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Omaha schools to start with all remote classes, no sports

Aug. 7, 2020 4:57 PM EDT

OMAHA, Neb. (AP) — The Omaha Public School District said Friday students will all learn remotely and all athletics will be canceled for at least the first quarter of the school year in response to the coronavirus pandemic. The state's largest school district also delayed the start of the school year from...

Officials say Omaha puppy euthanized after rabies exposure

Aug. 7, 2020 2:09 PM EDT

OMAHA, Neb. (AP) — An Omaha family’s puppy was euthanized this week after being exposed to rabies, the Nebraska Humane Society reported. The group said it's the first time in five years a pet in Douglas has had to be euthanized due to rabies exposure, the Omaha World-Herald reported. The family...

Another Nebraska prisons staffer tests positive for COVID-19

Aug. 7, 2020 12:41 PM EDT

LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) — Another state prisons worker has tested positive for COVID-19, according to the Nebraska Department of Correctional Services. The latest staffer to test positive for the virus works at the Diagnostic and Evaluation Center in Lincoln, the prisons department said late Thursday in a news...

Lincoln bowling alley owner vows to fight city virus mandate

Aug. 7, 2020 11:48 AM EDT

LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) — The owner of a Lincoln bowling alley that was ordered to close for violating citywide coronavirus restrictions said Friday that he'll continue to fight the mandate, and he took down signs that local health officials posted on his business. Benjamin Madsen, the owner of Madsen's Bowling...

Patrol: Nebraska man killed in head-on crash in Kansas

Aug. 7, 2020 11:04 AM EDT

HOLTON, Kan. (AP) — A man from Omaha, Nebraska, died in a head-on crash involving a car and a semitrailer in northeastern Kansas, the Kansas Highway Patrol said. The crash happened around 2 a.m. Thursday on U.S. 75 north of Holton, television station KAKE reported. A northbound car driven by Mohammad...

Gov. Ricketts signs budget with flood relief, scholarships

Aug. 6, 2020 6:39 PM EDT

LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) — Gov. Pete Ricketts signed an updated, $9.3 billion state budget Thursday with new money for 2019 flood relief and career scholarships for the University of Nebraska and state colleges. Ricketts approved the two-year spending plan with no line-item vetoes. In a statement, he praised...

Crash near Culbertson kills 1, seriously injures 2 others

Aug. 6, 2020 3:56 PM EDT

CULBERTSON, Neb. (AP) — A Mitchell, Neb., man was killed and two other people were injured when their pickup trucks collided near Culbertson, the Nebraska State Patrol said. James Cannia, 61, was killed in the crash Tuesday evening on Highway 6 west of Culbertson, the patrol said. He died at the scene. He...

Omaha-area engineer office, jail see coronavirus outbreaks

Aug. 6, 2020 3:30 PM EDT

OMAHA, Neb. (AP) — The coronavirus outbreak that has seen tens of thousands of confirmed cases in Nebraska is also plaguing jail and prison systems in the state. The Nebraska Department of Correctional Services announced this week that two state prison staffers had tested positive for the virus —...

Nebraska lawmakers spar over $82M business tax deduction

Aug. 6, 2020 3:00 PM EDT

LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) — A measure that would generate $82 million in Nebraska state tax revenue by eliminating a deduction for high-income earners hit a snag Thursday in the Legislature after business groups objected to the idea. The proposal debated by lawmakers would restore some of the estimated $250...

Police: Train fatally hit Missouri man in western Nebraska

Aug. 6, 2020 2:00 PM EDT

SCOTTSBLUFF, Neb. (AP) — A Missouri man has died after being hit by a train in western Nebraska's Scottsbluff, police there said. The incident happened early Wednesday morning, when police were called to railroad tracks where a man had been hit be a westbound train, the Scottsbluff Star-Herald reported....