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Nebraska proposal would make Election Day a state holiday

Jan. 19, 2021 2:33 PM EST

OMAHA, Neb. (AP) — A Nebraska lawmaker introduced a bill Tuesday that would declare Election Day a state holiday and automatically register eligible residents as voters when they renew their driver's licenses. The measure by Sen. Eliot Bostar, of Lincoln, follows a handful of states that have made it a...

Trial delayed for Lincoln man charged in 2019 killings

Jan. 19, 2021 1:49 PM EST

LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) — Trial has been delayed for a man charged with first-degree murder and other counts in the Lincoln home-invasion killings of two people in 2019. Trial for Rubin Thomas, 30, had been set to begin Feb. 1, but Lancaster County judges recently decided to nix jury trials in February because...

Lincoln man pleads not guilty to shooting death of father

Jan. 19, 2021 1:11 PM EST

LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) — A Lincoln man has pleaded not guilty to first-degree murder and a weapons count in the shooting death of his father last summer in Lincoln. Adolfo Ortiz, 21, entered the plea last week in a hearing he attended via video from his jail cell, the Lincoln Journal Star reported. His trial...

Lincoln man charged, accused of seriously injuring baby girl

Jan. 19, 2021 11:55 AM EST

LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) — A Lincoln man has been charged with felony child abuse after police and doctors say he left his 3-month-old daughter with serious injuries, including a brain bleed. Malcom Lofton, 20, was arrested Thursday after the girl’s mother rushed the baby to a Lincoln hospital when she...

Man critically injured in hunting accident near Lincoln

Jan. 15, 2021 1:45 PM EST

LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) — An 18-year-old man was critically injured in a hunting accident near Lincoln when a deer rifle unexpectedly fired, officials there said. Lancaster County Sheriff Terry Wagner told the Lincoln Journal Star that the incident happened Thursday evening near 176th Street and Havelock...

Pilot makes emergency landing on Illinois highway's median

Jan. 15, 2021 10:22 AM EST

MARION, Ill. (AP) — The pilot of a more than 60-year-old plane successfully landed the vintage aircraft onto a southern Illinois highway's median after it lost engine power, state police said. The pilot was not injured when he landed the single-engine plane Wednesday night onto Interstate 57's median in...

Senator proposes state takeover of K-12 school funding

Jan. 13, 2021 6:10 PM EST

LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) — A Nebraska lawmaker on Wednesday proposed a state takeover of K-12 public education funding as a way to lower property taxes. Sen. Tom Briese, of Albion, introduced a constitutional amendment that would require state government to pay for local schools. Currently, public schools are...

Lincoln schools to be first in state to join vaping lawsuit

Jan. 13, 2021 1:22 PM EST

LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) — Lincoln Public Schools is set to become the first Nebraska school district to join hundreds of other districts across the county in suing a major vaping company. The Lincoln Board of Education on Tuesday gave its lawyers approval to file a federal lawsuit against Juul Labs Inc., the...

Nebraska lawmakers may bar media from closed-door meetings

Jan. 12, 2021 7:25 PM EST

LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) — A decades-old rule designed to promote transparency and accountability in the Nebraska Legislature could be in jeopardy under a proposal presented Tuesday to a committee of state lawmakers. The proposed rule change would bar reporters from otherwise private “executive...

Woman enters plea deal in fatal hit-and-run in Lincoln

Jan. 12, 2021 5:01 PM EST

LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) — A Lincoln woman pleaded no contest Tuesday in a hit-and-run that killed a pedestrian in 2019. Casey Maxfield, 22, agreed to plead no contest to leaving the scene of a crash causing seriously bodily injury and motor vehicle homicide. She struck and killed Tina Mortensen, 41, of Lincoln...