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Tri Cities Sports

  • The UNK football team is one week away from their season opener against 5th ranked Northwest Missouri State.
  • The UNK women's golf team is picked fourth, and the men eighth in the 2015 MIAA preseason polls.
  • The Tri-City Storm has officially released its training camp roster.
  • The Nebraska football team worked out for just over 90 minutes in half pads Tuesday as they continue to prepare for their season opener against BYU.






Tri Cities News

  • (UNK Comm.)- Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Nebraska (BCBSNE) is supporting future rural health care professionals who study at the University of Nebraska at Kearney. The company has made a $300,000 gift to the University of Nebraska Foundation to establish the Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Nebraska UNK Health Sciences Scholarships. This permanently endowed fund will serve to forever support high school graduates from rural counties in Nebraska. The gift marks the university's efforts to secure additional private support for student scholarships, faculty professorships and academic programs related to health care programs offered in Kearney at the new Health Science Education Complex. The $19 million facility, dedicated on Aug. 20, was funded by the Nebraska Legislature and private donations and now serves as home to the health care programs offered by both UNK and the University of Nebraska Medical Center. Students who have a desire to pursue a health care career in rural Nebraska will receive first priority for the annual scholarship. Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Nebraska UNK Health Sciences Scholarships will be awarded to about eight students a year in its first three years. Following positive results in its first three years, Blue Cross and Blue Shield may possibly expand the scholarship to provide as many as 12 scholarship awards by the sixth year of the program. "The leadership from Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Nebraska in establishing this generous scholarship fund continues the company's longtime support of the university and will help many future generations of students who wish to make a difference through rural health care," said UNK Chancellor Doug Kristensen. "Preparing a quality health care workforce for our state is essential for improving the quality of life for so many Nebraskans, and we're grateful for this support of our students." Candidates for the scholarship must be pursuing a bachelor of science degree or be in a pre-professional health care program in Health Science in UNK's College of Natural and Social Sciences. Recipients may also be pursuing a degree within the College of Nursing or College of Allied Health Professions at the University of Nebraska Medical Center's Kearney division.
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  • (KGFW)- The Two Rivers Public Health Department (TRPHD) reports that a bat has tested positive for Rabies in the TRPHD district which includes Buffalo, Dawson, Franklin, Gosper, Harlan, Kearney and Phelps Counties. Rabies is a fatal disease, and the people involved in this case are receiving treatment. This time of year bats may seek shelter for the fall and winter, so examine your home for small entry holes and close them. Marsha Carlson, Surveillance Coordinator explains, "If you know you have had contact with a bat and, especially, whenever a person wakes up and finds a bat in the room, that bat should be carefully caught and tested for rabies. Bat bites can be easy to overlook, so if you find a bat in a room with young children, elderly individuals, any sleeping person, or anyone who is unable to communicate clearly, that bat should be tested." The Center for Disease Control has instructions on how to safely catch a bat for testing at this link: This is a link to Please contact Two Rivers Public Health Department at (308)995-4778 or (888)669-7154 to report contact with bats or visit their website at
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  • (AP) - A federal appeals court has affirmed a $2.3 million penalty against a company that operated a rendering plant in Lexington and violated the federal Clean Water Act and the Nebraska Environmental Protection Act.
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  • (AP) - Lincoln officials say problems at a new apartment complex remain unresolved but aren't serious enough to warrant action by the city.
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