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The Nebraska Department of Labor announced today that Nebraska's preliminary unemployment rate for August is at 3.6 percent, seasonally adjusted. Acting Commissioner of the Labor Department John Albin says it's the first time since 2007 that the state sustained under 4 percent unemployment for an entire year. The jobless rate was the same ...
The respiratory illness that has spread throughout the Midwest has made its way to Nebraska. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Enterovirus (EV-D68) has been confirmed in Nebraska. The virus has now spread to 18 states since mid-August, infecting 153 people. The CDC says in the coming weeks more states will have confirmed ...
Federal authorities have awarded $9.8 million to the Central Nebraska Regional Airport to create a passenger terminal. The Federal Aviation Administration awarded the grant for the $14.2 million terminal. Construction crews will break ground next month and the nearly 34,000-square-foot building is expected to be completed in 2016. The administratio...
Mosquitoes collected in the Red Cloud area of Webster County have tested positive for West Nile virus. Michele Bever, Executive Director for South Heartland District Health Department says mosquitoes that carry West Nile can pass the virus to humans and other animals when they bite. There is no vaccine to protect against the virus. While less than ...
A jury has found 24 year-old Andrew Casterline guilty of first degree murder in the death of Virginia Barone. He was also found guilty for use of a deadly weapon to commit a felony and burglary. The verdict was reached last night, according to Adams County District Clerk Chrystine Setlik. Sentencing has been set for sometime in December. Casterline...
A Hastings building could be renovated to house and treat up to 240 prison inmates with mental health and addiction issues. State Senator Les Seiler on Tuesday shared some details about the proposal during a Hastings Area Chamber of Commerce legislative forum. He says the new treatment programs would help inmates transition back into socie...
CHI Health, Coventry Health Care and UniNet recently announced a new health care plan, Carelink from Coventry, that will be available to individuals and employer groups in Omaha and Lincoln on Jan. 1. The new plan unfortunately for Central Nebraska will not be available right away. Dr. Ken Shaffer, medical director of Uninet says they hop...
A dying shopping center appears to be getting new life. Rock Step Capital, a real estate investment group from Houston, Texas, recently acquired the Imperial Mall which located on the west side of Hastings. The once thriving mall has been reduced to a virtually unoccupied shopping center as most of the retail growth has shifted to the nor...
CHI Health St. Francis and the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) will take back unwanted prescription drugs later this month. This gives the public its ninth opportunity in four years to prevent pill abuse and theft by ridding their homes of potentially dangerous expired, unused and unwanted prescription drugs. The unwanted drugs will be taken ...
The Gibbon Head Start location was given official notice on Monday that they must soon vacate their location. The building the group currently is in, the Assembly of God Church, is pending sale. The move would affect 18 preschool students and their families Lois Butler, Head Start Director with Community Action Partnership of Mid-Nebraska...
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