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Wisconsin head coach Paul Chryst talks to his players during the first half of an NCAA college football game against Illinois Friday, Oct. 23, 2020, in Madison, Wis. (AP Photo/Morry Gash)

Athletic director: Wisconsin has 22 positive COVID-19 cases

Oct. 31, 2020 2:49 PM EDT

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — Wisconsin athletic director Barry Alvarez says the total number of positive COVID-19 cases within the Badgers’ football program has increased to 22. Alvarez told ESPN’s “College GameDay” on Saturday that 12 football players and 10 staffers have tested...

One dead following accident in Merrick County

Oct. 31, 2020 9:52 AM EDT

CENTRAL CITY, Neb. (AP) — A Central City man is dead following an accident just west of the Merrick County town. The Grand Island Independent reports that the accident happened Friday afternoon on U.S. 30 when a Chevy Cobalt collided with a semi. The Cobalt driver, 44-year-old Eric S. Johnson, was...

Outage at Nebraska election center blamed on squirrel

Oct. 31, 2020 9:44 AM EDT

OMAHA, Neb. (AP) — As if things aren't chaotic enough in lead-up to the election, now this: A squirrel caused a power outage at the Douglas County Election Commission as people were waiting for hours in line to cast their ballots. The Omaha World-Herald reports that the lights began to flicker shortly...

President Donald Trump greets an overflow crowd before speaking at a campaign rally at Rochester International Airport, Friday, Oct. 30, 2020, in Rochester, Minn. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon)

Road to 270: Biden has options, Trump walks narrow path

Oct. 31, 2020 7:50 AM EDT

TAMPA, Fla. (AP) — President Donald Trump and Democratic challenger Joe Biden each has a path to the 270 Electoral College votes needed to win the White House. Biden's is appreciably wider. The former vice president is competitive in all the battleground states Trump carried in 2016 and has put a handful...

FILE  - In this May 11, 2020, file photo, Kentucky Gov. Andy Beshear puts on a face mask after speaking to reporters at the Capitol in Frankfort, Ky. Kentucky's governor said Sunday, Oct. 11, 2020,  that he will quarantine after a member of his security detail who drove with his family the day before later tested positive for COVID-19.
Democratic Gov. Andy Beshear said he and his family feel fine, show no coronavirus symptoms and have tested negative for the virus. (Ryan C. Hermens/Lexington Herald-Leader via AP, File)

The Latest: Kentucky sees near-record number of new cases

Oct. 30, 2020 9:53 PM EDT

FRANKFORT, Ky. -- Kentucky reported a near-record number of new coronavirus cases Friday as the surging outbreak continued sending more people to hospitals, Gov. Andy Beshear said. “This is a dangerous time. We’re moving the wrong way,” the Democratic governor said as he urged Kentuckians to...

Spiking virus pushes western Iowa county to require masks

Oct. 30, 2020 5:44 PM EDT

LOGAN, Iowa (AP) — A surge in coronavirus cases has led officials in one western Iowa county to require people to wear face masks in public. The Harrison County Board on Thursday approved the mask mandate in a 2-1 vote, according to television station KETV. Supervisor John Straight, who voted for the...

More cases of virus reported among Nebraska prisons staff

Oct. 30, 2020 3:20 PM EDT

OMAHA, Neb. (AP) — More cases of coronavirus are being reported among Nebraska prison system staffers, according to information from the Nebraska Department of Correctional Services. The department said in a news release Thursday night that three staff members had tested positive — one each at the...

Nebraska sees record number of cases, hospitalizations

Oct. 30, 2020 12:33 PM EDT

OMAHA, Neb. (AP) — Nebraska saw a record number of cases of the coronavirus confirmed for one day, as well as a record number of people hospitalized with the virus, according to state health department numbers. The state’s online virus tracke r showed 1,605 new cases were confirmed Thursday —...

Police say $30K worth of meth found in Lincoln man's car

Oct. 30, 2020 11:47 AM EDT

LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) — Officers who stopped a Lincoln man wanted on an assault warrant found $30,000 worth of methamphetamine in his car, police in Lincoln said. Members of the Lincoln-Lancaster County Narcotics Task Force stopped the 51-year-old man’s BMW Wednesday night outside a Lincoln apartment...

Lincoln man accepts deal in beating that led to man's death

Oct. 29, 2020 5:55 PM EDT

LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) — A Lincoln man has pleaded no contest to attempted manslaughter after he beat another man, who died five days later. Mark Hietbrink, 49, was originally charged with manslaughter and first-degree assault in the death of Jonathan Olson in October 2019. Prosecutors agreed to the reduced...