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Bernie Kanger formally promoted to Omaha fire chief

2 hours 41 min ago
Kanger, who will be paid an annual salary of $146,676, had been serving as interim chief since August. He succeeds Mike McDonnell, who retired.

A recap of what got done — and what didn't — in the 2014 legislative session

5 hours 32 min ago
The Nebraska Legislature wraps up a busy, yet often rancorous and frustrating, session today. We offer you a checklist of major legislation passed, and not passed, this year.

UNK plans major 104-acre 'millennial campus' expansion

5 hours 32 min ago
University Village will include not only student housing, but also public residential areas, restaurants, retail and recreation areas

U.S. House incumbents have deeper pockets than their challengers

5 hours 32 min ago
In the 2nd District, Rep. Lee Terry had $762,000 in his war chest as of March 31. His primary opponent, Dan Frei, had about $19,000. On the Democratic side, State Sen. Brad Ashford had $74,000 in cash.

Iowa teen competent to stand trial in foster brother's death, 2 experts testify

5 hours 32 min ago
But they acknowledge that he is immature and has extensive problems

Gov. Heineman signs water bill; sponsor calls it 'landmark legislation'

5 hours 32 min ago
LINCOLN — Gov. Dave Heineman signed legislation Wednesday that takes major steps to address water scarcity, water surpluses and water quality across the state.

New UNO center strengthens ties between campus, community

5 hours 32 min ago
The center, officially opening today on the University of Nebraska at Omaha's Dodge Street campus, is filled with university organizations and small nonprofits committed to the public good.

Senate candidate Shane Osborn to include anti-tax activist Norquist in telephone town hall

5 hours 32 min ago
Osborn and Grover Norquist, president of Americans for Tax Reform, will talk about tax issues, and then listeners can ask questions.

Attorney: Man accused of trying to open plane's door needs psychiatric evaluation

Wed, 04/16/2014 - 19:51
A passenger who disrupted a Southwest Airlines flight that was diverted to Omaha needs to undergo a psychiatric evaluation, his attorney says.

Hearing on proposed UNL budget cuts draws fanfare, 1 comment

Wed, 04/16/2014 - 19:46
The cuts planned by Chancellor Harvey Perlman are intended to fix a shortfall of about 1 percent of the university's $407.5 million annual operating budget.

Brothers looking for pot sentenced for violent home invasion

Wed, 04/16/2014 - 19:42
Two Omaha brothers were sentenced to lengthy prison terms within minutes of each other Wednesday for gun charges stemming from a violent home invasion.

Gov. Heineman calls 2014 a 'very good year for Nebraska taxpayers'

Wed, 04/16/2014 - 19:10
State lawmakers advanced a tax-relief package that added up to $412 million over five years this session, but did not include Heineman's sought-after income tax cuts.

Ex-Iowan behind landmark free speech case recounts story in Bellevue

Wed, 04/16/2014 - 18:14
In 1965, Mary Beth Tinker, then 13, was among a handful of students who wore black armbands to her Des Moines junior high school to protest the Vietnam War.

Body found in Hitchcock County ID'd as missing 18-year-old

Wed, 04/16/2014 - 14:26
Austin Wright, 18, of Benkelman was last seen in McCook on March 8; he was reported missing by his family March 9.

With fixed AC, Fort Calhoun's nuclear station ends brief shutdown

Wed, 04/16/2014 - 14:00
The Fort Calhoun Nuclear Station north of Omaha is powering back up today after it started to shut down to repair a broken air conditioner.

Windy day could make driving difficult on east-west roads

Wed, 04/16/2014 - 13:54
All outdoor burning should be avoided, the National Weather Service says.

Nikko Jenkins found guilty of 4 murders

Wed, 04/16/2014 - 12:16
Jenkins first enters guilty pleas, then changes them to no-contest pleas. The judge then found him guilty.

PAC funded by Senate candidate Ben Sasse's great-uncle releases Shane Osborn attack ad

Wed, 04/16/2014 - 04:00
Sasse's great-uncle, Rupert Dunklau, acknowledged in an interview that he gave the group $100,000 but said he had not seen the ad. He and his wife declined to say who runs the pro-Sasse PAC called Ensuring a Conservative Nebraska.

Teen killed at Gallagher Park was shot in head as he sat in SUV, friend who was wounded says

Wed, 04/16/2014 - 04:00
The friend, Joshua Schmitt, 21, said he drove the Ford Explorer to Methodist Hospital, where Tielor Williams, 18, was pronounced dead Monday night.

Parents, teachers hear from child molesters themselves about how they target kids

Wed, 04/16/2014 - 04:00
Parents need to realize that they cannot simply rely on the “tried and true” methods and trust children to report the situation, says an expert who has worked with offenders.