Strong job market hampers FEMA hiring in flood-hit states

U.S. 06/09/19, 09:57

The Federal Emergency Management Agency is facing an unexpected challenge in meeting the needs of the many people affected by this spring's widespread flooding and violent storms: a strong economy.Tasked with responding to natural disasters that seem ever more frequent and destructive, the agency finds itself further challenged by the ...

Will higher Missouri River levels mean more flooding? Yes

U.S. 06/06/19, 13:46

The surging Missouri River is being filled with more than twice the normal amount of water from an upstream reservoir so more flooding is likely, and the heavy releases may continue for months.The flooding could be particularly bad in communities that sit behind levees that were damaged by massive flooding ...

Missouri River will remain high because of water from dams

U.S. 06/06/19, 08:19

The amount of water being released into the lower Missouri River from upstream dams will remain at a high level for several months because of recent heavy rain and remaining snowpack.The Army Corps of Engineers says it expects water releases from reservoirs on the Missouri to be above average through ...

‘Hungry’ Tennessee back in baseball tourney after hiatus

Baseball 05/29/19, 15:13

Tennessee finally has ended the longest NCAA Tournament drought of any Southeastern Conference baseball program by earning its first bid since its 2005 College World Series appearance.Now the Volunteers want to try to match that 2005 team's accomplishment by also getting to Omaha, Nebraska. Tennessee (38-19) is the No. 2 ...

All 3 D-I schools in Nebraska make NCAA baseball tournament

Baseball 05/27/19, 23:17

Granted, making the NCAA baseball tournament was not in the front of Omaha Mavericks coach Evan Porter's mind when he and his players returned home from a February road trip to find the dome over their indoor practice facility had collapsed during a snowstorm while they were gone.The Mavs moved ...

Update: Fire marshal says lightning caused massive fire

U.S. 05/24/19, 18:28

The Latest on a fire that destroyed a central Nebraska fertilizer plan (all times local):5 p.m.The Nebraska Fire Marshal's office has determined a lightning strike caused the fire that destroyed a fertilizer plant and injured three people.The Cooperative Producers Inc. dry fertilizer plant near U.S. Hwy 6 and Showboat Blvd. ...

3 injured in fire that destroyed Nebraska fertilizer plant

U.S. 05/24/19, 13:42

Crews have contained a large fire at a Nebraska fertilizer plant that injured three people and destroyed the plant.The fire was reported about 11:30 p.m. Thursday at the Cooperative Producers Inc. dry fertilizer plant in Hastings and was contained just before 4 a.m. Friday.The blaze forced authorities to close U.S. ...

Dragging levee repairs leave riverside communities stressed

U.S. 05/14/19, 23:56

Communities that were flooded when levees failed along the Missouri River earlier this spring will likely remain exposed to high water for months to come, leaving displaced residents wondering when — or if — they will be able to return and rebuild their homes.The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers — ...

Air Force estimates $420M needed to rebuild Nebraska base

U.S. 05/02/19, 14:22

The Air Force is raising its cost estimate to $420 million to repair and rebuild at Nebraska's Offutt Air Force Base following severe flooding that forced officials to scramble to save munitions and move aircraft to higher ground.More than 130 structures were damaged by the Missouri River flooding at the ...

Nebraska National Guard pursues $62M plan to rebuild camp

U.S. 04/29/19, 14:38

The Nebraska National Guard plans to rebuild its Camp Ashland training site by fortifying its buildings and raising them on stilts after recent flooding caused extensive damage to the facility.The Guard is pursuing a more than $62 million project to protect the 1,184-acre (479-hectare) facility on the Platte River from ...

Nebraska avoiding measles outbreak with high vaccine rate

Health 04/27/19, 09:54

Broderick Hansen hopped on the exam table recently at Children's Physicians West Village Pointe for his kindergarten vaccinations without any fuss.Among them was a second dose of the vaccine that will protect the 4-year-old from measles, the once nearly gone virus that's been making a disturbing comeback this year in ...

College golfer in hijab out to blaze trail for Muslim girls

Sports 04/19/19, 02:07

Noor Ahmed outwardly lives her Muslim faith, and even growing up in a state as diverse as California she says she encountered hostility on the street, in school and on the golf course.One of the top junior golfers in Northern California coming out of high school, Ahmed was a starter ...

Nebraska students use NASA technology to grow vegetables

Tech 04/13/19, 11:42

The future of growing is getting a test run at McCook High School.Thanks to several grants, FFA horticulture students at MHS are growing different types of herbs and vegetables in 12 vertical aeroponic tower gardens. Looking like something out of a 1940s sci-fi movie, garage space formerly used for welding ...

Huskers’ Martinez eyes encore to fantastic freshman campaign

Football 04/13/19, 02:03

Adrian Martinez pulled off an incredible feat in his first season at Nebraska, something few who came before him had done at a place where football is a year-round passion.Martinez didn't just live up to the hype that followed him from Fresno, California, to Lincoln as coach Scott Frost's first ...

Nebraska GOP critical of college speaker’s abortion stance

U.S. 04/12/19, 18:21

The Nebraska Republican Party wants a Jesuit college in Omaha to rescind its invitation asking former U.S. Sen. Bob Kerrey to speak at its commencement, citing his position in favor of the right to abortion.The state party's executive director, Ryan Hamilton, released a statement Thursday saying Creighton University should find ...

Vice President Pence in Iowa to tour March flood damage

U.S. 04/12/19, 14:35

Vice President Mike Pence is touring areas in Iowa and Nebraska devastated during last month's flooding.Pence was joined by Iowa Gov. Kim Reynolds and U.S. Sens. Chuck Grassley and Joni Ernst in touring an area around Pacific Junction, a community in southwest Iowa where floodwaters still prevent some residents from ...

Iowa, Nebraska leaders: Wet weather could slow road repairs

U.S. 04/11/19, 14:48

Iowa and Nebraska transportation officials said Thursday that they're hoping to have nearly all roads and bridges that were damaged by last month's flooding repaired by midsummer, but that a wet spring could hamper their efforts.Iowa Department of Transportation Director Mark Lowe and his Nebraska counterpart, Kyle Schneweis, held a ...

‘Bomb cyclone’ snow, wind making travel dangerous in Midwest

U.S. 04/11/19, 08:35

A storm system known as a "bomb cyclone" slowly churned through the U.S. interior Thursday for the second time in a month, unleashing a blizzard in parts of the Midwest while creating hazardous fire conditions farther south. As much as 18 inches (46 centimeters) of snow has fallen in parts of ...

Update: Snow, ice making Midwest travel dangerous

U.S. 04/11/19, 06:50

The Latest on severe weather impacting the central U.S. (all times local):6:45 a.m.A powerful spring snow storm sweeping across the Midwest has made travel hazardous across Minnesota, Nebraska and South Dakota.Ice forms on a calf at a ranch outside of Kilgore, Neb., Wednesday, April 10, 2019. A bomb cyclone storm ...

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