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3 people taken to Omaha hospital after Plattsmouth fire

Jan. 28, 2020 6:37 AM EST

PLATTSMOUTH, Neb. (AP) — Three people were taken to an Omaha hospital after being rescued from a residential fire in Plattsmouth, authorities said. The fire was reported about 12:30 p.m. Monday at a home about two blocks west of City Hall. The Omaha World-Herald reported that two females, ages 13 and 18,...

Jury selection begins for man charged with killing student

Jan. 27, 2020 5:21 PM EST

BEATRICE, Neb. (AP) — Jury selection began Monday for a man accused of killing a Peru State College student whose body has never been found. Attorneys began selecting the jury at the Gage County Courthouse in Beatrice for the trial of Joshua Keadle, 38, according to the Lincoln Journal Star, Keadle has...

Nebraska bill to help human trafficking victims advances

Jan. 27, 2020 2:18 PM EST

LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) — Nebraska lawmakers took a new step Monday to try to help survivors of human trafficking but stopped short of putting any new money into the initiative. Lawmakers advanced a bill, 46-0, to create a competitive grant program for groups that provide services to human trafficking victims....

Editorial Roundup:

Jan. 27, 2020 11:00 AM EST

Omaha World Herald. January 22, 2020 Legislature should explore options for a constructive redistricting process Every 10 years, the Nebraska Legislature undertakes its redistricting duties. Past experience shows that even in the officially nonpartisan Legislature, redrawing the state’s political maps can...

Body of person found in burned-out RV in southeast Omaha

Jan. 26, 2020 6:01 PM EST

OMAHA, Neb. (AP) — Police in Omaha are investigating what caused a fire in a recreational vehicle that killed one person. The fire was reported around 1 a.m. Saturday in southeastern Omaha, just blocks from the Missouri River. Arriving firefighters who extinguished the blaze found a person dead inside....

Gibson, Pile lead Omaha past Purdue Fort Wayne 75-71

Jan. 25, 2020 10:08 PM EST

OMAHA, Neb. (AP) — JT Gibson hit five 3-pointers and scored 23 points, Matt Pile added a double-double and Omaha slipped past Purdue Fort Wayne 75-71 on Saturday. Gibson sank 8 of 16 shots from the floor, including 5 of 11 from beyond the arc, for the Mavericks (12-10, 5-2 Summit League). Pile finished...

Police: 1 man dead, another arrested in Omaha stabbing death

Jan. 25, 2020 11:22 AM EST

OMAHA, Neb. (AP) — One man has died and another man has been arrested in a late-night stabbing in Omaha, police said Saturday in a news release. Officers were called to an area in northeast Omaha just after 10:30 p.m. Friday and found LaZell Hampton, 22, of Omaha, suffering from a stab wound, police said....

Crete man guilty of 2018 shooting of brothers that killed 1

Jan. 25, 2020 11:02 AM EST

OMAHA, Neb. (AP) — A jury has convicted a Crete man of second-degree murder, assault and weapons counts in the July 2018 shooting of two brothers in south Omaha that left one of the victims dead. The jury found Anthony Sanchez, 21, guilty Friday for the shooting that killed 23-year-old Franco...

Nebraska chapter of ACLU hires new legal director

Jan. 25, 2020 10:06 AM EST

LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) — The Nebraska chapter of the American Civil Liberties Union has announced the hiring of an Omaha attorney as its new legal director. Adam Sipple will lead the state ACLU's legal program, replacing Amy Miller, who resigned in November. Before joining the ACLU, Sipple had spent 20 years...

2019 flooding again cancels Loessfest in western Iowa

Jan. 25, 2020 10:05 AM EST

COUNCIL BLUFFS, Iowa (AP) — Leaders in western Iowa say lingering floodwaters and damage from last year's Missouri River flooding has led them to again cancel Loessfest. The Council Bluffs City Council said Friday in a news release that restoration work on Tom Hanafan River's Edge Park, which connects to...