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Speaker Hadley says raw emotion came out during death penalty debate (AUDIO)

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Legislative Speaker Galen Hadley says state senators relied on their emotions, not research, during the somber debate to repeal the death penalty in Nebraska. Hadley says state senators understood the seriousness of the debate when they overrode the governor’s veto of the bill to repeal the death penalty. “It was so somber me,” Hadley says. […]

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Cyclists prep to pedal through central Nebraska

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The annual Tour de Nebraska bicycle ride will be rolling through central Nebraska in mid-June. Susan Rodenburg is organizing the five-day, 285-mile trek, what’s known as a circle tour. “A circle tour means we start and end in the same place,” Rodenburg says. “This year, it’s Ravenna. They’ll take off on June 17th from Ravenna […]

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Man dies days after house fire in Omaha; another still critical

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One man has died, another remains in critical condition from wounds suffered in a house fire Friday in Omaha. The Omaha Fire Department reports 56-year-old Vernon Gamble died from complications due to burns and smoke inhalation. 31-year-old Frederick Stennis remains in critical condition at Nebraska Medical Center. Firefighters say discarded smoking material set the house […]

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Sen. Nordquist to leave Unicameral to become Congressman Ashford Chief of Staff

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State Sen. Jeremy Nordquist of Omaha will leave the Unicameral at the end of the month to become Chief of Staff for Congressman Brad Ashford. Nordquist worked with Ashford in the legislature prior to Ashford’s election to Congress in 2014. Nordquist first won election to the legislature in 2008 and won re-election in 2012. “I […]

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Crouch and Wiegert named to Hall of Fame ballot

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Nebraska legends Eric Crouch and Zach Wiegert have been named to the 2016 College Football Hall of Fame ballot. The 2016 ballot includes 76 players and five coaches from the Football Bowl Subdivision. Crouch was the 2001 Heisman trophy winner and led the Huskers to the national championship game. Wiegert was named Nebraska’s seventh Outland […]

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Nebraska voters might decide the death penalty issue

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A referendum effort is underway that would allow Nebraskans to vote on whether or not the state should reinstate the death penalty. Aimee Melton is a board member with Nebraskans for the Death Penalty and says the first step was taken Monday by filing the necessary documents with the Secretary of State’s office. Melton says […]

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Speaker Hadley: lawmakers had great session, didn’t lose touch (AUDIO)

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Speaker of the Legislature, Sen. Galen Hadley of Kearney, looks back at what he considers a successful legislative session and rejects the notion that lawmakers are out of touch. Hadley gives a quick assessment of the just-concluded legislative session. “I thought it was a great session,” Hadley tells reporters during a post-session interview in his […]

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Late homer lifts Storm Chasers

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For the second straight day the Omaha Storm Chasers used ninth inning heroics to win at Albuquerque. Cheslor Cuthbert’s solo homer in the top of the ninth lifted the Storm Chasers to a 2-1 victory as they split a four game series with the Isotopes. Omaha (26-26) continues a Pacific Coast League road trip with […]

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McDermott tabs former Boston College aide

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Creighton men’s basketball coach Greg McDermott has a new assistant coach. Preston Murphy spent last season on the staff at Boston College, where he had previously served as the program’s director of operations from 2006-10. Murphy also had coaching stints at him alma mater, the University of Rhode Island as well as the high school […]

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Pierson-El named preseason All-American

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Nebraska’s De’Mornay Pierson-El has been named to the preseason All-American team by publisher and college football prognosticator Phil Steele. He was a first-team selection as a punt returner and the only Husker to be named on Steele’s four All-American teams. Pierson-El led the nation in punt return yards in 2014 with 596 and returned three […]

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Sen. Sasse says Nebraska agriculture will benefit from TPA

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United States Sen. Ben Sasse says he understands some of the opposition to Trade Promotion Authority. But, Sasse says Nebraska will gain under the TPA passed by the Senate. Sasse says advancing trade is good for both producers and consumers in the long term. “But in the short term, there are obviously reasons that some […]

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Omaha Bomb Unit called to investigate a suspicious suitcase

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The Omaha Police Bomb Unit was called to a busy road leading to Eppley Airfield this morning. Lt. Catherine Miloney says around 10 am Eppley maintenance workers found a suitcase under some bushes near the roadway. The Omaha Police Bomb Unit decided to use their robot to first remove the suitcase from under the bushes […]

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Gov. Ricketts pleased with session, despite three veto overrides

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Gov. Pete Ricketts and the Unicameral clashed during this legislative session, though the governor insists he’s pleased with the direction the state is going. Ricketts isn’t pleased the Unicameral overrode three of his vetoes. In so doing, the legislature repealed the death penalty, authorized the children of illegal immigrants to get driver’s licenses, and raised […]

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Motorcyclist killed near Fremont

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The death of a motorcyclist near Fremont on Friday remains under investigation. A Dodge County Sheriff’s deputy saw the motorcycle speeding south of Fremont on old Highway 275. The deputy was turning around to follow but the motorcycle then hit the back of a flatbed truck. The name of the motorcyclist has not been released.

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Omaha police say man’s death is suspicious

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Omaha police are investigating a weekend murder. The Omaha Fire Department was called to a home in the Dundee area to check on the well being of a resident Saturday afternoon. Inside the home they located 51 year old Charles Keathley deceased inside.   Omaha police were then contacted and the Homicide Unit is currently investigating his […]

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