LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) - An annual report on child welfare says 18 percent of Nebraska children lived in poverty as of 2012. The Kids Count report ranks Nebraska fifth in the nation for children's economic well-being, down from fourth place the previous year. The state placed ninth overall when it came to education.
FAIRFIELD, Neb. (AP) - Fire has damaged a farm machine dealership in Fairfield in south-central Nebraska. State Investigators are trying to find out what caused the fire that damaged the main building at Oregon Trail Equipment. No injuries are reported.
LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) - Nebraska has had no major wildfires so far this year but the state forest service now has bases set up to serve a firefighting plane. The stations in Chadron, Valentine and Alliance are storage facilities for water and flame retardant so the tanker plane can reload and get to a fire quickly.
OMAHA, Neb. (AP) - Nebraska's two biggest utilities have until February to evaluate the flooding hazards at their two nuclear power plants on the Missouri River. The report was to have been done in March but federal regulators are giving the utilities more time. The utilities are re-evaluating flood risks at Cooper and Fort Calhoun nuclear power plants in response to a 2011 nuclear disaster in Japan.
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