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COVID cases spike in WV jails; Gov. Justice urged to follow guidelines. And the feds investigate an alleged bribery-for-presidential-pardon scheme.


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Trump's allies refuse to stop challenging the election results, despite federal investigators saying no fraud occurred.

Public News Service - NE: Rural/Farming

Nebraska's 172,000 small businesses make up almost 99% of the state's businesses, and support jobs for nearly half of Nebraska's workers. (Center for Rural Affairs)

Lyons, Neb. -- Small businesses are counting on support from local shoppers this holiday season to stay in business and are following Centers for Disease Control (CDC) guidelines to keep customers and staff safe during the coronavirus pandemic. Jessica Campos, director of the Center for Rural Affai

January to May 2019 was the wettest on record for the United States, with multiple severe-weather outbreaks in Nebraska and throughout the Midwest. (Nebraska National Guard)

LINCOLN, Neb. -- A new study suggests Nebraska farmers, and the general population, would be better served if climate scientists acted more like weather forecasters when linking extreme weather events to climate change. Dale Durran, professor of atmospheric sciences at the University of Washington

In 2018, Nebraska ranked first among states for renewed acres in the Conservation Stewardship Program, which offers cost-share and technical assistance for conservation on working lands. (Pixabay)

LYONS, Neb. -- The Conservation Stewardship Program in Nebraska is open for applications. Jim Dallegge, a farmer and rancher in Butler County, just ended his second five-year contract with the federal program, which gives financial and technical assistance for conservation efforts, like improving s

Ten Nebraska schools have been selected by the Center for Rural Affairs for their Greenhouse to Cafeteria program, and will receive direct technical and financial support. (Sipa/Pixabay)

LYONS, Neb. -- Nebraska will be defending its regional title in this year's Crunch Off competition, where schools across the nation devour locally grown fresh fruits and vegetables. Justin Carter, project associate with the Center for Rural Affairs, is encouraging all school districts, and even fa

Many Nebraska businesses, including yoga studios and gyms, have gone virtual during the pandemic with help from the Center for Rural Affairs. (USAF)

SCHUYLER, Neb. -- Businesses across Nebraska can now get help navigating challenges during the coronavirus pandemic through new online classes offered by the Center for Rural Affairs. Jessica Campos, director at the center, pointed to the successful transition made by the Burrito House in Schuyler

If Nebraska expands Medicaid now, 94,000 people would gain coverage through October, bringing roughly $245 million in federal funding to the state. (Andrea Piacquadio/Pexels)

LINCOLN, Neb. -- More than 100,000 Nebraskans have lost their job-related health insurance due to economic fallout from the coronavirus pandemic, and pressure is mounting for state officials to finally implement the Medicaid expansion approved by voters in 2018. Sarah Maresh, staff attorney for the

Nebraska currently produces more than 2,132 megawatts of wind power, and an additional 1,000 megawatts from wind is under construction. (Chris Lim/Wikimedia Commons)

LINCOLN, Neb. -- Support for renewable energy in the U.S. cuts across party lines, according to a new Yale University report. Three in four Republicans surveyed are in favor of increased funding for clean energy research, generating power on public lands and giving tax rebates for installing solar

In 2017, with an average Rural Microentrepreneur Assistance Program loan amount of just under $28,000, 26 new businesses created 286 new jobs. The vast majority of RMAP loan recipients were women and people of color. (USAF)

LYONS, Neb. -- With Congress in gridlock over future stimulus spending during the coronavirus pandemic, small businesses with loans through the Rural Microentrepreneur Assistance Program, or RMAP, still have not received any financial help. Johnathan Hladik, policy director with the Center for Rur

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