$400,000 UNO 'mega lab' has applications for businesses, military, among other uses

Which CEO candidate makes better decisions under stress? How does radical propaganda turn people toward violence? Answers to such questions can flow from a new behavioral research laboratory at the University of Nebraska at Omaha’s College of Business Administration.

Union Pacific profit up 19% as its service faces more scrutiny

Union Pacific Corp., employer of 8,000 Nebraskans, reported Thursday that third-quarter profit rose 19 percent, though two gauges of the railroad’s network efficiency worsened.

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Midlands feel squeeze as construction labor pool shrinks

Shortage worsens across U.S., survey shows; economist points to insufficient training.

Chico’s style guru, former executive is back home in Nebraska for Village Pointe event

In her defense, it was 1978. A teen-aged Sherry Moeller wore corduroy bell bottoms with a matching vest and blazer in her senior yearbook picture at Wisner-Pilger High School. The outfit was an early expression of style for a Nebraska girl who would go on to have a successful career as a fashion executive.

Valmont profits are down from year-ago period

Valmont Industries Inc. of Omaha reported net income of $23.6 million or 92 cents per share, in the three months that ended Sept. 28, down more than half from $56.5 million, or $2.10 per share, in the same period a year ago.

State oversight of Medicaid could cut costs, executive says

State governments can make health care more efficient and citizens healthier through their power over Medicaid and other services, an official from the National Governors Association told a Nebraska audience of health care professionals and policymakers Wednesday.

Most uninsured are unaware of health sign-up period

This year, the big challenge for officials behind the Affordable Care Act may not be making the website work but getting customers to come shop in the first place.

Geist Plastics changing name to Lincoln Plastics

Custom plastic extrusion company Geist Plastics of Lincoln is changing its name to Lincoln Plastics to reduce brand confusion and strengthen its connection with its hometown.

Review: Apple Pay a pleasure (when you can use it)

As cool as Apple Pay and contactless payments may be, you can’t go on much of a shopping spree with them just yet.

Amazon to refund Iowa customers over subscription

Online retailer Amazon has agreed to refund more than 1,000 Iowa customers over issues regarding a subscription service.

2 senators ask gov't for nationwide air bag recall

Two U.S. senators are calling on U.S. auto safety regulators to immediately issue a nationwide recall for cars with faulty air bags made by Takata Corp.

Confusion over affected cars mires air bag recalls

Safety agency’s warning now covers 7.8 million vehicles, with a focus on high-humidity areas.

Year after holiday struggles, FedEx and UPS gear up for surge

FedEx predicts a record for holiday deliveries, with the peak day coming Dec. 15.

Railroad mergers don’t ‘make sense at this time,’ Norfolk Southern’s CEO says

The idea of a merger has been on investors’ minds lately, because Canadian Pacific Railway approached CSX about a possible deal. CP CEO Hunter Harrison said Tuesday that talks fell apart after several meetings.

Selling homes of hoarders can be messy job for agents

Hoarding is often brought to a crisis point when a homeowner has to move, and it is a major obstacle in a real estate market where “Get rid of clutter” is usually the first advice real estate agents offer sellers.

Marissa Mayer defends Yahoo strategy

Signaling her reign has reached a pivotal juncture, Yahoo CEO Marissa Mayer is trying to convince restless shareholders that the long-struggling Internet company is heading in the right direction.

Wally Weitz has carved out his own niche in the world of value investing

Anyone specializing in value investing – looking for gems in the bargain bin – shares the stage with some big names, none bigger than Warren Buffett. Weitz says his success has come from applying lessons learned by observing Buffett and his methods.

U.S. jobless aid applications rise to 283,000

The number of people applying for U.S. unemployment benefits rose last week after falling to a 14-year low the previous week. Despite the increase, weekly applications remain at historically low levels that suggest hiring is gaining steam.

After almost 30 years in business, Bluffs pet store to close Nov. 8

A variety of factors conspired to push Pet Barn out of business, including the economy, big discount chains, high commercial property taxes, changing interests and the movement of the city’s retail hub to the south side, the store's owner said.

Camel cigarette maker bans smoking in its offices

Reynolds American Inc. informed employees Wednesday that beginning next year, the use of traditional cigarettes, cigars or pipes will no longer be permitted at employee desks or offices, conference rooms, hallways and elevators. Lighting up already is prohibited on factory floors and in cafeterias and fitness centers.

Mark Zuckerberg speaks Chinese; Beijing students cheer

China may ban Facebook, but not its co-founder Mark Zuckerberg. The young billionaire delighted an audience of students at a prestigious Beijing university this week with a 30-minute chat in his recently learned Mandarin Chinese.

Scottsbluff airport board picks new carrier

The Scottsbluff airport board has selected a new carrier it wants for subsidized flights to Denver International Airport, replacing the airline that's canceled several flights over the past year.

In brief: Inflation stays below Fed target

U.S. consumer prices edged up slightly in September, with the overall increase held back by a third straight monthly decline in gasoline prices. 

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First National Bank of Holdrege to merge with Kansas bank

First National Bank of Holdrege in south-central Nebraska will merge with the First State Bank of Norton, Kansas, the bank has announced.

CHI letter, Blue Cross response indicate companies still at odds

CHI Health, which has been out of Blue Cross Blue Shield of Nebraska’s network since early September, sent the insurer a letter saying Blue Cross’ proposal last month would result in staff reductions and shows a desire to stick with “the flawed fee for service system and its myopic focus on unit price.”

Backers put paid family leave for Nebraskans in the spotlight

A panelist tells how it could help, and a state senator promises a bill in 2015.

GoogleFest draws a fair number for computer training in Council Bluffs

The 150 who attended the event at the Ameristar Holiday Inn learned about Google Maps, Google Ads and Gmail for business and other products that could make their operations work better and more efficiently.

Ex-ConAgra executive accused of inappropriately using $600,000 pleads guilty

A former ConAgra sales executive is scheduled to be sentenced on Jan. 12 in Omaha for wire fraud.

Social Security benefits to go up by 1.7 percent

Millions of older Americans who rely on federal benefits will get a 1.7 percent increase in their monthly payments next year, the government announced Wednesday.

Is culture of tipping condoning harassment?

In a new report, the Restaurant Opportunities Center — an activist group that has received funding from unions, foundations and the Labor Department — surveyed 688 workers in person and online and found that tipped workers experienced harassment at higher rates than nontipped workers. They also found that all workers in states with a lower tipped minimum wage were more often harassed than those that have the same minimum wage for everyone.

Eastern Iowa telecom gets federal loan to expand

An eastern Iowa telephone cooperative is getting a guaranteed loan from the federal government to increase its fiber optics network and make system improvements.

Earnings roundup: McDonald’s plans changes to menu amid sinking profits

McDonald’s CEO Don Thompson said Tuesday the company hasn’t been keeping up with the times and that changes are in store for its U.S. restaurants.



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