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Dozens of workers in Nebraska’s prison system quit their jobs this year, blaming long hours and fear for their safety. Those still on the job recently told state senators the result frustrated employees, inmates ready to take advantage of lax security, and an uneasy feeling there are dangerous days ahead.…
 
Class is cancelled Friday for students at Grand Island Public Schools. Dr Tawana Grover, the district’s superintendent, says the schools are facing multiple challenges right now: a shortage of staff, more sick students and teachers, and an overall sense of burnout.Nebraska Public Media による
 
Over the last year and half of the pandemic, a case of the sniffles or a sore throat has turned into full-blown panic for some who weren’t sure if they had COVID or not. Doctors say it’s understandable because things like strep, the flu, colds and allergies often have similar symptoms, so it’s hard to tell, even for them.…
 
Cases and hospitalizations are rising, while vaccinations have plateaued. On Nebraska’s new COVID dashboard, the 7-day average of daily cases, as of Monday, stands at 526. That figure will likely grow as the Nebraska Dept. of Health and Human Services counts all the tests over the next week. There are 448 Nebraskans hospitalized with COVID. That’s …
 
State health officials are highlighting Nebraska’s suicide prevention efforts as part of a month-long outreach to raise awareness about resources available. Governor Pete Ricketts has declared September Suicide Prevention Month in Nebraska. The state has a number of resources for people struggling with suicidal thoughts and their loved ones and fri…
 
“The bigger picture [is] looking at whether or not diets changed in the mammals who were around at the time, or whether the type of locomotion they used changed,” Secord said. “In other words, were they living up in the trees? Were they living on the ground?”Nebraska Public Media による
 
Nebraska’s Lieutenant Governor Mike Foley recently returned from an overseas trade mission. He talks about some French companies wanting to open facilities in Nebraska to be closer to the state's corn supply and it's many benefits.Nebraska Public Media による
 
Friends and family of fallen Omaha-area Marine Corporal Daegan Page paid their final respects Friday in an emotional funeral service near where he grew up. The send-off honored a young man who was killed by a suicide bomb blast in Afghanistan last month.Nebraska Public Media による
 
The Biden plan has 775 refugees from Afghanistan resettling in Nebraska, mostly in Lincoln and Omaha but in other parts of the state as well, including Grand Island, Kearney, Hastings and North Platte. Chris Tonniges is the CEO of Lutheran Family Services of Nebraska and said expanding the area where refugees can end up is going to help.…
 
The University of Nebraska-Lincoln and the University of Oklahoma renew their football rivalry this Saturday, marking the 50th anniversary of ‘The Game of the Century,’ in 1971. Superstar artist Garth Brooks attended Oklahoma State University for Track and Field, throwing javelin for the Cowboys from 1980 to 1984. Nebraska, Oklahoma, and Oklahoma S…
 
Leta Powell Drake, known for her work in Nebraska television, theatre and the arts, passed away Wednesday morning at the age of 83. She was the host of a popular children's program and acted in many local plays. Here son, Aaron Drake, calls her "a daughter of Nebraska."Nebraska Public Media による
 
In a study by Career Cloud, which is a website that helps job seekers, the organization compiled stats from the Bureau of Labor Statistics and major jobs boards -- like Indeed and ZipRecruiter. Macy Sarbacker is an editor at Career Cloud. SARBACKER 1: “We found that, regardless of reasons for the businesses having difficulty filling these open jobs…
 
Previously, the directed health measure threshold for some indoor restrictions was 10 percent. Generally, the state has kept between 4,000 and 4,500 beds on hand during the pandemic. The state is at or close to that threshold. For cases this week, just more than 800 Nebraskans on average test positive for the virus each day. That’s according to DHH…
 
Cather’s sculpture will be on display as part of the National Statuary Hall Collections at the United States Capitol in Washington D-C. Ashley Olson is with the National Willa Cather Center in Cather’s hometown of Red Cloud, Nebraska. She said along with Chief Standing Bear’s new statue at the Capitol, Cather’s statue is exciting for Nebraskans.…
 
The effort to bring Medical Marijuana to Nebraska is entering its 7th year, a fight that has had many twists and turns, but no resolution yet. Nebraska Public Media’s William Padmore talked with both supporters and critics about how the process is evolving and where it goes from hereNebraska Public Media による
 
Douglas County’s Health Director reported Tuesday that COVID case numbers are looking better, but warned against thinking the pandemic battle is over just yet. Health Director Lindsay Huse told Douglas County Commissioners case numbers are slowly dropping in after the recent delta variant surge. She said there are fewer pediatric COVID cases and ho…
 
A Marine from Omaha, who was killed in Afghanistan two weeks ago returned home Friday. Corporal Daegan Page, who grew up in the Millard area, arrived at Eppley Airfield on a military flight and was taken by police escort to a funeral home in Millard.Nebraska Public Media による
 
One of the families receiving a flag will be the family of Jessica Jackson-Barnett, who passed away in 2014 shortly after her time in Afghanistan. Jackson was assigned to disable enemy explosives, and she completed hundreds of missions, disarming thousands of bombs.Nebraska Public Media による
 
The 20th anniversary of the September 11 terrorist attacks will be a difficult day for many. This month, an exhibit at the Quilt Museum hopes to show how memorializing a loss through art can be cathartic as well as heart-breaking. In 2015, The Quilt Museum became the home for the United in Memory 9/11 Victims Memorial Quilt. Nine of the quilts will…
 
A Staplehurst, Nebraska man is in custody after security software used by East Butler County high school flagged a sexually explicit email sent to one of its students. The message triggered an investigation that led to the arrest of 35-year-old Matthew French. He is accused of soliciting pornographic photos of a teenaged boy. In Court Thursday morn…
 
Jim Conrad served as the Chief of Intelligence at the National Airborne Operation Center at US Strategic Command on 9/11. He reflects on the lessons learned from 9/11 and how the attacks changed crisis preparations.Nebraska Public Media による
 
The Lancaster County Board of Commissioners hopes a 200-dollar bonus will help convince employees to get the COVID-19 vaccine. County commissioners voted unanimously earlier this week to approve the vaccine incentive.Nebraska Public Media による
 
The City of Lincoln recently swore in their new police chief. Teresa Ewins (Ter-EE-Sah YOU-ins) joins the Lincoln Police Department after spending 26 years as part of the San Francisco Police Department. Nebraska Public Media News’s William Padmore spoke with Ewins about her policing strategy, the challenges of labels, and more…
 
With the 20th Anniversary of the September 11th terror attacks coming up. Nebraska Public Media News reporter William Padmore spoke with members of Nebraska’s Islamic community about what it was like growing up in the “9/11 era” of American history. Norhan Basma is a 22-year-old first-generation American and her father, Hesham is 56 and originally …
 
The 7-day average for cases dropped from more than 800 cases per day last week to just under 700 cases early this week. This does not mean cases are headed down for good, and they very well could climb again. As of now, however, CDC stats look promising. Data from the Nebraska Dept. of Health and Human Services shows another 5-thousand cases this p…
 
As Nebraska and most other states continue to fight off the delta variant of COVID-19, they’re also shifting their attention to a new threat, known as the Mu variant, which hasn’t officially made it to Nebraska yet. Dr. Mark Rupp is the chief of the University of Nebraska Medical Center’s Division of Infectious Diseases and says the variant is maki…
 
Immigrants, refugees, and asylees are sometimes thought to be very resilient people. And they are.. they’ve overcome abuse, trauma, and tragedy in their lives, but they still need help processing the trauma. The Center for Legal Immigration Assistance in Lincoln helps immigrants who are victims of crime apply for visas, and heal their mental health…
 
Throughout the COVID-19 pandemic, many of us became more familiar with epidemiology and the researchers who try to track and prevent virus outbreaks. We've heard of uses like contact tracing, but that's more after the fact of spreading the virus. A newer method involves looking underground. When a person is COVID-positive, they can shed the virus t…
 
University of Nebraska-Lincoln Chancellor Ronnie Green spoke with the school’s student body government earlier this week, after reported sexual assaults on campus last week. Patrick Baker is the external vice president for UNL’s student government and said the university is looking into adding two sexual assault victim advocates. Baker said the uni…
 
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