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Gretna stripped of 2021 state high school football title

Jan. 20, 2022 18:05 PM EST

LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) — Gretna High School was stripped of its 2021 Class A state football championship on Thursday following a vote of the Nebraska School Activities Association board. The board voted 8-0 to uphold executive director Jay Bellar's ruling that the Dragons used an...

Union Pacific Q4 profit up 24% despite weak rail volume

Jan. 20, 2022 14:12 PM EST

OMAHA, Neb. (AP) — Union Pacific hauled in 24% more profit in the fourth quarter despite supply chain problems and weak auto production, but that is also compared with a period last year that included a one-time $278 million charge. The Omaha, Nebraska, railroad on Thursday posted...

Nebraska state lawmaker files to run for congressional seat

Jan. 20, 2022 09:59 AM EST

LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) — Nebraska state Sen. Tony Vargas, of Omaha, has officially jumped into the race for the state's 2nd Congressional District. Vargas, a Democrat, filed papers Wednesday to challenge incumbent U.S. Rep. Don Bacon, a Republican. Bacon first won the seat in 2016 and...

Nebraska hospital officials worry about surge in patients

Jan. 18, 2022 14:56 PM EST

OMAHA, Neb. (AP) — Nebraska hospital officials are expressing concern about how they will handle the current surge in virus hospitalizations along with all their other patients as COVID-19 cases continue to increase dramatically across the state. “There is no doubt we are still...

Ricketts endorses fellow Republican Jim Pillen for governor

Jan. 18, 2022 14:23 PM EST

LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) — Nebraska gubernatorial candidate Jim Pillen scored a big endorsement Tuesday from Gov. Pete Ricketts, a fellow Republican who backed the University of Nebraska regent to be his successor. Ricketts picked Pillen out of a crowded GOP field ahead of the party's...

Ex-Omaha Archdiocese chancellor faces new theft charge

Jan. 17, 2022 15:25 PM EST

OMAHA, Neb. (AP) — A former chancellor for the Roman Catholic Church’s Archdiocese of Omaha who is already charged with two felony counts has been charged with a new count of theft after authorities say he stole more than $100,000 from a church in Sarpy County. The Rev. Michael...

Man who pled guilty to setting fatal fire dies at hospital

Jan. 16, 2022 12:13 PM EST

OMAHA, Neb. (AP) — A 68-year-old man died at an Omaha hospital Friday just over a week after he pled guilty to starting the fire that led to his wife's death. Douglas County jail officials said Carl Bohm of Omaha had been hospitalized since Jan. 6 — one day after he was found...

Nebraska men sentenced for company's safety violations

Jan. 14, 2022 19:02 PM EST

OMAHA, Neb. (AP) — An Omaha company and two of its owners were sentenced Friday to federal prison for knowingly violating worker safety standards, leading to an explosion that killed two workers. Nebraska Railcar Cleaning Services; Steven Michael Braithwaite, president and owner...

State halts some surgeries at Nebraska Medical Center

Jan. 14, 2022 15:43 PM EST

OMAHA, Neb. (AP) — Gov. Pete Ricketts issued a public health order on Friday barring the Nebraska Medical Center in Omaha from performing scheduled, non-emergency surgeries, one day after the hospital announced that it had activated its crisis plan because of the pandemic. Ricketts...

Scheierman, Dentlinger leads South Dakota State over Omaha

Jan. 13, 2022 22:56 PM EST

OMAHA, Neb. (AP) — Baylor Scheierman had 26 points plus 11 rebounds as South Dakota State defeated Nebraska Omaha 95-86 on Thursday night. Matt Dentlinger added 25 points for the Jackrabbits. Scheierman converted all six of his 3-point attempts. He added six assists. Dentlinger...