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A woman flashes the peace sign while walking backwards in a cloud of tear gas during a protest at 72nd and Dodge Streets on Friday, May 29, 2020. Protests have been erupting all over the country after George Floyd died earlier this week in police custody in Minneapolis. (Chris Machian/Omaha World-Herald via AP)

Fatal shooting reported in Omaha amid protests downtown

May. 31, 2020 12:37 PM EDT

OMAHA, Neb. (AP) — Someone was shot and killed near a downtown Omaha demonstration over the death of George Floyd in which protesters clashed with police in riot gear, authorities said. The shooting occurred at around 11 p.m. Saturday in the city's Old Market area and within a couple of blocks of where...

Nebraska sees new jump in coronavirus cases, COVID-19 deaths

May. 30, 2020 7:11 PM EDT

LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) — Nebraska continued Saturday to see an increase in novel coronavirus infections, with confirmed cases approaching 14,000. It also reported another six COVID-19-related deaths. State Department of Health and Human Services data showed the number of coronavirus cases rose by 4.9% or 644...

A protester throws a window cleaner at police standing guard of an Ez Go gas station after the station was damaged following a protest of the killing of George Floyd, early Saturday, May 30, 2020 in Lincoln, Neb.  Floyd died after being restrained by Minneapolis police officers on Memorial Day.  (Justin Wan/Lincoln Journal Star via AP)

Protests in Nebraska's biggest cities lead to 24 arrests

May. 30, 2020 4:23 PM EDT

OMAHA, Neb. (AP) — Protests in Nebraska's two largest cities over George Floyd's death in Minneapolis resulted in two dozen arrests, injuries to police officers and damage to businesses and police cars. Nebraska Gov. Pete Ricketts condemned vandalism and violence in Lincoln and Omaha Friday nigt and early...

In this image made from video provided by the office of Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo, Gov. Cuomo updates the media on New York's coronavirus response, Saturday, May 30, 2020 in New York. (Office of Governor Andrew M. Cuomo via AP)

Cuomo signs bill granting front-line worker death benefits

May. 30, 2020 3:50 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo signed a bill Saturday granting death benefits to the families of police officers, public health workers and other front-line workers who have died of the coronavirus. “You gave your lives for us, we will be there for your families going forward,”...

Omaha police use tear gas on George Floyd protesters

May. 29, 2020 11:34 PM EDT

OMAHA, Neb. (AP) — Omaha police used tear gas Friday to disperse hundreds of people that blocked one of the city's busiest intersections and smashed windows of an empty furniture store after a peaceful gathering earlier in the evening. Live video from KETV-TV showed police trying to push protesters out of...

Ricketts blasts Minneapolis officer's handling of Floyd

May. 29, 2020 6:42 PM EDT

LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) — Nebraska Gov. Pete Ricketts on Friday blasted a white Minneapolis police officer's handling of George Floyd, the black man whose death has triggered racially charged protests throughout the nation. Ricketts called Derek Chauvin's actions “an egregious violation of Mr. Floyd's...

Minorities appear to be hardest-hit by virus in Nebraska

May. 29, 2020 6:18 PM EDT

OMAHA, Neb. (AP) — The coronavirus pandemic appears to be taking a “startling,” disproportionate toll on Nebraska's Hispanic, Asian and black residents, a top health administrator said Friday. Nebraska Department of Health and Human Services CEO Dannette Smith made the comments as the state...

University of Nebraska announces fall semester plans

May. 29, 2020 4:48 PM EDT

LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) — The University of Nebraska's Lincoln campus will begin the fall semester online for one week, before students return for on-campus instruction for the first time since the shutdown caused by the coronavirus. The Lincoln Journal Star reported that the university announced plans for the...

Parents wearing masks walk with their children past a mural, Friday, May 29, 2020, in New York. Gov. Andrew Cuomo says New York City is on track to begin reopening June 8 as the state gradually loosens restrictions put in place during the coronavirus crisis. (AP Photo/Mark Lennihan)

New York City eyes June 8 for first phase of reopening

May. 29, 2020 4:24 PM EDT

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — New York City is on track to begin reopening June 8 as the state gradually loosens restrictions put in place during the coronavirus crisis, Gov. Andrew Cuomo said Friday. Cuomo said the city was meeting goals set for hospital rates and testing, will “stockpile” personal...

Child, caretaker walking by road hit and killed in Nebraska

May. 29, 2020 12:45 PM EDT

FRIEND, Neb. (AP) — A 11-year-old child and his caretaker have been hit and killed by a truck as they walked along a road in southeastern Nebraska, the Nebraska State Patrol said. The patrol said the crash happened just before 9 p.m. Thursday in Friend, killing Isaac Speece, of Friend, and his 53-year-old...