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The Nebraska Unicameral votes to repeal the death penalty (AUDIO)

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State lawmakers have voted to repeal the death penalty. The Unicameral voted 32-15 to pass LB 268, which would repeal the death penalty in favor of life in prison. Two senators did not vote. Prior to the final vote, legislators voted 34-14 to end a filibuster against the measure led by Sen. Beau McCoy of […]

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Omaha police officer injured in shooting

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The victim in a shooting is an Omaha police officer. He is one of two people rushed to a hospital after shots were fired near 32nd and Martin Avenue in the northeast part of the city. Witnesses say medics were performing CPR on the officer before he was taken to a hospital. The officer and […]

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Governor Ricketts opposes DREAMers bill getting strong support in Unicameral

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Gov. Pete Ricketts opposes a move by legislators to grant driver’s licenses to the children of immigrants who entered the country illegally. Nebraska lawmakers advanced to LB 623 last week on a 37-8 vote. The bill allows driver’s licenses to DREAMers, young immigrants brought into the country illegally as children. Ricketts had not previously discussed the bill. […]

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Study: Nebraska needs more kids in families & foster families

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A new report shows Nebraska has made improvements, but still has too many children living in institutions and group care situations, not families. The report from the Annie E. Casey Foundation finds 16% of children in the foster care system in Nebraska were placed outside of families, compared to the national average of 14%. Tracey […]

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Gov. Ricketts tours riot-damaged Tecumseh prison (AUDIO)

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State officials vow to get Tecumseh prison back to normal in the aftermath of a deadly riot more than a week ago and make improvements within the Department of Correctional Services. With the closing of a prison door, Gov. Pete Ricketts led news media on a tour of Tecumseh prison Tuesday, viewing the destruction in […]

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Asphalt scam alert from the BBB

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If someone knocks on your door wanting to asphalt your driveway, Jim Hegarty with the Better Business Bureau – Nebraska says just say no. He says it could be part of a regular springtime scam.  Hegarty says these folks are typically “travelers” or gypsies and have camps south of Nebraska. They head north when the […]

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Preventing a “Waco” event in Nebraska

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Law enforcement agencies in Waco, Texas continue to deal with last weekend’s motorcycle gang brawl at a Twin Peaks restaurant that left nine people dead and 18 injured. Douglas County Sheriff Tim Dunning says there is a plan in place for the metro area if something like that would happen here. Sheriff Dunning says, “They […]

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Budget debate erupts after Unicameral approves $8.6B budget (AUDIO)

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State legislators might have approved the $8.6 billion state budget, but the battle over the budget seems far from over. Sen. Mike Groene of North Platte took to the floor of the legislature Monday to renew his contention that state spending would grow by more than the 3.1% figure touted by the legislature’s Appropriations Committee. […]

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Activist group polls members for direction following pipeline battle

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Leaders of the group BOLD Nebraska vow to continue fighting the approval of TransCanada’s Keystone XL oil pipeline. Director Jane Kleeb says they’re now surveying members to find out what direction they want the group to go in their opposition to the pipeline. “We don’t have the final rejection yet although we are hoping it’s going […]

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Unicameral advances another medical marijuana bill

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A second medical marijuana bill has advanced in the Unicameral. Sen. Sue Crawford of Bellevue sponsors Legislative Bill 390 which would authorize a pilot program at the University of Nebraska Medical Center to use a marijuana oil to treat intractable epileptic seizures. “Under this bill, the only allowed substance is cannabidiol or CBD that contains […]

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Unicameral advances another medical marijuana bill

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A second medical marijuana bill has advanced in the Unicameral. Sen. Sue Crawford of Bellevue sponsors Legislative Bill 390 which would authorize a pilot program at the University of Nebraska Medical Center to use a marijuana oil to treat intractable epileptic seizures. “Under this bill, the only allowed substance is cannabidiol or CBD that contains […]

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Motorcycle-SUV crash kills Grand Island man

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A Grand Island man is dead after a motorcycle and SUV collided Sunday afternoon. Grand Island police have identified the man as 39-year-old Todd Schlender.  Authorities say Schlender was riding his motorcycle south on Webb Road when an SUV headed the opposite way turned in front of him to enter a business parking lot.  Schlender […]

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Ticket deadline for Cattlemen’s Ball is Friday

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This is the last call for tickets to the 2015 Cattlemen’s Ball scheduled for June 5th and 6th. The ball will be held at the Redbird Ranch near Lynch, Nebraska. Event co-chairperson Deb Hilker says events Friday include a golf tournament, reception, a live auction and a dance. Saturday starts at 9 am with a […]

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Process in carrying out death sentences

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Nebraska state officials announced last week the purchase of two drugs that are needed in order to carry out death sentences. Nebraska Attorney General Doug Peterson says the drugs have been ordered but not yet received by the Department of Corrections. Peterson says, “Once those drugs are delivered they will be tested. We already have […]

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Nebraska native confirmed dead in Nepal copter crash

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Family members of a south central Nebraska native who was on a Marine helicopter that went down while on an earthquake relief mission in Nepal last week have confirmed the man’s death. Keith Lukasiewicz, the father of Captain Justin Lukasiewicz, said his family was officially notified of Justin’s death on Saturday. The Wilcox native was […]

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