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Trump administration to approve Keystone pipeline on US land
Trump administration to approve Keystone pipeline on US land

The Trump administration is approving a right-of-way allowing the Keystone XL oil sands pipeline to be built across U.S. land. Federal officials told The Associated Press that Interior Secretary David Bernhardt would sign...

Discredited conversion therapy banned in conservative Utah

Discredited conversion therapy banned in conservative Utah

The discredited practice of conversion therapy for LGBTQ children is now banned in Utah. It is now the 19th state and one of the most conservative to prohibit it. Supporters say that banning the practice will save the...

Justice: Nebraska courts working to expand public services

Justice: Nebraska courts working to expand public services

Nebraska's chief justice says the state's courts are expanding their public services to protect abused children, keep former prisoners from re-offending and help some counties save money. Nebraska Supreme Court...

Scottsbluff airport director on leave pending investigation

Scottsbluff airport director on leave pending investigation

The director of the airport in Scottsbluff is under investigation and has been placed on paid administrative leave. The airport board chairman, Bob Unzicker, says the investigation of Raul Aguallo has been turned over to...

Car driver killed, another injured in collision with semi

Car driver killed, another injured in collision with semi

Authorities say a driver was killed in a collision involving two cars and a semitrailer on the south end of York. First responders were sent to an intersection just east of U.S. Highway 81 a little before 6 p.m. Tuesday....

Iowa woman pleads guilty in Nebraska vehicular homicide case

Iowa woman pleads guilty in Nebraska vehicular homicide case

DAKOTA CITY, Neb. - An Iowa woman has pleaded guilty to vehicular homicide for fatally striking a pedestrian in northeast Nebraska's Dakota County. The Sioux City (Iowa) Journal reports that Maria Gonzalez-Diego, of...

1 driver killed, 2 injured in Lancaster County crash

1 driver killed, 2 injured in Lancaster County crash

Authorities say a three-vehicle crash in Lancaster County left one of the drivers dead and two others injured. First responders were dispatched around 9:10 p.m. Tuesday to a spot east of Malcolm on Nebraska Highway 79....

Man acquitted of murder gets 40-44 years on robbery charge

Man acquitted of murder gets 40-44 years on robbery charge

A Nebraska man who was acquitted of a murder charge has been imprisoned for conspiring to commit a robbery in Hastings. Daniel Harden was sentenced Tuesday to 40 to 44 years. He was charged with first-degree murder, a...

Business groups back Nebraska public benefit bills

Business groups back Nebraska public benefit bills

Nebraska’s top business groups have endorsed two bills designed to help low-income people transition from part-time to full-time jobs. The bills seek to eliminate the so-called cliff effect in public benefit programs, an...

Stargazing woman who fell off bridge taken to Omaha hospital

Stargazing woman who fell off bridge taken to Omaha hospital

Authorities say a woman who fell off a bridge while stargazing has been transferred from a Lincoln hospital to one in Omaha. Lindsay Kroger, of rural Lincoln, had gone with five other people to the bridge about 2 miles...

Nebraska regent Hawks says he won't seek 4th term on board

Nebraska regent Hawks says he won't seek 4th term on board

A University of Nebraska Board of Regents member has decided not to seek another six-year term. Howard Hawks made the announcement Monday. He was first elected in 2002 to represent District 2, which includes part of...

Ice jam causing minor flooding in central Nebraska

Ice jam causing minor flooding in central Nebraska

Authorities say an ice jam is causing minor flooding near Loup City in central Nebraska's Sherman County. The National Weather Service has issued a flood advisory that is scheduled to expire Tuesday afternoon. The...

Broken Bow council president takes over for recalled mayor

Broken Bow council president takes over for recalled mayor

The president of the Broken Bow City Council has taken over as mayor following the recall of his predecessor, who's awaiting a criminal trial. Rod Sonnichsen was sworn in Friday to replace Jonathon Berghorst, who...

Dath penalty hearing set for man in Lincoln woman's slaying

Dath penalty hearing set for man in Lincoln woman's slaying

A June hearing has been scheduled for a three-judge panel to consider whether a man's crime qualifies for the death penalty or whether he should be sentenced to life in a Nebraska prison. Aubrey Trail and his...

Lake McConaughy restrictions delayed after public outcry

Lake McConaughy restrictions delayed after public outcry

The Nebraska Game and Parks Commission is delaying action on a set of restrictions that would drastically limit overnight campers and beachgoers at Nebraska's largest reservoir, Lake McConaughy in western Nebraska....

Nebraska could tax escort services to hit human traffickers

Nebraska could tax escort services to hit human traffickers

A state lawmaker who has fought for years to restrict human trafficking in Nebraska is now trying to hit traffickers in the wallet with a proposed sales tax on dating and escort services. The bill introduced would...

Tests find some early Arizona hemp crops have too much THC

Tests find some early Arizona hemp crops have too much THC

Arizona’s budding hemp-growing industry is suffering growing pains as levels of THC that are too high force some farmers to destroy crops instead of harvesting them. Results of state Department of Agriculture testing have...

Winter storm brings heavy snow, ice to Midwest, Northeast

Winter storm brings heavy snow, ice to Midwest, Northeast

A winter storm that's brought snow and sleet to the Midwest and Plains is creating travel headaches after airlines canceled flights and officials shut down major roads. The storm system began moving through the Plains...

Nebraska man in Kansas officer-involved shooting arrested

Nebraska man in Kansas officer-involved shooting arrested

The Kansas Bureau of Investigation says a Nebraska man involved in a fight with a sheriff's deputy who fired shots at him has been arrested. Authorities say the shooting happened early Saturday following a traffic stop...

Winter storm blamed for at least 1 Nebraska crash fatality

Winter storm blamed for at least 1 Nebraska crash fatality

The Nebraska State Patrol says a winter storm that raked the state Friday snarled traffic for hundreds of drivers and caused at least one death on Interstate 80. The patrol says that driver was killed around 11:30 a.m....

UNL now offering hunting equipment rentals to public

UNL now offering hunting equipment rentals to public

Want to try your hand at waterfowl or turkey hunting, but leery of the expense of buying blinds and decoys? The University of Nebraska-Lincoln has a solution. UNL's Outdoor Adventure Center is now offering that...

2 men accused of throwing dog into ice-covered lake charged

2 men accused of throwing dog into ice-covered lake charged

Authorities in southeastern Nebraska say two Elmwood men accused of repeatedly throwing a dog into an ice-covered lake have been charged with animal cruelty. The Gosper County Sheriff's Office says 28-year-old James...

Lake McConaughy patrons oppose changes to limit visitors

Lake McConaughy patrons oppose changes to limit visitors

A proposal by the Nebraska Game and Parks Commission would drastically limit overnight campers and beachgoers at Nebraska's largest reservoir, Lake McConaughy in western Nebraska. The North Platte Telegraph reports the...

TSA: Arizona man tried to board Omaha flight with loaded gun

TSA: Arizona man tried to board Omaha flight with loaded gun

Federal authorities say an Arizona man was allowed to board his flight after a loaded handgun was found in his bag at a security checkpoint at Eppley Airfield in Omaha. A news release Friday from the federal Transportation...

Snow, freezing rain rake eastern Nebraska on Friday

Snow, freezing rain rake eastern Nebraska on Friday

A winter weather system moving across the country is dropping snow, sleet and freezing rain on eastern Nebraska. Most schools in the region canceled classes and activities Friday ahead of the storm system. Most residents...

Ex-city manager may temporarily lead Scottsbluff government

Ex-city manager may temporarily lead Scottsbluff government

SCOTTSBLUFF, Neb. - Scottsbluff's former city manager likely will temporarily return to oversee city operations while officials look to permanently fill the position. The Scottsbluff Star-Herald reports the City...

Kearney officials OK permit for gravel pit despite concerns

Kearney officials OK permit for gravel pit despite concerns

KEARNEY, Neb. - Officials have approved a permit that will allow a Hastings company to operate a gravel pit just east of Kearney despite objections from some neighbors. The Kearney City Council voted Tuesday night to grant...

Technology could cut train crews from 2 to 1 but is it safe?

Technology could cut train crews from 2 to 1 but is it safe?

This year’s scheduled completion of a $15 billion automatic railroad braking system will bolster the industry’s argument for eliminating one of the two crew members in most locomotives. But labor groups argue that...

Omaha woman says man tried to abduct her as she was jogging

Omaha woman says man tried to abduct her as she was jogging

Police are looking for a man they believe tried to abduct a woman as she jogged in near Hanscom Park in midtown Omaha. Police say the incident happened Sunday evening, when the 23-year-old woman reported that a man in his...

County boosts security for trial in missing student's death

County boosts security for trial in missing student's death

BEATRICE, Neb. - Officials are boosting security at the Gage County Courthouse in Beatrice for the trial of a man accused of killing a college student in 2010. Josh Keadle has pleaded not guilty to first-degree murder in...

2 men sentenced for stealing U.S. Postal Service truck

2 men sentenced for stealing U.S. Postal Service truck

Two men have been sent to prison for stealing a U.S. Postal Service truck in Grand Island while kidnapping its driver. Prosecutors say Sidney Britt was sentenced Wednesday in U.S. District Court in Omaha to 20 years....

Few statehouses feature memorials to actual historical women

Few statehouses feature memorials to actual historical women

A proposal to erect a memorial to Ohio women who fought for voting rights would add the Statehouse to a small group of state capitols with monuments to actual female figures from U.S. history. Members of the Women's...

Inmate who didn't return from Lincoln job hunt is captured

Inmate who didn't return from Lincoln job hunt is captured

Omaha police have captured an inmate who didn't return from a job hunt in Lincoln. The state prisons department says Anthony Durand had been given permission to leave the state's Community Corrections...

Omaha area health officials investigating string of TB cases

Omaha area health officials investigating string of TB cases

OMAHA, Neb. - Health officials in eastern Nebraska say they're investigating a string of tuberculosis cases in the Omaha area. Television station KETV reports that the Douglas County Health Department said Wednesday...

Nebraska tax collections beat expectations in December

Nebraska tax collections beat expectations in December

Nebraska state government's tax collections beat expectations once again last month. The Department of Revenue said Wednesday that the state netted $473 million in tax revenue in December. That's more than 12%...

Policy restricts carrying guns onto Offutt Air Force Base

Policy restricts carrying guns onto Offutt Air Force Base

OMAHA, Neb. - A new policy at Offutt Air Force Base south of Omaha bars military and civilian personnel from transporting privately-owned firearms onto base. The order came from Col. Gavin Marks, who assumed command of the...

Ricketts proposes aid for flood-damaged Nebraska counties

Ricketts proposes aid for flood-damaged Nebraska counties

Nebraska Gov. Pete Ricketts has proposed nearly $60 million in state assistance to help the state recover from last year’s record floods. That proposal includes a surprise $9.2 million boost for a dozen of Nebraska's...

Omaha man takes plea deal in Sarpy County slaying

Omaha man takes plea deal in Sarpy County slaying

A man is scheduled to be sentenced March 25 for his role in a suburban Omaha slaying. Sarpy County District Court records say 47-year-old Christopher Reagan, of Omaha, pleaded guilty Wednesday in Papillion to second-degree...

Report: Nebraska, Iowa sustained billions in weather losses

Report: Nebraska, Iowa sustained billions in weather losses

OMAHA, Neb. - A federal report says Nebraska suffered more than $3.4 billion in losses from disastrous weather last year while the toll was $1.9 billion in neighboring Iowa. The bomb cyclone in March caused most of the...

Man who had sex with adult daughter gets more prison time

Man who had sex with adult daughter gets more prison time

A Nebraska man already sentenced to prison for having sex with his adult daughter has been given two more years behind bars. Travis Fieldgrove was sentenced Tuesday in Adams County District Court. He'd pleaded no...

Unofficial results say voters recalled mayor awaiting trial

Unofficial results say voters recalled mayor awaiting trial

A central Nebraska mayor who's awaiting a criminal trial has been recalled, according to unofficial results. Officials said after Tuesday's count that 619 people voted to recall Broken Bow Mayor Jonathon Berghorst...

Suspect arrested in 2000 shooting death of Omaha man

Suspect arrested in 2000 shooting death of Omaha man

Police have arrested a suspect in the slaying of an Omaha man more than 19 years ago. Fifty-one-year-old Christopher Martin was arrested Tuesday. He's charged with first-degree murder in the Dec. 5, 2000, killing of...

Theories persist about mystery drones seen in rural region

Theories persist about mystery drones seen in rural region

Authorities say an investigation into reports of large drones flying in groups after dark since November has confirmed nothing unusual or criminal. They're mostly hobbyist drones, commercial aircraft, stars, planets...

Marine sentenced to 3 years for illegal firearms

Marine sentenced to 3 years for illegal firearms

A Marine stationed in Hawaii has pleaded guilty to possessing unlawful firearms. Ali Al-kazahg was accused of trying to bring weapons onto an Air Force base while home in Nebraska. His sentence includes three years...

Nebraska advances new protections for student journalists

Nebraska advances new protections for student journalists

Nebraska lawmakers have advanced a bill designed to protect the free-speech rights of student journalists in public high schools while holding them directly accountable for stories that are libelous. The bill won...

Grand Island teacher, student arrested in trafficking case

Grand Island teacher, student arrested in trafficking case

A Grand Island high school teacher and 17-year-old male student have been arrested in what police are calling a human trafficking case involving other students at the school. Grand Island police say 37-year-old Brian Mohr,...

Nebraska man sentenced to prison for sex abuse of babysitter

Nebraska man sentenced to prison for sex abuse of babysitter

Federal prosecutors for Nebraska say a man who sexually assaulted a 14-year-old girl who was babysitting his children at a home on the Omaha Reservation in Macy has been sentenced to four years in federal prison. U.S....

Report: No large drone groups confirmed at night in Colorado

Report: No large drone groups confirmed at night in Colorado

An official investigation into reports of large drones flying in groups over the western U.S. plains in the hours after sunset has confirmed nothing illegal or out of the ordinary. The Colorado Department of Public Safety...

Key Nebraska senators float new property tax proposal

Key Nebraska senators float new property tax proposal

A new proposal designed to lower property taxes while boosting aid for public schools has won public support from a majority of Nebraska lawmakers on a key legislative committee. Six of the eight members of the...

Nevada, other states part of $200K PayPal charity settlement

Nevada, other states part of $200K PayPal charity settlement

The attorneys general of Nevada and 20 other states have reached a $200,000 agreement with PayPal Charitable Giving Fund Inc. to settle complaints over its handling of charitable contributions through the company's...

Nebraska appoints child welfare watchdog as next ombudsman

Nebraska appoints child welfare watchdog as next ombudsman

A state official who serves as a watchdog over Nebraska's child welfare system has been chosen as the next state ombudsman. Nebraska lawmakers voted 46-2 on Tuesday to hire Julie Rogers, the inspector general of child...

Weather service arranges meetings to discuss flood risk

Weather service arranges meetings to discuss flood risk

VALLEY, Neb. - The National Weather Service is scheduling meetings to share information about the potential for river flooding this winter and spring in eastern Nebraska and western Iowa. The two areas were socked with...

Ex-Husker gets probation for driving drunk, resisting arrest

Ex-Husker gets probation for driving drunk, resisting arrest

A former Husker football player has been given probation for driving drunk and resisting arrest in Lincoln. Court records say Alonzo Dennard was sentenced Monday to five years of probation. He'd pleaded no contest....

New push for Western Nebraska Economic Development group

New push for Western Nebraska Economic Development group

SCOTTSBLUFF, Neb. - Some government officials are trying to reinvigorate efforts to promote economic development in western Nebraska. The Scottsbluff Star-Herald reports that regional elected or appointed officials and...

Tax exemption for military retirees wins initial approval

Tax exemption for military retirees wins initial approval

Military retirees in Nebraska will get to keep more of their retirement benefits under a bill that won first-round approval from lawmakers. The bill would exempt half of a military retiree's benefit from Nebraska state...

Nebraska Medicaid head steps down as state expands coverage

Nebraska Medicaid head steps down as state expands coverage

The director of Nebraska's Medicaid program is stepping down in the middle of the state's effort to expand coverage under the federal health care law. Officials say Matthew Van Patton, the director of the Medicaid...

Car driver dies after collision with city snow machine

Car driver dies after collision with city snow machine

Authorities say a driver died after his car collided with city snow removal machine in Beatrice. First responders were dispatched just after 2 a.m. Sunday on a report that the driver was pinned inside the wreckage of his...

State mulls limits on visitors at 2 western Nebraska parks

State mulls limits on visitors at 2 western Nebraska parks

The Nebraska Game and Parks Commission is considering limiting the number of visitors at Lake McConaughy and adjacent Lake Ogallala. The commission says the high number of visitors in 2018 and 2019 stretched public safety,...

Authorities say driver died in crash off icy highway

Authorities say driver died in crash off icy highway

Authorities say a driver died after his pickup truck went out of control on an icy highway in south-central Nebraska's Adams County. The crash occurred around 1:15 p.m. Sunday on U.S. Highway 6/Highway 34 south of...

Man gets 300 days for crash death of farm tractor driver

Man gets 300 days for crash death of farm tractor driver

A man has been given 300 days in jail for running into the rear of a farm tractor and killing its driver in southeast Nebraska. Gage County District Court records say 38-year-old Troy Smith, of Crete, was sentenced last...

Nebraska energy plant ordered to pay unpaid landfill bills

Nebraska energy plant ordered to pay unpaid landfill bills

SOUTH SIOUX CITY, Neb. - A northeastern Nebraska renewable energy plant has been ordered to pay $32,531 to a landfill for failing to pay for waste services. A Butler County District Judge ruled against Big Ox Energy after...

Nebraska bill would give tax break for hiring felons

Nebraska bill would give tax break for hiring felons

Nebraska businesses that hire felons could get a tax break under a measure before lawmakers that’s designed to make it easier for them to get jobs and reduce the likelihood they’ll re-offend. Supporters say the bill would...

Valentine's Day specials available at some state parks

Valentine's Day specials available at some state parks

The Nebraska Game and Parks Commission has prepared special Valentine’s Day offers for people who want to mark the day at a state park. Discounts and special packages are available at Eugene T. Mahoney State Park, Ponca...

Wintry mix makes mess of Iowa roads, walks; more expected

Wintry mix makes mess of Iowa roads, walks; more expected

Much of eastern Iowa remains under a winter storm warning Saturday as a system that began in the region Friday moved eastward, leaving behind dozens of vehicle crashes and injuries from falls in slick conditions. The...

Semitrailer dead dead after colliding with freight train

Semitrailer dead dead after colliding with freight train

The driver of a semitrailer is dead after colliding with a freight train in northeastern Colorado on Friday. The collision happened at a rail crossing near the town of Peetz near the Nebraska border. A spokesman for the...

Workshops scheduled on safely completing prescribed burns

Workshops scheduled on safely completing prescribed burns

Workshops have been scheduled across the state on completing safe and effective prescribed fires. No experience is required. The workshops are scheduled to run from 9 a.m.-4 p.m. The first will be held Wednesday at the Red...

Requests for early ballots can be submitted in January

Requests for early ballots can be submitted in January

The Nebraska Secretary of State's office says requests for early ballots can be submitted as early as next week. The office says in a news release that the first day to submit applications for an early ballot at county...