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The Kearney Police Department and FBI are still looking for the two suspects involved in an armed robbery Friday morning at the Eaton Federal Credit Union in Kearney. KPD Captain Mike Kirkwood said the evidence-gathering is continuing and the FBI is trying to determine if there have been any similar robberies reported across the country. Kirkwood adds the FBI brings a lot of resources to the on-going investigation Two black males, both wearing construction hard hats, are wanted in connection with the robbery. Kirkwood says KPD is asking for the public's help in locating a vehicle the suspects may have fled in and finding where they have been staying for a couple of days before the robbery. If you have any additional information, call the Kearney Police Department at 308-237-2104 or Crime Stoppers at 308-237-3424.


(NRG)-Flu is here. The first confirmed cases of the season have been reported to the Nebraska Department of Health and Human Services. There are three, all in Douglas County. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommend everyone 6 months and older get vaccinated for the flu in the fall, or as soon as vaccine is available. New this year, children between 2 and 8 years old should receive the nasal spray vaccine, according to the CDC. Recent research suggests the nasal spray flu vaccine may be more effective than the flu shot in younger children. However, parents shouldn't delay vaccination if the nasal spray vaccine isn't available. While flu can make anyone sick, certain people are at greater risk for serious complications, and it's especially important they receive vaccine. Those groups include young children, older people, people with chronic lung disease (like asthma and COPD), diabetes (type 1 and 2), heart disease, neurologic conditions and certain other long-term health conditions and pregnant women. Severe cases of flu can lead to hospitalization and even death. The severity and the length of flu seasons vary, but flu season in the U.S. typically peaks between December and February. Though public health officials can't predict exactly what flu season will be like this year, they recommend getting vaccinated as soon as possible for the best protection. For more flu information, visit the DHHS website at


(NRG)- Movoto Real Estate's blog has ranked Kearney as the eighth place to live in the Midwest. Leawood, Kansas grabbed the top spot with no other Nebraska communities appearing on their Top Ten list. Movoto's website says they use several different criteria to compile the list. All cities in the Midwest states with more than 30,000 residents are considered. They then rank those places according to amenities per capita, quality of life (cost of living, median home price, median rent, median household income, and student-to-teacher ratio), total crimes, tax rates, unemployment, commute time and weather. In their discussion of Kearney they write, "while Kearney was the smallest place in our top 10, and one of the tiniest on our entire list, it packed one serious punch in the stats department. The scores here were mostly in the top 50 percent, with a few standouts like the 49th lowest unemployment really keeping Kearney's ranking high. The weather here was also good, ranking 81st, and the taxes were lower than many others in our top 10, so enjoying the weather and your well-earned paycheck is a little easier in these parts. The real standout score here was the lowest average commute time on our entire list, at a measly 15 minutes. With that short of commute, it's even more tempting to stop at places like Barista's Daily Grind for a cup of coffee." The entire list is available online at


(AP) - Two people have been killed in separate rollover accidents in northeast Nebraska. The Nebraska State Patrol says 21-year-old Chase Miller was pronounced dead at the scene of a crash near Emerson early Saturday morning. The other five people in the vehicle were taken to a Sioux City, Iowa, hospital. The Thurston County Sheriff's Office says a 17-year-old boy died at a Sioux City, Iowa, hospital after his car rolled about 6 a.m. Saturday on Nebraska Highway 16 just west of Pender. The boy was identified as Francisco Rodriguez Madueno, of West Point.


(NRG)-The entire population of whooping cranes in the Central Flyway is expected to migrate through Nebraska over the next several weeks. The Nebraska Game and Parks Commission encourages the public to report whooping crane sightings. Information on crane sightings is used to positively affect whooping crane conservation and recovery efforts.Report any sightings to Game and Parks (402-471-0641), U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (308-382-6468, ext. 10), or The Crane Trust's Whooper Watch hotline (1-888-399-2824). Emails may be submitted to joel.jorgensen(at) Observers of cranes are encouraged to record number of birds, location, type of activity, and, if it can be determined, the number of adults and juveniles. Sandhill crane, American white pelican, great blue heron, trumpeter swan and snow goose are species that occasionally are mistaken for whooping cranes. Whooping cranes are approximately 5 feet tall and fly with their neck outstretched. Adults are all white with the exception of black wing tips and reddish-black facial pattern. Game and Parks reminds observers that whooping cranes should not be approached. Harassing whooping cranes may put them at risk and it also is a violation of state and federal law.


(AP) - A new mapping tool developed by the University of Nebraska and other partners could help boost global crop yields while conserving land and water. The Global Yield Gap Atlas was unveiled Monday at the annual Global Water for Food Conference in Seattle. The conference draws experts from around the world to discuss how technology can ensure a global water supply for growing food. Roberto Lenton, executive director of the university's Robert B. Daugherty Water for Food Institute, says the mapping tool allows users to estimate the "gap" between potential and actual crop yields. The atlas relies on detailed plant, soil and climate data in specific areas. It's a joint venture funded by the Water for Food Institute, the Wageningen University and Research center and the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation.


(AP) - A Fremont man has dropped his efforts to recall Fremont's mayor and a council member over their roles in a failed effort to repeal the ordinance that bars property owners from renting homes to immigrants living in the country illegally. But LaVern Kucera told the Fremont Tribune ( ) that he intends to renew the recall drives next year. He says the petition process now would have forced circulators to do their work in cold weather, making it tougher to gather the necessary signatures for an election. In his original filing, Kucera said Mayor Scott Getzschman tried to stop implementation of the ordinance, causing residents to vote twice on it. In Kucera's filing against Council Member Larry Johnson, Kucera said council members used scare tactics to gain support for the repeal.


(AP) - A message board project will force overnight closures on Interstate 80 in south-central Nebraska next month. The Nebraska Roads Department says a stretch of the westbound lanes east of Kearney will be closed between 10 p.m. and 6 a.m. on Nov. 5 and Nov. 10. Traffic will be diverted off the interstate onto a parallel roadway. The project involves replacement of a message board and structure that span the interstate. The new board will be relocated east of the Kearney east bypass interchange.


(AP) - BNSF Railway officials are working to determine what caused a coal train to partially derail in York County. Mounds of spilled coal shut down two tracks and a street in Waco on Sunday. A railway spokesman says the train was headed east when 28 of its 119 cars derailed. All but one of the derailed cars landed on their sides. No injuries were reported. The spokesman says it will likely take a few days to clean up the coal.


(AP) - A Nebraska man was fatally shot after breaking into an apartment in the Omaha suburb of Bellevue Saturday night. Bellevue Police say 21-year-old Tyrell Dalia of Omaha was killed in the incident that happened after 9 p.m. Saturday. Witnesses told police that Dalia had a gun when he broke into the apartment near 19th Avenue and Main Street in Bellevue. One of the people inside the apartment confronted Dalia and shot him. Dalia died at the apartment. Court records show that Dalia was out on bail while awaiting trial for a January incident. Dalia faced two felony charges for trying to escape from police after officers broke up a dispute between him and his ex-girlfriend.