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Blue Cross, CHI both healthy enterprises, but long-term impact of health care price dispute unknown

At issue in the conflict between the two health care entities is Blue Cross Blue Shield's contention that CHI Health's prices are too high and need to be lowered to the market average. The dispute has separated organizations that have worked together closely in the past. And it has tested the patience of individuals involved.

Grace: A backyard find and an obituary brought long-lost wedding ring back home

The wedding ring had been missing for years. Its recent discovery was too late for the owner, an Omaha woman who died earlier this month at 98. But the surprising, recent return of this treasure became a timely gift.

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Election 2014

Last at-large election to bring at least one new Metropolitan Utilities District board member

The Metropolitan Utilities District board will have at least one new member after the Nov. 4 election, which marks the last time MUD board members will be elected at large.

Election 2014

School spending, taxes among top issues in Nebraska Legislative District 16 race

Taxes, school spending and rural development are among the top issues in the race for the District 16 seat in the Nebraska Legislature.

Election 2014

Social views, and how they apply in office, divide foes in Nebraska attorney general race

If history and campaign cash are any indication, Doug Peterson would appear to be a shoo-in to win election as Nebraska attorney general next month.

Election 2014

Groups' ads take aim at Chuck Hassebrook on agriculture issues

The Nebraska gubernatorial candidate denies charges by a group called Protect the Harvest that he opposes “broad” property tax relief for farmers and sought a ban on American-produced agriculture products.

Early-release inmate that state couldn't find popped up on Google for Chicago arrest

Five prisoners wound up being part of the makeshift program that Corrections Department Director Mike Kenney created in late July to allow should-be inmates to remain at home.

Good Deeds, Oct. 26

Following are fundraisers, donations and other charitable events happening in the Midlands. Email your information about good deeds to or call 402-444-1040.

Election 2014: Nebraska Senate

From small town to Beltway, 'razor-sharp mind' honed in Ivy League led Ben Sasse to success

Republican Ben Sasse has barnstormed across the length and breadth of Nebraska in a breakdown-prone RV that National Lampoon’s Cousin Eddie would be proud to claim, its interior adorned with shotgun-shell lights, kitschy novelties and dead animals.

Election 2014

Bruce Braley, Joni Ernst ad spending explodes on Iowa airwaves

Since late June, viewers have already been hit by 57,000 pitches costing $27 million in the state's highest-profile race.

Omaha police arrest man suspected in stabbing of two people

A 48-year-old man who police accuse of stabbing two people in southeast Omaha last week has been arrested.

Transfers, Oct. 26

The following is a list of residential real estate transfers recorded in Douglas, Sarpy and Pottawattamie Counties. Each listing tells the seller, the buyer, the street address and the sale price on transactions of $10,000 or more. The sale price on Douglas, Sarpy and Pottawattamie Counties is computed from the stamp tax affixed to the deed. Transactions that are exempt from stamp tax are not included.

Once eyeing medical career, she now helps expand kids’ horizons in after-school programs at Marrs Magnet

Amber Noutoua, coordinator of the popular after-school program at Marrs, is the recipient of this year’s Afterschool Champion award. 

Kelly: ’85 World Series also featured a K.C. Royals team with lots of Omaha ties

I covered the 1985 World Series. Sure enough, a look back shows it was the same as 2014 — 15 former Omaha Triple-A players, including future Hall of Famer George Brett, played on that team.


Former U.S. Marine believed dead in his native South Sudan

For his Omaha family, a portrait and some memories are all that’s left of the South Sudan-born Thichuong, who risked his life in Iraq for his adopted country and gave his life in the struggle for his native one.

Ghosts, goblins and some real-life dangers

Police-sponsored ‘Haunted Precinct’ has the usual spooky fare but also sends message

The Omaha police southeast precinct is holding Meet and Treat, its fifth annual safe trick-or-treating event, today from 4 to 8 p.m. 

State of schools: Pressure builds for Nebraska to seek ‘no child’ waiver

With half of schools on the federal improvement list, education leaders say the process is moving ahead. 

Sentencing errors

Miscalculated terms for parole violators bedevil Nebraska prison system

The parole miscalculations for hundreds of Nebraska felons come on top of the 750 mistakes on mandatory minimum terms revealed earlier.


Pine Ridge native Laura Galligo Brewer, 101, traveled far and wide as caregiver, tourist

As a caregiver and as a tourist, Laura Galligo Brewer traveled across the country and beyond.

Arrest follows report of sexual assault in downtown Omaha alley

A police spokesman said Lucas Ortiz and the victim, 24, were at Eat The Worm, a tequila bar at 1213 Howard St., before they went to the alley connecting 12th and 13th Streets to talk.

Chris Christie stumps for Pete Ricketts, catches NU-Rutgers game

"I'm here because I want people to focus on this race in these last 11 days," before the election, New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie said.

MidAmerican utility crew rescues Iowa man pinned beneath truck

The wife of a man seriously injured on the job is crediting a MidAmerican power company line crew with saving her husband’s life.

Marching contest

Bellevue West strikes chord with judges, placing 1st in Nebraska State Bandmasters Association competition

Sixty-two bands and nearly 6,000 students were involved, performing and competing at three locations across the state.

Stothert, police chief testify about contract talks between city, union

As the City of Omaha and the Omaha police union began discussions about a new contract this year, they found themselves in an unusual position. The union pushed the city for an extension of the current contract, while the city wanted to open negotiations.

4 injured in separate northeast Omaha shootings; victims out of hospital

The shootings appear to be unrelated and each involved a different shooter, said Officer James Shade, a police spokesman. Police had not announced any arrests as of late Saturday.

Omaha’s civilian management union says it wants to cooperate on deal

But so far, it and Mayor Jean Stothert have been unable to find agreement on a contract proposal

4 rescued after car drifts into Des Moines pond

Four people — including a toddler — were rescued from the roof of a submerged car that rolled into a Des Moines pond.

Iowa judge dismisses woman's excessive-force lawsuit

A judge on Friday dismissed a lawsuit brought by a woman who said police used excessive force in her 2011 arrest.

Dubuque officials suspect arson in vehicle fires

Dubuque police and fire department officials say they are investigating two vehicle fires as arson.

Albion, Nebraska, district urges voters to pass $13 million bond issue

School officials in north-central Nebraska are pushing for a nearly $13 million bond issue aimed at renovating the district’s school buildings.

Sioux City's $45 million tax levy would fund new schools

Sioux City public school district officials say that if voters reject a proposed tax levy later this year, the district could be forced to ax plans to build a new elementary school.

Convicted Woodbury County, Iowa, supervisor plans to resign

Woodbury County officials say a county supervisor sentenced to 30 days in jail for domestic assault has said he will resign his position.

World News (AP)

Tunisians vote in historic elections

TUNIS, Tunisia (AP) — Tunisians were lining up to vote early in the morning to choose their first five-year parliament since they overthrew their dictator in the 2011 revolution that kicked of…


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