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1 minutes | Oct 3, 2022
North Platte news director fired for helping Curtis abortion ban
A North Platte television news director will clean out her desk Monday night after the station fired her over the weekend for helping collect signatures for a ballot initiative to ban abortions in the neighboring town of Curtis. The vice president and general manager of KNOP in North Platte confirmed Melanie Standiford was fired on Friday – the same day the Flatwater Free Press quoted Standiford about a petition drive in Curtis.
4 minutes | Oct 3, 2022
SNAP-Ed pays workers so little, some qualify for food benefits
The Supplemental Nutrition Education Program (SNAP-Ed) is funded by the U.S. Department of Agriculture and helps SNAP recipients learn how to eat healthy food on a budget. Its employees complain of wages so low that they themselves qualify for SNAP.
1 minutes | Sep 29, 2022
Regent Jim Pillen will vote for alcohol sales, multimedia rights
University of Nebraska regent Jim Pillen will vote in support of two major UNL athletic proposals scheduled for the regents meeting Friday. Nebraska Public Media’s Will Bauer has more on the Republican nominee for governor’s votes on alcohol sales and broadcasting rights.
5 minutes | Sep 28, 2022
Legislative elections to determine fate of abortion bills
The outcome of this November's elections to the Nebraska Legislature will determine the prospects of next year's legislation on abortion.
4 minutes | Sep 27, 2022
New programs hope to help farmers with their mental health
Two thirds of farmers said the pandemic affected their mental health, according to an American Farm Bureau poll. The U-S Department of Agriculture has awarded grants to states across the country to help improve mental health outreach among farmers. As Kendall Crawford reports for Harvest Public Media, some Midwestern states are distributing the resources not only to farmers, but also to the business and community members they interact with daily. And a warning for our listeners, this story mentions suicide.
5 minutes | Sep 27, 2022
The impacts of the 5th worst drought on Nebraska ag producers
Historically dry weather across Nebraska is a big factor for farmer this fall as corn and soybean harvest are underway. The state just recorded its driest August in 128-years of record keeping. University of Nebraska-Lincoln broadcasting professor Barney McCoy reports for Nebraska Public Media News.
1 minutes | Sep 26, 2022
Sec. of State will hold three hearings on ballot initiatives
Nebraska’s Secretary of State’s office announced three public hearings on two ballot initiatives Monday ahead of the November 8th election. Nebraska Public Media’s Will Bauer has more on what the initiatives are and when Nebraskans can learn more about them.
1 minutes | Sep 26, 2022
Despite Niskíthe camp, city files suit to keep housing project
The City of Lincoln filed a lawsuit that aims to keep a housing development moving forward, despite concerns from local Native American groups. Nebraska Public Media’s Will Bauer has more on the growing rift between the city and the Niskíthe prayer camp.
2 minutes | Sep 23, 2022
Commission approves Lincoln casino, first in Nebraska
The Nebraska Racing and Gaming Commission approved the Warhorse Casino in Lincoln, the first in the state's history.
1 minutes | Sep 23, 2022
Midwest farmers hope their hops can find a place in craft beer
The craft beer industry is driving farmers in the Midwest to grow hops for their local beer makers. But the crop is not easy to grow — it’s labor intensive and expensive.
4 minutes | Sep 23, 2022
Mississippi River needs more work to keep invasive species out
Federal and state agencies spend millions of dollars every year to keep destructive invasive carp out of the Great Lakes. Meanwhile, at least 25 destructive species — like water fleas and bloody red shrimp — are inching closer to the Mississippi River Basin.
2 minutes | Sep 22, 2022
Colorado pushes back against Ricketts water claims
Colorado officials say Nebraska Gov. Pete Ricketts is wrong when he says Colorado is not sending Nebraska enough water.
17 minutes | Sep 22, 2022
2022 Governor's Lecture in Humanities Speaker: Candice Millard
New York Times Best Selling Author Candice Millard is this year’s Governor’s Lecture in Humanities Series. Throughout her career, Millard has used her skill as a journalist and author to explore, humanize and contextualize people and events in ways that may be surprising to readers. In her latest book, River of the Gods, Millard explores the ill-begotten journey to discover the source of the Nile River in Egypt. Nebraska Public Media’s William Padmore got the chance to sit with Millard a few days before the lecture and has this preview…
1 minutes | Sep 22, 2022
A grassbank in Missouri shows how cattle can conserve prairie
Dunn Ranch Prairie has the first grassbank in the Midwest, a partnership where The Nature Conservancy allows local ranchers to graze their cattle on its grasslands while the ranchers’ pasture is allowed to rest.
4 minutes | Sep 22, 2022
Telehealth abortion services struggle with murky laws
Nebraska law allows telehealth services for a host of medical situations – but not for abortion. It’s part of a patchwork of regulations in states around the Midwest that leaves providers and patients to navigate legal gray areas around the region. For the Midwest Newsroom, Farah Yousry reports.
1 minutes | Sep 21, 2022
Ricketts says Colorado not delivering enough water
Gov. Pete Ricketts says Colorado is not sending the amount of water it's required to have in the South Platte River at the state line.
5 minutes | Sep 20, 2022
Family says Chadron State has hidden their daughter's death
Fatima Larios’ family hoped school officials could use her death as a way to help others trapped in abusive relationships seek support. Years later, the family thinks the Nebraska school has quietly tried to distance itself from the tragedy.
1 minutes | Sep 19, 2022
Nebraska Pardon board decides to keep Earnest Jackson in prison
The Nebraska Board of Pardons unanimously voted to deny Earnest Jackson’s commutation request for immediate release on Monday. Jackson’s family, friends, lawyers, volunteer groups – and the victim’s family – all say Jackson did not kill Larry Perry – a crime which Jackson has served 22 years in prison for. “I'm so hurt that I'm speechless,” said Jackson’s sister, Remee Greer. “I came here optimistic, hoping for the best, praying for the best but understanding how things go.”
6 minutes | Sep 19, 2022
Frakes looks back on time as Nebraska corrections director
Scott Frakes offers some thoughts on staffing, crime and punishment, and a new prison.
4 minutes | Sep 16, 2022
Giant Kansas solar farm project pits neighbor against neighbor
Johnson and Douglas counties approved regulations allowing the construction of what would be the largest utility-scale solar farm in Kansas. But while residents say they support green energy, there's a vocal contingent pushing back against building 2,000 acres of panels so close to their communities.
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