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Nebraska's average composite ACT score drops slightly

Oct. 17, 2019 1:36 PM EDT

LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) — Officials say Nebraska's average composite ACT score dropped for the 2019 graduating class but is among the highest of the 15 states that test almost all students. The Nebraska Education Department said in a news release Wednesday that the 2019 figure was 20, down a tenth of a point...

Slowing economy, trade wars, drag on US rail companies

Oct. 17, 2019 1:25 PM EDT

OMAHA, Neb. (AP) — The slowing economy and ongoing trade disputes are dragging railroad profits down in the second half of the year. Two railroads, Union Pacific and CSX, have reported declining profit and revenue this week as they hauled less grain, imported goods and other products. Union Pacific's...

2 people accused of arson in Christmas basement fire

Oct. 17, 2019 11:28 AM EDT

OMAHA, Neb. (AP) — Two people are accused of setting a fire on Christmas Day 2017 in the basement of an Omaha home as part of an insurance scam. Douglas County Court records say 39-year-old Lindsay Anderson and 39-year-old Joseph Caillier are charged with arson, burglary and burning to defraud an insurer....

Authorities: At least 1 killed in Buffalo County crash

Oct. 17, 2019 10:02 AM EDT

KEARNEY, Neb. (AP) — Authorities say at least one person has been killed and another injured in a Buffalo County collision. The accident occurred around 7 a.m. Thursday, just east of Kearney. Authorities say a cement truck and a car collided, blocking the roadway. The names of those involved and other...

U.S. Census Bureau opens its Nebraska office in Lincoln

Oct. 17, 2019 8:29 AM EDT

LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) — The U.S. Census Bureau has opened its Nebraska office in Lincoln as it prepares for the 2020 count. The bureau will be hiring thousands of temporary workers to gather and help process the count. Dennis Johnson is deputy director for the Census' Denver region, and he says filling...

Ex-Santee schools official gets prison for kickback scheme

Oct. 16, 2019 5:57 PM EDT

LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) — A federal judge in Lincoln has sentenced a former Santee Community Schools superintendent and Iowa resident to two years in prison for stealing hundreds of thousands of dollars in federal funds. Federal prosecutors say 63-year-old Paul Sellon, of Hamburg, was sentenced Wednesday and...

Nebraska day care worker accused of hurting toddler's arm

Oct. 16, 2019 5:31 PM EDT

BELLEVUE, Neb. (AP) — A Bellevue day care worker has been arrested after being accused of injuring a 2-year-old child in her care. Police say the 27-year-old woman was arrested Tuesday, nearly a week after a mother went to police and reported her child had been injured at It's a Kidz World Daycare in...

US Olympic curling trials will return to Omaha in 2022

Oct. 16, 2019 3:39 PM EDT

OMAHA, Neb. (AP) — The U.S. Olympic curling trials will return to Omaha in 2022. USA Curling and the Omaha Sports Commission announced Wednesday that the event would be held at Baxter Arena on the University of Nebraska-Omaha campus from Nov. 13-21, 2021. The trials were first held at Baxter Arena in 2017....

Man rescued after being trapped 24 hours in storm drain

Oct. 16, 2019 12:18 PM EDT

LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) — Authorities say a man's been rescued after being trapped in a Lincoln storm drain for at least 24 hours. Lincoln Fire & Rescue Chief Michael Despain said Wednesday that someone heard the man's cries for help a little before 6 p.m. Tuesday. First responders couldn't immediately find...

Omaha suburb mulls anti-leaking measures for city officials

Oct. 16, 2019 11:58 AM EDT

BELLEVUE, Neb. (AP) — An Omaha suburb is considering measures that could lead to the firing of elected officials for leaking information from meetings that aren't open to the public. The Bellevue City Council is holding an Oct. 29 public hearing on the two proposals, the Omaha World-Herald reported. The...