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Report: Bus crash in southwest Nebraska send children to hospital
Report: Bus crash in southwest Nebraska send children to hospital

The Chase County sheriff's office is investigating a crash involving a school bus full of children and semi-tractor-trailer Tuesday afternoon.

NSP arrests man going over 100 mph on interstate in Lincoln County

NSP arrests man going over 100 mph on interstate in Lincoln County

The Nebraska State Patrol arrested an Iowa man after clocking his speed at 132 mph on Interstate 80 in Lincoln County.

Wreaths Across America reaches out to North Platte community for help

Wreaths Across America reaches out to North Platte community for help

Wreaths Across America is starting to gear up for their holiday season and they're asking the public for help. 

Reported 'dumpster on fire' turns out to be vehicle on fire in Ogallala

Reported 'dumpster on fire' turns out to be vehicle on fire in Ogallala

No injuries were reported when a vehicle caught fire in Ogallala Sunday morning.

Lincoln County mosquitoes test positive for West Nile

Lincoln County mosquitoes test positive for West Nile

The West Central District Health Department (WCDHD) confirmed that a mosquito pool in Lincoln County has tested positive for the West Nile Virus (WNV).

Grab 'Any ol' barstool': Johnson and Aldean to perform at NEBRASKAland Days

Grab 'Any ol' barstool': Johnson and Aldean to perform at NEBRASKAland Days

Cody Johnson and Jason Aldean were announced for the 2023 Summer Jam Concert Series Lineup Presented by Viaero Wireless.

North Platte leaders approves consent for lenders for Sustainable Beef, LLC

North Platte leaders approves consent for lenders for Sustainable Beef, LLC

The North Platte Community Redevelopment Authority passed a resolution approving consent to assignments for Sustainable Beef LLC redevelopment for lenders during an early meeting Thursday.

Arnold man dies in car vs. semi crash near Merna

Arnold man dies in car vs. semi crash near Merna

A car vs. semi collision has claimed the life of a central Nebraska man.

How to be a safe driver during harvest season

How to be a safe driver during harvest season

Harvest season is approaching and that means there will be more large farm equipment on the roads.

Authorities: North Platte man acted in self-defense in shooting of friend

Authorities: North Platte man acted in self-defense in shooting of friend

Just before midnight on Sunday a 26-year old man was found shot in the chest at the Welcome INN in North Platte.

Gaming Commission launches Self-Exclusion Program ahead of casino gaming

Gaming Commission launches Self-Exclusion Program ahead of casino gaming

As Nebraska gets ready for casino gaming, state officials are giving residents the ability to take themselves out of the game. 

Republican round-up brings candidates to west central Nebraska

Republican round-up brings candidates to west central Nebraska

Republican nominees and candidates from all over the state of Nebraska are gathering in North Platte to speak to the public.

Alcohol inspections held in Red Willow County

Alcohol inspections held in Red Willow County

Investigators with the Nebraska State Patrol performed alcohol inspections in Red Willow County on Sept. 15.

Keith County non-profit wins Commonwealth Award

Keith County non-profit wins Commonwealth Award

The Keep Keith County Beautiful nonprofit won the Commonwealth Award at the annual Nebraska Recycling Conference in Lincoln.

Kearney High School impresses again at UNK Band Day competition

Kearney High School impresses again at UNK Band Day competition

Kearney High School earned the top honor during the 63rd annual UNK Band Day Parade and competition.

Loup County student wins national award for unsung hero documentary

Loup County student wins national award for unsung hero documentary

Gracie Conrad's documentary beat out hundreds of entries to win the International Discovery Award.

Catastrophic power failure for North Platte 911

Catastrophic power failure for North Platte 911

The 911 Center in North Platte was down overnight, after what's being called a catastrophic power failure. 

Lake Ogallala to be drained

Lake Ogallala to be drained

Water levels at Lake Ogallala will be going down, but the drought has nothing to do with it. 

Saturday’s UNK Band Day Parade showcases schools from across state

Saturday’s UNK Band Day Parade showcases schools from across state

Twenty-eight middle and high school marching bands will join the University of Nebraska at Kearney for its 63rd annual Band Day Parade.

TIF study passes first public hearing after tie breaking vote by North Platte mayor

TIF study passes first public hearing after tie breaking vote by North Platte mayor

Homeowners expressed concerns about a proposed housing subdivision in their neighborhood at Tuesday’s North Platte City Council meeting.

Semi-tractor-trailer rollover involves livestock in Keith County

Semi-tractor-trailer rollover involves livestock in Keith County

The Ogallala Volunteer Fire Department responded to a rollover accident involving a semi-tractor-trailer hauling livestock at 4:50 p.m. on Thursday in Keith County.

Moisture, cooler conditions coming to Nebraska after record-high temperatures Thursday

Moisture, cooler conditions coming to Nebraska after record-high temperatures Thursday

A day after record-breaking temperatures scorched Nebraska, cooler conditions are arriving across the state.

Wreckless motorcycle driver wanted by police

Wreckless motorcycle driver wanted by police

A high-speed pursuit of a motorcycle has the Nebraska State Patrol and North Platte Police Department requesting aid from the public in identifying the rider who took law enforcement on the pursuit across at least two counties.

Thomas Gann officially announced as the new Veterans Service Officer of Lincoln County

Thomas Gann officially announced as the new Veterans Service Officer of Lincoln County

At the Lincoln County Commissioners meeting at the Lincoln County Courthouse Tuesday, a final decision has been made on who will replace Paul Cooper, who is retiring from the Veteran Service Officer position.

Ogallala house fire injures firefighter, claims family pets

Ogallala house fire injures firefighter, claims family pets

One firefighter was injured and a family's pets were killed in a large house fire on West 4th Street in Ogallala early Monday morning.

North Platte PD: Potential threat unable to be corroborated

North Platte PD: Potential threat unable to be corroborated

The North Platte Police Department said Friday that it could not corroborate an alleged threat made toward Adams Middle School.

Walmart announces equity investment in Sustainable Beef, LLC

Walmart announces equity investment in Sustainable Beef, LLC

Walmart is now working with the area’s newest rancher-owned company, Sustainable Beef LLC.

Skyrocketing absenteeism in Nebraska schools worries teachers, hampers learning

Skyrocketing absenteeism in Nebraska schools worries teachers, hampers learning

Across Nebraska, a troubling number of school desks have sat empty during the past few years, say experts, teachers and school leaders now trying to fix the issue. 

Brady votes to send abortion ban to November ballot

Brady votes to send abortion ban to November ballot

On Wednesday, August 24, the Village Board of Brady voted to pass a resolution sending an ordinance to the November ballot that would make performing an abortion or aiding and abetting an abortion illegal within the jurisdiction of the Village of Brady.

North Platte investigating threat against middle school

North Platte investigating threat against middle school

Authorities are investigating a threat made to a central Nebraska middle school.

Main ramp area upgrades continue at Merritt SRA

Main ramp area upgrades continue at Merritt SRA

Declining water levels at Merritt Reservoir State Recreation Area near Valentine has provided the opportunity for additional upgrades to the main ramp area. The work will result in temporary closure of the ramp.

Epler’s experiment: 90 years later, six-man football still small-town king

Epler’s experiment: 90 years later, six-man football still small-town king

Six-man football, a game invented in Chester, Nebraska...that's still played in many small Nebraska towns.

Sutherland votes to send abortion ban to November Ballot

Sutherland votes to send abortion ban to November Ballot

Another small town is putting the abortion issue up to its residents.

Hershey votes to send abortion ban to November Ballot

Hershey votes to send abortion ban to November Ballot

The resolution to send the ordinance to the ballot passed 4-1 with board members Thomas Wolfgang, Loren Johnson, Carol Hernandez, and Todd Streeter voting in favor of the measure and board member LeAnn Ellis voting against the measure.

New North Platte City Councilman introduced

New North Platte City Councilman introduced

The City of North Platte has a new city council member.

First National Avocado Launching Championship coming to North Platte

First National Avocado Launching Championship coming to North Platte

For the many among us who love competitions involving throwing fruit as far as one can, North Platte will be the place to be next month.

Paxton votes to send abortion ban to November ballot

Paxton votes to send abortion ban to November ballot

Add the Village of Paxton to the growing list of Nebraska communities putting the issue of abortion up to its voters. 

Parts of Nebraska experiencing worst drought conditions in near decade

Parts of Nebraska experiencing worst drought conditions in near decade

NEBRASKA — Portions of western Nebraska are dealing with drought conditions not seen in the state in almost 10 years.

Authorities believe medical issue is the cause of fatal ATV crash near Stapleton

Authorities believe medical issue is the cause of fatal ATV crash near Stapleton

A North Platte man is dead following an ATV accident.

Grant native recognized as one of top young coaches in Texas

Grant native recognized as one of top young coaches in Texas

A western Nebraska native is being recognized as one of the top football coaches in a state rich with talent.

Nebraska sees decline in agriculture due to crop prices and drought

Nebraska sees decline in agriculture due to crop prices and drought

The latest report from the U.S. Department of Agriculture shows an economic downturn for agriculture in Nebraska. 

Hershey man seriously injured in one-vehicle crash

Hershey man seriously injured in one-vehicle crash

A 26-year-old Hershey man was hospitalized after a Lincoln County crash earlier this week.

Federal appeals court rules in favor of transgender people

Federal appeals court rules in favor of transgender people

A federal appeals court ruled Tuesday the Americans with Disabilities Act covers people with gender dysphoria. 

North Platte man accused of biting son, wife accused of false reporting

North Platte man accused of biting son, wife accused of false reporting

Two parents are facing charges after one of them allegedly bit their seven-month-old child.

‘Nebraska. Honestly, it’s not for everyone’ tourism campaign leads to national award

‘Nebraska. Honestly, it’s not for everyone’ tourism campaign leads to national award

Nebraska's tourism efforts are being awarded nationally. 

Troopers find 258 pounds of cocaine in I-80 traffic stop

Troopers find 258 pounds of cocaine in I-80 traffic stop

Troopers with the Nebraska State Patrol found more than 250 pounds of cocaine during a traffic stop on Interstate 80 and arrested a New York man last week.

Stapleton bans abortion, Curtis sends abortion ban to November ballot

Stapleton bans abortion, Curtis sends abortion ban to November ballot

On Wednesday two municipalities in Nebraska considered ordinances which would make performing an abortion or aiding and abetting an abortion illegal within their city limits.

North Platte city councilman resigning

North Platte city councilman resigning

A North Platte city councilman is ending his term a few months early. 

Arnold votes to send abortion ban to November ballot

Arnold votes to send abortion ban to November ballot

On Monday, the Village Board of Arnold voted on an ordinance that would make performing an abortion or aiding and abetting an abortion illegal within the city limits of Custer County’s largest village.

MPCC Ogallala Campus launches aviation class

MPCC Ogallala Campus launches aviation class

Mid-Plains Community College is taking their instruction to new heights.

North Platte woman sentenced to 15 to 18 years in prison for stabbing death of boyfriend

North Platte woman sentenced to 15 to 18 years in prison for stabbing death of boyfriend

A North Platte woman is headed to prison for the 2020 stabbing death of her boyfriend. 

Colorado man found guilty of 2019 killing of Imperial woman

Colorado man found guilty of 2019 killing of Imperial woman

A Chase County District Court jury has found a Colorado man guilty of 2nd-degree murder in the 2019 slaying of an Imperial woman. 

Teens injured in rollover crash near Hershey

Teens injured in rollover crash near Hershey

Three teens are in serious condition after surviving a serious crash Monday evening around 9 pm on South River Road between North Platte and Hershey.

North Platte man arrested for drugs with children in car

North Platte man arrested for drugs with children in car

A North Platte man faces drug, DUI and child abuse charges after a state trooper found opioids, marijuana and three young children in his car.

It's going to be hot, Hot, HOT on Tuesday

It's going to be hot, Hot, HOT on Tuesday

Majority of Nebraska's counties are in either a heat advisory or a red flag warning. 

Two people from Colorado killed in McPherson County plane crash

Two people from Colorado killed in McPherson County plane crash

Authorities have released the names of two people killed in a small plane crash in McPherson County on Monday morning.

Illinois woman hit and killed by SUV in Ogallala

Illinois woman hit and killed by SUV in Ogallala

A 28-year-old woman was killed and her mother is in the hospital after being hit by a vehicle while walking on a dirt road early Sunday in Ogallala.

Pair of I-80 accidents close, reduce speed in Keith County

Pair of I-80 accidents close, reduce speed in Keith County

Emergency officials responded to two vehicle accidents in Keith County Wednesday night. 

Severe thunderstorm watch lasts late Wednesday

Severe thunderstorm watch lasts late Wednesday

Strong to severe thunderstorms were expected to continue into late Wednesday night, according to the National Weather Service office in Cheyenne. 

Biden approves disaster declarations for Nebraska

Biden approves disaster declarations for Nebraska

President Joe Biden has approved a request for a federal disaster declaration for a portion of Nebraska that suffered damage from severe storms and straight-line winds in May.

Weather spotters confirm tornado near Roscoe Tuesday afternoon

Weather spotters confirm tornado near Roscoe Tuesday afternoon

A strong thunderstorm whipped through Keith County Tuesday afternoon, dropping large hail and producing a tornado near Roscoe. 

North Platte man sentenced following federal meth conviction

North Platte man sentenced following federal meth conviction

A 38-year-old North Platte man was sentenced in federal court Tuesday in connection to a meth conviction.

Building Healthy Families: program promotes wellness in communities across state

Building Healthy Families: program promotes wellness in communities across state

A program started 13 years ago at the University of Nebraska at Kearney is now helping families across the state live healthier lifestyles.

Fire departments respond to grass fire in Scotts Bluff County

Fire departments respond to grass fire in Scotts Bluff County

Fire departments around Scotts Bluff County responded to a grass fire along Highway 26 Monday afternoon.

Two die in McPherson County plane crash north of Tryon

Two die in McPherson County plane crash north of Tryon

A single-engine plane crashed about 20 miles north of Tryon, Monday morning, with two people on board.