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Hansen: If Kansas City Royals win, party’s in Room 9856 at the Nebraska Medical Center

 “I don’t have much pain during the games.
 It just kind of goes away. ... The Royals are keeping me distracted,” says Dustin Roberts, a Kansas City Royals fan who has been suffering this year from a mysterious illness. 

Millions of dollars sunk into Ashford, Terry political ads

As the race comes down to the wire, the spots are getting steadily more audacious and aggressive.

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The Sixth Element Therapeutic Massage

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Garden Cafe & Catering

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Ex-Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee gives Lee Terry his nod for re-election

Huckabee, a possible 2016 presidential candidate, Thursday endorsed Terry, calling him “a strong and reliable conservative.’’

Mass killer Charles Starkweather's girlfriend, Caril Ann Fugate, plans to ask state again for a pardon

John Stevens Berry, a Lincoln attorney and co-author of a recent book about Fugate, is trying to make the pardon request a campaign issue: He says he also plans to survey Nebraska candidates about her case. 

Mutual of Omaha wins hefty refund — $1.7 million — on appeal of property taxes

A state panel sided with Mutual in its property valuation dispute with the county, which since 2010 has valued the midtown campus near 33rd and Dodge Streets at between $85 million and $94 million. Mutual appealed to the Tax Equalization and Review Commission, which agreed with the company and set the value closer to $50 million for 2010, 2011 and 2012. 

Bond rating agency Moody's downgrades City of Omaha for 2nd time in 2 years

Moody’s cited labor costs and the city’s sewer projects as it downgraded Omaha from Aa1 to Aa2, Mayor Jean Stothert announced Thursday night.

4 students charged with procuring alcohol for minor after UNL freshman's death; frat suspended

An autopsy showed that Clayton Real, 18, from Grafton, Nebraska, died of acute alcohol intoxication with a blood alcohol level of .378, according to police, more than four times the legal limit of .08 for driving.

Street named for Marlin Briscoe, Omaha native and Super Bowl champion

On Wednesday, more than 100 people, including some of Briscoe's South High teammates from the early 1960s, watched as he unveiled signs on a street newly named for him.

Why are Nebraska's prisons overcrowded? Reform study begins to identify reasons why

During a meeting Wednesday, officials with the Council of State Governments’ Justice Center released more data about what’s driving the crowding. 

Officials get updated mountain lion info but make no moves toward 2015 hunting season

The prospect of a mountain lion hunting season again next year in Nebraska is fading into the shadows.

In police union contract talks this year, City of Omaha asked for 3 concessions

A trial between the city and the Omaha Police Officer’s Association began Thursday and gave insight into city-union negotiations, an often tense process that is normally confidential.

Nebraska Public Service Commission rivals Crystal Rhoades, John Sieler focus on consumers

Democrat Crystal Rhoades and Republican John Sieler are running for the seat held since 1996 by Anne Boyle. Both said they have an interest in protecting Nebraska consumers, though they differ on how that should be done.

Forecast: Sunny, temps in the 70s

Wednesday night’s rain dropped .71 inches at the weather service’s Valley office and 1.02 inches at Omaha’s Eppley Airfield.

Yikes! Kids get almost-too-real preview of 'Walking With (Rooaarrrr!) Dinosaurs'

The “Walking With Dinosaurs: The Arena Spectacular” is coming to the CenturyLink Center Nov. 4 and 5.

Nebraska governor candidates Hassebrook, Ricketts spar on class, crime

Democrat Chuck Hassebrook accused his opponent, Republican Pete Ricketts, of being soft on prison reform. In turn, Ricketts accused Hassebrook of “class warfare.”

Revamped state tourism website to let visitors wander, book customized trips

Like Expedia, Travelocity and other travel websites, the new Nebraska site has drop boxes that permit people to select specific destinations, determine the search radius in miles and seek out specific activities, events and attractions.

Student brings BB gun to school

A McMillan Magnet Center student brought a BB gun on school property Thursday, according to a letter sent home to families.

Attorney says men arrested after fatal shooting were trying to buy pot

The attorneys for two men arrested in connection with a break-in that led to a fatal shooting in Bellevue said Thursday that the men were there to buy marijuana.

Smoking OK in cigar bars until Nebraska Supreme Court appeal resolved

LINCOLN — Cigar bars have won a temporary, but possibly brief, reprieve from snuffing out the stogies.

Shoulder collapse closes lane on I-80 in Council Bluffs

Iowa Department of Transportation crews continue to repair a portion of the westbound Interstate 80 shoulder in Council Bluffs.

City of Omaha increases visitors bureau contributions

The County Board signs off on the new financing agreement

National Guard to rededicate Sioux City Readiness Center today

The ceremony is scheduled to begin at 5:30 p.m. and is open to the public. 

Jefferson County Sheriff to get new police dog

Sheriff Nels Sorensen said an internal evaluation of the program recommended purchasing another dog to sniff drugs and track criminals.

Lincoln woman falls while trying to 'car surf'

The Lancaster County sheriff says a 23-year-old Lincoln woman has suffered several scrapes after falling off the hood of a moving sedan while trying to "car surf."

Heineman honored as champion of lower taxes, group says

Nebraska Gov. Dave Heineman, who leaves office in January due to term limits, was one of six people honored by the Tax Foundation for “Outstanding Achievement in State Tax Reform.”

Mayor Stothert likely to testify in police union lawsuit

The union sued the city earlier this year over a procedural matter in union negotiations.

Nebraska high court appoints new public guardian

Michelle Chaffee is expected to begin her position in December.

Journalist treated at Nebraska Medical Center returns home after Ebola recovery

Ashoka Mukpo was released from the Nebraska Medical Center's biocontainment unit Wednesday and flew back to Rhode Island by private charter later that night with his father and girlfriend.

In Council Bluffs, Sen. Tom Harkin reflects on 30 years in the U.S. Senate

The U.S. senator from Iowa said his most important piece of legislation was the groundbreaking Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990.

NB lane at 90th, Burt to be restricted

City of Omaha traffic engineers say Thursday at 9 a.m.:

Train crashes into car at Columbus crossing

A train has crashed into a car that got stuck on tracks after it was maneuvered around a barricade at a crossing in Columbus.

Man accused of stabbing Omaha police officer pleads guilty

A man accused of stabbing an Omaha police officer pleaded guilty to first-degree assault and two other felony charges Thursday during a pretrial hearing in Douglas County District Court.

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Paintings in national parks spark probe, furor

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — A series of colorful, eerie faces painted on rocks in some of the West's most famously picturesque landscapes has sparked an investigation by the National Park Service an…

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