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Nebraska man in Kansas officer-involved shooting arrested

Jan. 18, 2020 3:08 PM EST

LARNED, Kan. (AP) — A Nebraska man who escaped injury early Saturday after a Kansas sheriff's deputy fired shots at him has been arrested, the Kansas Bureau of Investigation said in a news release. Authorities said the shooting happened following a traffic stop near the west-central Kansas town of Larned....

UNL now offering hunting equipment rentals to public

Jan. 18, 2020 10:01 AM EST

LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) — Want to try your hand at waterfowl or turkey hunting, but leery of the expense of buying blinds and decoys? The University of Nebraska-Lincoln has a solution. UNL's Outdoor Adventure Center is now offering that equipment for rent to the public. The rentals had previously been offered...

Inmate who didn't return from Lincoln job hunt is captured

Jan. 16, 2020 6:17 AM EST

LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) — Omaha police have captured an inmate who didn't return from a job hunt in Lincoln. Anthony Durand had been given permission to leave the state's Community Corrections Center-Lincoln on Jan. 6, the Nebraska Department of Correctional Services said. But he didn't return. The department...

Police: Swastika painted on Jewish temple steps in Lincoln

Jan. 15, 2020 6:31 PM EST

LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) — Police are investigating the vandalism of a Jewish temple in Lincoln as a hate crime. A passerby reported Wednesday morning that epithets had been painted on the front steps of the South Street Temple, the Lincoln Journal Star reported. A responding officer also discovered a swastika...

Nebraska Gov. Pete Ricketts delivers his annual State of the State address to lawmakers in Lincoln, Neb., Wednesday, Jan. 15, 2020. (AP Photo/Nati Harnik)

Ricketts proposes aid for flood-damaged Nebraska counties

Jan. 15, 2020 12:36 PM EST

LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) — Gov. Pete Ricketts proposed nearly $60 million in state assistance Wednesday to help Nebraska recover from last year’s record floods, including a surprise $9.2 million boost for a dozen of the state’s hardest-hit counties. Ricketts unveiled the plan during his annual...

Nebraska advances new protections for student journalists

Jan. 14, 2020 7:20 PM EST

LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) — Nebraska lawmakers advanced a bill Tuesday designed to protect the free-speech rights of student journalists in public high schools while holding them directly accountable for stories that are libelous. The bill won first-round approval on a 27-5 vote. Sen. Adam Morfeld, of Lincoln,...

Nebraska appoints child welfare watchdog as next ombudsman

Jan. 14, 2020 12:52 PM EST

LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) — A state official who serves as a watchdog over Nebraska's child welfare system has been chosen as the next state ombudsman. Nebraska lawmakers voted 46-2 on Tuesday to hire Julie Rogers, the inspector general of child welfare since 2012. Rogers replaces Marshall Lux, who retired last...

Ex-Husker gets probation for driving drunk, resisting arrest

Jan. 14, 2020 9:54 AM EST

LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) — A former Husker football player has been given probation for driving drunk and resisting arrest in Lincoln. Lancaster County District Court records say Alfonzo Dennard, 30, was sentenced Monday to five years of probation. He'd pleaded no contest to the two charges after prosecutors...

Nebraska Medicaid head steps down as state expands coverage

Jan. 13, 2020 4:01 PM EST

LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) — The director of Nebraska's Medicaid program is stepping down in the middle of the state's effort to expand coverage under the federal health care law — an expansion that Republican governors and many state lawmakers thwarted until voters approved it in 2018. Matthew Van Patton,...

Mom sues city, county over police chase crash death of son

Jan. 13, 2020 12:47 PM EST

LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) — The mother of a Nebraska teenager killed when a stolen vehicle crashed during a police chase is seeking $1 million each from Lincoln police and Lancaster County. Brandy Yost filed claims last month that said the officers involved in the December 2018 chase wrongfully caused the death...