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Pelini's Last Meeting With Players Laced With Remarks Toward AD


An audio recording believed to be from Bo Pelini's last private meeting Dec. 2 with Nebraska football players at Lincoln North Star High School just days after be was fired has been leaked to the Omaha World Herald.  Pelini's speech is laced with profanities and targeted remarks aimed at University of Nebraska Athletic Director Shawn Eichorst.  

Second Audit Is Out On Welfare System


The Nebraska State Auditor's Office has released a partial audit of the state's welfare system...the second audit in the past few months.  Mike Foley says there's an urgent need for corrective action. 

Area Gearing Up For Light Snow


Nebraska is gearing up for reports of light snow in the forecast. The National Weather Service has issued a winter weather advisory for areas south of Nebraska for Wednesday night through Thursday morning. The weather agency says accumulations across Nebraska are expected to be light, but snow and freezing drizzle could still make driving treacherous. 

Final Candidate For University President In Lincoln


The fourth and final candidate for President of the University of Nebraska is in Lincoln today, and had a formal job interview with the NU Board of Regents.  Dr. Sally Rockey is currently a Deputy Director of the National Institutes of Health in Bethesda, Maryland. When asked why she's interested in the Nebraska opportunity, Rockey said that her background is in agriculture and health.

Stebbing Announces Bid For Lincoln Mayor


Lancaster County treasurer Andy Stebbing announced Wednesday his bid to become mayor of Lincoln in the upcoming spring city election.  Stebbing is a native of Norfolk, a former police officer, and Kearney State College Graduate who spent 20 years as a Lancaster County Deputy Sheriff before winning the Treasurer's office.  

Authorities Investigate Arson Fire Outside of Lincoln


Lincoln Police and Lancaster County Sheriff's investigators are looking for whoever may have stolen a trailer and set it on fire along 112th Street between "A" and Van Dorn Streets.   Police Officer Katie Flood says the trailer had been reported stolen Dec. 9 from outside a buisness in the 4400 block of South 8th Street.  

Old Technology Blamed For Bad Client Support Through ACCESSNebraska


A critical review of Nebraska's economic assistance application system blames 25 year old technology for delayed client support.  Fullerton Sen. Annette Dubas and the ACCESSNebraska Special Investigative Committee has released a report, pointed out state Health and Human Services employees aren't able to effectively maintain their workload, leaving many families struggling to access the help they need.

Keystone To Top Senate Agenda In January 2015


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

Man Charged With First-Degree Murder For Shooting In Gibbon


Buffalo County SheriffThe Buffalo County Sheriff's Office says a 34-year-old man is facing a first degree murder charge after a shooting in the parking lot at Gibbon Pack. Angelo Bol was arrested after he shot 34-year-old Karel Perez-Almaguer on Monday, according to a deputy. The preliminary investigation revealed that Perez-Almaguer and Bol were familiar with each other.  (Photo courtesy:10/11 News)

High Plains Aquifer Groundwater Declining


The U.S. Geological Survey says groundwater levels are declining in an aquifer that serves parts of Nebraska and seven other states.  The USGS has released a report on changes in groundwater levels in the High Plains Aquifer, also known as the Ogallala Aquifer. 

ACLU Sues Nebraska Officials After Prison Assault


The ACLU of Nebraska is suing state prison officials on behalf of an inmate who says he was repeatedly attacked by fellow inmates, including a member of a white supremacist gang.  The lawsuit alleges that prison officials knowingly allowed Joshua Franklin to be assaulted several times at the Nebraska State Penitentiary in Lincoln.  

Council Hears Testimony Over Proposed Cable TV Plan From Windstream


An agreement to have another option for cable TV in Lincoln will be decided after the holidays. Lincoln City Council members are expected to vote January 5th on the proposal between the city and Windstream.  

Thirteen Mailbox Vandalism Cases In Lincoln Over Weekend


There were 13 mailbox vandalism cases in south-central Lincoln over the weekend. Police say all of those cases happened in the area along South Cotner Boulevard between Sumner and South Streets early Saturday morning. Two men from Beatrice, who were intoxicated, had been contacted by police. They were later cited. The two men had pulled up the mailboxes from the ground and damaged them.

Crash Victim May Have Had Medical Episode


An autopsy is being done Monday on the body of a Lincoln man involved in a traffic crash Sunday night. Police Capt. Don Scheinost tells KFOR NEWS authorities believe 43-year-old Michael Clancy experienced a medical episode before the crash on K Street between 12th and 13th around 6p Sunday evening.  

Seward County To Build New Justice Center


Officials in Seward County plan to break ground on a new justice center this spring, and to open the planned $12 million building by fall 2016. The 44,000-square-foot building will go up next to the Seward County Jail, which will be demolished to make way for a parking lot. The new building will consolidate several county offices under a single roof, including the jail, sheriff's office,

Body Found From Weekend Canoe Accident In Iowa


Authorities have recovered the body of a man who disappeared in a western Iowa lake after a weekend canoe accident. The man's body was found shortly after 11 a.m. Monday. He had been missing since the canoe he and another man were in capsized in Lake Manawa near Council Bluffs Sunday afternoon. The second boater, 36-year-old Benjamin Ferguson, was able to swim to shore and call for help.

Panel Calls For Reforms, Firings In Prison System


A Nebraska legislative committee is calling for more prison administrators to lose their jobs as part of an overhaul of the Department of Correctional Services.  The committee released a final report Monday that proposed 16 reforms for Nebraska's problem-plagued corrections department.  

Parolee Back In Jail In Suspected Jet Ski Theft


A follow up to the story we told you about on Friday, where some jet skis were stolen from a home near 44th and Greenwood.  They were found that afternoon behind a man's home near 56th and Lexington.  Turns out that the man's son, 39-year-old Terry Pillsworth, may have been responsible.  

Washington State Man Busted With Trash Bags Full of Pot


A 38-year-old man from Washington State is in the Lancaster County jail this morning, for allegedly having nearly 100 pounds of pot in 9 garbage bags in his car.   Lancaster County Sheriff Terry Wagner says Lyndy Norman was pulled over on eastbound I-80 near the Highway 77 interchange in west Lincoln on Friday afternoon for following too closely.  

Groundbreaking for Breslow Ice Center


The Breslow Ice Center is closer to becoming a reality after a groundbreaking ceremony on Saturday. The rink will include an NHL-sized sheet of ice, seating for 700 spectators, team locker rooms, a training room and offices for coaches and staff. Public space will include a warm viewing area, concessions and rooms for meetings and parties. The Breslow Ice Center is being built with the option to add a second sheet of ice in the future.

Post Office Open Sundays Until Christmas


The Lincoln Post Office will be open two Sundays in December. Demand from the holiday season has prompted officials to open the main post office in the Haymarket December 14 and 21 from 10 a.m. until noon. Also on these two Sundays, anything dropped off in a blue collection box at postal stations or mailed at all Lincoln Hy-Vee locations, and the Super Saver stores at 27th and Pine Lake and in Fallbrook will be processed to speed up delivery.

Lawsuit Coming over 1943 Republican River Compact


Attorneys for Nebraska and a group of southwest Nebraska irrigators suing the state will spar in court next week over a motion to dismiss the lawsuit. A hearing will be held Wednesday in Furnas County District Court on a motion by the state to dismiss the lawsuit. Four Nebraska farmers filed the suit in August, demanding that the state compensate them for irrigation water that was diverted away from their crops to comply with the Republican River Compact.

Stolen Jet Skis Found, Man Arrested


Lincoln Police solve a major burglary. 39-year-old Terry Lee Pillsworth was arrested Friday afternoon for stealing two jet skis on December 9. Our media partner 1011 News reports that police said they found the skis and a stolen trailer at the 2000 block of North 56th Street. The jet skis are valued at $11,000 a piece.

Two Fremont Boys Hailed as Heroes


Two young Fremont brothers are being hailed as heroes for saving their grandfather's life when he collapsed last month while babysitting them. 7-year-old James Fittje and his younger brother, 6-year-old Andrew Fittje, were alone at their home with Joe Belchal, otherwise known as "Grampy," on Nov. 18 when their grandfather collapsed. 

Lincoln Man Arrested for Rape


A Lincoln man accused of raping an 18-year-old woman in a west Lincoln home faces a felony charge in the case. Our media partner 1011 News reports that 19-year-old Austin Phipps was arrested Wednesday night on suspicion of first-degree sexual assault. Lincoln police say Phipps went to the woman's home, climbed on top of her as she was lying in a bed and raped her as she struggled to free herself.

Lincoln Post Office Ready for Busiest Day


The Lincoln Post Office is gearing up for the busiest mailing day of year, Monday December 15th. The Post Office is expecting 450,000 cards, letters and packages to be mailed that day. Lincoln Postmaster Kerry Kowalski says "This is our season." He says the postal service is more than ready to get everything delivered on time. Postal carriers in 29 Nebraska cities, including Lincoln, will be delivering packages 7 days a week through the Christmas season.

Police Hope for Low DUI Numbers for Holidays


The Lincoln Police Department is participating in this year's You Drink and Drive, You Lose campaign. Police will be focusing on preventing impaired drivers and will have extra officers on duty thanks to a grant from the Nebraska Office of Highway Safety. Captain Robert Farber says while they increase enforcement, police still hope to arrest fewer people for offenses like DUI, because that means there are less people driving under the influence.

David Schnoor to be Appointed to Legislature


Gov.-elect Pete Ricketts has announced that a Dodge County cattleman will replace Sen. Charlie Janssen in the state Legislature. Ricketts said in Kearney, during the Nebraska Cattlemen's annual banquet, that the post is going to David Schnoor, of Scribner. Schnoor was one of five people who applied to replace Janssen, who was elected to be the next state auditor. Ricketts says Gov. Dave Heineman will be making the appointment.

Group Says $33 Million Plan Better than New Prisons


A research group says its $33 million plan to expand probation and other "outside the wall" programs could save Nebraska more than nine times as much in prison construction and operation over the next several years. The recommendations from the Council of State Governments Justice Center were presented to top Nebraska officeholders, who are trying to reduce state prison overcrowding.

Pilger Residents Discuss New Middle School


Residents jammed a school board meeting for a discussion on how and where to build a replacement for a middle school damaged by a tornado in northeast Nebraska. On June 16 an EF4 twister destroyed or damaged more than half the town of Pilger. The school had housed kindergarten through 12th grades until the local district merged with the nearby Wisner district in 1968.

Dentist Pleads No Contest in Theft from Omaha VA


An Iowa dentist has pleaded no contest to stealing precious metals and dental equipment while working at the Omaha Veteran Affairs Medical Center. Fifty-eight-year-old Randall Toothaker entered the plea  without a deal from prosecutors. He originally pleaded not guilty after he was arrested in July. Investigators say he stole more than $16,000 in dental gold and other equipment from a locked cabinet in 2013.

3 Years for Pot Smuggler


A New Mexico man arrested with 180 pounds of marijuana in his truck has been sentenced to three years in a Nebraska prison. 32-year-old Gabriel Maldonado was sentenced Thursday after pleading guilty to possessing marijuana with intent to deliver. A Nebraska trooper stopped Maldonado in January 2013 for failure to stay in his lane. The trooper found bales of the drug after Maldonado said he could search the truck. 

Man Stabbed At NW Lincoln Apartment


Police have a 37-year-old Lincoln man in jail, after he allegedly stabbed a 27-year-old Indianapolis man early Tuesday morning.  Wayne Miller was arrested on suspicion of 1st-degree assault and use of a weapon to commit a felony.   

Bomb Threat At Papillion High School


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

BREAKING NEWS: Police Arrest Husband In Suspected Murder


A Lincoln man has been arrested on suspicion of second degree murder of his wife.  Kevin Miller was placed under arrest 2 weeks after the disappearance of his wife Kelsey Miller.  A body was found in a storage unit near 70th and Cornhusker on Sunday, which was rented out to a friend of Kevin Miller. But Miller himself used the storage unit. 

Riley Formally Introduced As Nebraska's Next Football Coach


Mike Riley has a five-year contract at Nebraska paying him $2.7 million a year. The terms were announced Friday before Riley was introduced as the new Husker head football coach Friday at a news conference inside the west skyboxes of Memorial Stadium. Nebraska Athletic Director Shawn Eichorst says Coach Riley is an elite football coach with an incredible history and tradition behind him.

BREAKING NEWS: Riley Named New Nebraska Football Coach


The University of Nebraska has hired Mike Riley as its new Head Football Coach, Director of Athletics Shawn Eichorst announced today. Riley will be formally introduced at a news conference on Friday, December 5th at 9:00 a.m. in the West Memorial Stadium – 3rd Floor Club.  

Lincoln Woman Missing For More Than A Week


The search is on for a missing 28 year old Lincoln woman.  Lincoln Police Capt. Robert Farber tells KFOR NEWS Kelsey Miller was last seen November 27th.  She is described as 5' 5", 190 pounds with dark blond hair and blue eyes. 

Prices At The Fuel Pump Falling


Average retail gasoline prices in Lincoln have fallen almost 3 cents the past week, averaging $2.85 a gallon, according to GasBuddy's daily survey of nearly 150 gas outlets in Lincoln.  That's about 21 cents a gallon lower than a year ago and just over 16 cents a gallon lower than a month ago.  

Man Captured After Leading High-Speed Chase


A high-speed chase south of Lincoln on Friday night ends when a car rolls over in a field and the driver runs off, only to be caught later.  Lancaster County Sheriff Terry Wagner says 24-year-old Samuel Tanner was arrested for fleeing to avoid arrest. 

Man Hospitalized After Car Ends Up In Salt Creek


A 32-year-old man is in a Lincoln hospital being treated for hypothermia, after his car careened into the cold water of Salt Creek Sunday morning.  Lincoln Fire and Rescue found the car at 1st and Park Boulevard, after it had been in the creek for about an hour.  

Pelini Fired As Nebraska Football Coach


University of Nebraska Director of Athletics Shawn Eichorst has dismissed Head Football Coach Bo Pelini effective immediately. 

 

 

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.  

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.  

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,

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.

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.  

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.  

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.

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..."