confirmed that 44-year old Dr. Martin Salia died this morning from complications from the disease. Dr. Phil Smith, medical director of the Biocontainment Unit said "We used every possible...
Congress is scrambling to vote on the Keystone XL oil pipeline, but the project could still end up before an obscure commission in Nebraska that regulates telephones, taxi cabs and grain bins. The Nebraska Supreme Court is expected to rule within weeks on whether the Nebraska Public Service Commission must first review the pipeline before it can cr...
The group pushing to keep 9th Street open in Hastings has reached their goal of 3,000 signatures. Larry and Lenie Wilson have been fighting since the summer to push the issue to a vote. If closed, they say it would have a negative impact on traffic flow through that part of town. While having reached their goal, they say they'd like to get that num...
A Fairfield man remains in critical condition after a crash Saturday in Adams County. The Nebraska State Patrol says the two car crash happened at the intersection of Showboat and Prairie Lake Road Saturday after 2 p.m. One man, 56 year old Steven Anthony was life-flighted to LGH West in Lincoln with injuries to the brain. Anthony was not wearing h...
Hastings College has announced a press conference next week. Constructed in 1908 as the College's library, the current home to Hastings College's Art Department no longer serves the growing program's needs. President Don Jackson and other Hastings College officials are expected to announce the construction of a new art center on campus. The announc...
The chairman of a legislative committee says 162 Nebraska inmates convicted of violent crimes were freed early under a furlough program. The program was revealed at a hearing yesterday as the chairman, Senator Steve Lathrop, questioned Governor Dave Heineman. The Republican governor was subpoenaed to testify under oath as part of an investigation i...
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