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OMAHA, Neb. — Billionaire Warren Buffett is optimistic about America's economic future because the nation has begun to unleash the potential of women. Buffett's views on the role of women appeared online Thursday in an editorial he wrote for Fortune magazine. He says that most of America's prosperity was created using only about 50 percent of its talent — the men. So he's confident the country will prosper as more women excel in the workforce. By Josh Funk.


— BUFFETT-TWITTER: Eds: Story duplicates material found in Buffett-Tweets that moved only on Nebraska services.



LINCOLN — Nebraska lawmakers are expected to vote on a bill that would ban new generations of K2 and other chemically engineered drugs that mimic the effects of drugs like meth, LSD and Ecstasy. By Grant Schulte.


MINNEAPOLIS — Heavy, wet snow from an unusual spring storm has covered many parts of eastern Nebraska and the rest of Midwest, snarling traffic for many people and forcing some schools to close for the day. By Steve Karnowski.




LINCOLN —Nebraska law officers are already discussing security arrangements for construction of an oil pipeline, even though the pipeline hasn't been given a final federal blessing. The Lincoln Journal reports that the Nebraska State Patrol invited county sheriffs and prosecutors along the pipeline's path through Nebraska to a meeting in Grand Island last week.


NORTH PLATTE — A new type of resident in Lincoln County could be bad news for grape producers. According to Dave Boxler, entomologist for the West Central Research and Extension Center, green June beetles have moved into the area. They especially like grapes.


ALBION — A woman believed to have been Nebraska's oldest resident has died at the age of 112. Alice Packard with Levander Funeral Home in Albion said Thursday that Mabel Steiner Ragan died Tuesday at Wolf Memorial Good Samaritan Center in Albion.


— CENTRAL NEBRASKA FATALITIES: Separate traffic accidents have killed two people in central Nebraska.

— HIT-RUN SENTENCE: A 23-year-old Beatrice man has been given a year behind bars for leaving the scene of an accident in Beatrice last year.

— SEX OFFENDER SENTENCE: A Hastings woman has been sentenced to more than two years in federal prison for failing to register as a sex offender.

— UNK MUSIC GRANT: The University of Nebraska at Kearney has received an anonymous, $1.3 million gift for its music and performing-arts program.

— CONVENTION NAME: The Lincoln County Board of Commissioners has approved shortening the name of the local visitors bureau.

— SUSPICIOUS DEATH: Two men have pleaded not guilty to various charges stemming from the slaying of a Lincoln man last year.

The AP, Omaha