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Millard program teaches social skills to autistic students

Jul. 20, 2019 11:31 AM EDT

OMAHA, Neb. (AP) — The Millard Public Schools District in Omaha intends to offer new programs this coming school year to enhance the social skills of students with autism and other intellectual or developmental disabilities. The programs will use recreation specialists and volunteer peers to teach basic...

Native artist creates Nebraska's First People license plates

Jul. 20, 2019 11:01 AM EDT

LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) — Long before Donel Keeler saw his art staring back at him from the bumpers of automobiles, he saw it hanging in Morrill Hall and earning prizes at Native art shows. Colorful scenes of buffalo and antelope and Indian hunters — created in the ledger art style — black and...

Millard schools launch internship program for at-risk youths

Jul. 20, 2019 11:00 AM EDT

OMAHA, Neb. (AP) — Audrey Mugisha admits that until two weeks ago, he had barely looked under the hood of a car. Now the 18-year-old knows how to change the oil in your car. He can rotate your tires, too. And he's learning what it takes to make it as an automotive technician and mechanic. "Before I came...

West Nile virus found in 4 mosquito pools around Omaha-area

Jul. 20, 2019 10:11 AM EDT

OMAHA, Neb. (AP) — Health officials are warning those in eastern Nebraska's Douglas County to take precautions after West Nile virus is found in mosquitoes in the county. The Douglas County Health Department says in a news release that four local mosquito pools at two locations have tested positive for the...

Weather service: Saturday sees more heat; Sunday sees relief

Jul. 20, 2019 10:06 AM EDT

OMAHA, Neb. (AP) — A mid-summer heat wave continues to bear down on Nebraska and Iowa, but weather forecasters say a cool front is on the way. Heat indices reached into the triple digits for the third day on Friday, and the National Weather Service says more of the same is on tap for the two states...

Nebraska woman dies weeks after hit-and-run crash

Jul. 20, 2019 10:05 AM EDT

PLATTSMOUTH, Neb. (AP) — Police in eastern Nebraska say a woman critically injured in a hit-and-run crash last month has died. Omaha television station KETV says 58-year-old Tammy Martin, of Murray, died Thursday at an Omaha hospital from injuries she received in a June 30 crash in rural Cass County....

Fremont woman charged in May crash death of Lincoln man

Jul. 19, 2019 5:18 PM EDT

LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) — A Fremont woman has been charged with vehicular homicide for a May crash that killed a Lincoln man. The Lincoln Journal Star reports that 73-year-old Lois Vachal pleaded not guilty at her first court appearance last week. Prosecutors say Vachal ran a red light at the intersection of...

High court rejects appeal of killer of 4 people in Omaha

Jul. 19, 2019 1:18 PM EDT

OMAHA, Neb. (AP) — The Nebraska Supreme Court on Friday upheld the convictions and death sentence of a man who killed four people in Omaha, seemingly at random, shortly after his release from prison in 2013. Nikko Jenkins pleaded no contest in 2014 to four counts of first-degree murder and multiple weapons...

Nebraska wins national recognition for election security

Jul. 19, 2019 12:01 PM EDT

LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) — Nebraska's secretary of state has won a national award for its efforts to keep election secure. Nebraska Secretary of State Robert Evnen's office received the Innovators Award earlier this week from the National Association of State Election Directors. Evnen's office collaborated with...

State says Nebraska's June jobless rate unchanged at 3%

Jul. 19, 2019 11:29 AM EDT

LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) — Nebraska's unemployment rate remained unchanged in June at 3%, the state said in a report released Friday. The preliminary June rate matched the May rate and was two-tenths of a point higher than the June 2018 rate of 2.8%, the Nebraska Labor Department said. The new Nebraska rate was...