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Omaha soldiers headed for Afghanistan

Gov. Dave Heineman was on hand at Omaha Northwest High School on Nov. 28 to support hundreds of local soldiers as they said their farewells before deploying to Afghanistan. The 402nd Military Police Battalion is sending 147 men and women to Fort Bliss, Texas, for a week of training before the group ships overseas to operate a detention facility near Kabul. The Nebraska National Guard is also...

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Suttle seeks recall delay

Mayor Jim Suttle was expected to find out this weekend if he'd face a special recall election, but the mayor is asking for an extension of the signature validation period that could push the process into February of next year. Suttle filed paperwork with the Douglas County District Court on Nov. 24 seeking an injunction that would give the Douglas County Election Commission 75 days to validate...

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Omaha man shot over the weekend

Branden Jackson, 24, survived after being shot Nov. 27 at 1843 N. 17th St. Police have made no arrests.

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Irrigation innovator, Omaha entrepreneur dies

Robert Daugherty, the man who was instrumental in opening the Great Plains to large-scale agriculture through center pivot irrigation, died Nov. 23 at 88, following a brief illness. Daugherty acquired the patent for center pivot irrigation equipment in 1953 and used the revolutionary machine to found Omaha-based Valmont Industries, one of the largest suppliers of farm machinery in the world.

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Nelson won’t support immigration act

Democratic Sen. Ben Nelson is siding with the Republicans, opposing legislation that would offer a path to citizenship for children of undocumented immigrants who enter college or military service. Nelson told Politico on Nov. 22 that he will not vote to pass the DREAM Act saying, "I’m not going to support any act that I don’t think adds to jobs, or military or to the economy." The Senate...

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Siena-Francis House to feed 400 on Thanksgiving

Nebraska's largest homeless shelter will serve more than 400 Thanksgiving meals to Omaha's homeless community on Thursday. Mayor Jim Suttle and players from the two teams playing in the United Football League Championship game on Nov. 27 will be on hand at the Siena/Francis House to help serve meals and sign autographs.

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Report questions TransCanada’s emergency response plan

An environmental law center has some questions about TransCanada's ability to respond to a pipeline rupture on the Great Plains in a new report released Nov. 23 in Lincoln. Plains Justice, based in Billings, Mont., based its report on the Canadian oil company's emergency response plan for the proposed Keystone XL pipeline currently under consideration by the U.S. State Department. The 60-page...

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Missing plane crashes outside Norfolk

Two men are dead after a plane bound for Millard crashed east of Norfolk, Neb. Investigators believe the crash was weather-related. Search crews found the wreckage on the afternoon of Nov. 22. The plane, registered to a home in Ralston, departed from Chamberlain, S.D., at 5 p.m. on Nov. 21. Steven Schmillen, 63, of Omaha was the pilot of the plane. David Radke of Charlotte, N.C. also died in...

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