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Medical marijuana done for this year, will return next year (AUDIO)

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A bill legalizing medical marijuana in Nebraska has been shelved for the session. Sen. Tommy Garrett of Bellevue has made the motion to kill his bill for this year, but tells colleagues he will be back next year. “It breaks my heart that the people who desperately needed this, the people who are sick and […]

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Water levels dropping but threats from flooding remain high

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Emergency management officials in central and western Nebraska are keeping a close watch on water levels along the Platte River as recent rains have pushed the waterway out of its banks in many areas. Darrin Lewis, emergency management director for Buffalo County, says the threat is still there. “Emergency management has been out checking the […]

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Vote to override governor on death penalty repeal will come today

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Gov. Pete Ricketts has vetoed the death penalty repeal bill, setting up a showdown with the Unicameral. Ricketts admits the vote on the repeal of the death penalty took him by surprise. “I, along with most Nebraskans, the overwhelming number of Nebraskans I talk to, were surprised and disappointed by that vote,” Ricketts says. “Because, […]

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It’s official, Gov. Ricketts vetoes death penalty repeal bill (AUDIO)

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Gov. Pete Ricketts has made it official, vetoing the bill that repeals the death penalty. Ricketts vetoed Legislative Bill 268 during a news conference held in his Capitol office hearing room Tuesday afternoon in which the governor was accompanied by the Attorney General, state senators, and family members of a murder victim. Ricketts renewed his […]

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Omaha Chief Schmaderer praises “Officer Kerrie” at funeral

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Omaha Police Chief Todd Schmaderer spoke at Officer Orozco’s funeral service this morning and stated we are blessed to get a glimpse of Kerrie’s life. Schmaderer stated he is very proud the entire nation had the opportunity to meet her through the extensive media coverage given regarding her tragic death. “The greatest aspect of knowing […]

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Sen. Sasse worries about march of ISIS, US response

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United States Senator Ben Sasse worries about recent gains made by the Islamic State and about the United States’ response. Sasse says recent events are discouraging. “The fall of Ramadi and the Anbar province is a really bad sign and Ash Carter, President Obama’s Secretary of Defense, went on the TV talk shows on Sunday […]

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Funeral services underway in Omaha for Officer Kerrie Orozco

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Funeral services are underway for Omaha Police Officer Kerrie Orozco at St. John’s Church on the Creighton University Campus in Omaha. Law enforcement officers from across the country are attending this morning’s service. Thousands are also at Omaha’s CenturyLink Center where services are telecast on large screens. The streets are currently lined with citizens holding […]

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Omaha mourns as slain law officer is laid to rest

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Hundreds of mourners gathered in an Omaha church — with several thousand more and at an arena nearby — to pay their respects this morning for Iowa native and Omaha Police Officer Karrie Orozco. The 29-year-old new mother was fatally shot in the line of duty last week in a shootout with a wanted man, who […]

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Remains of WWII pilot found, returned to Nebraska family

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The remains of a missing World War II Army pilot have been returned to his Nebraska family for burial with full military honors. The Department of Defense POW/MIA Accounting Agency has announced the remains of U.S. Army Air Forces 2nd Lt. Alvin Beethe of Elk Creek were found near where his plane went down close […]

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State officials keeping close eye on wandering elk

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A wild elk wandering around South Bend is being watched closely. The Nebraska Game and Parks Commission reports it is monitoring movement of the elk due to concerns about public safety. The elk has been spotted close to Interstate 80 and other major highways in the area. Game and Parks says the elk is not […]

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Gov. Ricketts working to sustain coming veto of death penalty repeal (AUDIO)

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Gov. Pete Ricketts vows to work hard to sustain his coming veto of the bill to repeal the death penalty. Ricketts has confirmed he will veto Legislative Bill 268 to repeal the death penalty. “I traveled the state for the last year-and-a-half. I don’t think there’s anybody who’s traveled the state more than I have […]

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Opponents on death penalty optimistic repeal is near (AUDIO)

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Opponents to the death penalty are encouraged the legislature has Nebraska on the brink of eliminating capital punishment. Executive Director Stacy Anderson with Nebraskans for Alternatives to the Death Penalty claims there are many problems with the death penalty, including how prosecutors use it for leverage. “We do know that the death penalty is being […]

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Parents: Keep closer tabs on your kids’ actions on social media

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Age eight is when the average child in Nebraska begins consuming online media, and while you’re supposed to be 13 to open a Facebook account, it’s very tough to regulate. Licensed independent social worker Alissa Wilkinson says parents know their children best, so it’s up to them to make the decision, but she says consistent […]

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Cult leader Michael Ryan dies in prison

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Death for cult leader Michael Ryan came not from lethal injection, but natural causes. Ryan died on death row at the Tecumseh prison Sunday evening, according to officials with the Department of Correctional Services. Ryan, first imprisoned in Lincoln, moved to Tecumseh when it opened in 2001 and the state re-located death row there. Ryan […]

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Bill would tax touch-screen games, if they’re found to be illegal

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State lawmakers have authorized a tax on video machines they suspect are illegal. “That is as backwards of a way of going about doing things as I’ve ever heard in this place,” stated Sen. Beau McCoy of Omaha during legislative floor debate on LB 70. McCoy told colleagues it doesn’t make sense to impose an […]

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