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Nebraska Airport Directors Blame Pilot Shortage for Grounded Flights Nebraska Airport Directors are crying foul on the Federal Aviation Administration and Congress saying  a new FAA regulation is to blame for a pilot shortage. That shortage is causing a drastic increase in cancelled flights, the consequences of which could be dramatic.After landing, a small passenger plane pulled up to the terminal at North Platte Regional Airport, and the twin propellers cycled... more››
Little Free Libraries Helping Build New Generation of Readers Study after study has shown access to books and literature is critical when learning to read. While many people think of children when talking about literacy, in Nebraska there are a growing number of adults who can’t read. But a new type of library may hold a key to solving the problem.In a quiet Lincoln neighborhood stands the Losh Little Free Library. It looks like a large birdhouse, but... more››
Feed the Future seeks hunger solutions from the Heartland Many tools and techniques that make Midwestern farmers global leaders emerged from research at land-grant universities. Now, a federal international aid program is exporting that knowledge to alleviate hunger, but the task remains daunting.Global hunger has no easy answer, but as part of a partnership with the federal government called Feed the Future researchers at land-grant universities are... more››
Great Plains' past hidden in plain sight The Happy Jack Chalk Mine in Scotia, Nebraska has been around under that name since the 1930s. It’s been an active chalk mine, an abandoned mine, a state-owned wayside park, and recently a privately owned tourist attraction. But the mine’s significance goes way back before its modern history. It goes 5 million years back.Happy Jack Chalk Mine is about an hour north of Grand Island on highway 11... more››
100 years on, Panama Canal still vital to ag economy For the last century, the Panama Canal has connected the U.S. to the world. For Midwest farmers, it opened their harvest to global markets. As the canal turns 100 years old this summer, many are thinking about both the canal’s past, and its future.When it opened in 1914, the Panama Canal introduced the harvest from Midwest farms to the world and helped link U.S. farmers to the global economy.... more››
Developing a new path to an HIV vaccine Scientists fighting AIDS have changed the disease from a death sentence to a livable condition thanks to treatments and medicines developed over the past 30 years. But so far, no one has been able to develop an effective vaccine against HIV, the virus that causes AIDS. NET News looks at how researchers from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln are trying to develop a new path towards an HIV... more››
Farmers hope for river system improvements Farmers and ag groups in the Midwest say the U.S. river system needs an upgrade, and they’re hopeful it will come with new legislation. President Obama recently signed a bill authorizing river system improvements, but changes won’t happen overnight. The nation’s rivers are essential for moving agricultural products to market.“It’s our third coast, if you will,” said Jim Tarmann, field services... more››
Nebraska wants to arrest 20-25 inmates released early by mistake Federal, state and local law enforcement are working on arresting between 20 and 25 people mistakenly released early from Nebraska prisons.News of the effort to arrest the former prisoners comes nearly two weeks after the Omaha World-Herald reported that the state miscalculated the sentences of hundreds of inmates and let them go early.In a news conference Friday, Gov. Dave Heineman and Attorney... more››
Affordable Care Act changing health care in Nebraska Health care is changing in Nebraska in the wake of the Affordable Care Act – or, as some call it “Obamacare.” More than 40,000 people got insurance this year through the exchange, or marketplace, created by the Act. NET News looks at how the Act affected two Nebraska women, and what changes may be in store for the rest of us, in today’s Signature Story.... more››
Exploring the Potential of Carbon Storage in Soil In his new book, “Grass, Soil, Hope,” former Sierra Club activist Courtney White argues carbon—often vilified in public discourse—can actually help address climate change. White spoke with NET News about his new book and the ways carbon sequestration in soil, particularly range and grasslands—can benefit the land, food production, and our climate.               NET News: This book is focused on... more››
There is no “Marijuana Breathalyzer” So How Can Police Tell if a Driver is High? A police officer easily identifies a drunk driver user a Breathalyzer.  It gets more complicated figuring out if someone is under the influence of drugs.Some researchers feel they are close to creating a reliable, affordable device which detects pot use, but getting it into wide use in patrol cars is years away.Meanwhile most states, including Nebraska, rely on specially-trained law enforcement... more››
Baseball's Black and White Issue Virginia and Vanderbilt compete for college baseball’s coveted championship tonight at the College World Series in Omaha. Around TD Ameritrade Park, you’ll see the colors of each school proudly on display – black and gold for the Commodores, and orange and blue for the Cavaliers from Virginia.  However, baseball remains predominantly white.If Hall-of-Famer Bob Gibson were still playing today, he... more››