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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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Man fumes over no smoking policy

Employees at Buffalo Wild Wings near 76th and Dodge asked Earl Davis, 31, to please go outside to smoke. Davis didn't just refuse, he raged, breaking tables, chairs and big-screen TVs before police used a taser gun to get him under control. Davis was charged with felony destruction of property, resisting arrest and disorderly conduct.

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Two wounded in Monday shootings

Joseph Walker, 58, survived after being shot Nov. 22 while inside a house at 4202 Kansas Ave. Police have made no arrests. While responding to a disturbance call at 541 S. 24th St. on Nov. 22, police found Robert Singleton, 33, lying in an abandoned apartment suffering from an apparent gunshot wound. Singleton told police that he had been shot on Nov. 19 while walking near 24th and Jones but...

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What’s a recall say about Omaha?

Omaha could become the first major American city to recall two mayors. We asked Dr. Paul Landow, a professor in the political science department at the University of Nebraska at Omaha, what that says about our city's political makeup. "As the recent election demonstrated, the long recession, high unemployment, unending wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, and frustration with Washington, have taken...

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