Man killed in early morning crash near Palmyra

45-year-old Michael McClintock of Pawnee City was killed in the crash. Two others are in critical condition. Go to Source Author: Lincoln Journal Star Top Featured Tags: – Nebraska NewsPress Release Distribution Service

End of an era: Memories abound as Skate Island is razed in Grand Island

Skate Island owner Steve Anderson said the demolition was too painful to watch. “It’s heartbreaking.” Go to Source Author: JEFF BAHR Grand Island Independent Top Featured Tags: – Nebraska NewsPress Release Distribution Service

Report: 21 policy options to reform Nebraska’s criminal justice system

A group of Nebraska public officials from across the criminal justice system on Friday released the results of a months-long probe into the state’s overcrowded prison system. Go to Source Author: Sara Gentzler Omaha World-Herald Top Featured Tags: – Nebraska NewsPress Release Distribution Service

Nebraska tax collections beat expectations by $35M in December

Nebraska has collected $2.859 billion so far in the current fiscal year, which began July 1, 2021. That’s 2.7% higher than the forecasted amounted $2.785 billion for this point in the year. Go to Source Author: Associated Press Top Featured Tags: – Nebraska NewsPress Release Distribution Service

Home confinement instead of jail time recommended for Omahan in Capitol riot

Federal prosecutors are recommending against jail time for an Omaha-based “social media influencer” who filmed himself participating in the Jan. 6, 2021, attack on the U.S. Capitol. Go to Source Author: Nancy Gaarder Omaha World-Herald Top Featured Tags: – Nebraska NewsPress Release Distribution Service

Nebraska state troopers find 130 pounds of pot and a handgun during traffic stop

A trooper saw a Ford Explorer fail to signal a turn after exiting Interstate 80 at mile marker 360, near Waco. During the traffic stop, the trooper became suspicious of criminal activity. Go to Source Author: Omaha World-Herald Top Featured Tags: – Nebraska NewsPress Release Distribution Service

Alisha Shelton files as Democratic contender for Omaha House seat

If elected, she said, she would be the first Black woman to represent metropolitan Omaha’s 2nd District. Go to Source Author: DON WALTON Lincoln Journal Star Top Featured Tags: – Nebraska NewsPress Release Distribution Service

Nebraska Medicine enacts crisis plan amid COVID surge

At Lincoln-based Bryan Health, crisis standards have not been formally enacted, but offices said many of the elements in its plan are in place and have been for some time, including redeploying staff and repurposing clinical space. Go to Source Author: Julie Anderson Omaha World-Herald Top Featured Tags: – Nebraska NewsPress Release Distribution Service

Bill allowing cities to create broadband networks assigned to wrong committee, senator says

Omaha Sen. Justin Wayne argued that a bill allowing municipalities to essentially offer broadband as a utility should have been heard by the Urban Affairs Committee and not the Transportation and Telecommunications Committee. Go to Source Author: CHRIS DUNKER Lincoln Journal Star Top Featured Tags: – Nebraska NewsPress Release Distribution Service

Ricketts plans to temporarily raise rates paid to some health and human service providers

Nebraska Gov. Pete Ricketts announced plans to temporarily raise rates paid to some care providers in the hopes of stabilizing their operations during the pandemic. Go to Source Author: Emily Nitcher Omaha World-Herald Top Featured Tags: – Nebraska NewsPress Release Distribution Service

3 out of every 4 cases in state are likely omicron, official says

COVID-19 hospitalizations make up 15% of all hospitalizations in the state, a threshold that could trigger additional restrictions on elective surgeries if it continues over the next week, the state’s chief medical officer said. Go to Source Author: MATT OLBERDING Lincoln Journal Star Top Featured Tags: – Nebraska NewsPress Release Distribution Service

Opponents again block bill granting tax credits for donations to private school scholarship programs

Sen. Lou Ann Linehan of Elkhorn, who sponsored the Opportunity Scholarships Act (LB364), said she plans to reintroduce the measure again in the 2022 legislative session. Go to Source Author: CHRIS DUNKER Lincoln Journal Star Top Featured Tags: – Nebraska NewsPress Release Distribution Service

Southwest Iowa girl dies after being struck by police cruiser

A 12-year-old girl was killed in Red Oak, Iowa, on Monday night after being struck by a police car heading to an apartment fire. Go to Source Author: Omaha World-Herald Top Featured Tags: – Nebraska NewsPress Release Distribution Service

Fortenberry’s attorney argues his statements to agents should be tossed

A prosecutor in the congressman’s case said when someone in an investigation is told what their status is, it’s not a promise that it won’t change. Go to Source Author: LORI PILGER Lincoln Journal Star Top Featured Tags: – Nebraska NewsPress Release Distribution Service

Ricketts will seek $500 million Platte River canal system appropriation now

Nebraska’s governor said the South Platte River Compact “specifically provides Nebraska authority over water and land in Colorado” for construction of a canal to ensure access to a share of the water from the river. Go to Source Author: DON WALTON Lincoln Journal Star Top Featured Tags: – Nebraska NewsPress Release Distribution Service

Once dead, convention of states proposal passes first-round test

The Legislature advanced a resolution calling for Nebraska to join a convention of states on a 32-10 vote after a first-round filibuster attempt was scrapped Monday afternoon, the first day of floor debate in the 2022 session. Go to Source Author: CHRIS DUNKER Lincoln Journal Star Top Featured Tags: – Nebraska NewsPress Release Distribution Service

New job for Omaha native Symone Sanders: MSNBC host

Omaha native Symone Sanders, who has left her role as senior adviser and spokeswoman for Vice President Kamala Harris, has been hired by MSNBC. Go to Source Author: Sara Gentzler Omaha World-Herald Top Featured Tags: – Nebraska NewsPress Release Distribution Service

Omicron wave could overwhelm hospitals, Nebraska leaders say

COVID cases in Lancaster County last week reached an all-time high during the pandemic of nearly 2,900, topping the previous record of 2,100. Go to Source Author: MATT OLBERDING Lincoln Journal Star Top Featured Tags: – Nebraska NewsPress Release Distribution Service

Paying the price: Nebraska gun law helped spark nation-leading prison growth

A look at how past actions by lawmakers have played a role in Nebraska’s nation-leading incarceration spike. Go to Source Author: Henry J. Cordes World-Herald Staff Writer Top Featured Tags: – Nebraska NewsPress Release Distribution Service

Former UNK football player dies in crash near Ashland

Hinwa Allieu, 24, was headed east on Interstate 80 south of Ashland when the Dodge Ram pickup he was driving left the road and entered the median. The pickup went airborne and landed about 90 feet away, according to officials. Go to Source Author: Lincoln Journal Star Top Featured Tags: – Nebraska NewsPress Release Distribution…

30-year-old man killed in Omaha shooting

Police said 30-year-old Kiaris Avant was found with a gunshot wound to the head near 30th and U streets shortly after 8 p.m. Saturday. Go to Source Author: Associated Press Top Featured Tags: – Nebraska NewsPress Release Distribution Service

Investment in natural resources joins Ricketts’ 2022 priority list

Tax relief, workforce development, corporate tax reduction and pro-life legislation are among Gov. Pete Ricketts’ priorities for his final year leading the state. Go to Source Author: DON WALTON Lincoln Journal Star Top Featured Tags: – Nebraska NewsPress Release Distribution Service

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