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State lawmakers move closer to repealing death penalty in Nebraska

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State legislators have advanced as bill that would repeal the death penalty in Nebraska. Sen. Ernie Chambers of Omaha has succeeded in getting first-round approval to Legislative Bill 268 on a 30-to-13 vote, which if it holds would be enough votes to override a promised gubernatorial veto. Gov. Pete Ricketts’ office released a written statement […]

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Death ruled a homicide in ex-Husker Phillips’ prison cell

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The death of a man sharing a prison cell with former Nebraska I-back Lawrence Phillips was ruled a homicide by strangulation, according to a coroner’s report released Thursday. 37 year old Damion Soward was found dead early Saturday in a California prison cell that he shared with the 39 year old Phillips, who is an inmate […]

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Increase in Audi thefts

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There has been a jump in the number of break-ins and thefts of Audis in the Omaha metro area. Officer Michael Pecha says thieves have figured out Audi’s emergency key system. Audi owners receive a plastic wallet key that can be used to unlock the vehicle if the regular key fob cannot be used. Inside […]

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Whatever your emergency, there’s now an app for that

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Whether you need to find immediate shelter in a flash flood, you need to know what to do in an earthquake or you want to learn how to give a dog CPR, a new all-encompassing emergency smart phone app is available. Kara Kelly, spokeswoman for the American Red Cross, says the free application aims to […]

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Petteway declares for NBA draft

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University of Nebraska junior guard Terran Petteway announced Thursday morning that he is forgoing his senior season to declare for the 2015 NBA Draft.  Petteway, a fourth-year junior from Galveston, Texas, is on track to earn his degree in May and has spent the last three seasons at Nebraska after transferring from Texas Tech. “I […]

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Omaha Benson star signs with Creighton basketball

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Former Omaha Benson High School star Khyri Thomas has signed a letter-of-intent to play basketball at Creighton. Thomas, the captain of the Omaha World-Herald’s All-Nebraska Boys Basketball team in 2014, spent last year at Fork Union Military Academy in Fork Union, Va. He will join fall signees Martin Krampelj, Justin Patton and Marlon Stewart on […]

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State and city leaders react to bills that would change sentencing guidelines and repeal the death penalty

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Governor Pete Ricketts, Nebraska Attorney General Doug Peterson, Omaha Mayor Jean Stothert and other officials gathered today in Omaha to speak on proposals in the Legislature that would soften sentencing guidelines for criminals and repeal the death penalty in Nebraska. Lawmakers this week advanced legislation that would weaken prosecution of habitual criminals and end mandatory […]

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Legislators begin debate on death penalty today (AUDIO)

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State lawmakers today begin debating whether to repeal the death penalty. Attorney General Doug Peterson understands news accounts of problems in other states, such as a botched lethal injection in Oklahoma, might well come into play as the Unicameral debates the bill. “So, it’s always been a national issue, although governed by state law, it’s […]

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Nebraska basketball inks Bakari Evelyn and Jack McVeigh to letters of intent

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University of Nebraska men’s basketball coach Tim Miles announced Wednesday that Bakari Evelyn (Detroit, Mich.) and Jack McVeigh (Gold Coast, Queensland, Australia) have signed National Letters-of-Intent to join the Husker basketball program next season. Evelyn, a 6-foot-2, 175-pound guard, spent the 2015 season at Hillcrest (Ariz.) Academy playing for Coach Nick Weaver. Evelyn averaged 25.4 […]

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Darby powers Nebraska baseball to 8-6 victory over Omaha Mavericks

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A 5-for-5 night from senior Austin Darby powered the No. 23 Nebraska baseball team (28-11, 5-4 Big Ten) to a 8-6 win over the Omaha Mavericks (16-17, 9-6 Summit) on Wednesday night at Hawks Field. With the victory, the Huskers took the two-game season series from the Mavs. Darby’s career-high five hits included three singles […]

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Creighton softball splits doubleheader with South Dakota State

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The Creighton softball team shut out South Dakota State 9-0 in five innings in game two of doubleheader to earn a split on a blustery day at the Jackrabbit Softball Stadium on Wednesday. Creighton (18-13) built big leads in both contests against South Dakota State (13-21). The Bluejays led 6-1 in the opener before the […]

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Huskers softball go extras to down the Omaha Mavericks

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Alicia Armstrong delivered a three-run triple in the top of the eighth inning to lift the Nebraska softball team to an 8-5 extra-inning victory over UNO Wednesday night in Omaha. Armstrong’s timely hit helped Nebraska escape with the win after the Huskers lost a 5-0 lead late. Armstrong finished 2-for-5 with a career-high five RBIs, […]

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OSHA investigating deadly explosion

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The Occupational Safety and Health Administration is looking into Tuesday’s deadly explosion at Nebraska Rail Car Cleaning Services in Omaha.  Spokesperson Bonita Willingham says the company was inspected in 2013 after employees filed complaints. She says, “Based on our investigation we found violations related to flammable storage, power and industrial trucks, noise over-exposure, respiratory protection […]

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AAA: Gas prices may drop toward $2 a gallon by summertime

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Nebraskans may not have to budget as much money for driving during the upcoming summer vacation as they did last summer. Gail Weinholzer, at AAA-Nebraska, says all signs point to stable or lower gas prices in the months ahead. Oil refineries have switched from the winter blend to the summer grade of fuel and there’s […]

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Teens could get paid less under bill advancing in Unicameral

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State lawmakers have advanced a bill that would allow businesses to pay teen workers less. Legislative Bill 599 would allow businesses to pay their teen-age workers a dollar less than the new state $9/hour minimum wage, once fully implemented at the beginning of next year. Sen. Laura Ebke of Crete sponsors the bill, which she […]

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