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Gov. Ricketts offers condolences to Officer Orozco’s family

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Gov. Pete Ricketts paused during a news conference on highway safety to remember slain Omaha police officer Kerrie Orozco. “I’d like to take a moment right now to remember one of the members of our law enforcement community who has passed away recently,” Ricketts said. “The terrible tragedy with Officer Orozco is something that reminds […]

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More details released in death of Officer Kerrie Orozco

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Omaha Police Chief Todd Schmaderer released more information about the shooting death of Officer Karrie Orozco Wednesday. He says Sgt. Jeffrey Kopietz and Officer Robert Laney, both members of the Metro Area Fugitive Task Force, were conducting surveillance along Martin Avenue just before 1 pm in northeast Omaha when they spotted the suspect, Marcus Wheeler. […]

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Iowa Gov. Branstad pays tribute to slain Omaha police officer, will attend funeral

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Iowa’s governor has ordered that flags be flown at half-staff Tuesday in honor of the Omaha police officer who was killed in the line of duty this week. Twenty-nine-year-old Kerrie Orozco was shot and killed Wednesday while serving an arrest warrant on a known gang member in Omaha. Orozco was a native of Walnut, Iowa, and […]

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Gov. Ricketts signs into law $8.6B state budget for next two years (AUDIO)

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No objections. No line-item vetoes. Gov. Pete Ricketts has signed into law the bills making up the $8.6 billion state budget for the next two years. Ricketts says the budget achieves the goals he set out earlier this year: keep the growth of state spending around 3% and provide more money for property tax relief. […]

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Omaha Westside, Lincoln Pius X win State Baseball titles

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Class B Lincoln Pius X used a three-run fifth inning to win its second straight Class B state title with a 6-3 victory over Norris in Thursday’s championship game at Haymarket Park. Class A Matt Waldron tossed a no-hitter striking out 12 as Omaha Westside took the Class A state baseball championship 1-0 over Millard […]

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Late Spartans rally eliminated Huskers from Big Ten Tournament

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The No. 8 seed Nebraska baseball team (34-23) had a 7-3 lead heading into the bottom of the eighth inning on Thursday afternoon at Target Field, but the No. 5 seed Michigan State Spartans (34-22) exploded for six runs in the frame on its way to a 9-7 victory that eliminated the Huskers from the […]

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Creighton baseball takes Big East tournament opener from Seton Hall

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The second-seeded Creighton Baseball team topped third-seeded Seton Hall 7-4 on the first day of the BIG EAST Baseball Championship at TD Ameritrade Park Thursday, May 21. Creighton improved to 31-17 with the win while Seton Hall dropped to 24-24. The Bluejays will face top-seeded St. John’s at 7 p.m. CT Friday night on day […]

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Omaha police officer killed in line of duty

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The Omaha Police Department, area law enforcement and the community is mourning the death of Omaha Police Officer Kerrie Orozco. Omaha Police Chief Todd Schmaderer made the announcement Wednesday that she was killed in the line of duty. Officer Orozco was a member of the fugitive task force. Chief Schmaderer says she and other officers […]

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Omaha officer killed in the line of duty

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The Omaha Police Department, area law enforcement and the community is mourning the death of Omaha Police Officer Kerrie Orozco. Omaha Police Chief Todd Schmaderer made the announcement Wednesday that she was killed in the line of duty. Officer Orozco was a member of the fugitive task force. Chief Schmaderer says she and other officers […]

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DREAMers might soon be drivers in Nebraska

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Youth brought into this country illegally at a young age will be allowed to apply for a Nebraska driver’s license under a bill passing the Unicameral. The Unicameral has voted 34-to-9 to allow youth enrolled in the federal Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program to apply for driver’s licenses. The youth are often referred […]

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Feds do damage assessment in 10 counties after severe storms

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The Nebraska Emergency Management Agency is requesting the Federal Emergency Management Agency work with NEMA and local emergency managers on joint damage assessments in ten southeast Nebraska counties. Those counties sustained heavy rain, hail, wind and flood damage from tornadoes and severe storms between May 3rd and May 11th. The counties are: Gage, Saline, Jefferson, […]

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It will take one more vote to repeal death penalty in Nebraska (AUDIO)

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Nebraska lawmakers have voted to repeal the death penalty, but one more vote looms ahead. Veteran state Sen. Ernie Chambers of Omaha saw success after 40 years of trying to repeal the death penalty. “Nebraska will step into history by abolishing the death penalty,” Chambers told colleagues during legislative floor debate. “This will be the […]

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State baseball tournament scores from 5/20/15

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Class A Wednesday results  Millard South 3, Omaha Westside 2 Lincoln Southwest 7, x-Millard West 3 Championship Thursday at Werner Park  Millard South (28-7) vs. Lincoln Southwest (26-8), 10 a.m. Omaha Westside (32-6) vs. Millard South-Southwest winner, to follow Class B Wednesday results  Lincoln Pius X 6, x-Omaha Gross 3 Norris 5, x-Elkhorn South 1 […]

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NU comes up short against Illinois as they set Big Ten win streak record

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Big Ten Tournament, Illinois rallied to beat Nebraska 3-2.  The Huskers broke a scoreless tie in the top of the sixth with two runs on four straight hits, including back-to-back doubles from Tanner Lubach and Luis Alvarado. The Illini rallied in the bottom of the sixth with three singles and sac fly.  A bases loaded single […]

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Banks become cautious as farm income falters

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Farm income is falling across the region as credit conditions weaken. Nathan Kauffman, the Omaha branch executive with the Federal Reserve Bank of Kansas City, says lower crop prices and high input costs have cut profit margins and raised concerns about the ability of farmers to repay loans down the road. “In the last several […]

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