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All clear given at Capitol after abandoned briefcase deemed harmless

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An abandoned briefcase in a hallway at the state Capitol caused quite a stir and delayed the afternoon session of the Unicameral until testing concluded it was harmless. The Nebraska State Patrol reports its Hazardous Devices Squad worked with Lincoln Fire and Rescue to examine the briefcase which initially was deemed suspicious. The briefcase has […]

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Omaha man charged in deadly accident

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The Douglas County Attorney released more details in Sunday’s deadly hit-and-run car accident in Omaha. Don Kleine says 35 year old Justin Ayers’ blood alcohol level was nearly twice the legal limit when he slammed into another vehicle at 75th and Maple Streets.  64 year old Kathleen Benes of Valparaiso was pronounced dead at the […]

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Three leaving NU volleyball program

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Nebraska volleyball head coach John Cook announced on Tuesday that Alexa Ethridge, Maddie Haggerty and Kira Larson are leaving the Nebraska volleyball program. Each player has been given a full release to transfer. “We are very thankful for the contributions these three young women have provided to our program, both on and off the court,” Cook […]

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Forsberg promoted to United Way of the Midlands president

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The interim president of United Way of the Midlands has been promoted to become the organizaton’s new president. Shawna Forsberg became interim president in July of last year after the unexpected death of President and CEO Karen Bricklemyer. Forsberg had served as senior vice president of marketing. Forsberg was chosen as president after a national […]

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Concerns over bill to increase state gas tax

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Nebraska Governor Pete Ricketts continues to oppose LB 610, a bill that would increase the state’s gas taxes by six-cents a gallon. Governor Rickets says there are many other options. He says a national job search is underway to find someone to help us with the Dept. of Roads, how to construct them; compare per […]

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One driver dead, another injured in Lincoln car crash

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One driver died, another suffered injuries in a car wreck Monday afternoon in Lincoln. The Lincoln Police Department is withholding the name of the man who died in the wreck until his family can be notified. According to Lincoln police, a car westbound on Old Cheney collided with another vehicle in the intersection of Old […]

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Tobias woman killed in single-vehicle wreck

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A 49-year-old Tobias woman has been killed in a single-car wreck in Saline County. The Saline County Sheriff’s Office reports Cynthia Crabtree lost control of her car on County Road 600 late Sunday night. The car went into a ditch and struck a utility pole. Crabtree was pronounced dead at the scene.

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Pitchford passes on senior year at Nebraska

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University of Nebraska forward Walter Pitchford announced he is giving up his final season of eligibility with the Husker basketball program. Pitchford will remain at the University of Nebraska and finish his undergraduate degree in ethnic studies. “I thank Coach Miles for giving me the opportunity when I transferred from Florida,” Pitchford said. “I have […]

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Victim’s name released in fatal fire near Kearney

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Authorities have identified the man who died Monday in a fire northeast of Kearney. Sixty-five-year old Eldon Schinkel was identified as the victim Tuesday by the Buffalo County Sheriff’s Office. Investigators believe Schinkel died while burning trash without a permit. Police and firefighters were called to the scene shortly after 2 p.m. Monday at a […]

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Rural Nebraskans can spot evidence of meth labs, but be wary

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As the weather gets warmer, Nebraska farmers and road crews can play a key role in helping law officers fight the problem of methamphetamine production. Sergeant Jason Sharp, with the Gage County Sheriff’s Department, explains what to look for in rural areas, which may indicate the presence of a makeshift meth lab. “When you’re out […]

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Unrepentant Chambers lashes out at critics in the Unicameral (AUDIO)

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State Sen. Ernie Chambers of Omaha not only refused Monday to apologize for anti-police remarks he made during a committee meeting, he turned on his critics in the Unicameral. Sen. Beau McCoy of Omaha took to the legislative floor for a third day Monday, commenting on Chambers’ controversial remarks. [see previous story] “I think it’s […]

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Undetermined change in legislative term limits advances

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A proposal for the people to vote once again on legislative term limits advances in the Unicameral, though the change is up in the air. The sponsor of the constitutional amendment says he will settle on a plan during the next round of debate. Sen. Paul Schumacher of Columbus says the Unicameral first needed to […]

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Omaha man arrested in fatal car accident

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A 35-year-old Omaha man has been arrested and charged with leaving the scene of a fatal accident in Omaha. Omaha police arrested Justin Ayers after being alerted by a witness to the car wreck that killed 63-year-old Kathleen Benes of Valparaiso. According to police reports, a car driving an estimated 100 mph rammed into the […]

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Patient being monitored for Ebola has “cardiac issue”

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One of the five people being monitored in Omaha after possibly being exposed to Ebola has been hospitalized for a heart ailment. Nebraska Medicine reports the person, who has not been identified, suffered a “cardiac issue” while jogging near the University of Nebraska Medical Center Saturday afternoon. Medical aid was administered on the scene by […]

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Lincoln businessman sentence on drug charges

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A 48-year-old Lincoln man has been sentenced to 15 years in federal prison on drug charges, money laundering, and being a felon in possession of ammunition. Federal prosecutors say John Ways, Jr. sold drugs and drug paraphernalia through his Exotica stores in Omaha and South Sioux City as well as Council Bluffs, Iowa. Ways has […]

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