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Nebraska sees new jump in coronavirus cases, COVID-19 deaths

May. 30, 2020 7:11 PM EDT

LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) — Nebraska continued Saturday to see an increase in novel coronavirus infections, with confirmed cases approaching 14,000. It also reported another six COVID-19-related deaths. State Department of Health and Human Services data showed the number of coronavirus cases rose by 4.9% or 644...

A protester throws a window cleaner at police standing guard of an Ez Go gas station after the station was damaged following a protest of the killing of George Floyd, early Saturday, May 30, 2020 in Lincoln, Neb.  Floyd died after being restrained by Minneapolis police officers on Memorial Day.  (Justin Wan/Lincoln Journal Star via AP)

Protests in Nebraska's biggest cities lead to 24 arrests

May. 30, 2020 4:23 PM EDT

OMAHA, Neb. (AP) — Protests in Nebraska's two largest cities over George Floyd's death in Minneapolis resulted in two dozen arrests, injuries to police officers and damage to businesses and police cars. Nebraska Gov. Pete Ricketts condemned vandalism and violence in Lincoln and Omaha Friday nigt and early...

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...

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...

Official: Virus was 'devastating' for Nebraska tourism

May. 28, 2020 5:36 PM EDT

OMAHA, Neb. (AP) — Nebraska's tourism industry has lost millions of dollars in revenue to the coronavirus pandemic and will face major challenges as it tries to recover, the state's tourism director said Thursday. Nebraska Tourism Commission Executive Director John Ricks said visitor spending was $152.6...

Ricketts outlines plans for $1.1 billion in coronavirus aid

May. 27, 2020 5:22 PM EDT

OMAHA, Neb. (AP) — Nebraska will use its $1.1 billion share of federal coronavirus money to help small businesses, local governments, nonprofits and other groups hard-hit by the pandemic, Gov. Pete Ricketts said Wednesday. Ricketts provided a first glimpse of the state's plan, which focuses heavily on...

Omaha-area hospitals see another uptick in virus patients

May. 26, 2020 5:54 PM EDT

LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) — Omaha-area hospitals have reported another uptick in coronavirus patients but local health officials are still managing the caseload without any issues, the state's top doctor said Tuesday. Nebraska Chief Medical Officer, Dr. Gary Anthone, said Douglas County's hospitals are treating...

Nebraska economy fares better than most states amid pandemic

May. 24, 2020 4:03 PM EDT

OMAHA, Neb. (AP) — Nebraska's economy has been devastated by the coronavirus outbreak and unemployment has surged, but the state has fared better than most of the rest of the nation. The state's unemployment rate for April registered 8.3%, which remains well below the national rate of 14.7%. Nebraska's...

Nebraska officials watching Omaha for strain on hospitals

May. 22, 2020 5:13 PM EDT

OMAHA, Neb. (AP) — Nebraska public health officials are watching for signs of strain on Omaha's hospitals because they've received a steady increase in coronavirus patients, but the state's top medical official said Friday that he isn't worried yet about the caseload as Gov. Pete Ricketts moves to further...