Latest Nebraska News

Part of a tree that had split at the trunk lies on a road in Oak Park, Ill., while also appearing not to have landed on a car parked on the road, after a severe storm moved through the Chicago area Monday, Aug. 10, 2020. (AP Photo/Dave Zelio)

Powerful derecho leaves path of devastation across Midwest

Aug. 10, 2020 11:13 PM EDT

IOWA CITY, Iowa (AP) — A rare storm packing 100 mph winds and with power similar to an inland hurricane swept across the Midwest on Monday, blowing over trees, flipping vehicles, causing widespread property damage and leaving hundreds of thousands without power as it moved through Chicago and into Indiana...

Nebraska hires new legislative child welfare watchdog

Aug. 10, 2020 4:40 PM EDT

LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) — A legislative staffer who previously worked as a lobbyist and child advocate has been chosen as Nebraska's next inspector general for child welfare, officials announced Monday. Jennifer Carter will serve as a legislative watchdog over Nebraska's child welfare services. She currently...

Nebraska's public, private colleges gear up for school year

Aug. 10, 2020 2:43 PM EDT

LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) — Nebraska's public and private colleges are forging ahead with plans to resume in-person classes this month but will take new steps to prevent the spread of the coronavirus, top administrators said Monday. Representatives for Nebraska's three state colleges and 13 private colleges said...

Omaha police arrest 3 in connection with fatal shooting

Aug. 10, 2020 11:46 AM EDT

OMAHA, Neb. (AP) — Three people have been arrested in connection with the shooting death of a man in north Omaha. Omaha Police said 18-year-old Dalon Sherman was arrested on suspicion of first-degree murder and a weapons charge in connection with the Aug. 3 shooting of Bennie Cartwright, 36. Two other...

Editorial Roundup:

Aug. 10, 2020 10:01 AM EDT

McCook Daily Gazette. Aug. 4, 2020 Now may be a good time to trade in your used car The pandemic is affecting things in ways none of us could have imagined. In May, the Nebraska State Patrol put out a news release stating that 200 speeders had been ticketed for exceeding 100 mph over the previous two months....

Police close Lincoln bowling alley for violating mask rule

Aug. 9, 2020 3:45 PM EDT

LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) — Lincoln Police closed down a bowling alley this weekend for violating the city's coronavirus restrictions after the owner vowed to fight the rules requiring people to wear masks in public places. On Saturday, Lincoln Police enforced the local health department’s order to close...

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...