Nebraska November jobless rate drops to 3.1 percent

A newly released report says Nebraska's preliminary unemployment rate for November dropped to 3.1 percent. The Nebraska Labor Department said in the report released Friday that the rate was six-ten... Read More

USDA Releases APH Yield Exclusion to Help Manage Risk

The U. S. Department of Agriculture’s Risk Management Agency (RMA) announced program details related to a new Farm Bill initiative that will provide relief to farmers affected by severe weather, including drought. Information made available include... Read More

Nebraska man pleads no contest in crash death

A 21-year-old western Nebraska man has pleaded no contest to procuring alcohol for a teenage girl who died in a May crash. In exchange for Chris Miller's plea, prosecutors dismissed unrelated drug charges against him and dropped plans to revoke hi... Read More

Dawson County Commissioners renew contract with Midwest Drug Court

The Dawson County Commissioners  met Wednesday and  approved an interlocal agreement with Steve Garcia, the coordinator of the Midwest Drug Court and extended the contract  for  4  years.  The new term is July 1, 2014 through June 30, 2018. ... Read More

Jon Doggett Named NCGA Executive Vice President

The National Corn Growers Association today announced the promotion of Jon Doggett to Executive Vice President, effective January 1. In his new role, Doggett will lead efforts to expand NCGA’s alliances and strategic partnerships, and elevate it... Read More

Westar ends fees for credit, debit cards

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — The largest electric company in Kansas says it is no longer charging a $2.95 fee to customers who use credit or debit cards to pay their monthly bills. Topeka-based Westar Energy Inc. announced Thursday that it had abolished ... Read More

  Nativity scene at Nebraska Capitol draws criticism

LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) _ A Chicago-based group will set up a Nativity scene inside the Nebraska Capitol this week, drawing criticism from those who say such displays amount to an unconstitutional endorsement by the state of a religion. Capitol administr... Read More

 Grassroots Effort to Stop Second Beef Checkoff Assessment Successful

LINCOLN – Nebraska Cattlemen today released the following statement regarding U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsack’s announcement to withdraw his plan to create a second beef checkoff assessment under the 1996 generic act. “Over the yea... Read More

KU Report Says Kansas Banking Greatly Improved

ASSOCIATED PRESS - A new report by the Kansas University Center for Banking Excellence has determined that the state of banking in Kansas is greatly improved and the industry positioned to thrive despite new regulatory standards. The Lawrence Jour... Read More

Ag education program targets urban users

Omaha, Neb. – Consumers are becoming more involved in food choices and urban gardening. Farmer’s markets number more than 8,100 nationwide, nearly doubling over the past five years, according to the U.S. Department of Agriculture. Community le... Read More

Flatwater Fracas Begins today in Grand Island

Many of the top wrestlers from the region will compete today and tomorrow in Grand Island at the Flatwater Fracas tournament. 30 teams will battle it out on ten different mats at the Heartland event center. Those teams from the region that will be co... Read More