Man Stabbed in Right Hand


An early morning stabbing sends a 23-year-old man to the hospital. Around one this morning at 4540 North 70 Street, he got into an argument with an acquaintance, who then stabbed him in his right hand with a knife. Police Captain Robert Farber tells KFOR News the victim left the residence, called police and was treated at St. Elizabeth Medical Center for a non-life threatening injury. 33-year-old Natasha Mutchler was arrested for 2nd degree assault and use of a weapon.

Anesthesia Reaction Kills Scottsbluff Zebra Foal


Zoo officials in Scottsbluff say it was a reaction to anesthesia that killed a zebra foal that was about to be castrated. The young zebra, named Olaf, was born earlier this year and was to be routinely castrated last week. But Anne James, executive director of the Riverside Discovery Center in Scottsbluff, said Wednesday morning that Olaf had "an unanticipated reaction" to the anesthetic and died immediately, without suffering.

Casmer: Told To Parole More Prisoners


A person appointed to the state Parole Board by Governor Heineman says the governor's chief-of-staff told her and another board member, they should "be concerned about losing their jobs for not paroling enough people."  

No Need To Separate Yard Waste From Trash Dec. 1st


Beginning Monday,  Lincoln and Lancaster County residents will no longer be required to separate grass and leaves from their household trash.  A state law requires that grass and leaves be separated from household trash from April 1 through November 30 of each year. The grass and leaves are taken to the City’s compost facility.  

Man Wanted In Lincoln, Jailed In Pennsylvania


Pennsylvania State Police say a Michigan man has been jailed on charges he stayed at a posh southwestern Pennsylvania resort by pretending to be a doctor.   41-year-old Jeffrey Cochran was arraigned Wednesday on theft charges stemming from his May 15 to May 28 stay at the Resort. Cochran is also wanted by authorities in Lincoln. 

Rare White Cub Born At Henry Doorly Zoo


Omaha zoo officials say one of its lionesses has given birth to a rare white cub.   The Henry Doorly Zoo and Aquarium says the male cub is one of three cubs born late last week, two males and one female. Zoo officials say lion cubs typically weigh about 3 pounds at birth and that their cubs weigh just over 4 pounds.  

Flood Warning In Hall County Over Holiday Weekend


The National Weather Service has issued a flood warning for Hall County in south-central Nebraska. The service says an ice jam has formed in a channel of the Platte River south of Interstate 80 near Grand Island. The service warns that floodwater could reach businesses on the south side of the interstate at Exit 312.  The warning is scheduled to expire at 3 p.m. Saturday.

Emergency Landing In Crete Tuesday


Saline County Emergency Management officials say no one was injured in an emergency landing after a small plane's landing gear malfunctioned.  The plane carrying two people circled the Crete Municipal Airport on Tuesday before descending without its front wheel. The plane landed on its back wheels and nose before skidding to a stop.  

More People Using Lincoln Airport


You're likely to see more people using the Lincoln Airport.  Passenger numbers were up last month by 1%.  Lincoln's new airport executive director, David Haring, points out people are excited about the daily non-stop flights to Atlanta...PLUS, tickets out of Lincoln are within $100, in some cases, of similar flights out of Omaha. 

Convicted Killer Jenkins Files Another Lawsuit Against The State


The man convicted of first-degree murder in four 2013 shootings shortly after he was released from prison has filed another lawsuit accusing the state of failing to adequately treat his mental illness.  Nikko Jenkins is seeking $1.7 million in damages because he says his mental health deteriorated during more than two years in solitary confinement.  

Governor Appoints New County Judge


Governor Dave Heineman has appointed Holly Parsley of Hickman to a Lancaster County Court Judgeship. Since 1998, Parsley, 43, has been a Deputy County Attorney and prosecutor in the Lancaster County Attorney’s office. Prior to that, Parsley was a deputy public defender for Saline, Thayer, Clay, and Gage Counties.  She replaces Judge Gale Pokorny.

Creighton University President Retiring Sooner Than Expected


Creighton University President Timothy Lannon has announced that he'll be leaving his post sooner than expected.   Lannon cited his health in an email to Creighton staffers and students on Tuesday.  He said he'll resign effective Jan. 20, six months earlier than planned. He'd begun planning his retirement after falling ill a year ago.   

County Board Saves $2M With Re-Fi


Lincoln and Lancaster County taxpayers will save a couple million dollars in interest, after the County Board approved a big re-financing today. Commissioners received a proposal from Scott Keene of Ameritas to re-finance the remaining debt on the city-county health department building and the Hall of Justice. 

UNMC Scientist Dr. Harman Dies


The scientist who developed the most widely accepted theory on aging that's used study cancer and other diseases has died in Nebraska. Dr. Denham Harman developed the "Free Radical Theory of Aging" in 1954, though it took years for additional research to prove its importance. 

Former Tilted Kilt Manager Pleads No Contest


A former Lincoln restaurant manager has been convicted of recording images of women changing clothes in an employee locker room.   29-year-old Dustin Lindgren entered no contest pleas to two counts of unlawful intrusion. Lindgren was manager of the Tilted Kilt Pub & Eatery at Gateway when he used a cellphone hidden in a jacket pocket to record at least 12 women in January and February. 

Jails, Prisons Are Biggest Mental Health Treatment Centers


A longtime psychologist says Nebraska has dismantled important mental health services over the last decade, effectively turning jails and prisons into the state's biggest treatment centers.   University of Nebraska-Lincoln psychologist William Spaulding told a legislative committee Tuesday that a law designed to reduce dependence on state hospitals wasn't properly implemented.  

Ricketts Announces Top Budget, Policy Advisors


Nebraska Gov.-elect Pete Ricketts has named his top budget and policy advisers.   Ricketts announced Tuesday that he will retain Gerry Oligmueller as the state budget administrator and Lauren Kintner as his policy director and general counsel.   Oligmueller has served as budget administrator since 1995.

Third Candidate for Top NU Job Visiting in December


The Third if three final candidates for President of the University of Nebraska has scheduled a campus visit for December. Dr. Michael Martin, who's currently president of Colorado State University in Fort Collins, will visit Lincoln, Omaha and Kearney December 9-12th. He'll visit the University of Nebraska-Omaha campus on Tuesday the 9th, the University Medical Center and the Kearney Campus on Wednesday the 10th, and then have a job interview before the Board of Regents and a public forum on Thursday the 11th.

No Criminal Charges for Prison Employees


None of the state employees who were blamed for Nebraska's prison sentence miscalculations will face criminal charges. Nebraska Attorney General Jon Bruning and Lancaster County Attorney Joe Kelly announced the decision Monday as they released the findings of their investigation. Bruning says some Department of Correctional Services employees were lazy and uninterested in their jobs, but prosecutors can't prove that they intentionally violated the law.

Small Business Saturday Hopes to Bring in Local Bucks


Mayor Beutler wants you to shop local. On Monday he announced details of Small Business Saturday, a campaign emphasizing local business support, and urged everyone to shop at a locally owned business during the Holidays. Small Business Saturday is tucked between Black Friday and Cyber Monday.

Yo-Yo Ma Coming to Town


World-renowned cellist, Yo-Yo Ma, is scheduled to speak at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln next month. Ma will appear at the university's Lied Center for Performing Arts the evening of December 5th for the E.N. Thompson Forum on World Issues. The lecture will focus on the importance of culture to individuals and societies. A concert the night before is already sold out.

Fire In Vacant Central Lincoln Home Under Investigation


Lincoln Fire officials believe homeless people may have been inside a vacant home that caught on fire just before 5am Monday at 26th and Holdrege.  Acting Battalion Chief Jeremy Gegg says no one was hurt in the fire, that was mostly contained to the basement and first floor.  

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.  

Center For People In Need Helping Needy Families For Thanksgiving


About 1,400 people have food for Thanksgiving, thanks to the Center For People In Need in Lincoln.  More people will be helped Monday thanks to the center's Thanksgiving Drive.  Center Executive Director, Beatty Brasch, says families were lined up on Sunday, four hours before doors opened.  

Fire Displaces Apartment Residents


A fire on Saturday displaces residents of a South Lincoln apartment complex. It happened at 3210 Carnelian Street. Our media partner 1011 News reports that the fire started from a balcony on the third floor. LFR said the damage is about $10,000. The cause is still under investigation.

Lincoln Man Dies in Farming Accident


Officials say a Lincoln man has died in an accident at a turkey farm in Waverly. The Lancaster County Sheriff's office says the accident happened Friday afternoon at Bevans Enterprises, Inc. Investigators say the man, 34-year-old Joaquin Danilo Mina Munoz, was killed after his clothing became caught in the auger of a grain truck.

Report: Navy Admiral Made Casino Chips


A criminal investigative report obtained by The Associated Press says the Navy admiral fired last year as the No. two commander of U.S. nuclear forces may have counterfeited $500 poker chips with paint and stickers, and used them at the Horseshoe Casino in Council Bluffs. Although Rear Adm. Timothy M. Giardina's punishment for using fake gambling chips was announced earlier this year, it has not been revealed until now that evidence points to Giardina's possible role in making the counterfeit chips.

Last Chance for Energy Incentives


It's getting close to being your last chance to be a part of Lincoln Electric System's 2014 Sustainable Energy Program. The program kicked of in January with $4 Million in incentive funds for customers who purchase energy-efficient products or services. There is now less than $500,000 left.

State Public School Graduation Rate Just Short of 90 Percent


Nebraska's public high-school graduation rate increased slightly this year, but came up just shy of the 90 percent goal set by state officials.  The Department of Education announced Friday that 89.7 percent of high school seniors graduated in 2014. Last year, 88.5 percent of seniors graduated.  

Nebraska's Unemployment Rate Drops In October


A newly released report says Nebraska's preliminary unemployment rate for October dropped to 3.4 percent.  The Nebraska Labor Department said in the report released Friday that the rate was four-tenths of a point under the October 2013 rate of 3.8 percent.  The new Nebraska figure remains well below the preliminary national unemployment rate of 5.8 percent in October. 

Fire Destroys Camper Outside West Lincoln Business


It's too early to say what may have started a 5th-wheel camper on fire around 4am Friday outside of Feller's AutoPlex at 930 West "P" Street.  Lincoln Fire Battalion Chief Leo Benes tells KFOR News at the scene firefighters managed the cold to knock down flames, reducing heavy smoke pouring into the business. 

Bennet Man In Jail For Having Illegal Weapons


A 32-year-old man is behind bars after he carried and shot an illegal weapon at a party last weekend near Bennet.  Troy Carter was found at his Bennet home Thursday night with two sawed-off shotguns.  The Lancaster County Sheriff's Office say Carter had taken one of the guns to the party on Saturday and fired several shots in the air.  

Police Investigating Teen's Death As Possible Suicide


A senior at East High School has died, after either jumping or falling off a parking garage in downtown Lincoln on Thursday afternoon.   It happened at the Que Place Garage near 11th and "Q".   Lincoln Police identified the teen as 18-year-old Tony Kirkpatrick, the son of City Attorney Jeff Kirkpatrick. 

BCBS of Nebraska Denies CHI Health's Contract Offer


Blue Cross Blue Shield of Nebraska is rejecting the latest contract offer from one of the state's biggest medical networks because the insurer says the offer still costs too much.  CHI Health officials offered a new agreement to Blue Cross earlier this week that would have cut rates by $10 million. 

Ross Has Interview For NU President's Job


Honest, caring, and open.  That's the way Dr. George Ross describes himself as a leader.  Ross was interviewed on Thursday by the Board of Regents for the presidency of the University of Nebraska.  He said a good leader also makes sure that all stakeholders share the vision for the school's future.  

Lincoln's Economy Surging Through Public-Private Business Partnerships


When it comes to Lincoln's economy, it's surging.   The city has one of the lowest unemployment rates in the nation and employment growth outpacing the national rate, according to business indicators from a quarterly UNL study.  Mayor Chris Beutler on Thursday credited public-private partnerships for helping the City recover from the great recession.  

Break In At South Lincoln Jewelry Store


Lincoln Police are investigating a burglary early Thursday morning at Goldsmith Jewelers near 56th and Old Cheney.   Sgt. Jeri Roeder says officers found broken glass cases inside and the glass door was damaged.  

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. 

Country Club Area Home Suffers Fire Damage


A home on the eastern edge of Lincoln's Country Club area suffers some damage from a lunchtime fire on Wednesday.   LFR Battalion Chief Tim Linke tells KFOR News at the scene they were called just before noon to 3260 Van Dorn about a fire in the kitchen.  

Carbon Monoxide Forces Evacuation At Northeast Lincoln Retirement Home


High carbon monoxide levels forced evacuation of an assisted living facility in Lincoln late Wednesday morning.   It was a carbon monoxide leak at Lincoln Manor, near 49th and Baldwin. Lincoln Fire officials say residents were taken to a nearby church while firefighters ventilated the building.  

Convicted Felon Arrested For Stealing Gun From Relative's Home


A Lincoln man is in jail after being talked out of his home by SWAT.  Police Officer Katie Flood says 37 year old Jacob Brehm was developed as a suspect in a Saturday evening robbery in the 900 block of Santa Monica Ave where several firearms, including an AK-47, were stolen from a relative's home. 

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,

NSP To Do Special Enforcement In Lincoln Friday


Reducing the potential for serious injury and fatality crashes in the Lincoln area will be the focus of a special State Patrol enforcement planned for this Friday.  According to the Lincoln Police Department, since the first of the year there have been 13 fatalities related to motor vehicle crashes in the city of Lincoln. That compares with seven in 2013 and nine in 2012. 

State Officials, Local Family Encourage You To Not Drink And Drive


If you plan to celebrate the holidays by drinking, do it responsibly and have a plan in place for someone to take you home.   Mothers Against Drunk Driving is coordinating the Red Ribbon campaign again, by tying a ribbon on your vehicle and pledging not to drink and drive.  

Police Report: Former Coach Backhanded Girl


New details in the departure of Omaha Creighton Prep's football coach and school counselor.  In a story you heard us talk about Monday, Chris Nizzi resigned after a police incident at his Omaha home early Saturday morning, just hours after the Junior Jays earned their way to the Class A football championship game.   

Ebola Patient Being Treated at UNMC Dies


An Omaha hospital says an Ebola patient being treated in its biocontainment unit has died.  Nebraska Medical Center said in a news release Monday that Dr. Martin Salia died as a result of the disease.  Salia contracted Ebola while working as a surgeon in Sierra Leone. He arrived Saturday to be treated at the Omaha hospital, where two other Ebola patients have been successfully treated.

Students Play Role In Painting Snow Plows


Eleven more snow plows that will be helping with any snow removal this winter have been painted by students in Lincoln Public Schools.   It's part of this year's Artistic Snow Plow project that started two years ago. 

Woman Robbed By Two Men In Her North Lincoln Apartment


A 22 year old Lincoln woman was not ready for what happened to her Thursday night. She was home in her apartment at 40th and Superior when two men barged thru the front door.  One was armed....they demanded to know where she kept the money.  The woman wasn't harmed, but the two men got away with cash and her cell phone.  

No Materials Laid Out Before Snow, Equipment Being Upgraded


Drivers in Lincoln are used to seeing brine stripes on the streets ahead of snow or ice .  Brine is a mixture of salt and water, but you didn't see any Tuesday morning.  Lincoln Public Works Maintenance Manager Ty Barger tells KFOR NEWS no brine has been made yet.  The city started preparing for winter in late August by getting new brine distributing equipment installed.

Firefighters Battle Havelock House Fire In Frigid Temps


The cause of a 2-alarm fire inside a home at 6201 Kearney Avenue is still under investigation, but fire investigators say it originated on a stove pipe outside the house.  Lincoln Firefighters were called around 3:45am Tuesday, where flames were seen by first arriving crews.   Everyone got out safely.  The fire was on the second floor of the house. 

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.

October Tax Receipts Fall Below State Forecast


A new report says net tax receipts for Nebraska state government were below projections in October. The Department of Revenue reported Monday that the state collected $222 million last month, which is nearly 9 percent below the certified forecast.  The certified forecast of $244 million was set by the Nebraska Economic Forecasting Advisory Board in February.  

Police Make Arrest In Capitol Beach Burglary


Lincoln Police have arrested a suspect in connection with a burglary that happened between Thursday morning and Friday in an apartment complex on the 500 block of Surfside Drive, which is in Lincoln's Capitol Beach area.  Police believe 45-year-old Anthony Richardson and maybe another suspect took a handgun, electronic devices, and a safe filled with three rifles. 

Man Rolls SUV, Then Drives To Bar To Pickup Girlfriend


A 25-year-old man apparently had been drinking and rolled his vehicle, before he went to pick up his girlfriend at the Roca Tavern.  It happened early Sunday morning according to Lancaster County Chief Deputy Sheriff Jeff Bliemeister. 

UNL Frat Member Cited After Underage Woman Was Found Intoxicated


Authorities have cited a 21-year-old UNL fraternity member for procuring alcohol to a minor, after a 19-year-old woman got heavily intoxicated on a party bus Friday night.  Lincoln Police say the bus was stopped at 8th and "R" Street, when paramedics were called and took the woman to an area hospital for treatment.   

Ricketts, Heineman Meet To Discuss Transition


With the election over, Nebraska Gov.-elect Pete Ricketts is preparing to make the transition to office.  Ricketts met with outgoing Gov. Dave Heineman on Thursday to talk about the state budget process, personnel issues and other matters related to the office's day-to-day operations. 

Lautenbaugh Leaving Office Early Before Term Ends


Omaha Senator Scott Lautenbaugh, whose term expires in January, says he plans to leave office early. He made the announcement Thursday. Lautenbaugh says he plans to focus on his law practice. He may also pursue work as a lobbyist.  

Arrests in October 22nd Robbery/Shooting Near Downtown


An arrest in connection to an October 22nd shooting and robbery near 27th and Capitol Parkway, where a 23-year-old man was wounded in his left arm.  19-year-old Jamal Haynes was tracked down at a home in Omaha by the Metro Fugitive Task Force.  

2nd District Rep. Terry Concedes Race To Democrat Ashford


Sixteen-year Republican incumbent Lee Terry has conceded to challenger Brad Ashford, making Ashford the first Democrat elected to the Omaha-based 2nd Congressional District in 22 years.  With all precincts counted, Ashford was ahead by more than 4,000 votes, with about 13,600 early ballots yet to be counted. But Terry conceded defeat Wednesday afternoon.  

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.  

Republican Sasse Wins Senate Seat


Based on projections by the Associated Press, Nebraska voters have overwhelmingly elected Republican Ben Sasse to the U.S. Senate over Democrat David Domina.  Sasse easily won election Tuesday, replacing Republican Mike Johanns, who didn't seek re-election.  

Voters Approve Wage Rise To $9 An Hour


Voters have approved a measure raising Nebraska's minimum wage to $9 an hour by 2016.  The measure won Tuesday despite opposition from most Republican officials and business leaders, who argued it would hurt companies and force them to cut jobs. 

Fortenberry Wins Sixth Term In Senate


Republican Jeff Fortenberry has easily won election to a sixth term representing Nebraska's 1st US House district.  Based on Associated Press projections, voters Tuesday chose Fortenberry over Democrat Dennis Crawford, a lawyer from Lincoln.  In his campaign for re-election, Fortenberry called for balancing the federal budget and reducing spending. 

Lincoln Woman Accused Of Hitting Another Woman Over Parking Spot


It can be frustrating to be waiting for a parking spot and someone else takes it, but a Lincoln woman appears to have taken it too far.   Police Officer Katie Flood says 36-year-old Kimberly Pankratius apparently was mad that another woman and her husband took a parking spot she was waiting for in the Wal-Mart lot near 27th and Grainger Parkway on Saturday.  

Search Committee Names Four Finalists For NU President


The University of Nebraska's presidential search committee has named four finalists to replace former President J.B. Milliken.  The finalists announced on Monday are Hank Bounds, Mississippi's commissioner for higher education; Michael Martin, chancellor of the Colorado State University System; Sally Rockey, deputy director for extramural research at the National Institutes of (Click headline for more on this story).

Three Men Arrested For August Murder At North Lincoln Apartment


Three men have been arrested in the August 30th murder of 21 year old Maurice Williams during a home invasion robbery in an apartment at 50th and Vine Streets.  Lincoln Police spokesperson Katie Flood says 23 year old Derick Lewis, 19 year old Joshua Nootenboom-Carr and 23 year old Jason Holmes are in jail.  

Sidewalk Repair In Lincoln On Track To Be Fixed Within Two Years


City officials say crews are on track to fix the back log of sidewalk improvements throughout Lincoln over the next 14 months.  Along with that, there have been 250 sidewalk curb ramps fixed or installed to ensure better access for you.  Mayor Chris Beutler says about a year ago, he and City Council members along with public works officials talked about how to fund this repair project.

Arena Year-End Budget In Black


Mayor Chris Beutler is calling Pinnacle Bank Arena a success story, saying Thursday the year-end operating budget for the one-year-old facility ended in the black, by nearly $33,000.  Beutler chairs the Joint Public Agency that over sees the Arena.   NU Regent Tim Clare is a fellow JPA member and says this whole project has been a success since the beginning. 

Woman Hurt "Car Surfing" On County Road North of Lincoln


Lancaster County Sheriff Terry Wagner says a 23-year-old Lincoln woman has suffered several scrapes after falling off the hood of a moving care while trying to "car surf" on a county road near Davey.  

North Lincoln Convenience Store Robbed At Gunpoint


Lincoln Police are looking for the man who held up Mills Squeegee near 27th and Superior.  It happened around 4am Thursday. Captain Bob Farber tells KFOR NEWS the man had a gun, pulled the trigger, but the gun didn't go off.  He stole the clerk's purse and money from the register.  

Woman Assaulted During Armed Robbery


A woman went to the hospital late Wednesday night after being assaulted by an armed robber.  Lincoln Police Capt. Bob Farber tells KFOR NEWS just after 11pm outside an apartment building at 6107 NW 2nd Circle, the woman was approached by a man who pointed a gun at her and demanded her purse.  

Grocery Store Robbed At Gunpoint


The search is on for robbers of a south Lincoln food market.  Police Capt. Bob Farber tells KFOR NEWS around 7:30pm Wednesday, two men, one armed with a black handgun, ordered the employees of U.S. Food Market at 1307 South 11th onto the floor .  

Police Continue Investigating Robbery Attempt At Git-N-Split


A gas station clerk sent a robber running late Tuesday night.  Lincoln Police say the armed man walked inside the Git N Split near 28th and "O" Streets demanding money.  Instead giving up the money, the clerk thought the gun looked fake and tried to punch and grab the guy.  The suspect ran off.  

LPS Board Hears Testimony Over Gender Identity Resources


Criticism mixed with compliments, Lincoln Public School board members heard both at Tuesday night's meeting.  Dozens of parents and citizens showed up to talk about recent gender identity resources given to some teachers.  Many feel the district is promoting an agenda, and want it stopped.  

Southeast Lincoln Home Damaged After Explosion, Fire.


An explosion and fire in a garage in southeast Lincoln.  Just after 7:00pm Tuesday, fire crews were called to the 5101 Patmore Road, southwest of 84th St. and Pioneers Blvd after neighbors heard explosions and saw flames shooting from the garage.  Firefighters had the flames under control within 20 minutes.  

Committee Formed To Looking At Funding Mechanism For New Radio System/Fire Stati


TAKE CHARGE...it's a new online survey Mayor Chris Beutler wants you to take to help city leaders determine how best to pay for a new 9-1-1 emergency radio system and new fire stations in Lincoln.  Around $28 million is needed.  The most likely options are either a sales tax or property tax increase.  

Police Arrest Councilman's Son For Sexual Assault


A 31-year-old Lincoln man is accused of first-degree sexual assault from an incident that happened last month.  Lincoln Police records say Jonathan Scott Camp was arrested Wednesday afternoon on suspicion of 1st Degree Sexual Assault which is a Class II felony.  

Man Still Critical After Being Hit By Van


Lincoln Police are taking on the task of trying to find out the name of a man who was critically hurt, after he was hit by a car Wednesday night at 1st and "O" Street, just on the west end of the Harris Overpass.  Officer Katie Flood says no citations have been issued yet.  She says the man stepped out in front of the westbound van on "O" Street.  

Fleetwood Mac To Perform At Pinnacle Bank Arena


Legendary rock act Fleetwood Mac is coming to Lincoln in January.  They will perform at Pinnacle Bank Arena on January 17, as part of their On With The Show Tour.  Tickets go on sale starting Oct. 20 through the Live Nation mobile app and at livenation.com.  A special pre-sale for some American Express card holders will start this coming Monday at 10am.  

Store Kraft Says It's Closing, Lays Off Workers


Store Kraft Manufacturing officials say the nearly 100-year-old company in Beatrice is closing and has laid off about 100 workers.  The company, which opened in 1920, started as a manufacturer of display cases but recently shifted its focus to electronic kiosks.  

Feds Probing Lincoln Student's Sex Assault Report


Federal investigators are looking into how officials at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln handled a student's report in May that she'd been raped by a faculty member.  The university was notified Monday about the U.S. Department of Education's Title IX investigation. 

Judge Dismisses Nebraska Lawsuit Against EPA


A federal judge has dismissed Nebraska's lawsuit against the federal Environmental Protection Agency over greenhouse gas standards for new power plants.  Nebraska Attorney General Jon Bruning filed the lawsuit in January, saying "the impossible standards imposed by the EPA will ensure no new power plants are built in Nebraska."  

Citations Issued In Truck/Bicycle Crash North of Bennet


A 62-year-old Bennet man receives a citation, after he clipped a 52-year-old Lincoln man on his bike near Highway 43 and Saltillo Road last Wednesday.  Edward Vasa was cited on Sunday for careless driving, driving on the shoulder and unlawful overtaking or passing a bicyclist.  

GOP Criticizes Nebraska Prisons Committee Chairman


The Nebraska Republican Party is criticizing an Omaha senator who's leading an investigation into the state's prisons.  GOP Chairman J.L. Spray on Monday called for Sen. Steve Lathrop, a Democrat, to resign from the investigations committee.  

Parents of Journalist With Ebola Tried To Convince Him Not To Go To Liberia


The parents of an American video journalist who contracted Ebola in Liberia say they tried to talk him out of going there last month. But 33-year-old Ashoka Mukpo couldn't be dissuaded. He was flown to Omaha on Monday to be treated at the Nebraska Medical Center. 

Delivery Drivers Robbed Blocks and Hours Apart From Each Other


Lincoln Police are busy investigating two armed robberies late Sunday night, where two delivery drivers are robbed of money, cellphones and food.  Officer Katie Flood says the first robbery happened around 9pm at 18th and "E", where a Topper's Pizza driver was robbed.  

Weekend Burglary At Central Lincoln Jewelry Store Under Investigation


Inventory is being done, after a costly burglary at a central Lincoln jewelry store early Saturday morning. The alarm at Michael Tish Jewelers at 53rd and "O" went off around 6:45am Saturday.  Police Officer Katie Flood says the owner showed up, he found a window of the eastside of the business smashed out.  

Deputies Arrest Man For Warrant, Stolen Gun.


Deputies are waiting to see if clues from a home burglary just outside of Lincoln may link a man to the crime, even though he's been arrested for an unrelated warrant and for having a stolen firearm.   Lancaster County Chief Deputy Sheriff Jeff Bliemeister says a deputy saw 24-year-old Zachary Gray walking in the area of South Coddington and West Pheasant Hill Road just after noon on Friday.

Pot and Money Found In West Lincoln Traffic Stop


Less than an ounce of pot, paraphrenalia and $17,000 cash are out of the hands of two people from Minnesota, after a traffic stop on I-80 near NW 48th Street late Saturday morning.  Lancaster County Chief Deputy Sheriff Jeff Bliemeister says a deputy could smell burnt marijuana in the vehicle.  

Man Critically Hurt During Robbery In Downtown Lincoln


A 22-year-old man is in critical condition with head trauma, after he was attacked while he and his friend were walking along 14th Street between "K" and "L" Streets just before 3am Friday.  Lincoln Police Officer Katie Flood says three men apparently robbed both men, taking a wallet and Smartphone.  

Armed Robbery Under Investigation


A north Lincoln store is robbed at gunpoint by 3 men.  Police Officer Katie Flood says they are looking for three men...two black and one white...who held up Hong Kong Market at 1228 North 27th Street around 9:30pm Thursday.  Two were armed...one ordered employees to open the cash register, one grabbed cash while the other robber kept an eye on employees.  

Heavy Rain Soaks Lincoln, Waverly Areas


Flooding problems along Highway 6 between Lincoln and Waverly continue to diminish, but it's still a problem on county roads in the area.   In particular, 98th to 112th Streets, from south of Highway 6 to near Holdrege Street.  

Eleven-Year-Old Hurt In Hit and Run In Central Lincoln


Lincoln Police have someone in custody, but haven't issued any citations in the hit and run at 48th and Vine during rush hour Wednesday morning.  Officer Katie Flood says an 11-year-old boy riding his bike, when a truck hit him.  The truck was later found at 44th and "F."  

City Will Receive COPS Funding For Two Officers To Fight Gang Crimes


The city will receive a grant from the office of Community Oriented Policing Services to add two Lincoln police officers to fight gang-related crimes.  LPD will receive an estimated $250,000 in federal funds over the three-year grant period.  The grant requires a 25 percent local match. Chief Jim Peschong says the two new officers would be in the recruiting class that starts in January.

Former Husker Enunwa Due Back In Court For Domestic Violence Charges


New York Jets practice squad player and former Nebraska football star Quincy Enunwa is due in court in two weeks on domestic violence charges, possibly to have a trial date set.  A conference scheduled in Florham Park municipal court Wednesday for Enunwa was postponed because the woman he was accused of injuring did not attend.  

State Senator Nelson Named New Lt. Governor


Nebraska Gov. Dave Heineman has named state Sen. John Nelson of Omaha as his new lieutenant governor. Nelson, who was sworn in Monday afternoon, will replace Lt. Gov. Lavon Heidemann, who resigned earlier this month after a judge approved his sister's request for a protective order against him.  

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.

LSO Deputies Needing More Information in Sept. 1 Hit and Run


It's been two weeks since 52-year-old Jim Blue was involved in a hit and run, while biking along Saltillo Road between Highway 77 and SW 12th Street.  Blue is still recovering from his injuries he suffered on Sept. 1 and Lancaster County deputies are now in a spot where there aren't any new leads in tracking down the vehicle that was involved.  

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."

Man Dies From Stab Wounds Suffered During Family Gathering


A 77-year-old Lincoln man has been arrested in the fatal stabbing of his 46-year-old son-in-law late Tuesday night at a family birthday party.  Police Officer Katie Flood says the victim, Sujay Nooka, was stabbed in the chest allegedly by his father-in-law, Bayapa Lingala.  Nooka was rushed to a hospital for surgery and died just before 3am Wednesday.  

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.

Possible Homicide Victim Identified


Nebraska authorities have identified the 34-year-old man found dead near Beaver Crossing last week. The Nebraska State Patrol says the combination of fingerprint records and tips from the public helped identify Hai Sinh Nguyen of Lincoln. His body was found on the bank of the Big Blue River in Seward County Wednesday. An autopsy confirmed that Nguyen did not die of natural causes, and his death is being investigated as a homicide.

Woman Falls out of 6-Story Window at Lincoln Hotel


A woman is in the hospital after falling from a sixth floor window at the Embassy Suites. Our media partner 1011 news reports that at around 12:30 this morning, Lincoln Fire and Rescue found the woman on a two-story roof. A ladder truck helped rescue workers get her off the roof. Lincoln Police told KFOR News she is still alive, but in a Lincoln hospital with life-threatening injuries.

Centennial Mall and "O" Street Intersection to Close


Sidewalk and lane closures begin tomorrow at the intersection of Centennial Mall and "O" Street. As part of the renovation of Nebraska's Centennial Mall, the north half of the intersection will close on Monday. Traffic will be restricted to one lane in each direction on the south half. When work on the north half is done, the south half will close. The project is expected to be complete in 35 to 40 days.

Fatal Motorcycle Crash Victim Identified


(6-26-14) The man killed in a motorcycle crash in Lincoln Tuesday evening has been identified as 19-year-old, Mark Wenzl of Seward. Police say Wenzl was heading downtown on Rosa Parks Way when he crashed into a concrete barrier and was thrown over the guardrail and onto a parking lot below near 7th street.

Columbus Sex Offender Given Prison Time


A sex offender who moved into the home of a Columbus woman and later molested two of her children has been given five years in prison. The 25-year-old man had pleaded no contest and was convicted of sexual assault of a child. The man is not being identified in order to protect the privacy of the teenage boys the man was accused of molesting.

Fillmore County Crash Kills One


(6-23-14) An 83-year-old woman has died after a collision on U.S. Highway 81 near Strang. The Fillmore County Sheriff's Office says the accident occurred a little before 2:45 p.m., Sunday. Joan Hendrickson was turning north off Nebraska Highway 74 onto U.S. 81 when her car was struck by a southbound sport utility vehicle. Hendrickson, of Shickley, was fatally injured.

Burglar Takes ATM from Powerless Gas Station


(6-16-14) A burglar got away with an ATM from a convenience store.  Sometime between Midnight and 5 in the morning Sunday, a man broke into the C Station convenience store at 1120 South Coddington. Saturday night's storm knocked out power in the neighborhood, so lights were out and security camera's didn't work.

Charges Dropped for Man Distributing Religious Pamphelts


Charges against a Lincoln man for handling out religious pamphlets outside the Pinnacle Bank arena have been dropped. 77-year-old Larry Ball was arrested March 15 for handing out literature during the state basketball tournament. Ball was arrested after he refused a request from arena security to leave. He claimed he was on public property.

Trial In Death of Raymond Man May End Soon


The family of a Raymond, Nebraska, man gunned down two years ago in Mississippi while picking his grandson up from college in Florida, could know very soon if the man accused of the murder will spend the rest of his life in prison.  James Willie is accused of killing Tom Schlender in his vehicle on Interstate 55 in May of 2012. 

South Sioux City Memorial Wall Dedication Draws Hundreds


The dedication of a replica Memorial Wall drew hundreds of Vietnam veterans to Freedom Park in South Sioux City.  The half-scale replica of the wall bears the names of more than 58,000 U.S. service members killed in the Vietnam War.  The 250 foot black granite wall is the only replica that duplicates the original design in the nation's capital.

Patty Duke Taken to Omaha Hospital During Film Screening


An organizer of a screening of "The Miracle Worker" in Omaha says one of the movie's stars, Oscar-winning actress Patty Duke, left the event because of stomach pain. The 67-year-old Duke was taken by a private vehicle Friday evening to the Nebraska Medical Center after complaining of stomach pain. Organizer Bruce Crawford says Duke's medical condition was not serious, but that but that an Omaha doctor who had been running tests on Duke asked her to come in for more tests Friday night after she reported the pain.

Ben Sasse Resigns From Midland


Midland University President Ben Sasse announced Thursday that he has submitted his resignation to the Midland Board of Directors, effective at the end of the year.  Sasse, who is the Republican candidate for the Nebraska Senate seat being vacated by the retiring Senator Mike Johanns, is running against Democrat Dave Domina in November. 

Nebraska Twister Damage Estimated at $300,000


Damage to Lancaster County property is estimated at 300,000 dollars after Sunday's round of tornadoes.  Three of the twisters have been verified in northern Lancaster County, damaging two dozen buildings, including one grain bin that was dropped on a county road.  Flooded roads were closed in 10 places during the storm, one bridge remains closed, and Count Engineer Pam Dingman says

UNMC Chancellor Receives Prestigious Health Care Leadership Award


University of Nebraska Medical Center Chancellor Jeffrey Gold is in Chicago this week to receive a prestigious health care leadership award.  Gold is one of 25 recipients this year of the Becker's Healthcare 2014 Leadership Awards by Becker's Hospital Review. 

Lincoln Water Levels Good, No Residential Watering Schedule in Demand


Mayor Beutler announced today that Lincoln's water supply is 95 percent full and he will not ask residents to follow a watering schedule at this time. The water level was below normal from December to March and slightly above normal in April. 

Two Indicted for Hacking UNL, U.S. Navy, More Computer Systems


Federal prosecutors in Oklahoma say two men have been indicted for hacking into computer systems of more than 30 computer systems of public and private organizations, including that of UNL and the U.S. Navy. The U.S. Attorney's Office in Tulsa says 27-year-old Nicholas Knight, of Virginia, and 20-year-old Daniel Krueger, of Illinois, are a part of a group called Team Digi7al that tries to

Storm Damages Four Major NPPD Lines


(5-12-14) Sunday night's storms will be costly for the Nebraska Public Power District.  The state's largest utility reports damage to four major transmission lines. About 100 poles were damaged on a large 345 kilovolt line running from Hallam to McCool Junction.  At one point in the storm, that line fell to the ground across U-S Highway 81.  Another 100 kilovolt line, from McCool

Lincoln City Attorney Rod Confer Retires


Lincoln City Attorney Rod Confer is retiring, after being the city's lawyer for the past five years. Mayor Beutler announced today that assistant city attorney Jeff Kirkpatrick will be the new city attorney starting June 1st. Kirkpatrick spent 12 years in private practice, after joining the city attorney's office in 2010, particularly with Lincoln Fire and Rescue.

18-Year-Old Hits, Runs, Accidentally Kills, Gets 4 to 5 Years


An 18-year-old woman will be sent to prison for four to five years for a hit-and-run which killed another driver. Eighteen-year-old Justice Wiggins of Omaha ran into some property and sped away from the scene.  She ran a stop sign, collided with an SUV and killed the 23-year-old driver.  Court records say she pleaded guilty to failing to stop and render aid and to misdemeanor vehicular

Midwest Community Leaders Advise Senate Panel on Improving Communities


(5-1-14) Witnesses are telling a Senate panel that rural communities need to sell what they are, not what they are not, in order to thrive economically.  They also say government support is important for growth and that small cities and towns should band together to maximize their potential.  A subcommittee of the Senate Agriculture Committee focused Thursday on how to boost rural

Overnight Armed Robbery At South Lincoln U-Stop


An overnight armed robbery in South Lincoln nets an arrest shortly after it occurred.  Lincoln Police Captain Don Scheinost told our media partner 10/11 news around 1:30 Sunday, four men walked into a the U-Stop at 13th and South and demanded cash. 

Shots Fired At West Lincoln Trailer Park


Shots were fired into a Lincoln home overnight.  Our media partner 10/11 news reports that Lincoln Police received several reports of shots fired just after midnight at the Contempo Trailer Park at 600 West Farfield.  

9-Year-Old Killed by Bobcat Machine


A 9-year-old boy was killed when a Bobcat Loader backed over him near Ashland.  Cass County Sheriff William C. Brueggemann, told our media partner 10/11 news just after 3:30 Saturday afternoon a male was operating a bobcat loader

Midwest States to Jointly Combat Wildfires


Nebraska is preparing to joining forces with Colorado, Wyoming and the Dakotas to help fight rural wildfires.  A bill sent to Governor Heineman would allow Nebraska to join the Great Plains Interstate Fire Compact, an agreement which lets member states share firefighters and equipment in an emergency.  Kansas is considering a similar proposal.  

Pipeline Opponents Protest with 80-Acres of Artwork


Opponents of a proposed pipeline to carry Canadian oil south to the Gulf Coast have carved a message of resistance into a Nebraska field in the project's path. The 80-acre artwork, which was done last week and reads "Heartland(hash)NoKXL."

Motorcycle Rider Killed in Crash


Omaha Police have identified the motorcycle rider who was killed in a weekend crash after failing to negotiate a corner in the road. Omaha police say 27-year-old David Plassmann of Bellevue died Saturday afternoon while out riding with others.

Syracuse Man Arrested for DUI after Crashing into Pole


A Syracuse man was arrested for DUI after crashing his truck into a power pole. Just before 1:00 Sunday morning, a Bennett firefighter drove up on a crash near 176th and Roca Road.

Driver Rolls Car Over, Gets DUI, Negligent Driving


(4-11-14) A one-car rollover crash shortly after bar close last night resulted in no injuries but two citations--a DUI and negligent driving. 21-year-old Nathaniel Wilkens was driving too fast on the curve of Capital Parkway between J street and Randolph and lost control of his Pontiac Grand Am. His car flipped over and hit a curb and tree. Wilkens was not seriously injured. 

Health and Human Services Official Vivianne Chaumont Dies at 60


A well-known state Health and Human services official has died.  Vivianne Chaumont, who oversaw Nebraska's Medicaid and long-term care services, has died of cancer. She was 60.  Chaumont was appointed to the agency in May 2007.  She previously was an Assistant Attorney General in Colorado. Chaumont is survived by three children.

Approved Bill to Help Elderly Nebraskans Maintain Home-Living


A bill that would provide millions of dollars in federal and state funding to help elderly Nebraskans stay in their homes has won approval from lawmakers, despite a veto.   Lawmakers overrode Gov. Dave Heineman's veto on Thursday with the minimum 30 votes required. The proposal would direct Nebraska to apply for a federal grant that would help pay for in-home services.

Unknown Thief or Thieves Break Into At Least 15 Cars at UNL


(4-10-14) University of Nebraska-Lincoln Police are looking at surveillance video to see if they can find out who smashed windows in at least 15 vehicles early Wednesday morning.  Two UNL parking lots were targeted--one on South Street between Vine and 19th streets, the other near 22nd and U streets.  Cell phones, iPods, cash, and other valuables were taken.  Police encourage

Bill to Up Penalties on Assaulted Medical, Social Workers Faces Final Vote


(4-10-14) Assaulting a firefighter, paramedic, or social worker could carry a stiffer penalty under a bill headed to a final vote in the Legislature.  Lawmakers gave 2nd-round approval to the legislation by Omaha Senator, Steve Lathrop.  Yesterday's vote followed a filibuster led by Omaha Senator Ernie Chambers, who argues that the law shouldn't treat assault victims differently

Are You Sure You're Registered for the May 13th Primary?


The Lancaster County Election Commissioner will set up for voter registration at several extra sites on Saturday. Anyone who turns 18 on or before November 4, has moved, changed their name, or would like to change their political party affiliation, needs to register.

Ex-Convict Jobs Ammendment Heading to Final Vote as Part of Prison Reform Bill


A bill designed to help ex-convicts find jobs in Nebraska is headed to a final vote in the Legislature. The measure, part of the state's prison reform bill, was amended Tuesday before receiving second-round approval by lawmakers.

Tom Osborne Endorses Mike Foley for Governor


Former University of Nebraska football coach Tom Osborne today endorsed State Auditor Mike Foley's candidacy for Governor. In making the endorsement, Osborne said Foley is an honorable man who can't be bought.

Fines Possible for P Street Project Contractor


August 29th...mark it on your calendar. It's the date by which the P Street project must be done or the contractor faces stiff fines, If P Street and Centennial Mall isn't done in 30 days.

Fillibuster Kills Sexual Discrimination Bill


20 states and the District of Columbia have laws preventing employers from discriminating based on sexual orientation and gender. Nebraska will not join that list of states this year. Lawmakers fell 7 votes short of getting the support needed.

City Council Repeals Curfew


In a unanimous vote, the City Council repeals the teenage curfew ordinance. It's been the law since 1949 that young people under 16 must be accompanied by an adult to be in businesses where alcohol is served past 9 at night.

Nebraska DMV Closes Driver's License Operations


If you need to renew your driver's license, you might have to skip the DMV this week and go online. All state licensing operations are shut down through Thursday. Staff members are going through planned training sessions.

Horse Race Betting Bill Passes Legislature


A proposed ballot measure that could allow betting on previously recorded horse races has been passed by the Nebraska Legislature. Lawmakers voted 30-17 in a second attempt to approve the proposed constitutional amendment.

Heineman Vetoes Elderly Care Funding Bill


Gov. Dave Heineman has vetoed a bill that would require Nebraska to apply for federal funding for in-home care services for the elderly. The governor argues that while the bill's goal is laudable, it would shift millions of dollars in expenses onto state government.

Nebraskans Remember Mickey Rooney


Actor Mickey Rooney will always be remembered at Boys Town for his Oscar-winning role in the 1938 movie about the Nebraska home for troubled youth. Rooney, who died Sunday at the age of 93, was named Mayor for Life at Boys Town in 2003.

Many State Parks to Reopen Early


Officials say state parks and recreation areas closed temporarily last fall to deal with deferred maintenance amid budget woes will reopen nearly two weeks earlier than scheduled. 

Task Force Arrests Wanted Fugitive in Lincoln



The US Marshals Metro Fugitive Task Force (MFTF) announced it has arrested Jason Robert Jackson, 24 based on his federal arrest warrant for conspiracy to distribute methamphetamine. Jackson was arrested around midnight on Sunday at a residence in the 2500 block of N street in Lincoln.

Man Killed by Gunshot


A man is dead after a shooting yesterday evening at around seven-thirty at the Lion's Gate Apartments on the 5100 block of Vine Street. Our media partner 1011 says the shooting was accidental, but police aren't willing to confirm anything.

Anti-Icing System to be Installed on I-80 Bridges


An anti-icing system is scheduled to be installed on four Interstate 80 bridges about four miles west of Aurora next week. The project will include construction of a camera tower and a building that will house the anti-icing chemicals.

Two Young Students Injured in Bus Crash Near Norfolk


Authorities say two girls were injured following a school bus crash in Stanton County. The Stanton County Sheriff's Office says the crash happened Friday morning near Norfolk. The girls, ages 8 and 9, were taken to a local hospital.

Palin Endorses Ricketts


Sarah Palin is jumping into Nebraska politics again. The former vice-presidential candidate is endorsing Pete Ricketts' bid for the Republican nomination for governor, calling him a "principled conservative." Ricketts is competing in a six-w

Former Crime Scene Investigator Ordered to Pay Restitution and Punitive Damages


Discredited former Douglas County crime scene investigator David Kofoed has been ordered to pay a total of nearly $6.6 million to two men he's accused of framing for a double murder. U.S. Judge Joseph Bataillon issued the orders.

Indepentent U.S. Senate Candidate not Invited to Business Forum


Independent U.S. Senate candidate Jim Jenkins today objected to a decision by the National Federation of Independent Business not to invite him to a small business forum featuring other Senate candidates.

Three-Year-Old Dies after Accident


A 3-year-old boy has died in an Omaha hospital after being accidentally run over by his uncle at a trailer park in Hastings. Taylor Wilson, of Nebraska Medical Center, on Tuesday confirmed the death of Aldo Ramirez-Lopez.

Lincoln Man Sentenced to Prison for Selling Gun to Felon


A 36-year-old Lincoln man has been given 46 months in federal prison for selling a gun to a convicted felon. Ashley Gerbig was sentenced in U.S. District Court in Lincoln. He pleaded guilty to one count in October.

Legislature Overrides Governor's Budget Veto


Nebraska lawmakers have voted to override Gov. Dave Heineman's vetoes of state budget items, including funding for courtyard fountains and a new heating system at the Capitol. The 37-11 vote on Tuesday comes days after Heineman announced the veto.

Hit and Run Crash Shoves Parked Car Against House


Lincoln Police are investigating a hit and run accident where a parked car was overturned and hit a house and the suspect was  arrested 10 blocks from crash scene, still in his destroyed car.  Our media partner 10/11 news is reporting just after 9:00 Saturday night emergency crews were called to the 1800 block of A Street for a reported rollover accident.

Lincoln Police Catch Stabbing Suspect


Lincoln Police have caught the man they say is responsible for a stabbing early Sunday morning.  Around 7:40 a.m., LPD Captain David Beggs said the suspect went into the CVS Pharmacy and asked the cashier about a TracFone prepaid cellphone. 

Lincoln Police Arrest Murder Suspect


Lincoln Police have made an arrest an arrest in the homicide of Nathaniel Morton Sr.  Captain Jason Stille tells KFOR News 21-year-old Kashius Haynes turned himself into authorities around 3:00 p.m. Saturday afternoon. 

Milford Woman Admits Lying about Man's Threats


A Milford woman has made a plea deal and was convicted in a perjury case. Betsy Smith pleaded no contest, and will be sentenced May 12. Prosecutors say Smith had sought a protection order against a York man.

Minnesota Man's $5,000 Wheelchair Stolen


The State Patrol is asking for help finding a wheelchair stolen from its owner as he traveled through Nebraska. A 29-year old Minnesota man called the Nebraska State Patrol on Wednesday to report that his wheelchair had been stolen.

Boy Scouts Hurt in Gunpowder Explosion


Boy Scouts experimenting with gunpowder for a ceremony have been injured in an explosion and fire at a Council Bluffs Home. The Fire investigator said that the accident occurred around 8:10 p.m. Thursday.

Woman Sues Strip Club Over Wages


A Wisconsin woman is suing a Lincoln-area strip club where she dances, saying the owner of Shakers of Waverly has not paid her or other dancers an hourly wage or overtime in the three years she has worked there.

19-Year-Old Going Back to Prison


A 19-year-old on parole for robbery is going back to prison for nearly a year for trying to force his way into Lincoln North Star High School last year. William Holloway and two friends fought with two guards and a school administrator.

Lincoln Post Office may Close


The U.S. Postal Service is studying whether to continue operating the University Place Post Office. Postal Union President Tony Ridder says in his monthly newsletter that a decision has already been made to close the station at 48th and Leighton.

Grand Island Fights for Renovated State Veterans Home, Not New


Grand Island leaders haven't given up on retaining the state veterans home instead of seeing the state build a replacement in Kearney.   Grand Island Mayor Jay Vavricek is preparing a counterproposal to the plan approved by Gov. Dave Heineman. The state plan already has been sent to federal officials in Washington, where it awaits funding. 

Legislature Approves Budget


Nebraska lawmakers have approved changes to the state's two-year budget, including new money for property tax relief. The $7.8 billion package passed on Monday includes new funding for Nebraska's property tax credit program, water projects, and state park renovations. It also allocates money for job-training programs and pediatric cancer research. 

Mountain Lion Hunting Ban Waiting for Governor's Signature


Nebraska's mountain lion hunting season could come to a halt if a bill passed by state senators becomes law. The Legislature's 28-13 vote on Monday was enough to pass the measure, but supporters fell five votes short of the backing needed to put it into effect right away. Sen. Ernie Chambers of Omaha introduced the bill to protect mountain lions.

Lincoln Police Investigate More Than 20 Car Vandalism Cases


Police are investigating more than 20 vandalism cases in south-central Lincoln.  Lincoln Police told 10/11 news  they started getting reports of graffiti on cars and homes and slashed tires just after 8 Saturday morning.

Single Vehicle Rollover Accident Occurs In West Lincoln


A man is in serious condition after his car rolled west of 190th and Pioneers Blvd yesterday afternoon and he was ejected.  Lancaster County Sheriff Sergeant John Vik told our media parter 10/11 News the single vehicle crash happened just after 5:00 pm. 

Missing Teens Found in Florida


 Lincoln Police tell our media partner 1011 News, Rachael Bates and Samantha Zuerlein have been located in Titusville, Florida.  Lincoln Police Captain David Beggs said the girls were sleeping in the 1997 silver Lincoln Continental they were last seen in, when Titusville police found the girls in a Walmart parking lot.

Driver Hits Stalled Car and Owner


A woman putting gas in her stalled vehicle on 40th Street was hit by a car last night near C Street. The woman, Tracy Macke, was taken to intensive care but Police Capt. Don Scheinost tells KFOR NEWS the woman's injuries are not considered life threatening. The driver, Sara Inhofe, was driving southbound on 40th Street when she saw the stalled car with its flashers on too late and swerved,

Man Hit in Head by Large Tree, Dies 4 Days Later


(4-3-14) A 57-year-old Roca man has died four days after being hit by a falling tree.   Wade Wunderlich used a chain saw to cut down the tree Saturday. He and his wife had been working for months to remove the tree from the 100-acre property they recently bought three miles west of Roca in southeast Nebraska. 

New Hydraulic Cot In LFR Ambulances


New hydraulic cot for LFR ambulances.

Federal Judge Catches Heat for Comments


A federal judge is catching some heat for referring to himself as "a dirty old man" and suggesting in his personal blog that young women attorneys need to dress more conservatively in court. Senior U.S. District Judge Richard Kopf weighed in on the topic Tuesday, relaying a story about a local female attorney in her late 20s who "wears very short skirts..."

NU MEN'S BASKETBALL: Shields Scores 35 In Win Over Mavs


Shavon Shields scored a career-high 35 points, 21 of them in the first half, to lead slow-starting Nebraska past Nebraska-Omaha 80-67 in men's basketball on Tuesday night.  Nebraska (3-1) trailed by as many as 16 early but opened up a double digit lead late in the first half.  Omaha (2-2, 0-0 Summit) cut the Nebraska lead to 47-43 on C.J. Carter's layup with 13:15 left.

MEN'S BASKETBALL: Bluejays Race Past Eastern Illinois


Reserve Geoffrey Groselle scored a career-high 15 points, and No. 23 Creighton beat Eastern Illinois 75-53 in the Emerald Coast Classic on Tuesday night.  The Bluejays celebrated coach Greg McDermott's 50th birthday with a victory in their first game as a ranked team this season.  The 7-foot Groselle made his first five shots and finished 7 of 8 from the field. 

Aquinas Catholic Class C2 Football Champs


Lane Napier ran for 119 yards and three touchdowns and Aquinas Catholic rushed for 308 of its 322 yards while defeating turnover-plagued Hartington Cedar Catholic 40-6 in the Class C2 championship game Tuesday.   Aquinas (12-1) won the state title for the third time in four years. The Monarchs from David City got out to a 40-0 lead on Napier's TD runs of 1, 6 and 19 yards.  

NU WOMEN'S BASKETBALL: Cady Leads Huskers Over Utes


Emily Cady had 25 points with nine rebounds, Rachel Theriot added 20 points with six assists, and No. 16 Nebraska rolled past Utah 66-43 on Sunday at the Bob Devaney Sports Center.  The Cornhuskers (4-0) shot 42.2 percent from the field, committed just seven turnovers and had a 28-14 advantage in the paint. Theriot also had six rebounds and four of Nebraska's 11 steals.  

MEN'S BASKETBALL: Zierden Leads Creighton In Win Over NC Central


Isaiah Zierden scored 20 points, including 8 of 9 from the line, to lead Creighton over North Carolina Central 65-45 on Sunday.  Zierden was 4 of 7 from the floor - all 3-point attempts - to go along with terrific foul shooting. 

Cornhuskers Looking To Enhance Their Bowl Position


For the second straight year, Nebraska will go into its last regular-season game playing for nothing more than a best possible bowl bid.  The Cornhuskers (8-3, 4-3) were eliminated from the Big Ten West race with Saturday's 28-24 loss to Minnesota. 

Kuhlkin Leads NU Bowlers To Another Tourney Win


The No.1-rated Nebraska bowling team won their third-straight tournament of the 2014-15 season at the Track Kat Klash in Houston Sunday afternoon. On the final day of the three-day-competition, NU beat rival Arkansas State 4-3 in the best-of-seven Baker Format match to win the 18-team tournament, which was hosted by defending NCAA Champion Sam Houston State. 

Martin Breaks Rifle Record, But Huskers Fall Short At Alaska-Fairbanks


Rachel Martin smashed the Nebraska Rifle program’s previous individual air rifle record on Sunday when the sophomore fired a 597 against Alaska-Fairbanks.  As a team though, the Huskers were not able to defeat the Nanooks, losing by a score of 4,657-4,700.  

Husker Football and Basketball Teams Lose, Win in Volleyball


The Husker football team lost to Minnesota 28-24 at Memorial Stadium on Senior Day. Later on Saturday night the Husker basketball team was upset by Rhode Island 66-62. But the Husker volleyball team shut out Michigan 3-0 on the same night.

Abdullah A Finalist Again For Two More Football Awards


Nebraska senior I-back Ameer Abdullah was named a finalist for two national college football awards on Thursday morning. The record-setting running back was named as one of five finalists for the Paul Hornung Award and is one of four finalists for the Pop Warner College Football Award.  

2015 Inductees Announced For Lincoln Southeast Athletic Hall of Fame


Lincoln Southeast has announced their 2015 class into the school's athletic hall of fame.   Among the nine athletes going in are former football standouts Ty Goode and Ty Gifford.  The 1969 State Championship boys gymnastics team and the 1976 state champion girls golf team are also being inducted along with former coach Dan Wolf. 

HUSKER WOMEN'S BASKETBALL: Laudermill Leads NU Over WSU


Tear'a Laudermill scored 20 points on Wednesday night, and No. 16 Nebraska used a big second-half run to pull away from Washington State 82-61.  A few minutes into the second half, Nebraska (3-0) started a 19-2 run, turning a two-point lead into a 59-40 advantage on Allie Havers' layup with 10:35 left.  

MEN'S COLLEGE BASKETBALL: Bluejays Upset No. 18 Sooners


Zach Hanson caught Devin Brooks' air ball along the baseline and put it in the basket for the go-ahead points in the last minute, and Creighton came back from an 18-point deficit to upset No. 18 Oklahoma 65-63 on Wednesday night at CenturyLink Center Omaha.  The Bluejays (3-0) used a 24-4 run to get back in the game after a dismal first-half shooting performance.  

HUSKER FOOTBALL: Abdullah One of Ten Up For Walker Award


Nebraska senior I-back Ameer Abdullah has been named one of 10 semifinalists for the 2014 Doak Walker Award. The award is given annually to the nation’s top running back.  This marks the second straight season Abdullah has been a semifinalist for the award. The 5-9, 200-pound Abdullah has produced a standout senior campaign in 2014. 

HUSKER MEN'S BASKETBALL: Petteway Leads Big Red In Win


Terran Petteway’s 23 points led three Huskers in double figures, while the #21 Nebraska Men's Basketball team clamped down defensively in the second half to post an 82-56 win over Central Arkansas Tuesday night at Pinnacle Bank Arena.  

NWU Men Suffer Loss In Home Basketball Opener


Two games into the Nebraska Wesleyan Men's basketball season, the Prairie Wolves are off to an 0-2 start as they fell to Grace University of Omaha by the final of 93-83 last night at Snyder Arena.  Wesleyan took a 74-72 lead with six minutes left on a Trevor Leiting three-pointer.  

Petteway Among Top 50 For Wooden Award


Nebraska basketball standout Terran Petteway was tabbed for the Wooden Award Men's Preseason Top 50 Monday afternoon. Chosen by a preseason poll of national college basketball experts, the list is comprised of 50 student-athletes who are the early front-runners for the sport’s most prestigious honor.  

Omaha To Host 2018 NCAA Men's Basketball Midwest Regional Tourney


The NCAA announced Monday that CenturyLink Center Omaha will host the NCAA Division I Men's Basketball Midwest Regional in 2018. The 2018 Regional will mark the fourth time that CenturyLinkCenter Omaha has hosted NCAA Tournament Basketball action, joining Second/Third Round games it has hosted in 2008 and 2012, as well as the 2015 games the facility will host in March.  

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.

NEBRASKA FOOTBALL: Huskers Start Prep Work For Badgers


The 11th-ranked Nebraska football team will start preparing for Saturday's game at No. 22 Wisconsin.  Head Coach Bo Pelini says not much has changed in the style of play the Badgers will bring into the game, under second year head coach Gary Andersen.  Wisconsin boasts one of the nation’s top rushing attacks and one of the country’s best defenses.

Freedom Trophy Will Debut During Nebraska-Wisconsin Football Game


Another thing Nebraska and Wisconsin will be playing for in football on Saturday is the Freedom Trophy, which was designed and sculpted by Harry Weber of Wright City, Mo.  It features a bronze football stadium with an American flag extending from the center, something that Husker lineman Jake Cotton thinks is neat. 

NWU Top Seed In NCAA Division III Volleyball Regional


Announcement was made Monday that Nebraska Wesleyan is one of 64 schools selected to play in the upcoming NCAA Division III women's volleyball tournament. The Prairie Wolves will meet Northwestern College of St. Paul, Minnesota this Thursday (Nov. 13) in the first round of a regional being hosted by the University of St. Thomas in St. Paul. 

District Volleyball Pairings Are Set


Lincoln Southeast and Lincoln North Star will host district volleyball tournaments next week.  Southeast will host the A-2 District tournament next Wednesday, while North Star hosts the A-7 tourney.   Click on headline for full brackets.

 

 
 

Millard West Surge In Second Half Stops Southeast


Lincoln Southeast used some old school plays to compete with Millard West Thursday night, but the Knights couldn't overcome a second half surge, as the Class A 10th-ranked Wildcats hung on for a 35-28 victory in high school football at Seacrest Field.

 

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.   

13th-Ranked NU Volleyball Team Sweeps Northwestern


The No. 13 Nebraska volleyball team made quick work of Northwestern on "Pink Night," sweeping the Wildcats 3-0 (25-12, 25-22, 25-13) on Wednesday at the Bob Devaney Sports Center.  Husker head coach John Cook says he's really pleased with how his team responded, following last Sunday's loss at Michigan.  

HUSKER FOOTBALL: Beck Says NU Needs To Take Care of Football at Northwestern


The Nebraska football team continued its preparations for its Saturday night Big Ten West Division showdown with the Northwestern Wildcats on Tuesday afternoon, as the Huskers completed a 90-minute practice inside of the Hawks Championship Center and outside on the Ed and Joyanne Gass practice fields.

State Softball Tournament Starts Wednesday


The NSAA State High School Softball tournament starts this morning at the Smith Softball Complex in Hastings.   Raymond Central opens up the Class C tournament at 9am against Guardian Angels Central Catholic.  In Class A at 11:30, sixth-seed Lincoln North Star plays 3rd-seed Omaha Marian at Field 3.  

Elkhorn South Wins Class A Golf Title, LSW Finishes 4th


Elkhorn South is the Class A girls state golf champion, after shooting a two-round team total of 725 at the Norfolk Country Club.  Papillion-LaVista finished runner-up in the team standings, while Millard North came in third and Lincoln Southwest finished fourth.  Lincoln Southeast finished tied for fifth with Omaha Marian and Lincoln Pius X wound up finishing at No. 8. 

Nebraska's 2015 Baseball Schedule Is Out


The Nebraska baseball team's 2015 schedule is out, with the opening game of the year scheduled for Friday, February 13th in Las Vegas, taking on the UNLV Rebels.   The Huskers will play 27 home games at Haymarket Park and will open up the home part of the schedule March 10th, hosting Northern Colorado.   

Nebraska Mens Hoops: Huskers To Play On BTN 13 Times In 2014-15


A minimum of 13 Nebraska men’s basketball games will air across Big Ten Network platforms this season.  Eleven games will air on BTN and available nationally...two games will air online on BTN Plus, which is a subscription-based service available on computers, smartphones and tablets as part of the BTN2Go app.  

Nebraska Men's Basketball: Schedule Released For Tourney In Hawaii


The Nebraska basketball team will face a tough challenge in the opening round of the 2014 Hawaiian Airlines Diamond Head Classic, when the Huskers face homestanding Hawaii in its tournament opener. The Huskers and Rainbow Warriors will tip off at Midnight (central) on Dec. 23, in a game televised nationally on ESPNU.  

Two Saltdogs Receive Weekly Honors


The Lincoln Saltdogs swept the league's weekly awards for the week ending June 1, as 1B Ian Gac was named Pointstreak Player of the Week and RHP Marquis Fleming was named Pointstreak Pitcher of the Week. Pointstreak is the official baseball statistician of the American Association.  

Nebraska Women's Basketball Notches NCAA Tourney Win


Jordan Hooper had 23 points and 11 rebounds, and fourth-seeded Nebraska defeated Fresno State 74-55 in the first round of the NCAA women's tournament Saturday in Los Angeles. Emily Cady added 15 points and 11 rebounds for the Cornhuskers (26-6), the B

Husker Men Fall to Baylor in NCAA Tournament


The Husker Basketball team is finished after one game in the NCAA Tournament. Nebraska coach Tim Miles was ejected from the Cornhuskers'  West Region game against Baylor after getting whistled for two technical fouls in the second half. Miles drew his second technical for unsportsmanlike conduct with 11:17 left in the game and Nebraska losing 50-32.

Edwards Named Big Ten Players of the Week


Nebraska softball player Tatum Edwards was named the Big Ten Player of the Week on Monday. The award is the first of Edwards’ career, although she is a four-time Big Ten Pitcher of the Week honoree.....

Huskers Hold First Florida Practice


The Nebraska football team practiced on the campus of the University of North Florida for the first time Friday morning, beginning preparation for the Gator Bowl against No. 23 Georgia. The Huskers and Bulldogs are set to battle Wednesday, New Year's Day, in an 11 a.m game that will be broadcast on ESPN2. The Huskers practiced in helmets, shoulder pads and shorts for just over two hours.  It was the first of four scheduled pre-game practices.

Huskers Prepare in Florida


The Nebraska football team arrived in Jacksonville, Florida yesterday (Thursday), six days away from their showdown with the 23rd-ranked Georgia Bulldogs in the Gator Bowl on New Year's Day. The Cornhuskers will workout today (Friday) for the first time since before Christmas. Kickoff of the Gator Bowl is at 11am next Wednesday.

Holiday Tourney Play Begins


The holiday basketball tournament schedule will get underway around the area tomorrow and Saturday. Tournaments that start Friday include the Lincoln Lutheran holiday tournament which will feature the host school Lutheran, along with Fairbury, Raymond Central and Louisville.

Hooper Leads Huskers to Win Over Utah State


All-American, Jordan Hooper, erupted for game highs of 33 points and 14 rebounds to lead #15 Nebraska to a 95-75 win over Utah State yesterday (Sunday) at Pinnacle Bank Arena. With the victory, Nebraska improved 7-2 overall, while Utah State slipped to 5-3.

Bluejays Take Down Huskers


All-American Doug McDermott scored a game-high 33 points to lead three Creighton players in double figures, as the Bluejays thumped Nebraska, 82-67 last (Sunday) night. The Huskers return to action on Saturday, taking on Arkansas State.

Huskers to Play in Gator Bowl New Years' Day


Nebraska will appear in a New Year’s Day bowl game for the 3rd straight season. The Huskers have been selected to play in the TaxSlayer.com Gator Bowl in Jacksonville against Georgia. January 1st kick off will 11 o'clock - Lincoln time. Nebraska goes into the bowl game at 8-4.

Pelini Reprimanded By Big Ten Conference


The Big Ten office today issued a public reprimand of Nebraska football head coach Bo Pelini for violating the Big Ten Sportsmanship Policy following Nebraska’s game against Iowa on Nov. 29, 2013. In addition, the conference announced that the institution has been fined $10,000 as a result of the violation.

Husker Volleyball Hosts Another NCAA Regional


The Nebraska volleyball team will spend opening weekend of the postseason at home for the 10th straight season as the Bob Devaney Sports Center has been chosen as one of 16 sites for the NCAA 1st and 2nd-round play next weekend. The Huskers will be making their 32nd NCAA Tournament appearance and they will go in as the #8 overall seed among the 64 teams.

Pelini Issues Statement


Nebraska football coach Bo Pelini has issued a statement, following Saturday's announcement regarding his retention as coach.

“I want to thank our administration and Shawn Eichorst in particular, for his continued and full support that he has given me and our football program since his arrival on campus.   I am honored to represent this university and its great fans and

Blue Jays Fall in Third Place Game in California


Kevin Larsen gave George Washington the lead with 1:03 left in the game and the Colonials held off No. 20 Creighton for a 60-53 victory that gave them third place in the Wooden Legacy on Sunday night. The Colonials took advantage of an off night by Doug McDermott, who came in averaging nearly 28 points per game but finished with seven.

More than 250,000 Still Without Power on Thanksgiving Afternoon


Andrejs Jegorovs/iStockphoto/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) -- More than 250,000 are without power this Thanksgiving after Wednesday's storms knocked out power lines along the East Coast.The storm system grounded hundreds of flights and clogged up highways on Wednesday. Over 350,000 electric customers lost power.Thursday afternoon, when most families would prefer to be cooking turkeys or watching football, at least 251,175 power customers are in the dark. That total includes homes in 10 states, from Maine to Virginia.Follow @ABCNewsRadio!function(d,s,id){var js,fjs=d.getElementsByTagName(s)[0];if(!d.getElementById(id)){js=d.createElement(s);js.id=id;js.src="http://platform.twitter.com/widgets.js";fjs.parentNode.insertBefore(js,fjs);}}(document,"script","twitter-wjs");Copyright 2014 ABC News Radio

Ferguson Officer Darren Wilson Confident Federal Probe Will Clear Him Too


ABC News(FERGUSON, Mo.) -- The Ferguson police officer cleared of charges by a Missouri grand jury in the killing an unarmed black teenager says he’s confident a federal criminal probe into his actions will find “nothing” and clear him too.In an exclusive interview with ABC News’ George Stephanopoulos, Officer Darren Wilson insisted he carried no racial bias when he fatally shot 18-year-old Michael Brown, and Wilson said he’s never been accused of acting in a racist manner during his entire law enforcement career.“I did my job and followed my training,” Wilson said. “The training took over.”The U.S. Justice Department is now conducting two probes sparked by Wilson's fatal confrontation with Brown on Aug. 9.A criminal investigation will try to determine whether Wilson used unreasonable force and intentionally violated Brown’s civil rights when he shot the teenager. The second probe - though not criminal in nature – will look more broadly into whether the Ferguson police department has routinely engaged in a "pattern or practice" of unlawful and discriminatory policing.Training will be one of several “priority areas" scrutinized by the federal probes, Attorney General Eric Holder said Tuesday.In his interview this week with Stephanopoulos, Wilson said he’s worried about being caught in the crosshairs of a federal criminal investigation, but is confident investigators will find “nothing” to suggest he broke the law.“I stand by what I did,” he said. “I stand by my training, and just have to wait and see what they determine.”Stephanopoulos asked Wilson: “You're confident that no charges will be brought?”Wilson responded simply, “Yeah.”During its criminal investigation into Wilson, the Justice Department will be analyzing his past record, but “racial animus” is not something federal prosecutors have to prove to bring charges, according to William Yeomans, a former top civil rights prosecutor who spent 26 years at the Justice Department.Investigators would have to show Wilson shot Brown with the specific intent to violate Brown’s civil rights and “use more force than was reasonably necessary under the circumstances,” Yeomans said. Reaching that threshold “can be very difficult” when there are conflicting eyewitness accounts and few pieces of physical evidence, according to Yeomans.“It's difficult to prove what was going on in his head,” Yeomans said.In his interview this week, Wilson acknowledged that – while the Ferguson community is predominantly black – the police force there is overwhelmingly white. But he said that didn’t create any inherent mistrust or tension between him and those he encountered while on patrol.Testifying before a St. Louis County grand jury two months ago, however, he described his beat in Ferguson as “an antipolice area for sure.”“That community doesn’t like the police,” he testified.Holder echoed that sentiment Tuesday, saying, “Michael Brown's tragic death has revealed a deep distrust between some in the Ferguson community and its police force.”Holder said the Justice Department will conduct an “intensive review” of the “priority areas" identified by the broader probe into the entire Ferguson police department, including a look at how officers handled searches and traffic stops of black drivers.According to data released by the Missouri state government, about 67 percent of the Ferguson population is black, but last year 86 percent of those stopped by police were black, and 92 percent of those searched were black.In addition, according to the same data, Ferguson police were twice as likely to search a black individual than a white individual, but they were significantly less likely to actually find contraband on black individuals compared with when they searched white individuals.“There are obvious ways the police department needs to be reformed,” Yeomans said. “And I am confident that once this process is concluded, it will be a significantly different police department.”Holder vowed that the two federal probes will be “conducted rigorously and in a timely manner” so that federal authorities can begin “to restore trust, to rebuild understanding and to foster cooperation between law enforcement and community members.”More ABC US news | ABC World NewsFollow @ABCNewsRadio!function(d,s,id){var js,fjs=d.getElementsByTagName(s)[0];if(!d.getElementById(id)){js=d.createElement(s);js.id=id;js.src="http://platform.twitter.com/widgets.js";fjs.parentNode.insertBefore(js,fjs);}}(document,"script","twitter-wjs");Copyright 2014 ABC News Radio

Several Arrests Made Near Thanksgiving Day Parade


Reptile8488/iStockphoto/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) -- Seven protesters were arrested near the route of the annual Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade in New York City on Thursday. The arrests came amid rumblings on social media about disrupting the parade and Black Friday to protest a Missouri grand jury’s decisions not to indict the police officer who shot Michael Brown to death.An estimated 50 protesters gathered a block away from the parade route at the New York Public Library. Several people were arrested when they started trying to interrupt the parade, including vandalizing, breaking windows and knocking over barricades, police said.The parade was not interrupted, and the rest of the protesters returned to the library where they are now "peacefully" protesting, according to police.“We will not tolerate, under any circumstances, any effort to disrupt this parade,” Police Commissioner Bill Bratton said before the arrests. “This is a national event, a historic event. Anybody who would seek to interrupt it would be callous, indeed, on this very special day.”Hashtags such as #stoptheparade were trending Thursday morning. The NYPD was aware of the Internet conversations calling for demonstrations on Thanksgiving, Bratton said.On a larger scale, a movement to boycott Thanksgiving Day and Black Friday has been gaining steam on social media, asking people to sit out Thanksgiving and Black Friday events to protest the grand jury's decision to not charge Officer Darren Wilson for killing the unarmed teen.Follow @ABCNewsRadio!function(d,s,id){var js,fjs=d.getElementsByTagName(s)[0];if(!d.getElementById(id)){js=d.createElement(s);js.id=id;js.src="http://platform.twitter.com/widgets.js";fjs.parentNode.insertBefore(js,fjs);}}(document,"script","twitter-wjs");Copyright 2014 ABC News Radio

Cash Pours In to Fix Bakery Damaged in Ferguson Riots


ABC NEWS(FERGUSON, Mo.) -- A Missouri woman whose business was vandalized in Ferguson riots is busy pushing out pies and cakes at her bakery on Thanksgiving, despite broken windows and damage to the store.Supporters raised more than $200,000 in two days to help Natalie DuBose, the owner of Natalie's Cakes & More. DuBose said her bakery, which she opened this summer, was damaged when protesters rioted following news that police officer Darren Wilson had not been indicted in the shooting death of unarmed teenager Michael Brown."My main windows were smashed and bakery damaged," she wrote on a GoFundMe page launched on Tuesday. "I'm beside myself, but with the holidays, can't stop working."I'm truly mixing batter right now.”Rioters smashed windows, burned down businesses and set police cars on fire late Monday in Ferguson after the grand jury's decision to not indict Wilson was announced.DuBose was in tears Tuesday after learning the violence had reached her shop.An employee who answered the phone at the bakery Thursday told ABC News the staff is busy delivering orders, despite the damage.Kristine Froeba, a supporter who's helping run the bakery's social media pages, said DuBose is hard at work."She's backed up with her Thanksgiving orders, she's baking around the clock, the phone is ringing off the hook," Froeba said. "She's so busy."DuBose says she's grateful for the financial support."I am truly and humbly blessed," she wrote on the GoFundMe page early Thursday.Follow @ABCNewsRadio!function(d,s,id){var js,fjs=d.getElementsByTagName(s)[0];if(!d.getElementById(id)){js=d.createElement(s);js.id=id;js.src="http://platform.twitter.com/widgets.js";fjs.parentNode.insertBefore(js,fjs);}}(document,"script","twitter-wjs");Copyright 2014 ABC News Radio

Snowmobiler Killed in Montana Avalanche


boggy22/iStockphoto/Thinkstock(COOKE CITY, Mont.) -- A Montana man was killed in an avalanche on Wednesday while snowmobiling on Henderson Peak.According to a press release from the Gallatin National Forest Avalanche Center, the man was partially buried in an avalanche at about 1:30 p.m. Wednesday. His snowmobiling partner had rescue gear, but despite effort to dig the victim out of the snow, CPR was unsuccessful.The GNFAC is asking skiers and snowmobilers to be cautious due to recent heavy snowfall. A Backcountry Avalanche Warning remains in place  for the area through at least Friday morning due to strong winds and heavy snow.Follow @ABCNewsRadio!function(d,s,id){var js,fjs=d.getElementsByTagName(s)[0];if(!d.getElementById(id)){js=d.createElement(s);js.id=id;js.src="http://platform.twitter.com/widgets.js";fjs.parentNode.insertBefore(js,fjs);}}(document,"script","twitter-wjs");Copyright 2014 ABC News Radio

FAA Releases Report Detailing Nearly 200 Drone Sightings Since February


estt/iStockphoto/Thinkstock(WASHINGTON) -- The Federal Aviation Administration released a report on Wednesday detailing 194 drone sightings between February and November.The FAA said in a statement that it receives approximately 25 reports per month of drone sightings by pilots. Most sightings had little to no impact on pilots, though in some cases, the FAA notes, pilots were forced to alter course to avoid an unmanned craft. At least six of the entries reflect "near misses," including at least one with a commercial aircraft and at least one other with a medevac helicopter.Approximately 109 of the reports included drones operating more than 500 feet in the air. About 30 instances involved drones within five miles of airports."The FAA is in the process of executing a plan for safe and staged integration of unmanned aircraft into the National Airspace System," the agency's statement said. It pointed to increased awareness by pilots and improved reporting and record keeping for the increased number of reports.Follow @ABCNewsRadio!function(d,s,id){var js,fjs=d.getElementsByTagName(s)[0];if(!d.getElementById(id)){js=d.createElement(s);js.id=id;js.src="http://platform.twitter.com/widgets.js";fjs.parentNode.insertBefore(js,fjs);}}(document,"script","twitter-wjs");Copyright 2014 ABC News Radio

Winter Storm Causes Power Outages Throughout Northeast


iStock/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) -- Wednesday's winter storm has left almost 400,000 customers without power in the northeast.Public Service Company of New Hampshire spokesman Martin Murray says, "The reason that this has occurred is we really had wet, heavy snow, that's fallen on evergreen trees and there hasn't been a lot of wind to push that snow off so instead they've been weighed down and they've interfered with power lines and equipment."In New Hampshire, Maine, Massachusetts, Connecticut, and Rhode Island, 293,000 customers are without power.In New York, New Jersey, Maryland, West Virginia, Virginia, and Pennsylvania, nearly 100,000 customers are without power.It's expected to take days to restore power in some areas.The storm is also impacting Thanksgiving travel. As of Wednesday night, 4,624 flights were delayed and 735 were cancelled, according to the flight-tracking company FlightAware.Follow @ABCNewsRadio !function(d,s,id){var js,fjs=d.getElementsByTagName(s)[0];if(!d.getElementById(id)){js=d.createElement(s);js.id=id;js.src="http://platform.twitter.com/widgets.js";fjs.parentNode.insertBefore(js,fjs);}}(document,"script","twitter-wjs");Copyright 2014 ABC News Radio

Boy Scout Tops Dad's Total, Earns Most Merit Badges


iStock/Thinkstock(ALEXANDRIA, Va.) -- Josh McCoy has earned a whopping number of Boy Scout merit badges.It took him three years but in November, the 14-year-old from Alexandria, Virginia, collected his 135th merit badge, the most a scout can currently get.McCoy, a member of Troop 1145, said his motivation was a bit personal — his father, Tim McCoy, had earned 82 as a scout and he wanted to beat his total.“I’m a very competitive person,” he told ABC News. “After that, there was so many left to do so I wanted to keep going and then [I] wanted to just finish them. … Not many people do it.”His mother, Darlene, sewed a special sash so all the badges would fit.“It’s actually two sashes sewn together,” McCoy said. “The Boy Scouts don’t actually have one sash that holds them all.”From tying knots and programming a robot to scuba diving and playing the bugle, the badges represent activities that McCoy has mastered or at least seriously dabbled in. McCoy said some of his merit badges had involved three to four hours of learning and work — and others, a bit longer.“It took me two years to learn how to play 15 songs,” he said about bugling.He said his favorite merit badge was geocaching, in which the scout uses GPS to find a location.“I did that with my dad and it was a lot of fun,” he said. “Now it’s a hobby of mine.”His least favorite: backpacking 70 miles over the course of four trips. He completed it in a month and covered an additional 20 miles.McCoy said that before becoming a Boy Scout, he had no clue about what he wanted to do for a career.“I think it’s worth it,” he said of earning merit badges. “You learn a lot of skills. … I have a good sense of what I want to do. Engineering.”Follow @ABCNewsRadio !function(d,s,id){var js,fjs=d.getElementsByTagName(s)[0];if(!d.getElementById(id)){js=d.createElement(s);js.id=id;js.src="http://platform.twitter.com/widgets.js";fjs.parentNode.insertBefore(js,fjs);}}(document,"script","twitter-wjs");Copyright 2014 ABC News Radio

Couple Who Has Fostered 92 Children Fights to Adopt Child in Africa


iStock/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) -- Jessica and Jason Neal are like any loving parents figuring out how to care for their large family, but what sets them apart is they believe they always have room for one more.“We have two biological children, we have adopted six, we’ve done foster care for 92 kids and we are waiting to adopt one from Africa,” Jason Neal told ABC’s Robin Roberts.The Neals describe their life as “unperfectly perfect organized chaos,” but they wouldn’t have it any other way, Jessica Neal said.Jessica and Jason, both 41, met in 1993. After getting married, they moved to a small town in Ohio. Jessica desperately wanted a large family, so she was devastated when her doctor told her she could not conceive.Despite the doctor’s prognosis, the Neals had two biological children, Kira, 17, and Dayton, 16. Jessica was told to stop trying after her doctors found a large tumor in her hand that grew during each pregnancy. She was diagnosed with an arteriovenous malformation in her right hand and arm, and eventually had to have half her palm amputated.Not letting this sidetrack their ambitions for a large family, Jessica and Jason decided to become involved in foster care. At the same time, Jason had gone into ministry as a youth pastor, and the couple quickly realized they could have a big impact in kids’ lives through foster care.In 2001, Jessica and Jason relocated to St. Cloud, Minnesota, where Jason had been hired as a pastor at a local church in the community. Jessica later got a job with the city’s reserve police force.The couple continued fostering for the next decade. Whenever the Neals would get a call that a foster child was in need of placement, they wouldn’t hesitate to bring the child home.“Somebody’s got to step in to the gap,” Jason said. “Somebody’s got to be willing to put their heart on the line for these kids.”The Neals said they treated all of their foster children as their own, providing new pillows and new clothes to each to help them feel at home.“You get to take the tag off something, that’s really special,” Jessica said.Jessica and Jason said they also held family meetings to check-in with their biological children, Kira and Dayton, who both were vital parts of their fostering.“It’s all contributed to who I am as a person and who I want to be,” Kira said.“It’s constant chaos, and constant fun,” Dayton echoed. “Because no matter what happens, you have someone to be with.”In 2006, the Neals decided to adopt twins Miriam and Malachi, as well as their older brother, Titus, and little sister, Ruthie, all from Minnesota.“We went from two kids to six kids overnight,” Jason said.The twins, now 10, have medical challenges. Miriam suffers from an autoimmune disorder and needs infusions twice a month. Malachi suffers from a vascular disorder that often leaves him in chronic pain.Despite the medical hardships and the family’s mounting financial difficulties, the Neals adopted again. In 2010, Josie, then 4, came into their lives through private adoption in Minnesota.“I think we make a mistake in America where we try to shelter our kids from all the pain in the world,” Jason said. “I want to teach my children how to make a difference.”Now, the couple faces a new challenge. On a recent mission to Liberia, West Africa, with Teamwork Africa, a non-profit organization dedicated to establishing churches in Liberia, Jessica met an 8-year-old boy named Emmanuel. The boy has cerebral palsy and does not talk, but the Neals decided they would try to adopt him.“I met his eyes and I just knew at that moment that’s my guy,” Jessica explained. “I just fell in love.”However, dealing with an international adoption includes many unexpected difficulties, most notably the $15,000 in adoption fees they still need to bring him home.In the meantime, the Neals have stayed involved with Teamwork Africa and remain in touch with Emmanuel through a local pastor and his community.Follow @ABCNewsRadio !function(d,s,id){var js,fjs=d.getElementsByTagName(s)[0];if(!d.getElementById(id)){js=d.createElement(s);js.id=id;js.src="http://platform.twitter.com/widgets.js";fjs.parentNode.insertBefore(js,fjs);}}(document,"script","twitter-wjs");Copyright 2014 ABC News Radio

Why This NFL Player's Post on Ferguson Has Gone Viral


Joel Auerbach/Getty Images(FERGUSON, Mo.) -- NFL player Benjamin Watson is one of countless Americans still struggling to understand Michael Brown's shooting death at the hands of a Ferguson, Missouri police officer.Watson, a tight end for the New Orleans Saints, poured his heart out in a viral Facebook post late Tuesday. He described himself as confused, embarrassed, offended, angry and sad for a variety of reasons."I'm angry because the stories of injustice that have been passed down for generations seem to be continuing before our very eyes," he wrote.The post has been shared more than 150,000 times on Facebook, and it appears Watson's honesty is what made the update go viral. Fans commented that they are "proud" of the athlete and "in awe." "Tears running down my face," one woman wrote. (function(d, s, id) { var js, fjs = d.getElementsByTagName(s)[0]; if (d.getElementById(id)) return; js = d.createElement(s); js.id = id; js.src = "//connect.facebook.net/en_US/all.js#xfbml=1"; fjs.parentNode.insertBefore(js, fjs); }(document, 'script', 'facebook-jssdk'));Post by Benjamin Watson. Watson also addressed the racial tension that's sparked demonstrations across the country, saying the problem is "sin," not "skin.""Sin is the reason we rebel against authority," he wrote. "Sin is the reason we are racist, prejudiced and lie to cover for our own. Sin is the reason we riot, loot and burn."Watson said he will never really know what happened between Brown and Darren Wilson, the police officer who shot the unarmed teenager this summer."I'm sympathetic, because I wasn't there so I don't know exactly what happened. Maybe Darren Wilson acted within his rights and duty as an officer of the law and killed Michael Brown in self defense like any of us would in the circumstance ... Or maybe he provoked Michael and ignited the series of events that led him to eventually murdering the young man to prove a point."Follow @ABCNewsRadio !function(d,s,id){var js,fjs=d.getElementsByTagName(s)[0];if(!d.getElementById(id)){js=d.createElement(s);js.id=id;js.src="http://platform.twitter.com/widgets.js";fjs.parentNode.insertBefore(js,fjs);}}(document,"script","twitter-wjs");Copyright 2014 ABC News Radio

Michael Brown's Parents 'Taken Aback' by Darren Wilson's 'Clean Conscience'


Michael Brown's mother, Lesley McSpadden, standing outside the Ferguson Police Department Monday night. (JEWEL SAMAD/AFP/Getty Images)(FERGUSON, Mo.) -- The family of slain Ferguson teenager Michael Brown is hurt and "taken aback" by Officer Darren Wilson's statement that he has a "clean conscience" and couldn't have done it any differently.Brown's parents appeared in New York with the Rev. Al Sharpton and the families of other African Americans who were killed by police. Sharpton said it would be the first Thanksgiving for these families "with an empty seat at the table."They spoke a day after Wilson emerged publicly for the first time in months and told ABC News' George Stephanopoulos his version of what happened on Aug. 9 when he shot and killed Brown following a confrontation.Earlier this week Wilson was cleared by a St. Louis County grand jury of any criminal activity in Brown's death.At one point during the interview with Stephanopoulos, Wilson said he doesn’t believe he could have done anything differently that day and that he had a clean conscience. "The reason I have a clean conscience is because I know I did my job right,” he said.Benjamin Crump, a lawyer for the Brown family, said on Wednesday the parents have been doing media interviews in New York and he said it is hard "listening to them break down over and over again" as they discuss Wilson's comments about their son."It was very hurtful to the parents when he said he had a clear conscience... They were taken back... They thought he had no regard for their child," Crump said.The lawyer said that Wilson "tried to villify" Brown, who was 18, by saying the teenager had a fierce look and that Brown had stared at the officer "like he was trying to intimidate me.""I expected him to say my heart is heavy, my conscience is troubled. He didn’t say that," Crump said.Sharpton said that in Wilson's grand jury testimony, which has been released, the officer said the area where the shooting occurred was a high crime area. "That shows prejudgment... It goes to his state of mind," Sharpton said.In the interview with ABC News, Wilson said, "I’m sorry that their son lost his life. It wasn’t the intention of that day. It’s what occurred that day. And there’s no … nothing you could say that’s going to make a parent feel better.”Follow @ABCNewsRadio !function(d,s,id){var js,fjs=d.getElementsByTagName(s)[0];if(!d.getElementById(id)){js=d.createElement(s);js.id=id;js.src="http://platform.twitter.com/widgets.js";fjs.parentNode.insertBefore(js,fjs);}}(document,"script","twitter-wjs");Copyright 2014 ABC News Radio

Video of Police Shooting Cleveland Boy with Toy Gun Is Released


File photo. (iStock/Thinkstock)(CLEVELAND) -- The video of a Cleveland police officer shooting a 12-year-old boy who had a toy gun was released on Wednesday after the department consulted with the boy's family.Police initially withheld the video from the public while discussing handling of the disturbing footage with the family of Tamir Rice, the boy who was shot in a playground on Saturday."The family did not initially want the video to be released, but after reviewing it...expressed their wish to us" to release it, a police spokesman said on Wednesday.The spokesman urged the public and the media to be cautious in the handling of the video: "I want people to bear in mind this is a 12-year-old boy...The family will have to view it over and over."Follow @ABCNewsRadio !function(d,s,id){var js,fjs=d.getElementsByTagName(s)[0];if(!d.getElementById(id)){js=d.createElement(s);js.id=id;js.src="http://platform.twitter.com/widgets.js";fjs.parentNode.insertBefore(js,fjs);}}(document,"script","twitter-wjs");Copyright 2014 ABC News Radio

Exclusive: Police Officer Darren Wilson Discusses Firing Deadly Shot


ABC News(FERGUSON, Mo.) -- Ferguson, Missouri, police officer Darren Wilson discussed his account of the moment he shot and killed black teenager Michael Brown in an exclusive interview with ABC News.Wilson said Brown was charging at him, disregarding the officer’s instructions.“I started backpedaling, ‘cause he’s just getting too close and he’s not stopping,” Wilson told ABC News’ George Stephanopoulos.“After I fired the second round of shots, he gets about eight to 10 feet [away]. And as he does that, he kinda starts to lean forward like he’s gonna tackle me. And eight to 10 feet is close and what I saw was his head. If he’s gonna tackle me, he’s gonna tackle me at that point. And I looked down my barrel of my gun and I fired,” he continued.The Aug. 9 shooting sparked months of protests, drawing national attention to the St. Louis suburb.Wilson said he was driving to get lunch by himself -- just a normal day, he says -- when he encountered Brown and a friend walking in the middle of the street, “single-file on the double-yellow line.”Wilson, 28, says he instructed the pair to walk on the sidewalk.The first person, Brown’s friend, Dorian Johnson, ignored Wilson, the officer said.“And then Michael Brown came next and he had to exchange some explicit words with me,” Wilson said. “He had said, “F*** what you have to say.”“First words to you?” Stephanopoulos asked.“Yeah,” Wilson responded.At that point, Wilson says he noticed cigarillos in Brown’s hand, noting that Brown and Johnson matched the description, he says, of suspects in the theft of cigars from a nearby convenience store earlier that day. Wilson said he wasn’t sure whether Brown was armed.“I got on the radio and I asked for assistance,” Wilson said.Wilson said he parked and tried to get out of his vehicle, when Brown again cursed at the officer and slammed the officer’s car door.“I…again taken aback because I’ve never been trapped in my car,” Wilson said. “I use my door to try and push him back and yell at him to get back. And again he just pushed the door shut and just stared at me.”“So you’re staring each other down?” Stephanopoulos asked.“Yeah, he stared at me, like almost over top of me…looked like he was trying to intimidate me," Wilson said. "And as I looked back at him, all of a sudden punches started flying…He threw the first one and hit me in the left side of my face."Wilson said he doesn’t believe he could have done anything differently that day, and says he has a clean conscience.“The reason I have a clean conscience is ’cause I know I did my job right,” he said.Following Monday’s announcement that a grand jury declined to bring charges against Wilson, Brown’s relatives released a statement, saying, “We are profoundly disappointed that the killer of our child will not face the consequences of his actions.”Wilson said he feels remorse about the outcome of the altercation.“I think those are grieving parents who are mourning the loss of their son,” Wilson said.“Nothing you could say, but, again, you know, I’m sorry that their son lost his life. It wasn’t the intention of that day. It’s what occurred that day. And there’s no…nothing you could say that’s gonna make a parent feel better,” he added.Watch George Stephanopoulos' full interview with Darren Wilson below:Follow @ABCNewsRadio !function(d,s,id){var js,fjs=d.getElementsByTagName(s)[0];if(!d.getElementById(id)){js=d.createElement(s);js.id=id;js.src="http://platform.twitter.com/widgets.js";fjs.parentNode.insertBefore(js,fjs);}}(document,"script","twitter-wjs");Copyright 2014 ABC News Radio

Snow, Rain Threatening Millions of Thanksgiving Travelers


ABC News(NEW YORK) -- Wintry weather is expected to bring travel delays for millions of Americans on Wednesday, causing problems on one of the busiest travel days of the year.More than 46 million Americans are expected to travel more than 50 miles away from home in the coming days, the country’s highest Thanksgiving travel volume since 2007, according to AAA.Residents along the East Coast should expect heavy rain on Wednesday from a nor’easter, with the rain changing to snow during the afternoon. Snow is expected across parts of Virginia, Maryland, Pennsylvania, New Jersey, New York and interior New England.Some areas off the Atlantic coastline could see 4 to 8 inches of snow.Snow is also expected in the plains and Midwest, affecting parts of Illinois, Iowa, Minnesota and Wisconsin, as well as the northern Rockies. Heavy, occasionally pounding rain is expected in the Pacific Northwest.The East Coast storm is expected to pass through by Thursday, leaving travelers hopeful that their return trips will be uneventful.But Wednesday’s travel outlook remains problematic. Nearly 2,500 flights were delayed by 8 a.m. ET, with another 555 canceled, according to the flight-tracking company FlightAware. Those numbers are slated to rise drastically in the coming hours as the storms bear down.Follow @ABCNewsRadio !function(d,s,id){var js,fjs=d.getElementsByTagName(s)[0];if(!d.getElementById(id)){js=d.createElement(s);js.id=id;js.src="http://platform.twitter.com/widgets.js";fjs.parentNode.insertBefore(js,fjs);}}(document,"script","twitter-wjs");Copyright 2014 ABC News Radio

The Most Popular, Non-Turkey Thanksgiving Dishes, by State


iStock/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) -- For just about everyone, Thanksgiving means a turkey on the table. But if you live in Colorado, Idaho or Nevada, you're probably also looking forward to a big-'ol helping of frog eye salad on the side. Or maybe some persimmon pudding if you're a Hoosier, or pineapple casserole if you live in the Palmetto State.Those are some of the most popular, non-turkey Thanksgiving dishes, by state, according to a survey by The New York Times.The newspaper enlisted Google's help to do it, asking the Internet search authority to scour Thanksgiving week data going back 10 years, by state, to find the most searched-for, most distinct non-turkey dishes. The New York Times then compiled the data, listing not only the most popular, but also the top 10 contenders.Not all of the results are bizarre-sounding to out-of-staters: there are lots of hits for familiar Thanksgiving dishes like pumpkin pie, candied yams, meat loaves and stuffings. There are also signs of the times, with frequent searches for meatless or gluten-free versions of holiday favorites.Folks in Tennessee love their spinach maria -- essentially, a cheesy spinach casserole -- but regional desserts like Coca-Cola cake and Butterfinger cake also make their list. If you dine in Utah on Thursday, expect some equally cheesy funeral potatoes on the side.Washington state, not surprisingly, loves their smoked salmon dip, and while pumpkin whoopie pie is popular in lots of New England states, it's nowhere more popular than in Maine and Vermont.The New York Times has the entire survey broken down as an interactive list with links to recipes and other info, as well as a handy map of the U.S. that shows the most popular results, by state, at a glance.Follow @ABCNewsRadio !function(d,s,id){var js,fjs=d.getElementsByTagName(s)[0];if(!d.getElementById(id)){js=d.createElement(s);js.id=id;js.src="http://platform.twitter.com/widgets.js";fjs.parentNode.insertBefore(js,fjs);}}(document,"script","twitter-wjs");Copyright 2014 ABC News Radio