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Nebraska Gov. Pete Ricketts speaks at a news conference in Lincoln, Neb., Thursday, April 2, 2020. Gov. Ricketts defended his refusal to issue a stay-at-home order for residents, arguing that it isn't necessary for Nebraska even though 40 other governors have done so to try to keep the new coronavirus from spreading. Ricketts said he doesn't plan to deviate from his current approach, which includes a statewide, non-enforceable recommendation that residents avoid gatherings with more than 10 people. (AP Photo/Nati Harnik)

10 workers at Nebraska beef plant test positive for COVID-19

Apr. 3, 2020 6:40 PM EDT

LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) — Ten workers at a central Nebraska beef plant have tested positive for the new coronavirus as the number of confirmed cases continues to rise, public health officials announced Friday. The cases were confirmed at the JBS beef plant in Grand Island, according to the Central District...

Officials say Nebraska Christian College closing this spring

Apr. 3, 2020 9:51 AM EDT

PAPILLION, Neb. (AP) — Nebraska Christian College has too few students to sustain operations so it must close at the end of this semester, officials said. The college moved to the Omaha suburb of Papillion in 2006 after opening in 1944 in the northeast Nebraska city of Norfolk. The college merged in 2016...

Nebraska Gov. Pete Ricketts speaks at a news conference in Lincoln, Neb., Thursday, April 2, 2020. Gov. Ricketts defended his refusal to issue a stay-at-home order for residents, arguing that it isn't necessary for Nebraska even though 40 other governors have done so to try to keep the new coronavirus from spreading. Ricketts said he doesn't plan to deviate from his current approach, which includes a statewide, non-enforceable recommendation that residents avoid gatherings with more than 10 people. (AP Photo/Nati Harnik)

Ricketts defends not ordering shelter-in-place in Nebraska

Apr. 2, 2020 10:07 PM EDT

LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) — Gov. Pete Ricketts on Thursday defended his refusal to issue a stay-at-home order for residents, arguing that it isn't necessary for Nebraska even though 40 other governors have done so to try to keep the new coronavirus from spreading. Ricketts said he doesn't plan to deviate from his...

Lawmaker wants Omaha courthouse closed, citing COVID-19 case

Apr. 2, 2020 6:27 PM EDT

OMAHA, Neb. (AP) — A state senator whose Omaha law practice often takes him into the Douglas County Courthouse has raised the volume of his calls to close it, citing the COVID-19 diagnosis of a prosecuting attorney. The prosecutor found out Monday that he was infected. The more than 50 people he'd...

Capt. Wayne Hudson of the Douglas County Sheriff's office speaks at a news conference in Omaha, Neb., Wednesday, April 1, 2020, to announce that Ronald Penzkowski a former director of communications for then-Omaha Mayor Jim Suttle a decade ago, was arrested on suspicion of making terroristic threats and stalking. Investigators say that Penzkowski sent at least 15 email messages to Dr. Adi Pour, Douglas County Health Director, threatening to

Ex-Omaha weatherman accused of targeting health director

Apr. 1, 2020 6:42 PM EDT

OMAHA, Neb. (AP) — A former Omaha TV weatherman and spokesman for a former mayor has been accused of emailing death threats to the director of Douglas County Health Department over her handling of the new coronavirus outbreak. The Douglas County Sheriff's office said Wednesday that Ronald Gerrard...

A nurse in protective gear tests for the COVID-19 and coronavirus virus at a drive-thru test location at Bryant Health's LifePointe campus in Lincoln, Neb., Tuesday, March 24, 2020. Testing was by appointment only. (AP Photo/Nati Harnik)

State: 3rd Nebraska COVID-19 victim lived in Lincoln County

Mar. 31, 2020 6:49 PM EDT

LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) — Nebraska's third COVID-19 death was that of a Lincoln County man in his 90s, health officials said. The man had underlying health conditions and had tested positive along with a woman in her 80s, the executive director of the West Central District Health Department said Monday. The...

A road sign over Interstate 80 in Omaha, Neb., directs motorists to contact 511 for Covid-19 quarantine guidance, Tuesday, March 31, 2020. Travelers coming back to Nebraska from out of state are advised to self-quarantine for 14 days. This includes snowbirds returning to Nebraska after having spent the winter in places like Arizona, Florida, or Texas, or those visiting secondary residences within Nebraska. However, the guidance to self-quarantine does not apply to commuters or workers in the transportation industry. (AP Photo/Nati Harnik)

Virus forcing cancellation of Nebraska graduation ceremonies

Mar. 31, 2020 6:07 PM EDT

LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) — The COVID-19 pandemic has forced the cancellation of May graduation ceremonies at the state's four University of Nebraska system campuses, officials said. The Lincoln campus intends to hold an online event, and the May graduates have been invited to attend August, December, May 2021...

Robbery suspects caught on opposite sides of bridge

Mar. 31, 2020 9:08 AM EDT

COUNCIL BLUFFS, Iowa (AP) — An 18-year-old robbery suspect who fled early Monday from Iowa officers by running west across a pedestrian bridge over the Missouri River was captured on the Nebraska side, authorities said. Police said in a news release that an armed man robbed a convenience store just a few...

A nurse in protective gear tests for the COVID-19 and coronavirus virus at a drive-thru test location at Bryant Health's LifePointe campus in Lincoln, Neb., Tuesday, March 24, 2020. Testing was by appointment only. (AP Photo/Nati Harnik)

Ricketts: April will be another 'tough month' for Nebraska

Mar. 30, 2020 8:32 PM EDT

LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) — Gov. Pete Ricketts on Monday extended Nebraska's statewide restrictions on social gatherings until at least April 30 and urged residents to brace for another "tough month” in April, when the number of new coronavirus cases is expected to peak. Ricketts said state public health...

Editorial Roundup:

Mar. 30, 2020 10:00 AM EDT

Omaha World Herald. March 27, 2020 Let's plan well to meet Omaha area's population growth. Long-term civic success doesn’t just happen. It requires community vision, sound planning and collaboration. As the Omaha area moves toward the 1 million mark in population in the next few years, our area will need...