One Dead in South Lincoln Accident

Reports from the scene indicate that one person is dead from a south Lincoln traffic accident. It happened about 5 pm at 16th and Old Cheney. The accident involved a package delivery truck and two passenger vehicles, and the victim who died is reported to be a passenger. No details on how it happened have been released yet, the number of those injured, or the identity of the deceased person. Old Cheney Road was closed down between 14th street and Rolling Hils Blvd just before 5:30 tonight to allow the removal of victims and investigation of the accident.

Hieneman Wants to Attract More Companies to State

State officials are turning to local business leaders in hopes of attracting more companies to the state. Gov. Dave Heineman said Tuesday that Nebraska can't afford to become complacent when competing for new businesses. His remarks came as he announced an upcoming "Nebraska Diplomats Passport Weekend" to encourage economic development.

Second Suspected Gang Member Gets Prison for Murders

A suspected gang member has been imprisoned for his role in the beating deaths of two Lincoln men last year. 23-year-old Tyler Thornburg was given 20 years for manslaughter and 40 to 50 years for use of a deadly weapon, to be served consecutively. He also was given 20 months to five years on an unrelated weapons case. 

Cat Saved From Fire, Revived by Firefighters

A fuel leak from a power generator being used in a basement is believed to have started a fire early Tuesday morning. Everyone escaped the fire in the 33rd and "C" Street house, except the family cat. Fire crews found it, gave it oxygen and brought it back to life. 

Candidates for Governor Spar at State Fair Debate

September means there's just over two months months until the November General Election. Gubernatorial candidates, Chuck Hassebrook and Pete Ricketts, set themselves apart in a debate Monday night at the Nebraska State Fair. Democrat Hassebrook said he would take a more hands-on approach as governor. Republican Ricketts would put more money into the state's property tax relief fund. 

UNL Students Not Using Safety App

That free phone app tested earlier this year by UNL students didn't show a lot of positive results. About 40 students were asked about Lifeline Response, a smartphone app that calls police. Seven of 10 students said a Lifeline Response app would be used, but only three or four out of 10 said they would use it. Students said a simple 911 call on their personal phones would be the preferred method of calling police in an emergency.

Man Arrested in Late August Home-Invasion Robbery

Lincoln Police have arrested a suspect in an August 21st home invasion robbery. Colby Bennett was taken to jail on Saturday after a traffic stop. He was a passenger in a van that looked similar to one seen driving away from the robbery in the 4800 block of Benton Street.

No Arrests in East Lincoln Vandalisms

No arrests in a string of vandalisms in the 1200 block of Sycamore, just west of 84th and A Streets. Five reports of mailboxes being damaged and the back window of a car smashed out. Because no one heard anything Sunday night, police have no suspects or description of the vehicle. If you saw or hear something, call Crimestoppers at (402) 475-3600.

Suspected Lincoln Gang Member Gets Prison for Murder

A suspected gang member has been sentenced to prison for helping beat to death two Lincoln men last year. Online court records say 20-year-old Ricky McLaughlin III was given 20 to 30 years for manslaughter, 40 to 50 years for use of a deadly weapon and four to five years for an unrelated sex assault. He and Tyler Thornburg took plea deals to reduce their second-degree murder charges. The men

Small School District Wants Bond for School Built in 1928

Voters in a small central Nebraska school district will decide in November whether to support a $4.35 million bond issue. The Sumner-Eddyville-Miller School District proposed the bond issue to pay for improvements at a school built in 1928.

More Charges in Fatal Accident

Authorities plan to file more charges after the third member of a Hastings family died several days after a semi collided with their SUV. Clay County Attorney Ted Griess says that 26-year-old Tiffany Isom died from injuries she sustained in Thursday's crash in Clay County. Isom's parents, 53 year-old Gary Isom, and his wife, 52 year-old Susan Isom, were also killed. Their 16-year-old son was seriously injured.

New Exhibit at Quilt Museum

A new exhibition at the International Quilt Study Center and Museum in Lincoln will shed light on the role stitched signatures can play in depicting people's lives. "Signature Cloths" will open on Friday at Quilt House, 1523 N. 33rd St. The exhibition focuses on sewn signatures as visual symbols and as a method of social engagement.

Nebraska City Bank Robber May Be "AK-47" Bandit"

Authorities say a man who robbed a bank in Nebraska City earlier this month matches the description of the "AK-47 Bandit" who has robbed banks across several western states. No one was harmed in the Aug. 22 robbery of the First National Bank branch in southeast Nebraska. Authorities held a news conference Sunday because the robber may be the same man who robbed banks in California, Idaho and Washington.

Man Arrested for Shooting 76-Year-Old Man

Omaha police have arrested a suspect in this weekend's shooting death of a 76-year-old man. Police said Sunday that 41-year-old Ray Hubbard has been arrested on suspicion of first-degree murder in Saturday's shooting. Officer James Shade says there was an argument before shooting happened around 5:30 p.m. Saturday in northeast Omaha. Paramedics took L.B. Liggins to the hospital where he died.

Jack Hoffman Enrolled in New Clinical Trial for Cancer Drug

The 8-year-old boy who became an Internet sensation for his touchdown run in Nebraska's 2013 spring football scrimmage is now one of a handful of children enrolled in a cancer treatment trial. The World-Herald reports that Jack Hoffman is the fourth child enrolled in the clinical trial at Boston Children's Hospital. He is one of 14 children in the world who have taken the medication.

Historic Willa Cather Letters to be Digitized

Letters from Willa Cather, the renowned author of "My Antonia" and "O Pioneers," are expected to be available online in January 2018. The letters will be digitized under a grant of nearly $272,000 from the National Endowment for the Humanities. "The Complete Letters of Willa Cather" will be published online as part of the Willa Cather Archive.

Public Benefit Applications Backlog Catching Up

Nebraska officials say they're close to catching up on a backlog of public benefit applications that has prompted a federal lawsuit and an investigation by lawmakers. Nebraska Department of Health and Human Services spokesman Russ Reno says the agency expects to have all of the delayed paperwork finished by late October or early November.

Man Shot Dead in Lincoln Apartment

Lincoln Police are investigating a fatal shooting. It happened early Saturday morning around one. 21-year-old Maurice Williams was killed inside a LionsGate Apartment at 5101 Vine Street. He was taken to Bryan LGH West, where he was pronounced dead. Anyone with information is asked to contact police.

Prison Employees Ordered to Testify for Legislative Committee

Five people who worked in Nebraska's prison system have been ordered to testify before a legislative committee investigating why hundreds of inmate sentences were miscalculated. Lancaster County District Judge Stephanie Stacy issued the ruling on Friday. The judge said their testimony can't be used against them in a criminal prosecution.

"You Drink and Drive. You Lose" is Back

The You Drink & Drive You Lose crackdown is back. During the upcoming Labor Day weekend the Lancaster County Sheriff's Office will be looking for drunk drivers. One checkpoint, from 9:00 Friday until 2:00 a.m., will be set up on Highway 77 just north of Rokeby Road. Sheriff Terry Wagner says vehicles will be selected in a systematic fashion and the occupants will be checked for signs of alcohol usage.

Councilman Says Safety is Turning Into Politics

Lincoln City Councilman Doug Emery says he is disappointed in the city council's refusal to place a public safety bond issue on the november election ballot. Emery, who was out of the country Monday and didn't vote, said he doesn't agree with the need to have all details explained ahead of time because they would be in the campaign between now and November 4th.

State Supreme Court Deals Blow to Cigar Bars and Tobacco Shops

The Nebraska Supreme Court has struck down two exceptions to the state's public smoking ban, dealing a blow to cigar bars and tobacco shops, but sparing the exception for some hotel guestrooms that allow smoking. The decision Friday came in the case of Big John's Billiards, an Omaha pool hall, whose owner sued after Nebraska enacted a statewide public smoking ban in 2009.

TSA Find Loaded Gun in Carry-On Bag at Eppley

Transportation Security Administration employees discovered a loaded handgun at a security checkpoint in an Omaha airport this week. The TSA said Thursday a passenger tried to bring a .40 caliber Smith & Wesson handgun in a carry-on bag at Eppley Airfield on Wednesday. It was loaded with 14 rounds. The Omaha Airport Authority Police Department interviewed the passenger, who was later released.

Hastings Couple Killed and Two Children Injured in Accident

A Hastings couple have been killed and two of their children injured in a collision in Clay County. Clay County Sheriff Jeff Franklin says the accident occurred around 5:15 a.m. Thursday. The family was headed east on U.S. Highway 6 when their sport utility vehicle was struck by semitrailer that had been going south on Nebraska Highway 14.

One Dead, Two Injured in Omaha Shooting

Police say one man has died and two have been critically injured in an Omaha shooting. Omaha police spokesman Kevin Wiese says the three men were injured Thursday afternoon. He says 26-year-old Lamar King died at the scene. 19-year-old Johnnie Wilson and 18-year-old Marcus Johnson were injured. Wiese says the injured men made contact with authorities after leaving the scene to find help.

Sheriff's Deputy's Patrol Car Totaled in Accident

A Lancaster County Sheriff's Deputy's patrol car clips a stalled vehicle last night in southeast Lincoln. Police Captain Don Scheinost says it happened just before 9:30 Thursday night along westbound Highway 2, between 56th and 48th Streets. No citations have been issued. The rear passenger side of the stalled car was hit. Both vehicles are totaled and no one was hurt.

Stolen Rooster Finds Way Home

Pioneer Pete is back. The famed fiberglass rooster that is the iconic figure of long time Lincoln restaurant Lee's Chicken was stolen last weekend and returned to the restaurant some time during the night. Owner Jan Wilcoxen tells KFOR News she was quite surprised, to say the least, to see Pete back. Wilcoxen tells KFOR News Pete does have some damage to his head, beek and scratches everywhere else.

"Cops" Crew Member Killed by Officer's Bullet

Omaha's police chief says officers are taking the death of a "Cops" TV show crew member very hard. Police officers who opened fire while disrupting a robbery at a fast-food restaurant Tuesday night killed sound man Bryce Dion as well as the robbery suspect, who was carrying what officers thought was a real handgun. It turned out that the gun fires only plastic pellets.

State Supreme Court to Take on Horse Races

An attempt to invalidate a ballot measure that would allow electronic betting on old horse races is now in the hands of the Nebraska Supreme Court. An attorney for anti-gambling activist Pat Loontjer asked the court Wednesday to keep the measure off the November ballot, while a state attorney defended it as constitutional.

Nebraska Emergency Response Fund Solid

A state emergency response fund is financially solid despite a year of heavy storms that caused millions of dollars in damage in Nebraska. State officials said Wednesday that the governor's emergency fund has $7 million available for future disasters. The fund is used to reimburse local governments for some of their emergency expenses.

Mayor Disappointed with Council Members

Mayor Chris Beutler issued a statement Tuesday, expressing disappointment over the city council's refusal to place a bond issue on the november election ballot. The mayor said he thinks public safety officials clearly made the case for letting the public decide now on the need for a new radio system and at least two new fire stations. 

I-180 Project Delayed by Weather

The weather predictions of rain and thunderstorms for the next few days has delayed a road project on I-180. A fog seal was scheduled for August 27th and is now set for September 3rd. All lanes in each direction will be closed for the duration of the project which is scheduled to begin Wednesday night at six and should be done by six on Thursday morning. The work will span from Fletcher Avenue to Cornhusker Highway.

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. 

Mayor's Bond Delayed by City Council

You'll have to wait and see if you'll vote on a $34-million bond issue that would lead to building four new fire stations and replace the city's 911 communications system with new equipment. Lincoln City Council members decided to hold off on voting on putting the bond issue on the November ballot. 

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.

LPD Investigate Third Cab Driver Robbery

A lot of robbery cases in the past week in an area of southwest Lincoln, mainly in an area from 13th to 19th Streets, "C" to "F" Streets.  They've ranged from pizza delivery drivers to taxi drivers being robbed at gunpoint.  Police Officer Katie Flood says the latest case involves a cab driver who was robbed at gunpoint in the 16th and "C" neighborhood early Friday morning.

Attempted Robbery At Central Lincoln Convenience Store

An armed robbery at a central Lincoln gas station around closing time Thursday night.  Police Captain Don Scheinost tells KFOR News the Git N Split at 28th and "O" was held up just before 11pm, as the store was closing for the night.  Scheinost says the clerk told the robber he already had put the cash into the safe for the night.  

Police Continue Looking For Car Stolen At Gunpoint

Lincoln Police are also investigating another armed robbery late Thursday night that happened in the parking lot of the EZ-Go at 25th and "O".   Captain Don Scheinost says a man got a ride to the gas station when he pulled out a gun and demanded the keys.   The victim jumped out and ran around the building, only to find that his vehicle was gone.   

Police Investigating Home Invasion Robbery In North Lincoln

A man was just watching TV, when some uninvited guests show up to his home near 48th and Benton early Thursday evening. Lincoln Police Sgt. Don Scheinost tells KFOR News the victim looked through the peep hole of the door and saw two men he didn't know.   The door was kicked in and the man was attacked, while some of his belongings were taken.  

Raymond Woman Victimized By Phony Sweepstakes Scam

A 56-year-old Raymond woman is the victim of a scam that claimed she won money from Publisher's Clearinghouse.   Lancaster County Sheriff Terry Wagner says the woman got a phone call Thursday, saying she had won $2-and-a-half million and needed to give $1,000 to receive the winnings on the green dot packs.  

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.

Nebraska ACT Scores Top National Average, LPS Scores Improving

Some good news about this year's ACT exam scores from Nebraska High School students, where the average ACT composite score was 21.7.  That's seven-tenths of a point higher than the national average of 21.0 out of a possible score of 36.   Students in Lincoln Public Schools that took the ACT this year had a composite score of 20.7 this year, which is slightly higher than last year.

Veterans Affairs Health Care Town Hall August 26

(8-19-14) Veterans and other community members have a chance next week to voice their opinions about the Veterans Affairs health care services. The veterans' town hall will be in the auditorium of the Nebraska-Western Iowa clinic, located in Lincoln just south of 70th and O, at 9 a.m., on August 26. Public Affairs Officer, Will Ackerman, said the town hall is designed to gain open and honest feedback about the health care system. 

Increased Patrol in Hall County During State Fair

Displaying image007.png(8-19-14) The Nebraska State Patrol will bulk up its enforcement in Hall County during the last two Saturdays of August. This in response to heavy traffic due to the Nebraska State Fair. Captain Chris Kolb of Troop C-Grand Island said he hopes the visibility of the troopers will cause people to drive safety and avoid crashes.

977 Students Graduate from New Financial Literacy Program

(8-19-14) An online financial literacy education program has proven successful over its first year, according to State Treasurer Don Stenberg. The Nebraska Educational Savings Trust (NEST) sponsors the program, called Nebraska NEST Financial Scholars. Stenberg said 81 Nebraska high schools used the program during the 2013-2014 school year. That includes 2,214 students--977 of which graduated and are certified as Nebraska NEST Finacial Scholars.

Clarks Woman Dies in Three-Vehicle Accident

(8-19-14) A 25-year-old Clarks woman has been killed in a traffic accident involving three vehicles. The accident occurred a mile west of Clarks in Merrick County. The County Attorney says Heather Stroud was headed east on U.S. Highway 30 when her vehicle was struck from behind by a tractor-trailer. 

Lexington Man Gets Prison for Fatal Stabbing

(8-19-14) A 22-year-old man has been sent to prison for fatally stabbing another Lexington resident. Navor Millan pleaded guilty to manslaughter. Millan was sentenced in Dawson County District Court to consecutive sentences of 12 to 20 years for manslaughter and two to five years for using a deadly weapon.

Willie Nelson, Neil Young to Play Benefit Concert in Nebraska

(8-18-14) A couple of big name musical stars are joining the fight against the Keystone X-L Pipeline. Willie Nelson and Neil Young are planning a concert on the pipeline route in northeastern Nebraska near Neligh. The proceeds of the concert will be donated to Bold Nebraska, the group leading the opposition to the pipeline, and to two groups promoting clean energy projects among Native Americans.

Overnight Storms Knock Out Power, Trees Through

(8-18-14) Powerful storm winds knocked down power lines and trees as hail pounded several parts of Nebraska Sunday night. At least one person was hospitalized after being injured Sunday by hail in northwest Nebraska's Sheridan County. Large hail was reported in Cherry County as well.

Nebraska Asked to Repay $2.5 Million in Mishandled Drug Claims

(8-18-14) Federal officials want Nebraska to repay nearly $2.5 million because they say the state mishandled some Medicaid prescription drug claims. The problem was discovered by an audit the Inspector General of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services released earlier this month. 

Pursuit Starts in Lincoln, Ends in Missouri

(8-18-14) A man who stole a pickup in front of the Lied Center this morning was chased by authorities in three states before he was arrested. Lincoln police chased the vehicle shortly after 9 this morning, but called off the chase because of high speed. A state trooper later spotted the stolen vehicle in Omaha, but didn't catch it before it crossed into Iowa. 

Rush Hour Crash Kills One Person

One person is dead, three others suffered non life-threatening injuries in a two-vehicle crash during rush hour Monday morning at 56th and Van Dorn.   KFOR News talked to Lincoln Police Officer Tim Abele at the scene, who said the car turned when traffic in the inside northbound lane stopped, leaving a gap for the car to turn.  About halfway through the turn, the truck hit the passenger side of the car in the outside lane.

Victim Identified In Sunday's Fatal Crash In North Lincoln

Lincoln Police have identified both the driver and passenger involved in the Sunday afternoon rollover crash along the southbound lanes of the 27th Street viaduct south of Cornhusker.  The passenger, 21-year-old Shanna Rurup, was pronounced dead at the scene, while the driver, 20-year-old Cameron Beattie, was hospitalized with non life-threatening injuries according to Police Officer Katie Flood.

Man Accused In January Murder Enters Not Guilty Plea

A 30-year-old man has pleaded not guilty after being found competent to stand trial in a Lincoln murder.  LaRon Branch made his pleas Friday in Lancaster County District Court. He's charged with second-degree murder and use of a deadly weapon.  In May a judge had ordered Branch to undergo a psychiatric evaluation to see whether he is fit to stand trial in the slaying of Jarvis Long.

UPDATE: Police Identify Truck Driver in Collision with School Bus

(8-14-14) UPDATE: Police have identified the man killed in a collision between his pickup truck and a school bus early Thursday morning northwest of Valparaiso in southwestern Saunders County. Saunders County Sheriff Kevin Stukenholtz said the driver of the pickup truck, Steven J. Jedlicka, age 50, of Schuyler, was pronounced dead at Bryan-LGH Thursday.

Berkshire Hathaway Stock Reaches All-Time High

hedge fund research(8-14-14) The stock price of Warren Buffett's Berkshire Hathaway company has topped $200,000 for the first time. Class A shares of Berkshire jumped past the milestone to an all-time trading high of $201,625 Thursday morning. The shares have long been the most-expensive U.S. stock.

North Dakota Joins Lawsuit Over Missouri River Flood Damage

(8-14-14) North Dakota has become the sixth state to have residents join a lawsuit against the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers over Missouri River flood damage. Flooding in previous years - particularly 2011 - prompted a March lawsuit by more than 200 landowners in South Dakota, Nebraska, Iowa, Kansas and Missouri.

Early Teal Duck Season in Nebraska Next Month

(8-14-14) Nebraska will have an early teal duck season next month over the entire state. The 2014 season dates are Sept. 6-14 in the High Plains zone - roughly the northern half of the state - and Sept. 6-21 in the Low Plains zone - the southern half.  The Nebraska Game and Park says the northern half of Nebraska previously had been closed to an early teal season.

State Senator Becomes ACLU of Nebraska Executive Director

(8-14-14) The American Civil Liberties Union of Nebraska has named a state senator from Lincoln as its executive director. Sen. Danielle Conrad will join the group in November. She is leaving the Legislature in January due to term limits. Conrad worked as a policy counsel for the group Nebraska Appleseed before serving as a lawmaker.

UNL Athletic Budget Reaches All Time High

(8-14-14) The University of Nebraska-Lincoln's athletic budget will top $100 million for the first time in 2014-15, with much of the increased spending coming in the area of football recruiting. The Athletic Department says the budget for the 24-sport program this year is $103 million. That's up 10.7 percent from the $93 million budget of 2013-14.

Ground Broke for New Nebraska State Patrol Crime Lab

Displaying NSPArtistRenderingNewCrimelab.jpg(8-14-14) The Nebraska State Patrol will get a new crime laboratory worth $9,000,000. The Patrol joined state and local officials on Thursday, August 14, for a ceremonial groundbreaking at the site of the new facility, located in northwest Lincoln at 3977 Air Park Road. The Lincoln Airport Authority will pay for facility, for which construction has begun.

Bond to Relocate Fire Stations, Improve 911 System

(8-14-14) A $29.5 million bond issue will go before the Lincoln City Council for consideration to put on the November 4th general election ballot. Mayor Beutler says the bond will help in the upgrade of the 911 communication system, which hasn't been updated in more than 25 years, and help build two new fire stations that would replace a couple of existing facilities.

Grant to Lincoln Fire and Rescue for New Breathing Equipment

(8-14-14) Lincoln Fire and Rescue has been awarded a federal grant of more than $1.3 million to replace all the department’s Self Contained Breathing Apparatus (SCBA). Fire Chief John Huff said the devices they had before were purchases 14 or 15 years ago and the technology has since advanced.

Second Arrest in Lincoln Burglary

(8-14-14) Lancaster County deputies made another arrest in a burglary that happened Saturday morning at a home in the 11600 block of Van Dorn. Chief Deputy Jeff Bliemeister says a search warrant was served at an apartment near 86th and Leighton Wednesday, where they recovered more stolen property and found evidence of marijuana and items to make counterfeit money. Bliemeister says they arrested 24-year-old Darwin Martin.

Annual Tuition Mission to Kick Off, Send Winner to UNL for One Year

(8-11-14) Someone will attend the University of Nebraska in Lincoln for one year for free after he or she wins Tuition Mission. It's coming up next week, and it's sponsored by our sister station KFRX. KFRX DJ Matt McKay said this is the ninth season the station has sponsors this effort. Those registering to win will be on a school bus for four days. 

City Council Votes to Keep Tabs on Problem Properties

(8-11-14) The City Council has unanimously approved an ordinance that will help the city create a registry of vacant homes and buildings in order to help deal with neglected and abandoned properties. Council Chairman Doug Emery is more than happy about the ordinance. "This will give the city another tool in the tool box to go after those properties that are the worst of the worst," Emery said.

FEMA to Give Free Advice to Re-builders of Tornado-Torn Structures

(8-11-14) Anyone Rebuilding or fixing property damaged in recent tornadoes can get some free expert advice. The Federal Emergency Management Agency will have specialists on duty this week in Beaver Crossing and Seward. Their mission will be to answer questions about safe rooms and the best ways of protecting homes from future disaster-related damage.

State Patrol Investigates Adams County Inmate Death

(8-11-14) The Nebraska State Patrol is investigating the death of a 39-year-old inmate at Adams County Jail in Hastings. The body was found in a cell around 6:30 a.m., Saturday. Sheriff Gregg Magee says the man's death does not appear to be from natural causes. Magee identified the man as Matthew Arterburn.

Nebraska Tax Receipts $1 Million Less than Projections

(8-11-14) Tax receipts for the State of Nebraska were slightly below projections in July. The State Department of Revenue said Monday that the state's net tax receipts for the month totaled $241 million. Nebraska was projected to collect $242 million in its certified revenue forecast. Net revenue from sales-and-use taxes and corporate income taxes came in higher than projected.

Arrest Made in Burglarized Bethany Businesses

(8-11-14) Scuba accessories, a laptop, some cash and even a Harley-Davidson clock were found in the home of a 26-year-old Lincoln man accused of burglarizing at least two Bethany area businesses. Lincoln Police Officer Katie Flood says Markus Lopez was actually developed as a suspect last September, after his business card was found at the scene of a burglary at Cook's Cafe near 66th and Dudley.

Police Looking for Thief of $19,000 in Tires

(8-11-14) Police are trying to find out who stole more than 40 truck tires worth close to $19,000 after breaking into a locked trailer at Cross Dillion Tire near SW 40th and West "O." Officer Katie Flood says the tires were found missing on Friday and may have been taken sometime during the previous week. There are no suspects.

Stacked Court Dates for Columbus Teen on Murder, Assault Charges

(8-11-14) A Columbus teen is expected to be in court twice this week. Nineteen-year-old Chase Micklevitz is charged with murdering 58-year-old Deanna Micklevitz on July 30th in her Columbus home. Micklevitz has a Wednesday hearing for the murder charge and is scheduled to be in court again on Friday for sentencing due to assauling two corrections officers.

New Study Quadruples Keystone XL Pollution Projections

(8-11-14) A new study concludes that the Keystone XL oil pipeline could produce four times more global warming pollution than the State Department calculated this year. The proposed pipeline would carry oil from tar sands in western Canada, through Nebraska to Texas. 

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.

La Vista Elder Sentenced for Omaha Fatal Crash

(8-7-14) An 82-year-old woman has been given two days in jail and two years of probation for a March crash that killed a bicyclist on the west side of Omaha. Ruth Jeffers, of La Vista, was sentenced on Thursday. She'd pleaded guilty to misdemeanor vehicular homicide. Authorities say Jeffers swerved across a traffic lane on March 13 and struck 56-year-old Jim Johnston. 

Fallen Military Hero to be Honored August 8

(8-7-14) A Lincoln funeral will be held Friday, August 8 for a 30-year-old Army soldier who died in Afghanistan. The Defense Department says Staff Sgt. Benjamin Prange died July 24 after the vehicle he was riding in hit an explosive device. His funeral is scheduled to begin at 10 a.m. Friday at Southwood Lutheran Church. Interment with full military honors will follow at Lincoln Memorial Park.

Hall County Debates Action of Excess Revenue

(8-7-14) Hall County officials have what other county officials might say is a happy problem: what to do with excess revenue. Spend the $695,000 on maintenance and other needs? Cut the tax levy? The questions arose this year because the county has an estimated $432 million in new property valuation on the books. 

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."

Nebraska Motorcyclist Dies in South Dakota Crash

(8-7-14) A Nebraska man is killed in a South Dakota traffic crash. 48-year-old, Paul Thomsen of Pender, was riding his motorcycle near Nemo, South Dakota, when it and a car side-swiped each other on a curve. Thomsen lost control of his bike and crashed. He was not wearing a helmet. The driver of the car was not hurt.

School Supplies Needed for Low Income Children

(8-7-14) The Salvation Army of Lincoln is asking the public for donations of school supplies--particularly backpacks. The group will holds its annual school supply distribution for low income children next week. They're expecting about 500 children, but so far only have supplies for about half of them. 

Fire Destroys Camper In North Lincoln Mobile Home Court

Plenty of smoke and flames filling the air from the 4200 block of Cornhusker during rush hour Thursday morning.  At least one person was hospitalized for what are described as "non life-threatnening" injuries, after a fire broke out in a camper.  

Young Jack Hoffman Not In Cancer Remission

When you think of Jack Hoffman of Atkinson, Nebraska, you probably go straight to the image of the 8 year old running for a 69 yard touchdown in Nebraska's 2013 Spring Game.  We got to know Jack for his fight against an inoperable train tumor.  Jack's cancer has been in remission, but now we learn Jack's brain tumor has grown since an April MRI.  

Department of Corrections Suspends Employees Involved In Miscalculating Inmate S

The director of the Nebraska Department of Corrections is taking action against employees involved in purposely miscalculating sentences of hundreds of prisoners, resulting in early releases.  Mike Kenney has suspended a number of employees pending completion of the disciplinary process.  

Mayor Cancels Sale Tax Hike Proposal

(8-6-14) Mayor Beutler has decided there isn't enough City Council support to ask that a 1/4 cent sales tax increase go onto the November ballot. Council chair, Doug Emery, tells KFOR NEWS he would have voted to put it on the ballot. The mayor needed a "super majority", meaning 5 of 7 council votes. 

Fifth Candidate To Run for US Senate

(8-6-14) There may be five candidates on the ballot competing for Nebraska's open US Senate seat in November. Lincoln artist Dan Buhrdorf says he has delivered 5,700 signatures to the Secretary of State's office, petitioning to have his name placed on the ballot. Buhrdorf is a member of the "Tax Wall Street" party.

Police Offer Reward for Fugitive Information

(8-6-14) A reward of up to $1,000 has been offered for information about a man suspected of shooting at officers in Lexington. Lexington Police Chief Tracy Wolf said Wednesday that the local Crime Stoppers put up the money for information about 25-year-old Jose Covarrubias, who is still being hunted. 

Nashville Church Donates to Pilger Families

(8-6-14) Northeast Nebraska families affected by June tornados have received help in the form of box springs, mattress and appliances. Members of the Norfolk Church of Christ coordinated the application for and delivery of 90 items to 49 families in Pilger. 

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.  

ATM Stolen From South Lincoln Convenience Store

Lincoln Police are also looking into whoever may have stolen an ATM from the On the Go convenience store near 48th and Highway 2 just before 5am Wednesday.  A delivery driver showed up and saw damage to the front of the building. 

Tossed Cigarette Causes Two-Alarm Fire

Damage could be $100,000 to an apartment building started on fire by a carelessly tossed cigarette on Tuesday afternoon.  The two-alarm blaze near 16th and Garfield Streets was under control in about a half hour.  Lincoln Fire Inspector Donald Gross says a carelessly thrown away cigarette started a blanket on fire on the balcony.  

Stricken Lincolnite Accounts West Nile

(8-5-14) A Lincolnite has West Nile. 26-year-old Alex Munson thinks he was bit by an infected mosquito in Southeastern Nebraska, likely while camping at the Twin Rivers. Munson knew it wasn't the flu when his body hurt so bad he couldn't get out of bed. He said the give-away of West Nile is that achy body pain, especially in the neck and eyes.

Missing Teens in Omaha Assault Case Found in Lincoln

(8-5-14) Two teenagers missing since an assault on a staff member at an Omaha home for troubled girls have been found in Lincoln. The 16-year-old and 15-year-old girls were arrested Monday morning. The Associated Press generally doesn't name juveniles accused of crimes. The two are suspected of attacking the staff member at Uta Halee Girls Village on July 25.

Omaha School Board Discusses $683 Million in Projects

(8-5-14) Omaha school board members are reviewing a pared-down list that still contains $683 million in capital projects being proposed for bond funding. The board took no action on Monday night as members listened to consultants discuss the projects. The board has until Aug. 29 to place a bond issue on the November ballot.

Ponca Tribe Annual Public Powwow August 8-10

(8-5-14) The Ponca Tribe of Nebraska is hosting its annual powwow near Niobrara to celebrate culture, heritage and traditions. The powwow will run from Friday through Sunday at the Ponca Community Grounds, about five miles southwest of Niobrara. It will include dancers, drum groups and vendors. Admission to all events is free, and the powwow is open to the public.

Grand Jury to Investigate Nebraska Prison Death

(8-5-15) A grand jury will look into the prison death of a Nebraska inmate who attacked a state caseworker in 2011. A Nebraska Department of Correctional Services news release says a prison worker found 42-year-old Patrick Howley unresponsive in his cell at Tecumseh state prison just before 7 a.m., on July 27. 

Jury Convicts Woman of False Lien Conspiracy

(8-5-14) Federal jurors in Omaha have convicted a woman for filing false liens against several authorities. Donna Marie Kozak was found guilty of filing false liens against two federal judges, Nebraska's U.S. attorney and two of her deputies. She was also found guilty of filing false liens against an IRS special agent. Kozak was also convicted of filing a false claim against the U.S. for $660,000 and for obstructing the administration of IRS laws. 

Mandatory Corrections for Northeast Nebraska Hospital

(8-5-14) Federal authorities are giving a northeast Nebraska hospital less than three months to make corrections before they pull Medicare funding. The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services gave Winnebago Indian Health Service Hospital a 14-page list of mandatory corrections on Monday. 

Lincoln Woman Killed In Motorcycle Crash

Lincoln Police have now identified the woman killed in a crash early Monday evening at 52nd and "O".  Investigators say 24-year-old Jaclyn Kehling of Lincoln was heading east on O Street when her motorcycle hit a car turning off of westbound "O" Street onto southbound 52nd. 

Teens Suspected of Burglary/Theft

Three teens are in the Youth Detention Center, after they were caught following a burglary and larceny in north Lincoln Monday night.   Police Officer Katie Flood says the three boys got into a 43-year-old man's home in the 4100 block of North 11th around 9pm and managed to steal a Tablet, before the man chased them out of the house.  

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.

Raybould To Be Hassebrook's Running Mate In Governor's Race

Democrat Chuck Hassebrook has chosen Lancaster County Commissioner and Lincoln business executive Jane Raybould to be his running mate in the race for Governor.  Raybould, who's a Democrat and Vice-President of her family's grocery store business B&R Stores, says she will serve out her current term as a member of the county board, but will withdraw as a candidate for re-election.

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..."