The UNL NIMBUS Lab drone team hopes their technology will help ensure safer prescribed burns by keeping firefighters out of dangerous terrain. Ariana Brocious/NET News hide caption

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Drones That Launch Flaming Balls Are Being Tested To Help Fight Wildfires

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Karen (left) and Katie — still young girls at the time this photo was taken — sit with their father, Vern, on the family's tractor. Courtesy of Katie Jantzen hide caption

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Facing A Shaky Future, Nebraska Family Farm Ponders A Renaissance

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Sabas Sanchez Jr. was better known among his neighbors in Madison, Neb., as "Gordo" — Spanish for chubby. He also had an oversized personality. His father keeps this tattered photo in his wallet. Bobby Caina Calvan/Heartland Reporting Project hide caption

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In America's Heartland, Heroin Crisis Is Hitting Too Close To Home

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Lincoln, Neb., is home to several startups, which use the city's low cost of living and high quality of life to attract workers. Nicolas Henderson/Flickr hide caption

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Silicon Prairie: Tech Startups Find A Welcoming Home In The Midwest

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Deuel County Sheriff Adam Hayward shows off a container of confiscated marijuana in Chappell, Neb., in July. Nikki Kahn/The Washington Post/Getty Images hide caption

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Nebraska Says Colorado Pot Isn't Staying Across The Border

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Nebraska and Oklahoma say Colorado's marijuana law is unconstitutional, in a challenge to the law in the Supreme Court. Earlier this month, visitors from Texas smell marijuana at the Breckenridge Cannabis Club. Brennan Linsley/AP hide caption

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Susan and Bill Dunavan own 80 acres of land in York County. Melissa Block/NPR hide caption

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