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Parents of 4 Gretna girls killed in crash file tort claim

Jul. 1, 2020 5:30 PM EDT

PAPILLION, Neb. (AP) — The parents of four Gretna High School teenagers who died in a crash last year allege in a tort claim against Sarpy County that poor roadway design and negligent actions by the county contributed to the wreck. A tort claim is the first step a private citizen must before suing the...

In this July 1, 2005 photo, Rev. Val Peter is pictured in Boys Town, Neb. Former Boys Town Executive Director Rev. Val Peter, who led the iconic home for troubled youth for 20 years before retiring in 2005, died Tuesday, June 30, 2020. He was 85.  (AP Photo/Nati Harnik)

Former longtime Boys Town leader who oversaw expansion dies

Jun. 30, 2020 5:12 PM EDT

OMAHA, Neb. (AP) — Former Boys Town director Rev. Val Peter, who led the iconic home for troubled youth for 20 years before retiring in 2005, died Tuesday at age 85 after battling cancer, a family member said. Peter oversaw a significant expansion of Boys Town's programs during his tenure but still managed...

Person hit by train in western Iowa now at Nebraska hospital

Jun. 30, 2020 11:31 AM EDT

COUNCIL BLUFFS, Iowa (AP) — A person has been hit by a train in western Iowa's Council Bluffs and was taken in critical condition to a hospital in nearby Omaha, Nebraska, police said. Council Bluffs police said in a news release that the incident happened late Monday night on the south side of Council...

Nebraska's largest school district reveals fall reopen plan

Jun. 30, 2020 11:17 AM EDT

OMAHA, Neb. (AP) — Nebraska’s largest school district has announced it will open up in-person classes a week earlier than planned and require all students, staff and others to wear masks on school grounds to try to fight the spread of the new coronavirus. The Omaha Public Schools board on Monday...

Emerald ash borer found in Kearney as insect spreads west

Jun. 29, 2020 6:55 PM EDT

KEARNEY, Neb. (AP) — The emerald ash borer has been found in Kearney, marking the first time the destructive insect has been confirmed in the state outside of eastern Nebraska, officials announced Monday. The Nebraska Department of Agriculture confirmed the emerald ash borer was found in a tree along a...

Editorial Roundup:

Jun. 29, 2020 10:00 AM EDT

Lincoln Journal Star. June 25, 2020. Counties should determine mask policy Gov. Pete Ricketts has earned generally high marks for his leadership through this pandemic. Not everyone has agreed with every directed health measure – implemented or relaxed – but Ricketts has generally provided reasonable...

Driver arrested for manslaughter in crash that killed 2

Jun. 28, 2020 3:15 PM EDT

OMAHA, Neb. (AP) — An Omaha woman who is accused of causing a fatal crash that killed two people last week has been arrested on suspicion of manslaughter. Twenty-eight-year-old Chinyere Nwuju was arrested Saturday after she was released from a hospital. Police said Nwuju was speeding southbound in a sport...

NE Nebraska couple gets 6 years for locking boy in basement

Jun. 26, 2020 6:16 PM EDT

OMAHA, Neb. (AP) — A federal judge on Friday sentenced a northeast Nebraska couple to six years in prison after they pleaded guilty to locking a special-needs foster child in a basement storage room for extended periods. U.S. District Judge Robert F. Rossiter, Jr. sentenced Charles and Krista Parker to...

15-year-old arrested in deadly Nebraska shooting

Jun. 26, 2020 5:11 PM EDT

OMAHA, Neb. (AP) — A 15-year-old who was arrested in a deadly Nebraska shooting has been charged with manslaughter. Omaha police announced in a news release Friday that prosecutors had filed the new charge in juvenile court, the Omaha World-Herald reports. The 15-year-old was originally booked into the...

Gretna man killed in single-vehicle crash in Omaha

Jun. 26, 2020 12:26 PM EDT

OMAHA, Neb. (AP) — A Gretna man died when his car vaulted over a bridge embankment in southwestern Omaha and crashed into a creek below the bridge, police said. The crash happened Thursday night just south of 156th Street and West Center Road. Police said Cody Bates, 22, was driving a sedan northbound on...