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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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Red Cloud man surrenders after holding woman at knifepoint

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A 30-year-old Red Cloud man has surrendered to law enforcement after holding a woman against her will in south-central Nebraska. The Nebraska State Patrol reports Charles Folkman gave up without a fight early this morning after an all-night standoff with police. The 46-year-old woman he had held at knifepoint was released to authorities, then treated […]

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Rule used to stop prairie dog bill stirs controversy in Unicameral (AUDIO)

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An attempt to repeal a prairie dog control law passed in 2012 appears dead for the session, but the procedure used to kill it stirs controversy in the Unicameral. LB 128 passed two rounds of debate only to be derailed on final reading. The bill passed the first round 31-12, then passed the second round […]

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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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Senator claims some backed out of support for motorcycle helmet law repeal (AUDIO)

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A state senator who pushed to repeal the mandatory motorcycle helmet law claims some senators failed to fulfill their promise to end a filibuster against it. Debate dragged on for days as the legislature considered LB31, which would repeal the requirement that adult motorcyclists wear helmets in Nebraska. During legislative debate Monday afternoon, Sen. David […]

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Effort to repeal Nebraska’s motorcycle helmet law can’t break filibuster

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Opponents of an effort to repeal the state mandatory motorcycle helmet law talked the bill to death. Supporters fell nine votes short of what they needed to end a filibuster in the Unicameral and force a vote on LB 31. The move effectively kills the legislation for the session. Sen. Ken Haar of Malcolm stated […]

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Congressman says failure of CoOportunity Health says much about ACA (AUDIO)

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A Nebraska Congressman says the collapse of a health cooperative created under the Affordable Care Act says a lot about the federal health insurance law. CoOportunity Health seemed to have a bright future, insuring 120,000 residents of Iowa and Nebraska. Yet, it amassed $150 million in liabilities and the Iowa Insurance Commissioner moved to liquidate […]

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Repeal of motorcycle helmet law must overcome filibuster (AUDIO)

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State lawmakers return to the Capitol to continue their debate on whether to repeal the state motorcycle helmet law. Sen. Dave Bloomfield of Hoskins sponsors LB 31to repeal the mandatory motorcycle helmet law. Bloomfield tells colleagues not to let fear guide their vote. “This is an infringement on individual rights and we should do away […]

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Child abuser may be paroled in 4 years, victim gets “life sentence” of suffering

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Consecutive prison sentences have been handed to a man on two felony charges of third-degree sexual assault of a child. Five law officers were stationed in Gage County District Court yesterday as a precaution against any conflicts between family members of the defendant and victim, during the sentencing hearing. Jason Schriner was sentenced to the […]

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Suspect shot and killed by law officer after struggle at Lincoln motel

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An attempt to serve an arrest warrant at a Lincoln hotel turned deadly Wednesday after the suspect struggled with police and an officer shot and killed him. Lancaster County Sheriff Terry Wagner reported 34-year-old Tyson Hubbard of Omaha died at a local hospital. “Hubbard was observed to exit the motel and was contacted by officers […]

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Push to repeal motorcycle helmet law comes as 75th Sturgis Motorcycle Rally approaches

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Supporters of an effort to repeal the state mandatory motorcycle helmet law claim Nebraska loses millions of tourism dollars, because of its helmet law. They say the upcoming 75th anniversary of the Sturgis Motorcycle Rally in South Dakota makes this the perfect year to repeal the law. Opponents counter the money reaped cannot replace the […]

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Kansas Deer-Vehicle Collisions Peak In Mid-November

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Deer can be spotted near our state’s roadways any time of the year. However, in the fall, motorists should be especially vigilant for deer crossing the highways. Deer breeding season peaks in mid-November, and this marks the period when deer-vehicle collisions are highest. That’s why the Kansas Department of Transportation (KDOT), the Kansas Department of Wildlife, Parks and Tourism (KDWPT), ...

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Drug Take-Back Day Scheduled For September 27th

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TOPEKA – (September 22, 2014) – Law enforcement officers across the state will be collecting unused leftover medications for safe disposal on Saturday, September 27, Kansas Attorney General Derek Schmidt said today. The collection events are part of a nationwide effort to safely dispose of leftover medications to prevent accidental or intentional misuse. Since the program began in 2010, the ...

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Highway Patrol Set To Start Texting Enforcement July 1st

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The July 4th holiday is this week, and the Kansas Highway Patrol has some important enforcement initiatives that motorists should be aware of. Beginning July 1, and lasting through July 10, the Patrol will be conducting a texting enforcement initiative. Troopers will be out looking for drivers who are violating Kansas’ texting law, and will be citing those observed in ...

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Suspect Shot Dead In Oberlin Police Incident

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During the evening of Monday, March 10, 2014, the Oberlin Police Department responded to a call of possible criminal activity in their city. During the course of the investigation, a suspect ran from the Oberlin Police and the Kansas Highway Patrol who were assisting. Shots were fired at the officers in the 700 block of East Commercial Street in Oberlin ...

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