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Cigarette Causes $40,000 in Damage


Three people were sent to a hospital after a fire that damaged a house in Lincoln. Authorities say the blaze was reported around 4 a.m. Sunday. Battalion Fire Chief Leo Benes says a carelessly discarded cigarette started the fire. Damage was estimated at $40,000.

Grant Will Help Protect Ogallala Aquifer


Three Nebraska projects will share $1.8 million in federal grants to help strengthen the Ogallala aquifer. The Nebraska grants are part of a national program of $6.5 million of grants in the eight states above the Ogallala aquifer.

Accused Cop-Killer Linked to Other Violent Crimes


The man accused of killing an Omaha police officer this week had been linked to two other violent crimes in recent years, but officials say they lacked evidence to prosecute him. Marcus Wheeler was killed by police on Wednesday after police say he shot 29-year-old Officer Kerrie Orozco.

New Case of Bird Flu


The Nebraska Department of Agriculture has announced a third case of avian flu in northeast Nebraska's Dixon County. The department said that testing by the U.S. Department of Agriculture's Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service confirmed the presence of the highly contagious bird flu on a farm with 500,000 young hens.

New Dispute Over Lethal Injection Drugs


The ACLU of Nebraska says records detailing the state's purchase of lethal injection drugs are likely to prompt more costly litigation. Records show a U.S. company contacted state officials on April 14th to ask if they wanted a few thousand vials of sodium thiopental.

Governor Ramps Up Pressure Prior To Death Penalty Repeal Veto


Image result for death penaltyNebraska Gov. Pete Ricketts is ramping up pressure on lawmakers to try to keep them from overriding his promised veto of a death penalty repeal bill.   The Republican governor urged the public on Friday to contact their state senator.

City Seeking Input On Antelope Park Triangle


Image result for lincoln children's zooThe Lincoln Parks and Recreation Department and Children’s Zoo are looking for public input on the Antelope Park Triangle, bounded by “A” Street, 27th Street and Capitol Parkway. The Zoo has a long-term plan to expand.

Details Released On Officer Shooting, Funeral


Image result for omaha police badgeThe police chief of Nebraska's largest city says an Omaha police officer killed in the line of duty was shot just above the top of her protective vest.   Omaha Police Chief Todd Schmaderer gave more details Thursday.

Governor Requests For Flags To Fly At Half-Staff


Image result for flag half staffGovernor Pete Ricketts has announced that all U.S. and Nebraska flags are to be flown at half-staff in honor of Omaha Police Officer Kerrie Orozco, U.S. Marine Captain Dustin Lukasiewicz, and the Memorial Day holiday.  

Ruling Says DHHS Wrong To End Benefits


Image result for justice scaleThe Nebraska Supreme Court says the state's Department of Health and Human Services was wrong to end Medicaid benefits that had helped a woman care for her profoundly disabled daughter at home for more than a decade. 

Lawmakers Push EPA To Continue Support For Ethanol


Image result for ethanolNebraska senators are pushing the Environmental Protection Agency to hold its support for renewable fuels when drafting rules that could limit amounts of ethanol blended with gasoline for fuel. 

Nebraska Supreme Court Upholds Sentence


Image result for judges gavelThe Nebraska Supreme Court has affirmed the life sentence of a woman who killed her boyfriend's 68-year-old mother in 2013. The high court on Friday rejected 42-year-old Shelley Casterline's appeal argument.

Teenage Girl Rescued At State Park Near Waterloo


Image result for rescueA teenage girl has been taken to a hospital after being injured at a state park near Waterloo in eastern Nebraska. Waterloo Fire & Rescue took the 16-year-old to Methodist Women's Hospital early Friday morning. 

Senators Vote In Favor Of Medical Cannabis Study


Image result for cannabidiolNebraska residents suffering from intractable seizures could have one more treatment option under a medical cannabis study headed to Gov. Pete Ricketts' desk. Senators voted 44-2 on Thursday to commission a University of Nebraska Medical Center.  

Weather Delays Opening For Pools


Image result for star city shores lincoln neThe Lincoln Parks and Recreation Department will delay the opening of the nine public swimming pools because the recent rain and cool temperatures have made the pool water too cold for safe swimming. 

Omaha Mayor Orders Flags Half-Staff For Fallen Officer


Image result for omaha police badgeOmaha Mayor Jean Stothert has ordered flags in city to be lowered to half-staff in honor of Officer Kerrie Orozco, who was killed Wednesday in the line of duty. Stothert says flags should remain at half-staff until dusk Monday on Memorial Day. 

Conditions Continue To Improve At Tecumseh


Image result for tecumseh state correctional institutionThings are still returning to normal at the Tecumseh State Correctional Facility.  A prison spokesman said today the entire prison remains on lockdown.  Inmates are being allowed out of their cells on a limited and highly supervised basis.

Lawmakers Pass Agri-Tourism Bill


Image result for nebraska landscapeFarmers and ranchers who open their property to tourists could be shielded from certain lawsuits under a bill passed by Nebraska lawmakers. The Legislature gave the measure final approval on Thursday with a 46-0 vote. 

Death Penalty Repeal Creates Dilemma


Image result for death penaltyGovernor Pete Ricketts says he will veto a bill passed by the Legislature to repeal the state's death penalty.  If the legislature overrides that veto, as expected, there is still a question about the status of 11 men who are on death row.

Dreamers License Bill Goes To Governor


Image result for nebraska drivers licenseNebraska Gov. Pete Ricketts now faces the decision to uphold or withdraw his predecessor's policy of denying driver's licenses to deferred-action youth. Senators voted 34-9 Thursday.

Property Tax Exemption Gets Unanimous Vote


Image result for cornfield nebraskaNebraska farmers and business owners could get a property tax exemption under a bill passed by lawmakers. Senators voted 47-0 on Thursday to give final approval to an exemption for personal business property. 

LPD Looking For Robbery Suspects


Image result for lincoln police departmentLincoln Police are looking for a couple of suspects who just robbed the Casey's convenience store at 17th & Washington. Witnesses report that 2 black males took a money deposit bag and left on foot towards 16th street.  

Omaha Officer Dies After Shooting


Image result for police lightsOmaha's police chief says an officer shot while helping serve an arrest warrant has died, as has the suspect. Police Chief Todd Schmaderer said Wednesday that 29-year-old Officer Kerrie Orozco died at Creighton University Medical Center.

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.  

Driver Killed After Car Hit Pole In Southwest Lincoln


Lincoln Police say a 21-year-old Andrew Martinez was killed in a car accident in the southwes part of the city.  Officer Katie Flood says the crash happened a little before 3 a.m. Wednesday along the eastbound lane of West "A" Street between Southwest 30th and Southwest 31st Streets. 

Nebraska Is Only State Personal Income Falls


Image result for income downA recent report from the Federal Reserve Bank of Kansas City shows lower crop prices in 2014 hurt the wallets of Nebraska residents. The report states Nebraska was the only state in the country where per capita personal income fell last year. 

Breaking News: Multi-Vehicle Accident At Highway 77 & Saltillo


Highway 77 is closed in both directions at Saltillo road, on the southwest side of Lincoln.  A semi and five vehicles were involved in an accident just before 4p.  Five people were taken to hospitals. (Photo by 10/11 News)

Tecumseh Prison Loses Staff After Riot


Image result for tecumseh state correctional institutionNine staff members have quit a Nebraska maximum security prison since inmates revolted last week and temporarily took over part of the facility, leaving two prisoners dead. Officials allowed media inside the prison for the first time on Tuesday.

Huff To Retire As Lincoln's Fire Chief


After 41 years, Lincoln Fire Chief John Huff is retiring.  Mayor Chris Beutler named Huff to LFR's top job July of 2012, almost a year after naming him interim fire chief when Niles Ford left to become city manager in a community outside Atlanta, Georgia. 

Driver Whose Truck Was High-Centered On Bridge Suspected of DUI


The Lancaster County Sheriff's Office warns you to not drive through barricades set up for road closures.  On Sunday evening, LSO was called to a bridge near SW 14th and West Sprague after bystanders noticed a truck was stuck on the bridge. 

Woman Attacks Boyfriend For Snoring


A 45-year-old Lincoln woman is accused of assaulting her boyfriend, after she became annoyed of his snoring early Tuesday morning.  Lincoln Police say Elizabeth Hogrefe apparently started to yell and hit him with a pry bar, leaving three large welts. 

City Council To Consider Start Date For Higher Sales Tax


Image result for lincoln city council lincoln, neThe Lincoln City Council will be asked tonight to approve an October first start date for the city's new, higher local sales tax.  A quarter-of-one percent will be added, making the local sales tax one-and-three-quarters percent.

Dept Of Ag To Monitor Poultry Shows


Image result for show chickensNebraska officials have decided to monitor poultry events at county fairs and other venues, but they won't ban them even though bird flu has been found in the state. The state Department of Agriculture sent a letter to poultry show organizers.

Platte River Approaches Flood Stage


Image result for platte riverA flood warning remains in effect but the South Platte River has crested and is headed back down below flood stage in western Nebraska.  National Weather Service meteorologist Bill Taylor said Monday that the overflow caused only minor flooding. 

Officials Want Federal Funding To Fix Levees


Image result for levee papio-missouri riverEastern Nebraska officials hope the federal government will chip in $10 million to help repair levees that protect an Air Force Base and the surrounding community from Missouri River flooding.   

Lincoln Man Files Lawsuit Over Proposed GI Strip Club


Image result for judges gavelA man who wants to open a strip club near Grand Island has sued opponents to his plan and the Hall County Board of Supervisors.   Shane Harrington, of Lincoln, is seeking $110 million from the board.

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.    

Two Men Arrested For Peddling Without Permit


Lincoln Police are warning you that this time of the year, you'll start to see people going door to door in the neighborhood, trying to sell items like magazines.  They must have a city peddler's permit.  

Lincoln Woman Scammed Out of Thousands Of Dollars


A 74-year-old Lincoln woman is out more than $30,000 when she says she tried to get her laptop fixed last month.  A man calling from a Los Angeles-based phone number contacted the woman, after she got a notification on her laptop about computer viruses.

Death Penalty Repeal Headed To Final Vote In Nebraska


An effort to repeal the death penalty in Nebraska has cleared another critical vote in the Legislature.    Lawmakers voted 30-16 on Friday to advance the repeal measure through the second of three required votes, despite a filibuster led by death penalty supporters.

Nebraska Lawmakers Approve of State Budget


Nebraska lawmakers have given final approval to a new $8.7 billion state budget that includes an increase in state aid for property tax reductions, education and prison expenses.    

Driver's Licenses To Immigrant Youths Clears First Hurdle


Nebraska is a step closer to becoming the last state to issue driver's licenses for youths who were brought into the country illegally but allowed to stay under a federal program.   

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.

State Prison Officials Hold News Conference: LIVE AUDIO HERE


Officials with the Nebraska Department of Corrections are holding a news conference at this hour, regarding two inmate deaths after a fight at the Tecumseh State Correctional Institution on Sunday afternoon.  

 

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2 Workers, 2 Inmates Hurt Amid Disorder At Tecumseh Prison


Nebraska prison officials say two staff members were assaulted and two inmates have been injured in an ongoing disturbance at the Tecumseh State Correctional Institution.    

Flooding Starts To Recede In Lincoln


Mayor Chris Beutler says residents in the North and South Bottoms neighborhoods may return to their homes after voluntary evacuations. Beutler said during a press conference Friday that Salt Creek was within one foot of going over the levy in some areas.

Southeast Lincoln Strip Mall Suffers Heavy Fire Damage


Damage is extensive to several businesses, after a 3-alarm fire started around 4am Friday at Old Cheney Plaza near 56th and Old Cheney.  KFOR News talked to Lincoln Fire Battalion Chief Tim Linke at the scene, who says crews faced heavy flames coming from the roof.

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.  

CITY ELECTION: Mayor Beutler Re-Elected, Council retains and gains two


Incumbent Democrat Chris Beutler won a third-term as Lincoln's mayor on Tuesday, defeating Republican incumbent Andy Stebbing 53% to 47% of the vote in the city's general election.

Tornado, Hail Reported South and East of Lincoln


Two tornado sightings have been reported in southeast Nebraska but remain unconfirmed.  The National Weather Service says a member of law enforcement reported a twister crossing U.S. Highway 77 north of Cortland around 8:25 p.m. Sunday. No injuries were reported.  A storm chaser reported a tornado about two miles northeast of Adams in Gage County 10 minutes later. 

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.

Criticism Over Delayed Report In City's Police and Fire Pension


It's a case of "he said-versus-he said".  Mayor Chris Beutler is receiving criticism over the police and fire department pension fund.  Republican challenger Andy Stebbing released a report Thursday showing that the shortage in the pension fund has grown by $23 Million in the past year. 

Fire Damages Garage At Northeast Lincoln Home


In a short amount of time, Lincoln Firefighters are able to gain control of a garage fire early Tuesday morning behind a home at 5325 Ervin Street.   A neighbor called 911 around 3:15am, about the detached garage on fire.  

Suspected Robber In Jail, After Hold Up


One man is in jail, a second possible suspect is still on the loose after a strong armed robbery late last night (Monday) in north Lincoln.  Police Captain Robert Farber tells KFOR News a man leaving the Pizza Hut at 27th and Cornhusker was approached by another man who needed a ride and some cash.

Man Wounded Outside Of Private Party


Lincoln Police are still investigating the circumstances behind a shooting outside of a downtown Lincoln store, when some folks got rowdy when private party reached capacity.  It happened early Sunday morning at the African Market near 22nd and "O" Street.  

Officials Dealing With Lots of Calls of K2 Overdose in Lincoln


Emergency workers have been swamped with overdoses of synthetic marijuana in Lincoln.  Lincoln Fire and Rescue Division Chief Roger Bonin said at a news conference Friday that medics have handled 76 overdoses of the substance in the past week, including a dozen on Thursday.

Hastings Teacher Arrested In Student Sex Case


A Hastings High School teacher has been arrested, accused of sexually assaulting a student.  Authorities say 38-year-old Johnathan Shafer was arrested on a warrant Thursday evening. Online jail records say he remained in custody on Friday.

Suspected Grease Fire Damages Apartment


Lincoln Fire officials suspect a grease fire inside an apartment at 630 South 19th Street.  Batallion Chief Jeanne Pashalek tells KFOR News at the scene they were called just before 4 am Friday.  

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.  

Motorcycle Reaches Over 100 mph In Pursuit


Very little description to go on in finding a motorcyclist who reached speeds of 130 mph on his sport bike along Highway 6 between Lincoln and Waverly around 11pm Thursday. 

Ricketts: Nebraska Judicious In Use of Death Penalty


Gov. Pete Ricketts is once again defending the death penalty, arguing that Nebraska officials have used it more judiciously than states such as Texas.    

Death Penalty Repeal Measure Wins First-Round Approval


A bill to repeal Nebraska's death penalty has won first-round approval from lawmakers.    Lawmakers advanced the bill 30-13 on Thursday. If that support holds, death penalty opponents would have enough votes to override Gov. Pete Ricketts' promised veto.

Fire Heavily Damages SW Lincoln Home


Fire investigators say a bathroom fan overheated and started a fire inside a southwest Lincoln home early Thursday morning.  Lincoln Firefighters were called 3:30am to 2435 Cheshire South.  

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.

UPDATE: Officer Involved Dog Death Under Investigation


Lincoln Police say a dog who was shot and killed, after it charged out of a home at 65th and Leighton early Sunday evening toward an officer, who was there to follow up on a hit and run incident earlier in the day.

LPD Investigating Weekend Robberies


Five robberies in 13 hours.  The only arrests came in the last one, in the 1400 block of North 65th.  Police Cpat. Robert Farber tells KFOR NEWS early Sunday morning, a man was awakened by an armed man in his bedroom...he said he wanted money and drugs.

Ex-Baseball Coach Accused of Second Sexual Assault


Former Lincoln Sox baseball coach Jeff Hawks was arrested again, after another victim came forward claiming to have been inappropriately touched by him.  Hawks was arrested Wednesday afternoon in downtown Lincoln for third degree sexual assault of a child.  

Colorado Man Arrested For Arson at Lincoln Hotel


A 33-year-old Colorado man staying at a Holiday Inn Express near the Lincoln Airport is in jail after he allegedly set a bed on fire early Monday.  Lincoln Police Officer Katie Flood says Joshua Berney called police around 4am, saying he was in distress.

Employee's Call Leads Police To Suspicious Man


An alert employee at the Casey's near 48th and Fremont is being credited for calling police early Sunday morning about a suspicious man riding a bike in the parking lot with a bandana over his face and grabbing toward his waistband, as if he had a gun.

UPDATE: Authorities Know Identity Of Body Found On UNL's East Campus


Authorities say they know the identity of a man, whose body was found submerged in Dead Man's Run behind the University of Nebraska's East Campus science research center over the weekend.    Police don't believe the man, who was in his 40s, had any affiliation to the University of Nebraska-Lincoln.

Utilities Remind People To Check Before Digging


Utilities are reminding Nebraskans to check with authorities before digging to avoid hitting buried lines this summer.    Black Hills Energy says it's important for homeowners and contractors to call the 811 hotline or visit www.ne1call.com before digging to get utility lines marked.

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.  

UPDATE: Man Dies In Crash On Salt Creek Roadway


Lincoln Police say a man was killed after his car hit a bridge's support beam.    Officer Katie Flood says the driver, identified as 54-year-old Todd Peterson of Lincoln, was traveling eastbound on Salt Creek Roadway when his car left the road and hit the beam of the 27th Street viaduct around 6 p.m. Thursday. 

LPD Arrests Two Suspects In BB Vandalism


At least one rash of BB gun vandalism may have been solved with the arrest of two men early Friday morning.  Lincoln Police officer Katie Flood says 19-year-old DeAundre Coleman and 21-year-old Anthony Beecher are in jail accused of shooting out windows to seven vehicles near 20th and "B."

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. 

More Vandalism To Car Windows


Lincoln Police sure would like to catch the person or people going around shooting out car windows.  Early Wednesday morning, Capt. Robert Farber told KFOR NEWS seven vehicles were vandalized from Midnight to 4am in the 1200 block of South 20th Street.

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.  

Police Arrest Teacher On Suspicion of Sexual Assault


Lincoln Police arrested an Irving Middle School teacher, suspected of child enticement and first-degree sexual assault, after something that may have happened off campus.  

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. 

Angelou Impressed With Lincoln's Progress, Looking Toward Future


Looking ahead to 2025, the Lincoln Partnership for Economic Development has brought back Angelos Angelou and his Angelou Economics firm to plan future economic growth for Lincoln.  He was in Lincoln 10 years ago to look at the city's economic landscape and was impressed with how much progress has been made when he returned this week.  

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.  

LPS Board Hears Testimony Over Gender Identity Resources


Criticism mixed with compliments, Lincoln Public School board members heard both at Tuesday night's meeting.  Dozens of parents and citizens showed up to talk about recent gender identity resources given to some teachers.  Many feel the district is promoting an agenda, and want it stopped.  

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."

City Clerk to Pay Restitution for Theft


A former city clerk in the south-central Nebraska town of Fairfield has been sentenced to five years of probation and must pay back $55,000 to the city she's convicted of embezzling. Jennifer Bassett appeared at a restitution hearing in Clay County District Court at which prosecutors showed that she took $96,000.

Interpreter Accused of Theft From Client


A Lincoln woman who translated bank information into English for an elderly woman has been accused of stealing more than $13,000 from her. Lincoln police say 19-year-old Martha M. Rik was arrested Thursday on suspicion of theft by deception and identity theft. Court records do not list an attorney. The 64-year-old woman contacted authorities in May to report that money was missing.

Walking Pneumonia Outbreak At Nursing Home Turns Deadly


A quarantine has been lifted at a Columbus nursing home where a respiratory illness contributed to the deaths of five patients. The quarantine was imposed June 19 at Golden LivingCenter-Columbus. Health officials say that as of Wednesday, 34 patients and 15 staff members had caught the illness. The home has about 130 patients and 140 employees.

"P" Street Temporarily One Lane


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

Possible Homicide Victim Identified


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

Woman Falls out of 6-Story Window at Lincoln Hotel


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

Centennial Mall and "O" Street Intersection to Close


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

Fatal Motorcycle Crash Victim Identified


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

Columbus Sex Offender Given Prison Time


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

Fillmore County Crash Kills One


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

Burglar Takes ATM from Powerless Gas Station


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

Charges Dropped for Man Distributing Religious Pamphelts


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

Trial In Death of Raymond Man May End Soon


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

South Sioux City Memorial Wall Dedication Draws Hundreds


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

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. 

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

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.