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Southern California Nebraska meet in Holiday Bowl

December 27, 2014

SAN DIEGO (AP) — Southern California coach Steve Sarkisian says he has always been a fan of the Holiday Bowl.

He remembers watching Barry Sanders running wild against Wyoming in 1988 and then BYU's Ty Detmer separating his left shoulder and then his right shoulder against Texas A&M two years later.

Sarkisian said he grew fond of Detmer because of his toughness, and he ended up playing at BYU as well.

Nebraska population continues slow growth

December 26, 2014

OMAHA, Neb. (AP) — Nebraska's population continued to grow steadily this year, but possibly not fast enough for the state to keep all three of its U.S. House seats after the 2020 Census.

The U.S. Census Bureau released new estimates Tuesday showing that Nebraska's population had grown to 1,881,503 by July 1.

The state's population was 0.67 percent higher than the July 2013 estimate of 1,868,969.

The nationwide population grew at a similar 0.7 percent rate to 318,857,056 this year, but other states, particularly in the South and West, grew at a more brisk pace.

Health Cooperative falters

December 26, 2014

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — A federally backed nonprofit health insurer created under the Affordable Care Act has been taken over by Iowa's insurance regulator and will end enrollments amid a financial squeeze, state officials said Wednesday.

Insurance Commissioner Nick Gerhart said the 120,000 members of CoOpportunity Health in Iowa and Nebraska may find it in their best interests to find new carriers by Feb. 15, the deadline for open enrollment for 2015 coverage.

Nebraska Air Guard members going to Middle East

December 26, 2014

LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) — Nearly 50 members of the Nebraska Air National Guard soon will leave for six months of duty in the Middle East.

A private goodbye ceremony is set for Monday at the Nebraska National Guard's headquarters in Lincoln.

The Lincoln-based airmen are members of the 155th Security Forces Squadron, the 155th Force Support Squadron and the 155th Civil Engineer Squadron.

The National Guard says members from the 155th Operations Group will leave for a one-month mission a few days after Monday's ceremony.

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 takes 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.

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