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Former foster care youths targeted in college campus plan

Aug. 19, 2019 1:44 PM EDT

BLAIR, Neb. (AP) — A banker who leads a nonprofit wants to transform an old college campus in eastern Nebraska into a place where former foster care youths could live and learn trades. The former Dana College campus in Blair would become a holistic site where foster youths who have aged out of state...

Nebraska boy sentenced to prison for Iowa man's slaying

Aug. 19, 2019 10:44 AM EDT

COUNCIL BLUFFS, Iowa (AP) — A 16-year-old Nebraska boy has been sentenced to 10 to 50 years in prison for the slaying of a man in western Iowa. Pottawattamie County District Court records say Xavier Smith-Catchings, of Omaha, was sentenced Thursday. He'd entered a written plea of guilty Wednesday to a...

Hastings College expands technology, travel opportunities

Aug. 17, 2019 12:10 PM EDT

HASTINGS, Neb. (AP) — Hastings College has lived through plenty of changes in its 137 years, but few have been as profound as the transformation students will see this school year. In an effort to prepare students for an evolving world and to secure the college's future in the higher education marketplace,...

Police: Motorcyclist killed in Interstate 80 crash in Omaha

Aug. 17, 2019 11:50 AM EDT

OMAHA, Neb. (AP) — Omaha police say a motorcyclist has died after he and a car collided while trying to merge into the same lane on Interstate 80. Police say the crash happened around 9:30 p.m. Friday when the motorcycle and car, which were both westbound, collided, throwing the motorcyclist from the bike....

2 people injured when police helicopter crashes at airport

Aug. 16, 2019 5:34 PM EDT

BLAIR, Neb. (AP) — Officials say two pilots escaped an Omaha police helicopter crash in eastern Nebraska with only minor injuries. Omaha police say in a news release that the crash happened Friday morning at the Blair Airport, where the 2008 Bell 206 JetRanger is based. The pilot in command was Officer...

Police ID body found in northeast Omaha parking lot

Aug. 15, 2019 3:40 PM EDT

OMAHA, Neb. (AP) — Police have identified a man whose body was found in a northeast Omaha parking lot. Police say in a Thursday news release that the body of 41-year-old A Li, of Omaha, was found late Wednesday night by officers responding to a report of a shooting. Li's death is the 10th homicide in Omaha...

Nebraska teen takes plea deal in Council Bluffs slaying

Aug. 15, 2019 11:18 AM EDT

COUNCIL BLUFFS, Iowa (AP) — A 16-year-old Nebraska boy has pleaded guilty in the slaying of a 38-year-old Council Bluffs man. Pottawattamie County District Court records say Xavier Smith-Catchings, of Omaha, entered a written plea Wednesday to a charge of second-degree murder. Prosecutors lowered the...

Lincoln officials working on rules for rental scooters

Aug. 14, 2019 12:51 PM EDT

LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) — Lincoln officials are working on rules that would help keep riders and others safe when battery-powered rental scooters show up in the capital city. Scooter-sharing companies have expressed interest in coming to Lincoln, but city-county planning director David Cary won't say which...

Funeral services set for siblings killed in Gretna crash

Aug. 13, 2019 5:24 PM EDT

GRETNA, Neb. (AP) — Funeral services have been set for a sister and brother killed in multi-vehicle crash last week that also seriously injured their mother and two other siblings. The Omaha World-Herald reports that services for 16-year-old Abby Young and 10-year-old Stephen Young will be Thursday at...

Ponca Tribe of Nebraska win another legal battle over casino

Aug. 13, 2019 3:36 PM EDT

OMAHA, Neb. (AP) — The Ponca Tribe of Nebraska has scored another legal win in its fight to keep its casino in western Iowa open. U.S. District Judge Stephanie Rose on Monday rejected motions in a lawsuit by the states of Iowa and Nebraska and the Iowa city of Council Bluffs seeking to derail the casino....