Budget Compromise Adds Police Officers


The Beutler Administration and the Lincoln City Council today announced they have reached a compromise on the City’s 2014-16 budget that will add two police officers over the biennium and maintain funding for new positions in the Parks and Recreation Department.  The Lincoln Police Department (LPD) will add one officer in 2014-15 and a second one in 2015-16 using savings ..... 

New Report Focuses on Kids to Prevent Crime


(7-24-14) There's a push to get more kids involved early in education as a way to steer them away from committing crimes later in life.  Lincoln's Public Safety Director Tom Casady is among dozens of law enforcement officials in Nebraska that are part of the Fight Crime: Invest In Kids organization, that authored the new report.

Tax Policy Experts Advice Nebraska on Tax Incentives


(7-24-14) Two tax policy experts say Nebraska needs to look beyond jobs and wages when studying whether the state's tax incentives actually work. Experts from the Pew Charitable Trusts told lawmakers Thursday that tax incentives may help some industries add jobs, while doing little to benefit others. 

Omaha Day Care Owner Fined $500 for Failure to Report Child Abuse


(7-24-14) An Omaha day care owner accused of failing to report child abuse has been fined $500. Thirty-nine-year-old Jennifer Schmaderer, owner of Grow with Me Day Care, was sentenced on Thursday. She'd pleaded no contest to the misdemeanor charge. Authorities say Schmaderer didn't report the 2012 actions of Sarah Cullen, a former employee at the day care. 

Nebraska Economy Recovered from 2008 Recession


(7-24-14) Nebraska's economy has recovered from the 2008 recession. The rest of the country has not. UNL associate professor of economics, Eric Thompson, tells KFOR NEWS Nebraska's economy will slow down over the next three years, allowing the rest of the country to catch up.

Feds Say Insurers Owe Nebraskans $1.5 Million


(7-24-14) The federal government says insurers owe Nebraskans more than $1.5 million in refunds because of a provision in the Affordable Care Act.The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services said Thursday that nearly 16,600 Nebraska residents will be getting refunds, averaging $108 per family.

Horse Race Gambling Item to be Kept on Ballot


(7-24-14) Nebraska Secretary of State, John Gale, has rejected a request to remove a proposed constitutional amendment authorizing machine gambling on pre-ran horse races from the November general election ballot. 

Lincoln Sixth Best Place for Business, Careers


(7-24-14) Business experts at Forbes Magazine ranked Lincoln sixth best in their "Best Places for Business and Careers" article. Forbes named Raleigh, N.C. as the number one place for businesses and careers. Lincoln beat out Atlanta, Charlotte, Dallas, and Nashville.

Nebraska Student Stranded in Israel During School Trip


(7-24-14) A Nebraska student is trying to stay safe in Jerusalem as fighting rages on between Israel and Hamas.Tim Turnquist has spent the entire month of July in Israel, getting a first hand look at the violence and destruction of a conflict that has killed more than 650 Palestinians, and more than 30 Israelis.

Emerald Ash Borer Coming to Nebraska


(7-24-14) Enjoy your ash tree while you have it because the Emerald ash borer is coming. There are about 50 million ash trees across Nebraska and Lincoln has thousands of them. Nebraska Forest Program Director, Mark Harrell, says the borer is in Iowa, Colorado and Kansas, traveling across the country in chopped firewood. 

Workshop Teaches Landlords Fire Safety


(7-24-14) More than 80% of fire deaths occur in homes with no alarm or a non-functioning alarm. During a fire safety training workshop, fire inspectors emphasized the importance of making sure smoke alarms are installed and maintained because the lives of thousands of Nebraskans depend on it. At the end of the class, each of the landlords received a free smoke detector. 

Nebraska State Fair Needs Volunteers


(7-24-14) The Nebraska State Fair needs your help.  500 volunteers have signed up to help, but fair officials but need 800.  If you would like to be a volunteer at the 2014 Nebraska State Fair, go to the State Fair web site.

Nebraska General Fund Short $4.5 Million


(7-24-14) Nebraska lawmakers may have to add money to the state's general fund when they convene next year. A legislative report says the state faces a projected shortfall of more than $4.5 million for the new budget year that began this month. Despite the estimate, state officials say Nebraska's overall finances are in good shape.

United Way of Midlands CEO Hospitalized


(7-24-14) The United Way of the Midlands says its CEO has been hospitalized with a serious heart condition. The Omaha-based organization says Karen Bricklemyer is undergoing treatment. Senior vice presidents are handling day-to-day operations, including work on the annual fundraising campaign that kicks off in August.

UPDATE: Suspected Robber, Sexual Assaulter in Jail


(7-24-14) Police have arrested a man in connection with a Tuesday night robbery and sexual assault. Emmanuel Williams was found in an apartment near 11th and Washington late Wednesday morning for an attack near 18th and F Streets Tuesday Night. 

Missing Teen Found In Northeast Lincoln


A 14-year-old boy with autism has been found in Lincoln. He was reported missing by his mother Tuesday afternoon.Lincoln Police were able to locate a missing Madison boy with Asperger's Syndrome on Wednesday afternoon.  Nathan Mahlin was reported missing on Tuesday afternoon, after he walked away from an appointment near 38th and Union in South Lincoln.  Police found the teen in an apartment unit near 71st Street and Adams.  

Deb Fischer Calls for U.S. Action in Ukraine


U.S. Senator for Nebraska, Deb Fischer, is calling for U.S. action in Russia and Ukraine after recent incidents. Reportedly, Russian separatists shot down the MH17 flight last week, killing 298, and then shot down two Ukrainian fighter jets Wednesday morning. She said the U.S. should restrict Russia by prohibiting the use of the U.S. dollar in the country.

Columbus Man Facing Prison Time


A 58-year-old Columbus man has pleaded no contest to charges he stabbed his wife and initiated a two-hour standoff with police. Alfredo Santistevan pleaded to second-degree assault and terroristic threats charges. Court documents say Santistevan's wife had a knife wound on her hand and swelling of her eye and nose.

Chadron Airport to get Upgrades


The Federal Aviation Administration has given its final approval to a nearly $8 million grant for repairs at a Nebraska airport. The grant will help pay for repairs and repaving of runways and taxiways at Chadron airport. It will also go toward building a new taxiway at the airport. Chadron awarded a construction contract in April to Upper Plains Contracting of Aberdeen.

SUV Crashes Into House


Police are estimating the damage at $35,000 after an SUV driven by a 30-year-old Lincoln man hit a home Tuesday night at 3rd and Fairfield Streets. Captain Jim Davidsaver says Trevor Chief Bear didn't negotiate a turn and hit the house. A 23-year-old man riding with Chief Bear has been accounted for and no injuries reported.

Assault Reported Late Tuesday Night


There was a robbery and attempted sexual assault Tuesday night near 18th and "F." The assault is still under investigation. Lincoln Police Captain Jim Davidsaver says the suspect pulled out a gun, demanding money. As soon as the suspect got the money, he pointed the gun at the woman's head and told her to get undressed.

Nebraska Helping Smokers Quit


A new report shows Nebraska is doing what's needed to help smokers quit. The Affordable Care Act in Nebraska covers the cost of Nicotine replacement gum and patches, two types of medication and individual counseling. The American Lung Association's report shows Nebraska could save more than $800 million in Medicaid spending by making sure smokers have more access to smoking cessation resources.

School Bus Involved in Early-Morning Collision


There was a two-vehicle crash at 27th and Vine around 5:30 Wednesday morning, leaving everyone involved with non life-threatening injuries.  At least 40 people were on a school bus that was involved in the collision.

Mayor: No Need To Replace Parking Meters


No change will be immediately needed on the new parking meters that have been installed in downtown Lincoln.  It was thought the city would have to spend $1 million to replace some downtown parking meters that aren't even a year old because of new computer chip technology. On KFOR's Lincoln Live Tuesday, Mayor Beutler said the new computer chips will be used in new cards.

Highlands Business Fire Likely By Arson


(7-22-14) There's reason to believe that an overnight fire at a northwest Lincoln business may have been arson related.  Police Officer Katie Flood says firefighters who showed up to the Lazy Lane Drive Thru at 5501 NW 1st Street early Tuesday morning found jars full of accellerant outside.

New Stations to Prevent Nebraska Wildfires


(7-22-14) Nebraska has had no major wildfires so far this year but the state forest service now has bases set up to serve a firefighting plane. The stations in Chadron, Valentine and Alliance are storage facilities for water and flame retardant so the tanker plane can reload and get to a fire quickly.

Time Expansion to Nuclear Power Plant Evaluations


(7-22-14) Nebraska's two biggest utilities have until February to evaluate the flooding hazards at their two nuclear power plants on the Missouri River. The report was to have been done in March but federal regulators are giving the utilities more time. The utilities are re-evaluating flood risks at Cooper and Fort Calhoun nuclear power plants in response to a 2011 nuclear disaster in Japan.

New Report Ranks Nebraska 10th in Child Well-Being


(7-22-14) The National Kids Count Report was released Tuesday, ranking Nebraska #10 across the nation in terms of child well-being. That widely arching term covers four main sub-categories: economic well-being, education, health and family and community. Over the years, Nebraska improved in all of them except one--economic well-being. 

Man Gets Fourth DUI


(7-22-14) A man with an apparent history of DUI convictions was caught speeding northwest of Lincoln. Deputies caught up with the speeding SUV driven by 48-year-old John Lindsay of Norfolk along Highway 79 heading south from West Rock Creek Road. Sheriff's officials say speeds reached over 100 mph before he was later captured at Highway 79 and Highway 34.

Lincoln Gang Members Found Guilty in Double Murder


(7-22-14) Just over a year ago, Richard McLaughlin and Tyler Thornburg, members of the True Blue Soldiers gang in Lincoln, didn't have anything to do, so when David Mueller walked by, they decided to "find some work," which was gang lingo for committing a crime. Thornburg hit Mueller in the head with a blue baseball bat and took his wallet. 

Self-Defending Teen Fires Shots in Attempted Burglary


(7-22-14) A man shot at least seven times Sunday morning remains in critical condition at a Lincoln hospital. His name has not been released. The man tried stealing a car at 13th and Otoe home. An 18-year-old living in the house fired a warning shot into the air, but the car thief allegedly walked toward the teen, who fired at least seven shots at the victim.

Heat Shortens Cornhusker State Games


(7-22-14) This heat is causing increased safety at the Cornhusker State games. Monday's heat was brutal on over 700 baseball players. State Games official, David Minarik, says when the temperature is near 100, athletic directors work with coaches and umpires to shorten the games. 

Gas Prices Drop in Most States


(7-22-14) Average retail gasoline prices in Lincoln have fallen almost a nickle a gallon the past week, averaging $3.48 a gallon. GasBuddy.com shows gas prices in Lincoln Sunday were 20 cents a gallon lower than the same day one year ago and 7 cents a gallon lower than a month ago. GasBuddy.com Senior Petroleum analyst, Patrick DeHaan, says with the exception of Great Lakes states, Wyoming, Ohio, and Indiana, prices are falling in every state.

$99,000 Vegetable Growing in Santee, Macy


(7-22-14) The Center for Rural Affairs in Lyons is getting a $99,000 federal grant to provide training and business assistance to two small businesses that will specialize in growing vegetables. The U.S. Department of Agriculture says it is providing the money to support a Nebraska Native American community to help strengthen tribal business and create jobs. Businesses in Santee and Macy will recieve vegetable growing assistance.

International Nutrition Cited $120,000 in Safety, Health Penalities


(7-22-14) Federal investigators say nine overloaded storage bins on the roof of an Omaha livestock feed manufacturer's plant caused three floors to collapse in January, killing two people. The Occupational Safety and Health Administration cited International Nutrition for 13 violations of safety and health rules and regulators are proposing $121,000 in penalties.

City Council Approves Land to New Middle School


(7-22-14) The City Council has approved the sale of 26 acres of Jensen Park to build a new middle school with a new YMCA attached to it. The land near 84th and Yankee Hill Road was sold to Lincoln Public Schools for just over $1 million. Jensen Park is a 200 acre undeveloped community park. The approval came on July 21, after the third reading of the issue.

Major Nebraska Crops in Good Shape


(7-22-14) 54% of the state's wheat crop is in the bin, just slightly behind the average of 61%.  Nebraska's two biggest crops, corn and soybeans, appear to be in good shape. The USDA says 76% of the corn crop is in good or excellent condition and 73% of Nebraska's soybeans are in good or excellent condition.

Increased Patrol at State Parks


(7-22-14) DUI checkpoints and high visibility patrols are coming to Lancaster County state parks for the next 3 weeks. The special enforcement will be focusing on reducing alcohol-related crashes around recreational areas including Branched Oak, Bluestem, Conestoga, Pawnee, Stagecoach and Wagon Train. The enforcement is partly being paid by a $3,000 grant from the Nebraska Office of Highway Safety.

UNL Gets More Research Money


The U.S. Army has provided $1.4 million for more University of Nebraska research into remote-controlled robotic surgery. University of Nebraska Medical Center and the University of Nebraska-Lincoln researchers have been working since 2008 with the U.S. Army's Joint Warfighter Medical Research Program to develop miniature robotic technology.

Omaha Company Deemed Responsible for Fatal Roof Collapse


Federal investigators say overloaded storage bins on the roof of an Omaha livestock feed manufacturer's plant caused the building collapse that killed two people in January. The Occupational Safety and Health Administration announced its findings Monday and cited International Nutrition for 13 violations of safety and health rules.

State Instituting Water Conservation Measures


Nebraska's Natural Resources Commission is laying the groundwork for projects intended to preserve the state's long-term water supply. The commission received $21 million this month as part of a new state water sustainability law, and is expected to collect $10 million to $11 million annually for water management and flood-control projects.

Woman and Daughter Killed in Accident


Authorities say a Missouri woman and her 11-year-old daughter have been fatally injured in a southeast Nebraska accident. The Seward County Sheriff's Office says the accident occurred around 6:45 a.m. Friday on Interstate 80. The office says a westbound car veered left across the median, across the eastbound lanes and down an embankment, where it struck the bottom.

Omaha Police Investigating Fatal Shooting


Omaha police are investigating a fatal shooting of a man. The department identified the man as 59-year-old Frank Sanders on Monday morning. Authorities found Sanders dead in an area apartment with a gunshot wound to the chest. It's unclear if he lived at the residence. Police haven't released information about the shooter.

Robber Shot Early Sunday Morning


An overnight robbery attempt has sent a man to the hospital with a gunshot wound. Police Captain Michon Morrow tells KFOR News police were called to a disturbance near 13th and Van Dorn after two Suday morning. Someone offered a man a ride, but the man then attempted a carjacking. The victim fled. Later police were called to 13th and Otoe and found the suspect shot.

Centennial Mall and "O" Construction Switching Sides


The construction slowing traffic at Centennial Mall and "O" Streets is flipping sides Monday. The sidewalk and lane closures are switching from the south half of the intersection to the north. Foot and driving traffic will switch to the newly constructed north half. There will still be one lane open in each direction. The project is expected to be completed in early to mid August.

Woman Dies in Motorcycle Accident


A Lincoln woman has died in a motorcycle accident late Saturday night at the intersection of Cotner and "O" Streets. Our Media partner 1011 News reports that a man was driving a Yamaha street bike with a woman passenger after eleven last night and struck a Jeep Liberty. The male driver was taken to a hospital, but the female passenger died on the scene. 

Sentencing for Nikko Jenkins Delayed


A judge's finding that a man convicted of killing four people in Omaha is not mentally fit enough for sentencing means that Nikko Jenkins' scheduled August sentencing will likely be delayed. Douglas County District Judge Peter Bataillon ruled Friday in the case of the 27-year-old Jenkins. Jenkins has been awaiting sentencing for the August 2013 shotgun deaths of four people.

Omaha Man Gets 10 Years for Sex Trafficking


An Omaha, Nebraska man has been sentenced to 10 years in prison by an Iowa federal judge for sex trafficking. The U.S. Attorney's office for the Southern District of Iowa says 25-year-old Adrien Jamaal Cole was sentenced Friday. There is no parole in the federal system. Cole pleaded guilty in March to the sex trafficking charge. Prosecutors say Cole had recruited teenage girls to serve as prostitutes.

Grand Island Building Fire Caused by Electrical Cord


Officials say a fire that destroyed a building in downtown Grand Island was caused by an electrical cord failure. The Grand Island Independent reports that the fire on Sunday started on the building's main floor. Grand Island Fire Chief Cory Schmidt says it was caused by an extension cord from a fan that was plugged into a surge protector. The building was home to several businesses.

Man Gets 23 Years in Federal Prison for Child Porn


A southeast Nebraska man has been sentenced to 23 years in federal prison for producing child pornography. Deborah Gilg, the U.S. Attorney for Nebraska, announced that 47-year-old Bobby Gene Clark Jr., of York, was sentenced Friday in Lincoln's federal court. Prosecutors say Clark video-recorded his May 2013 sexual assault of a 7-year-old girl. 

Mayor Proposes Joint Fire and Police Station


Mayor Chris Beutler today announced that he is adding $323,000 to his new two year City budget to fund a joint Police and Fire Station. The City has been working on a fire station re-location plan anyway, with an intention of locating two new station in the fast-growing southeastern area. The Mayor said the City Budget Office made a coding error in the final budget, making $48,000 available next year and $275,000 after that.

UNL and UNO's Engineering Departments to Merge


The University of Nebraska Board of Regents has approved the long-discussed merger of two engineering departments. The merger will combine the Department of Computer and Electronics Engineering at UNO and the Department of Electrical Engineering at UNL. Classes in the new program will continue to be taught on both campuses, with faculty members added to both.

Bret Michaels Keeps Promise to Pilger


Bret Michaels is a man of his word. When the rock singer and his band stopped in Pilger on June 23, a week after tornadoes caused devastating damage to that community and other parts of Northeast Nebraska. Michaels pledged he would be back and stage a concert to raise money for tornado relief. That’s exactly what he’s going to do. Michaels will be headlining a “Rock ’N Relief” concert on Sunday, Aug. 24, at Divits in Norfolk.

Woman's Bank Account Drained by Interpreter


In late May, a 64-year-old woman contacted LPD about money that was missing from her bank account. Officer Katie Flood said the victim suspected 19-year-old Martha Rik. Rik had gone to the bank several times with the victim to act as an interpreter, and knew her personal information. Investigators discovered that Rik allegedly took over 12-thousand six hundred dollars from the account.

Restitution for Victims Stolen


Victims of crimes waiting to receive restitution, are victimized again. Officer Katie Flood says another corrections employee reported to LPD in February, that some money orders were missing. Flood says investigators discovered that 60-year-old Jennifer Taylor of Seward had allegedly deposited over nine-thousand dollars of money orders into her personal account over a three year period.

Restitution Problems in "Beatrice Six" Case


In its attempt to overturn damages awarded to two people wrongly convicted in a 1985 murder, Nebraska could end up paying more to one of them. JoAnn Taylor and James Dean were among six people wrongfully convicted in the rape and murder of Helen Wilson. State prosecutors appealed the $500,000 awarded to Taylor, who spent nearly 20 years in prison, and the $300,000 awarded to Dean, behind bars for more than five years.

Omaha Mother and Son Die in Possible Murder-Suicide


Preliminary autopsy results show a 54-year-old Omaha woman died of blunt force trauma to her head and her son died of what appears to have been carbon monoxide poisoning. A news release from the Douglas County Sheriff's Office on Friday said investigators are still awaiting toxicology results to confirm the cause of Cooper Flanagan's death. His body and that of his mother, Maureen Flanagan, were found Wednesday morning in their northwest Omaha home.

Unemployment Down in Nebraska


Fewer people are without a job in Nebraska. State Labor Department figures show June with a 3 1/2% seasonally adjusted unemployment rate, down a tenth of a percent from May. Nonfarm jobs went up 1%. The largest growth over the year occurred in trade, transportation and utilities. Lincoln's unemployment rate for June was 3.3%, up 3 tenths of a percent.

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.

More Toxic Algae Alerts


State health and environment officials have issued a health alert for toxic blue-green algae at Willow Creek Reservoir in Pierce County. An alert is continuing for Rockford Lake near Beatrice in southeastern Nebraska. The alerts were issued following tests of the lakes' water. Signs have been posted at the lakes, urging people not to swim in them. People can still use the lakes' public areas for other activities.

Cold Winter and Stormy Spring Bad for Nebraska Wineries


A brutal winter and an unstable spring is leading Nebraska grape growers and vineyards to ask for help. Some wineries are thinking about bringing in grapes and juice from surrounding states to boost their yields this season, but the Nebraska Liquor Control Commission requires 75% of grapes and juices used by wineries must come from Nebraska. Only 25% can come from out-of-state.

One Dead in Accident with Three Semi-Trucks


The State Patrol said one person died in a crash involving three semi-trucks on eastbound I-80 in Seward County late Thursday afternoon. Two other people were hurt. Traffic was rerouted north on Highway 34 while crews cleaned up the wreckage. The Interstate reopened around nine Thursday night.  

Man Dies From Golf Cart Throw


A man who was tossed from a moving golf car in a residential area near Omaha has died nearly a week after the accident. The Sarpy County Sheriff's Office said Thursday that Patrick Jurgensen, of Gretna, died at an Omaha hospital on Wednesday night. Jurgensen was a passenger in the rear of the golf cart around 9:15 p.m., on July 10 as it traveled in a residential area of Gretna.

Man to Get Life for Father's Death, More Charges


(7-17-14) A 41-year-old man has been convicted of shooting to death his father at the family home in Gretna, on the southwest side of Omaha. Steven Braesch was found guilty Thursday in Sarpy County District Court of first-degree murder, a weapons charge and three counts of negligent child abuse. 

Man Pleads Guilty in Injuring Children with Car, DUI


(7-17-14) A man whose vehicle injured four children when it ran through their backyard campsite in northeast Nebraska has made a plea deal. 43-year-old Stephen Barrington, of Oakdale, pleaded guilty to four counts of misdemeanor assault and one count of driving under the influence. Sentencing is scheduled for Sept. 3 in Antelope County Court in Neligh. 

Federal Agency Cites Nebraska Cooperative in Wake of Employee Death


(7-16-14) Federal labor officials have cited a Nebraska cooperative on several safety violations following the March death of an employee exposed to anhydrous ammonia. The U.S. Department of Labor's Occupational Safety and Health said in a news release Wednesday that Midwest Farmers Cooperative violated standards on handling and storing anhydrous ammonia, among other things.

Two Bodies Found in West Omaha Home


(7-16-14) Authorities are investigating the deaths of two people whose bodies were found at a home in Omaha. Douglas County Sheriff Deputy Thomas Wheeler says they discovered the bodies of a woman and teenage boy Wednesday morning at a townhouse in the west side of the city. Authorities say officers were sent to the house following a request for a wellness check.

UNL Student Dies in Prauge on Summer Program


(7-16-14) Family and friends are remembering Keaton Klein of Lincoln, a UNL student who died Sunday in the Czech Republic city of Prague. Klein left Lincoln July 5th for a summer program at Oxford. UNL News Director, Steve Smith, says Keaton died after falling from a building early Sunday morning. Klein's parents are still trying to find out exactly what happened.

First Two Husker Football Games Announced


​(7-16-14) The Big Ten Conference announced kickoff times for this fall's’ first two Husker home football games. The Saturday, Aug. 30, game against Florida Atlantic at Memorial Stadium has been set for 2:30 p.m. CDT with television coverage provided by BTN. The Huskers stay at home in week two and will take on McNeese State in a game scheduled for an 11 a.m. CDT.

First Veteran-Marked State Licenses Issued


(7-16-14) Four veterans have received Nebraska's new state licenses with a "veteran" designation from Gov. Dave Heineman. The licenses are among the first issued under a new law approved last year. Those who were given new licenses on Wednesday included veterans from World War II, the Korean War, the Vietnam War and Operation Iraqi Freedom.

North Platte Man Shoots Himself as Officers Close In


(7-16-14) A man suspected of beating his wife shot himself inside a North Platte home as officers closed in. The Lincoln County Sheriff's Office says the shooting occurred late Tuesday night at a Mobile Home Park. Officers who were sent there to check on a disturbance discovered a woman who was bleeding from her head. She said her husband had kicked her and beaten her with a lamp. 

Woman Fakes Kidnapping to Get Money From Boyfriend


Police say an Omaha man and woman faked her kidnapping so they could get money from her boyfriend. The two were booked into jail on suspicion of attempted theft by extortion. Police say the 19-year-old woman text-messaged her 21-year-old boyfriend on Monday night, telling him she'd been abducted. Then the boyfriend began getting messages demanding money for his girlfriend's return.

Cattlemen's Ball of Nebraska Raises $1.3 Million


(7-16-14) Organizers say the 2014 Cattlemen's Ball of Nebraska raised more than $1.3 million last month. The event was held June 6-7 at the Hoot Owl Ranch near the Panhandle community of Harrisburg in Banner County. The ball has been held yearly since 1998 at a different ranch. Ninety percent of the proceeds go toward cancer research at the University of Nebraska Medical Center. 

No Foul Play in Gage County Inmate Death


(7-16-14) A grand jury has found no criminal conduct caused or contributed to the death of a Gage County jail inmate in February. 26-year-old Adam Wolken was found unresponsive in his Gage County Jail cell just before 4 a.m., on Feb. 15 and could not be revived. He'd been arrested on Feb. 13 following a standoff with police at a Beatrice motel. 

Sentence Set for York Driver in Fatal Crash


An August sentencing has been scheduled for a 38-year-old York man convicted in the crash death of a teacher from Aurora. Otis Newcomb pleaded no contest to felony manslaughter in York County District Court. Prosecutors had lowered the charge from vehicular homicide and dropped another charge in exchange for Newcomb's plea.

LPD Arrest Omaha Man For Arson Case


Lincoln Police arrest a 21-year-old Omaha man for starting a fire inside an apartment at 23rd and "U" Street on Sunday morning.   Officer Katie Flood says friends and acquaintances of Alec Smith let him stay overnight. When the owner woke up, he found hot sauce had been thrown over the walls, ceiling and furniture. 

State IDs Can Display Veterans' Status


(7-14-14) Nebraska veterans now have the option to display their status on driver's licenses and state identification cards. The state began allowing the veteran designation on July 1. The new cards could make it easier for veterans to show that they qualify for special offers and discounts at Nebraska businesses. 

Nebraska Man Pleads No Contest to First-Degree Murder


(7-14-14) A Nebraska man who's already serving a life sentence for shooting his ex-wife to death has pleaded no contest to killing the attorney who represented him in his divorce. Hall County officials say 58-year-old Michael Petersen of rural Glenvil pleaded no contest to first-degree murder on Monday as part of a deal with prosecutors. 

Body in Missouri River Identified


(7-14-14) A body found earlier this month in the Missouri River in southwest Iowa has been identified as that of a Council Bluffs man. Authorities identified him as 49-year-old Robert Jensen. His body was found around 4:45 p.m. on July 1 in the river at Lincoln's Landing campground, near the U.S. Highway 34 bridge that connects Mills County to Plattsmouth, Nebraska.

Grant to Attract Law Students to Rural Communities


(7-14-14) The American Bar Association is helping Nebraska steer law students to rural communities. The national group has awarded the Nebraska State Bar Association a $15,000 grant to pay some of the costs of placing 10 law students as law clerks in rural towns for five weeks in 2015.

Buffalo Chip Toss World Champion Named


(7-14-14) A Texas man has won the men's championship at the annual World Championship Buffalo Chip Toss at the Fur Trade Days event in Chadron. 41-year-old Derek Noe, of Harlingen, Texas, threw a piece of dried bison dung 125 feet and 1 inch to win the male 18-and-older competition.

Disturbance At Gentleman's Club Leads To Stabbing


A 26-year-old Lincoln man is facing assault and weapons charges after he cut a bouncer at a gentleman's club early Saturday morning.   Police Officer Katie Flood says Benjamin Reddish got into an argument with another man over too much attention given to a dancer, who happened to be Reddish's girlfriend.  

Pursuit Ends After Man Walks Through Newly Poured Concrete


Authorities arrest a 29-year-old Omaha man after running out of gas during a pursuit.  The Lancaster County Sheriff's Office said Joshua Beebee was speeding along Northwest 112 and West 'O' streets when he noticed a deputy and reduced his speed. LSO says the deputy attempted to stop Beebee, but then terminated the pursuit.  

Wisner-Pilger Middle School to be Demolished


(7-10-14) The middle school in Pilger that was damaged by a deadly tornado last month will be torn down Friday. The historic building was destroyed when 200 mile an hour winds tore through the town on June 16th. The Wisner-Pilger school board decided that the middle school building could not be salvaged. 

Six Hurt In Apartment Fire Near Downtown Lincoln


Still not sure yet what started a two-alarm fire early Wednesday at a 9-plex apartment building about a block west of Lincoln High School.  A police officer happened to be in neighborhood around 20th and "J" about 3:30am and saw a resident outside of one of the apartments in distress.  The officer saw a red glow and quickly saw flames shoot out of a window.  

Nebraska's Voting Machines Proven Well-Working


(7-8-14) A manual recount has verified that Nebraska's voting machines are working properly. The Secretary of State's office randomly picked ballots from 26 precincts in 17 counties for a hand-count. The ballots represented two percent of those cast in the May Primary election. 

Omaha Man's Ricocheted Bullets Injure Teens


(7-8-14) An Omaha man found out that shooting at stop signs can get him in big trouble. 21-year-old Davonte Hill says he was shooting at a stop sign when the bullets accidentally wounded two teenagers. One 16-year old is recovering from a foot injury and another is recovering from a thigh wound. 

City Councilman Brings Attention to City Sales Tax Increase


(7-8-14) It is the opinion of City Council member, Roy Christensen, that Mayor Beutler wants you to decide in November whether to increase the city sales tax by a 1/4-cent. On KFOR's Lincoln Live, Christensen said he would prefer waiting until after the city's two year budget is passed on August 25th to talk about increasing the city sales tax.

Southern Nebraska Wheat Harvest Well Underway


(7-8-14) The U.S. Department of Agriculture says the wheat harvest is well underway in southern Nebraska. The USDA says that as of Sunday,13 percent of the state's crop had been harvested, half the average of 26 percent by the date. The crop was rated 49 percent good or excellent.

LPS High Schools to get Video Survelliance


(7-8-14) The Lincoln school board has authorized video surveillance at the district's high schools. The board approved the new policy on Monday. The policy authorizes use of video cameras in the schools and on buses. The cameras can't be located in places where people have expectations of privacy, including bathrooms and locker rooms.

All Milford Natural Gas Service Shut Down


(7-8-14) Black Hills Energy has shut down natural gas service to the entire town of Milford. A vehicle damaged a district regulator station located near the intersection of 1st Street and Elm Avenue. To safely make repairs, technicians are going door to door, and turning off and locking the 800 gas meters in the town.

Nebraska Federal Judge Stirs Controversy on Blog on Hobby Lobby Ruling


(7-8-14) A Nebraska federal judge is again drawing attention because of his personal blog, this time for using an obscene reference to suggest that the U.S. Supreme Court should not have heard the Hobby Lobby case.

David City Man Pleads No Contest to July 4 Explosion Charges


(7-8-14) A 63-year-old David City man has made a deal with prosecutors and been convicted of seven counts stemming from a pipe bomb explosion that seriously injured a teenage relative on Independence Day last year. Russell Hilger pleaded no contest in Polk County District Court. Sentencing is scheduled for Sept. 3.

Director Payne to Host Hassebrook Fundraiser


(7-8-14) Academy Award winning director, Alexander Payne of Omaha, is involving himself in Nebraska's race for governor. The maker of "Nebraska", "Sideways" and "About Schmidt" is hosting a fund raiser for Democratic gubernatorial candidate, Chuck Hassebrook, on Thursday, July 10, 2014.

Woman Pleads Guilty in Buggy Crash Death


A 57-year-old woman has pleaded guilty to two misdemeanor charges related to a fatal collision with a horse-drawn buggy in southeast Nebraska. Vivian Cockrell of Pawnee City was driving a Cadillac on July 21st last year that struck the buggy. 

Group Fights State Minimum Wage Increase


(7-8-14) A group has been formed to fight a proposed minimum wage increase. A petition drive, if approved for the ballot, will ask voters to hike the minimum wage from the current $7.25 up to $9 an hour. Nebraska Taxpayers for Freedom is organizing to oppose the measure. 

Middle School to be Built at 84th and Yankee Hill


(7-8-14) Lincoln's next middle school will be built at 84th and Yankee Hill Road, opening in the fall of 2017. The school will serve students in the Lux, Pound and Scott middle school areas. Money to buy the land from the city is coming from the $153 million LPS bond issue passed in February.

$11.5 Million Given to UNL, 8 Universities for Matter Research


(7-7-14) A major grant has been given to physics researchers at nine schools including the University of Nebraska. The $11.5 million dollar grant from the National Science Foundation will be used by the schools over the next five years to improve the world's largest atom smasher.

Necessary Signatures Gathered for Higher Nebraskan Minimum Wage


(7-3-14) The number of signatures needed on the petition to raise the minimum wage in Nebraska to $9 over the next three years has been reached and exceeded. On Thursday, Senators Jeremy Nordquist and Danielle Conrad, along with members from Nebraskans for Better Wages, held a press conference to announce that 134,899 citizen signatures have been gathered over the past seven weeks in support of this movement.

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.

Two Men Caught For Alleged Mailbox Vandalism


At least four mailboxes and items inside were damaged or destroyed by two men early Thursday morning.  Most of the reports came from the 37th and High neighborhood.  One neighbor saw two men, later identified as 24-year-old Trevor Thayer and 18-year-old Hunter Pritchard, throwing mail and books into the air. 

Man Wanted For Theft of Wallet From UNL's East Campus


UNL Police are looking for a 33-year-old Native American man, they believe, tried stealing a wallet late Tuesday afternoon from an office in Ag Hall on East Campus.  They know who he is, but haven't found him yet.  The victim confronted the suspect and tried to prevent him from leaving.  There was a struggle.  

Tax Credits Will Help Hickman Build New Community Center


Hickman is building a community center with the help of the Nebraska Department of Economic Development.  About $25,000 worth of tax credits will help support construction of the new center, which will include space for receptions, community events, youth activities and sporting events.  There will be public meeting space; a reading center; kitchen; and city offices.  

Scam Targets Storm Victims


The Nebraska Emergency Management Agency is warning people in the Pilger area about scams targeting tornado victims.  Scam artists are asking for property deeds or donations.  One scam uses the name “Omaha and Northwestern Railroad.”   

City Independence Day Celebration to Kick Off


"Uncle Sam Jam 2014,” the City’s official Independence Day celebration, begins at 1 p.m., Thursday, July 3 at Oak Lake Park. It's located north of Haymarket Park in the area of Charleston Street and Sun Valley Blvd. Family activities and kids’ games begin at 1 p.m.. It features a performance by the Wheezetones from 6:15 to 9:30 p.m.. 

Body Found in Missouri River, Southwest Iowa


(7-2-14) Another body found. Authorities say a camper has found a man's body in the Missouri River in southwest Iowa late Tuesday afternoon. Mills County Sheriff's Office Chief Deputy Bruce Paulsen said the body had some clothing and identifying markings, such as tattoos, but he wouldn't be specific. The sheriff's office did not have any reports of a missing man.

Nebraska Civil Rights Lawsuit Ends in $777,000


(7-2-14) Nebraska has settled a civil rights lawsuit filed by five Nebraska guards who alleged their prison was a racially hostile workplace. The five, and their law firm, will receive just over $777,000. The state did not admit any wrongdoing as part of the settlement.

Trial Set for Couple Accused of Child Abuse


(7-2-14) A September trial has been scheduled for a Columbus man and his girlfriend accused of abusing his 10-month-old son. 22-year-old Juan Trejo and his fiancee, 22-year-old Julie Staroscik, have pleaded not guilty to child abuse charges. Their trial is scheduled to begin Sept. 29 in Columbus.

Sex Offender Gets 25 More Years


(7-2-14) A 32-year-old convicted sex offender has been sent back to a Nebraska prison for 25 more years. Billy Barritt was sentenced  after being convicted of five counts of child sexual assault. Fairbury police say Barritt molested one boy several times over a year following Barritt's release from prison, where he'd served time for sexually assaulting a child in Madison County.

Elkhorn River Shut Down for Holiday Weekend


(7-2-14) No boating, canoeing, tanking or tubing on the Elkhorn River over the fourth. Access to the river in eastern Nebraska will continue to be restricted through the July 4th weekend because of dangerous high water. The Papio-Missouri River Natural Resources District has closed all the Elkhorn River access points in Douglas County.

Fallen Girl from Embassy Window in Serious, Stable Condition


(7-2-14) Wednesday morning, an 18-year-old girl from Texas who fell through a sixth floor window at Embassy Suites early Sunday morning is listed in serious, but stable condition. Police are still investigating the incident, but are saying they don't suspect foul play. It's now been classified as a medical emergency.

New Law to Give Retired Veterans Tax Exemptions


(7-2-14) If you're a veteran on a military pension, you need to do some tax planning. Some military retirees in Nebraska will soon qualify for a tax exemption. The Department of Revenue says retirees can exclude part of their military benefit income under a law going into effect July 18th.

"P" Street Temporarily One Lane


(7-2-14) For several days each of the next three weeks, traffic on “P” Street from 11th Street to Centennial Mall will be reduced to one lane of traffic during daytime, off-peak hours. The lane restrictions are expected to take place Mondays through Wednesdays. The closures will be for asphalt patching and the installation of permanent pavement markings as part of the streetscape project.

Health Advisory Issued due to High Smoke Levels


(7-2-14) Fireworks smoke and people with respiratory problems don't mix. The City-County Health Department issued on Tuesday a Health Advisory due to expected high levels of smoke from fireworks. In the past, health officials have found high levels of air pollution from the night of July 3rd through the morning of July 5th.

Be Safe Handling Fireworks This Year


Remember, you can only LEGALLY shoot off fireworks in Lincoln only Thursday, July 3 and Friday, July 4.  Fireworks can be shot off Thursday from 8am to 11pm and Friday from 8am to midnight.  Lincoln Fire Inspector Don Gross told KFOR's Coby Mach on Tuesday afternoon things like bottle rockets, helicopters or any fireworks that fly and have a loud boom are illegal within the city limits.

Nebraska Inmate Loses Court Bid, Now In Custody


One of dozens of Nebraska inmates who were mistakenly released early after the state miscalculated their sentences has lost his court bid to remain free.  Fifty-seven-year-old Bruce Caton had asked a judge to block prosecutors from sending him back to prison, arguing that he already served the minimum of his 10- to 20-year sentence.  

Fort Calhoun Plant Suffers Costly Hail Damage


The hail storm that hit Blair last month caused roughly $5 million damage to the Fort Calhoun nuclear power plant.  The June 3rd storm damaged homes and vehicles with baseball-sized hail and winds stronger than 90 mph.  

Police Focus On Investigating Indecent Exposure Cases Near Downtown


A section of the Near South neighborhood is being closely watched by police, as they look for a man that's believed to be involved with at least nine indecent exposure cases that have been reported since April.  These incidents have happened in an area between 14th and 24th, "A" to "J" Streets, with the latest case happening last Saturday morning (June 28). 

Shoplifting Suspects Wanted By Police


Lincoln Police now have pictures of two people that were seen before a major shoplift at a south Lincoln optical business.  About $4,000 worth of glasses and sunglasses were taken from the Eye Care Specialties at 29th and Pine Lake Road on June 19, where surveillance photos shows a couple in their 30s trying on glasses before leaving in a white Honda Cross Tour.   

Early Morning Storms Rip Through Northeast Nebraska


This hasn't been the best of summers for folks living in northeast Nebraska.  The rainfall may be welcoming to most of us, but folks in areas of Pierce, Stanton, Wayne, Thurston and Cuming counties they've about had enough.   Storms have been going today, with the first wave moving through around 8 am Monday.  

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


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

Possible Homicide Victim Identified


Nebraska authorities have identified the 34-year-old man found dead near Beaver Crossing last week. The Nebraska State Patrol says the combination of fingerprint records and tips from the public helped identify Hai Sinh Nguyen of Lincoln. His body was found on the bank of the Big Blue River in Seward County Wednesday. An autopsy confirmed that Nguyen did not die of natural causes, and his death is being investigated as a homicide.

Woman Falls out of 6-Story Window at Lincoln Hotel


A woman is in the hospital after falling from a sixth floor window at the Embassy Suites. Our media partner 1011 news reports that at around 12:30 this morning, Lincoln Fire and Rescue found the woman on a two-story roof. A ladder truck helped rescue workers get her off the roof. Lincoln Police told KFOR News she is still alive, but in a Lincoln hospital with life-threatening injuries.

Centennial Mall and "O" Street Intersection to Close


Sidewalk and lane closures begin tomorrow at the intersection of Centennial Mall and "O" Street. As part of the renovation of Nebraska's Centennial Mall, the north half of the intersection will close on Monday. Traffic will be restricted to one lane in each direction on the south half. When work on the north half is done, the south half will close. The project is expected to be complete in 35 to 40 days.

Robber May Have Bomb


Lincoln Police are looking for someone who robbed the CVS Pharmacy at 70th and O After six Saturday morning. Police say the robber fled northbound on foot, but had something that looks like a bomb strapped to his chest. He is described as a very thin young black male wearing a dark hoodie, dark sunglasses, a blue bandana, black gloves and black jeans.

No Arrests in Fatal Omaha Break-in


(6-26-14) Omaha police officers who were sent to a call about a break-in found a man shot to death. Police were dispatched just before midnight last night to a home in northeast Omaha. They found the wounded man inside the home. He died later at an Omaha hospital. Police identified him as Timothy Marzettie, of Omaha. 

Digitalization of Nebraska Homesteading Case Files Completed


(6-26-14) A project to digitize Nebraska homesteading case files has been completed after a decade of planning, preparation and execution. The University of Nebraska-Lincoln says the nearly 77,000 files contain more than 1.6 million digital images. 

Nebraska to Receive $4.4 Million to Retrain Unemployed Workers


(6-26-14) Nebraska will receive a $4.4 million grant from the U.S. Department of Labor to help retrain unemployed workers. The Labor Department announced grants worth nearly $155 million Thursday. Nebraska is one of 32 states to receive a grant.

Lincoln Dentist Charged with Stealing $17,000 in Precious Metals


(6-26-14) Federal prosecutors have charged a Lincoln dentist with stealing nearly $17,000 worth of precious metals from the Veterans Affairs Medical Center in Omaha. Prosecutors say Randall Toothaker had been working in the hospital's dental prosthetics office before the alleged theft last summer.

Canadian Firm Happy with First Nebraska Niobium Samples


(6-26-14) A Canadian firm hoping to build a mine to collect a valuable and rare heat-resistant element from beneath southeast Nebraska says the first samples collected this year are encouraging. NioCorp Developments said Thursday the initial analysis of 230 samples reinforces the company's positive view of the niobium deposit near Elk Creek.

ConAgra Lost $3.2 Million in Fiscal Fourth Quarter


(6-26-14) ConAgra Foods says it lost $324.2 million in its fiscal fourth quarter because of restructuring and impairment charges. The Omaha-based company said Thursday that its loss of 77 cents per share this year was down from last year's profit of $192.2 million, or 45 cents per share.

Lincoln Police Investigate Two Similar Attempted Robberies


(6-26-14) Lincoln Police are handling two cases of attempted armed robbery incidents Tuesday night that happened just blocks and minutes from each other. Three people sitting outside of an apartment near 20th and "G" had a man come up to them wanting money and holding a gun. 

Robbery at Leon's Food Mart


(6-26-14) A south Lincoln grocery store and salon are burglarized overnight. Police were called around 3 a.m., Thursday morning to Leon's Food Mart off of South Street when an alarm went off. Officers found the front glass door smashed in and cigarettes, two bottles of alcohol and a donation jar gone.

Lancaster Deputies Charge Man Passed Out at Wheel


(6-26-14) Lancaster County Deputies arrested a 23-year-old man for drug possession and DUI after he was found passed out in his car while it was running. It happened just before 9 o'clock Wednesday night along "A" Street between 120th and 134th Streets. Deputies found point-one grams of heroin in Tanner Smith's car. 

Fatal Motorcycle Crash Victim Identified


(6-26-14) The man killed in a motorcycle crash in Lincoln Tuesday evening has been identified as 19-year-old, Mark Wenzl of Seward. Police say Wenzl was heading downtown on Rosa Parks Way when he crashed into a concrete barrier and was thrown over the guardrail and onto a parking lot below near 7th street.

16-Year-Old Killed In One Vehicle Crash In Northeast Lincoln


Lincoln Police have identified the victim of a fatal car crash late Wednesday night at 84th and Highway 6 as 16-year-old Blake Burkland.  Officer Katie Flood says the car was northbound on 84th Street heading toward Highway 6 around 11:45pm when it went through a red-light at the T-intersection, left the road, going through some trees and hit an embankment. 

Burglars Break Into South Lincoln Businesses


Lincoln Police are handling two cases of attempted armed robbery attempts Tuesday night that happened just blocks and minutes from each other.   Three people sitting outside of an apartment near 20th and "G" had a man come up to them wanting money and holding a gun.  They didn't have anything and the man left.  

Two Overnight Burglaries Under Investigation


A south Lincoln grocery store and salon were burglarized overnight.   Police were called around 3am Thursday to Leon's Food Mart off of South Street when an alarm went off.   Officers found the front glass door smashed in and cigarettes, two bottles of alcohol and a donation jar gone.   

Heroin Bust Sends Man To Jail


About 0.1 grams of heroin and other drug paraphrenalia are found in a 23-year-old man's car, after he was found sleeping behind the wheel Wednesday night near Walton.   Lancaster County Sheriff's officials say it happened just before 9pm along "A" Street between 120th and 134th Streets.  

Columbus Sex Offender Given Prison Time


A sex offender who moved into the home of a Columbus woman and later molested two of her children has been given five years in prison. The 25-year-old man had pleaded no contest and was convicted of sexual assault of a child. The man is not being identified in order to protect the privacy of the teenage boys the man was accused of molesting.

Fillmore County Crash Kills One


(6-23-14) An 83-year-old woman has died after a collision on U.S. Highway 81 near Strang. The Fillmore County Sheriff's Office says the accident occurred a little before 2:45 p.m., Sunday. Joan Hendrickson was turning north off Nebraska Highway 74 onto U.S. 81 when her car was struck by a southbound sport utility vehicle. Hendrickson, of Shickley, was fatally injured.

High Water Causes River Closures in Douglas County


(6-19-14) High water in the Platte and Elkhorn rivers has forced officials to close access sites in Douglas County.  The Papio-Missouri River Natural Resources District says the high water creates dangerous boating conditions on the rivers. The access sites will be closed until at least Monday. It will depend on the rivers returning to near-normal conditions.

Department of Roads Count 16 Crash Deaths in May


In the month of May, a person died every two days on Nebraska roads. The Department of Roads totaled up 16 traffic fatalities in May from 13 crashes. 12 of the people killed wre not wearing seat belts. Two of the fatalities were motorcyclists and one was a pedestrian.

Burglar Takes ATM from Powerless Gas Station


(6-16-14) A burglar got away with an ATM from a convenience store.  Sometime between Midnight and 5 in the morning Sunday, a man broke into the C Station convenience store at 1120 South Coddington. Saturday night's storm knocked out power in the neighborhood, so lights were out and security camera's didn't work.

Charges Dropped for Man Distributing Religious Pamphelts


Charges against a Lincoln man for handling out religious pamphlets outside the Pinnacle Bank arena have been dropped. 77-year-old Larry Ball was arrested March 15 for handing out literature during the state basketball tournament. Ball was arrested after he refused a request from arena security to leave. He claimed he was on public property.

Severe Storms Forecast Falls On Day Grand Island Will Never Forget


The thought of severe storms developing over central and eastern Nebraska on Tuesday, falls on a day 34 years ago when one community was feeling the wrath of Mother Nature.   Gary Buchanan, who is president and chief operating officer of KFOR's parent company Three Eagles Communications, was working in radio in Grand Island when the "Night of The Twisters" hit on June 3, 1980.

Trial In Death of Raymond Man May End Soon


The family of a Raymond, Nebraska, man gunned down two years ago in Mississippi while picking his grandson up from college in Florida, could know very soon if the man accused of the murder will spend the rest of his life in prison.  James Willie is accused of killing Tom Schlender in his vehicle on Interstate 55 in May of 2012. 

South Sioux City Memorial Wall Dedication Draws Hundreds


The dedication of a replica Memorial Wall drew hundreds of Vietnam veterans to Freedom Park in South Sioux City.  The half-scale replica of the wall bears the names of more than 58,000 U.S. service members killed in the Vietnam War.  The 250 foot black granite wall is the only replica that duplicates the original design in the nation's capital.

Patty Duke Taken to Omaha Hospital During Film Screening


An organizer of a screening of "The Miracle Worker" in Omaha says one of the movie's stars, Oscar-winning actress Patty Duke, left the event because of stomach pain. The 67-year-old Duke was taken by a private vehicle Friday evening to the Nebraska Medical Center after complaining of stomach pain. Organizer Bruce Crawford says Duke's medical condition was not serious, but that but that an Omaha doctor who had been running tests on Duke asked her to come in for more tests Friday night after she reported the pain.

Ben Sasse Resigns From Midland


Midland University President Ben Sasse announced Thursday that he has submitted his resignation to the Midland Board of Directors, effective at the end of the year.  Sasse, who is the Republican candidate for the Nebraska Senate seat being vacated by the retiring Senator Mike Johanns, is running against Democrat Dave Domina in November. 

Nebraska Twister Damage Estimated at $300,000


Damage to Lancaster County property is estimated at 300,000 dollars after Sunday's round of tornadoes.  Three of the twisters have been verified in northern Lancaster County, damaging two dozen buildings, including one grain bin that was dropped on a county road.  Flooded roads were closed in 10 places during the storm, one bridge remains closed, and Count Engineer Pam Dingman says

UNMC Chancellor Receives Prestigious Health Care Leadership Award


University of Nebraska Medical Center Chancellor Jeffrey Gold is in Chicago this week to receive a prestigious health care leadership award.  Gold is one of 25 recipients this year of the Becker's Healthcare 2014 Leadership Awards by Becker's Hospital Review. 

Lincoln Water Levels Good, No Residential Watering Schedule in Demand


Mayor Beutler announced today that Lincoln's water supply is 95 percent full and he will not ask residents to follow a watering schedule at this time. The water level was below normal from December to March and slightly above normal in April. 

Two Indicted for Hacking UNL, U.S. Navy, More Computer Systems


Federal prosecutors in Oklahoma say two men have been indicted for hacking into computer systems of more than 30 computer systems of public and private organizations, including that of UNL and the U.S. Navy. The U.S. Attorney's Office in Tulsa says 27-year-old Nicholas Knight, of Virginia, and 20-year-old Daniel Krueger, of Illinois, are a part of a group called Team Digi7al that tries to

Storm Damages Four Major NPPD Lines


(5-12-14) Sunday night's storms will be costly for the Nebraska Public Power District.  The state's largest utility reports damage to four major transmission lines. About 100 poles were damaged on a large 345 kilovolt line running from Hallam to McCool Junction.  At one point in the storm, that line fell to the ground across U-S Highway 81.  Another 100 kilovolt line, from McCool

Lincoln City Attorney Rod Confer Retires


Lincoln City Attorney Rod Confer is retiring, after being the city's lawyer for the past five years. Mayor Beutler announced today that assistant city attorney Jeff Kirkpatrick will be the new city attorney starting June 1st. Kirkpatrick spent 12 years in private practice, after joining the city attorney's office in 2010, particularly with Lincoln Fire and Rescue.

18-Year-Old Hits, Runs, Accidentally Kills, Gets 4 to 5 Years


An 18-year-old woman will be sent to prison for four to five years for a hit-and-run which killed another driver. Eighteen-year-old Justice Wiggins of Omaha ran into some property and sped away from the scene.  She ran a stop sign, collided with an SUV and killed the 23-year-old driver.  Court records say she pleaded guilty to failing to stop and render aid and to misdemeanor vehicular

Midwest Community Leaders Advise Senate Panel on Improving Communities


(5-1-14) Witnesses are telling a Senate panel that rural communities need to sell what they are, not what they are not, in order to thrive economically.  They also say government support is important for growth and that small cities and towns should band together to maximize their potential.  A subcommittee of the Senate Agriculture Committee focused Thursday on how to boost rural

Overnight Armed Robbery At South Lincoln U-Stop


An overnight armed robbery in South Lincoln nets an arrest shortly after it occurred.  Lincoln Police Captain Don Scheinost told our media partner 10/11 news around 1:30 Sunday, four men walked into a the U-Stop at 13th and South and demanded cash. 

Shots Fired At West Lincoln Trailer Park


Shots were fired into a Lincoln home overnight.  Our media partner 10/11 news reports that Lincoln Police received several reports of shots fired just after midnight at the Contempo Trailer Park at 600 West Farfield.  

9-Year-Old Killed by Bobcat Machine


A 9-year-old boy was killed when a Bobcat Loader backed over him near Ashland.  Cass County Sheriff William C. Brueggemann, told our media partner 10/11 news just after 3:30 Saturday afternoon a male was operating a bobcat loader

Midwest States to Jointly Combat Wildfires


Nebraska is preparing to joining forces with Colorado, Wyoming and the Dakotas to help fight rural wildfires.  A bill sent to Governor Heineman would allow Nebraska to join the Great Plains Interstate Fire Compact, an agreement which lets member states share firefighters and equipment in an emergency.  Kansas is considering a similar proposal.  

Pipeline Opponents Protest with 80-Acres of Artwork


Opponents of a proposed pipeline to carry Canadian oil south to the Gulf Coast have carved a message of resistance into a Nebraska field in the project's path. The 80-acre artwork, which was done last week and reads "Heartland(hash)NoKXL."

Motorcycle Rider Killed in Crash


Omaha Police have identified the motorcycle rider who was killed in a weekend crash after failing to negotiate a corner in the road. Omaha police say 27-year-old David Plassmann of Bellevue died Saturday afternoon while out riding with others.

Syracuse Man Arrested for DUI after Crashing into Pole


A Syracuse man was arrested for DUI after crashing his truck into a power pole. Just before 1:00 Sunday morning, a Bennett firefighter drove up on a crash near 176th and Roca Road.

Driver Rolls Car Over, Gets DUI, Negligent Driving


(4-11-14) A one-car rollover crash shortly after bar close last night resulted in no injuries but two citations--a DUI and negligent driving. 21-year-old Nathaniel Wilkens was driving too fast on the curve of Capital Parkway between J street and Randolph and lost control of his Pontiac Grand Am. His car flipped over and hit a curb and tree. Wilkens was not seriously injured. 

Health and Human Services Official Vivianne Chaumont Dies at 60


A well-known state Health and Human services official has died.  Vivianne Chaumont, who oversaw Nebraska's Medicaid and long-term care services, has died of cancer. She was 60.  Chaumont was appointed to the agency in May 2007.  She previously was an Assistant Attorney General in Colorado. Chaumont is survived by three children.

Approved Bill to Help Elderly Nebraskans Maintain Home-Living


A bill that would provide millions of dollars in federal and state funding to help elderly Nebraskans stay in their homes has won approval from lawmakers, despite a veto.   Lawmakers overrode Gov. Dave Heineman's veto on Thursday with the minimum 30 votes required. The proposal would direct Nebraska to apply for a federal grant that would help pay for in-home services.

Unknown Thief or Thieves Break Into At Least 15 Cars at UNL


(4-10-14) University of Nebraska-Lincoln Police are looking at surveillance video to see if they can find out who smashed windows in at least 15 vehicles early Wednesday morning.  Two UNL parking lots were targeted--one on South Street between Vine and 19th streets, the other near 22nd and U streets.  Cell phones, iPods, cash, and other valuables were taken.  Police encourage

Bill to Up Penalties on Assaulted Medical, Social Workers Faces Final Vote


(4-10-14) Assaulting a firefighter, paramedic, or social worker could carry a stiffer penalty under a bill headed to a final vote in the Legislature.  Lawmakers gave 2nd-round approval to the legislation by Omaha Senator, Steve Lathrop.  Yesterday's vote followed a filibuster led by Omaha Senator Ernie Chambers, who argues that the law shouldn't treat assault victims differently

Are You Sure You're Registered for the May 13th Primary?


The Lancaster County Election Commissioner will set up for voter registration at several extra sites on Saturday. Anyone who turns 18 on or before November 4, has moved, changed their name, or would like to change their political party affiliation, needs to register.

Ex-Convict Jobs Ammendment Heading to Final Vote as Part of Prison Reform Bill


A bill designed to help ex-convicts find jobs in Nebraska is headed to a final vote in the Legislature. The measure, part of the state's prison reform bill, was amended Tuesday before receiving second-round approval by lawmakers.

Tom Osborne Endorses Mike Foley for Governor


Former University of Nebraska football coach Tom Osborne today endorsed State Auditor Mike Foley's candidacy for Governor. In making the endorsement, Osborne said Foley is an honorable man who can't be bought.

Fines Possible for P Street Project Contractor


August 29th...mark it on your calendar. It's the date by which the P Street project must be done or the contractor faces stiff fines, If P Street and Centennial Mall isn't done in 30 days.

Fillibuster Kills Sexual Discrimination Bill


20 states and the District of Columbia have laws preventing employers from discriminating based on sexual orientation and gender. Nebraska will not join that list of states this year. Lawmakers fell 7 votes short of getting the support needed.

City Council Repeals Curfew


In a unanimous vote, the City Council repeals the teenage curfew ordinance. It's been the law since 1949 that young people under 16 must be accompanied by an adult to be in businesses where alcohol is served past 9 at night.

Nebraska DMV Closes Driver's License Operations


If you need to renew your driver's license, you might have to skip the DMV this week and go online. All state licensing operations are shut down through Thursday. Staff members are going through planned training sessions.

Horse Race Betting Bill Passes Legislature


A proposed ballot measure that could allow betting on previously recorded horse races has been passed by the Nebraska Legislature. Lawmakers voted 30-17 in a second attempt to approve the proposed constitutional amendment.

Heineman Vetoes Elderly Care Funding Bill


Gov. Dave Heineman has vetoed a bill that would require Nebraska to apply for federal funding for in-home care services for the elderly. The governor argues that while the bill's goal is laudable, it would shift millions of dollars in expenses onto state government.

Nebraskans Remember Mickey Rooney


Actor Mickey Rooney will always be remembered at Boys Town for his Oscar-winning role in the 1938 movie about the Nebraska home for troubled youth. Rooney, who died Sunday at the age of 93, was named Mayor for Life at Boys Town in 2003.

Many State Parks to Reopen Early


Officials say state parks and recreation areas closed temporarily last fall to deal with deferred maintenance amid budget woes will reopen nearly two weeks earlier than scheduled. 

Task Force Arrests Wanted Fugitive in Lincoln



The US Marshals Metro Fugitive Task Force (MFTF) announced it has arrested Jason Robert Jackson, 24 based on his federal arrest warrant for conspiracy to distribute methamphetamine. Jackson was arrested around midnight on Sunday at a residence in the 2500 block of N street in Lincoln.

Man Killed by Gunshot


A man is dead after a shooting yesterday evening at around seven-thirty at the Lion's Gate Apartments on the 5100 block of Vine Street. Our media partner 1011 says the shooting was accidental, but police aren't willing to confirm anything.

Anti-Icing System to be Installed on I-80 Bridges


An anti-icing system is scheduled to be installed on four Interstate 80 bridges about four miles west of Aurora next week. The project will include construction of a camera tower and a building that will house the anti-icing chemicals.

Two Young Students Injured in Bus Crash Near Norfolk


Authorities say two girls were injured following a school bus crash in Stanton County. The Stanton County Sheriff's Office says the crash happened Friday morning near Norfolk. The girls, ages 8 and 9, were taken to a local hospital.

Husker Assistant Soccer Coach Departs for Arkansas-Little Rock


Former Husker assistant soccer coach, Bri Garcia, has been hired as an assistant coach for the University of Arkansas at Little Rock soccer team. Garcia spent the past year as an assistant coach at Nebraska, and she spent five years as a player at Penn State.

Blue Over Red in All Star Boys HS Basketball


The Blue team defeated the Reds 115-114 last night in the Nebraska Coaches Association All-Star Boys High School Basketball game last night at North Star High School.   Northeast's Payton Helmstadter was among five players in double-figures for the Blue team with 11 points.  North Star's Connor Musiel finished with 10 points in the loss for the Red squad.
On the girls side...........

Union Bank (Pius X) Wins Area 5 Legion Tourney


Union Bank of Lincoln Pius X has captured the Area 5 Legion Baseball championship with a 13-2, 7 inning victory over Pinnacle Bank of Lincoln Southwest last night (Monday) at Sherman Field. Union Bank will now play in the national division of the State Legion Baseball tournament that starts Saturday in Grand Island.

Saltdogs McGovern Named Pitcher of the Week


After throwing a shutout last week, Lincoln Saltdogs' pitcher, Kevin McGovern, has been named American Association Pitcher of the Week by Pointstreak, the league's statistics provider.  The 25-year old from Philadelphia was making just his second start for the Saltdogs snce he joined the team July 8th.  Lincoln opens a 10-game home stand tonight against Amarillo.

Huskers Land O-Line Recruit


The Nebraska football team picks up a verbal commitment from offensive lineman Mirko Jurkovic out of Bradenton, Florida.  Jurkovic told ESPN 1480 that he narrowed his list of schools to Florida, Ohio State, and Nebraska and ultimately decided on the Huskers after his visit. Jurkovic is rated as a three star recruit by 247sports, Rivals, and ESPN.

Saltdogs Win in 9th vs Rockland


Luis Nunez drilled a two-run homer to tie the game in the eighth and Matt Forgatch spanked a solo shot to lead off the ninth as the Lincoln Saltdogs (30-30) came back to beat the Rockland Boulders (31-23) 5-4 in front of 2,034 fans at Provident Bank Park Sunday afternoon. 

Former Husker Green to be Enshrined


Former Husker and Green Bay Packers running back Ahman Green will be enshrined into the Packers Football Hall of Fame. Green, who played for the Packers from 2000 to 2006 and again in 2009, is Green Bay's all time leading rusher in franchise history with 8,322 yards. As a Husker, Green rushed for 3880 yards and 42 touchdowns. The 4 time pro bowl running back will be inducted into the

Huskers Land Louisiana Recruit


The Husker football team landed another recruit for the 2015 class from the state of Louisiana. Defensive Back Hunter Dale verbally committed to Nebraska yesterday after visiting the campus. Dale, a three-star prospect according to Rivals, 247 Sports and ESPN, had offers from Florida, Oregon, Penn State, Tennessee and UCLA.

Two Huskers Named to Walter Camp Watch List


Husker senior I-back Ameer Abdullah and junior defensive end Randy Gregory continued an impressive collection of preseason accolades today, as both were named to watch list for the Walter Camp Player of the Year. The annual award is the fourth-oldest individual college football award. A total of 50 players were named to the Walter Camp list with Nebraska being one of nine schools with two

Dogs Win Series North of Border


All-Star hurler Marquis Fleming turned in another solid outing and Luis Nuñez homered yet again, as the Saltdogs (29-28) beat Trois-Rivieres Aigles (18-34) 6-2 to win their fourth straight series in front of 1,642 fans at Stade Fernand-Bedard Thursday night.  Fleming (6-3) pitched seven innings, allowing two runs with five strikeouts no walks to earn his second win of the road

Pius X Baseball Standout To Become Husker


Former Lincoln Pius X standout Jake Schleppenbach will continue his baseball career at Nebraska, the second baseman announced today on his Twitter account. Schleppenbach, a left-handed hitter, played this season at Hutchinson (Kansas) Community College, where he hit .388 with 64 runs, 57 RBIs and nine home runs in 219 at-bats.

Saltdogs Drop Series Opener in Canada


The Lincoln Saltdogs fell to the Trois-Rivieres Eagles 3-1 in an inter-league game last night (Tuesday) in Quebec, Canada.   Despite good pitching from Zachary Varce, the Saltdogs couldn't capitalize on the nine hits they had at the plate.  

Bell Named To Biletnikoff Award Watch List


Nebraska senior receiver Kenny Bell was named to the watch list for the 2014 Biletnikoff Award today. The award annually recognizes the outstanding receiver in college football. Bell was named to the Biletnikoff watch list for the second straight season. Bell enters his final season at Nebraska on the verge of becoming the most prolific receiver in school history. 

NU's Gregory On Lombardi Watch List


Nebraska defensive end Randy Gregory picked up his fourth watch list recognition Monday morning, as he was named to the Rotary Lombardi Award Watch List. Five Huskers have won the Rotary Lombardi Award, most recently Ndamukong Suh in 2009, and Gregory will look to become the sixth Husker football player to win the prestigious award. 

Ruud, Hochstein Among Inductees Into Nebraska Football Hall of Fame


Four former Nebraska football players and a former Nebraska-Kearney quarterback are among the players being inducted into this year's class of the Nebraska Football Hall of Fame.   Former Huskers Barrett Ruud, Russ Hochstein, Carl Johnson and Mike Mandelko are part of the 2014 class and will be joined by Justin Coleman, who was a star quarterback at UNK.   

Red Hot Bats Help Saltdogs Defeat Lemurs In Series Opener


The bats were hot for the Lincoln Saltdogs, recording 15 hits and earning a 12-7 victory over the Laredo Lemurs to open up a six-game road trip Tuesday night in Texas.   Chad Mozingo wasted no time starting the firepower at the plate for Lincoln, teeing off on a lead off homer for a 1-0 lead.  Ian Gac teed off on a two-run blast in the 9th for Lincoln to give the 'Dogs a 12-6 lead.

Mike Peterson Legion Baseball Tournament Starts Thursday


Twenty-four teams will converge on Lincoln this weekend for the 34th annual Lincoln Legion Baseball Coaches Mike Peterson Tournament.  Pool play is set to start Thursday afternoon and run through Sunday at four different fields. 

Husker Recruit Meyers Throws No-Hitter


It was a career night for Nebraska baseball recruit Jake Meyers.   He threw a no-hitter Tuesday night for his Legion baseball team, K-B Building Services, which represents Omaha Westside.  And that might not be the most impressive stat of his night. Meyers struck out 20 batters, meaning all but one out was recorded by strike out.  

Clouse Takes Over As NWU Golf Coach


Nebraska Wesleyan University has named David Clouse as the new men's golf coach for the Prairie Wolves.  Clouse takes over for Ryan Vlasin who served as the head golf coach for the 2013-14 season.  Vlasin will remain part of the NWU program as an assistant coach. 

Former Southeast Coach/Athletic Director McNaught Dies


He was best known for his "Wallyball" style of basketball for many years on the high school basketball scene in Lincoln.  Former Lincoln Southeast boys basketball coach and athletic director Wally McNaught died Wednesday evening at the age of 81, after a long battle with Parkinson's disease.  

Two Saltdogs Receive Weekly Honors


The Lincoln Saltdogs swept the league's weekly awards for the week ending June 1, as 1B Ian Gac was named Pointstreak Player of the Week and RHP Marquis Fleming was named Pointstreak Pitcher of the Week. Pointstreak is the official baseball statistician of the American Association.  

Nevada Forward Huff Transferring To Creighton


Cole Huff, a forward who was an honorable mention All-Mountain West Conference men's basketball selection as a sophomore at Nevada this past season, has announced he plans to transfer to Creighton. 

Nebraska Women's Basketball Notches NCAA Tourney Win


Jordan Hooper had 23 points and 11 rebounds, and fourth-seeded Nebraska defeated Fresno State 74-55 in the first round of the NCAA women's tournament Saturday in Los Angeles. Emily Cady added 15 points and 11 rebounds for the Cornhuskers (26-6), the B

Husker Men Fall to Baylor in NCAA Tournament


The Husker Basketball team is finished after one game in the NCAA Tournament. Nebraska coach Tim Miles was ejected from the Cornhuskers'  West Region game against Baylor after getting whistled for two technical fouls in the second half. Miles drew his second technical for unsportsmanlike conduct with 11:17 left in the game and Nebraska losing 50-32.

Edwards Named Big Ten Players of the Week


Nebraska softball player Tatum Edwards was named the Big Ten Player of the Week on Monday. The award is the first of Edwards’ career, although she is a four-time Big Ten Pitcher of the Week honoree.....

Huskers Hold First Florida Practice


The Nebraska football team practiced on the campus of the University of North Florida for the first time Friday morning, beginning preparation for the Gator Bowl against No. 23 Georgia. The Huskers and Bulldogs are set to battle Wednesday, New Year's Day, in an 11 a.m game that will be broadcast on ESPN2. The Huskers practiced in helmets, shoulder pads and shorts for just over two hours.  It was the first of four scheduled pre-game practices.

Huskers Prepare in Florida


The Nebraska football team arrived in Jacksonville, Florida yesterday (Thursday), six days away from their showdown with the 23rd-ranked Georgia Bulldogs in the Gator Bowl on New Year's Day. The Cornhuskers will workout today (Friday) for the first time since before Christmas. Kickoff of the Gator Bowl is at 11am next Wednesday.

Holiday Tourney Play Begins


The holiday basketball tournament schedule will get underway around the area tomorrow and Saturday. Tournaments that start Friday include the Lincoln Lutheran holiday tournament which will feature the host school Lutheran, along with Fairbury, Raymond Central and Louisville.

Hooper Leads Huskers to Win Over Utah State


All-American, Jordan Hooper, erupted for game highs of 33 points and 14 rebounds to lead #15 Nebraska to a 95-75 win over Utah State yesterday (Sunday) at Pinnacle Bank Arena. With the victory, Nebraska improved 7-2 overall, while Utah State slipped to 5-3.

Bluejays Take Down Huskers


All-American Doug McDermott scored a game-high 33 points to lead three Creighton players in double figures, as the Bluejays thumped Nebraska, 82-67 last (Sunday) night. The Huskers return to action on Saturday, taking on Arkansas State.

Huskers to Play in Gator Bowl New Years' Day


Nebraska will appear in a New Year’s Day bowl game for the 3rd straight season. The Huskers have been selected to play in the TaxSlayer.com Gator Bowl in Jacksonville against Georgia. January 1st kick off will 11 o'clock - Lincoln time. Nebraska goes into the bowl game at 8-4.

Pelini Reprimanded By Big Ten Conference


The Big Ten office today issued a public reprimand of Nebraska football head coach Bo Pelini for violating the Big Ten Sportsmanship Policy following Nebraska’s game against Iowa on Nov. 29, 2013. In addition, the conference announced that the institution has been fined $10,000 as a result of the violation.

Husker Volleyball Hosts Another NCAA Regional


The Nebraska volleyball team will spend opening weekend of the postseason at home for the 10th straight season as the Bob Devaney Sports Center has been chosen as one of 16 sites for the NCAA 1st and 2nd-round play next weekend. The Huskers will be making their 32nd NCAA Tournament appearance and they will go in as the #8 overall seed among the 64 teams.

Pelini Issues Statement


Nebraska football coach Bo Pelini has issued a statement, following Saturday's announcement regarding his retention as coach.

“I want to thank our administration and Shawn Eichorst in particular, for his continued and full support that he has given me and our football program since his arrival on campus.   I am honored to represent this university and its great fans and

Falls City Sacred Heart Wins D2 Football Title


Charles Dunn passed for five touchdowns and ran for another, and top-ranked Falls City Sacred Heart won its first state football championship since 1994 and its seventh overall with its 63-14 victory over No. 9 Stuart in the Class D2 final Monday. The Irish (13-0) scored 56 straight points after falling behind 8-0 early.

Omaha Skutt Wins Class B Football TItle


Quarterback Isaiah Ramsey ran for two touchdowns and Zachary Zeplin intercepted three passes as second-ranked Omaha Skutt posted its fourth shutout of the season in a 30-0 victory over No. 4 York in the Class B championship game Monday night. The Skyhawks claimed their first title since 2005, winning 12 straight games after losing their season opener to Gretna.

Oklahoma High School Star Signs With NU Mens Hoops


Nebraska Men’s Basketball Coach Tim Miles announced that Jacob Hammond has signed a National Letter-of-Intent with the Husker basketball program on Wednesday, the first day of the fall signing period.  Hammond, a 6-foot-10, 230-pounder from Comanche, Okla., is considered one of the nation’s top big men in the class of 2014. 

HS FOOTBALL: Ashland-Greenwood Ends Christian's Season


The run through the post season is over for the Lincoln Christian football team.  The Crusaders could not overcome a second half comeback by Ashland-Greenwood and fell to the Bluejays 33-13 Tuesday night at Memorial Stadium in Ashland.  Christian struck first, though, in the first quarter, with this 76-yard touchdown run from quarterback Logan Power on the third play in their opening drive.

HS FOOTBALL: Ashland-Greenwood Ends Christian's Season


The run through the post season is over for the Lincoln Christian football team.  The Crusaders could not overcome a second half comeback by Ashland-Greenwood and fell to the Bluejays 33-13 Tuesday night at Memorial Stadium in Ashland.  Christian struck first, though, in the first quarter, with this 76-yard touchdown run from quarterback Logan Power on the third play in their opening drive.

Husker Soccer Headed to Championship Game


The top-seeded Nebraska soccer team faced an early deficit for second straight match but used three second-half goals to defeat No. 4 seed Indiana by a 3-1 margin on Friday in the Big Ten Tournament Semifinals at the Illinois Soccer Stadium. NU's season-best eighth consecutive win locked up a spot in Sunday's title match against the No. 7 seed Iowa.

Husker Soccer To Face Indiana


The top-seeded Nebraska soccer program continues its march toward the 2013 Big Ten Tournament title in Champaign on Friday, Nov. 8 with a semifinal match slated for 1:30pm against No. 4 seed Indiana. The Huskers will face the Hoosiers for the second time in a week as NU looks to capture its first Big Ten Tournament Championship and first tournament title since 2002.

Exhibition Play over for Women's Basketball


Exhibition play is over with for the 12th-ranked Nebraska womens basketball team, after their 75-34 victory against Nebraska-Kearney yesterday at Pinnacle Bank Arena. Jordan Hooper and Emily Cady had double-doubles, as Hooper scored 20 points and grabbed 11 rebounds, while Cady had 11 points and a game-high 12 rebounds. 

Nebraska, Michigan Game Time Set


Nebraska will play Michigan on ABC Saturday afternoon in Ann Arbor, Mich. That's according to the Big Ten Conference. The game will kick off at 2:30 p.m. Central on Saturday between the 6-2 Huskers and the 8-1 Wolverines will help determine which Big Ten teams will play in the conference championship game.

Hail Mary Leads to Saturday Win


Jordan Westerkamp caught Ron Kellogg III's tipped desperation heave to the end zone with no time left Saturday, giving Nebraska a 27-24 victory over Northwestern on Saturday. The Cornhuskers looked like they were finished after Northwestern took a three-point lead with 1:20 left. They started their final drive at their 17 with no timeouts.

Huskers Over Purdue, 44-7


The Huskers did what they were supposed to do Saturday against the Big Ten's weakest team, winning 44-7 at Purdue. If nothing else, the game showed they really could use injured veteran quarterback, Taylor Martinez, for the challenging November stretch which will determine whether the Huskers return to the Big Ten championship game.

First Conference Loss for Nebraska Volleyball


#9 Nebraska fell to #7 Michigan State over the weekend at Jenison Fieldhouse on the campus of Michigan State University. The loss marks the Huskers’ first conference defeat of the 2013 season. The Huskers return home next weekend to host Indiana on Friday, Oct. 18 at 7 p.m. and Purdue on Saturday, Oct. 19 at 7 p.m., at the Devaney Center.

Huskers Down Minnesota in 3 sets, Wisconsin in 5


After a huge win against No. 8 Minnesota on Friday night, the Husker volleyball team took a while to find their rhythm against No. 23 Wisconsin. While the ladies did come away with a win, they definitely had to fight through it as the game went all five sets last night at the Bob Devaney Sports Center. 

Husker Fall Baseball Begins


Fall baseball is underway for the Nebraska baseball team. The Huskers will play a three-game Red/White series is set for Oct. 15-17. The Huskers return a solid nucleus from a team that was one win away from winning the Big Ten Tournament last season.

Nebraska Football Bye Week Practice


The Nebraska football team continued its bye week work during a two-hour practice held inside the Hawks Center and outside at the Ed and Joyanne Gass Practice Fields in shorts and helmets Wednesday afternoon. 

Husker Volleyball Wins in 3 against Dayton/Iowa Cyclones


The No.12 Husker volleyball keeps their winning streak up, with a win Friday night over Dayton in three sets (25-20, 25-21, 25-13) and then going on to take down the Iowa State Cyclones also in three sets (25-13, 25-22, 27-25). Against Dayton, Kelsey Robinson led NU offensively with 12 kills and a match-high of 17 digs. 

Huskers Fall Short to UCLA, SCORE 41-21


The No. 23 Huskers fell short against No. 16 UCLA yesterday morning after a strong start. Nebraska was ahead 21-3 in the second quarter, but the the Bruins scored 38 unanswered points by the end of the game. Taylor Martinez connected three times to start out the game, twice with Quincy Enunwa in the first quarter, and then for the third and final time of the game with Kenny Bell. 

No Outside Food and Drink Policy Back in Place


Don't bring a water bottle to Saturday's Nebraska-UCLA game. You were allowed to bring them into Memorial Stadium the first 2 home games because the heat was high, but that won't be the case Saturday, so the University's "No Outside Food and Drink Policy" goes back into effect.

Gac and Forgatch Home Runs Power Saltdogs



Pete Parise delivered a strong outing, and Ian Gac and Matt Forgatch each homered as the Lincoln Saltdogs (40-36) beat the Sioux Falls Canaries (31-44) 9-5 in front of 2,675 fans at Haymarket Park Tuesday night. Parise (9-5) went seven innings, allowing just one earned run while striking our four and walking one to earn the victory.

Red/White Volleyball Scrimmage On Sale Aug. 7th


Tickets for the 2013 Red/White Volleyball Scrimmage at the newly-renovated Bob Devaney Sports Center go on sale Wednesday, Aug. 7. Husker fans will get their first glimpse at the new home of Nebraska volleyball. Reserved seats are $10 and can be purchased at Huskers.com.

Big Ten Announces 2015 Conference Football Schedule


The Big Ten Conference announced the conference schedule for the 2015 football season on Monday morning, as approved by the Big Ten Directors of Athletics. The 2015 Big Ten schedule will consist of eight games, before the conference makes the move to a nine-game schedule in 2016.  Nebraska will open the 2015 Big Ten schedule at Illinois on Oct. 3, 2015. 

Blue Jays Fall in Third Place Game in California


Kevin Larsen gave George Washington the lead with 1:03 left in the game and the Colonials held off No. 20 Creighton for a 60-53 victory that gave them third place in the Wooden Legacy on Sunday night. The Colonials took advantage of an off night by Doug McDermott, who came in averaging nearly 28 points per game but finished with seven.