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In this undated photo provided by the The ACLU of Nebraska, Wally Wolff holds up voter registration paperwork at his home in Omaha, Neb. The ACLU of Nebraska began sending thousands of notices Monday, Sept. 28, 2020, to felons informing them of their right to vote after learning that the state incorrectly notified Wolff that he wasn't eligible to cast a ballot because of his status as a convicted felon. (Abiola Kosoko/ACLU of Nebraska via AP)

New effort seeks to protect Nebraska felon voting rights

Sep. 29, 2020 4:17 PM EDT

OMAHA, Neb. (AP) — The American Civil Liberties Union of Nebraska on Monday began sending notices to thousands of felons informing them of their right to vote after learning of a case in which the state incorrectly notified an Omaha man that he wasn't eligible to cast a ballot. The ACLU launched the public...

Man being booked into Omaha jail fires gun, injures self

Sep. 28, 2020 12:18 PM EDT

OMAHA, Neb. (AP) — A man being booked into the Douglas County jail fired a gun that officers discovered during a strip search and wounded himself, the county Department of Corrections director says. Department Director Mike Myers said in a statement that the incident occurred Sunday night when Omaha police...

Omaha police arrest 2 over fatal shooting near apartments

Sep. 28, 2020 9:45 AM EDT

OMAHA, Neb. (AP) — Omaha police have arrested two men in connection with the the fatal shooting of 20-year-old man near an apartment complex in the south part of the city. Police said they responded to a report of shots being fired at about 1:20 a.m. Sunday near the Arbor Villa Apartments and found...

2 dead in Nebraska accident involving commercial truck

Sep. 26, 2020 3:48 PM EDT

OMAHA, Neb. (AP) — Two people are dead following a traffic accident Friday evening involving a commercial truck hauling a dumpster in Nebraska. A preliminary investigation found that the commercial truck driven 40-year-old Christopher Anderson, a Douglas County resident, didn't make a curve and struck a...

Nebraska court overturns order releasing man from prison

Sep. 25, 2020 11:49 AM EDT

OMAHA, Neb. (AP) — A Nebraska prisoner who convinced a judge to throw out his first-degree murder conviction and order his release will remain behind bars after the state Supreme Court overturned that ruling on Friday. The decision was a win for prosecutors, who had to scramble to keep Jack Harris in...

7 teenagers injured in accident in Omaha

Sep. 25, 2020 8:09 AM EDT

OMAHA, Neb. (AP) — Seven teenagers are hospitalized with serious and critical injuries after two cars collided on a Nebraska roadway. The accident happened Thursday evening in the Omaha area. Douglas County deputies told KETV-TV that a teenage driver went off the road and tried to correct course but...

1st female Nebraska federal district court judge dies at 66

Sep. 24, 2020 5:54 PM EDT

OMAHA, Neb. (AP) — Laurie Smith Camp, a longtime Nebraska attorney who became the first woman to serve on the state's federal district court, died unexpectedly overnight at age 66, court officials said Thursday. John M. Gerrard, the chief judge of Nebraska's federal district court, said Smith Camp died...

Ricketts stands by decision to discontinue emergency SNAP

Sep. 24, 2020 4:20 PM EDT

OMAHA, Neb. (AP) — Gov. Pete Ricketts doubled down Thursday on his decision to leave Nebraska as the only state that has discontinued emergency food assistance benefits that were made available under the federal coronavirus relief package, despite pleas from advocates for the poor. Ricketts argued that...

Nebraska man wanted in officer assault arrested in Missouri

Sep. 24, 2020 1:54 PM EDT

COUNCIL BLUFFS, Iowa (AP) — A Nebraska man has been arrested in Missouri for his alleged role in an assault on an Iowa police officer in which the officer fired his gun, according to officials. Ian James Lybarger, 29, of Omaha, Nebraska, was arrested Wednesday night following a police chase that began in...

Special Prosecutor Fredrick D. Franklin speaks during a press conference in the Omaha City Council Legislative Chambers of the Omaha/Douglas Civic Center in Omaha on Wednesday, September 23, 2020. (Lily Smith/Omaha World-Herald via AP)

Prosecutor: Bar owner wanted to 'ambush' people stealing

Sep. 23, 2020 6:50 PM EDT

OMAHA, Neb. (AP) — A white Nebraska bar owner who killed himself after being charged with manslaughter for fatally shooting a Black man during May protests had been waiting to “ambush” people who were breaking into businesses and stealing, a special prosecutor said Wednesday. Special...