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White House Coronavirus Response Coordinator Dr. Deborah Birx speaks to reporters in the rotunda of the State Capitol in Lincoln, Neb., Friday, Aug. 14, 2020, after meeting with Gov. Pete Ricketts and community and state health officials. (AP Photo/Nati Harnik)

Birx: Tracking the coronavirus is a challenge in rural areas

Aug. 14, 2020 5:34 PM EDT

LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) — Federal officials need to figure out better ways to track the coronavirus in rural, sparsely populated areas where fewer people are getting tested, a top White House coronavirus official said Friday. Dr. Deborah Birx, the coordinator of the White House's coronavirus task force, said...

Plainview superintendent has COVID-19, school start delayed

Aug. 14, 2020 5:14 PM EDT

PLAINVIEW, Neb. (AP) — The start of the school year has been delayed in Plainview, after the public school superintendent tested positive for COVID-19. Superintendent Darron Arlt received his positive test results Wednesday, less than 24 hours before school was scheduled to start. The Board of Education...

Police say Kearney man killed in hit-and-run crash on Hwy 44

Aug. 14, 2020 1:33 PM EDT

KEARNEY, Neb. (AP) — A pedestrian was killed this week in a hit-and-run crash south of Kearney in south-central Nebraska, police there said. The crash happened in the pre-dawn hours Tuesday on Highway 44 in Kearney County, the Kearney Hub reported. The Kearney County Sheriff’s Office was called to...

Nebraska jails, prisons struggle to halt coronavirus spread

Aug. 14, 2020 1:08 PM EDT

OMAHA, Neb. (AP) — Some of Nebraska’s jails and prisons continue to struggle to control the spread of the coronavirus within their walls. That struggle was on display this week in the Douglas County Jail, which on Thursday confirmed 35 new COVID-19 cases among the jail’s employees and seven...

Omaha to pay more than $500K in stun gun death settlement

Aug. 14, 2020 12:13 PM EDT

OMAHA, Neb. (AP) — The city of Omaha has agreed to pay more than a half-million dollars to the mother of a mentally ill man who died in a confrontation with police in 2017. The city will pay $550,000 to Renita Chalepah, the mother of 29-year-old Zachary Bearheels, to settle her wrongful death lawsuit, the...

Lincoln man convicted of sex trafficking of teenage girls

Aug. 13, 2020 6:43 PM EDT

LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) — A 33-year-old Lincoln man has been found guilty of taking two teenage girls to Colorado and Iowa to have sex for money. Devin Ashford was convicted Wednesday of sex trafficking of a minor, producing child pornography and several other charges. When he is sentenced in November, he will...

Nebraska Gov. Pete Ricketts addresses lawmakers in Lincoln, Neb., Thursday, Aug. 13, 2020, on the last day of a legislative session marked by major disruptions from the coronavirus and political feuds that often turned personal. (AP Photo/Nati Harnik)

Nebraska lawmakers OK property tax credits as session ends

Aug. 13, 2020 6:39 PM EDT

LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) — Nebraska lawmakers approved new tax credits for homeowners, farmers and businesses and put more restrictions on abortions Thursday as they finished a session marred by ugly public disputes and criticism that they didn't do enough to address the coronavirus pandemic. The 60-day session...

North Platte man charged with sexual assault, incest

Aug. 13, 2020 3:08 PM EDT

NORTH PLATTE, Neb. (AP) — A North Platte man has been charged with sexual assault and incest for a series of incidents that took place over nearly 15 years. The 50-year-old man is being held on $500,000 bail. He was arraigned Wednesday on four charges of first-degree sexual assault and two charges of...

Omaha-area schools report COVID-19 cases days after opening

Aug. 13, 2020 2:10 PM EDT

OMAHA, Neb. (AP) — Schools in the Omaha area are reporting new cases of the coronavirus just days after opening classes to in-person attendance during a global pandemic. Officials with Millard Public Schools disclosed two confirmed cases this week at the district's Reagan Elementary School, while Ralston...

Nebraska traffic back to level seen before virus outbreak

Aug. 13, 2020 12:32 PM EDT

LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) — Traffic on Nebraska highways is approaching normal levels after falling sharply this spring when restrictions related to the coronavirus were first imposed. The state Transportation Department said this week that traffic statewide was near the average level from 2016 to 2018 for the...