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Omaha police use tear gas on George Floyd protesters

May. 29, 2020 11:34 PM EDT

OMAHA, Neb. (AP) — Omaha police used tear gas Friday to disperse hundreds of people that blocked one of the city's busiest intersections and smashed windows of an empty furniture store after a peaceful gathering earlier in the evening. Live video from KETV-TV showed police trying to push protesters out of...

Ricketts blasts Minneapolis officer's handling of Floyd

May. 29, 2020 6:42 PM EDT

LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) — Nebraska Gov. Pete Ricketts on Friday blasted a white Minneapolis police officer's handling of George Floyd, the black man whose death has triggered racially charged protests throughout the nation. Ricketts called Derek Chauvin's actions “an egregious violation of Mr. Floyd's...

Minorities appear to be hardest-hit by virus in Nebraska

May. 29, 2020 6:18 PM EDT

OMAHA, Neb. (AP) — The coronavirus pandemic appears to be taking a “startling,” disproportionate toll on Nebraska's Hispanic, Asian and black residents, a top health administrator said Friday. Nebraska Department of Health and Human Services CEO Dannette Smith made the comments as the state...

University of Nebraska announces fall semester plans

May. 29, 2020 4:48 PM EDT

LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) — The University of Nebraska's Lincoln campus will begin the fall semester online for one week, before students return for on-campus instruction for the first time since the shutdown caused by the coronavirus. The Lincoln Journal Star reported that the university announced plans for the...

Parents wearing masks walk with their children past a mural, Friday, May 29, 2020, in New York. Gov. Andrew Cuomo says New York City is on track to begin reopening June 8 as the state gradually loosens restrictions put in place during the coronavirus crisis. (AP Photo/Mark Lennihan)

New York City eyes June 8 for first phase of reopening

May. 29, 2020 4:24 PM EDT

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — New York City is on track to begin reopening June 8 as the state gradually loosens restrictions put in place during the coronavirus crisis, Gov. Andrew Cuomo said Friday. Cuomo said the city was meeting goals set for hospital rates and testing, will “stockpile” personal...

Child, caretaker walking by road hit and killed in Nebraska

May. 29, 2020 12:45 PM EDT

FRIEND, Neb. (AP) — A 11-year-old child and his caretaker have been hit and killed by a truck as they walked along a road in southeastern Nebraska, the Nebraska State Patrol said. The patrol said the crash happened just before 9 p.m. Thursday in Friend, killing Isaac Speece, of Friend, and his 53-year-old...

Nebraska high court rejects appeal in 2015 Omaha killings

May. 29, 2020 11:58 AM EDT

LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) — The Nebraska Supreme Court on Friday upheld the first-degree murder convictions of an Omaha man for killing two people in separate shootings in August 2015. Preston Pope is serving two life sentences for the deaths of DePrecia Neelon and Garion Johnson. Pope appealed his 2018...

Qualifier for Korn Ferry event in Omaha set for Arbor Links

May. 29, 2020 11:29 AM EDT

OMAHA, Neb. (AP) — Nebraska golfers or those with ties to the state can try to qualify for the Korn Ferry Tour's Pinnacle Bank Championship in July. The 36-hole qualifier will be played at ArborLinks in Nebraska City on July 2. Professional and amateur golfers with Nebraska ties can vie for an exemption...

FILE - In this June 9, 2016, file photo, Major League BaseballCommissioner Rob Manfred speaks during the MLB draft, in Secaucus, N.J. Major League Baseball will cuts its amateur draft from 40 rounds to five this year, a move that figures to save teams about $30 million. Clubs gained the ability to reduce the draft as part of their March 26 agreement with the players’ association and MLB plans to finalize a decision next week to go with the minimum, a person familiar with the decision told The Associated Press. The person spoke Friday, May 8, 2020, on condition of anonymity because no decision was announced. (AP Photo/Julio Cortez, File)

Shortened MLB amateur draft to remain at New Jersey studio

May. 29, 2020 11:24 AM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — Major League Baseball’s shortened amateur draft will remain at the MLB Network studios in Secaucus, New Jersey, for the first round on June 10. MLB shortened the selections to five rounds and 160 picks in response to the new coronavirus pandemic, by far the fewest since the draft...

Nebraska tomato-growing plant fined $400K for

May. 29, 2020 8:31 AM EDT

OMAHA, Neb. (AP) — A northern Nebraska tomato-growing and packing plant accused of hiring people living in the country illegally has been fined $400,000. The fine was handed down Wednesday at sentencing for O’Neill Ventures Inc., federal prosecutors said. The business pleaded guilty in February to...