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Nebraska announces new approach to juvenile offenders
Nebraska announces new approach to juvenile offenders

Nebraska is changing the way it handles juvenile offenders following an incident in which teenage girls damaged a state-run housing unit in Geneva.

Authorities: 6-year-old burned when she fell into fire pit

Authorities: 6-year-old burned when she fell into fire pit

Authorities say a 6-year-old girl was burned when she fell into a fire pit at a pumpkin farm and event center south of Lincoln.

Ex-teacher accused of theft from show choir takes plea deal

Ex-teacher accused of theft from show choir takes plea deal

A former teacher accused of stealing from a show choir he directed in south-central Nebraska has taken a plea deal.

Guardsmen help search Lincoln prison for contraband

Guardsmen help search Lincoln prison for contraband

Officials say nearly three dozen Nebraska National Guardsmen helped search the Lincoln Correctional Center for contraband.

Iowa authorities recover body of missing Nebraska kayaker

Iowa authorities recover body of missing Nebraska kayaker

Iowa authorities have recovered the body of a missing kayaker from Nebraska.

Nebraska senators: More revenue could mean property tax cuts

Nebraska senators: More revenue could mean property tax cuts

Nebraska lawmakers who want to lower property taxes and replenish the state's rainy-day fund could have a slightly easier time accomplishing those goals next year, but many are still worried about the impact of major...

Craft fair scheduled next month at Mahoney State Park

Craft fair scheduled next month at Mahoney State Park

The Nebraska Game and Parks Commission is inviting people to do some early Christmas shopping at Mahoney State Park near Ashland.

Motorcyclist killed in late-night north-central Omaha crash

Motorcyclist killed in late-night north-central Omaha crash

Police say a motorcyclist has died following a collision with a car in north-central Omaha.

Police: Hit-and-run leaves woman dead in Lincoln; 1 arrested

Police: Hit-and-run leaves woman dead in Lincoln; 1 arrested

Police say a woman has died after being hit by a car in south Lincoln, which then fled the scene.

Omaha man crossing street hit, killed by car

Omaha man crossing street hit, killed by car

Police say a man crossing a south-central Omaha street at a marked crosswalk has died after being hit by a car that ran a red light.

Tips for Nebraska motorists to avoid deer collisions

Tips for Nebraska motorists to avoid deer collisions

Nebraska game and wildlife officials are offering tips to motorists to avoid collisions with deer this fall.

UNMC dentistry college opens renovated Omaha dental clinic

UNMC dentistry college opens renovated Omaha dental clinic

The University of Nebraska Medical Center's College of Dentistry has announced the opening of a renovated dental clinic in Omaha.

2 Omaha police officers collapse after checking cruiser

2 Omaha police officers collapse after checking cruiser

Omaha police are investigating what caused two officers in the city's Northwest Precinct to collapse within minutes of each other.

Flood-damaged highway reopens after months of repairs

Flood-damaged highway reopens after months of repairs

A flood-damaged highway that connects northwest Missouri to Nebraska has reopened after undergoing months of repairs.

Nebraska patrol says man hit by semi while walking on I-80

Nebraska patrol says man hit by semi while walking on I-80

The Nebraska State Patrol says a man whose vehicle had run out of fuel was struck and killed by a semitrailer as he walked down an Interstate 80 lane in western Nebraska.

Nebraska jobless mark of 3.1% unchanged for 3rd month

Nebraska jobless mark of 3.1% unchanged for 3rd month

Officials say Nebraska's unemployment was 3.1% in September, matching the August and July figures.

Nebraska court rejects lethal injection protocol challenge

Nebraska court rejects lethal injection protocol challenge

The lethal injection protocol that was used to execute a Nebraska prisoner last year has survived a legal challenge from death penalty opponents who had hoped to overturn it to prevent the state from carrying out capital...

Driver accused of fatally hitting girl surrenders

Driver accused of fatally hitting girl surrenders

A driver accused of fatally injuring a 10-year-old girl in a suburban Omaha crosswalk has surrendered.

Nebraska warrant issued for semi driver in fatal crash

Nebraska warrant issued for semi driver in fatal crash

A warrant has been issued for a California man involved in a construction zone crash in Nebraska that killed three people.

Colorado woman indicted in allege sell of human fetuses

Colorado woman indicted in allege sell of human fetuses

Federal officials in California have indicted a Colorado woman who is suspected of trying to sell three human fetuses and a fetal skeleton online.

Some US farmers get a reprieve at end of challenging year

Some US farmers get a reprieve at end of challenging year

Many farmers in the Midwest and South whose planting this year was besieged by wet weather are getting a reprieve, though a few Northern states have seen their harvest prospects go from bad to worse.

Bankers survey shows improved rural economy in October

Bankers survey shows improved rural economy in October

The latest survey of bankers in rural parts of 10 Plains and Western states showed an improved rural economy this month, but the ongoing trade disputes continue weighing on the economy.

Nebraska's average composite ACT score drops slightly

Nebraska's average composite ACT score drops slightly

Officials say Nebraska's average composite ACT score dropped for the 2019 graduating class but is among the highest of the 15 states that test almost all students.

2 people accused of arson in Christmas basement fire

2 people accused of arson in Christmas basement fire

Two people are accused of setting a fire on Christmas Day 2017 in the basement of an Omaha home as part of an insurance scam.

Authorities: At least 1 killed in Buffalo County crash

Authorities: At least 1 killed in Buffalo County crash

Authorities say at least one person has been killed and another injured in a Buffalo County collision.

U.S. Census Bureau opens its Nebraska office in Lincoln

U.S. Census Bureau opens its Nebraska office in Lincoln

The U.S. Census Bureau has opened its Nebraska office in Lincoln as it prepares for the 2020 count.

Ex-Santee schools official gets prison for kickback scheme

Ex-Santee schools official gets prison for kickback scheme

A federal judge in Lincoln has sentenced a former Santee Community Schools superintendent and Iowa resident to two years in prison for stealing hundreds of thousands of dollars in federal funds.

Nebraska day care worker accused of hurting toddler's arm

Nebraska day care worker accused of hurting toddler's arm

A Bellevue day care worker has been arrested after being accused of injuring a 2-year-old child in her care.

Man rescued after being trapped 24 hours in storm drain

Man rescued after being trapped 24 hours in storm drain

Authorities say a man's been rescued after being trapped in a Lincoln storm drain for at least 24 hours.

City eyes punishment for officials who leak session info

City eyes punishment for officials who leak session info

Proposals under consideration in an Omaha suburb could lead to the ouster of elected officials who leak information from meetings not open to the public.

Voters recall 2 Antelope County commissioners

Voters recall 2 Antelope County commissioners

Voters have recalled two northeast Nebraska county commissioners who were elected less than a year ago.

Lincoln teacher recipient of national Milken Educator Award

Lincoln teacher recipient of national Milken Educator Award

A Lincoln middle school science and English teacher has earned a Milken Educator Award, which carries a $25,000 cash prize.

Nebraska tax collections above projections in September

Nebraska tax collections above projections in September

Nebraska state government collected more tax revenue than expected in September.

Interstate section getting new name to end Iowa confusion

Interstate section getting new name to end Iowa confusion

By The Associated Press

Nebraska group forms to produce, recruit more tech workers

Nebraska group forms to produce, recruit more tech workers

Business, education and government leaders have announced a new effort to produce and recruit more tech workers for Nebraska.

Local debut scheduled for movie shot in North Platte

Local debut scheduled for movie shot in North Platte

The local debut of a movie shot in North Platte is scheduled for Friday night.

Suspect in Islamic Center theft scheduled for plea hearing

Suspect in Islamic Center theft scheduled for plea hearing

Court records say a man charged with breaking into the Islamic Center of Lawrence and stealing donations boxes was in possession of almost $1,200 in cash when he was arrested in a Kansas City suburb several days later.

Omaha mayor says she supports tax on vaping products

Omaha mayor says she supports tax on vaping products

Omaha's mayor says she supports a proposal to expand a tobacco tax to including vaping.

Outgoing NU President Hank Bounds gets $250K consulting deal

Outgoing NU President Hank Bounds gets $250K consulting deal

The University of Nebraska has hired its former president as a consultant for $250,000 a year to help raise money to build a new $155 million football and operations complex.

Officials investigate death of 32-year-old jail inmate

Officials investigate death of 32-year-old jail inmate

The death of a 32-year-old Douglas County jail inmate is being investigated to determine why she died.

Special youth hunting season set later this month

Special youth hunting season set later this month

Youths 15 and younger are encouraged to participate in the statewide youth pheasant, quail and partridge season on Oct. 19-20.

Game and Parks to give away free milkweed seeds in Norfolk

Game and Parks to give away free milkweed seeds in Norfolk

People who want to help preserve monarch butterflies can obtain free milkweed seed pods through the Nebraska Game and Parks Commission.

Nebraska could boost K-12 school aid to lower property taxes

Nebraska could boost K-12 school aid to lower property taxes

Nebraska lawmakers who pledged to lower property taxes are getting ready to try again with a proposal that would boost state aid for K-12 public schools while restricting the districts' taxing power.

Jury finds truck company negligent in New Mexico collision

Jury finds truck company negligent in New Mexico collision

A jury has found a trucking company to be negligent in a deadly 2017 highway collision and awarded $40.5 million in damages to the family of a Deming woman who died in the wreck.

Rain dampens Nebraska State Fair attendance, revenue

Rain dampens Nebraska State Fair attendance, revenue

Nebraska State Fair officials are blaming heavy rains for a drop in attendance and revenue at this summer's fair.

Police: Omaha man killed in single-vehicle crash

Police: Omaha man killed in single-vehicle crash

Police say an Omaha man has died in a late-night crash.

Bridge near Pender damaged in spring floods to reopen

Bridge near Pender damaged in spring floods to reopen

State transportation officials have announced the opening of a bridge near the northeast Nebraska town of Pender that had been significantly damaged in historic spring flooding.

The Latest: Storm dumps foot of snow in North Dakota

The Latest: Storm dumps foot of snow in North Dakota

Authorities in western Nebraska say a Scottsbluff man has died in a crash on an icy highway near the border of Dawes County and Sheridan County.

Man arrested after marijuana found in gift-wrapped boxes

Man arrested after marijuana found in gift-wrapped boxes

The Nebraska State Patrol says a trooper found nearly 70 pounds (31.75 kilograms) of marijuana inside gift-wrapped boxes in a vehicle.

Scottsbluff man dies in western Nebraska crash on icy road

Scottsbluff man dies in western Nebraska crash on icy road

Authorities in western Nebraska say a Scottsbluff man has died in a crash on an icy highway near the border of Dawes County and Sheridan County.

Authorities say man died after vehicle rolled atop him

Authorities say man died after vehicle rolled atop him

Authorities say a man died after a vehicle rolled onto him in the central Nebraska community of Ord.

Flood victims moving from refuge at Iowa state park

Flood victims moving from refuge at Iowa state park

Some people forced from their homes by Missouri River floodwaters will be leaving their refuge at an Iowa state park.

Omaha-based Scooter's Coffee buying Crane Coffee

Omaha-based Scooter's Coffee buying Crane Coffee

Omaha-based Scooter's Coffee is buying a local competitor, Crane Coffee.

Missing prison inmate found in Omaha suburb

Missing prison inmate found in Omaha suburb

A state prisoner reported missing from a community facility in Lincoln has been found in an Omaha suburb.

Nebraska official avoids conflict over mine firm incentives

Nebraska official avoids conflict over mine firm incentives

State officials say Nebraska's tax commissioner was not involved in the decision to approve up to $200 million in tax incentives for a mining company in which he is a shareholder.

Papillion city councilman accused of bruising 5-year-old

Papillion city councilman accused of bruising 5-year-old

A Papillion city councilman has been cited for suspicion of negligent child abuse after being accused of leaving bruises on his girlfriend's 5-year-old son.

Student charged after school initially doesn't report threat

Student charged after school initially doesn't report threat

A 15-year-old southeastern Nebraska boy has been arrested after being accused of making a school threat last month that school officials didn't initially report to authorities.

Season greeting: Fall snowstorm pushing through Great Plains

Season greeting: Fall snowstorm pushing through Great Plains

A powerful winter-like storm moving through the Great Plains is closing schools and causing travel headaches in multiple states.

Snow, high winds pose danger in northwest Nebraska

Snow, high winds pose danger in northwest Nebraska

By The Associated Press

Company exec sentenced for not paying withholding taxes

Company exec sentenced for not paying withholding taxes

A former financial controller of an Omaha business has been given a year and a day in prison for not paying federal withholding taxes.

'Flash drought' brings dust and dread to southern farmers

'Flash drought' brings dust and dread to southern farmers

Across a vast expanse of the South spanning from Texas to Maryland, there are growing concerns for the cattle, cotton and corn amid a worsening drought that has been fueled this past summer by record hot temperatures.

2 deaths near military base investigated as murder-suicide

2 deaths near military base investigated as murder-suicide

Court records show the shooting deaths last month of an Offutt Air Force Base airman and his wife are being investigated as a murder-suicide.

2 tribal leaders resign from task force to protest pipeline

2 tribal leaders resign from task force to protest pipeline

Two tribal leaders have resigned from a Montana task force in protest of the state attorney general's support of a proposed oil pipeline from Canada.

Fall snowstorm blasts Rockies, heading toward Midwest

Fall snowstorm blasts Rockies, heading toward Midwest

A fall snowstorm is snarling traffic and causing power outages in the Rocky Mountains as it slowly moves across the northern U.S. toward the Great Plains.

Judge weighs renewed Keystone XL oil pipeline arguments

Judge weighs renewed Keystone XL oil pipeline arguments

A Montana judge must decide whether to once again block the proposed Keystone XL oil pipeline or side with the U.S. government attorneys who want him to uphold President Donald Trump's permit to cross the U.S.-Canada...

Police ID Nebraska restaurant patron fatally shot by officer

Police ID Nebraska restaurant patron fatally shot by officer

Police have released the name of a man who was fatally shot by a uniformed railroad officer after the man rammed his truck into a Nebraska restaurant.

2 more charges filed against central Nebraska prosecutor

2 more charges filed against central Nebraska prosecutor

The state attorney general's office has filed two more misdemeanor charges against the top prosecutor in central Nebraska's Custer County.