TD Ameritrade clients look for safer options in volatility OMAHA, Neb. (AP) — TD Ameritrade clients continue to invest in stocks, but they are picking safer options amid the recent market volatility. The online brokerage says its Investor Movement Index fell to 4.76 this month from September's 5.24 reading. The six-point index is based on what investors are buying and selling. TD Ameritrade's Nicole Sherrod says investors continued trading more volatile stocks for more stable ones during the past month as the market continued its ups and downs. TD Ameritrade clients continued to be net buyers of equities during the month. Some popular buys included Apple, Exxon-Mobil, Chevron and Verizon Wireless. Some of the most commonly sold stocks were JC Penney and Motorola, which both hit 52-week highs in September. Alcatel-Lucent and Yahoo were also popular sells.
Student's fossil find leads to discovery of new species Fossils found by a University of Nebraska-Lincoln student in New Mexico have led to the discovery of a new genus and rodent-like species. The fossils were found in May 2014 by then-sophomore Carissa Raymond in New Mexico's San Juan Basin, during her first fossil hunt. She saw a row of small black teeth coming out of the ground, and fossilized jawbones and a partial skull roof were found. A paper published Monday by the Zoological Journal of the Linnean Society says the new species was alive roughly 65 million years ago. Researchers believe the rodent-like animal weighed as much as 45 pounds. Raymond says her discovery was "beginner's luck."
Experts: Rural Nebraska lacks access to mental health care GRAND ISLAND, Neb. (AP) — Experts say the lack of access to mental health care in rural areas of Nebraska isn't improving. The June 2015 Nebraska Behavioral Health Workforce report says there wasn't a mental health provider in 48 of Nebraska's 93 counties in 2014. According to the report, roughly 84 percent of psychiatrists are in metropolitan counties. Dr. Howard Liu, director of the Behavioral Health Education Center of Nebraska, says rural areas don't have all the resources to support mental health care. He says the shortage could worsen, with the report showing more than half of the licensed workforce as being older than 50. National Alliance on Mental Illness Nebraska Executive Director Tom Adams says people in rural areas can have a hard time simply finding others to talk with about mental illness.
8 Winnebago Tribe council members to take oath of office WINNEBAGO, Neb. (AP) — The Winnebago Tribe of Nebraska has scheduled a swearing-in ceremony after this week's election to fill eight of its nine open council seats. The elected members will take their oath of office at 10 a.m. Wednesday, one day after the election. The ceremony will take place at the Blackhawk Center Gymnasium in Winnebago. The tribe normally uses a staggered election system, with three seats up for election each year, but more seats are on this year's ballot because of the six council members who are resigning or being removed from office after an audit uncovered questionable spending practices. The swearing-in will include a tribal drum group opening and speeches by newly inaugurated council members.
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