Investigators Working Arson Fires

Five arson fires that happened late Sunday night and early Monday morning in Lincoln are under investigation.  It was around 3:30am that firefighters were called to the Chateau Apartment complex in the 63rd and Vine neighborhood.  

Celebration Rally at State Capitol after SCOTUS Decision

A crowd at the State Capital yesterday celebrated the decision by the U.S. Supreme Court to lift all bans on same-sex marriages. Communications Director of the ACLU of Nebraska Tyler Richard says they have many clients who are excited their families have the same protection other couples have, and added that it was a momentous day for equality.

Governor, Father Donate To Death Penalty Campaign

Image result for nebraskans for the death penaltyThe Nebraskans for the Death Penalty campaign raised nearly $244,000 in its first reporting period, with most of the money coming from Gov. Pete Ricketts and his father. 

Nebraskans Respond To Supreme Court Ruling

Image result for same sex marriageGay couples in Nebraska will now have their marriages legally recognized in the state that has had one of the most restrictive same-sex union bans in the country. 

Same-Sex Marriage Ruling Means Busy Day For Lancaster County Clerk

Image result for wedding ringsNow that the U-S Supreme Court has overturned Nebraska's ban on same-sex marriage, and those in 13 other states, Lancaster County Clerk Dan Nolte says the ruling also triggered a lot of marriage license applications. 

Blue Cross, CHI Health Reach Agreement

CHI Health, UniNet and Blue Cross Blue Shield of Nebraska (BCBSN) today ended a 15-month long contract dispute that has left thousands of patients disconnected from their CHI Health facilities.Thousands of Blue Cross Blue Shield of Nebraska customers soon will have the chance to see CHI Health doctors again without financial penalty after the two sides signed an agreement to work together again through June 2017. 

Haulers Helping The Homeless

Image result for garbage truckThere's a new way to get rid of unwanted clothing and help a charitable organization.  Lincoln's Garbage Haulers will begin, in August, picking up bags of clothing.  The bags will be delivered to the People's City Mission.

Neighbor Finds Bullet Hole In Shed

Image result for lincoln police departmentA neighbor in the area where a 10-year-old girl was shot in her right knee on Tuesday night happened to find a bullet hole in his shed.  Lincoln Police tell KFOR News the neighbor lives along Rose Street between 8th and 9th.

Airplane Forced To Land In Field

Image result for single engine piper cherokeeA Single Engine Piper Cherokee made a forced landing in a field southwest of Lincoln today.  No one was hurt, and the pilot phoned the airport control tower shortly after landing, saying he'd had engine trouble and couldn't make it.

Falcon Chick Named After Fallen Officer

Image result for peregrine falcon chick nebraskaA falcon chick raised at the Nebraska Capitol has been named "Orozco" in honor of an Omaha police officer killed last month in the line of duty. The Nebraska Game and Parks Commission announced Friday that the name was chosen from 507 submissions. 

Recent Severe Weather Causes More That $13M In Damages

Image result for nebraska flood damage 2015Nebraska emergency officials say recent severe weather has caused more than $13.5 million in damage to roads, bridges and other public infrastructure.  The Nebraska Emergency Management Agency said Friday that the damage was caused in 12 counties. 

High Court Affirms Right To Same-Sex Marriage

The U.S. Supreme Court has declared that same-sex couples have a right to marry anywhere in the United States.  Gay and lesbian couples already can marry in 36 states and the District of Columbia. 

UPDATE: Worker Identified In Fatal Construction Accident

Investigators have identified 41-year-old Michael Snider of Sedalia, Missouri as the construction worker killed Wednesday morning at a work site near UNL's City Campus.  A piece of rebar fell about 130 feet on to the top of his hard hat.

Some Nebraskans Will Keep Receiving Health Care Subsidies

Nearly 57,000 Nebraskans will continue to receive subsidized health insurance now that the U.S. Supreme Court has rejected a conservative challenge to the Affordable Care Act.   

Hispanic population growth outpaced by Asians in Nebraska

Nebraska's Hispanic population saw its smallest increase in 2014 since an immigration wave to the state began more than two decades ago.    U.S. census estimates released Thursday show the number of Hispanics grew by 2.5 percent over the previous year.

Construction Worker Dies At Downtown Lincoln Work Site

Investigators believe mechanical failure may be to blame for some metal rebar that fell 140 feet from a crane and hit a worker on the top of his hard hat at a work site just off of Antelope Valley Parkway and "P" Street Wednesday morning.  

Stray Bullet Wounds Lincoln Girl

A 10-year-old Lincoln girl suffers a gunshot wound to her right knee, while riding her bike Tuesday evening in Lincoln's South Bottoms area.  Police Officer Katie Flood tells KFOR News the girl fell off her bike, ran home to tell her mother, who then saw her daughter was hit by a small caliber bullet.

Mayor Withdraws Support For Man Nominated For Advisory Board

Image result for mayor chris beutlerLincoln Mayor Chris Beutler has withdrawn his support for a man he nominated to the city's air pollution advisory board.  Mitch Paine was the Mayor's nominee for an open spot on the board.

Burglars Steal ATM From Restaurant

Image result for lincoln police department logoSometime between midnight and 10 o'clock Monday morning, burglars broke out the class in the front door of Momo's Pizzeria near 77th and Pioneers.  Once they got inside, the thieves managed to steal the cash machine.

Most Trails Have Reopened At Nature Center

Image result for pioneers park nature center lincoln neThe Chet Ager Building and most of the trails have reopened at the Pioneers Park Nature Center. The facilities were closed last week after flooding. Some trail segments will remain closed until further notice. 

First Family Wants Help Naming Wallaby

Governor Pete Ricketts and the First Family announced Tuesday that they will hold a naming contest for a young wallaby in partnership with the Lincoln Children’s Zoo. As a part of this contest, Nebraskans are encouraged to suggest a name.

Murante Will Seek Re-Election To Legislature

Image result for Senator John Murante NebraskaA Nebraska state lawmaker who was considering a run for Congress says he plans to seek re-election instead. Sen. John Murante of Gretna announced Monday that he won't seek the seat held by Democratic U.S. Rep. Brad Ashford of Omaha. 

Journalist Who Covered Starkweather Murder Spree Dies

Image result for Ninette BeaverA broadcast journalist, who later authored a book relating to Charles Starkweather's 1958 murder spree from Lincoln into Wyoming, has died. Ninette Beaver died at her home in Sun City, Arizona on Sunday.  She was 90-years-old. 

UNL Police Investigating Fight Outside Of Campus Residence Hall

UNL Police had much of City Campus in lockdown late Monday night, after reports of a large fight possibly involving guns at the Harper-Schramm-Smith housing complex near 14th and "W" just before 10pm. 

Deputy Shot Man Who Fired at Another Deputy

Authorities say a man who pulled a gun and shot at a sheriff's deputy has been shot by another deputy in northwest Omaha.    The shooting occurred at a Kwik Shop convenience store near 156th and Blondo about 7:30 a.m. Tuesday. 

NSAA Director Blanford-Green Resigns

The executive director of the Nebraska School Activities Association has resigned a month after the association's board of directors voted not to extend her contact.    Rhonda Blanford-Green, a former All-America track athlete at Nebraska, took over as executive director in July 2012.

Nebraska Corrections To Review 2,000 Sentences For Errors

Nebraska's corrections department is reviewing 2,000 prisoner sentences for accuracy after discovering that some inmates received credit they shouldn't have.    

Motorcyclist Clocked As High As 118 MPH During Pursuit

Speeds reached as high as 118 mph during a half-hour pursuit on Highway 2 between Lincoln and Nebraska City Monday night, when a motorcyclist wouldn't pull over for speeding.  

Deputies Working Another ATV Theft

Since the beginning of the month, there have been a rash of ATV thefts in Lancaster County and no signs of any suspects.  Another one happened late Sunday night or early Monday morning near 162nd and Havelock in the general area where most of these cases have been popping up.

Paving Scams Under Investigation

Lancaster County Sheriff Terry Wagner is warning you about out-of-state paving companies that are suspected of scamming homeowners in the area.  

Traffic Stop Leads To Drugs and Weapons

Weapons and drugs found in a car during a traffic stop early Tuesday at 14th and Washington, landing two people in jail.  Lincoln Police say a traffic stop was made on a car with no front license plate.  

City Will Pay Storm Damage Claims

Image result for city council lincoln neThe Lincoln City Council has approved a plan to handle claims from property owners for damage from sewer backup.  On Monday, the council decided to pay homeowners and businesses up to $5,000 for cleanup and repair from sewage backup,  

Gov. Ricketts Wrapping Up European Trade Mission

Image result for governor pete rickettsGov. Pete Ricketts is wrapping up a European trade mission that focused on building relationships with companies and promoting Nebraska's workforce. Ricketts was scheduled to return to Nebraska on Tuesday after an eight-day trip.

Deputies Investigating Another ATV Theft

Lancaster County Sheriff's officials are warning you to lock up your ATVs, after two more were stolen in a burglary over the weekend.  Chief Deputy Jeff Bliemeister says a John Deere Gator and a Yamaha Blaster 4-Wheeler were stolen from an unlocked outbuilding at a home near SW 140th and West Van Dorn between late Friday and early Saturday. (VIDEO INCLUDED, CLICK HEADLINE)

Lottery Scam Costs Raymond Couple Money

Make sure you verify if you have won something through a lottery.  If you have to pay money for your winnings, don't fall for it.  Lancaster County Chief Deputy Jeff Bliemeister says if it seems to be too good to be true, ask the caller more questions or call the sheriff's office at 402-441-6500.

UNL Police Find BB Gun In Dorm

A BB gun that looks very much like a real gun was found at Cather Hall on the downtown UN-L campus.  University of Nebraska-Lincoln Police Officer, Vanessa Hohlen tells KFOR NEWS the gun was seen out the window of a moving car at 17th and L around 6pm Sunday.

Heavy Rain Causes Minor Flooding, Road Closures

Reports of 4 to 5 inches or more of rain fell in portions of the Lincoln area late Wednesday night and early Thursday morning, which caused water to rise on many city streets and county roads. 

Power Restored To South Lincoln Neighborhood

Air conditioners are buzzing once again and lights are back on in an area between 20th and 33rd Streets, Van Dorn south to Highway 2, after a power outage that lasted about an hour and 20 minutes Wednesday morning.  

High-Priced Decorative Light Poles Missing

Police need your help in finding three decorative light poles stolen from behind a southeast Lincoln gas station sometime between late Thursday afternoon and mid-afternoon on Friday. 

Homeless Man Attacked and Robbed

Lincoln Police are investigating the robbery and assault of a homeless man.  Officers were called to the bridge near 3rd and "O" Street late Tuesday night. 

City Enters Lease To Extend Fiber Optics Infrastructure

Image result for fiber optic cableMayor Chris Beutler Thursday announced that the City has entered into a lease agreement with Level 3 Communications to extend its fiber optic infrastructure to the City.

Former Husker, Orthopedic Surgeon Strasburger Suspected In Hit and Run

Former Nebraska football player and Lincoln orthopedic surgeon Scott Strasburger is back in trouble again.  Lincoln Police say the 52-year-old Strasburger apparently crashed his SUV into a parked SUV near 51st and South on Tuesday afternoon and was involved in another collision near Cotner and "A" only a few minutes minutes later.  

Lightning Likely Being Blamed For South Lincoln House Fire

A family made it out of their south Lincoln house just in time after a lightning strike ignited a fire early Wednesday morning. Lincoln Fire and Rescue were called to 6801 S. 52nd Street just before 5 a.m. on a report of a house fire.  

Police Looking For Suspects In Dirt Cheap Hold Up

Lincoln Police are in the middle of another robbery investigation, after the Dirt Cheap at 27th and Randolph was robbed shortly after 9:30pm Thursday.  Captain Jeff Bucher tells KFOR News two suspects walked in, one of them armed with a handgun, and demanded money.  

Record Amount Raised For Give To Lincoln Day

The annual Give To Lincoln Day has set a new record for raising money citywide for local non-profits.  More than $3.2-million was raised through the event hosted by the Lincoln Community Foundation.  

Nebraska lawmakers scrap medical marijuana bill for the year

Nebraska will not legalize medical marijuana this year in light of other controversial measures dominating the final days of the legislative session.    Sen. Tommy Garrett of Bellevue asked Wednesday to hold his bill until June 15, ensuring senators will not revisit the debate until next year.

Nebraska family in fatal car crash in Missouri

A Nebraska mother has been killed and four other family members have been injured in a car crash in Rock Port, Missouri.    Police say the five were driving south on Interstate 29 on Tuesday afternoon when their vehicle ran off the pavement into the median and rolled several times. According to authorities, the woman was ejected from the passenger side.

Children's Zoo Schedules Community "Thank You"

The Lincoln Children's Zoo invites the public to "Zoobilee".  It'll be at the Pinnacle Bank Arena August 8th.  Executive Director John Chapo describes it as "the largest free family event the community has ever seen."

Police Investigate Hold Up at NW Lincoln Store

An armed robbery late Tuesday night at a northwest Lincoln convenience store is under investigation.  Police Captain Robert Farber tells KFOR News a man walked into the Fat Dog's Convenience Store at 3100 NW 12th Street around 10pm, armed with a handgun and forcing the clerk into the cooler.

Nebraska Lawmakers Vote To Repeal Death Penalty

Nebraska lawmakers gave final approval to a bill abolishing the death penalty with enough votes to override a promised veto from Republican Gov. Pete Ricketts.  The 32-15 vote on Wednesday was bolstered by conservative senators who oppose capital punishment for fiscal, religious and pragmatic reasons. 

Ricketts Approves New Two-Year State Budget

Nebraska Gov. Pete Ricketts has signed a new two-year budget that includes $408 million in state money for property tax reductions.  The Republican governor announced Wednesday that he approved the $8.7 billion package without vetoes. He says the budget met his goals of increasing property tax relief and slowing state spending increases.  

Driver Killed After Car Hit Pole In Southwest Lincoln

Lincoln Police say a 21-year-old Andrew Martinez was killed in a car accident in the southwes part of the city.  Officer Katie Flood says the crash happened a little before 3 a.m. Wednesday along the eastbound lane of West "A" Street between Southwest 30th and Southwest 31st Streets. 

Driver Whose Truck Was High-Centered On Bridge Suspected of DUI

The Lancaster County Sheriff's Office warns you to not drive through barricades set up for road closures.  On Sunday evening, LSO was called to a bridge near SW 14th and West Sprague after bystanders noticed a truck was stuck on the bridge. 

Woman Attacks Boyfriend For Snoring

A 45-year-old Lincoln woman is accused of assaulting her boyfriend, after she became annoyed of his snoring early Tuesday morning.  Lincoln Police say Elizabeth Hogrefe apparently started to yell and hit him with a pry bar, leaving three large welts. 

Senators Back Study of Medical Cannabis Benefits

Less than a week after pushing a broad medical marijuana bill through a first-round vote, Nebraska lawmakers have advanced a second measure to provide faster, federally approved relief.    

Two Men Arrested For Peddling Without Permit

Lincoln Police are warning you that this time of the year, you'll start to see people going door to door in the neighborhood, trying to sell items like magazines.  They must have a city peddler's permit.  

Lincoln Woman Scammed Out of Thousands Of Dollars

A 74-year-old Lincoln woman is out more than $30,000 when she says she tried to get her laptop fixed last month.  A man calling from a Los Angeles-based phone number contacted the woman, after she got a notification on her laptop about computer viruses.

Death Penalty Repeal Headed To Final Vote In Nebraska

An effort to repeal the death penalty in Nebraska has cleared another critical vote in the Legislature.    Lawmakers voted 30-16 on Friday to advance the repeal measure through the second of three required votes, despite a filibuster led by death penalty supporters.

Nebraska Lawmakers Approve of State Budget

Nebraska lawmakers have given final approval to a new $8.7 billion state budget that includes an increase in state aid for property tax reductions, education and prison expenses.    

Driver's Licenses To Immigrant Youths Clears First Hurdle

Nebraska is a step closer to becoming the last state to issue driver's licenses for youths who were brought into the country illegally but allowed to stay under a federal program.   

Bicyclist In Critical Condition After Being Hit By Car

Image result for lincoln police departmentA Lincoln bicyclist is being watched very closely Tuesday at a Lincoln hospital after being hit by a car on Lincoln's far east side.  The 53 year old was last reported to be in critical condition with life-threatening head injuries.

2 Workers, 2 Inmates Hurt Amid Disorder At Tecumseh Prison

Nebraska prison officials say two staff members were assaulted and two inmates have been injured in an ongoing disturbance at the Tecumseh State Correctional Institution.    

Flooding Starts To Recede In Lincoln

Mayor Chris Beutler says residents in the North and South Bottoms neighborhoods may return to their homes after voluntary evacuations. Beutler said during a press conference Friday that Salt Creek was within one foot of going over the levy in some areas.

Southeast Lincoln Strip Mall Suffers Heavy Fire Damage

Damage is extensive to several businesses, after a 3-alarm fire started around 4am Friday at Old Cheney Plaza near 56th and Old Cheney.  KFOR News talked to Lincoln Fire Battalion Chief Tim Linke at the scene, who says crews faced heavy flames coming from the roof.

Severe Storms, Heavy Rain Hammer Lincoln, SE Nebraska

Flood warnings have been issued for much of southeastern Nebraska, as several inches of rain from overnight thunderstorms runs off already wet ground.  The National Weather Service reported minor flooding on Thursday in Lincoln from Salt Creek, which is nearly 2.5 feet above flood stage and expected to rise 1.5 feet more. 

Roads Blocked Off Due To Flood Waters

The Lancaster County Sheriff's Office tells KFOR NEWS the State Patrol has closed Highway 77 this morning from Rosa Parks Way in Lincoln all the way South to the Lancaster County Line.  Saltillo Road is closed from 14th Street to 27th.  Just before 4:30am Thursday, there was a call to 27th and Saltillo where a car with a woman inside was floating away.  

CITY ELECTION: Mayor Beutler Re-Elected, Council retains and gains two

Incumbent Democrat Chris Beutler won a third-term as Lincoln's mayor on Tuesday, defeating Republican incumbent Andy Stebbing 53% to 47% of the vote in the city's general election.

Tornado, Hail Reported South and East of Lincoln

Two tornado sightings have been reported in southeast Nebraska but remain unconfirmed.  The National Weather Service says a member of law enforcement reported a twister crossing U.S. Highway 77 north of Cortland around 8:25 p.m. Sunday. No injuries were reported.  A storm chaser reported a tornado about two miles northeast of Adams in Gage County 10 minutes later. 

Officer Knocked Out During Arrest

Two officers were injured-one was knocked unconscious while arresting a Lincoln man yesterday afternoon. Officers were called to 13th and 'E' around 4:30 to a disturbance call. Police Captain Jeri Roeder tells KFOR News officers were about to arrest 27-year-old Josiah Samson.

Criticism Over Delayed Report In City's Police and Fire Pension

It's a case of "he said-versus-he said".  Mayor Chris Beutler is receiving criticism over the police and fire department pension fund.  Republican challenger Andy Stebbing released a report Thursday showing that the shortage in the pension fund has grown by $23 Million in the past year. 

Officials Dealing With Lots of Calls of K2 Overdose in Lincoln

Emergency workers have been swamped with overdoses of synthetic marijuana in Lincoln.  Lincoln Fire and Rescue Division Chief Roger Bonin said at a news conference Friday that medics have handled 76 overdoses of the substance in the past week, including a dozen on Thursday.

New Lincoln Headquarters for Sports Video Software Company Hudl

Local sports video software firm Hudl is growing.  The Lincoln-based company will build a new headquarters at Canopy and "P" Streets in the West Haymarket area.  

UPDATE: Fire At La Mexicana Accidental

Fire inspectors believe the 3-alarm fire that destroyed a downtown Lincoln strip mall Monday afternoon was started accidentally by construction workers on the roof.  Lincoln Fire Inspector Rick Campos tells KFOR News he believes a construction company was welding metal when some sparks ignited some wood.

New Study Says State Would Benefit From Medicaid Expansion

Image result for medicaid expansion nebraskaA study by two University of Nebraska at Kearney professors says the state would see economic benefits if Medicaid coverage was expanded to cover more low-income residents. 

Pavement Repairs Start April 8 Along Superior Street

Expect some road work to slow down your commute along Superior Street in northwest Lincoln next week.  Starting Wednesday, April 8, pavement repair work will force lane closures along Superior from Technology Drive to I-180.  

Report Suggests Economic Growth

Image result for economic growthA new report suggests slow economic growth is ahead for nine Midwestern and Plains states.   The survey report issued Wednesday says the overall Mid-America Business Conditions Index dropped to 51.4 in March from 57 in February. 

New Website Focuses on Rural Development

The federal Agriculture Department has launched a new website focused on its rural development programs in Nebraska. The USDA says the new website should be easier to navigate for people looking for loan and grand applications or more details about other programs.

Roll-Over Crash In Northeast Lincoln

Emergency crews say two people and two children were transported to a Lincoln hospital after an accident Friday morning. Two adults and 2 children were taken to a Lincoln hospital after a roll-over crash accident Friday morning.   Lincoln Fire & Rescue Crews and police went to the intersection of 51st. and Adams just after 8:30 this morning.  

Suspect Burglar Caught In The Act Outside Lincoln Home

A man who came home early Wednesday morning near 27th and South saw a man he didn't know rummaging through his car parked in the driveway. 

Millard West Player Statuses In Question After MIP Citations

Millard West could be without one or more of its varsity basketball players when it plays in the state basketball tournament in Lincoln this week.    One 18-year-old member of the team was among some 70 people cited by police for minor in possession at a party in west Omaha on Saturday night.

Shots Fired at North Lincoln Motel

Lincoln Police, and Fire and Rescue, have been called to a Motel 6 near Interstate 80 in North Lincoln after a shooting.  It's isn't known yet whether anyone has been wounded.  The shooting was reported just before11:00 this morning.&nbs

Jenkins Is Competent, Trial Delayed

Image result for nikko jenkins omahaA judge has delayed a ruling on whether a man convicted of killing four people in Omaha within weeks of leaving prison remains incompetent to participate in his sentencing hearing, which could include the death penalty. Judge Peter Bataillon on Tuesday accepted a report from state experts that said Nikko Jenkins was competent and could understand the sentencing proceedings. 

BREAKING NEWS: NU Assistant Warren Reportedly Headed To North Carolina

Sports Illustrated is reporting that Nebraska secondary coach Charlton Warren has accepted a similar job on the University of North Carolina football team.  Warren had just been retained by new Nebraska coach Mike Riley, as the lone holdover from former coach Bo Pelini's staff.  Warren would reunite with Tar Heels head coach Larry Fedora.  

Judge Tosses Lawsuit Over Nikko Jenkin's Prison Release

Image result for nikko jenkinsA judge has tossed out a lawsuit alleging that the state of Nebraska caused a woman's death by freeing Nikko Jenkins from prison. Andrea Kruger was one of four people Jenkins killed within weeks of his release from prison in 2013. The judge ruled the state is immune from liability because Jenkins' release was discretionary and protected by law. 

Kansas Woman Delivers Twins While Heading To Lincoln Hospital

A Kansas mother and her twin babies are doing fine in a Lincoln hospital, after she delivered them in a car near Highway 77 and Saltillo Road early Thursday morning.  Lancaster County Sheriff's Captain Ben Houchin says 36-year-old Laurie Clark and her husband, 39-year-old Kevin Clark, were coming to Lincoln from Barnes, Kansas because of some pregnancy issues. 

BREAKING NEWS: SW Lincoln Sandwich Shop Robbed

Lincoln Police are investigating another armed robbery, this one happening around 7:30am Wednesday at the Subway near 14th and Pine Lake Road. Police tell KFOR News they are looking for a white man, about 6-feet tall with a thin build, wearing a dark hat, gray jacket and blue bandana over his face. 

Ice Jam Causes Flooding On Platte River West of Omaha

At least three people have been rescued from flooding caused by an ice jam on the Platte River in western Douglas County, just west of Omaha.  Authorities say floodwaters began creeping up on the Two Rivers State Recreation Area about 1:15 a.m. Tuesday. The three people rescued had called for help when they became stranded in a pickup. No injuries have been reported. 

Angelou Impressed With Lincoln's Progress, Looking Toward Future

Looking ahead to 2025, the Lincoln Partnership for Economic Development has brought back Angelos Angelou and his Angelou Economics firm to plan future economic growth for Lincoln.  He was in Lincoln 10 years ago to look at the city's economic landscape and was impressed with how much progress has been made when he returned this week.  

Three Measures In Legislature Address Gun Control

Nebraska gun control advocates and opponents are squaring off on a series of new measures in the Legislature. The Judiciary Committee heard testimony Thursday on three pieces of legislation that would expand gun owner rights and one bill that would limit reckless firing. The bills would allow for security teams at private schools to carry guns.

Fire Damages Home Near Murdock

The State Fire Marshall's Office is investigating a basement fire 30 miles from Lincoln near the community of Murdock.  Volunteer Fire Chief Alan Brockhoff says it took crews from 6 departments an hour-and-a-half to bringTuesday night's fire under control at 10209 North 298th Street because of several construction additions previously done on the home.  

Keystone To Top Senate Agenda In January 2015

Senate Republican Leader Mitch McConnell says approving the Keystone XL pipeline will top the Senate agenda in January. The issue could set up an early 2015 veto confrontation with President Barack Obama. Congressional Republicans have been pushing for approval of the pipeline for years. Obama has resisted because of environmental concerns. 

Bomb Threat At Papillion High School

Authorities say they're investigating an anonymous bomb threat against a Papillion high school that was posted online. The Papillion-La Vista School District says it discovered the threat against Papillion-La Vista South High School on Twitter Sunday afternoon. Papillion police searched the school Sunday night and Monday morning and found nothing. 

LPD Searching For Robber In Sunday Night Hold Up

Lincoln Police are looking for the man who tried robbing a grocery store.  Capt. Don Scheinost tells KFOR NEWS just before 9pm Sunday, a man wielding a knife demanded money from the clerk at the Sun Grocery Store at 2412 N Street.  

All-Female Panel Of Court Of Appeals Makes History

An all-female panel of the Nebraska Court of Appeals has heard oral arguments for the first time in state history. The three-judge panel met for oral arguments last week at the University of Nebraska at Kearney. Judges Frankie Moore, Francie Riedmann and Riko Bishop heard several cases and then took questions from students. 

Sen. Fischer Confident That Keystone Pipeline Vote Will Happen Again

Nebraska U-S Senator Deb Fischer says the discussion about the Keystone X-L Pipeline is far from over.  Fischer is one of 59 senators who voted yes on a bill to approve the pipeline Tuesday, but fell one vote short .  She predicts Congress will take up the bill again, and pass it, shortly after the first of the year.  The controversial pipeline is slated to run thru Nebraska,

First N-U Finalist Visit Scheduled

The first of four finalists for the top job at the University of Nebraska will visit the campuses and hold public meetings next week. Dr. George Ross, who's currently President of Central Michigan University, will make stops in Omaha, Kearney, and Lincoln on Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday.

Ricketts Voted As Nebraska's Next Governor

Republican Pete Ricketts, a multimillionaire former executive at TD Ameritrade, has been elected governor of Nebraska.  Voters on Tuesday chose Ricketts, of Omaha, over Democrat Chuck Hassebrook, who for decades headed a center in Lyons that advocated for family farms and rural communities.  

Changes at Indian Center After Saturday's Chaos

Saturday's tailgating at the Indian Center before the Husker game will look a little different than last Saturday when rowdy fans damaged police and sheriff's cruisers, threw bottles at buses and tried tipping a bus load of people. 13 arrests were made, including one felony and 17 tickets. The biggest difference between this Saturday and last Saturday will be no more walk-in traffic. Only vehicles will be allowed in.

City Council Approves Comcast Buyout of Time Warner

Approval from the Lincoln City Council Monday of the cable franchise agreement between Comcast and the city of Lincoln, if the FCC approves of Comcast's buyout of Time Warner Cable. The change would not initially affect rates for cable, internet, or phone service; However, that does not mean rates couldn't increase in the future. 

Report Questions Nebraska Education Funding

A new report says Nebraska's K-12 public schools rely more heavily on local taxes for funding than any other state in the nation. The report released Monday by the OpenSky Policy Institute notes that more than 55 percent of school funding came from local sources in the last school year, while nearly 37 percent came from the state. The rest came from federal sources. Renee Fry, the group's

Colorado Pot Intercept Near Seward

Two men from Colorado face charges after the discovery of nearly 100 pounds of marijuana in a car in Nebraska. The State Patrol says the men were stopped Sunday morning on Interstate 80 in Seward County for following too close. The trooper searched the car, and 99 pounds of marijuana was found in a suitcase in the trunk. The 29 year old driver, and the 26-year-old passenger, both from Aurora,

Lincoln Man Dies Falling From Vehicle Roof

A Lincoln man has been identified as the victim who died in a single vehicle accident late Saturday night. It happened shortly after midnight on 52nd Street between Spruce and LaSalle. Lincoln Police say 27 year old James Rubio climbed out the sunroof of a sport-utility vehicle, fell to the street, and died. The driver of the vehicle was 34 year old Lindsey McAllister, also of Lincoln.

Panhandle Bond Issue Certified

Voters in the northwest Nebraska city of Chadron will decide whether to approve a one-half percent sales and use tax to pay for a proposed swimming pool center. The Dawes County Clerk's office told city officials Tuesday night that the measure had qualified for the Nov. 4 general election ballot.

Hearing Set to Find Psychiatric Facility for Jenkins

(8-7-14) A judge has set a hearing to find a psychiatric facility that will treat an Omaha man found too mentally unfit to undergo sentencing for killing four people. The hearing will be held more than two weeks after Douglas County District Judge Peter Bataillon ordered Nikko Jenkins to the state's psychiatric hospital in Lincoln for treatment.

Pershing Center Holds Last Concert August 6

(8-7-14) The Goo Goo Dolls will be known as the last live act at Pershing. It's not the last event at Pershing; the No Coast Derby Girls still have some matches this month, but the Goo Goo Dolls will be the last concert. Their last encore song on August 6 was a Supertramp cover, "Give A Little Bit."

City Clerk to Pay Restitution for Theft

A former city clerk in the south-central Nebraska town of Fairfield has been sentenced to five years of probation and must pay back $55,000 to the city she's convicted of embezzling. Jennifer Bassett appeared at a restitution hearing in Clay County District Court at which prosecutors showed that she took $96,000.

Interpreter Accused of Theft From Client

A Lincoln woman who translated bank information into English for an elderly woman has been accused of stealing more than $13,000 from her. Lincoln police say 19-year-old Martha M. Rik was arrested Thursday on suspicion of theft by deception and identity theft. Court records do not list an attorney. The 64-year-old woman contacted authorities in May to report that money was missing.

Walking Pneumonia Outbreak At Nursing Home Turns Deadly

A quarantine has been lifted at a Columbus nursing home where a respiratory illness contributed to the deaths of five patients. The quarantine was imposed June 19 at Golden LivingCenter-Columbus. Health officials say that as of Wednesday, 34 patients and 15 staff members had caught the illness. The home has about 130 patients and 140 employees.

"P" Street Temporarily One Lane

(7-2-14) For several days each of the next three weeks, traffic on “P” Street from 11th Street to Centennial Mall will be reduced to one lane of traffic during daytime, off-peak hours. The lane restrictions are expected to take place Mondays through Wednesdays. The closures will be for asphalt patching and the installation of permanent pavement markings as part of the streetscape project.

Prisons To Study Reform Of Solitary Confinement

Nebraska's beleaguered prison system is going to get some help from a national agency. The Vera Institute of Justice has selected Nebraska as one of five states to participate in a study on alternatives to solitary confinement.

SALTDOGS BASEBALL: Lincoln Falls In Series Finale, Smith Records 700th Hit

The Lincoln Saltdogs jumped out to an early 3-0 lead, but the Gary SouthShore RailCats quickly came back to win the series finale 5-3 to avoid the home sweep at U.S. Steel Yard Sunday afternoon.  

SALTDOGS BASEBALL: Lincoln Sweeps Fargo-Moorhead In Extra Innings

The Lincoln Saltdogs (11-22) got more terrific starting pitching, squandered a late lead and then won in walk-off fashion for the second time in three nights as they topped the Fargo-Moorhead RedHawks (9-24) 4-3 to complete the series sweep.

Virginia Wins 1st CWS Title In 4-2 Win Over Vanderbilt

Pavin Smith homered and drove in three runs and Brandon Waddell turned in another strong College World Series pitching performance, leading Virginia over Vanderbilt 4-2 on Wednesday night for the school's first baseball national championship.  

NSAA Director Blanford-Green Resigns

The executive director of the Nebraska School Activities Association has resigned a month after the association's board of directors voted not to extend her contact.    Rhonda Blanford-Green, a former All-America track athlete at Nebraska, took over as executive director in July 2012.

SALTDOGS BASEBALL: Lincoln Scores Two In Extra-Innings Win

Aaron Payne had three hits, including the game winner for his first professional RBI as the Lincoln Saltdogs (9-22) edged the Fargo-Moorhead RedHawks (9-22) 4-3 in walk-off fashion in front of 2,151 fans at Haymarket Park Monday night.  

Bulls Forward, Former Creighton Star McDermott Named SGA Grand Marshal

Chicago Bulls forward and former Creighton University basketball star Doug McDermott has been named Grand Marshal of the State Games of America (SGA) Parade of Athletes. 

SALTDOGS BASEBALL: 13 Runners Stranded As Explorers Beat Lincoln

Curt Smith collected three hits but the Saltdogs (8-16) stranded a season-high 13 runners in a 9-1 loss at division-leading Sioux City Explorers (17-6) in front of 2,656 fans at Lewis and Clark Park Monday night.   

NU WOMEN'S BASKETBALL: Former Husker, LNE Star Ford Returns As Assistant

Former Nebraska and Lincoln Northeast point guard Ashley Ford will return home as an assistant coach with the Nebraska women's basketball program, Coach Connie Yori announced on Monday. 

SALTDOGS BASEBALL: Lincoln Avoids Sweep, Routs Winnipeg

Every starter got a hit and former big leaguer Shairon Martis won his debut as the Lincoln Saltdogs (6-13) routed the Winnipeg Goldeyes (8-11) 14-5 to avoid the sweep in front of 4,415 fans at Haymarket Park Wednesday night.

HUSKER FOOTBALL: Santos won't return; 2 other players to transfer

Nebraska football coach Mike Riley says linebacker David Santos and two other players won't return to the Cornhuskers.    Santos had major knee surgery after starting eight games last season and 19 in his career. 

SALTDOGS BASEBALL: Two Homers Not Enough To Overcome Goldeyes

Mitch Canham and Jon Gaston each homered but once again the pitching was a letdown as the Saltdogs (5-13) fell to the Winnipeg Goldeyes (8-10) 8-6 in front of 2,650 fans at Haymarket Park Tuesday night. 

Husker Catcher, Former LSW Star Lubach Picked By Angels

Nebraska's Senior catcher Tanner Lubach was picked by the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim in the ninth round of the 2015 MLB Draft on Tuesday, marking the 37th straight year a Husker has been drafted. 

HUSKER FOOTBALL: Crouch, Wiegert Make Hall of Fame Ballots

Former Nebraska Heisman Trophy-winning quarterback Eric Crouch and Outland Trophy award winner Zach Wiegert are among 76 former Football Bowl Subdivision players on the 2016 College Football Hall of Fame Ballot, which was released by the National Football Foundation on Tuesday.  

NWU SOFTBALL: Yori Named New Head Coach

Mary Yori has been named the new head softball coach at Nebraska Wesleyan.  Yori, the older sister of Nebraska Women's Basketball coach Connie Yori, will work full time as the Prairie Wolves' softball coach and the school's intramural director.  

NWU Men's Golf: Clouse Resigns As Head Coach

Nebraska Wesleyan has announced that David Clouse will resign his position as Head Men’s Golf Coach effective immediately. In his only season as golf coach, Clouse led the Prairie Wolves to a Great Plains Athletic Conference runner-up finish.

SALTDOGS BASEBALL: Laredo Overpower's Lashley's Grand Slam

Ryan Lashley laced a grand slam but shortly after, the offense shut down as the Laredo Lemurs (4-7) blew by the Saltdogs (4-7) 12-5 in front of 1,334 fans at Uni-Trade Stadium Monday night.   

Nebraska coach Miles' pay hits $2 million after down season

Tim Miles has received a 21-percent raise that makes him the first Nebraska basketball coach to be paid $2 million a year.    The school released Miles' new salary on Wednesday, a day after he received a one-year contract extension through 2019-2020.

NU BASKETBALL: Miles, Yori Receive Contract Extensions

Nebraska men's basketball coach Tim Miles has had his contract extended one year through the 2019-20 season.    Athletic department spokesman Shamus McKnight confirmed the extension Tuesday. 

Nebraska to open 2017 football season against Arkansas St.

Nebraska will open the 2017 football season against Arkansas State in Lincoln.    The Nebraska athletic department announced Monday that the Red Wolves would visit Memorial Stadium on Sept. 2. The game will be the third between the schools.

Pelini's job at Youngstown St. to save Nebraska $1.4 million

The Nebraska athletic department will save about $1.4 million in contract buyout pay to Bo Pelini with the former football coach's hiring at Youngstown State.    

Nebraska Wide Receiver Tolbert Cited For Drug Paraphernalia

University of Nebraska-Lincoln campus police say redshirt freshman wide receiver Jariah Tolbert has been ticketed on suspicion of possession of drug paraphernalia.  Police Sgt. Dave Dibelka said Friday that Tolbert, 19, of Belle Chasse, Louisiana, was cited early Thursday along with two 19-year-old women.  

Former Husker I-Back Baldwin Dies at 45

Scott Baldwin, whose promising career at Nebraska in the early 1990s ended because of injuries and his battles with mental illness, has died.  Baldwin's family said through the Nebraska athletic department that he died of cardiac arrest Wednesday in New Jersey. He was 45.  

HUSKER MEN'S BASKETBALL: NU To Play Villanova In Tipoff Games

For the first time in more than 16 years, the Nebraska Men's Basketball team will play Villanova next season.  The matchup between the Huskers and Wildcats will be part of the Gavitt Tipoff Games in November, which features eight games between Big Ten and Big East teams over the next eight seasons.  

HUSKER BASKETBALL: Petteway Declares For NBA Draft

 Nebraska junior guard Terran Petteway announced Thursday morning that he is forgoing his senior season to declare for the 2015 NBA Draft.  Petteway, a fourth-year junior from Galveston, Texas, is on track to earn his degree in May and has spent the last three seasons at Nebraska after transferring from Texas Tech.

2015 Husker Volleyball Schedule Is Set

The Nebraska volleyball program has announced its 2015 season schedule. After leading the nation in attendance for the second straight season with 8,083 fans per match last season, the Huskers will play 15 regular-season matches at the Bob Devaney Sports Center in 2015.

Inaugural UNL Athletic Hall of Fame Class Announced

The University of Nebraska proudly announced the inaugural class of the University of Nebraska Athletics Hall of Fame on Tuesday, March 17. A total of 22 distinguished student-athletes will be enshrined this fall in conjunction with the Huskers’ season-opening football game against BYU.

HUSKER BASEBALL: Headley's Hot Bat Powers NU Over Bears

For the second straight game senior Blake Headley roped a pair of triples, and freshman Scott Schreiber add another, to power the Nebraska baseball team to a 9-2 win over the Northern Colorado Bears. 

HUSKER MEN'S BASKETBALL: Last Second Shot Falls Short For NU

D.J. Newbill scored 26 points, Shep Garner added 19 and Penn State hung on to beat Nebraska 68-65 Wednesday in the Big Ten tournament opener.    

COLLEGE BASKETBALL: Creighton Stays Alive, Holds Off DePaul

James Milliken scored 22 points and Creighton took charge of a tight game in the second half for a 78-63 victory over DePaul in the first round of the Big East Tournament on Wednesday night.    

Millard West Player Statuses In Question After MIP Citations

Millard West could be without one or more of its varsity basketball players when it plays in the state basketball tournament in Lincoln this week.    One 18-year-old member of the team was among some 70 people cited by police for minor in possession at a party in west Omaha on Saturday night.

HUSKER MEN'S BASKETBALL: Miles Bans His Players From Locker Room After Loss To I

Aaron White had 18 points and 11 rebounds, and Iowa rode a 21-2 run to end the first half to a 74-46 victory over the Nebraska Men's Basketball team on Sunday.  

HUSKER MEN'S BASKETBALL: NU Falls At No. 16 Maryland

Melo Trimble scored 26 points, including a pair of pivotal 3-pointers down the stretch, and No. 16 Maryland squeezed past Nebraska 69-65 Thursday night in the first-ever meeting between the teams in men's basketball.  Walter Pitchford came off the bench to score 19 points for Nebraska, who now falls to 13-13 overall.  

BREAKING NEWS: NU Assistant Warren Reportedly Headed To North Carolina

Sports Illustrated is reporting that Nebraska secondary coach Charlton Warren has accepted a similar job on the University of North Carolina football team.  Warren had just been retained by new Nebraska coach Mike Riley, as the lone holdover from former coach Bo Pelini's staff.  Warren would reunite with Tar Heels head coach Larry Fedora.  

HUSKER WOMEN'S BASKETBALL: 'Bama Upsets 12th-Ranked Huskers

Nikki Hegstetter scooped a loose ball off the floor to score with less than two seconds to play and Alabama survived a missed final shot to upset 12th-ranked Nebraska 53-51 on Sunday.  Hegstetter had two baskets and two offensive boards by that point but was in the right spot to scoop an Ashley Williams miss off the floor and toss in her own shot as the Crimson Tide (8-3) handed Nebraska it's first loss of the season (7-1).

Abdullah Finalist for Two National Awards

University of Nebraska senior I-back Ameer Abdullah was selected as a finalist for a pair of awards Tuesday afternoon. The Homewood, Ala., native was chosen as one of 10 finalists for the 2014 Senior CLASS Award and one of 12 finalists for the 2014 Wuerffel Award.

Silver Hawks Still In State Softball Tourney After Day One

Lincoln Southwest is still alive in the NSAA State High School Softball Tournament, after falling in their first game in the Class A tournament 12-6 to Papillion-LaVista, but bouncing back to beat Lincoln North Star 4-0 in an elimination game Thursday at the Smith Softball Complex in Hastings.   

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