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An Omaha police officer stands inside of the Davis Square Apartments at Creighton University on Friday, Jan. 15, 2021. Police and firefighters evacuated the dormitory overnight after a student told emergency room staff that she had tried to make the poison ricin in her dorm room in an attempt to harm herself. The Omaha World-Herald reports that officials also shut down the Creighton University Medical Center emergency room on the university campus as a precaution.  (Chris Machian/Omaha World-Herald via AP)

Creighton dorm evacuated after student tries to make ricin

Jan. 15, 2021 4:14 PM EST

OMAHA, Neb. (AP) — Police and firefighters evacuated a Creighton University dormitory after a student at the Nebraska school told emergency room staff that she had tried to make the poison ricin in her dorm room in an attempt to harm herself. Officials also temporarily shut down the Creighton University...

Man critically injured in hunting accident near Lincoln

Jan. 15, 2021 1:45 PM EST

LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) — An 18-year-old man was critically injured in a hunting accident near Lincoln when a deer rifle unexpectedly fired, officials there said. Lancaster County Sheriff Terry Wagner told the Lincoln Journal Star that the incident happened Thursday evening near 176th Street and Havelock...

Lawmakers reserve right not to meet Tuesday, citing protests

Jan. 15, 2021 1:34 PM EST

OMAHA, Neb. (AP) — Nebraska lawmakers are reserving the right to not meet as scheduled on Tuesday due to the expected armed protests at state capitols around the country. State lawmakers adjourned for the week Friday and won't return “until the call of the speaker." Normally, lawmakers return to the...

Nebraska women's prison placed under coronavirus quarantine

Jan. 15, 2021 12:31 PM EST

OMAHA, Neb. (AP) — A Nebraska prison for women is now under quarantine because of a recent increase in coronavirus cases among inmates and staff members, corrections officials said. Corrections officials have suspended the inmate visitation program at the Nebraska Correctional Center for Women, according...

Nebraska tax collections below expectations in December

Jan. 15, 2021 10:29 AM EST

OMAHA, Neb. (AP) — Nebraska state government collected slightly less money than expected in December, the Department of Revenue said Friday. The department reported net tax receipts of $436 million for the month, compared to the official estimates of $440 million. Net sales-and-use and individual income...

Pilot makes emergency landing on Illinois highway's median

Jan. 15, 2021 10:22 AM EST

MARION, Ill. (AP) — The pilot of a more than 60-year-old plane successfully landed the vintage aircraft onto a southern Illinois highway's median after it lost engine power, state police said. The pilot was not injured when he landed the single-engine plane Wednesday night onto Interstate 57's median in...

Blizzard brings snow, winds up to 50 mph to Nebraska, Iowa

Jan. 15, 2021 8:33 AM EST

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — A strong cold front ushered in a blizzard overnight into Friday for parts of eastern Nebraska and western Iowa, with heavy snow and winds of up to 50 mph in those areas. Roads along the eastern border of Nebraska and throughout Iowa are either completely or partially covered by...

Nebraska expands eligibility for coronavirus vaccine

Jan. 14, 2021 3:59 PM EST

OMAHA, Neb. (AP) — Nebraska plans to expand the next phase of its coronavirus vaccine campaign to include everyone 65 and older. Previously, the state had planned to vaccinate people 75 and older during the next phase, which also includes essential workers who cannot work from home, but the federal...

Nebraska Gov. Pete Ricketts delivers the annual State of the State Address to lawmakers in Lincoln, Neb., Thursday, Jan. 14, 2021. (AP Photo/Nati Harnik)

News Guide: Ricketts pitches property tax ballot measure

Jan. 14, 2021 1:47 PM EST

OMAHA, Neb. (AP) — Nebraska voters could get to decide whether to restrict local government spending next year under Gov. Pete Ricketts' property tax proposal that he presented to lawmakers on Thursday. Ricketts said he is backing a constitutional amendment that would limit the growth of local government...

Ex-Fremont police officer gets prison for child sex assault

Jan. 14, 2021 1:18 PM EST

FREMONT, Neb. (AP) — A former Fremont police officer has been sentenced to more than two years in prison for sexually assaulting a child. Austin Williams, 35, was was sentenced Wednesday in Dodge County District Court to 30 months in prison, the Fremont Tribune reported. Williams was convicted of...