Democrat Senate Candidate Raises $303 Thousand

Another major campaign fund raising report has been released. Democrat David Domina reports his campaign for the senate has raised $303 thousand. Domina filed just over two months ago, hoping to replace Nebraska Senator Mike Johanns who isn't running for re-election.  He'll face the winner of the four way Republican primary.

Nebraska man Convicted of Murder

A 31-year-old Nebraska man has been convicted of murder in the knifing death of a Columbus man. 31-year-old Eric Henry was found guilty Tuesday by a Platte County District Court jury in Columbus. Henry was one of three people prosecuted.

ACLU Representing Man in Religious Pamphlet Case

A Nebraska civil liberties group is now representing a Lincoln man arrested by police last month for handing out religious pamphlets outside Lincoln's Pinnacle Bank Arena. The American Civil Liberties Union of Nebraska says Larry Ball was exercising his First Amendment Rights.

Lancaster County Board Member Arrested for Drunk Driving

A Lancaster County Board member is facing charges after police say he was driving drunk. UN-L police ticketed 32-year-old, Brent Smoyer, early Friday morning for driving while intoxicated. According to police reports, Smoyer was pulled over after he failed to stop at a traffic light. 

Judge Approves State Crash Settlement

A judge has given final approval to a $2 million state settlement with the family of a Lincoln woman who was struck and killed by a state prison van driven by an inmate.   The settlement will go to the husband and son of 47-year-old Joyce Meeks.

High Number Of Early Voting Ballots

Requests for early voting ballots are up this year. In the first five days of early voting for the 2014 primary, 23,447 requests have been made for early voting ballots, says Secretary of State John Gale. 

Heineman Encourages ServeNebraska Volunteering

Gov. Dave Heineman is encouraging all Nebraskans to volunteer next week. ServeNebraska week is April 20 to 26.   Heineman, first lady Sally Ganem and Jamesena Moore, chairwoman of ServeNebraska, joined for a news conference Monday to publicize the effort.

Woman Dead After Early Morning Crash

A 27-year-old woman died in a car crash off an icy road in Lancaster County this morning. The accident occurred about 3:20 a.m.. Sheriff Terry Wagner says the car spun out of control and into a ditch after it ran onto some ice at 56th and Saltillo Road.

Elderly Couple Killed In Collision

An elderly couple died after a collision on a snowy road in northeast Nebraska. The Wayne County Sheriff's Office says the accident occurred around 3:25 p.m. Sunday two miles east of Hoskins on Nebraska Highway 35.

Omaha Man Dead After Crash

Police say an Omaha man who was driving too fast for the snowy conditions has died after crashing in his van. Omaha police say the accident occurred just after 9:45 p.m. Sunday as the van was heading south off westbound Storz Expressway onto U.S. Highway 75.

Burwell Security Remains Tight

Officials are maintaining tight security at Burwell schools more than a month after a menacing letter was sent to Burwell police containing what's been called a "hit list."  

Southwest Airlines Flight Diverted To Omaha, Man Facing Charges

A man who forced a California-bound Southwest Airlines flight to land in Omaha is facing federal charges because he tried to open a door. Prosecutors charged 23-year-old Joshua Carl Lee Suggs Monday with interfering with the crew of the Chicago-to-Sacramento flight.

Bruning Raises Over One Million Dollars

The latest campaign fund raising report shows Republican Jon Bruning collecting over $1 Million in contributions despite his late entry into the Governor's race. Bruning raised $1,000,200 in the sixty day period ending April 8th. Bruning says 90 percent of the donations came from Nebraskans and over half of the donations amounted to $100 or less.

New Dental Dean Named

Janet Guthmiller, D.D.S., Ph.D., associate dean of academic affairs and professor in the department of periodontology at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill School of Dentistry, has been appointed as the new dean of the College of Dentistry at the University of Nebraska Medical Center.  The appointment is effective Sept. 1, pending approval by the University of Nebraska Board of Regents.

Police ID Motorcyclist 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. The accident happened shortly after noon along John J. Pershing Drive near the Missouri River on the northeast edge of the city.

Omaha Rabbi, Friend of Buffett Dies at 100

A longtime Omaha rabbi who became a philanthropist after investing with Warren Buffett in the 1960s has died. Rabbi Myer Kripke died Friday at the age of 100. Rabbi Steven Abraham says his predecessor at Omaha's Beth El Synagogue remains beloved by the congregation he led from 1947 to 1975. 

Smaller IRS Budget, Fewer Audits

Budget cuts and new responsibilities are straining the Internal Revenue Service's ability to police tax returns, so this year, the IRS will have fewer agents auditing returns than at any time since at least the 1980s.  Taxpayer services are suffering, too, with millions of phone calls to the IRS going unanswered.

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.  

I-80 Open After Weather-Induced Lane Closures

(4-14-14) I-80 is open again today after its westbound lanes were closed between Kearney and Elm Creek yesterday due to dangerous driving conditions from snow.  The weather also caused power outage in communities across Dawson, Buffalo, Phelps, and Hall counties as reported by The National Weather Service in Hastings.  

Vehicle Hits Parked Limo, Unknown Injuries Result

(4-14-14) Two vehicles were totaled early this morning at 19th and J Streets.  Our television partner, 10/11 NEWS reports a man and a woman in a van were arguing when the driver hit a parked limousine.  Lincoln Fire & Rescue took both people to the hospital with unknown injuries.

Lincoln Woman Dies In Single Vehicle Crash

Authorities say a 27-year-old Lincoln woman died, after she was ejected during a single car crash between 40th and 54th Streets on Saltillo Road early Monday morning.   Lancaster County Sheriff Terry Wagner says Jessica Lyons and her husband, 27-year-old John Lyons, were being shown a newspaper route by 45-year-old John Norbert when his SUV slid off Saltillo Road.

Rain and Thunderstorms Early, Then Snow

Sunday was one of those strange weather days...It started with ran and ended with snow.  I-80's westbound lanes were closed between Kearney and Elm Creek because driving conditions were so bad.  

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. 

Russ's Employee Jailed for Embezzling $9,000

A Lincoln woman went to jail for embezzling nearly $9,000 from Russ's Market.  21-year-old, Ashley Yonkey, is accused of taking money and cigarettes from the the 33rd and Highway 2 store where she worked.  Russ's officials got suspicious when they noticed a discrepancy with merchandise and cash.

Missing 3-year-old Found in Own Home

(4-11-14) A 3-year-old Nebraska City boy reported missing was found in his own house.  Mid-afternoon yesterday, Kit Reeves couldn't be found, so Nebraska City Fire and Rescue, Otoe County Sheriff's deputies, Nebraska State Patrol and Otoe County Emergency Management joined the boy's mother in a search through the house.

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.

Bill to Prepare State for Water Disasters, Problems Passes

Nebraska lawmakers have passed a bill designed to help the state prepare for floods, water shortages and water quality problems.  Lawmakers gave final approval Thursday to legislation that would help local governments and the state pay for water projects, with an $11 million annual appropriation.  

Bill to Address Prison Overcrowding Passes

(4-10-14) A measure to address prison overcrowding in Nebraska has been passed by the Legislature.   Lawmakers gave final approval Thursday to a bill that aims to reduce the inmate population by providing more services to those behind bars and diverting nonviolent offenders from the Department of Corrections. 

Eleven Senate Democrats Urge Obama to Approve Keystone XL

11 Senate Democrats are urging President Barack Obama to approve the Keystone XL oil pipeline by the end of May. The senators say the five-year review of the Canada-to-Texas pipeline has been "exhaustive" and taken longer than reasonably justified. The letter sent Thursday says approval is needed to ensure the pipeline doesn't miss another construction season.  

Fremont Requires Renters Obtain $5 License

The city of Fremont has started requiring $5 licenses for anyone who wants to rent there as part of rules aimed at restricting illegal immigration.   Fremont Police Chief Jeff Elliott said two applications were submitted Thursday morning and both people received licenses after paying the fee and filling out a form declaring that they have legal permission to live in the country.  

Woman Found Dead in Wrecked Car Died from Hypothermia, Not Crash

A woman whose body was found near her wrecked car froze to death.  Cuming County Attorney Daniel Bracht says an autopsy shows Donna Baumert died of hypothermia, not her crash injuries.   The body of the 56-year-old woman was found March 5 near her car about a mile south of Beemer.

Police ID Man Found Dead Near Omaha Mall

Police have identified a man found dead near Omaha's Westroads Mall.   Omaha police said in a news release Thursday that it was the body of 50-year-old Ronald Price found the afternoon of April 3 in some bushes near an office building northwest of the mall.  Police say Price, of Omaha, was reported missing on Oct. 15 and that foul play is not suspected in his death. 

Tilden City to Close Community Hospital

The Tilden City Council in northeast Nebraska has decided to close the city-owned hospital.   The council voted 6-0 on Tuesday night to close Tilden Community Hospital and sell or lease it. Norfolk-based Faith Regional Health Services is expected to lease a portion of the property and offer some services. The nearest hospital is 22 miles to the east in Norfolk. 

Army Says Missouri River is Ready for Spring Runoff

The Army Corps of Engineers says there's plenty of room in upper Missouri River reservoirs to handle spring runoff.   But some groups are urging the corps to step up dam releases sooner rather than later, to guard against devastating flooding like the region experienced three years ago. 

Family Dollar Closing Stores, Cutting Jobs

Family Dollar will be cutting jobs and closing about 370 underperforming stores as it looks for ways to improve its financial performance. It says it will also cut prices on about 1,000 basic items.  The announcement came as Family Dollar reported its profit and revenue declined in the second quarter as it dealt with bad winter weather.  

Fugitive Arrested In N.W. Lincoln Hotel

A standoff with two men at a northwest Lincoln hotel has ended with both under arrest and no one hurt.   33-year-old Jeremiah Burkhart, and 27 year old Kevin Gaylord, both of Lincoln, were arrested at the  Quality Inn near the airport .  Sheriff Terry Wagner said Burkhart was the original target, and Gaylord was discovered in the room during the arrest.

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

Fugitive Jackson Now Faces Two Additional Charges

More details have been uncovered in the arrest of Jason Jackson, arrested April 6th on a federal arrest warrant for conspiracy to distribute methamphetamine. Jackson was nearly caught by police 4 days earlier when police found Jason Robert Jackson in a car on D Street.  An officer grabbed Jackson, but he sped off.  The car was found, but Jackson was long gone. Jackson faces seven

Poorly Performing Schools to get Professional Help Under New Law

Nebraska will send intervention teams into poorly performing schools, under a bill signed into law by Governor Heineman.  The law sets up an accountability system for Nebraska schools, and give the State Board of Education the power to designate "priority schools" with low performance scores.

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.

Molitov Cocktail Thrower Arrested

(4-9-14) 27-year-old Daniel Walter has been arrested for allegedly throwing several burning cocktails out of a moving car on March 26. A total of five were thrown-- four in the Cripple Creek neighborhood and one at 48th and Leighton. In one of the incidents, the white Dodge Neon was caught on video survelliance and a photo of it was posted on Public Safety Director Tom Casady's blog.

Study: Nebraska Women Paid Less than Men

Each year, Nebraska women lose enough wages to men to buy food for a year and a half, to pay 14 months of rent or to buy 2,700 gallons of gas.  The study, conducted by the National Partnership for Women and Families and released for Equal Pay Day shows that full-time women workers in Nebraska are paid just 77 cents for ever dollar paid to men. That's more than $9,600 a year.

Tabitha Health Care Given 2014 Salute to Business Award

The 2014 Lincoln Rotary Club's "Salute to Business Award" goes to Tabitha Health Care of Lincoln.  The organization that started over 128 years ago is being recognized for providing an environment in which employees and volunteers do extraordinary work.

Lincoln Racquet Club Fire Causes Temporary Closures

(4-9-14)  Lincoln Racquet Club won't be open this morning because of a 2 alarm fire last night in the ceiling of the gym.  No one was inside the gym area when sparks ignited a fire that threw flames 30 to 40 feet into the air.  50 to 60 people safely evacuated the large building.  Damage is estimated at $25,000. The Racquet Club sits at 5300 Old Cheney Road.

Lawmakers Consider Adding Minimum Wage Increase to November Ballot

It'll be a couple of weeks before state senators and special interest groups decide if they'll launch a petition drive to put a minimum wage increase on the November ballot.  In order to get it on the ballot, they'll need 80,000 verified signatures.  Realistically, they'll need between 120,000 and 150,000, just to make sure at least 80,000 are verified. 

Recent Accidental Shootings Fuel Gun Safety Awareness

There have been two accidental shootings in Lincoln in less than a week.  Some gun instructors are worried too many people are handling guns without the right education.  Conceal Carry Instructor, Roger Terrell, told our television partner, 10/11 NEWS the first lesson is "guns and alcohol don't mix." At Big Shots Indoor Shooting Range, owner, James Clark, said all shooters

National Child Welfare Associate Director Arrested for Exposing Himself to Child

Lincoln Police have arrested the associate director of the National Child Welfare Resource Center for Organizational Improvement after he allegedly exposed himself to four teenage girls.  68-year-old Steven Preister was arrested Monday night.  He was in Lincoln for a child welfare conference with the Department of Heath and Human Services.  

$250,000 Damage to South Lincoln Two-Alarm Fire

(4-9-14) Damage from Monday afternoon's two-alarm fire at 5000 Concord Road is estimated at $250,000.  A Fire Inspector says the cause was electrical wiring in the ceiling of the basement.

Judge Rejects Jenkins' No Contest Plea

A judge says he will not accept a no contest plea from a man accused of killing four people in Omaha last summer.  The judge said he wouldn't accept the plea from 27-year-old Nikko Jenkins because of the severity of the case.  He says Jenkins would have to plead guilty.  Jenkins declined.  

Bill to Allow Bond Payments for Road Projects Faces Final Vote in Legislature

A bill that would allow bond financing for Nebraska road projects is headed to a final vote, despite objections from lawmakers who prefer the current pay-as-you-go system.  The measure would allow Nebraska to issue up to $200 million in bonds at a maximum, fixed interest rate of 5%.  No bonds could be issued after June 30, 2017.

Bill to Fund Water Projects Faces Final Vote in Legislature

A bill designed to prepare Nebraska for floods, water shortages and water quality problems is headed to a final vote in the Legislature.  The legislation would help local governments and the state pay for water projects.  Budget bills approved this year are expected to generate $32 million for the new water sustainability fund by mid-2015.

Sasse to Release Video to Fuel Health Care Reform Plan

Republican U.S. Senate candidate, Ben Sasse, who has made repeal of President Obama's health care law the focus of his candidacy, is releasing a video revealing his own family's health scare.  Sasse's wife, Melissa, suffered a brain aneurism in January 2007.

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.

Two Stars Hockey Players Investigated For Sex With Minor

Police in Moorhead, Minnesota are investigating two 18-year-old hockey players with the Lincoln Stars organization for allegedly having sex with a 15-year-old girl and video-taping it.  Court records say the two 18-year-olds apparently had sex with the girl February 15 when the Stars were in town to play the Fargo Force.

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. 

14th Annual Central Plains Severe Weather Symposium Informs, Entertains Public

Saturday marked the 14th annual Central Plains Severe Weather Symposium and Family Weatherfest at UNL's Hardin Hall.  Climatology professor Ken Dewey puts on the event each year, that brings in more people wanting to learn about severe weather elements, such as tornadoes.

North Lincoln Fire Takes Garage, Car, Dog

(4-7-14) Fire inspectors this morning will continue to sift through charred rubble of a detached garage at 6202 Leighton to determine what caused it.  Around 9:30 last night, a neighbor reported seeing smoke and flames.  When crews pulled up, the garage was in total flames.  A car was destroyed and a dog was killed.  No people were hurt.

Several Veteran-Related Bills Pass During Legislative Session

Looking back at the short legislative session with five working days left, lawmakers have managed to approve a handful of bills aimed at helping veterans.  LB-588 gives a hiring preference to veterans and spouses of disabled veterans who apply for jobs with the state or a local government. 

Microsoft XP Security Updates Expire, Ensues Mandatory Switch to 8.1

After Tuesday, Apr. 8, you won't be able to get security upgrades for your computer if you use Microsoft XP.  The software giant wants you to use Windows 8.1.  After 12 years, Microsoft is ending technical support and security updates.  

Organized Motorcyclists Protest Mandatory Helmet Laws

Freedom of choice brought motorcycle riders to Lincoln over the weekend to protest the mandatory motorcycle helmet law.  Saturday's protesters weren't saying helmets are bad.  Rather, wearing one should be a rider's choice.  Organizer, Patrick Gray says he'll keep organizing protests until the legislature listens, even if it means planning a protest every 60 days.

UNL Student Jailed for Assaulting Officer

A UNL student went to jail Saturday for assaulting an officer who was trying to find out why why the student was covered in blood.  20-year-old Adam Biodroski became aggressive and combative.  A UNL Police official says Biodrowski assaulted an police officer and resisted arrest.  The officer was not seriously hurt. 

Woman Faces Charges in Connection with Death, Police Disclose Little

A 42-year-old Omaha woman is facing charges in connection with a man's death, but police aren't saying much about what happened.  Omaha police arrested Colleen Cannon Saturday in connection with the death of 43-year-old, Darryel Fields, whose body was found Saturday morning inside a house.

Wind Energy Bills Blow Through Legislature

An effort to encourage more wind energy development in Nebraska hit a roadblock this legislative session, but some Nebraska lawmakers are determined to capitalize on the state's wind potential.   Despite Nebraska's strong potential for wind energy, the state has had difficulty getting major wind developments because of a lack of significant tax incentives and a public power structure...

Sasse Leads Fundraising in Neb. U.S. Senate Race

Ben Sasse is winning the fundraising derby in the Republican primary race for Nebraska's open U.S. Senate seat. The Midland University president raised more than $850,000 in the first quarter of the year, compared to former state treasurer Shane Osborn's $611,000 raised in the 3-month period that ended March 31st. 

Sasse Leads Fundraising in Neb. U.S. Senate Race

Ben Sasse is winning the fundraising derby in the Republican primary race for Nebraska's open U.S. Senate seat. The Midland University president raised more than $850,000 in the first quarter of the year, compared to former state treasurer Shane Osborn's $611,000 raised in the 3-month period that ended March 31st. 

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 Dies In Accidental Shooting

A Lincoln man is dead after a shooting Friday night at the Lion's Gate Apartments on the 5100 block of Vine Street. Lincoln Police Captain Jim Davidsaver says 21-year-old Justin Felty was visiting a friend at a Lincoln apartment complex when the friend accidentally shot him around 7:30 p.m.

Grass Fire North of Denton Contained

A grass fire Saturday evening near Denton is under control and may have been the entire time, but Southwest Rural Fire officials are investigating if that was the case.   The fire was reported near SW 105th and West Pioneers.  

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

Search Continues for Dangerous, Wanted Fugitive

(4-4-14) The search has intensified this morning for a fugitive known to be in the area.  Wednesday afternoon, Jason Robert Jackson was spotted near 140th and O Street. Lancaster County Sheriff's deputies say 33-year-old, Jeremy Simons, was approached by Jackson  at Stevens Creek Storage.  Simons told deputies Jackson threatened him with a gun and fired one shot.

New USDA Packaging Would Lead to Higher Prices

A USDA packaging rule-in-limbo could end up making you pay more at the grocery store.  A legislative resolution stuck in the Legislature's Agriculture Committee would send a message to Washington as lawsuits come in over whether food should be labeled with its country of origin.  

Sex Offender Smokes Meth with Minor, Is Arrested

A registered sex offender has been arrested for smoking methamphetamine with a 16 year old runaway from Crete.  42-year-old, Craig Dorn of rural Beatrice, admitted to authorities he knew the girl was a runaway and was planning on contacting the county attorney’s office Thursday morning with hopes of having pending criminal charges dismissed against her. 

Body Found near Westroads Mall

(4-4-14) Law enforcement officials hope to learn more details today about a body found near Westroads Mall in Omaha.  The body was found yesterday afternoon in some bushes near an office building northwest of the mall.

New Deadline for P Street Project: End Aug. 2014

The city has hired a professional project manager to oversee the P Street project which was supposed to be done before the 2013 football season.  The contractor was new and didn't work fast enough, winter didn't cooperate and the city lost track of the project and it's gone on far longer than business will tolerate. 

Creighton Player Named Associated Press' Player of the Year

Doug McDermott, who finished his career at Creighton as college basketball's fifth-leading scorer, is a near-unanimous selection as The Associated Press' player of the year.   McDermott is the 11th three-time All-American and first in almost 30 years. He led the nation in scoring with a 26.7 average while shooting 52.6 percent from the field including 44.9 percent from 3-point range.

Bill to Ban Sexual Discrimination Faces Lengthy Debate in Legislature

A bill that would protect Nebraskans against job discrimination based on their sexual orientation is facing resistance in the Legislature.   Lawmakers began debating the issue on Thursday before adjourning for the weekend.   The measure would ban employee discrimination based on the sexual orientation or gender identity.

Neb. Congressional Candidate Favors On-Base Armed Soldiers

(4-2-14) One of Nebraska's congressional candidates came out in favor of allowing soldiers to carry weapons on military bases.  Republican Tom Brewer, who recently retired as a colonel, said deaths like the ones Wednesday at Fort Hood Texas could be minimized if soldiers were allowed to use their training to defend themselves. 

Man Gets 17 Years for Sexual Abusing Teen Across States

A 46-year-old Iowa trucker has been sentenced to 17 years in federal prison taking a teenage girl across state lines - including Nebraska - to sexually abuse her.   Tony Lee Stogdill, of Imogene, was sentenced last week in U.S. District Court in Council Bluffs.   Stogdill pleaded guilty to the charges in November.

RFA Criticizes Railroads for Partly Causing High Gas Prices

Ethanol producers say clogged rail lines and other shipping problems have forced them to reduce production of the fuel and contributed to higher prices.   The Renewable Fuels Association criticized railroads Thursday and triggered a strong response from the Association of American Railroads.   

Measure to Allow Bettering on Past Horse Races Fails to Move Forward

A proposed ballot measure that could allow betting on previously recorded horse races has failed to win enough support from Nebraska lawmakers.   Backers fell short Thursday of the 30 votes needed to approve the proposed constitutional amendment.   

David City Man Pleads Not Guilty to July 4 Explosion Charges

A 63-year-old David City man has pleaded not guilty to charges in connection with a pipe bomb explosion during a July 4 celebration that seriously injured a teenage family member.  Russell Hilger pleaded not guilty  to second-degree assault, misdemeanor assault and five counts of criminal mischief. The charges carry a maximum combined sentence of 22 years in prison.

UPDATE: Mountain Lion Hunting Bill Falls Through Again

(4-3-14) Supporters of a bill to outlaw mountain lion hunting in Nebraska have again failed to override Gov. Dave Heineman's veto.  Lawmakers fell six votes short on Wednesday and two votes short on Thursday of the total needed for an override.  Lawmakers agreed to give Sen. Ernie Chambers of Omaha a second vote on his bill, one day after an initial veto-override motion

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.   Officials say the falling tree hit Wunderlich in the head. 

LPD Carefully Uses Twitter to Communicate with Public

The Lincoln Police Department is now using Twitter to communicate with the public.  Capt. Martin Fehringer tweets to follow up on crimes, interact with citizens and acknowledge good police work.  Fehringer tweet out photos of criminals and criminal trends.  For example, one of his first posts was pictures of a vehicle believed to be involved in a recent arson.