LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) — The state's preliminary May unemployment rate matched the April, March and February rate of 2.8 percent, the Nebraska Labor Department said in a report released Friday.
The rate is down a tenth of a point from the 2.9 percent of May 2017, the department said, and remained well below the U.S. figure, which dropped to 3.8 percent from 3.9 percent in April.
"Total nonfarm employment for May 2018 marks an all-time high for Nebraska," said state Labor Commissioner John Albin. "Contributing to this growth were the Lincoln and Omaha metropolitan areas, which also reached historical highs."
State nonfarm employment for May was 1,039,557, up 12,760 over the year and up 13,162 over the month. Private industries with the most growth year over year were manufacturing, up 3,539; leisure and hospitality, up 3,442; and professional and business services, up 2,857.
Month to month, the largest gains were seen in mining and construction, up 3,525; trade, transportation and utilities, up 3,378; and leisure and hospitality, up 2,736.
The preliminary Omaha-area rate dropped to 2.8 percent from 2.9 percent in April. The new rate is a tenth of a point lower than that of May 2017. Lincoln's preliminary rate remained unchanged at 2.6 percent in May, matching the year-ago figure. Grand Island's preliminary rate for May dropped to 2.9 percent from 3 percent in April. The new figure was a tenth of a point higher than May 2017.
The unemployment rates for Grand Island, Lincoln and Omaha have not been seasonally adjusted, so they cannot be directly compared with the state unemployment rate.
Here are preliminary area labor market unemployment rates for May, followed by the April rates:
— Beatrice: 3.0, 3.1
— Columbus: 2.8, 2.8
— Fremont: 2.8, 2.8
— Hastings: 2.8, 2.9
— Kearney: 2.5, 2.3
— Lexington: 2.7, 2.9
— Norfolk: 2.5, 2.6
— North Platte: 2.9, 2.9
— Red Willow: 2.6, 2.5
— Scottsbluff: 3.2, 3.3
(GRAND ISLAND, NEB.) — Troopers with the Nebraska State Patrol have arrested two men and seized 149 pounds of marijuana during a traffic stop on Interstate 80.
At approximately Wednesday, June 13, a trooper stopped an eastbound 2017 Dodge Caravan for failing to signal near York, at mile marker 353. During the stop, the trooper observed a vacuum-sealed bag of marijuana plainly visible inside the vehicle.
Troopers and deputies from the York County Sheriff’s Office searched the vehicle and discovered 149 pounds of marijuana. The estimated street value of the marijuana is $447,000.
The driver, Robert Rosenwasser, 56, of Florida, and Milton Coore, 53, of Jamaica, were arrested for possession of marijuana – more than one pound, possession with intent to deliver, and no Drug Tax stamp. Both men were lodged in York County Jail.
LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) — The developer of the Keystone XL pipeline plans to meet with landowners along its planned route through Nebraska, South Dakota and Montana this week and will start aerial surveying of the route in all three states, a company spokesman said Monday.
ransCanada Inc. spokesman Matt John said the company will make financial offers to all landowners along the proposed route, including those who have already granted the company access to their land. Company officials are forging ahead despite pending lawsuits in Nebraska and Montana that aim to derail the project."It's important that all of our landowners are treated fairly, and offering these agreements to all landowners who have previously signed easements is part of our commitment," John said.
The $8 billion, 1,179-mile pipeline would transport Canadian crude through Montana and South Dakota to Nebraska, where it would connect with lines to carry oil to Gulf Coast refineries.
John said company officials will offer a "construction completion bonus" as an incentive to get landowners to sign easement agreements. They also plan to award bonuses to early signers and will give landowners time to review the contracts with outside attorneys. John said TransCanada still hopes to begin construction in early 2019.
Opponents said they're still confident they will thwart the project.
In Nebraska, landowners have filed a lawsuit challenging the Nebraska Public Service Commission's decision to approve a route through the state. A federal lawsuit brought by Montana landowners and environmental groups seeks to overturn President Donald Trump's decision to grant a presidential permit for the project, which was necessary because it would cross the U.S.-Canadian border.
President Barack Obama's administration studied the project for years before Obama finally rejected it in 2015, citing concerns about carbon pollution. Trump reversed that decision in March 2017, but John said the State Department has begun a supplemental environmental review of the route. The State Department has previously reviewed the route, but another analysis became necessary because the Nebraska Public Service Commission approved a different route than the one TransCanada had preferred.
"We know this song and dance very well," said Jane Kleeb, president of the Bold Alliance, a leading pipeline opposition group. "This pipeline will never be built. It's all P.R., and this is so typical of TransCanada."
The pipeline faces intense resistance from environmental groups, Native American tribes and some landowners along the route who worry about its long-term impact on their groundwater and property rights. But in Nebraska, many affected landowners have accepted the project and are eager to collect payments from the company.
"People here are a step above being OK about it — they're enthusiastic," said Ron Schmidt, a Madison County commissioner and farmer who owns property on the route. "I've talked to landowners who want the route to move just a little so it can go through their property."Schmidt said he views the project as a one-time boost for the local economy that would help generate tax revenue. He said he also sees it as a way to promote the nation's energy independence, an assertion that many opponents dispute.
Farmer Art Tanderup, who has fought the pipeline since 2012, said he's still hopeful the project will never move forward and that TransCanada is "trying to appease its investors" with its announcement.
He said he opposes the project because of its potential impact on the Ogallala Aquifer, a massive groundwater system in Nebraska and seven other states, and concerns about a foreign company trying to use eminent domain on U.S. landowners.
"It's easy for us to tell them 'no' if they do come knocking," Tanderup said.
A world leader in his field for more than three decades, Dave Ellis has been hired as the Director of Performance Nutrition for the Nebraska Athletic Department. Ellis has an impressive resume in the nutrition industry that includes starting Nebraska’s nutrition department in 1994. Ellis served for eight years as the Huskers’ Director of Performance Nutrition, providing a key component in Nebraska’s run to three national championships in that period. As Director of Performance Nutrition, Ellis will play an integral role in the development and implementation of sports nutrition services for all student-athletes to optimize health and performance. Ellis will direct the nutrition efforts of the Husker football team on a daily basis, while overseeing a team that will coordinate nutrition services and education for all 24 of Nebraska’s sports. “Dave Ellis is the leading professional in the sports performance nutrition field, and will be a great asset to Nebraska Athletics,” Head Football Coach Scott Frost said. “Fueling our student-athletes correctly on a daily basis will be a key part of our success, not only in the football program, but across all of our sports. Nebraska is committed to being a leader in this area and having Dave on staff ensures that will be the case.” Before becoming the first full-time nutritionist at Nebraska, Ellis first served the Huskers as a certified strength and conditioning coach during his undergraduate work in Lincoln. He returned to Nebraska in 1994 after a successful stint at Wisconsin, where he created a multi-sport training table for athletics. “Out-working the competition with the power of a solid nutrition plan is what high performance fueling is all about,” Ellis said. “We set the bar in this space during the Osborne era and now we will set it again in the Frost era. This is an opportunity to bring all of my key learnings from working 35-plus years in sports to the table for the welfare of our student-athletes.” Since leaving the Nebraska staff following the 2001 football season, Ellis has been the pre-eminent consultant in the sports nutrition industry in the United States. Through his company Sports Alliance Inc., Ellis has served as a consultant to teams at all levels in several sports. In 2016, Ellis accepted a consulting position with Major League Baseball and the MLBPA. In the position, Ellis managed the fueling related policies of the most recent MLB/PA Collective Bargaining Agreement. Ellis grew up in Omaha and is a Burke High graduate. He received his undergraduate degree in Human Nutrition from UNL in 1988, and returned to the same college to complete his graduate work necessary to become a Registered Dietitian in 2000.
Lincoln – Sophomore tight end Jack Stoll received recognition Friday, as he was chosen to the 2018 John Mackey Award Preseason Watch List. The Mackey Award is presented to the most outstanding collegiate tight end. Stoll, the Huskers’ lone returning letterwinner at tight end, is in position to flourish in the Huskers’ new offense in 2018. The 6-foot-4, 245-pounder from Lone Tree, Colo., played in 12 games as a redshirt freshman, catching eight passes for 89 yards and a pair of scores, as he split time with senior Tyler Hoppes. In all, the pair combined for 42 catches and 466 yards and five touchdowns last season. Stoll had all eight of his receptions in the final six games, including season bests of three catches and 41 yards against Northwestern, and scored TDs against the Wildcats and Penn State. The tight end spot has flourished in the Huskers’ new offensive attack and position coach Sean Beckton. Last season, Jordan Akins grabbed 32 receptions for 515 yards and four touchdowns en route to first-team All-AAC honors. The 2018 Mackey Award recipient will be announced on December 5, 2018 and then presented live on December 6, 2018 at The Home Depot College Football Awards Red Carpet Show on ESPNU.
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Biletnikoff Award Preseason Watch List: Stanley Morgan and JD Spielman
John Mackey Award: Jack Stoll
Lincoln - A pair of Nebraska wide receivers are on the initial Biletnikoff Award Preseason Watch List released Thursday morning. Stanley Morgan Jr. and JD Spielman are candidates for the Biletnikoff Award, presented to the top receiver in the FBS. Nebraska is one seven schools with multiple members of the watch list, as the two Huskers will look to follow in the footsteps of their position coach Troy Walters, who captured the award in 1999.
Morgan, who was on the Biletnikoff Award midseason watch list last season, enjoyed a record-breaking season in 2017, setting career bests with 61 catches, 986 receiving yards and 10 touchdown. A second-team All-Big Ten pick, Morgan ranked second in the conference in receiving yards and touchdowns and fourth in catches per game as a junior. Morgan’s 986 receiving yards broke the school record held by 1972 Heisman Trophy winner Johnny Rodgers, while his five 100-yard receiving games were the most by a Husker in school history. In Big Ten play, he was in the top five among conference receivers in 100-yard games (first), receiving yards per game (second) and receptions per game (fifth). Spielman comes off a record-breaking freshman campaign that saw him earn All-Big Ten honors at both wide receiver and kick returner. As a receiver, Spielman hauled in 55 passes for 830 yards and a pair of scores, establishing school freshman marks in receptions, receiving yards, 100-yard receiving games (two) and all-purpose yards (1,572). He ranked first or second among all FBS freshmen in receiving yards, receiving yards per game, catches and all-purpose yards in 2017. In conference play, Spielman became just the second Big Ten freshman since 1985 to lead the league in receiving yards per game during the conference season (88.1). He tied Wisconsin’s Jonathan Taylor for second in the Big Ten with an average of 157.8 all-purpose yards per game in league play and was fifth in catches per game. Spielman established Nebraska’s single-game receiving yards record with a 200-yard performance against Ohio State. The 2018 Biletnikoff Award winner will be presented live on December 6, 2018, on The Home Depot College Football Awards presented by Gildan.
Nebraska Head Coach Scott Frost announced Wednesday that Ron Brown has joined the Cornhusker football staff as Director of Player Development. Brown has 24 previous years of coaching experience at Nebraska, serving as an assistant coach from 1987 to 2003, and again from 2008 to 2014. Brown served as associate head coach at Liberty University for the past three seasons, working for Head Coach Turner Gill. In his new role at Nebraska, Brown will serve in a non-coaching role, mentoring Husker football student-athletes in numerous off-field development areas. Brown will work closely with Nebraska’s nationally renowned Life Skills program and assist in community outreach efforts of Husker football players and staff. “Coach Brown had a tremendous impact on me during my playing career at Nebraska, and I am sure he will have a similar impact on many young men in our football program in the years ahead,” Frost said. “Coach Brown understands Nebraska and what makes this a great place for student-athletes to grow and learn in all areas.” Brown will bring 31 years of college coaching experience to the Nebraska football staff. Brown coached for four seasons at his alma mater, Brown University, before his 24 seasons at Nebraska and the past three years at Liberty. In addition to outstanding team success that included three national championships at Nebraska, Brown coached more than 40 academic all-conference players and nearly 40 players that went on to professional careers. Brown coached the Nebraska tight ends (2008-10) and running backs (2011-14) during his most recent stint with the Huskers. During that time, he tutored future NFL running backs Rex Burkhead and Ameer Abdullah, who rank second and sixth, respectively, on NU’s all-time rushing list. Burkhead earned first-team Academic All-America honors in both 2011 and 2012, while Abdullah was a Doak Walker Award finalist as a senior in 2014. Abdullah left Nebraska as the school’s No. 2 all-time rusher and all-time leader in all-purpose yards. During his time as an assistant from 1987 to 2003, Brown coached the Nebraska wide receivers and tight ends. Brown’s players had a reputation for their tenacity and downfield blocking, helping Nebraska to nine NCAA rushing crowns in 17 seasons. Brown spent four years from 2004 to 2007 as the Nebraska State Director of the Fellowship of Christian Athletes. A native of New York, Brown earned his bachelor’s degree from Brown in 1979, and a master’s degree from Columbia in 1982.
Ron Brown on Sports Nightly
Lincoln -- Nebraska basketball players Tanner Borchardt and Johnny Trueblood were recognized for their efforts in the classroom Thursday, as both players were named to the National Association of Basketball Coaches (NABC) Honors Court. The honor is presented to players who are a junior or senior academically at an institution and posted a GPA of 3.20 or better at the conclusion of the 2017-18 academic year. This is the second straight year that Borchardt has been recognized by the NABC, while it is the first time that Trueblood has received the honor. Both players helped the Huskers to a 22-11 record in 2017-18, including a school-record 13 conference wins. Borchardt earned a scholarship last season with his play in the Husker front court. He played in 20 games, totaling 1.8 rebounds and 0.9 points per game. He set career bests in points (eight), rebounds (10) and blocked shots (two) in 14 second-half minutes in a win over Stetson. In the classroom, the management major is a five-time Nebraska Scholar-Athlete Honor Roll member and has garnered Academic All-Big Ten honors in each of the last two seasons. Trueblood, an accounting major, played a major role on the scout team and appeared in seven games last season as a reserve, totaling three rebounds and an assist in limited time. In the classroom, he was an Academic All-Big Ten honoree in 2018 and is a three-time member of the Nebraska Scholar-Athlete Honor Roll.
The Nebraska volleyball team received the AVCA Team Academic Award on Monday. The Huskers posted a cumulative GPA of 3.32 during the 2017-18 academic year. The award, which was initiated in the 1992-93 academic year, honors collegiate and high school volleyball teams that displayed excellence in the classroom during the school year by maintaining at least a 3.30 cumulative team grade-point average on a 4.0 scale or a 4.10 cumulative team GPA on a 5.0 scale. Prior to 2017-18, only 34 teams had attained the pinnacle of volleyball success in both earning the AVCA Team Academic Award and winning their respective collegiate national championship in the same academic year. This year, three teams, including Nebraska volleyball, joined that group as both national champions and AVCA Team Academic Award recipients.
The Nebraska softball program has added two former All-Americans and current professional players to its support staff for the 2018-19 season, announced by Head Coach Rhonda Revelle on Thursday. Former Husker and USA World Championship Team member Taylor Edwards will serve as the volunteer coach, while USA Softball’s Japan All-Star Series Team Member and former Oregon Duck standout Jenna Lilley will be a graduate manager. "We could not be more thrilled to add Taylor and Jenna to our Nebraska softball staff," Revelle said. "They each represent excellence and will bring energy, knowledge and a passion for the game to our team. It's a great day for Nebraska softball because we are adding exceptional mentors and people both on and off the field." Edwards will work with the catchers and will also train for the USA National Team and the 2020 Tokyo Olympics. Lilley will help out with the infield and will also continue her professional career, while training to compete for a spot in the USA National Team program. Edwards was a four-year starting catcher for Nebraska from 2011 to 2014. The only All-America catcher in program history and a three-time all-conference performer, Edwards was also selected as the 2014 Division I Catcher of the Year. She earned third-team All-America accolades as a freshman in 2011, when she was one of 25 finalists for the USA Softball Player of the Year Award. Edwards earned All-America recognition again as a senior in 2014, when she was named a first-team All-American, the sixth Husker to be a first-team selection.
Edwards ended her career with 17 school records and a pair of NCAA records. The national records she held included most grand slams in a game (2 in 2013) and most consecutive games with a home run (6 in 2011). Edwards set Nebraska career records with 54 home runs, four grand slams, 150 walks and 39 hit-by-pitches. She also owned Husker season records for walks (41 in 2013), hit-by-pitches (16 in 2013) and grand slams, in addition to game records with four runs scored, eight RBIs, four walks and three hit-by-pitches. In addition to her three Husker career records, Edwards ended her career ranked second in school history in RBIs (202), third in runs (177) and total bases (423), fourth in slugging percentage (.629), fifth in doubles (41), sixth in hits (220), eighth in at bats (673) and games played (233) and 14th in batting average (.327). In her career, Edwards hit .327 with 220 hits, 177 runs, 41 doubles, 54 home runs, 202 RBIs and 150 walks. She posted a .471 on-base percentage and a .629 slugging percentage while earning 231 career starts. Following her Husker career, Edwards was the No. 8 overall pick in the 2014 National Pro Fastpitch (NPF) Draft. She played in the NPF for four seasons, and begins her fifth professional season with an independent team in 2018. Edwards won three straight NPF championships in 2015, 2016 and 2017 and was a two-time All-NPF selection. She also played professionally in Japan for two years (2016-17). “I’m very excited to be on staff," Edwards said. "I want to do everything I can to help get the University back where it belongs - on top. My biggest goal is to help the girls' mindset and push them to be extreme competitors. Never take a pitch off or settle for average or good. Nebraska has a special place in my heart and I want to make the University proud.” An infielder, Lilley joined the Ducks in 2015 as the No. 1 recruit in the nation. The North Canton, Ohio, native was a four-year starter for Oregon and helped the team reach the Super Regionals all four years, which included three trips to the Women’s College World Series in 2015, 2017 and 2018. Lilley was a two-time NFCA All-American and a three-time All-Pac-12 pick, which included two first-team picks in 2015 and 2018. Additionally, Lilley earned All-Pac-12 Defensive Team honors in 2015 and 2018. The 2015 Pac-12 Freshman of the Year, Lilley led the Ducks with a .427 batting average, while starting all 59 games in her first season with the Ducks. Following her freshman season, Lilley, helped the USA Junior Women's National Team win the 2015 WBSC Junior World Championships. She finished her career with a batting average of .346, 175 runs, 222 hits, 17 home runs and 144 RBIs. Following her collegiate career, Lilley was drafted by her hometown Cleveland Comets in the 2018 NFP draft, going No. 22 overall. Additionally, she played for the USA Women’s National Team in the summer of 2017 and was one of 18 players to be selected to USA Softball’s Japan All-Star Series Roster.
"I am really looking forward to being a part of the Nebraska softball program and Coach Revelle’s staff while furthering my education," Lilley said. "I’d like to thank Coach Revelle and Husker softball for giving me this opportunity."
The sixth-annual Nebraska Football Road Race will take place on Sunday, July 15. The one-mile fun run begins at 8 a.m. and the 5K run will follow, with an estimated start time of 8:30 a.m. Both races will start and finish on Stadium Drive just outside the west side of Memorial Stadium. The history of the Nebraska Football Road Race is directly tied to the inspirational relationship created in 2012 between former Nebraska running back Rex Burkhead and Jack Hoffman. Because of this relationship, the Nebraska football team has been committed to raising awareness and funds for pediatric brain cancer research. In the five previous road races, a total of just over $175,000 has been raised. “The road race is really cool for us as a team,” Vice President of the Nebraska Football Road Race Committee Jacob Weinmaster said. “It allows us to use our platform to raise awareness for pediatric brain cancer. The road race allows us to give back to the community for everything they do for us. It’s really cool for us to use our athletic abilities for more than just games on Saturday.” Fans can register for the races by going to huskers.com/roadrace. Online registration is open until July 10 at 11:59 p.m. The cost until July 10 is $25 for the one-mile fun run and $30 for the 5K. Runners will also receive a commemorative race-day shirt and bracelet. All proceeds will benefit the Buffet Cancer Center at the University of Nebraska Medical Center and its pediatric brain cancer research efforts. Runners can still register after July 10 by going to the Lincoln Running Company (1213 Q St.) and paying a $40 late-registration fee for the 5K and $30 late-registration fee for the one-mile fun run. Registration at the Lincoln Running Company closes at 5 p.m. on Saturday, July 14. Runners can also sign up on race day for either the 5K or the one-mile fun run for $40 at the check-in table located near the start/finish line, but will not be listed in the results due to chip timing. Shirt sizes for late registrants are not guaranteed. Additionally, the first 1,000 registrants will be invited to watch a preseason Nebraska football scrimmage in Memorial Stadium in August. A date has not been finalized. Each registrant will receive an email with more details about the scrimmage as the date approaches. The Nebraska Football Road Race is also a great way for fans to meet the team prior to the season. Select players will participate in the one-mile fun run and registrants will have opportunities to interact with the members of the Nebraska football team at the event. For more information regarding the Road Race, please contact Sammi Cowger (email@example.com). For media inquiries, please contact Erica Nett (firstname.lastname@example.org).
Nebraska's annual Football Fan Day will be on Saturday, Aug. 18, at Memorial Stadium and will run from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. This is a free event to the public. More information for the event, including a map for all the position groups, parking and entrance locations will be added at a later time. It will be a busy day for Nebraska Athletics, as the Nebraska volleyball team will hold its annual Red/White Scrimmage earlier the same day at 3 p.m. Tickets for the scrimmage at the Devaney Center are $10 and go on sale July 9. Fan can be purchase tickets here or by calling (402) 472-3111.
Tickets to Nebraska volleyball's annual Red/White Scrimmage will go on sale Monday, July 9 at 10 a.m. (CT) through the Nebraska Athletic Development & Ticketing Office.T he defending NCAA and Big Ten champion Huskers will host their annual scrimmage on Saturday, Aug. 18 at 3 p.m. at the Bob Devaney Sports Center. The early start time for this year's preseason scrimmage is to allow Husker fans to also attend the Nebraska football fan day, which will begin at 6:30 p.m. at Memorial Stadium. This year's Red/White Scrimmage will feature a number of opportunities for Husker volleyball fans to gear up for the 2018 season. Immediately following the scrimmage, fans are encouraged to stay in the arena to watch the debut screening of the 2017 NCAA Championship documentary, "Nebraska Volleyball: Culture of a Champion," produced by NET, Nebraska's PBS & NPR Stations. The documentary captures the drama of the 2017 national championship season and the history of the rivalry between two powerhouse programs – Penn State and Nebraska. It’s an inspiring journey filled with courage, determination, camaraderie – and ultimately – a championship. The documentary, which will be played on the Devaney Center video boards, is set to be televised for the first time on NET, Nebraska's PBS & NPR Stations, on Sunday, Aug. 19 at 5:30 p.m. (CT). Only fans with a ticket to the scrimmage will be able to be in the Devaney Center to watch the screening after the match ends. The Huskers will also unveil their 2017 NCAA Championship banner before the scrimmage. Finally, the Husker players will be available for autographs after the documentary screening on the northwest concourse of the Devaney Center.
Tickets can be purchased for $10. Fans can purchase tickets here or by calling (402) 472-3111.