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Buffet Reports Most Stock Prices Reasonable


(4-24-14) Warren Buffett says most stocks are trading at reasonable prices even though the market has soared this year.  On CNBC, Buffet said he thinks stocks are generally selling in a reasonable price range.  Buffett was in New York City yesterday to dine with the winners of last year's charity auction of a lunch with the Omaha-based billionaire.

Gov. Heineman Launches "The Good Life for Veterans" Campaign


Governor Heineman is hoping to lure military veterans to Nebraska with a campaign touting good jobs for vets.  "The Good Life for Veterans" campaign seeks to attract military veterans and their families from other states.  Nebraska employers and other representatives are attending a series of military career fairs in several states, including Oklahoma, Kansas and Colorado.

Nebraska to Launch Job-Seeking, Free App


The state is launching a new mobile app for smartphones and tablets which will help Nebraskans search for available jobs in the state.  The free app is an extension of the Nebraska Department of Labor's job site which matches employers with qualified candidates.  There are approximately 35,000 Nebraska jobs posted on NEworks and nearly 25,000 resumes of qualified job seekers.  

Cigarette Caused Ruined Home, Two Dog Deaths


The cause of Monday's fire in the Rolling Hills neighborhood in south Lincoln was a carelessly discarded cigarette.  Fire Inspector, Donald Gross, says the cigarette was tossed off the back deck at 5921 Rolling Hills Blvd, causing more than $300,000 in damage and killing two family dogs.

Nebraska City to Vote on New Aquatic Center


Nebraska City citizens will vote in November on a half cent sales tax to pay for a new aquatic center.  The $4 million to $5 million project features zero depth entry, water slides, shade areas and a lazy river.  The city's current pool is 44 years old and the bath house is 78 years old.  

Tea Party Members Spread Support for Sasse


A slew of tea party favorites are heading to central Nebraska this week to support Republican U.S. Senate candidate Ben Sasse, less than three weeks before the May 13 primary election.  Texas Sen. Ted Cruz, Utah Sen. Mike Lee and former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin will be at the Buffalo Bill State Historical Park in North Platte on Friday for a rally to support Sasse, president of Midland...

Man Out on Time Served for False Threat


An Iowa man who mailed bomb threats to the FBI office in Omaha has been sentenced to time served. Thirty-year-old Matthew Fell, of Waterloo, Iowa, was sentenced on Wednesday in Lincoln by Senior U.S. District Judge Richard Kopf. Fell had pleaded guilty to making a false threat. Fell has been behind bars for 15 months while awaiting final disposition of his case.

Ride-sharing Companies Warned of Rights in Nebraska


(4-24-14) The Public Service Commission has sent warnings to two ridesharing companies that they need the commission's permission to offer services in Nebraska. On Monday, the commission issued letters to Lyft and Uber, two San Francisco companies that use smartphone applications to link motorists and people who would pay for rides. Passengers pay through the app and can even tip...

Union Pacific Ordered $85,000 Damages to Ex-worker


Federal regulators have ordered Union Pacific to reinstate an injured Nebraska worker and pay $85,000 in damages.  The U.S. Department of Labor's Occupational Safety and Health Administration said Wednesday the railroad improperly terminated the North Platte employee after he reported an injury.

Ex-UNMC Student Discrimination Appeal Dismissed Again


The Nebraska Supreme Court has again dismissed an appeal by a former University of Nebraska Medical Center student who says the school discriminated against him when it kicked him out. The student filed the lawsuit after he was dismissed in 2006 for poor performance. He filed anonymously as John Doe and served as his own attorney, accusing UNMC, various staff members and the University Board of

Sen. Nordquist Pushes for Upping Neb. Minimum Wage


(4-24-14) A state senator is working on a possible ballot measure to increase Nebraska's minimum wage.  Sen. Jeremy Nordquist of Omaha issued a call for supporters Thursday to help gather the 80,000 signatures needed by early July. Nordquist has launched a website, valuingwork.com, as part of an effort to place the issue on the November ballot.

Lincoln Southwest Forensics Team Organizes Garage Sale Benefit


The Lincoln Southwest high school forensics program--which consists of both the speech team and debate team--is holding a garage sale on Saturday, Apr. 26, to raise money for their two upcoming national tournaments. Southwest instructor and speech coach Matt Heimes says the forensics team is asking the community, parents and any of the 105 team members to donate items for the sale...

Contractor Accused of Theft By Deception


A California-based contractor is facing five counts of theft by deception, by getting $20,000 up front from five customers affected by a 2010 hailstorm in northern and western parts of Lincoln.  

Heater Starts Mattress On Fire


An electric heater too close to the mattress started a fire and caused about $1,500 damage inside an apartment at 2430 "R" Street a little after 8 a.m. Thursday.  

12-Year-Old Injured in Car vs. Bicycle Accident


A traffic accident in South Lincoln has sent a child to the hospital. A car struck a 12-year-old boy at the intersection of 10th and Rose Streets. Lincoln Police Captain Danny Reitan told KFOR News the boy is in critical condition, but the injuries are not life-threatening. 

Buffet Can't Find Critics For Annual Meeting


Billionaire Warren Buffett says he couldn't find someone with a negative outlook on his company to ask questions at this year's annual meeting. Last year, Buffett added a Berkshire Hathaway critic to the panel asking questions at the meeting.

Pilot At Fault In Fatal Plane Crash


Federal investigators blame the pilot for the crash of a small plane nearly a year ago in northeast Nebraska. The National Transportation Safety Board says the pilot, 26-year-old Dale Butler, decided to fly at a low altitude and didn't see power lines because he may have been focused on a set of high tension power lines about a half-mile from the crash site.

Osborn Picks Up Endorsements


The leaders of five Nebraska conservative groups have endorsed Shane Osborn’s campaign for U.S. Senate: Nebraska Republican Liberty Caucus President Laura Ebke, Nebraska Taxpayers for Freedom President Doug Kagan, Nebraska Conservative Leader DeeDee Kelly, Western Nebraska Taxpayers Association Chairman Mike Groene and Omaha Liberty Ladies President Sheila Heieck.

Homicide Suspect Charged with Second Degree Murder


A charge of second degree murder has been filed against a Lincoln man who's suspected of killing his wife. 41-year old Kent Burklund was arraigned today and is being held on $1 million bail. 

Pete Pirsch Picks Up Thone's Endorsement


Republican candidate for Attorney General Pete Pirsch, of Omaha, picked up the endorsement of former Governor and Congressman Charlie Thone today. Thone said Pirsch is the only candidate for Attorney General who's experienced in criminal prosecution.

No Decision From Beutler Yet


Still no firm decision from Mayor Beutler on running for re-election. The Mayor's Chief of Staff Rick Hoppe said today the Mayor intends on running for re-election, but hasn't made a final decision yet.

Heineman Campaign Targets Jobs For Vets


Gov. Dave Heineman is hoping to lure military veterans to Nebraska with a campaign touting good jobs for vets. "The Good Life for Veterans" campaign seeks to attract military veterans and their families from other states to Nebraska.

Arbor Day On Friday


People across the nation will observe Arbor Day on Friday, but no state will celebrate with as much fervor as Nebraska, where the celebration of trees got its start 142 years ago. Like elsewhere, Nebraskans will plant trees and children will read poetry ang join in coloring contests.

Job Search App To Be Launched


The state is launching a new mobile app for smartphones and tablets that will help Nebraskans search for available jobs in the state. The free app is an extension of the Nebraska Department of Labor's job site that matches employers with qualified candidates.

Gering Man Convicted Of Sexual Assault


A 38-year-old western Nebraska man has been convicted of sexually assaulting a girl over several years. Richard Cobos, of Gering, was convicted of sexual assault of a child. He faces up to five years in prison when he's sentenced on June 4.

Stranger to Elliott Student: "Do you want to get in the car?"


(4-23-14) An 8-year-old student was picking up trash outside of Elliott Elementary School with his class for Earth Day yesterday when he was approached by a man in a car at 3:30 p.m. The man asked in Spanish if the 8-year-old boy wanted to get into the car. The bilingual boy refused and, instead, ran away and told an adult. The suspect is described as Hispanic male...

Mankato, Minn. Police Release Name of Killed Nebraskan


Mankato, Minnesota police have released the name of a Nebraska man shot to death outside an entertainment center over the weekend.  22-year-old, Poth Accouth of Bellevue died from a gunshot wound to the neck.  Accouth was in Mankato for a weekend basketball tournament at Minnesota State University.  He was shot early Sunday following an event for a Sudanese student group. 

Omaha Man Jailed for Eighth DUI


(4-23-14) An Omaha man is accused of driving drunk from his home in Omaha to his sister's house in Waverly.  When Lancaster County Sheriff's deputies arrested 51-year-old, Steven Fuehrer on Friday, it was for his eighth DUI since 1982.  Fuehrer remains in jail this morning.
 

Neb. Inmate Pleads No Contest to Manslaughter in 2012 Crash Killing Lincoln Woma


A Nebraska inmate has pleaded no contest to manslaughter in the death of a Lincoln woman who was killed by a state prison van he was driving.  36-year-old, Jeremy Dobbe, is accused of killing 47-year-old, Joyce Meeks, in a June 25th crash near 18th and Van Dorn. 

Governor Heinemann Vetoes Bill, Adjourned Legislature Can't Override


Governor Dave Heinemann is still working his way through bills passed by the legislature. Nurse practitioners will still need to collaborate with physicians in order to practice in Nebraska, after the governor vetoed a bill that would have changed state regulations.

Lincoln Man Arrested for Child Abuse for Life-Threatening Burns


(4-23-14) A Lincoln man is under arrest for child abuse. Last Wednesday, 20-year-old Reid Alden called 911 seeking medical assistance for his 6-week-old daughter. Following a bath, he said that her skin was burned and peeling off her body.

Legislative Candidate Working to Eliminate Tax Lien


A Scottsbluff legislative candidate says he's been working with the IRS to eliminate a $30,500 tax lien. Lawyer and former Democratic Candidate for Governor Mike Meister said he'd gotten into a "cash flow crunch" and couldn't pay the federal withholding for his employees.

Server Sentenced for Procuring to Minor Resulting in Death


A former waitress has been sentenced to two years of probation and possibly a month in jail for serving alcohol to a teenager who later died in a car wreck. Twenty-one-year-old Amanda Heiman, of Fremont, was sentenced Tuesday for a felony charge of procuring to a minor resulting in death.

Husband Accused Of Killing Wife


A 41-year-old Lincoln man is in jail accused of killing his wife at their home near 81st and Meredith.   Lincoln Police Chief Jim Peschong says Kent Burkland faces a second-degree murder charge in the death of 41-year-old Bettina Burkland.  

Lincoln Police Investigating Possible Homicide in South Lincoln


Lincoln Police are investigating an apparent homicide.  It happened at 8101 Meredith, one block north of Pioneers Blvd.  Shortly after noon today, police went to check on a woman who didn't show up for work.  Police Captain David Beggs

LFD Responds To Large House Fire


Firefighters rushed to a south Lincoln home Monday afternoon. Crews were called to the 59 hundred block of Rolling Hills Boulevard a little after 1 PM, after a report of a fire inside the house. The fire was discovered by a man home for lunch who saw his neighbor's house on fire.

Man Pleads No Contest In Ex-Wife's Death


A central Nebraska man accused of fatally shooting his ex-wife and former divorce attorney has pleaded no contest in the death of his ex-wife. Michael Petersen entered the plea today in Buffalo County District Court. Petersen, of rural Glenvil, faces two counts of first-degree murder for the Nov. 13 slayings of 52-year-old Todd Elsbernd and 58-year-old Nancy Peterson.

Tattoo Shop Employees Help Catch Burglars


Two men are under arrest for a burglary this morning at a tattoo shop. Just after 11 am, officers were sent to Iron Brush Tattoo, at 226 S 16th Street. Just as an employee pulled up to the business, he saw two unknown men leaving.

State Patrol Consolidates Dispatch Centers


Officials say better technology is allowing the State Patrol to save money as it consolidates its dispatch centers down to 3 from 6. For example, new technology will let a dispatcher in Omaha send a trooper in Scottsbluff to a call in Alliance.

Judge Reappoints Lawyers in Death Penalty Case


An Omaha man convicted of killing four people shortly after he was released from prison last summer will have lawyers representing him when it's decided whether he should be executed.

Paul McCartney to Play Pinnacle Bank Arena July 14


Mayor Chris Beutler announced today that Sir Paul McCartney will be gracing the stage of the Pinnacle Bank Arena in Lincoln this summer. The show will be Monday, July 14 and tickets will go on sale on Monday, Apr. 28 at the Pinnacle Bank Arena ticket office as well as ticketmaster.com.

Bellevue Forest Fire Forces Educational Farm Evacuation


(4-21-14) Fire crews from Omaha and Bellevue spent hours on Saturday fighting a large brush fire which forced the evacuation of a farm and educational complex that houses dozens of animals.  Crews managed to bring 20 foot flames under control, but still were putting out hot spots Sunday morning. 

Omaha Drive-by Shooting Injures Teen


(4-21-14) Omaha police are investigating an early-morning drive-by shooting that injured a 16-year-old girl.  Police said the victim was a passenger in a car targeted by people in another car that pulled up along side it early Sunday morning.

Neb. Legislature Session, 17 Senators' Terms End


Nebraska lawmakers will face many of the same issues next year that they failed to pass this year, but more than one third of the senators will be new.  The session that ended Thursday was the last for 17 of the Legislature's 49 members, who can't run again because of term limits.  

Study: Ethanol May Be Environmentally Worse Than Gasoline


A UNL study casts doubt on the climate cleansing capability of ethanol.  A study finds biofuels made from the leftovers of harvested corn plants are worse than gasoline for global warming in the short term.  Research published in the journal Nature Climate Change challenges the Obama administration's conclusions that biofuels are a much cleaner oil alternative and will help fight

Lincoln Real Estate Is Seller's Market


For people selling their homes in Lincoln...it's a sellers market.  There are just over 600 homes in the Multiple Listing Service...extremely low for a city of more than 300,000.  That's about a three-month supply.  

Fight Leads To Shot Being Fired


A shot was fired after a fight starts in a south-central Lincoln apartment complex.  It happened near 26th and "C" Streets around 7:30pm Sunday. 

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

Pilot Shuttle Program Underway From Downtown Garages To Haymarket


You'll have a new option to get to the Haymarket or Pinnacle Bank Arena from the downtown parking garages.  Star Tran is offering evening shuttles on weekends and for special events.

Kansas Grass Fires Prompting Health Advisories in Lincoln


It may seem like to be a great day to be outdoors to begin Easter weekend, when in all reality it isn't.  Lincoln-Lancaster County Health Department officials have issued a Health Advisory for our area, since there are high levels of smoke in the

City and State Roads Department Agree Upon How to Disperse $16.6 Million


The City has $16.6 million in federal spending that will expire soon and Mayor Chris Beutler says an agreement has been reached with the Nebraska Department of Roads on how to use it. "Because of federal restrictions and time constraints, we are unable to use those funds on our highest priority projects--new construction and street rehabilitation," Beutler said.

Tilted Kilt Manager Pleads Not Guilty for Video Taping Female Locker Room


A 29-year-old man has pleaded not guilty to secretly recording images of women changing clothes in a Lincoln restaurant employee locker room.  On Wednesday Dustin Lindgren, of Milford, filed the pleas to three felony counts of unlawful intrusion.  Police say Lindgren was manager of the Tilted Kilt Pub & Eatery in Lincoln.

Beatrice Man Gets 35-60 Years for Sexually Assaulting Child


A 38-year-old Beatrice man has been given 35 to 60 years in prison for sexually assaulting a 12-year-old girl.   William Foster pleaded guilty to  first-degree sexual assault of a child.   He was charged last April after the girl told a school employee about the 15 to 20 sexual assaults that had occurred since October 2012. 

Neb. State Patrol to Close Three of Six Centers


Nebraska State Patrol has begun a three-stage consolidation of its dispatch centers. The patrol said that decreasing the centers from six to three will save $750,000. The patrol says the Norfolk center will be the first to close. Its dispatch duties will be taken over completely by the Lincoln center in mid-May. The second phase will be implemented by summer 2015. 

Woman Hides Son in House, Accused of Lying to Police


A 50-year-old Gage County woman is accused of lying to officers who were trying to find her son.  They went to Lisa Sanee's home in Adams on Tuesday looking for 23-year-old, Jaryn Sanne, wanted on a felony forgery warrant.  The mother repeatedly told them her son was not there...even though his vehicle was parked in the driveway. 

Zeman Teaches About Bullying After Inaccurate LPS Fliers


(4-17-14) Students at Zeman Elementary School are learning about bullying today because earlier this week, they were sent home with a pamphlet containing wrong information like, "Don't tell on bullies" and "Don't be a sore loser".  Lincoln Public Schools has apologized to parents of Zeman fifth graders for the flyer.

Child Welfare Expert Accused of Exposing Himself to Teens On Sick Leave


A child welfare expert accused of exposing himself to teenage girls in Lincoln has been placed on sick leave.  The University of Southern Maine said 68-year-old, Steven Preister, is on sick leave from his associate director job at the National Child Welfare Resource Center for Organizational Improvement, based in Portland, Maine. 

New Software to Save Lincoln Fire and Rescue Time, Money


Lincoln Fire and Rescue is using a new computer software program called Omega Fireview to help make each call for service more efficient and cut down on costly false alarms. Every hour, it costs $2,000 for Lincoln Fire and Rescue to operate.  Lincoln Police have the law enforcement version of Fireview and it's helped to schedule and facilitate more efficient patrol zones. 

Downtown Grand Theatre Granted Liquor License, Plans Rennovations


(4-17-14) The Grand Theatre in downtown Lincoln officially received its liquor license yesterday and may start rennovating as soon as today. The Lincoln City Council approved the measure last month and the Nebraska Liquor Control Commission voted 3 to 0 yesterday to grant Marcus Theatres movie theatre a liquor license. 

Lincoln Man Arrested For Having Pot, Guns and Thousands In Cash


Hundreds of thousands of dollars in cash, more than 23 pounds of pot and several guns have been found in two different Lincoln homes.   The Narcotics Task Force tracked down 57-year-old Gary Tarrence early Tuesday evening at his apartment near 24th and "C" Street.

Waverly Teacher Suspected Of Having Improper Contact With Student


A Waverly High School teacher is accused of having inappropriate contact with a student.   Lancaster County Sheriff Terry Wagner says they were told about it on April 4th, after the student's parent called them to report what happened.

Semi Tips Over, Spills Fertilizer and Oil or Fuel


A spill of hazardous materials due to a semi tipping over in Northwest Lincoln brough crews to the area, causing street shut downs. The semi driver lost control of his rig near North Park Road and Airport Road, tipping the semi loaded with fertilizer onto its side, while also leaking oil or fuel from the engine. No one was hurt.

Neb. Agricultural Land Value, Property Taxes Raise


The Nebraska Farm Bureau Federation says the value of agricultural land increased by nearly 30% compared to the previous year. The statewide valuation of agricultural land for tax purposes has more than doubled since 2009.  Nebraska farmers and ranchers already pay the 3rd highest property taxes in the United States. 

Husker Games to be Televised on Prime Time Networks


Nebraska’s games this season against Miami and Michigan State will be televised in prime time on the ESPN family of networks.  The Huskers host Miami Sept. 20 at Memorial Stadium. Then, two weeks later on Oct. 4, the Huskers will travel to East Lansing to take on the defending Big Ten champions.  Both games will be televised on ABC, ESPN or ESPN2.

NU Men's Basketball Director Moves to NDSU


The director of basketball operations the past two seasons under Nebraska head coach, Tim Miles,  will change jobs as an assistant at North Dakota State University.  Jayden Olson will be working for new NDSU coach, David Richman.  

Osbourne Endorses Peterson for Attorney General


Former Congressman and Husker football coach, Tom Osborne, is endorsing Lincoln attorney and Attorney General candidate, Doug Peterson.  Osborne says he's worked with Peterson in the Fellowship for Christian Athletes, calling him a man of high integrity.  Peterson is one of four Republicans running for Attorney General.

Lincoln Boy Rescued After Climbing Into Grab Machine


You've seen those claw machines filled with toys and stuffed animals in arcades and grocery stores.  Have you ever seen a child in one of them?  People inside Madsen's Bowling and Billiards near 48th and Orchard did Monday afternoon.

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.