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Wagner Baton Headed Back To Germany after Decades in Nebraska A 148-year-old artifact connected to a popular piece of classical music has been hiding out for a couple decades in a safe deposit box in Lincoln, Nebraska, until this year. The story of how it got there is complicated and includes a tale of friendship and the question of where the unique piece of history belongs.It’s been an unusual unveiling of sorts. Anita Breckbill, Music Librarian at the... more››
SOFT Conference Brings Children with a Rare Genetic Disease to Omaha The 32nd annual international SOFT conference is taking place in Omaha this week for children with trisomies and their families. SOFT stands for the Support Organization for Trisomy 18, 13 and Related Disorders and is a parent-driven, non-profit organization. The organization provides support to patients with trisomies and their families along with information and inspiration.Trisomy 18 and 13... more››
Virtual Reality and Radio-Frequency ID Chips Used to Research Honey Bee Deaths Research being conducted at Creighton University is using advanced technology to observe and model honey bee behavior to understand what happens when they are infected with a virus. With an increasing toll in bee deaths each year, especially in the Midwest, the project is focused on the phenomenon of Colony Collapse Disorder, or CCD.CCD is when bees leave the hive to die once they realize they’... more››
Ponca casino on Nebraska's border may open soon despite lawsuit Preparations for a new tribal casino a few hundred feet outside the Omaha city limits are underway after years of delays and legal battles.In Carter Lake, Iowa The Ponca Tribe of Nebraska is preparing the site for construction and finalizing agreements to reimburse the city for revenues lost by making the land tribal territory.Bulldozers are preparing the land even as an effort by Iowa and... more››
Husker-led Research Team Studying the Effect of Irrigation on Weather Patterns A national team of researchers led by the University of Nebraska-Lincoln is conducting research to determine the effects of irrigation on climate conditions. The Great Plains Irrigation Experiment, or GRAIN-EX, is funded by the National Science Foundation.The team has been gathering data from weather observations from a 36-Hundred square mile region in southeastern Nebraska throughout June and... more››
Ag Researchers Say Breakthroughs Are Possible, But Only If There's Funding Scientific research could deliver transformative technologies to the food system over the next decade, according to a new report from the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering and Medicine. Advances in things like gene editing, data sharing and microbiology could make crops more resilient to climate change and livestock more environmentally sustainable.But the report, released Wednesday,... more››
Law establishing commemorative birth certificate for miscarriages takes effect Families in Nebraska who have experienced a miscarriage will now have the option to purchase a state-issued, commemorative birth certificate under a new bill that recently went into effect.The bill, which was introduced by state senator Joni Albrecht and signed into law by Governor Pete Ricketts on April 17 and went into effect this week, allows any family who have lost children prior to 20... more››
Hy-Vee recalls product amidst salmonella concerns Hy-Vee is voluntarily recalling its Hy-Vee Spring Pasta Salad amidst concerns of possible contamination to Salmonella.The Midwest grocery store chain based in Des Moines, Iowa pulled the salads off the shelves on Monday after approximately 20 Salmonella cases in a number of states, including Nebraska, were tied back to the salad.Salmonella can cause serious, and sometimes fatal infections in... more››
First Ever Nebraska Asian Festival Held in Omaha, Saturday, July 28 The first ever Nebraska Asian Festival will take place at Lewis and Clark Landing in Omaha next Saturday, July 28. The event is centered on sharing various Asian cultures and will feature a number of activities and performances.The organizer of the event, Tess Anisco, wanted to create something never before seen in Omaha or anywhere in Nebraska.“I want people to actually enjoy, celebrate, learn... more››
UNK Research Studying how Corn can Improve Concrete Durability Researchers at the University of Nebraska at Kearney are testing corn cobs and stover ash to see if it can improve the durability of concrete for construction purposes. Stover is the leftover husks and stalks after the corn has been harvested.With an aging infrastructure, researchers are looking into other ways to improve concrete durability using natural resources rather than the industrial... more››
Engaged Callaway community ensures heath care operations remain local Eight years after Callaway’s 600 residents banded together to keep the doors of a skilled living facility open, the central Nebraska town is planning for additional health care upgrades.Times can be tough for small, rural communities in Nebraska when it comes to health care, employment and economic stability. The town of Callaway has a legacy of holding its own, with the help of its citizens. On... more››
Third Nebraska State Patrol Cruiser Hit in the Last Month A third Nebraska State Patrol Cruiser has been hit within a month of the other two accidents. The most recent crash occurred Monday, July 16, afternoon on Highway 34 near Benkelman. The Trooper was headed northbound and was struck by a southbound semi.The state trooper did not suffer any serious injuries, but the semi driver was transported to the hospital with non-life-threatening injuries.The... more››