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Senior Day and the last home game on Saturday, Nov. 22nd against Minnesota

Kickoff is set for 11 AM CT, Pre-game will start on KVSH Radio 940 AM at 9:09 AM CT

 
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Blue Cross Blue Shield of Nebraska is rejecting the latest contract offer from one of the state's biggest medical networks because the insurer says the offer still costs too much. CHI Health officials offered a new agreement to Blue Cross earlier this week that would have cut rates by $10 million. But Blue Cross officials say CHI Health's rates have been roughly $60 million higher in the Omaha market. So Blue Cross rejected CHI Health's offer on Thursday. Numerous facilities and doctors affiliated with CHI Health have been out of the Blue Cross network since Sept. 1, so they are significantly more expensive for the insurer's customers. In several rural Nebraska communities, CHI Health operates...

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Authorities in South Dakota say a pack of dogs attacked and killed an 8-year-old girl on the Pine Ridge Indian Reservation. Police Chief Ron Duke tells the Rapid City Journal that the girl was attacked around 5 p.m. Tuesday while she was sledding near a housing complex. Duke says the girl's death has renewed concerns about packs of dogs moving unrestrained in every district of the reservation. Duke is urging parents to not leave their children outdoors unsupervised.

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The proposed oil pipeline linking Canadian producers to the U.S. Gulf Coast isn't much closer to reality after Congress failed to approve it. The measure requiring approval of TransCanada's Keystone XL pipeline passed the House but fell short of the votes it needed in the U.S. Senate this week. So the pipeline that was first proposed in 2008 remains in limbo. The pipeline has attracted opposition from environmentalists and some landowners who worry about the potential damage from a pipeline leak and from oil mining in Canada. But many supporters of the project say those fears are exaggerated. Landowner Ronald Weber says he thinks the project should have been built a long time ago, but that...

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Nebraska's state tax revenue likely won't grow as fast in the future because of a law passed earlier this year. The director of Nebraska's Legislative Fiscal Office said Wednesday that the average growth rate will likely decline in the future. State officials generally assume that revenue will grow at an average rate of 5 percent per year. Fiscal office director Michael Calvert told a legislative committee that a new tax-bracket indexing law will slow the increases over time. The law ensures that Nebraska's income tax brackets automatically keep pace with inflation. Previously, taxpayers who received a cost-of-living increase would get bumped into a higher tax bracket, where they ended up...

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Authorities say they will need to remove chemicals and other debris from a grain elevator complex building in Mitchell before they can start investigating the cause of a fire that destroyed the structure. The Wednesday fire occurred in a CHS Farmers Alliance building that housed farm chemicals and fertilizer. No one was hurt, and authorities say there was no immediate danger to the public. A Sioux Falls company was called in to monitor air quality. Company General Manager Jim Morken tells The Daily Republic newspaper that officials believe all of the chemicals were contained within the burned-out structure. Morken tells KELO-TV that the company had just completed construction of the building...

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Nebraska feedlots with capacities of 1,000 or more head, contained 2.45 million cattle on feed on November 1, according to the USDA's National Agricultural Statistics Service.  This inventory was up 3 percent from last year.  Placements during October totaled 660,000 head, up 5% from 2013. Fed cattle marketings for the month of October totaled 430,000 head, down 3% from last year.  Other disappearance during October totaled 20,000 head, up 5,000 head from last year.

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There's a gap between what characteristics rural Nebraskans say are essential in a community and what currently exists in theirs, according to the Nebraska Rural Poll. The findings may reflect rural residents' acceptance of the trade-offs that are inherent in their lifestyle: Certain wants and needs can't be met there, but other qualities make the lifestyle worthwhile. The 19th annual University of Nebraska-Lincoln poll was sent to 6,813 households in 86 Nebraska counties last spring. Results are based on 1,943 responses. At least half of respondents said the following characteristics are "absolutely essential" in a community to have a high quality of life: sense of personal safety, a quality...

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Snowfall and below-normal temperatures slowed harvesting progress across South Dakota, but producers remained ahead of last year's place for corn and sunflowers. The Agriculture Department says in its weekly crop report that corn was 92 percent harvested, ahead of the 87 percent mark last year. Sunflowers were 80 percent harvested, well ahead of last year's 61 percent pace. The report listed the amount of sorghum harvested at 95 percent, ahead of the 87 percent completed at this time a year ago. Pasture and range conditions were rated 8 percent excellent, 49 percent good, 32 percent fair, 9 percent poor and 2 percent very poor.

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Recent history suggests Americans will eat 46 million turkeys during Thanksgiving, give or take a few birds. The problem is that supplies are dropping. While that doesn’t mean stores will run out of turkeys before you buy one, costs are climbing. U.S. grocers are currently paying the highest prices ever at the wholesale level. Farmers produced 4.239 billion pounds (1.47 million metric tons) in the nine months through September, down 3.3 percent from a year earlier, government data show. Wholesale prices tracked by researcher Urner Barry have jumped 16 percent from a year earlier to a record $1.24 a pound in the week ended Nov. 10, signaling higher costs for supermarkets that usually sell...

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The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) reminds farm owners and producers that the opportunity to choose between the new 2014 Farm Bill established programs, Agriculture Risk Coverage (ARC) and Price Loss Coverage (PLC), begins Nov. 17, 2014, and continues through March 31, 2015. The new programs, designed to help producers better manage risk, usher in one of the most significant reforms to U.S. farm programs in decades. “USDA is committed to keeping farm owners and producers well informed on all steps in this process to ensure that they have all of the information that they need before making their coverage choice,” said Farm Service Agency Administrator Val Dolcini. “The new ARC and...

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The No. 11 Nebraska volleyball team took care of business in a 25-11, 25-20, 26-24 sweep at Indiana Wednesday night. With their seventh straight win, the Huskers improved to 19-7 overall and 13-4 in the Big Ten. NU swept both matches this season against the Hoosiers, who dropped to 15-14 overall and 6-11 in the Big Ten. Kelsey Fien led a balanced attack with 12 kills and a .440 hitting percentage. Seven of her kills came in the decisive third set. Amber Rolfzen had 10 kills and hit .562, and Kadie Rolfzen had 10 kills and 10 digs for her second straight double-double. Annika Albrecht also had 10 digs. Cecilia Hall had five kills and three blocks, and Mary Pollmiller had 33 assists and four...

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Tear'a Laudermill scored 20 points on Wednesday night, and No. 16 Nebraska used a big second-half run to pull away from Washington State 82-61. A few minutes into the second half, Nebraska (3-0) started a 19-2 run, turning a two-point lead into a 59-40 advantage on Allie Havers' layup with 10:35 left. Washington State (2-1) was unable to recover and the Huskers avenged a 76-72 loss to the Cougars last year in Lincoln, Nebraska. Hailie Sample had 16 points, Rachel Theriot scored 14, Emily Cady added 12 and Brandi Jeffery 11. Sample and Cady also had nine rebounds and Jeffery had eight. Washington State rallied back to a 69-59 deficit on Lia Galdeira's layup with 3:13 left. The Cougars also...

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University of South Dakota and South Dakota State fans can support their team and help feed South Dakota families. Saturday's football matchup between the schools in Brookings is part of the South Dakota Corn Showdown Series, which tracks athletic and academic performance among student-athletes of both universities. The Corn Utilization Council says the series has provided tens of thousands of meals over its first two years. Before the game, fans can donate money toward the effort at a First Bank & Trust branch or online at bankeasy.com. USD leads SDSU 3-2 in the Corn Showdown Series point standings, following the 2014 volleyball, soccer and cross country matchups. Kickoff for Saturday's...

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Terran Petteway’s 23 points led three Huskers in double figures, while No. 21 Nebraska clamped down defensively in the second half in posting an 82-56 win over Central Arkansas Tuesday evening. The Huskers, who improved to 2-0 on the season, held Central Arkansas to just 30 percent shooting in the second half to pull away over the final 20 minutes. In all, NU held UCA to 33 percent shooting and turned 18 turnovers into 20 Husker points. Petteway hit 8-of-17 shots from the field for his second 20-point effort of the year, and was backed up by Shavon Shields and Tai Webster, who combined for 29 points in the win. Shields posted his fourth career double-double with 16 points – all in the...

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Minnesota is 7-3 this season and the Golden Gophers are one game out of first place in the Big Ten West Division standings with a 4-2 conference record. Minnesota, which is 1-2 on the road this season, controls its own destiny in the West Division race. The Golden Gophers are no strangers to close games this season. Two of their four Big Ten victories have been by seven or fewer points, while Minnesota’s first conference loss was a four-point setback at Illinois. Minnesota features a strong rushing attack that averages 224 yards per game. David Cobb ranks seventh nationally with 1,305 rushing yards this season. Minnesota’s passing attack ranks 121st out of 125 teams nationally. But even...

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