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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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Illinois truck driver dies in fiery crash in western Nebraska

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An Illinois truck driver has died after his semi tractor-trailer left I-80, crashed into a rock embankment, and caught fire in extreme western Nebraska. The Nebraska State Patrol says 43-year-old Joseph Geeting of Rockford, IL died in the crash early Thursday morning in Kimball County near the Wyoming state line. The patrol reports it knows […]

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7 hurt as blasts rock petroleum facility in West Point

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A series of explosions in eastern Nebraska leaves two workers hospitalized in critical condition at Nebraska Medicine. Crews were cleaning propane trucks at a business in West Point Wednesday afternoon when the blasts and fire happened. Witnesses say the workers were taken to the hospital on a medical helicopter after seven of them had originally […]

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Sen. Fischer says her prayers are with the families of SC shooting victims

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Sen. Deb Fischer calls the shooting at an historic black church in Charleston, South Carolina a “horrible event.” Authorities have arrested 21-year-old Dylann Roof of Lexington, South Carolina, suspected of opening fire during a prayer service and killing nine. “It’s very, very sad that these instances happen in that we have individuals out there who […]

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Cold case: 2008 Kearney murder remains unsolved

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Today marks the seventh anniversary of the murder of a young Kearney woman which remains unsolved. Authorities say someone entered the home of 21-year-old Kelcey Fike in the early morning hours of June 17th, 2008, and murdered her. The house was then set on fire. Fike’s body was discovered as firefighters extinguished a fire believed […]

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Two die in weekend Lincoln house fire

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Two people, both confined to wheelchairs, died in a weekend house fire in Lincoln. Lincoln police report 74-year-old Ervin Martin and 69-year-old Janice Ortiz died Saturday night in the fire. Firefighters first responded to a medical emergency, but found the mobile home filled with smoke and flames when they opened the door of the residence […]

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Man dies days after house fire in Omaha; another still critical

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One man has died, another remains in critical condition from wounds suffered in a house fire Friday in Omaha. The Omaha Fire Department reports 56-year-old Vernon Gamble died from complications due to burns and smoke inhalation. 31-year-old Frederick Stennis remains in critical condition at Nebraska Medical Center. Firefighters say discarded smoking material set the house […]

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Tornado swipes Roseland, at least 13 homes damaged or destroyed

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Residents and first responders are on clean-up duty after a tornado tore through the small village of Roseland yesterday afternoon in south-central Nebraska’s Adams County. Fire chief Randy Klein said three homes were destroyed and another ten others were damaged in the storm. Thankfully, Chief Klein says, no one was seriously hurt. “We can rebuild […]

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Kearney police probe death of Hastings man in likely fall

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Police say a Hastings man who was found dead in a Kearney alley last week is believed to have fallen 30 to 50 feet to his death from a fire escape. 51-year-old Craig Demoor had been released from jail the day before. Police say foul play is not suspected. They believe his death was accidental. […]

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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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UPDATE: Arson suspected in Lexington fire

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A fire that destroyed a Lexington business Sunday is being investigated as arson. Firefighters were called to Roof Pros on West 5th Street around 8:30 Sunday morning after a passerby reported smoke. The fire destroyed a building that was comprised mostly of wood and sheet metal and was formerly a lumber yard. On Tuesday, the […]

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Wildfires spread through several parts of Nebraska

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A warning by the National Weather Service about fire danger in Nebraska was borne out almost immediately after it was issued. High winds and low humidity get the blame for a number of grass fires Thursday in south-central Nebraska as well as a few in northeast Nebraska and even one reported just outside the Omaha […]

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Red flag fire warnings issued for parts of Nebraska

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The National Weather Service in Valley warns residents that portions of the state are in a red flag warning regarding fire danger. Meteorologist Cathy Zapotocny says this is partly due to an approaching front that is bringing windy conditions to the Midwest. Zapotocny says the red flag warning extends through the center of Nebraska and […]

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Prosecutors consider hate crime charge in burning of rainbow flag

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A 23 year old Omaha man is accused of taking a rainbow flag from a lesbian couple’s home and setting it on fire. Cameron Mayfield is charged with arson but more charges are pending if prosecutors determine this was a hate crime. “The law in Nebraska is pretty clear that anybody that commits a criminal offense […]

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Throw another log on the fire…just make sure it’s an old log

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As Nebraskans strive to stave off winter’s chill with wood stoves and fireplaces, one expert says the age of the wood you burn makes a big difference in the amount of heat you’ll get from the logs. Alison Davis, a former forester who’s now a senior advisor in the EPA’s Air Quality Office, says to […]

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