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UNMC team develops long-acting nanomedicines for HIV infection

Injection would be significant improvement over daily regimen of pills
This has been a good week for breakthroughs in HIV/AIDS.
Earlier this week, the Food and Drug Administration approved a daily pill, Truvada, which reduces the risk of HIV infection. Today, a University of Nebraska Medical Center research team’s progress toward developing weekly or twice-monthly injectable antiretroviral therapy (ART) nanomedicines for patients with human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) infection will be


Nebraska Beef Council Announces New Directors

Kearney, NE (July 18, 2012) – The Nebraska Beef Council Board of Directors approved the following results of the 2012  Board of Directors Elections:

District 1- Rodney Gray, a cow-calf producer from Harrison, NE.  District 1 includes the counties of Sioux, Dawes, Box Butte, Sheridan, Scotts Bluff, Banner, Kimball, Morrill, Garden, Cheyenne, and Deuel.  This will be Gray’s second four-year term on the board. 

District 3- Patrick Knobbe, a feedyard operator from West Point, NE.  District 3


FSA County Committee (COC) Nominations Period Ends August 1

(LINCOLN, NE) July 18, 2012 – Dan Steinkruger State Executive Director for the Nebraska Farm Service Agency (FSA) today announced that farmer and rancher candidate nominations are currently being accepted for the local FSA county committees(COCs). The nomination period closes Wednesday, August 1, 2012 with the election taking place between Friday, November 5, and the close of business on Monday, December 3, 2012. 

"I encourage all farmers, ranchers, and landowners to participate in the COC


USDA Neb. Crop Weather 7-16

Agricultural Summary: For the week ending July 15, 2012, dryland crops and pastures continued under stress due to hot and dry conditions blanketing the state, according to USDA’s National Agricultural Statistics Service, Nebraska Field Office.  Irrigation remains active; however some producers using surface water supplies were required to stop pumping due to low river levels.  Seventy percent of the corn crop was silking and nearly two-thirds of the soybean crop is blooming.   The first sorghum



July 18, 2012— Today, Nebraska’s Senator Ben Nelson said that it is time for the Nebraska Legislature, health care providers, and consumers to set up a state-based health insurance exchange or regional exchange, because Nebraska’s governor has shown no intention of implementing health reform for Nebraskans.
“It may be time for providers and consumers in Nebraska to move beyond the fight and effort to engage state executive branch officials in developing a state-based exchange and move forward


NPPD seeks statewide conservation to address high temps; high energy use around the clock

COLUMBUS, NE – High temperatures and drought conditions are a challenging combination for Nebraskans who are trying to stay cool and irrigate crops during prime growing season. Combine these two conditions with unprecedented electrical loads that tax a traditionally reliable transmission system and Nebraskans are in a unique situation.  

“For 16 of the last 19 days, our customers’ electrical load has peaked higher than the last record peak we saw in 2006 of 2,671 megawatts,” said NPPD’s Vice



Kearney, NE - Drivers in Nebraska will soon face stiffer penalties for failure to stop for a school bus that is loading or unloading passengers. Beginning Thursday, July 19, there is a mandatory $500 fine and a loss of three operator’s license points if convicted of such a violation. Prior to the passage of LB 1039, introduced by State Senator Lydia Brasch of Bancroft, the minimum fine could have been as low as $100 and a loss of only one point.
“School bus safety has been a priority throughout


Department of Natural Resources Issues Closing Notices to Surface Water Irrigators Due to Lack of Water

The current drought experienced by Nebraska has presented challenges across the state. Extraordinarily dry conditions have reduced water supplies available to irrigators and helped diminish streamflows and water levels in reservoirs. As of July 17, 2012, the Department has closed over 1100 surface water permits throughout much of the state. Additional closing notices may be issued depending on flow conditions. The river basins affected include the Big Blue, Elkhorn, Hat Creek, Loup, Niobrara


Mission of Mercy serves 830 patients during free dental days

By  Ang Gilchrist
The seventh annual Nebraska Mission of Mercy(MOM) was held in Alliance on July 13-14. People from as far away as Kansas and Colorado began forming a line by noon on Thursday to ensure their spot to receive free dental services provided through MOM. According to the Alliance MOM Community Chair, D.N. Cork Taylor Jr, D.D.S., over 120 dentists and hygienists from Wisconsin, Iowa, Kansas, South Dakota, Colorado, Wyoming and Nebraska (including  a busload of dentists and students

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