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Nebraska Speaker of the Legislature Sen. Mike Flood of Norfolk, center, listens Wednesday to the Clerk of the Legislature Patrick O'Donnell, second left, with Senators Dennis Utter of Hastings, left, and Scott Lautenbaugh of Omaha, right, in Lincoln, Neb.

Neb. advances Keystone XL bill

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LINCOLN, Neb. -- Nebraska lawmakers backed a plan Wednesday to have the state's Department of Environmental Quality conduct an independent review of possible routes the contested Keystone XL pipeline could take through the state, after developer TransCanada volunteered to reroute the massive project to avoid the environmentally sensitive Sandhills region.

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