In eastern Wyoming a huge earthmoving-and-tunneling operation's underway. Crews are trying to fix an irrigation tunnel that collapsed a month ago. That cutoff's already affecting crops – and the economy – in Nebraska.

Flooding in March broke records in many places across Nebraska. It's also the second big flood in the last ten years. That's left some people wondering: did climate change play a role?

Flooding earlier this year was caused, in the short-term, by three big things. There was a lot of snow on the ground, warm rain melted the snow, and cold temperatures meant the ground was too frozen for water to soak in.

Steve Hu  is a professor in the School of Natural Resources at UNL. He says weather leading into the flood had been unusual.

A University of Nebraska-Lincoln researcher has been testing hybrid wheat lines throughout Nebraska to determine their agronomic worth. The focus is on better wheat yield and agronomic performance and determining the genetic components that may be of value in future global climate change scenarios.

Nebraskans are still recovering from record flooding last month, but the risk of flooding isn't over. Conditions throughout the spring and summer could lead to more damage.

A nationwide training program is focused on truck drivers as a means to stop sex trafficking. That training is now taking place in Nebraska. 

900 people are purchased for sex every month – and that's just in Nebraska. Research by Creighton University's Human Trafficking Initiative finds of those 900 individuals being sold for sex, 70 percent have at least one indicator of being trafficked.

Flood recovery will be a long and complex process for many Nebraskans. One resource is FEMA, the Federal Emergency Management Agency. They are reaching out to people and towns affected by floods in a variety of ways. 

Last Friday FEMA opened a Disaster Recovery Center in Valley, Nebraska. There, people can apply for FEMA assistance to help recover flood losses.

Darrell Habisch is a FEMA spokesperson. He says the center gives an option for people who may not want to apply for a grant online or over the phone.

Cold Temperatures Hurt Nebraska Calving

Mar 14, 2019

Cold temperatures have hit Nebraska ranchers across the state especially hard this calving season.

In February, the average temperature was 18.6 degrees. In most years, the February average sits just below 30 degrees. The decrease in temperatures has made it rough not only for the baby calves, but also the ranchers watching after the calves.

Bruce Treffer, a University of Nebraska-Lincoln extension educator in Dawson County, said he would imagine most ranchers have seen an increase in mortality of calves in February and March.

Nebraskans will start paying sales tax on more online purchases next month, under a bill advancing in the Legislature. Also, debate opened on a proposal to ban employment discrimination based on sexual orientation or gender identity. And a public hearing was held on making vaping illegal for those under 21.