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Babysitter accused in death of Hastings child

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A 33-year-old woman is suspected of killing a toddler she was babysitting earlier this year.   Azudany Serrano-Contreras is charged with committing intentional child abuse resulting in death.   Serrano-Contreras was babysitting 19-month-old Aliyana Peterson March 12th in Hastings when she allegedly stuffed a baby wipe down the toddler’s throat.   Serrano-Contreras told police she […]

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Nebraska State Patrol keeping fairgoers safe

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It will be a busy two weeks for the Nebraska State Patrol. They will once again provide security at the Nebraska State Fair in Grand Island. They will be providing security 24-hours a day, seven days a week by patrolling the fairgrounds on bicycle and all-terrain vehicles. Visitors can also expect to see troopers walking […]

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Marketers consider ways to share Nebraska’s quality of life

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A forum in Kearney this week brought together economic development leaders from across the region. Organizers say the goal was to let attendees provide input on ways to grow local economies and to improve the overall quality of life in Nebraska. Dave Snitley, president of Firespring Marketing and Advertising in Lincoln, was the forum’s moderator. […]

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Long process of death penalty petition verification begins

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Now, the verification process begins. Secretary of State John Gale says it will take a while to verify the nearly 167,000 signatures turned in to place the death penalty on the ballot next year. “This is a time of sorting of a considerable quantity of material,” Gales tells Nebraska Radio Network. “We received stacks of […]

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Lightning sparks Omaha house fire

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Two elderly women in Omaha are ok after a house fire Thursday morning. Omaha Fire Battalion Chief Frank Kleffner says they were called to home in the west-central part of the city around 8 am after lightning struck the roof. Chief Kleffner says most of the fire was on the roof area. The home had […]

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People likely to decide ultimate fate of ultimate penalty (AUDIO)

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Organizers of a referendum petition drive to place capital punishment on the ballot next year express confidence Nebraska voters will retain the death penalty. The group, Nebraskans for the Death Penalty, appears to have enough signatures to keep the death penalty repeal from taking effect and force a vote. That likely is a considerable understatement. […]

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Social media role in the Virginia TV shooting

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People spend hours on social media websites every day searching for videos. That took a different turn on Wednesday when a former Virginia TV employee opened fire and killed two former colleagues while wearing a body camera. Vester Flanagan then apparently took the time to post that video online. Jeremy Lipschultz is a University of […]

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Smoke shops raided, Lincoln residents arrested; accused of selling synthetic drugs

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Two Lincoln businesses have been raided and three residents have been arrested, accused of selling synthetic drugs. Federal authorities took away box after box of product from Dirt Cheap and Island Smokes that they claim is synthetic marijuana mislabeled to avoid drug regulations. A federal indictment accuses the smoke shops of selling synthetic drugs between […]

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Nebraskans for Alternatives to the Death Penalty plan year-long campaign

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A group that spent weeks gathering signatures that would allow voters to decide whether Nebraska has a death penalty or not turned them in to the Secretary of State’s office on Wednesday. Nebraskans for Alternatives to the Death Penalty spokesperson Matt Maly says now their work really starts. Maly says they are optimistic that Nebraskans […]

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Husker volleyball set for season opener

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The fifth ranked Nebraska volleyball team opens the season this weekend by hosting the Nebraska Invitational at the Bob Devaney Sports Center. The Huskers open Friday night against Tulsa and play two matches on Saturday by squaring off against Grand Canyon University and Pitt. “Our number one goal for this weekend is to get our […]

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Statewide plan for Alzheimer’s disease is subject of town hall meetings

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The first of four town hall meetings on a statewide plan for Alzheimer’s disease will be held tonight. The Unicameral approved legislation (LB 320) this spring that calls for creating a statewide plan. Clay Freeman, program director for the Alzheimer’s Association Nebraska Chapter, explains the motive. “The goal of this plan is to really find […]

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Death penalty petition drive delivers 166K signatures to Sec. of State (AUDIO)

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A referendum petition drive to have Nebraska voters decide whether the state retains the death penalty has turned in signatures to the Secretary of State. “I’m sure you’re all interested in the numbers and, according to the staff count, we have 166,692 signatures,” State Treasurer Don Stenberg, honorary co-chair of Nebraskans for the Death Penalty […]

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Omaha preparing for Emerald Ash borer

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The dreaded Emerald Ash borer appears to be heading west and Omaha City Councilman Pete Festersen says the city needs to take action now. City Councilman Pete Festersen says, “About two weeks ago we thought the Emerald Ash borer was 100 miles away in Iowa. Just last week we received confirmation that it is now […]

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Huskers shift focus to BYU

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As game week approaches the attention in practice is shifting to week one opponent BYU. Quarterback Tommy Armstrong says the Huskers are excited to begin preparing for an actual opponent. “We’re starting to get over that hill at the right time and we’ve got this bye week now to prepare for BYU a little bit”, […]

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Nebraska State Patrol’s I-80 Challenge starts Friday

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It will be a busy weekend for Nebraska law enforcement. Nebraska State Patrol spokesperson Deb Collins says as of Wednesday morning there have been 149 traffic fatalities so far this year on Nebraska roads, up from 143 at this time one year ago. She says they are conducting a special three day enforcement to reduce […]

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