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Speaker Hadley offended Sen. Kintner compares lawmakers to monkeys (AUDIO)

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Speaker of the Legislature, Sen. Galen Hadley of Kearney, took to the floor of the Unicameral to criticize Sen. Bill Kintner of Papillion for an op-ed piece he wrote. Hadley lashed out at Kintner during a speech delivered from the legislative floor. “I am just getting sick and tired of people in this body bashing […]

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Western Nebraska hospital alerts patients of possible ID theft

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A western Nebraska hospital has informed more than 4,000 former patients their personal information might have been stolen. Community Hospital in McCook reports a laptop containing sensitive information has been stolen from an employee of the hospital auditing company in Nashville, TN. The hospital says the company, Seim (seyeme) Johnson of Omaha, has not been […]

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MoneyGram reaches $13M settlement with Nebraska, other states

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MoneyGram has agreed to pay $13 million to fund a nationwide consumer restitution program to resolve a nationwide dispute. Nebraska Attorney General Doug Peterson has announced MoneyGram Payment Systems of Dallas has reached a settlement with it and 48 other states, plus the District of Columbia. MoneyGram customers who filed complaints about fraud induced transfers […]

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Former Scottsbluff man agrees to return $92K in fraudulent disability payments

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A former Scottsbluff man has been sentenced to three months of home confinement for theft of government funds and ordered to make restitution of just over $92,000. U.S. Attorney Deborah Gilg says 42-year-old Frank Sanchez, Jr. admitted to receiving a disability annuity even though he continued to work for Burlington Northern Santa Fe. Federal prosecutors […]

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Former Miami tax preparer sentenced for tax fraud in Omaha

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A former tax preparer from Miami has been sentenced in Omaha to a year and a day in federal prison and pay nearly $300,000 in restitution for tax fraud. Nebraska U.S. Attorney Deborah Gilg says a federal jury in May of last year convicted 44-year-old Adam Mwanza of 13 counts of tax fraud for assisting […]

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Roads resembling moonscape? Here are some tips to avoid potholes

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Our cars are taking a beating as this winter’s freeze-thaw cycle is leading to deep potholes on virtually all of Nebraska’s roads. A spokeswoman for the state’s largest auto insurer says smacking a pothole just right may do a lot more than rattle your teeth, it can translate to an expensive repair bill. Ann Avery, […]

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Bill calls for change in how assets can be seized by police (AUDIO)

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A state senator proposes Nebraska change the rules under which law enforcement can seize assets. Sen. Tommy Garrett of Bellevue says the civil asset forfeiture laws are being abused, with cash and other property being seized without the owner being convicted of a crime. “We believe the civil asset forfeiture law is a valuable program […]

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Ricketts, Osborne join fight against expanded gambling in Nebraska

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Gambling with the Good Life has come out against three initiative petitions to expand gambling in Nebraska. Executive Director Pat Loontjer says the group will campaign against a constitutional amendment that would allow casinos throughout Nebraska as it did successfully in 2004 and 2006. “So, it’s been ten years since we’ve launched a full statewide […]

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Update on Omaha serial killer suspect

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The case against an accused Omaha serial killer Anthony Garcia is moving forward. On Wednesday, attorney’s debated what evidence should be included in his trial. Garcia’s attorney asked a judge to exclude all graphic photos from the crime scene as well as results of the victim’s autopsies due to concern that could inflame a jury. […]

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Omaha man arrested after shooting and stand-off

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One man is in custody after a shooting at an Omaha bar and a stand-off with police Wednesday afternoon. Omaha Deputy Police Chief Dave Baker says around 2 p.m. they received a report that shots were fired inside the Parliament Pub near 168th and Wright Street and rushed to the scene. Deputy Chief Baker says, […]

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Survey of Nebraska wells shows groundwater levels are changing

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Groundwater levels are recovering after the 2012-2013 drought, according to the Nebraska Geological Survey’s Nebraska Statewide Groundwater-Level Monitoring Report. Measurements taken from Spring 2014 to Spring 2015 shows an average rise of a little more than six inches. Aaron Young, survey geologist, says that is still far from making up for the recent drought. “We’re […]

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Former Omaha area bank executive sentenced for embezzelment

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A former bank executive in the Omaha area has been sentenced to one-and-a-half years in federal prison for embezzling nearly $160,000 from bank customers. U.S. Attorney Deborah Gilg says 43-year-old Amy Fisher of Papillion pleaded guilty in June of last year after a federal grand jury in 2014 charged her with embezzlement. Fisher took money […]

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Questions about Arkansas plan arise during hearing on Medicaid expansion (AUDIO)

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The latest proposal to expand Medicaid in Nebraska comes before a legislative committee, with plenty of questions of how a similar approach worked in Arkansas. Sen. John McCollister of Omaha bases LB 1032, at least in part, on the so-called private option adopted by Arkansas. McCollister says his proposal would extend Medicaid to an additional […]

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Like watching the weather? Learn to be an official spotter

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If you’re fascinated by watching storms roll in, it may be time to take your interest to the next level. Dozens of severe weather “spotter” training courses will be held in Nebraska over the next several weeks. Kelsey Angle, warning coordination meteorologist at the National Weather Service, says the courses are free and open to […]

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Omaha man confesses to killing mother, brother; avoids death penalty

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A young Omaha man accused of killing his mother and his four-year-old half-brother has pleaded guilty to avoid the death penalty. 25-year-old Roberto Martinez-Marinero pleaded guilty to two counts of first-degree murder. Martinez-Marinero eventually turned himself in to authorities in Douglas County, confessing to detectives that he had killed his mother, 45-year-old Jesus Ismenia Marinero, […]

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