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Peterson returns to AG office, makes changes (AUDIO)

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Attorney General Doug Peterson has already made changes in the Attorney General’s office after taking over for long-time Attorney General Jon Bruning. Peterson has created a new bureau: Agriculture, Environment, and Natural Resources to, among other things, take on what he sees as the regulatory over-reach of the Environmental Protection Agency. “So they develop their […] Read More »

Flu cases are still spreading, tips for avoiding the bug

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State health officials say flu cases are still “widespread” in Nebraska this winter while federal officals say influenza is at “epidemic” proportions nationwide. This season, at least 20 Nebraskans have died from influenza-related illnesses and many hundreds have gotten sick. Nebraska Extension Educator LaDonna Werth says one of the keys to preventing the flu and […] Read More »

Former Crete resident sentenced on child porn charges

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A former resident of Crete has been sentenced to seven-and-a-half years in federal prison on child pornography charges. Federal prosecutors say 30-year-old Anthony Jones has also been ordered to pay $750 in restitution. He will serve five years of supervised release after prison and will be required to register as a sex offender. In July […] Read More »

Congressman Ashford finds Congress much different than Unicameral

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Nebraska’s newest Congressman is adjusting to life in Washington. Democrat Brad Ashford of Omaha, who served in the non-partisan Unicameral, says he has found that Congress places a premium on partisanship and seniority in the making of law. “There isn’t the natural human interaction that happens, for example most particularly in our Unicameral, where laws […] Read More »

Roommate charged in the death of 19-year-old Fremont man

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The roommate of a 19-year-old Fremont man shot and killed Sunday morning has been arrested in connection with the death. Fremont police say Kevin Kennebeck was pronounced dead at Fremont Health Medical Center after being shot with a rifle. Police arres... Read More »

Attorney General Peterson issues caution about moves to ease prison overcrowding

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Attorney General Doug Peterson cautions that the Unicameral needs to be careful as it considers revising the criminal code in an effort to reduce the prison population. Peterson says some of the discussion about reducing the prison population concerns him. “There have been studies that have come out, certainly talking about the overpopulation issue,” Peterson […] Read More »

No arrests made after gunshots at Omaha party hit 8 people, killing 3

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Police say three people were shot to death and five were wounded when shots were fired at a house party in northeast Omaha early Saturday. Investigators say there were multiple shooters that fired into the crowd. Around 50 people were reportedly at the party. The names of the victims who died are: 19-year-old JaKela Foster, […] Read More »

Former Husker football player Thenarse arrested over the weekend

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Former Nebraska football player Rickey Thenarse was arrested on burglary charges early Saturday morning after an alleged break-in at an apartment complex on Lincoln’s  northeast side. According to the Lincoln Police Department report, officers responded to a call at 12:40 a.m. from a 22-year-old woman who complained someone she did not know was banging on her front […] Read More »

Senators say Gov. Ricketts on board with prison reform (AUDIO)

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State senators pushing for prison reform say the new governor is on board with the effort. A number of bills have been filed this legislative session seeking to reduce prison population through reform. Judiciary Committee Chairman, Sen. Les Seiler of Hastings, says the legislature will work closely with new Corrections Director Scott Frakes as it […] Read More »

Heart failure hospitalizations spike after Super Bowl

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Nebraska hospitals and those around the country are bracing for “blitz” of heart failure patients shortly after Super Bowl Sunday. Dr. Marc Silver is a cardiologist and says that big game can cause big problems for diagnosed with heart problems. Dr. Silver says, “Heart failure hospitalizations in heart failure patients go up about 10% after […] Read More »

Nebraska gets failing grades on smoking prevention report card

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A new report card on Nebraska’s efforts to cut the use of tobacco products gives the state an A and three Fs. Nebraska received failing grades for its funding for cessation programs, funding for prevention and control and for its cigarette tax of 64-cents a pack. James Martinez, spokesman for the American Lung Association of […] Read More »

Senators propose changes to reduce prison population

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State senators who held hearings throughout the interim on various problems with the state prison system have proposed legislation for this session. Sen. Bob Krist of Omaha says it is important for legislators to continue the discussion about prison reform now that the session has started. “But it’s also very important that we move in […] Read More »

Man who stole $20K from Mom to gamble sentenced to probation

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A man who stole money from his elderly mother to feed a gambling habit has been sentenced to two years probation. District Judge Daniel Bryan, Jr. has sentenced William Gingery in Gage County District Court on the charge of felony theft by unlawful taking. Gage County Attorney Roger Harris told Judge Bryan in court that […] Read More »

Nebraska state unemployment rate dips below 3%

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The state unemployment rate dropped once again, falling slightly below three percent. The Nebraska Department of Labor reports the state unemployment rate dipped to 2.9% in December, two-tenths of a percent lower than the rate in November. Bureau of Business Research Director Eric Thompson at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln says the long-term forecast sees solid […] Read More »

Thin ice alert from Nebraska Game & Parks

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The Nebraska Game & Parks Commission is sounding the alarm about ice dangers on the state’s lakes and rivers.   Spokesman Greg Wagner says there have been several recent close calls for thrill-seekers walking on the ice and this is a dangerous game of horse-play.  Wagner says those ice fishing need to test drill the area […] Read More »