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A Crowded Pack: Nebraska’s U.S. Senate Race
With no incumbents in either race, there’s a long list of primary election candidates for governor and U.S. Senate in Nebraska this spring. In the Senate race there are five...
Making the leap: How niche crops go mainstream
In the Midwest, agriculture is dominated by the major commodities – corn, soybeans and wheat. Diverting acres away from a major crop to an un-tested crop is risky, but if farming...
Colorado creates food safety system to regulate...
Though Colorado legalized the sale of marijuana, it is still considered illegal by the federal government. That means the existing food safety system, which relies on support...
Do We Need to Hunt Mountain Lions in Nebraska?
Nebraska’s second mountain lion hunting season in the Pine Ridge is three weeks away. In early January, two hunters killed two of the big cats in the state’s first season there....
Recycling Dirt: A New Niche in the Fracking...
Fracking for natural gas has been vilified for the millions of gallons of wastewater the process generates. But drilling gas wells thousands of feet into the ground also produces...
Random drug screenings in Nebraska Schools
A growing number of Nebraska high schools have implemented random drug screening procedures for their students. But do those drug tests infringe on student rights? It depends on...
Two dead in collapse at Omaha feed plant
Two workers are dead after a facility in Omaha that makes ingredients for livestock feed collapsed yesterday. As search and rescue crews complete a mission to recover the victims...
Up against blend wall, ethanol reaches a...
A 2007 law requires fuel companies to add an increasing amount of ethanol to the fuel supply each year. But the EPA is breaking with that policy and suggesting a cut in the...
Virus continues to rip through hog farms
Pork producers across the country are continuing to grapple with a virus that’s killing their piglets. Experts estimate Porcine Epidemic Diarrhea, or PED, has already killed...
Prison alternatives being considered in Nebraska
Nebraska’s prisons are in the spotlight. They are overcrowded, and some say they’re not working to keep the public safe or help the people inside. Efforts are now underway in the...
Retailers look to sell sustainability of food
Retailers and restaurants like Whole Foods, Chipotle, and Wal-Mart are telling consumers how sustainably some of their products were produced. But it’s hard to know what “...
"Not as Strong as 2013": Nebraska’s...
By many measures, 2013 was a pretty good year for Nebraska’s economy. Mike Tobias reports on indications that change is coming in 2014, from the perspective of two economists who...
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