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News Minute: Here is the latest Nebraska news from The Associated Press at 5:40 p.m. CST
News Minute: Here is the latest Nebraska news from The Associated Press at 5:40 p.m. CST

Authorities say four people died in two different crashes in eastern Nebraska Sunday on snowy roads. Westbound Interstate 80 was closed between Omaha and Lincoln for several hours after a multiple vehicle crash that...

Classes set for people who want to learn how to hunt turkeys

Classes set for people who want to learn how to hunt turkeys

A noncredit course of instruction has been scheduled at a southeast Nebraska junior college for people who want to learn how to hunt turkeys. Nebraska Game and Parks Commission professionals and local hunting experts will...

Man nabbed in sex-trafficking sting gets prison sentence

Man nabbed in sex-trafficking sting gets prison sentence

A Nebraska man who thought he was meeting a 15-year-old girl at an Iowa motel for sex has been sentenced to three years in prison. The Des Moines Register reports a federal judge sentenced John Daniel Nielsen for travel...

2 killed, 2 critically injured in vehicle crash in Nebraska

2 killed, 2 critically injured in vehicle crash in Nebraska

OMAHA, Neb. - Two people are dead and two others are critically injured after a single-vehicle crash early Saturday morning. The Omaha World-Herald reports the crash occurred around 3:15 a.m. after a vehicle traveling at a...

Want to learn how to ice fish? Agency sets several events

Want to learn how to ice fish? Agency sets several events

People can learn the basics of ice fishing or pick up some tips from experienced anglers during several January events. The Nebraska Game and Parks Commission says classroom instruction for beginners is scheduled Jan. 6 at...

1 dies in Saunders County crash on icy highway

1 dies in Saunders County crash on icy highway

One person has died when the driver of a pickup truck lost control on an icy highway in eastern Nebraska and collided with an oncoming vehicle. The Saunders County Sheriff's Office says the Friday morning crash...

Nebraska state tax collections beat expectations in November

Nebraska state tax collections beat expectations in November

Nebraska state government collected more tax revenue than expected last month. The state Department of Revenue on Friday reported net tax receipts of $432 million in November, which is 6.6% above the certified projection...

Man accused of interfering with flight attendant acquitted

Man accused of interfering with flight attendant acquitted

OMAHA, Neb. - A man accused of interfering with a flight attendant on a plane diverted to Omaha has been acquitted. Timothy Columbare, of Mansfield, Massachusetts, was found not guilty Wednesday in U.S. District Court in...

Man gets 25 years for trying to kill police informant

Man gets 25 years for trying to kill police informant

SIOUX CITY, Iowa - A Sioux City man has been given 25 years in prison for trying to kill a police informant. The Sioux City Journal reports that Isaac McDonald was sentenced Wednesday in U.S. District Court in Sioux City....

Nebraska college savings plan to get new manager, lower fees

Nebraska college savings plan to get new manager, lower fees

Nebraska's state-sponsored college savings plan is getting a new program manager and lower fees. State officials recently approved Nebraska-based Union Bank & Trust to manage the Nebraska Educational Savings Trust...

Man pleads not guilty in slaying of girlfriend’s daughter

Man pleads not guilty in slaying of girlfriend’s daughter

A Sioux City man accused of fatally injuring his girlfriend's 19-month-old daughter has pleaded not guilty. Tayvon Davis entered written pleas Thursday to charges of first-degree murder and other crimes. Court records...

City attorney suspended; administrator won't say why

City attorney suspended; administrator won't say why

A city attorney in southeast Nebraska's Gage County has been suspended. The city administrator in Beatrice is Tobias Tempelmeyer, and he says Abigail Stark is still being paid by the city. He won't say publicly...

Community divided over nativity scene on courthouse lawn

Community divided over nativity scene on courthouse lawn

CENTERVILLE, Iowa - An atheist leader says his organization will fight to add displays of its own if a nativity scene is returned to a courthouse lawn in southern Iowa. The Daily Iowegian reports that the nativity scene...

Authorities release name of Colfax County crash victim

Authorities release name of Colfax County crash victim

Authorities have released the name of a driver who died when his pickup truck rammed into an oncoming semitrailer on U.S. Highway 30 in eastern Nebraska's Colfax County. The crash was reported about 7:30 a.m. Thursday,...

Police: Man reported missing in February was homicide victim

Police: Man reported missing in February was homicide victim

Police say a man reported missing in February in Omaha was a homicide victim. Police in Council Bluffs, Iowa, took a missing person report on 37-year-old Joseph Hellman, on Feb. 21. He was last seen in Omaha and the report...

Nebraska native will lead Omaha World-Herald newsroom

Nebraska native will lead Omaha World-Herald newsroom

The Omaha World-Herald has named Randy Essex as its executive editor. World-Herald President and Publisher Todd Sears announced Thursday that Essex would lead the newspaper, saying his leadership experience at several...

Carbon monoxide poisoning likely killed girl, documents say

Carbon monoxide poisoning likely killed girl, documents say

Carbon monoxide poisoning is the apparent cause of death for a 4-year-old Nebraska girl, whose Kansas grandfather is charged with first-degree murder. The Topeka Capital-Journal on Thursday cited court records related to...

NPPD to keep electricity rates flat, and offer bill credits

NPPD to keep electricity rates flat, and offer bill credits

Nebraska's largest utility will keep electricity rates flat next year and give customers a small credit on their bills starting in February. The Nebraska Public Power District's board approved the 2020 rates on...

Pickup driver dies after hitting semi on slick highway

Pickup driver dies after hitting semi on slick highway

RICHLAND, Neb. - Authorities say a pickup truck driver was killed Thursday morning when the pickup rammed into an oncoming semitrailer on U.S. Highway 30 in eastern Nebraska's Colfax County. The crash occurred about a...

Singers want to be home for Christmas, not just in dreams

Singers want to be home for Christmas, not just in dreams

A Nebraska theater troupe got scrooged by a bus crash that led to the cancellation of its national tour of “A Christmas Carol.” Now performers are singing a different tune - they just want to be home for Christmas. The...

Man with ax, crowbar arrested after threats at city offices

Man with ax, crowbar arrested after threats at city offices

Authorities say a man armed with an ax and crowbar was arrested after making threats at a city office in southeast Nebraska. The Jefferson County Sheriff's Office said Wednesday that a city of Fairbury employee...

Officials: Lincoln prison inmates infected with salmonella

Officials: Lincoln prison inmates infected with salmonella

Officials say at least six inmates who became ill last month probably ate something they shouldn't have at a Lincoln prison and became infected by salmonella. The Lincoln Correctional Center prisoners are recovering...

2 ex-Nebraska football players face sex assault allegations

2 ex-Nebraska football players face sex assault allegations

Two former University of Nebraska football players accused of sexually assaulting a 19-year-old fellow student are set to be released from jail after a judge allowed them to post bond, and attorneys for both men say they...

Fire destroys historic church near Shelton

Fire destroys historic church near Shelton

Fire has destroyed a historic church near the central Nebraska city of Shelton. The fire at the Zion Lutheran Church was reported just after 7 a.m. Wednesday. Firefighters who arrived minutes later found the structure was...

Nebraska man held in 1982 killing of Salt Lake City woman

Nebraska man held in 1982 killing of Salt Lake City woman

Authorities say a Nebraska man has been arrested in a cold-case killing of a Salt Lake City woman in her apartment. The South Sioux City Police Department said 55-year-old Bryan Reed awaits extradition to face Utah charges...

Flooded farmers face growing dilemma in warming world

Flooded farmers face growing dilemma in warming world

This year’s record rainfall and devastating flooding are forcing tough decisions about the future of farming in in the face of climate change. Farmers who lost billions of dollars in grain, livestock and equipment must...

K-9 detects suspicious package at Air Force base gate

K-9 detects suspicious package at Air Force base gate

Authorities say a military K-9 detected a suspicious package Wednesday morning at an Air Force base near Omaha. The U.S. Air Force said in a news release that the dog alerted security personnel to the package inside a...

Board sets election on $290M Lincoln school bond measure

Board sets election on $290M Lincoln school bond measure

The school board has scheduled a special election Feb. 11 so voters can decide whether to issue $290 million in bonds to build two more high schools, an elementary and other facilities.The board voted unanimously Tuesday...

Bus overturns on Interstate 95 in Maine, 4 passengers hurt

Bus overturns on Interstate 95 in Maine, 4 passengers hurt

Maine State Police say a charter bus with 35 people on board overturned on Interstate 95 after the driver fell asleep, and four passengers suffered minor injuries. Police say the bus drifted off the road late Tuesday,...

New trial date set for driver in collision that killed 3

New trial date set for driver in collision that killed 3

A trial has been delayed again for a woman who survived a central Nebraska collision that killed three passengers in the car she was driving. Dawson County District Court records say Angelique Kampmann has pleaded not...

2 Virginia men sentenced for illegal hunting in Nebraska

2 Virginia men sentenced for illegal hunting in Nebraska

Two Virginia men will serve one year of probation and pay $20,000 each in fines and restitution for illegally shooting wildlife in Nebraska. Prosecutors announced that 39-year-old Gregg Davis, of Ruckersville, Virginia,...

Illini sell more beer than expected at home football games

Illini sell more beer than expected at home football games

CHAMPAIGN, Ill. - University of Illinois athletic officials say football fans have been thirstier than expected. The News-Gazette reports Memorial Stadium beer sales totaled roughly $488,000 at home games. When school...

Nebraska AG appeals dismissal of charges against prosecutor

Nebraska AG appeals dismissal of charges against prosecutor

Nebraska's attorney general is appealing a county judge's decision to dismiss misdemeanor charges against a local prosecutor. The attorney general's office recently asked a district court to review the case...

Man cleared in shooting takes deal in related case

Man cleared in shooting takes deal in related case

A southeast Nebraska man accused of shooting two brothers - one fatally - has taken a plea deal in another case.

18-year-old sentenced for pharmacy robbery in Omaha suburb

18-year-old sentenced for pharmacy robbery in Omaha suburb

An 18-year-old has been imprisoned for his role in robbing a pharmacy in an Omaha suburb. Prosecutors said Monday that Otis Brown III has been given eight years and a day in prison and must serve five years of supervised...

Dozens of bronze vases stolen fr

Dozens of bronze vases stolen fr

Dozens of bronze headstone flower vases have been stolen from a cemetery in Lincoln. Police say each vase was valued at $50, so the loss is estimated at $2,000. The thefts were reported Saturday at Lincoln Memorial Park....

Nebraska man charged after wrong-way Iowa interstate crash

Nebraska man charged after wrong-way Iowa interstate crash

SIOUX CITY, Iowa - Authorities have arrested a Nebraska man who allegedly drove the wrong-way on Interstate 29 in Iowa and crashed into a sports utility vehicle. Authorities say 32-year-old Nickolas Kevin Diediker, of...

Nebraska district says drivers not stopping for school buses

Nebraska district says drivers not stopping for school buses

HASTINGS, Neb. - A Nebraska school district is asking drivers to obey state traffic laws after getting reports that some drivers aren't stopping for school buses with their stop sign arms extended. The Hastings Tribune...

Mental health services a concern in rural Nebraska schools

Mental health services a concern in rural Nebraska schools

SCOTTSBLUFF, Neb. - The president of Nebraska's public-school teachers' union says she's hearing concerns from rural schools about a lack of mental health services and state equalization aid. The Star-Herald in...

Woman critically hurt when struck while crossing street

Woman critically hurt when struck while crossing street

A 44-year-old Omaha woman is critically injured after she was struck by a vehicle while crossing a street in midtown Omaha. Omaha Police said Mandy Embury was injured Saturday night in a hit-and-run crash. The incident...

Pilot suffers minor injuries in helicopter crash at Omaha

Pilot suffers minor injuries in helicopter crash at Omaha

Officials say one person has been injured in a helicopter crash at the Millard Airport in Omaha. Television station KETV reports that the crash happened just before 2 p.m. Saturday as the helicopter was trying to land....

Woman injured in western Nebraska crash dies of injuries

Woman injured in western Nebraska crash dies of injuries

Authorities say a Scottsbluff woman who was injured last month along with her 6-year-old son in a crash in western Nebraska has died. The Scottsbluff Star-Herald reports that 28-year-old Holly Heath died at Regional West...

Man charged with murder in man's death held without bail

Man charged with murder in man's death held without bail

An Omaha man charged in the death of another man has been ordered held without bail. The Omaha World-Herald reports that order came Friday against 36-year-old Louis French Jr., who is charged with first-degree murder and a...

Nebraska fireworks co. fined for falsifying safety records

Nebraska fireworks co. fined for falsifying safety records

An eastern Nebraska fireworks company has been sentenced to three years’ probation and ordered to pay a $35,000 fine for falsifying work safety records. U.S. Attorney for Nebraska Joe Kelly announced that Wild Willy’s...

Omaha police: Man concealed body of mother dead since July

Omaha police: Man concealed body of mother dead since July

Omaha police have charged a man with concealing the death of his mother, whose body was found in a bedroom months after her death. Police on Thursday arrested 47-year-old Shawn P. Snoza on a misdemeanor charge of...

UNMC, Nebraska Medicine planning new $1-$2B building project

UNMC, Nebraska Medicine planning new $1-$2B building project

The University of Nebraska Medical Center and Nebraska Medicine are in the early planning stages of developing a new state-of-the-art research and patient care facility. Officials said at a news conference Thursday that he...

Woman: Drugs found in Nebraska traffic were birthday gift

Woman: Drugs found in Nebraska traffic were birthday gift

A pair from Minnesota face felony drugs charges after a traffic stop in Nebraska turned up more than 2 pounds (0.91 kilograms) of marijuana, several packages of THC concentrate wax, vape pen cartridges and concentrated...

Storm topples 3 communications towers in western Nebraska

Storm topples 3 communications towers in western Nebraska

A western Nebraska communications provider is scrambling to restore service after a wintery weekend storm toppled three of the company’s service towers in the Nebraska Panhandle. The Scottsbluff Star Herald reports that...

Amount of water released into Missouri River being reduced

Amount of water released into Missouri River being reduced

The amount of water being released into the lower Missouri River is being reduced ahead of winter, so flooded areas along the river will see some relief. The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers says the amount of water being...

2 Russians charged in multimillion-dollar malware scheme

2 Russians charged in multimillion-dollar malware scheme

The Justice Department has unsealed charges against two Russian men in what authorities say is one of the worst computer hacking and bank fraud schemes of the past decade. In a related move, the Treasury Department has...

Police: Man fatally shot on Little Italy neighborhood street

Police: Man fatally shot on Little Italy neighborhood street

Omaha police say they're searching for a pair of suspects in the shooting death of a 33-year-old man in the city’s Little Italy neighborhood south of downtown. Officers were called to the area around 2:40 p.m....

Police say 4 arrested in August death now deemed a homicide

Police say 4 arrested in August death now deemed a homicide

Police in Omaha say four people have been arrested in the August death of a man. The case began on Aug. 6, when officers were called to an apartment complex in the Radial Hills neighborhood north of midtown Omaha. There,...

Regents confirm Carter to lead University of Nebraska system

Regents confirm Carter to lead University of Nebraska system

Officials on Thursday confirmed a career military man and former superintendent of the U.S. Naval Academy as the president of the University of Nebraska system. The university Board of Regents confirmed Walter “Ted” Carter...

Hepatitis A outbreak tied to berries spreads to 1 more state

Hepatitis A outbreak tied to berries spreads to 1 more state

A hepatitis A outbreak tied to blackberries sold in Fresh Thyme grocery stores now includes 16 confirmed cases in six states.

Bennet volunteer firefighter injured fighting car fire

Bennet volunteer firefighter injured fighting car fire

A Bennet volunteer firefighter is recovering after being injured while responding to a car fire east of Lincoln.

Signs seek to slow traffic at Papillion intersection

Signs seek to slow traffic at Papillion intersection

The city of Papillion is using signs to try to slow traffic at a downtown intersection where a 10-year-old girl was fatally hit by a car earlier this year.

Over 500K pot vapes seized in 2 years as busts rise in US

Over 500K pot vapes seized in 2 years as busts rise in US

As health officials scrutinize marijuana vaping, it’s increasingly on law enforcement’s radar, too.

Omaha police investigating death of man in yard as homicide

Omaha police investigating death of man in yard as homicide

Omaha police are investigating the death of a man found in a yard as a homicide.

Man pleads no contest in crash that killed UNL band member

Man pleads no contest in crash that killed UNL band member

A Lincoln man has pleaded no contest to motor vehicle homicide charges stemming from a 2018 crash that killed a member of the Cornhusker Marching Band.

8 Nebraska State Fair workers lose jobs amid restructuring

8 Nebraska State Fair workers lose jobs amid restructuring

Eight full-time employees at the Nebraska State Fair have lost their jobs.

Flood fixes for prominent Nebraska trail may take 1-2 years

Flood fixes for prominent Nebraska trail may take 1-2 years

It could take up to two years to repair a 195-mile-long trail in northern Nebraska after major flooding damaged several segments used by bikers, hikers, runners and horse-riders.

Omaha gets $4.7 million federal grant for 11 new buses

Omaha gets $4.7 million federal grant for 11 new buses

Omaha is receiving a $4.7 million federal grant to help buy new city buses to replace older buses in its fleet.

The Latest: 3 children missing in Arizona after heavy rains

The Latest: 3 children missing in Arizona after heavy rains

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