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Regional News

Expert: Severity of wildfire season ahead is still a tossup

The training manager of the state’s Wildland Fire Academy says it’s still anyone’s guess as to how bad the year ahead will be for wildfires. Casey McCoy, with the Nebraska Forest Service, says he puts little stock in long-range forecasts and says your odds of predicting a wildfire season would be just as good as […]

Crowded Republican field avoids clashes in governor debate (AUDIO)

Six Republicans running to succeed Gov. Dave Heineman touted their experience and avoided any real clashes, though one acknowledged the growing negative tilt of the campaign, during a debate in Norfolk. The debate sponsored by the Nebraska Republican Party and moderated by the Norfolk Daily News brought all six together on the stage of the […]

Gov. Heineman says nurse practitioner bill didn’t require enough training

Gov. Dave Heineman says he vetoed a nurse practitioner bill passed unanimously by the Unicameral, because it didn’t require enough training. LB 916 would have eliminated a requirement that nurse practitioners have written agreements with doctors. Heineman says the bill’s provision that nurse practitioners have at least 2,000 hours of supervised practice wasn’t enough. “A […]

State announces mobile job search app, effort to attract veterans (AUDIO)

State officials have announced the job hunt has gone high-tech in Nebraska and that Nebraska is working even harder to attract veterans to the state. First, State Labor Commissioner Cathy Lang says a new mobile app will make the information on the job search website, NEworks.gov, available on smartphones and tablets. “The job search process […]

Sand Hills rancher wins accolades for conservation efforts

A cattle ranch in the Sand Hills area of the state is being awarded the 2014 Nebraska Leopold Conservation Award. Duane and Nancy Pelster represent the third generation managing the Pelster Angus Ranch along the Cedar River near Ericson. Duane Pelster is recognized as a pioneer in the use of rotational grazing. He says that […]