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19-Year-Old Woman Arrested for Assault after Crash


An early morning hit and run sends one to the hospital, another to jail. Police say it was no accident. Around 1:20 this morning, officers were called to break up a fight involving a large group near the 1000 block of Knox Street, and heard someone may have been hit by a car on purpose.

State's First Confirmed Human Case of West Nile in 2015


The state department of health and human services has reported its first case of west Nile virus. One individual in the central part of the state has been confirmed with the disease. Best advice is to wear bug spray, and avoid outside activity at sun-up and sundown. 

State's High Court to Hear Discrimination Case


The Nebraska Supreme Court has given a former eye clinic worker a new shot at convincing a jury that she was discriminated against based on a perceived disability. Cindy Marshall's lawsuit says EyeCare Specialties of Lincoln fired her in 2012 because it perceived her as disabled after learning she once completed substance abuse treatment and had medical conditions.

New UNL Soccer and Tennis Complex Named


The soon to be completed University of Nebraska Soccer and Tennis Complex, located on 28 acres directly north of Nebraska Innovation Campus, has officially been named Hibner Stadium and Barbara Hibner Field for soccer and the Sid and Hazel Dillon Tennis Center.

Ricketts to Fill Legislative Seat after Nordquist Resigns


Nebraska Gov. Pete Ricketts is seeking qualified applicants for an open seat representing an Omaha district in the Legislature. Ricketts issued the call Wednesday to fill the spot held by former state Sen. Jeremy Nordquist. Nordquist resigned Tuesday so he could begin a new job as chief of staff to U.S. Rep. Brad Ashford in Washington.

UNMC Gets Big Grant, Designated as a National Facility for Ebola Training


The University of Nebraska Medical Center has joined Bellevue Hospital in New York and Emery University Hospital in Atlanta in accepting a $12 Million grant to lead the nation's EBOLA training efforts.

Ricketts Defends $100,000 Pro-Death Penalty Donation


Nebraska Gov. Pete Ricketts is defending his $100,000 donation to a group that's leading a ballot drive to save the death penalty. Ricketts said Wednesday that he feels strongly that voters should be allowed to decide whether to keep capital punishment in the state.

Ricketts Criticizes EPA Water Rule


Nebraska Gov. Pete Ricketts is criticizing a new Obama administration rule that gives federal authorities authority to regulate more streams, tributaries and wetlands. Ricketts called the rule "terrible" on Wednesday during a news conference with a farm industry leader, water regulators and a representative for golf courses.

Police Searching For Robbery Suspect


Lincoln Police are looking for the man who robbed a convenience store just before 9pm Tuesday.  Sgt. Kathy Phillips tells KFOR NEWS  a black male in his late 20's, 6-feet tall, 150 pounds walked into Casey's General Store at 606 West A Street and demanded money.

Suspects Caught After Assault On Store Clerk


A convenience store clerk was allegedly assaulted with a bottle of alcohol Tuesday night during a shoplift gone bad.  Lincoln Police Sgt. Kathy Phillips tells KFOR NEWS just after 10pm, three men walked into the Kwik Shop at 40th and "A" and allegedly tried to steal alcohol.

Investigators Working Arson Fires


Five arson fires that happened late Sunday night and early Monday morning in Lincoln are under investigation.  It was around 3:30am that firefighters were called to the Chateau Apartment complex in the 63rd and Vine neighborhood.  

Celebration Rally at State Capitol after SCOTUS Decision


A crowd at the State Capital yesterday celebrated the decision by the U.S. Supreme Court to lift all bans on same-sex marriages. Communications Director of the ACLU of Nebraska Tyler Richard says they have many clients who are excited their families have the same protection other couples have, and added that it was a momentous day for equality.

High Court Affirms Right To Same-Sex Marriage


The U.S. Supreme Court has declared that same-sex couples have a right to marry anywhere in the United States.  Gay and lesbian couples already can marry in 36 states and the District of Columbia. 

UPDATE: Worker Identified In Fatal Construction Accident


Investigators have identified 41-year-old Michael Snider of Sedalia, Missouri as the construction worker killed Wednesday morning at a work site near UNL's City Campus.  A piece of rebar fell about 130 feet on to the top of his hard hat.

Some Nebraskans Will Keep Receiving Health Care Subsidies


Nearly 57,000 Nebraskans will continue to receive subsidized health insurance now that the U.S. Supreme Court has rejected a conservative challenge to the Affordable Care Act.   

Hispanic population growth outpaced by Asians in Nebraska


Nebraska's Hispanic population saw its smallest increase in 2014 since an immigration wave to the state began more than two decades ago.    U.S. census estimates released Thursday show the number of Hispanics grew by 2.5 percent over the previous year.

Construction Worker Dies At Downtown Lincoln Work Site


Investigators believe mechanical failure may be to blame for some metal rebar that fell 140 feet from a crane and hit a worker on the top of his hard hat at a work site just off of Antelope Valley Parkway and "P" Street Wednesday morning.  

Stray Bullet Wounds Lincoln Girl


A 10-year-old Lincoln girl suffers a gunshot wound to her right knee, while riding her bike Tuesday evening in Lincoln's South Bottoms area.  Police Officer Katie Flood tells KFOR News the girl fell off her bike, ran home to tell her mother, who then saw her daughter was hit by a small caliber bullet.

UNL Police Investigating Fight Outside Of Campus Residence Hall


UNL Police had much of City Campus in lockdown late Monday night, after reports of a large fight possibly involving guns at the Harper-Schramm-Smith housing complex near 14th and "W" just before 10pm. 

Deputy Shot Man Who Fired at Another Deputy


Authorities say a man who pulled a gun and shot at a sheriff's deputy has been shot by another deputy in northwest Omaha.    The shooting occurred at a Kwik Shop convenience store near 156th and Blondo about 7:30 a.m. Tuesday. 

NSAA Director Blanford-Green Resigns


The executive director of the Nebraska School Activities Association has resigned a month after the association's board of directors voted not to extend her contact.    Rhonda Blanford-Green, a former All-America track athlete at Nebraska, took over as executive director in July 2012.

Nebraska Corrections To Review 2,000 Sentences For Errors


Nebraska's corrections department is reviewing 2,000 prisoner sentences for accuracy after discovering that some inmates received credit they shouldn't have.    

Motorcyclist Clocked As High As 118 MPH During Pursuit


Speeds reached as high as 118 mph during a half-hour pursuit on Highway 2 between Lincoln and Nebraska City Monday night, when a motorcyclist wouldn't pull over for speeding.  

Deputies Working Another ATV Theft


Since the beginning of the month, there have been a rash of ATV thefts in Lancaster County and no signs of any suspects.  Another one happened late Sunday night or early Monday morning near 162nd and Havelock in the general area where most of these cases have been popping up.

Paving Scams Under Investigation


Lancaster County Sheriff Terry Wagner is warning you about out-of-state paving companies that are suspected of scamming homeowners in the area.  

Traffic Stop Leads To Drugs and Weapons


Weapons and drugs found in a car during a traffic stop early Tuesday at 14th and Washington, landing two people in jail.  Lincoln Police say a traffic stop was made on a car with no front license plate.  

City Will Pay Storm Damage Claims


Image result for city council lincoln neThe Lincoln City Council has approved a plan to handle claims from property owners for damage from sewer backup.  On Monday, the council decided to pay homeowners and businesses up to $5,000 for cleanup and repair from sewage backup,  

Gov. Ricketts Wrapping Up European Trade Mission


Image result for governor pete rickettsGov. Pete Ricketts is wrapping up a European trade mission that focused on building relationships with companies and promoting Nebraska's workforce. Ricketts was scheduled to return to Nebraska on Tuesday after an eight-day trip.

Deputies Investigating Another ATV Theft


Lancaster County Sheriff's officials are warning you to lock up your ATVs, after two more were stolen in a burglary over the weekend.  Chief Deputy Jeff Bliemeister says a John Deere Gator and a Yamaha Blaster 4-Wheeler were stolen from an unlocked outbuilding at a home near SW 140th and West Van Dorn between late Friday and early Saturday. (VIDEO INCLUDED, CLICK HEADLINE)

Lottery Scam Costs Raymond Couple Money


Make sure you verify if you have won something through a lottery.  If you have to pay money for your winnings, don't fall for it.  Lancaster County Chief Deputy Jeff Bliemeister says if it seems to be too good to be true, ask the caller more questions or call the sheriff's office at 402-441-6500.

UNL Police Find BB Gun In Dorm


A BB gun that looks very much like a real gun was found at Cather Hall on the downtown UN-L campus.  University of Nebraska-Lincoln Police Officer, Vanessa Hohlen tells KFOR NEWS the gun was seen out the window of a moving car at 17th and L around 6pm Sunday.

Heavy Rain Causes Minor Flooding, Road Closures


Reports of 4 to 5 inches or more of rain fell in portions of the Lincoln area late Wednesday night and early Thursday morning, which caused water to rise on many city streets and county roads. 

Power Restored To South Lincoln Neighborhood


Air conditioners are buzzing once again and lights are back on in an area between 20th and 33rd Streets, Van Dorn south to Highway 2, after a power outage that lasted about an hour and 20 minutes Wednesday morning.  

High-Priced Decorative Light Poles Missing


Police need your help in finding three decorative light poles stolen from behind a southeast Lincoln gas station sometime between late Thursday afternoon and mid-afternoon on Friday. 

Homeless Man Attacked and Robbed


Lincoln Police are investigating the robbery and assault of a homeless man.  Officers were called to the bridge near 3rd and "O" Street late Tuesday night. 

City Enters Lease To Extend Fiber Optics Infrastructure


Image result for fiber optic cableMayor Chris Beutler Thursday announced that the City has entered into a lease agreement with Level 3 Communications to extend its fiber optic infrastructure to the City.

Former Husker, Orthopedic Surgeon Strasburger Suspected In Hit and Run


Former Nebraska football player and Lincoln orthopedic surgeon Scott Strasburger is back in trouble again.  Lincoln Police say the 52-year-old Strasburger apparently crashed his SUV into a parked SUV near 51st and South on Tuesday afternoon and was involved in another collision near Cotner and "A" only a few minutes minutes later.  

Lightning Likely Being Blamed For South Lincoln House Fire


A family made it out of their south Lincoln house just in time after a lightning strike ignited a fire early Wednesday morning. Lincoln Fire and Rescue were called to 6801 S. 52nd Street just before 5 a.m. on a report of a house fire.  

Nebraska lawmakers scrap medical marijuana bill for the year


Nebraska will not legalize medical marijuana this year in light of other controversial measures dominating the final days of the legislative session.    Sen. Tommy Garrett of Bellevue asked Wednesday to hold his bill until June 15, ensuring senators will not revisit the debate until next year.

Children's Zoo Schedules Community "Thank You"


The Lincoln Children's Zoo invites the public to "Zoobilee".  It'll be at the Pinnacle Bank Arena August 8th.  Executive Director John Chapo describes it as "the largest free family event the community has ever seen."

Police Investigate Hold Up at NW Lincoln Store


An armed robbery late Tuesday night at a northwest Lincoln convenience store is under investigation.  Police Captain Robert Farber tells KFOR News a man walked into the Fat Dog's Convenience Store at 3100 NW 12th Street around 10pm, armed with a handgun and forcing the clerk into the cooler.

Nebraska Lawmakers Vote To Repeal Death Penalty


Nebraska lawmakers gave final approval to a bill abolishing the death penalty with enough votes to override a promised veto from Republican Gov. Pete Ricketts.  The 32-15 vote on Wednesday was bolstered by conservative senators who oppose capital punishment for fiscal, religious and pragmatic reasons. 

Ricketts Approves New Two-Year State Budget


Nebraska Gov. Pete Ricketts has signed a new two-year budget that includes $408 million in state money for property tax reductions.  The Republican governor announced Wednesday that he approved the $8.7 billion package without vetoes. He says the budget met his goals of increasing property tax relief and slowing state spending increases.  

Senators Back Study of Medical Cannabis Benefits


Less than a week after pushing a broad medical marijuana bill through a first-round vote, Nebraska lawmakers have advanced a second measure to provide faster, federally approved relief.    

Bicyclist In Critical Condition After Being Hit By Car


Image result for lincoln police departmentA Lincoln bicyclist is being watched very closely Tuesday at a Lincoln hospital after being hit by a car on Lincoln's far east side.  The 53 year old was last reported to be in critical condition with life-threatening head injuries.

Severe Storms, Heavy Rain Hammer Lincoln, SE Nebraska


Flood warnings have been issued for much of southeastern Nebraska, as several inches of rain from overnight thunderstorms runs off already wet ground.  The National Weather Service reported minor flooding on Thursday in Lincoln from Salt Creek, which is nearly 2.5 feet above flood stage and expected to rise 1.5 feet more. 

Roads Blocked Off Due To Flood Waters


The Lancaster County Sheriff's Office tells KFOR NEWS the State Patrol has closed Highway 77 this morning from Rosa Parks Way in Lincoln all the way South to the Lancaster County Line.  Saltillo Road is closed from 14th Street to 27th.  Just before 4:30am Thursday, there was a call to 27th and Saltillo where a car with a woman inside was floating away.  

Officer Knocked Out During Arrest


Two officers were injured-one was knocked unconscious while arresting a Lincoln man yesterday afternoon. Officers were called to 13th and 'E' around 4:30 to a disturbance call. Police Captain Jeri Roeder tells KFOR News officers were about to arrest 27-year-old Josiah Samson.

New Lincoln Headquarters for Sports Video Software Company Hudl


Local sports video software firm Hudl is growing.  The Lincoln-based company will build a new headquarters at Canopy and "P" Streets in the West Haymarket area.  

UPDATE: Fire At La Mexicana Accidental


Fire inspectors believe the 3-alarm fire that destroyed a downtown Lincoln strip mall Monday afternoon was started accidentally by construction workers on the roof.  Lincoln Fire Inspector Rick Campos tells KFOR News he believes a construction company was welding metal when some sparks ignited some wood.

New Study Says State Would Benefit From Medicaid Expansion


Image result for medicaid expansion nebraskaA study by two University of Nebraska at Kearney professors says the state would see economic benefits if Medicaid coverage was expanded to cover more low-income residents. 

Pavement Repairs Start April 8 Along Superior Street


Expect some road work to slow down your commute along Superior Street in northwest Lincoln next week.  Starting Wednesday, April 8, pavement repair work will force lane closures along Superior from Technology Drive to I-180.  

Report Suggests Economic Growth


Image result for economic growthA new report suggests slow economic growth is ahead for nine Midwestern and Plains states.   The survey report issued Wednesday says the overall Mid-America Business Conditions Index dropped to 51.4 in March from 57 in February. 

New Website Focuses on Rural Development


The federal Agriculture Department has launched a new website focused on its rural development programs in Nebraska. The USDA says the new website should be easier to navigate for people looking for loan and grand applications or more details about other programs.

Roll-Over Crash In Northeast Lincoln


Emergency crews say two people and two children were transported to a Lincoln hospital after an accident Friday morning. Two adults and 2 children were taken to a Lincoln hospital after a roll-over crash accident Friday morning.   Lincoln Fire & Rescue Crews and police went to the intersection of 51st. and Adams just after 8:30 this morning.  

Suspect Burglar Caught In The Act Outside Lincoln Home


A man who came home early Wednesday morning near 27th and South saw a man he didn't know rummaging through his car parked in the driveway. 

Millard West Player Statuses In Question After MIP Citations


Millard West could be without one or more of its varsity basketball players when it plays in the state basketball tournament in Lincoln this week.    One 18-year-old member of the team was among some 70 people cited by police for minor in possession at a party in west Omaha on Saturday night.

Shots Fired at North Lincoln Motel


Lincoln Police, and Fire and Rescue, have been called to a Motel 6 near Interstate 80 in North Lincoln after a shooting.  It's isn't known yet whether anyone has been wounded.  The shooting was reported just before11:00 this morning.&nbs

Jenkins Is Competent, Trial Delayed


Image result for nikko jenkins omahaA judge has delayed a ruling on whether a man convicted of killing four people in Omaha within weeks of leaving prison remains incompetent to participate in his sentencing hearing, which could include the death penalty. Judge Peter Bataillon on Tuesday accepted a report from state experts that said Nikko Jenkins was competent and could understand the sentencing proceedings. 

BREAKING NEWS: NU Assistant Warren Reportedly Headed To North Carolina


Sports Illustrated is reporting that Nebraska secondary coach Charlton Warren has accepted a similar job on the University of North Carolina football team.  Warren had just been retained by new Nebraska coach Mike Riley, as the lone holdover from former coach Bo Pelini's staff.  Warren would reunite with Tar Heels head coach Larry Fedora.  

Judge Tosses Lawsuit Over Nikko Jenkin's Prison Release


Image result for nikko jenkinsA judge has tossed out a lawsuit alleging that the state of Nebraska caused a woman's death by freeing Nikko Jenkins from prison. Andrea Kruger was one of four people Jenkins killed within weeks of his release from prison in 2013. The judge ruled the state is immune from liability because Jenkins' release was discretionary and protected by law. 

Kansas Woman Delivers Twins While Heading To Lincoln Hospital


A Kansas mother and her twin babies are doing fine in a Lincoln hospital, after she delivered them in a car near Highway 77 and Saltillo Road early Thursday morning.  Lancaster County Sheriff's Captain Ben Houchin says 36-year-old Laurie Clark and her husband, 39-year-old Kevin Clark, were coming to Lincoln from Barnes, Kansas because of some pregnancy issues. 

BREAKING NEWS: SW Lincoln Sandwich Shop Robbed


Lincoln Police are investigating another armed robbery, this one happening around 7:30am Wednesday at the Subway near 14th and Pine Lake Road. Police tell KFOR News they are looking for a white man, about 6-feet tall with a thin build, wearing a dark hat, gray jacket and blue bandana over his face. 

Ice Jam Causes Flooding On Platte River West of Omaha


At least three people have been rescued from flooding caused by an ice jam on the Platte River in western Douglas County, just west of Omaha.  Authorities say floodwaters began creeping up on the Two Rivers State Recreation Area about 1:15 a.m. Tuesday. The three people rescued had called for help when they became stranded in a pickup. No injuries have been reported. 

Three Measures In Legislature Address Gun Control


Nebraska gun control advocates and opponents are squaring off on a series of new measures in the Legislature. The Judiciary Committee heard testimony Thursday on three pieces of legislation that would expand gun owner rights and one bill that would limit reckless firing. The bills would allow for security teams at private schools to carry guns.

Fire Damages Home Near Murdock


The State Fire Marshall's Office is investigating a basement fire 30 miles from Lincoln near the community of Murdock.  Volunteer Fire Chief Alan Brockhoff says it took crews from 6 departments an hour-and-a-half to bringTuesday night's fire under control at 10209 North 298th Street because of several construction additions previously done on the home.  

Keystone To Top Senate Agenda In January 2015


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

Bomb Threat At Papillion High School


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

LPD Searching For Robber In Sunday Night Hold Up


Lincoln Police are looking for the man who tried robbing a grocery store.  Capt. Don Scheinost tells KFOR NEWS just before 9pm Sunday, a man wielding a knife demanded money from the clerk at the Sun Grocery Store at 2412 N Street.  

All-Female Panel Of Court Of Appeals Makes History


An all-female panel of the Nebraska Court of Appeals has heard oral arguments for the first time in state history. The three-judge panel met for oral arguments last week at the University of Nebraska at Kearney. Judges Frankie Moore, Francie Riedmann and Riko Bishop heard several cases and then took questions from students. 

Sen. Fischer Confident That Keystone Pipeline Vote Will Happen Again


Nebraska U-S Senator Deb Fischer says the discussion about the Keystone X-L Pipeline is far from over.  Fischer is one of 59 senators who voted yes on a bill to approve the pipeline Tuesday, but fell one vote short .  She predicts Congress will take up the bill again, and pass it, shortly after the first of the year.  The controversial pipeline is slated to run thru Nebraska,

First N-U Finalist Visit Scheduled


The first of four finalists for the top job at the University of Nebraska will visit the campuses and hold public meetings next week. Dr. George Ross, who's currently President of Central Michigan University, will make stops in Omaha, Kearney, and Lincoln on Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday.

Ricketts Voted As Nebraska's Next Governor


Republican Pete Ricketts, a multimillionaire former executive at TD Ameritrade, has been elected governor of Nebraska.  Voters on Tuesday chose Ricketts, of Omaha, over Democrat Chuck Hassebrook, who for decades headed a center in Lyons that advocated for family farms and rural communities.  

Changes at Indian Center After Saturday's Chaos


Saturday's tailgating at the Indian Center before the Husker game will look a little different than last Saturday when rowdy fans damaged police and sheriff's cruisers, threw bottles at buses and tried tipping a bus load of people. 13 arrests were made, including one felony and 17 tickets. The biggest difference between this Saturday and last Saturday will be no more walk-in traffic. Only vehicles will be allowed in.

City Council Approves Comcast Buyout of Time Warner


Approval from the Lincoln City Council Monday of the cable franchise agreement between Comcast and the city of Lincoln, if the FCC approves of Comcast's buyout of Time Warner Cable. The change would not initially affect rates for cable, internet, or phone service; However, that does not mean rates couldn't increase in the future. 

Report Questions Nebraska Education Funding


A new report says Nebraska's K-12 public schools rely more heavily on local taxes for funding than any other state in the nation. The report released Monday by the OpenSky Policy Institute notes that more than 55 percent of school funding came from local sources in the last school year, while nearly 37 percent came from the state. The rest came from federal sources. Renee Fry, the group's

Colorado Pot Intercept Near Seward


Two men from Colorado face charges after the discovery of nearly 100 pounds of marijuana in a car in Nebraska. The State Patrol says the men were stopped Sunday morning on Interstate 80 in Seward County for following too close. The trooper searched the car, and 99 pounds of marijuana was found in a suitcase in the trunk. The 29 year old driver, and the 26-year-old passenger, both from Aurora,

Lincoln Man Dies Falling From Vehicle Roof


A Lincoln man has been identified as the victim who died in a single vehicle accident late Saturday night. It happened shortly after midnight on 52nd Street between Spruce and LaSalle. Lincoln Police say 27 year old James Rubio climbed out the sunroof of a sport-utility vehicle, fell to the street, and died. The driver of the vehicle was 34 year old Lindsey McAllister, also of Lincoln.

Panhandle Bond Issue Certified


Voters in the northwest Nebraska city of Chadron will decide whether to approve a one-half percent sales and use tax to pay for a proposed swimming pool center. The Dawes County Clerk's office told city officials Tuesday night that the measure had qualified for the Nov. 4 general election ballot.

Hearing Set to Find Psychiatric Facility for Jenkins


(8-7-14) A judge has set a hearing to find a psychiatric facility that will treat an Omaha man found too mentally unfit to undergo sentencing for killing four people. The hearing will be held more than two weeks after Douglas County District Judge Peter Bataillon ordered Nikko Jenkins to the state's psychiatric hospital in Lincoln for treatment.

Pershing Center Holds Last Concert August 6


(8-7-14) The Goo Goo Dolls will be known as the last live act at Pershing. It's not the last event at Pershing; the No Coast Derby Girls still have some matches this month, but the Goo Goo Dolls will be the last concert. Their last encore song on August 6 was a Supertramp cover, "Give A Little Bit."

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.

Prisons To Study Reform Of Solitary Confinement


Nebraska's beleaguered prison system is going to get some help from a national agency. The Vera Institute of Justice has selected Nebraska as one of five states to participate in a study on alternatives to solitary confinement.