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LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) — Nebraska Democratic gubernatorial hopeful Bob Krist says he is making one final push for another debate with Republican Gov. Pete Ricketts, a request the governor's re-election campaign calls a publicity stunt.

LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) — The Nebraska State Patrol says its hazardous device technicians have destroyed a World War II-era rocket and grenade found this week in south-central and southeastern Nebraska.

LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) — Authorities say two men found with hundreds of pounds of marijuana in their rental truck have been charged in Nebraska.

LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) — Farm and ranch families will have a new health insurance option under a new group plan unveiled by a Nebraska agricultural group.

PAPILLION, Neb. (AP) — Authorities say deputies arrested two men after marijuana with an estimated street value of up to $5 million was found after a traffic stop in eastern Nebraska's Sarpy County.

LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) — Most epilepsy patients taking cannabis-derived oil in a clinical trial at the University of Nebraska Medical Center continue to see improvement in their seizures.

OMAHA, Neb. (AP) — A Ralston man accused of running down another man with this pickup truck last year has been ruled mentally incompetent to stand trial.

LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) — A Lincoln woman accused of overbilling Medicaid for services she provided an ailing client has been told to pay back the money.

BELLEVUE, Neb. (AP) — The purchaser of a Powerball ticket in Bellevue has only a few weeks left to claim his or her $1 million prize.

The Nebraska Lottery says the ticket sold at a Kwik Shop on Capehart Road matched the first five numbers drawn April 18 : 9, 10, 12, 17 and 23. But it didn't match the Powerball number of 9.

The prize must be claimed on or before the Oct. 15 expiration date. Prizes of $20,000 or more must be claimed in person at the Nebraska Lottery headquarters in Lincoln.

COLUMBUS, Neb. (AP) — A soldier who died nearly 70 years ago while a prisoner of war in North Korea will be laid to rest in Nebraska, providing closure to a son who never got to know him.

OMAHA, Neb. (AP) — Union Pacific plans to borrow some ideas from other major freight railroads as it works to improve its own operations.

OMAHA, Neb. (AP) — Omaha Public Power District ratepayers could see up to $200 million in savings if the utility's board adopts a new, more aggressive approach to decommissioning a nuclear station.

LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) — Health officials say more cases of the West Nile virus are being found in Nebraska this year, especially on the eastern end of the state.

LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) — Nebraska lawmakers are hunting for new revenue sources to pay for a small-town revitalization program that restores historic buildings, recruits new business and promotes communities, but recent state budget cuts could pose a major challenge.

WASHINGTON (AP) — Republican Sen. Ben Sasse (sas) says he sees himself as an "independent conservative who happens to caucus with the Republicans."

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — Democratic presidential prospect Cory Booker is planning to headline a state Democratic banquet in Iowa next month, raising the New Jersey senator's profile on the heels of his spotlight role in Supreme Court confirmation hearings.

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — The American Civil Liberties Union of Iowa is challenging city ordinances that prevent homeless people from asking for money in public places saying the local laws are unconstitutional.

LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) — The Federal Communications Commission says nearly 9,000 rural Nebraska homes and businesses will be getting access to high-speed internet for the first time.

LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) — A Nebraska judge has dismissed a lawsuit that sought to keep a Medicaid expansion measure from appearing on the November general election ballot.

LAS VEGAS (AP) — The Republican governors of Nevada, New Mexico and Kentucky and Nebraska's GOP lieutenant governor are wrapping up a brief trip to Tokyo to meet with their Japanese counterparts.

OMAHA, Neb. (AP) — A Native American tribe is still planning to open a casino on the Iowa-Nebraska border despite a pending legal challenge from both states.

LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) — Gov. Pete Ricketts says a trade deal between the United States and Mexico is critical to Nebraska's economy, particularly in agriculture.

LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) — A new website makes it easier for birders to learn about Nebraska's birds.

SCOTTSBLUFF, Neb. (AP) — A group of Nebraska residents is proposing a $45 million aquatics and events center in Scottsbluff.

LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) — Nebraska lawmakers are looking for new ways to fight a fast-spreading tree species that crowds out other plants, destroys valuable ranchland and threatens the Great Plains from Texas to the Dakotas.

LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) — A coalition of Nebraska state education groups is pledging to lead efforts to ensure that all students are welcomed and treated with respect in the wake of racially charged incidents at school sporting events.

LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) — University of Nebraska-Lincoln officials say Delta Tau Delta fraternity is being investigated following a hazing complaint.

LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) — State officials say an insect that's killed millions of ash trees in the U.S. has been found further west into Nebraska.

LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) — Nebraska is in line to get a $36.2 million refund from the federal government as part of a lawsuit that said a fee on the state's Medicaid program was unconstitutional.

OMAHA, Neb. (AP) — The Omaha World-Herald is eliminating 23 positions from its staff, including 10 employees who were laid off.

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