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Heavy Damage From Fire To House At 37th & Apple


Firemen spent part of Thursday afternoon battling a blaze that has caused heavy damage to a two-story house near 37th and Y.  A call to 9-1-1 came in around 3p, and when firemen arrived they found heavy smoke and flames in the basement and on both levels. Acting Battalion Chief Scott Bastin says the fire is out, and the smoke is dissipating, but so far, no explanation on what started it.

Union College Accident Being Investigated


Union College has hired an outside organization to investigate the Jan. 14 accident that seriously injured a 23-year-old gymnast from California. Heather Boulais, of Laguna Niguel, California, fell 23 feet while installing aerial silks in the college gym before practice.  Her parents say doctors are trying to regulate the pressure on her brain from the skull fracture. 

Senate Advances Keystone XL Bill


The Republican-controlled Senate has passed a bill approving construction of the Keystone XL oil pipeline. The 62-36 vote on Thursday advanced a top priority of the newly empowered GOP, which championed the legislation despite a presidential veto threat. Keystone is the first of many battles with the White House over energy and the environment. 

Proposed Bill Would Create Credit For Some Renters, Homeowners


Renters and some homeowners could end up saving money under a proposed income tax credit in the Nebraska Legislature. Sen. Kate Bolz of Lincoln presented the bill to a legislative committee Thursday as part of the ongoing debate over property taxes. The measure would create an income tax credit that residents could claim once their property tax bill reaches a certain percentage of their income.

Second Case Of Measles Confirmed


Health officials have confirmed a second case of measles in a child residing in eastern Nebraska. The Three Rivers Health Department, along with the Douglas County Health Department, issued a news release Thursday announcing the case. The confirmation comes after officials last week announced a woman who spent time in Omaha and Blair had been diagnosed with measles.   

UPDATE: LFR Investigating Two Fires in Lincoln High


Two different fires at Lincoln High School on Thursday morning led to classes being dismissed the rest of the day. The first fire reported around 9am was in a trash can and didn't do much damage. 

Police Investigating Fifth Armed Robbery


Lincoln Police are investigating the city's 5th robbery in four days.  Capt. Robert Farber tells KFOR NEWS just before 2:30am Thursday, a light skinned man armed with a handgun demanded money from the desk clerk at the Holiday Inn Express on Highway 2 near 84th Street.  He's described as 5-10 with a medium build.  He wore a grey hoody and a bandana over his face.

Federal Judge Won't Delay Nebraska Gay Marriage Case


A federal judge won't delay a lawsuit challenging Nebraska's gay marriage ban while the U.S. Supreme Court is considering the issue for the country.  Judge Joseph Bataillon in Omaha declined a request from the Nebraska attorney general's office for the delay, saying in his ruling Tuesday that the state didn't show the delay was necessary. 

Sasse Named To Senate Ag Committee


Nebraska Republican Ben Sasse has been named chairman of the U.S. Senate Agriculture Committee's Subcommittee on Livestock, Marketing, and Agriculture Security. A news release Wednesday announcing the appointment says the subcommittee has jurisdiction over livestock issues, agricultural marketing programs, pest and disease management, agriculture security and dairy programs. Sasse

Senator Wants To Stop Charging State Income Tax On Senior Citizens


A member of the Legislature wants to help solve Nebraska's labor shortage with a tax cut. Senator Paul Schumacher of Columbus told the Unicameral's Revenue committee today that he wants to stop charging a STATE income tax on people 65 and over. Schumacher said his tax cut for seniors would have a lot of what he called social equity.

State Board Of Ed Votes To Have McPherson Resign


A Nebraska education member is refusing to leave office despite a vote from his colleagues that called for his resignation after racist content appeared on his blog. The Nebraska State Board of Education voted 6-2 on Wednesday for member Pat McPherson to resign. Top elected officials have called on McPherson to step down in response to repeated comments on his blog.

Warren Buffett's Sister Giving Millions To Northwestern


Billionaire investor Warren Buffett's sister has donated $100 million to Northwestern University, which the suburban Chicago school says is the largest single gift in its history. Northwestern announced the donation on Wednesday morning from Roberta Buffett Elliott. The money will be used to create the Roberta Buffett Institute for Global Studies. 

LSO Makes Large Drug Bust


Minnesota man in custody following LSO drug bust Tuesday. Nebraska authorities say they caught a 31-year-old Minnesota man with nearly 30,000 marijuana pills in a U-Haul trailer attached to his car. Lancaster County Sheriff Terry Wagner says police noticed on Tuesday that Ryan Scott Cooper, of Plymouth, Minnesota, didn't have a license plate on the front of his car when he was getting gas at a station in Lincoln. 

Cigar Shop Bill Advances


The full Nebraska legislature will be debating a bill to allow smoking in designated cigar shops. The General Affairs committee voted 7-0 today to advance the measure, with one senator abstaining. The measure by Sen. Tyson Larson of O'Neill would exclude cigar shops from the 2008 Nebraska Clean Indoor Air Act, which aimed to protect citizens from secondhand smoke. 

Officials May Use Dynamite To Blast Platte River Ice Jam


Officials say they plan to use dynamite to blast an ice jam on the Platte River if it doesn't start moving downstream. John Winkler, general manager of the Papio-Missouri River Natural Resources District, says explosives will be used if the mile-long ice jam doesn't move by Thursday morning. The ice jam caused flooding Tuesday in western Douglas County, just west of Omaha.

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. 

Police Catch Robbery Suspect After Convenience Store Hold Up


A man caught for robbing a Kwik Shop on at 48th and Madison on Tuesday night may be the same robber who held up two other Lincoln businesses this week.  Police Capt. Don Scheinost tells KFOR NEWS the description from Tuesday morning's robbery at a north Lincoln Sonic Drive-In and Monday night's hold-up at the Airport Howard Johnson's closely matched 25 year old Corey Schneider,

State Ed Board May Ask McPherson To Step Down


The Nebraska State Board of Education members might ask one of their colleagues to resign over racist content that appeared on the member's blog.  Member Pat McPherson's blog included repeated references to President Barack Obama as a "half breed." McPherson has said he didn't write the posts and disavowed them before removing them.  

Omaha Police ID Woman Hurt In Officer-Involved Shooting


Omaha Police have identified a 39-year-old woman critically injured in an officer-involved shooting this week.  Officers say they responded Tuesday night to a report of an assault in progress at a home, where a female armed with a knife confronted them.  According to a police report, officers shot at the woman who's been identified as Tiffany Terry. 

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. 

Erica Jenkins Gets Life In Prison


A Douglas County District judge has sentenced Erica Jenkins to life in prison for the 2013 shooting death of a man. Judge Peter Bataillon also sentenced Jenkins to 80 to 100 years for weapons counts for the Aug. 11, 2013, killing of Curtis Bradford. Jenkins is the sister of Nikko Jenkins, who last year was convicted in the killing of Bradford, and three other people, in separate attacks.

A-G Defends Pot Suit


Nebraska Attorney General Doug Peterson is defending his state's lawsuit against legalized marijuana in Colorado, saying he doesn't want Colorado's "failed experiment" to spill over into Nebraska. The new Republican attorney general argued in a statement Tuesday that the decision by Colorado voters will cause long-term harm to Nebraskans.

Two Men Sentenced On Porn Charges


A U.S. attorney says two Nebraska men each have been sentenced to at least five years in prison for possessing child pornography. A federal judge sentenced 30-year-old Anthony Edward Jones of Crete to seven years and six months in federal prison after authorities discovered over 50 videos and 800 images of child porn on his computer.

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.  

BREAKING NEWS: North Lincoln Restaurant Robbed At Gunpoint


Lincoln Police are investigating an armed robbery that happened at the Sonic near 27th and Old Dairy Road around 6:20am Tuesday.   Police dispatch tell KFOR News the suspect is armed with a hand gun.  

NW Lincoln Hotel Robbed


The search is on for an armed man who stole money Monday night from the Howard Johnson Hotel on Northwest 12th and West Adams, which is just east of the Lincoln Airport.  

LINCOLN'S UNITED WAY AMONG NATION'S FASTEST GROWING


Lincoln's United Way Campaign is one of the fastest growing in the nation. Compared with other cities, Executive Director Brian Wachman says Lincoln's five year growth rate of 23% is impressive. It's in fourth place nationally, for rate of growth, out of 1,100 United Way organizations. Over the past 10 years, which includes the recent recession, Lincoln is ranked sixth in the nation.

"ONE BOOK ONE LINCOLN" UNDERWAY


An annual opportunity for readers to share the same the experience of reading the same publication is underway. One Book One Lincoln is looking for nominations. Lincoln's Public Libraries will gather the votes, then a special 15 member committee will make a selection.Once the general public reads the selected title, the libraries sponsor events, and encourage book clubs and organizations to hold discussions.

Can Cigar Bars Resume Operation?


Cigar aficionados are calling on Nebraska lawmakers to exclude cigar bars from the state's smoking ban. Advocates argued in a legislative hearing Monday that a recent court ruling robbed cigar shops of the exception they deserve. The statewide ban has excluded cigar bars, hotel guest rooms and tobacco-only retailers since 2009. In August, the Nebraska Supreme Court ruled the exemptions unconstitutional.

Lincoln Woman Accused Of Stabbing Husband


With guns drawn, Police surrounded a house in a quiet northeast Lincoln neighborhood where a wife and allegedly stabbed her husband six times.  It happened late Sunday afternoon at 2501 Nancy Drive.  Police Sgt. Don Scheinost tells KFOR News the woman, 50-year-old Teresa Gillispie, came out of the home peacefully, was handcuffed and taken to jail.  

Study: Factory Jobs Pay Well in Nebraska


Factory jobs are looking good in Nebraska. According to a new study by the Economic Policy Institute, full-time manufacturing jobs for non-college degree workers pay out around $3,700 more than jobs in other economic sectors. That adds up to about $1.78 more an hour. Manufacturing jobs make up 9.8 percent of total employment in Nebraska, which ranks 21st in the nation.

Carbon Monoxide Detector Bill Set for Hearing


An increase in carbon monoxide poisoning calls last year could prompt Nebraska lawmakers to require alarms in homes and apartments. A bill set for a legislative hearing Thursday would add Nebraska to a growing list of states that require the devices in addition to smoke alarms. The Nebraska Regional Poison Center received 167 carbon monoxide calls in 2014.

Three Dead in Omaha Gang Shooting


Police say a third person has died following an early-morning shooting at a house party in Omaha. Omaha Police Chief Todd Schmaderer said Saturday that the party was held at a vacant house awaiting a tenant. Police say 40 to 50 people were inside and outside the house at the time of the shooting early Saturday morning.

Woman Hit by Car Expected to be Okay


A woman hit by a car was taken to the hospital yesterday night at around 10:30. Our media partner 1011 News reports that the driver said he was going about 30 mph near 37th and Holdrege when the woman jumped in front of the car in front of him. He said that car swerved and she landed on his car. Police say the woman's injuries are non-life threatening.

Police Catch Early Morning Burglar


Lincoln Police catch a burglar early this morning. LPD responded to a call around 12:40 this morning at 301 West Charlston, with reports of someone knocking repeatedly on the door. As Lincoln Police were responding about the knocking, they received another call saying the woman was hiding in her bathroom and someone was inside her apartment. Police Captain Robert Farber tells KFOR News that officers on the scene saw a black man fleeing on foot from the apartment toward a maroon vehicle. Police pulled over 26-year-old Ricky Thenarse, and arrested him for burglary.

Nebraska Senator Introduces Controversial Voter ID Bill


A Committee of the Legislature is considering whether Nebraska should require ID cards in order to vote. A bill introduced by Senator Tyson Larson would require a valid identification card or document before casting a ballot in any election in the state. Larson told the committee there's lots of support for the concept. Opponents call the bill biased, racist and oppressive, saying it places an unconstitutional burden on voters. ACLU of Nebraska legal director Amy Miller says voter fraud is almost non-existent in Nebraska, and warned the committee that her group would sue the state and win if the bill becomes law.

Attorney General Motions to Put Same-Sex Lawsuit on Hold


The Nebraska Attorney General's Office has filed a motion to put a federal lawsuit challenging Nebraska's gay marriage ban on hold pending a decision by the U.S. Supreme Court. The move comes in the lawsuit filed in November by seven same-sex couples seeking to have their marriages recognized in Nebraska.

Co-Opportunities to be Liquidated


A popular new health insurance company is about to go out of business. Co-Opportunities, which formed when the Affordable Care Act took effect, has run into too many claims and not enough cash. It has about 70-thousand policies in effect in Iowa and nearly 50-thousand in Nebraska. 

Nebraska's Unemployment Rate Down again


Nebraska's unemployment rate of 2.9 percent is the lowest December figure since 2006. The Nebraska Labor Department says the rate is seven-tenths of a point under the December 2013 rate of 3.6 percent. It is also a drop of two-tenths of a point from the revised rate of 3.1 percent for November 2014. The new Nebraska figure remains well below the national unemployment rate of 5.6 percent.

State Supreme Court Says No to Possible Libelous Email


The Nebraska Supreme Court has upheld the dismissal of a lawsuit filed by a home inspector who sued a Seward real estate agent and her company. The inspector filed his suit over an email the realtor sent calling him a "total idiot." The decision Friday came in a lawsuit filed by Matthew Steinhausen against Shelly Nitz, Woods Brothers Realty and HomeServices of Nebraska.

Senators Address Prison Overcrowding, Want to Avoid Lawsuit


Lawmakers who investigated Nebraska's prison system will seek an expansion of mental and behavioral health services and sentencing reform to address overcrowding. Members of a special prisons committee vowed Friday to act this year, saying the problem needs to be fixed before civil liberties groups or the federal government sue the state.

Fremont Woman Gets Three Misdemeanors in $2.5 Million Embezzlement Case


A Fremont woman tied to an embezzlement scheme that netted nearly $2.5 million has been convicted on three misdemeanor counts. 51-year-old Kathy Springer-Hesman pleaded no contest to receiving stolen property and  filing  false tax returns. Prosecutors had lowered some charges and dropped others in return for her pleas. Her sentencing is set for March 27.

Stretch of Old Cheney Opens


Residents between 70th and 84th along Old Cheney road will have an easier time getting around after today. The long re-paving project along Old Cheney is finished. The road has been upgraded from two lanes to four, with turn lanes, sidewalks and bike trails added. 

Central Lincoln Grocery Store Robbed At Gunpoint


An armed robbery at a central Lincoln grocery store Thursday evening.  It happened at the Lobo's City Mex at 338 North 27th Street.  Police Captain Robert Farber tells KFOR News the suspects are described as three black males, between 20-25 years old, one wearing a gray hoodie with a bandana over his face with a handgun.  

Michigan Man Gets Nebraska Prison Time For Hauling Pot


A 41-year-old Michigan man has been sent to prison in Nebraska for helping to haul 730 pounds of marijuana.  Online court records say Marcel Bud, of Taylor, Michigan, on Thursday was given two to four years behind bars. He'd pleaded guilty to attempted possession of marijuana with intent to deliver. Prosecutors had lowered the charge and dropped another in exchange for Bud's plea.

Man Hit By Car In Downtown Lincoln Suffers Critical Injuries


A 20-year-old man is in critical condition at a Lincoln hospital, after he was hit by another car on 10th Street between and "O" and "P" Streets just after 9pm Thursday.  

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.

Home Near Nebraska Wesleyan Campus Damaged By Fire


Considerable damage to a home in a neighborhood just east of the Nebraska Wesleyan campus.  A fire broke out at 2833 North 57th Street around 10am Monday, sending large plumes of smoke that could be seen by fire units responding from several blocks away.  Joe Benes lives across the street and saw the smoke.  

Victim Identified In Fatal Hit and Run


The Lancaster County Sheriff's Office has released the victim of a hit-and-run crash in northwest Lincoln from Friday night.  Deputies say 38 year old Gabe Wilken was hit by a pickup as he rode his motorcycle on NW 48th Street north of Interstate 80 in a construction zone.  

Police Taser Man Accused of Stealing Two Vehicles


A 36-year-old man tasered by Lincoln Police is in jail this morning facing at least half-a-dozen charges.  Police Capt. Don Scheinost tells KFOR NEWS just before 6pm Tuesday, Samuel Dieter drove into B & D Auto at 48th and Cornhusker wanting to trade his Audi for a Pontiac Bonneville on the lot.  

CHI Health Lays Off More Than 150 Workers


CHI Health has laid off 156 workers across Nebraska and southwestern Iowa...that's about 1% of its area workforce.  In its explanation for the layoffs, CHI Health didn't discuss its contract squabble with Blue Cross Blue Shield of Nebraska. CHI has acknowledged its patient load has dropped as a result of leaving the Blue Cross network.  

City-County Businesses Not Selling Tobacco As Much To Minors


Fewer minors bought tobacco products from Lincoln and Lancaster County businesses in 2014.  Around 300 times, minors volunteering for police and health officials tried buying tobacco products and were successful only 24 times.  The City-County Health Department report shows the percentage dropped from 12.6% in 2013 to 7.9% last year.

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.  

Beutler Will Run For Third Term As Lincoln Mayor


Mayor Chris Beutler is running for a third term in office.  He made the announcement Tuesday at Fuse Co-working, an entrepreneurial hub in the Haymarket, saying he wants to keep the city's momentum in growth going.  Beutler also points to Lincoln's surging economy and a Forbes Magazine ranking of Lincoln being a top five community for business and careers.  

Accidental Trip Overnight Sounds Lincoln's Tornado Sirens


Too cold for tornadoes!  Many of you were awakened during a deep sleep or an hour or two ahead of when you normally get up to start your day, thanks to an accidental trigger of Lincoln's outdoor warning sirens early Tuesday.  

Lawmakers Could Talk About Changing Term Limits


Term limits for Nebraska state senators is two consecutive terms, or a maximum of eight years in a row.  Columbus Senator Paul Schumacher says that's just not enough time, so he's state lawmakers serve six year terms, keeping them in office for 12 years.  Senator Schumacher says the legislative body is losing experienced minds too quickly.  

CraigsList Deal Turns Into Armed Robbery


Lincoln Police are looking for a CraigsList thief.  Officer Katie Flood says just before 10pm Sunday, a man was guided into northwest Lincoln by a man who was selling a phone on CraigsList.  Flood says the suspect selling the phone got into the car and as the victim was looking at it, the suspect pulled out a gun demanding the money and the phone.  

Police Investigating Stolen Truck, Burned Truck Cases


A stolen vehicle from the Quality Inn near the Lincoln Airport early Saturday morning may have been found completely torched in a cornfield northwest of Lincoln.   It's not clear yet if the 2009 maroon Chevy Silverado stolen from the hotel was the one found burned out in the field a half-a-mile west of NW 70th and West Mill Road, since investigators have to verify the VIN number.

Nebraska High Court Tosses Suit Over Keystone Pipeline Route


Nebraska's highest court has tossed a lawsuit challenging a proposed route for the Keystone XL oil pipeline, saying the landowners who sued didn't have legal standing to do so.  The state Supreme Court ruled Friday that the three landowners failed to show they had legal standing to bring their case.  

Space Heater Triggers Northeast Lincoln Garage Fire


A space heater near some combustibles starts a garage on fire at 3042 North 48th Street.  Lincoln Fire Battalion Chief Jeanne Pashalek told KFOR News at the scene near 48th and Greenwood the home owner called 911 just before 9am Friday.  Pashalek says fire crews first at the scene saw smoke inside the garage and had everything under control in a short amount of time.   

Pizza Delivery Driver Robbed In Central Lincoln


Lincoln Police are looking for two men who robbed a pizza delivery driver of cash and a cell phone early Thursday morning.  Capt. Robert Farber tells KFOR NEWS around 1:30am at 44th and M, the 30 year old victim had stopped to look at his car when two men dressed in dark clothing with dark colored ski masks threatened him, demanding money.  

Man Arrested In Home Burglary


An arrest has been made in a high-dollar burglary last week in the 2900 block of Sheridan Boulevard.  Lincoln Police arrested 33-year-old Jackson Steinman for his alleged involvement in the Dec. 30th theft.  He was cited for possession of stolen property, after investigators found some of the items through some pawn shop records. 

State Patrol Vehicle Involved In Collision


A Nebraska State Trooper is alright after a car turned in front of him on the southwestern edge of Lincoln on Wednesday night. Lancaster County Sheriff's Sgt. Derek Horalek tells KFOR NEWS it was just after 8pm a car heading south on Highway 77 at Old Cheney Road turned in front of a trooper coming from the other direction.  

Lincoln Surgeon Could Face State Disciplinary Action


The Nebraska attorney general's office is seeking disciplinary action against a Lincoln orthopedic surgeon and former Husker football player who is accused of practicing medicine while impaired.  The petition filed this week alleges that Dr. Scott E. Strasburger arrived at work on Nov. 26 in an impaired state that prevented him from performing surgeries.  

Burglars Strike East Lincoln Computer Store


Police need your help finding the burglars who broke into an east Lincoln computer shop overnight.  It happened at Computer Hardware at 237 South 70th Street around 2:30am Friday.  Captain Robert Farber tells KFOR News a window was broken out, with some items taken. Witnesses reported a dark colored SUV at the scene and three people dressed in black wearing masks.  

BNSF Worker's Body Found


Lincoln Police are investigating the death of a Burlington Northern Santa Fe Railroad employee.  A 62-year-old man was found in the west Lincoln Railyard at 801 West "O" Street shortly after midnight on Thursday. A co-worker found his body after the man didn't return from a routine train check.  

Police Investigating Home Invasion Robbery


Nobody hurt in a home invasion robbery around 11pm Monday in the 900 block of Claremont in Lincoln's Northbottoms neighborhood.   Lincoln Police Captain Don Scheinost says two to three men forced open the front door at gunpoint and took off with a PlayStation video game system, iPhone, billfold and projector.  

Teen Tasered, Arrested Following Fight At Southeast Lincoln Home


Several incidents are believed to have led to a fight at a southeast Lincoln home that prompted police to show up on Sunday afternoon.  It happened at a home north of 62nd and South around 2pm, where a 17-year-old boy came out of the house with a knife yelling at officers.    Captain Don Scheinost tells KFOR News officers used their tasers to try to take the teen down, but he ran off.

Lincoln Woman Faces Attempted Murder/Arson Charge


Lincoln Police say a house fire near 40th and Sheridan early Saturday morning was intentionally set and a 59-year-old Lincoln woman now faces two felony charges, one of which involves attempted first-degree murder. Investigators say Dawn Moore was arrested and also faces a charge of first-degree assault. Moore and her husband of 10 years are in the middle of a divorce.

Pelini's Last Meeting With Players Laced With Remarks Toward AD


An audio recording believed to be from Bo Pelini's last private meeting Dec. 2 with Nebraska football players at Lincoln North Star High School just days after be was fired has been leaked to the Omaha World Herald.  Pelini's speech is laced with profanities and targeted remarks aimed at University of Nebraska Athletic Director Shawn Eichorst.  

Stebbing Announces Bid For Lincoln Mayor


Lancaster County treasurer Andy Stebbing announced Wednesday his bid to become mayor of Lincoln in the upcoming spring city election.  Stebbing is a native of Norfolk, a former police officer, and Kearney State College Graduate who spent 20 years as a Lancaster County Deputy Sheriff before winning the Treasurer's office.  

Authorities Investigate Arson Fire Outside of Lincoln


Lincoln Police and Lancaster County Sheriff's investigators are looking for whoever may have stolen a trailer and set it on fire along 112th Street between "A" and Van Dorn Streets.   Police Officer Katie Flood says the trailer had been reported stolen Dec. 9 from outside a buisness in the 4400 block of South 8th Street.  

Old Technology Blamed For Bad Client Support Through ACCESSNebraska


A critical review of Nebraska's economic assistance application system blames 25 year old technology for delayed client support.  Fullerton Sen. Annette Dubas and the ACCESSNebraska Special Investigative Committee has released a report, pointed out state Health and Human Services employees aren't able to effectively maintain their workload, leaving many families struggling to access the help they need.

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. 

High Plains Aquifer Groundwater Declining


The U.S. Geological Survey says groundwater levels are declining in an aquifer that serves parts of Nebraska and seven other states.  The USGS has released a report on changes in groundwater levels in the High Plains Aquifer, also known as the Ogallala Aquifer. 

ACLU Sues Nebraska Officials After Prison Assault


The ACLU of Nebraska is suing state prison officials on behalf of an inmate who says he was repeatedly attacked by fellow inmates, including a member of a white supremacist gang.  The lawsuit alleges that prison officials knowingly allowed Joshua Franklin to be assaulted several times at the Nebraska State Penitentiary in Lincoln.  

Panel Calls For Reforms, Firings In Prison System


A Nebraska legislative committee is calling for more prison administrators to lose their jobs as part of an overhaul of the Department of Correctional Services.  The committee released a final report Monday that proposed 16 reforms for Nebraska's problem-plagued corrections department.  

Parolee Back In Jail In Suspected Jet Ski Theft


A follow up to the story we told you about on Friday, where some jet skis were stolen from a home near 44th and Greenwood.  They were found that afternoon behind a man's home near 56th and Lexington.  Turns out that the man's son, 39-year-old Terry Pillsworth, may have been responsible.  

Washington State Man Busted With Trash Bags Full of Pot


A 38-year-old man from Washington State is in the Lancaster County jail this morning, for allegedly having nearly 100 pounds of pot in 9 garbage bags in his car.   Lancaster County Sheriff Terry Wagner says Lyndy Norman was pulled over on eastbound I-80 near the Highway 77 interchange in west Lincoln on Friday afternoon for following too closely.  

Man Stabbed At NW Lincoln Apartment


Police have a 37-year-old Lincoln man in jail, after he allegedly stabbed a 27-year-old Indianapolis man early Tuesday morning.  Wayne Miller was arrested on suspicion of 1st-degree assault and use of a weapon to commit a felony.   

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. 

BREAKING NEWS: Police Arrest Husband In Suspected Murder


A Lincoln man has been arrested on suspicion of second degree murder of his wife.  Kevin Miller was placed under arrest 2 weeks after the disappearance of his wife Kelsey Miller.  A body was found in a storage unit near 70th and Cornhusker on Sunday, which was rented out to a friend of Kevin Miller. But Miller himself used the storage unit. 

Riley Formally Introduced As Nebraska's Next Football Coach


Mike Riley has a five-year contract at Nebraska paying him $2.7 million a year. The terms were announced Friday before Riley was introduced as the new Husker head football coach Friday at a news conference inside the west skyboxes of Memorial Stadium. Nebraska Athletic Director Shawn Eichorst says Coach Riley is an elite football coach with an incredible history and tradition behind him.

BREAKING NEWS: Riley Named New Nebraska Football Coach


The University of Nebraska has hired Mike Riley as its new Head Football Coach, Director of Athletics Shawn Eichorst announced today. Riley will be formally introduced at a news conference on Friday, December 5th at 9:00 a.m. in the West Memorial Stadium – 3rd Floor Club.  

Lincoln Woman Missing For More Than A Week


The search is on for a missing 28 year old Lincoln woman.  Lincoln Police Capt. Robert Farber tells KFOR NEWS Kelsey Miller was last seen November 27th.  She is described as 5' 5", 190 pounds with dark blond hair and blue eyes. 

Prices At The Fuel Pump Falling


Average retail gasoline prices in Lincoln have fallen almost 3 cents the past week, averaging $2.85 a gallon, according to GasBuddy's daily survey of nearly 150 gas outlets in Lincoln.  That's about 21 cents a gallon lower than a year ago and just over 16 cents a gallon lower than a month ago.  

Man Captured After Leading High-Speed Chase


A high-speed chase south of Lincoln on Friday night ends when a car rolls over in a field and the driver runs off, only to be caught later.  Lancaster County Sheriff Terry Wagner says 24-year-old Samuel Tanner was arrested for fleeing to avoid arrest. 

Man Hospitalized After Car Ends Up In Salt Creek


A 32-year-old man is in a Lincoln hospital being treated for hypothermia, after his car careened into the cold water of Salt Creek Sunday morning.  Lincoln Fire and Rescue found the car at 1st and Park Boulevard, after it had been in the creek for about an hour.  

Pelini Fired As Nebraska Football Coach


University of Nebraska Director of Athletics Shawn Eichorst has dismissed Head Football Coach Bo Pelini effective immediately. 

 

 

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,

Police Report: Former Coach Backhanded Girl


New details in the departure of Omaha Creighton Prep's football coach and school counselor.  In a story you heard us talk about Monday, Chris Nizzi resigned after a police incident at his Omaha home early Saturday morning, just hours after the Junior Jays earned their way to the Class A football championship game.   

Students Play Role In Painting Snow Plows


Eleven more snow plows that will be helping with any snow removal this winter have been painted by students in Lincoln Public Schools.   It's part of this year's Artistic Snow Plow project that started two years ago. 

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.  

Sidewalk Repair In Lincoln On Track To Be Fixed Within Two Years


City officials say crews are on track to fix the back log of sidewalk improvements throughout Lincoln over the next 14 months.  Along with that, there have been 250 sidewalk curb ramps fixed or installed to ensure better access for you.  Mayor Chris Beutler says about a year ago, he and City Council members along with public works officials talked about how to fund this repair project.

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.  

Southeast Lincoln Home Damaged After Explosion, Fire.


An explosion and fire in a garage in southeast Lincoln.  Just after 7:00pm Tuesday, fire crews were called to the 5101 Patmore Road, southwest of 84th St. and Pioneers Blvd after neighbors heard explosions and saw flames shooting from the garage.  Firefighters had the flames under control within 20 minutes.  

Committee Formed To Looking At Funding Mechanism For New Radio System/Fire Stati


TAKE CHARGE...it's a new online survey Mayor Chris Beutler wants you to take to help city leaders determine how best to pay for a new 9-1-1 emergency radio system and new fire stations in Lincoln.  Around $28 million is needed.  The most likely options are either a sales tax or property tax increase.  

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.

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.

Palin Endorses Ricketts


Sarah Palin is jumping into Nebraska politics again. The former vice-presidential candidate is endorsing Pete Ricketts' bid for the Republican nomination for governor, calling him a "principled conservative." Ricketts is competing in a six-w

Former Crime Scene Investigator Ordered to Pay Restitution and Punitive Damages


Discredited former Douglas County crime scene investigator David Kofoed has been ordered to pay a total of nearly $6.6 million to two men he's accused of framing for a double murder. U.S. Judge Joseph Bataillon issued the orders.

Indepentent U.S. Senate Candidate not Invited to Business Forum


Independent U.S. Senate candidate Jim Jenkins today objected to a decision by the National Federation of Independent Business not to invite him to a small business forum featuring other Senate candidates.

Three-Year-Old Dies after Accident


A 3-year-old boy has died in an Omaha hospital after being accidentally run over by his uncle at a trailer park in Hastings. Taylor Wilson, of Nebraska Medical Center, on Tuesday confirmed the death of Aldo Ramirez-Lopez.

Lincoln Man Sentenced to Prison for Selling Gun to Felon


A 36-year-old Lincoln man has been given 46 months in federal prison for selling a gun to a convicted felon. Ashley Gerbig was sentenced in U.S. District Court in Lincoln. He pleaded guilty to one count in October.

Legislature Overrides Governor's Budget Veto


Nebraska lawmakers have voted to override Gov. Dave Heineman's vetoes of state budget items, including funding for courtyard fountains and a new heating system at the Capitol. The 37-11 vote on Tuesday comes days after Heineman announced the veto.

Hit and Run Crash Shoves Parked Car Against House


Lincoln Police are investigating a hit and run accident where a parked car was overturned and hit a house and the suspect was  arrested 10 blocks from crash scene, still in his destroyed car.  Our media partner 10/11 news is reporting just after 9:00 Saturday night emergency crews were called to the 1800 block of A Street for a reported rollover accident.

Lincoln Police Catch Stabbing Suspect


Lincoln Police have caught the man they say is responsible for a stabbing early Sunday morning.  Around 7:40 a.m., LPD Captain David Beggs said the suspect went into the CVS Pharmacy and asked the cashier about a TracFone prepaid cellphone. 

Lincoln Police Arrest Murder Suspect


Lincoln Police have made an arrest an arrest in the homicide of Nathaniel Morton Sr.  Captain Jason Stille tells KFOR News 21-year-old Kashius Haynes turned himself into authorities around 3:00 p.m. Saturday afternoon. 

Milford Woman Admits Lying about Man's Threats


A Milford woman has made a plea deal and was convicted in a perjury case. Betsy Smith pleaded no contest, and will be sentenced May 12. Prosecutors say Smith had sought a protection order against a York man.

Minnesota Man's $5,000 Wheelchair Stolen


The State Patrol is asking for help finding a wheelchair stolen from its owner as he traveled through Nebraska. A 29-year old Minnesota man called the Nebraska State Patrol on Wednesday to report that his wheelchair had been stolen.

Boy Scouts Hurt in Gunpowder Explosion


Boy Scouts experimenting with gunpowder for a ceremony have been injured in an explosion and fire at a Council Bluffs Home. The Fire investigator said that the accident occurred around 8:10 p.m. Thursday.

Woman Sues Strip Club Over Wages


A Wisconsin woman is suing a Lincoln-area strip club where she dances, saying the owner of Shakers of Waverly has not paid her or other dancers an hourly wage or overtime in the three years she has worked there.

19-Year-Old Going Back to Prison


A 19-year-old on parole for robbery is going back to prison for nearly a year for trying to force his way into Lincoln North Star High School last year. William Holloway and two friends fought with two guards and a school administrator.

Lincoln Post Office may Close


The U.S. Postal Service is studying whether to continue operating the University Place Post Office. Postal Union President Tony Ridder says in his monthly newsletter that a decision has already been made to close the station at 48th and Leighton.

Grand Island Fights for Renovated State Veterans Home, Not New


Grand Island leaders haven't given up on retaining the state veterans home instead of seeing the state build a replacement in Kearney.   Grand Island Mayor Jay Vavricek is preparing a counterproposal to the plan approved by Gov. Dave Heineman. The state plan already has been sent to federal officials in Washington, where it awaits funding. 

Legislature Approves Budget


Nebraska lawmakers have approved changes to the state's two-year budget, including new money for property tax relief. The $7.8 billion package passed on Monday includes new funding for Nebraska's property tax credit program, water projects, and state park renovations. It also allocates money for job-training programs and pediatric cancer research. 

Mountain Lion Hunting Ban Waiting for Governor's Signature


Nebraska's mountain lion hunting season could come to a halt if a bill passed by state senators becomes law. The Legislature's 28-13 vote on Monday was enough to pass the measure, but supporters fell five votes short of the backing needed to put it into effect right away. Sen. Ernie Chambers of Omaha introduced the bill to protect mountain lions.

Lincoln Police Investigate More Than 20 Car Vandalism Cases


Police are investigating more than 20 vandalism cases in south-central Lincoln.  Lincoln Police told 10/11 news  they started getting reports of graffiti on cars and homes and slashed tires just after 8 Saturday morning.

Single Vehicle Rollover Accident Occurs In West Lincoln


A man is in serious condition after his car rolled west of 190th and Pioneers Blvd yesterday afternoon and he was ejected.  Lancaster County Sheriff Sergeant John Vik told our media parter 10/11 News the single vehicle crash happened just after 5:00 pm. 

Missing Teens Found in Florida


 Lincoln Police tell our media partner 1011 News, Rachael Bates and Samantha Zuerlein have been located in Titusville, Florida.  Lincoln Police Captain David Beggs said the girls were sleeping in the 1997 silver Lincoln Continental they were last seen in, when Titusville police found the girls in a Walmart parking lot.

Gang Member Sentenced In Stray Bullet Killing


A 19-year-old man has been convicted of two weapons charges connected to the death of an Omaha 5-year-old struck by a rifle bullet that penetrated a wall of her home. Prosecutors made a deal with Jaylen Montgomery, who pleaded no contest on Monday to use of a firearm and discharging a firearm at an occupied building. Montgomery faces up to 54 years in prison when he's sentenced on April 3.

Driver Hits Stalled Car and Owner


A woman putting gas in her stalled vehicle on 40th Street was hit by a car last night near C Street. The woman, Tracy Macke, was taken to intensive care but Police Capt. Don Scheinost tells KFOR NEWS the woman's injuries are not considered life threatening. The driver, Sara Inhofe, was driving southbound on 40th Street when she saw the stalled car with its flashers on too late and swerved,

Man Hit in Head by Large Tree, Dies 4 Days Later


(4-3-14) A 57-year-old Roca man has died four days after being hit by a falling tree.   Wade Wunderlich used a chain saw to cut down the tree Saturday. He and his wife had been working for months to remove the tree from the 100-acre property they recently bought three miles west of Roca in southeast Nebraska. 

New Hydraulic Cot In LFR Ambulances


New hydraulic cot for LFR ambulances.

Federal Judge Catches Heat for Comments


A federal judge is catching some heat for referring to himself as "a dirty old man" and suggesting in his personal blog that young women attorneys need to dress more conservatively in court. Senior U.S. District Judge Richard Kopf weighed in on the topic Tuesday, relaying a story about a local female attorney in her late 20s who "wears very short skirts..."