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December 8th

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.

December 4th

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.

December 2nd

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.

December 1st

Nebraska officials look to expand broadband

December 1, 2014

LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) — Nebraska state officials have released a plan that aims to have faster Internet service available to more households by 2020.

The goals in the "Broadband in Nebraska" report include having broadband service of at least 25 megabytes per second available to 90 percent of homes, and having 90 percent of Nebraska households subscribe to broadband service.

Rural areas are more expensive for carriers because the service has to cover greater distances and even then reaches relatively few paying customers.

UPDATE on the firing of Bo Pelini - WHO NEXT?

December 1, 2014

Who's next? Possible candidates for Nebraska job

When trying to figure out which direction a school might take with its next head coach, often it helps to assess the athletic director for tendencies.

At Nebraska, that won't work. Athletic director Shawn Eichorst has only been at Nebraska for two years after a stint as AD at Miami, where his biggest job was helping the school navigate an NCAA investigation.

Pelini fired after 7 seasons with Cornhuskers

December 1, 2014

LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) — The number of wins and losses didn't get Bo Pelini fired. It was the way some of those losses happened.

Pelini was dismissed as Nebraska's coach Sunday after a seven-year stint marked by an inability to restore the football team to national prominence and too many embarrassing defeats.

TV special will highlight Nebraska's landscape

December 1, 2014

LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) — Nebraskans will have another chance to see the variety in their state's landscape from above.

NET Television is planning to rebroadcast an hourlong special that features aerial footage shot from a helicopter.

The "Nebraska Land & Sky" special will air Wednesday night at 8 p.m. and repeat at midnight.

NET executive producer Joe Turco says the show offers viewers an amazing view of Nebraska, including rugged landscapes in the Panhandle, vast prairie and cropland and cities.

The footage was shot by a British aerial videography company called Skyworks.

November 26th

Possible Missing Person

November 26, 2014

The Custer County Sheriff's Office is asking for help in locating Custer County resident Mark Joseph Lenstrom. Mark was last heard from around the beginning of November 2014, and was last seen in Comstock, NE, driving a 1977 Silver Ford Granada license plate number 4A3877. If you have had contact with Mark Lenstrom in the last three weeks please call the Custer County Sheriff's Office at 308-872-6418.

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