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Bull Buyers Update

December 15, 2014

Bull buyers update in Thedford cancelled due to the weather.

Bull Buyers Update

December 15, 2014

Bull buyers update in Thedford cancelled due to the weather.

Callaway One Act takess runner-up at state

December 11, 2014

Congratulations to Callaway and Thedford High School for their performances at the State One Act competition in Norfolk Dec. 10.

Callaway's production of "Goldilocks on Trial" (a play by Ed Monk) placed second. Callaway won the D2-3 district competition to earn their spot at state. Callaway's play was directed by Darin Ellis with the assistance of Leigh Ann Wilcher and Suzi Campbell.

Thedford placed fourth at state. They won their district, D2-5 with their play "FREAK." Their play was directed by Jane Haake with the assistance of Kristi Briggs.

Elsmere cowboy takes the lead at the NFR in Las Vegas

December 11, 2014

LAS VEGAS – Cort Scheer doesn’t pay attention to the numbers.
He’s in Las Vegas to ride bucking horses, and that’s all that matters to the Elsmere, Neb., cowboy. His goal is the gold buckle awarded to the world champion saddle bronc rider, and all those numbers that decide that will work out.

Nebraska-Bowl Without Bo

December 11, 2014

Huskers players are happy to be back at practice

LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) — The start of bowl practice brought a sense of normalcy to a Nebraska team that has experienced a range of emotions in the days since the firing of Bo Pelini and hiring of Mike Riley.

Interim coach Barney Cotton said after Wednesday's one-hour workout that he was proud of the effort the players showed under the circumstances.

USDA sees higher corn, soybean demand in report

December 11, 2014

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — Aside from increased demand for corn to make food sweeteners and a boost in soybean exports, the U.S. Department of Agriculture made few adjustments to Wednesday's crop update.

Some analysts expect that the USDA may adjust the number of corn acres planted, which currently exceeds the agency's estimates by about 5 million acres.

Senator Mike Johanns delivers final address

December 9, 2014

WASHINGTON – U.S. Sen. Mike Johanns (R- Neb) today delivered his farewell address on the Senate floor. Excerpts of his remarks are below:

“From my first day as a county commissioner, throughout my service as a Lincoln City Council Member, as Mayor of our capital city, Lincoln, as the Governor of Nebraska, in President Bush’s Cabinet and now as a United States Senator, no doubt about it, if I could turn back the clock I’d just do it again. I am so grateful for the trust placed in me and the support of so many people who have made this service possible…

Ibach to lead NE Department of Agriculture

December 9, 2014

Kearney – Last night, Governor-elect Pete Ricketts announced during his remarks at the Nebraska Farm Bureau Foundation for Agriculture Annual Dinner that Greg Ibach would lead the Nebraska Department of Agriculture.

Greg Ibach of Sumner has served as Director of the Nebraska Department of Agriculture since 2005. He and his family continue to maintain a cow/calf and grain operation in the area. Ibach also serves as the vice president of the National Association of State Departments of Agriculture.

Bowl breakdown: Top games not in 'New Year's Six'

December 8, 2014

With nearly 40 bowl games looming, it can be difficult finding those postseason gems.

The Rose Bowl and Sugar Bowl semifinals in the College Football Playoff are no-brainers. And the other matchups in the "New Year's Six" — which includes the Peach, Orange, Cotton and Fiesta — also should garner lots of attention.

But the entire postseason schedule features 39 bowls, including the playoff championship game.

To help sort through the clutter, here's a look at some of the more intriguing matchups that aren't part of the "New Year's Six."

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HOLIDAY BOWL

Lawmakers look to new approach for property taxes

December 8, 2014

LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) — As they prepare for a debate on taxes, Nebraska lawmakers are trying to find new ways to reduce what property-owners pay without robbing local school districts of revenue.

Property taxes will again surface as an issue in the legislative session that begins next month with 18 new senators and Gov.-elect Pete Ricketts. On Tuesday, the Revenue Committee will look at how other states have lowered property taxes during a hearing at the Capitol.

Images of Nebraska sites, people available online

December 8, 2014

LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) — Images of Nebraska's landscapes, monuments and people are now available on a state tourism YouTube page.

The videos and photos were shot by Pulitzer Prize-winning photographer Bill Frakes and Laura Heald of Straw Hat Visuals. Both joined forces with the Nebraska Tourism Commission to work on the project.

The team crisscrossed the state several times over to film different parts of Nebraska, from Husker football tailgates in Lincoln to an all-night shoot in Toadstool Geologic Park in the northwest part of the state.

USC to make Holiday Bowl debut, against Nebraska

December 8, 2014

SAN DIEGO (AP) — No. 24 Southern California will play in the Holiday Bowl for the first time when it faces No. 25 Nebraska on Dec. 27.

It will be the fourth appearance for Nebraska.

This game marks the first year of a new contract with the Big Ten Conference, which hasn't been affiliated with San Diego's Holiday Bowl since 1994.

Nebraska (9-3) made three appearances while in the Big 12.

The Trojans (8-4) tied for second in the Pac-12 South at 6-3 under first-year head coach Steve Sarkisian.

Nebraska fired Bo Pelini and replaced him with Mike Riley from Oregon State.

High school staffer billed for Pelini meeting

December 4, 2014

LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) — A high school staffer who let fired Nebraska head coach Bo Pelini use the Lincoln school's auditorium to meet with his former players will be billed $262.50.

The unnamed staffer is acquainted with Pelini and let him and the players gather Tuesday night at Lincoln North Star High School. Pelini was fired Sunday, and several of his players have since declared their support for the fiery coach and their disappointment at the decision to dismiss him. His replacement has not been named yet.

Nebraska hires Oregon State's Mike Riley as coach

December 4, 2014

LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) — In a surprise move to perhaps everybody except the man who did the hiring, Oregon State's Mike Riley is set to take over at Nebraska.

Athletic director Shawn Eichorst ended his one-man search with the announcement Thursday that the 61-year-old Riley would replace Bo Pelini, who was fired Sunday. Riley will be introduced at a news conference in Lincoln on Friday.

Riley has spent 14 seasons over two tenures at Oregon State, leading the Beavers to 93 wins and a 6-2 record in bowl games.

Groups: Lack of coverage a factor in bankruptcies

December 2, 2014

LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) — A lack of health insurance is driving many of Nebraska's personal bankruptcies and shifting more costs onto hospitals and businesses, advocates who want Nebraska to expand Medicaid told lawmakers Tuesday.

Supporters are once again preparing to introduce a Medicaid expansion bill that would extend coverage to an estimated 54,000 Nebraska residents whose incomes are too high to qualify for Medicaid but too low to receive subsidies available under the federal health care law.

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