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OMAHA, Neb. (AP) — The number of people hospitalized with COVID-19 in Nebraska has remained relatively stable over the past two weeks, but it remains near record levels, which is putting significant stress on the state's hospitals.

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One hundred seventy additional positive cases of the novel coronavirus disease, COVID-19, were confirmed among South Heartland Health District residents Tuesday through Friday, the district health department reported.

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The South Heartland Health District headed into the long Thanksgiving weekend Wednesday evening with news that its COVID-19 risk dial needle remains steady but still in the red zone.

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For the first time, donations can be made online for the Hastings Tribune’s Goodfellows program, which has provided food and toys to area families during Christmas since 1926.

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Making the most of a turbulent time, the Hastings High School Show Choir got the chance to film a music video in lieu of a normal season of performances.

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Hastings firefighters extinguished a garage fire early Tuesday morning at the 300 block of East Second Street.

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Watson Elementary School will be closed Monday and Tuesday due to multiple staff members recently testing positive for the novel coronavirus disease, COVID-19.

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State and local government entities, private-sector philanthropic groups and media organizations from across Nebraska will work together on a unified campaign to promote best practices related to public health as the novel coronavirus disease, COVID-19, pandemic continues.

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A well-known Nebraska agriculture leader with deep roots in Tribland shared his recent experience with the novel coronavirus disease, COVID-19, during a news conference with Gov. Pete Ricketts on Tuesday.

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Volunteers with Hastings Catholic Schools will offer its traditional homemade chicken noodle dinners and holiday bazaar items on Sunday, albeit in a different form this year due to efforts to slow the spread of the novel coronavirus disease.

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Two hundred-one newly confirmed cases of the novel coronavirus disease, COVID-19, recorded Friday through Monday pushed the South Heartland Health District’s case tally to date to 2,231 and Adams County’s running tally past the 1,500 mark.

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When members of the Hastings City Council meet on Nov. 23, they will act on an ordinance requiring masks indoors when maintaining 6 feet of separation isn’t possible.

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Applications are now available for the Hastings Tribune’s annual Goodfellows program, which provides food and toys to area families for the holiday season.

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Watching the action on the big screen as they would a summer blockbuster movie, football fans clapped and cheered Saturday as the Nebraska Cornhuskers took an early lead against Penn State.

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The five-county Public Health Solutions Health District has moved into the red zone on its risk dial related to further spread of COVID-19 and has reported the first death of a Thayer County resident related to the disease.

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OMAHA — Nebraska will see tighter coronavirus restrictions in less than two weeks if the number of infected people getting hospitalized continues to increase at its current rate, based on new benchmarks announced Friday.

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Eleven months to the day after beginning a leave of absence to address medical and mental health ailments, the bishop of the Catholic Diocese of Lincoln will resume his duties Friday.

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The South Heartland Health District has hit the red zone for the first time on a dial assessing risks associated with further spread of the novel coronavirus disease, COVID-19.

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Service members of all eras were honored and remembered for sacrificing to protect America’s freedoms during a Veterans Day ceremony Wednesday at the Hastings City Auditorium.

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The death toll from the novel coronavirus disease, COVID-19, in the four-county South Heartland Health District has grown to 24.

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OMAHA — Nebraska Gov. Pete Ricketts and first lady Susanne Shore have gone into quarantine after both were exposed to a person with the coronavirus, the governor’s spokesman announced Tuesday.

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Pfizer Inc. said Monday that its COVID-19 vaccine may be a remarkable 90% effective, based on early and incomplete test results that nevertheless brought a big burst of optimism to a world desperate for the means to finally bring the catastrophic outbreak under control.

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WASHINGTON (AP) — Democrat Joe Biden defeated President Donald Trump to become the 46th president of the United States on Saturday and offered himself to the nation as a leader who “seeks not to divide, but to unify" a country gripped by a historic pandemic and a confluence of economic and s…

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Days before he left the White House in 2017, President Barack Obama surprised Joe Biden with the Presidential Medal of Freedom, declaring his septuagenarian, white-haired lieutenant “the best vice president America’s ever had,” a “lion of American history.”

The Kenesaw United Methodist Church is providing what its leadership is calling a win-win for the Kenesaw community, as well as the United Methodist Church’s regional governing body.

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WASHINGTON — Defying fears of another slowdown, U.S. businesses kept hiring at a solid pace in October, yet there are signs they remain cautious about the economy’s future as the pandemic worsens.

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The South Heartland Health District will remain at a 2.7 reading on its COVID-19 “risk dial” for a second consecutive week, the district health department reported Wednesday evening.

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WASHINGTON (AP) — The fate of the United States presidency hung in the balance Wednesday morning, as President Donald Trump and Democratic challenger Joe Biden battled for three familiar battleground states — Wisconsin, Michigan and Pennsylvania — that could prove crucial in determining who …

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OMAHA, Neb. (AP) — Republican Rep. Don Bacon scored a third term in Congress on Tuesday despite a tough challenge from a progressive Democrat in Nebraska’s competitive 2nd Congressional District.

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Chris Shade and four incumbent members of the Hastings Board of Education — Jim Boeve, Sharon Behl Brooks, Brent Gollner and Laura Schneider — won four-year terms on the board in Tuesday’s general election.

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Voters in Adams County have decided to support the construction of a justice center, which will include a 168-bed jail, south of Hastings and finance it with a bond issue not to exceed $38 million.

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Joy Huffaker defeated Willis Hunt to represent Ward 3 and central Hastings, and Shawn Hartmann defeated Robin Vodehnal to represent Ward 4 and eastern Hastings on the Hastings City Council.

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Hastings citizens narrowly voted against issuing up to $12.5 million in bonds to rebuild the 85-year-old 16th Street viaduct.

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OMAHA — After decades of rejecting casino gambling, Nebraska voters overwhelmingly approved measures Tuesday to allow it at state-licensed horse racing tracks in Omaha, Lincoln, Grand Island, Columbus and South Sioux City.