Latest University of Nebraska News

Ed Littler, central Nebraska sportscaster for 25 years, dies

Jan. 19, 2022 15:25 PM EST

HASTINGS, Neb. (AP) — Ed Littler, a central Nebraska sportscaster for 25 years, has died after being hospitalized with COVID-19. He was 70. Littler died Tuesday night, according to KSNB-TV in Hastings, where Littler had worked for more than two decades. Littler, who...

Ricketts endorses fellow Republican Jim Pillen for governor

Jan. 18, 2022 14:23 PM EST

LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) — Nebraska gubernatorial candidate Jim Pillen scored a big endorsement Tuesday from Gov. Pete Ricketts, a fellow Republican who backed the University of Nebraska regent to be his successor. Ricketts picked Pillen out of a crowded GOP field ahead of the party's...

Nebraska Rep. Jeff Fortenberry announces reelection bid

Jan. 10, 2022 12:37 PM EST

LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) — U.S. Rep. Jeff Fortenberry formally announced his reelection campaign on Monday amid allegations that he misled federal authorities who were investigating an illegal contribution to his campaign. The Nebraska Republican made his announcement in a YouTube video...

Former UNK football player dies in crash near Ashland

Jan. 10, 2022 10:06 AM EST

ASHLAND, Neb. (AP) — Authorities say a former football player from the University of Nebraska at Kearney has died in a rollover crash. The Cass County Sheriff’s Office reports that 24-year-old Hinwa Allieu was headed east on Interstate 80 south of Ashland around 3:45 a.m. Sunday...

UNL and Omaha police and fire departments to require masks

Jan. 05, 2022 17:45 PM EST

LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) — The University of Nebraska-Lincoln is extending its mask mandate as virus cases soar across the state, and all returning students and faculty will be required to take a COVID-19 test at the start of the semester. Masks will be required indoors throughout the...

Nebraska gubernatorial hopeful Thibodeau to travel state

Dec. 31, 2021 10:08 AM EST

OMAHA, Neb. (AP) — Nebraska Republican gubernatorial candidate Theresa Thibodeau has announced plans for a statewide campaign trip, starting Monday. Thibodeau said she will embark on an eight-day "listening tour" to meet with voters. Thibodeau is a former Nebraska...

Editorial Roundup: Nebraska

Dec. 27, 2021 10:04 AM EST

Lincoln Journal Star. Dec. 26, 2021. Editorial: Nebraska has sensible rules for its casinos, new racetracks Casino gambling in Nebraska took a giant step forward earlier this month when the state Racing and Gaming commission unanimously voted to approve rules for...

Duck! Flying squirrels take to the air in Nebraska city

Dec. 23, 2021 12:43 PM EST

LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) — A crew cutting down a dying oak at the University of Nebraska made a surprising find — flying squirrels. A video shot by a member of the crew made its way to Larkin Powell, a conservation biology professor. The Lincoln Journal Star reports that he was...

Heineman says he won't run for Nebraska governor in 2022

Dec. 14, 2021 11:17 AM EST

OMAHA, Neb. (AP) — Former Nebraska Gov. Dave Heineman said Tuesday that he won't run for his old office next year, shutting the door on a possible candidacy that would have brought another well-known figure into the gubernatorial race. Heineman, a Republican and the state's...

Bang! Nebraska crash test could lead to safer road barriers

Dec. 08, 2021 18:12 PM EST

LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) — Researchers at the University of Nebraska smashed an 80,000-pound tractor-tanker into a concrete barrier on Wednesday in a test that could lead to safer, more cost-effective barriers throughout the United States. The truck hit the barrier at around 50 mph,...