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Marinero family speak for the first time after double murder

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The family of murder victims Jesus Marinero and Josue Ramirez-Marinero spoke for the first time after learning the 5 year old boy was recovered from the Elkhorn River earlier this week. Veronica Rosa is the niece of Marinero and the family translator and spokesperson and says Marinero had been in Omaha since 2001 and moved […]

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Bills aimed at easing prison overcrowding on verge of passing

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A couple of crime bills, taking direct aim at reducing the prison population, are in position to pass in the Unicameral. Legislative Bill 605 would provide alternatives to prison, such as drug courts and probation, for low-level crimes. LB 598 would end the use of solitary confinement as a punishment in favor of what is […]

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Gov. Ricketts says Dr. Acierno resigned on his own (AUDIO)

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Gov. Pete Ricketts says Dr. Joseph Acierno resigned as state Chief Medical Officer on his own, adding that he tried to get him to stay. Ricketts tells reporters Acierno told him the bruising confirmation battle undermined his credibility with lawmakers, leading to his resignation on Friday afternoon. “Very emotional time; obviously there’s a lot of […]

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Bellevue softball needs two wins to advance to the NAIA World Series. Concordia and Doane eliminated

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Central Methodist broke a tie ballgame in the bottom of the fourth inning, scoring three unanswered runs over the fourth and fifth innings to defeat Bellevue (Neb.) 5-2 on Tuesday in the semifinal round of the NAIA Softball National Championship Opening Round in the Central Methodist Bracket at Cox Softball Complex. In the second game […]

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Bellevue opens with dramatic win in NAIA baseball opener. York and Peru State face elimination

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The Bruins were down to their last strike and sophomore first baseman Todd Nicks launched a three-run homer off of reliever James Ball in the top of the ninth inning to give the Bellevue University baseball team a thrilling 3-2 comeback win over William Woods University Tuesday afternoon in the NAIA Baseball National Championship Opening Round […]

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AAA: This will be the biggest Memorial Day for travel in 10 years

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Nebraska’s highways and interstates will be exceptionally busy next weekend, the first big holiday travel weekend of the year. Gail Weinholzer, spokeswoman for AAA-Nebraska, says it’s forecast to be the busiest Memorial Day weekend for travel in a full decade. “We expect a nearly 5% increase in travel for this Memorial Day over last year,” […]

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Medical marijuana advances in Unicameral

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A bill legalizing medical marijuana has advanced in the Unicameral. LB 643 is patterned after the Minnesota law enacted last year that allows marijuana to be used for medicinal purposes if taken in pill or oil form or through vapor. It prohibits marijuana to be smoked. Sen. Dave Bloomfield of Hoskins asked colleagues during legislative […]

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Gov. Ricketts stands by gas tax hike veto; expects attempt at override

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Gov. Pete Ricketts reiterates his stance against an increase in the state gas tax. “I can tell you, having traveled the state for the last year and a half, I’m not sure there’s anybody who has traveled the state more than I have, the top priority for Nebraskans is tax relief and this is the […]

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Nebraska Red Cross volunteer deploys to tornado ravaged Texas

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Kayla Scott is flying out of Omaha today and heading to Texas to help those impacted by Sunday’s tornado. Scott is a major gift officer with the Nebraska – Southwest Iowa Region of the American Red Cross and will be working with donors who provide critical disaster funding used to provide food, shelter, clothing, water […]

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Tecumseh prison returns to normal, though still in lockdown

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State Corrections Director Scott Frakes says Tecumseh state prison has returned to normal, though it remains in lockdown. A riot at the prison left four inmates and two prison guards injured. Two inmates were injured in scuffles with guards. One was shot and wounded. Another suffered injuries after being shot with rubber bullets. Two inmates […]

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Man accused of killing mother and brother denied bond

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A judge denied bond for a 25 year old man accused of killing his mother and 5 year old brother. Roberto Marinero faces two first degree murder charges in the death of Jesus Marinero and Josue Ramirez-Marinero last week in Omaha. He also is charged kidnapping for abducting his 11 month old brother, Angel. Douglas […]

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Senator: don’t fall victim to “Reefer Madness” in medical marijuana debate (AUDIO)

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State legislators return to the Capitol today and likely return to debate about a bill that would legalize medical marijuana. Sen. Tommy Garrett of Bellevue has made an impassioned plea on behalf of his bill, LB 643, to legalize using marijuana to relieve pain due to medical conditions. “Please, please, please don’t sit and sulk […]

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26-year-old dies in one-car accident in Lincoln

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A 26-year-old Lincoln man died in a one-car accident this past weekend. Lincoln police report Joshua Cochran lost control of his car, slid sideways, and hit a utility pole near the intersection of 82nd and Adams Streets. Cochran was alone in the car an...

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Creighton’s Rasmussen named Athletic Director of the Year

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Creighton University Director of Athletics Bruce Rasmussen has been named 2014-15 AD of the Year by the National Association of Collegiate Directors of Athletics (NACDA). Rasmussen is one of 28 honorees nationwide to be honored for an award that spans seven divisions (NCAA FBS, FCS; Division I-AAA, II, III, NAIA/Other Four-Year Institutions and Junior College/Community […]

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High school baseball district finals from 5/11/15

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Elkhorn 3, Gretna 0 Elkhorn South 3, Nebraska City 0 Grand Island 7, Lincoln Southwest 6 (8 inn.) Lincoln Pius X 13, Blair 3 (6 inn.) Lincoln Southeast 6, Papillion-LaVista 5 (10 inn.) Millard North 12, Lincoln High 0 (5 inn.) Millard South 8, Papillion-LaVista South 5 Millard West 20, Creighton Preparatory School 2 (5 […]

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