Associated Press

Fans of the Missouri River can learn about its importance to the Great Plains at an upcoming lecture in Lincoln.

 The University of Nebraska’s Center for Great Plains Studies will host the lecture Thursday at 3:30 p.m. at its office in downtown Lincoln. The lecture will feature two speakers: Daniel Peterson, chief of interpretation, education and outreach for the National Park Service; and Jarrett C. Bies, a writer and kayaker. The presentation will include a short documentary film about conservation efforts on the Missouri River. The event is free and open to the public.

Panelists at a discussion in Lincoln will cover strategies for increasing agricultural production to meet global demand.

Eight months after flooding began along the lower Missouri River, the amount of water being released from dams upriver will start to be reduced later this month.

Nebraska Gov. Pete Ricketts says it’s “imperative” that he and lawmakers come up with a way to lower property taxes that can win approval in the upcoming legislative session.

Nebraska Gov. Pete Ricketts is leading a trade mission to Germany to promote Nebraska agricultural products and reinforce the state's connections with German companies.

The Keystone pipeline has been restarted nearly two weeks after it leaked an estimated 383,000 gallons (1.4 million liters) of oil in North Dakota.

Two free forums have been scheduled to hear from people with disabilities, their families and their caregivers about their experiences with emergencies or disaster situations.

The Nebraska Game and Parks Commission plans to sample deer carcasses for chronic wasting disease during the coming firearm season, Nov. 16-24.

Snow and bitter cold is expected across much of Nebraska and Iowa at the start of the work week.

 The National Weather Service says much of eastern Nebraska and western Iowa is likely to see 1-to-2 inches of snow by early Monday. Some parts of eastern Iowa could receive 4-to-6 inches of snow. Cold temperatures are expected to follow the snow on Monday. Temperatures are expected to drop into the teens Monday morning and winds up to 30 mph are expected. The wind may create blowing snow and wind chills around 0 degrees.

Nebraska's rural areas are struggling with a shortage of high-speed internet, and consumers who live there are likely paying more for service than their urban counterparts.

Officials have announced plans to build a flexible music venue in downtown Omaha.

 Omaha Performing Arts President Joan Squires said Wednesday that it's hoped the venue's size and configuration will appeal to touring artists. Fundraising has begun for the $109 million facility. Officials say it will be able to hold up to 3,000 patrons and have no fixed seats. It will sit just north of the Holland Performing Arts Center. The opening is planned for 2023.

Omaha's Henry Doorly Zoo and Aquarium has announced the names of its newest additions, two snow leopard cubs.

 The zoo says the male cub is named "Valens," and the female cub is named "Kennedi." The names were chosen by donors at the zoo's Zoofari fundraiser event. The cubs have been introduced to their new habitat in the Asian Highlands enclosure at the zoo. The pair were born May 22 at the zoo to mother, 5-year-old Rosemary, and 10-year-old Pasha.

Nebraska officials plan to cut staff at one state-run home for juvenile offenders while adding to its workforce at two other facilities.

Officials say a late harvest, wet corn and the fall chill have combined to multiply demand for propane in Iowa and other states.

A company behind a large proposed data center in Lincoln has bought a large swath of land in the north part of the city.

U.S Sen. Lindsey Graham is set to speak at a Nebraska Republican Party weekend fundraiser.

YUTAN, Neb. (AP) — The Nebraska Army National Guard has established a new infantry battalion — an outfit that a general says could help recruitment.

Those looking to tube or paddle on the Elkhorn River in eastern Nebraska are out of luck until next years.

 The Papio-Missouri River Natural Resources District has announced that all Elkhorn River access sites closed Friday for the season. The access points are scheduled to reopen April 1. Spring flooding and high water levels through stretches of the summer curtailed much of water recreationalists' access to the Elkhorn River this year.

The Salvation Army's annual Tree of Lights campaign is set to get underway in the Omaha area next week with the annual lighting of metal Christmas trees in front of American National Bank branches in central Omaha and in Council Bluffs, Iowa.

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has announced the removal of four Superfund sites in Nebraska and Iowa from their national priorities list.

A ballot campaign seeking to tighten the cap on how much interest payday lenders can charge in Nebraska has gotten a major boost from a national donor, increasing the odds that it will succeed in placing the issue on the 2020 ballot.

Warren Buffett's company reported an 11% decline in third-quarter profits because of a smaller increase in the paper value of its investments.

A new report says farm bankruptcies have risen in Nebraska and Iowa.

North Dakota regulators say the Keystone pipeline leaked more than 383,000 gallons (1.4 million liters) of oil in the northeastern part of the state.

MAXWELL, Neb. (AP) — The Nebraska State Patrol says troopers have seized 91 pounds of marijuana found in a sport utility vehicle during a traffic stop on Interstate 80 near the western Nebraska town of Maxwell.

LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) — Authorities in Iowa and Nebraska have responded to numerous vehicle crashes as the season's first widespread snow turned roads icy.

Police in Lincoln say they responded to more than a dozen crashes in the span of two hours because of the overnight snow.

The Iowa State Patrol says ice completely covered roads near the Interstate 80 and Interstate 880 interchange, and two semi-tractor trailers rolled over.

NORTH PLATTE, Nebraska (AP) — Officials in North Platte have begun the process to get the city's downtown placed on the National Register of Historic Places.

LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) — Lincoln residents will now be required to keep any firearms in their vehicles out of sight with the doors locked under a new city ordinance.

LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) — Police are searching for a man who walked into a bank in Nebraska this week and tried to open a checking account with a fake $1 million bill.