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A healthcare worker administers the first dose of the Moderna COVID-19 vaccine at Pinnacle Bank Arena on Friday, Jan. 22, 2021 in Lincoln, Neb. (Kenneth Ferriera/Lincoln Journal Star via AP)

Some Nebraskans may face 4-month wait for vaccine

Jan. 22, 2021 2:33 PM EST

LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) — Nebraska residents who are younger than 65 years old and considered healthy may have to wait another four months to get the coronavirus vaccine based on current distributions to the state, officials said Friday. State health officials and Gov. Pete Ricketts said they're currently...

FILE - In this Jan. 10, 2016 file photo, spectators watch efforts to douse a fire in a building in Omaha, Neb., where M's Pub was located. The Nebraska Supreme Court is allowing a lawsuit to continue against an Omaha natural gas utility for a 2016 fire that destroyed part of the downtown Omaha's Old Market. The ruling Friday, Jan. 22, 2021, affirms the finding of a lower court that rejected Metropolitan Utilities District's request for summary judgment to be excused from the lawsuit. (AP Photo/Nati Harnik File)

Ruling says lawsuit against MUD in Omaha fire can continue

Jan. 22, 2021 1:54 PM EST

OMAHA, Neb. (AP) — The Nebraska Supreme Court is allowing a lawsuit to continue against an Omaha natural gas utility for a 2016 fire that destroyed part of the downtown Omaha’s Old Market. The ruling Friday affirms the finding of a lower court that rejected Metropolitan Utilities District’s...

Sheriff's office: 1 killed in truck crash near Omaha

Jan. 22, 2021 11:27 AM EST

OMAHA, Neb. (AP) — One person is dead following the crash of a pickup truck just west of Omaha, according to the Douglas County Sheriff’s Office. The crash happened late Thursday night at 252nd and Q streets, the sheriff’s office said Friday in a news release. Investigators said the truck...

Off-duty Omaha officer shoots at suspected shoplifter's SUV

Jan. 22, 2021 9:26 AM EST

OMAHA, Neb. (AP) — Omaha police are investigating after an off-duty officer fired gun at the vehicle of a suspected shoplifter at a northwest Omaha home improvement store. The shooting happened Wednesday night in the parking lot of a Home Depot at 144th Street and West Maple Road, when the off-duty...

Justice: Technology helped Nebraska courts face pandemic

Jan. 21, 2021 5:43 PM EST

OMAHA, Neb. (AP) — Nebraska's courts have faced a big challenge due to the coronavirus pandemic but continue to serve the public with the use of technology, the state's chief justice said Thursday. Nebraska Supreme Court Chief Justice Michael Heavican said the pandemic forced the courts to turn to...

Nebraska lawmakers preserve secret committee chair votes

Jan. 21, 2021 5:20 PM EST

OMAHA, Neb. (AP) — Nebraska lawmakers on Thursday rejected a new effort to require a public vote when they choose legislative leaders, despite a push from some conservative senators who cast it as a matter of transparency. Lawmakers voted 30-19 against the motion to change the Legislature's internal rules...

Nebraska signs new 2-year contract with state worker union

Jan. 21, 2021 3:12 PM EST

LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) — Nebraska state employees have a new contract that includes pay raises for those who receive a satisfactory rating in their performance reviews. Gov. Pete Ricketts said the contract reflects “the culmination of six years of culture changes in state government to become a more...

Proposal would give Nebraska health officials more power

Jan. 21, 2021 1:59 PM EST

LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) — Local health officials across Nebraska could gain more authority to impose restrictions related to the coronavirus under a bill in the legislature. The bill would allow local public health departments across the state to impose restrictions related to the virus or other infectious...

FILE - In this Sept. 13, 2019, file photo the logo for Union Pacific appears above a trading post on the floor of the New York Stock Exchange. Union Pacific’s fourth quarter profit chugged ahead as shipping volume improved for the first time since before the coronavirus pandemic slowed the economy to a crawl last year. The Omaha, Nebraska-based railroad said Thursday, Jan. 21, 2021, that it earned $1.38 billion, or $2.05 per share, in the quarter, but the results were weighed down by a one-time charge of $278 million.  (AP Photo/Richard Drew, File)

Union Pacific delivered 3% more freight as economy recovered

Jan. 21, 2021 1:10 PM EST

OMAHA, Neb. (AP) — Union Pacific's fourth-quarter profit chugged ahead as shipping volume improved for the first time since before the coronavirus pandemic slowed the economy to a crawl last year. The Omaha, Nebraska-based railroad said Thursday that it earned $1.38 billion, or $2.05 per share, in the...

Bankers survey shows gains in rural economy of 10 states

Jan. 21, 2021 12:18 PM EST

OMAHA, Neb. (AP) — The rural economy in parts of 10 Plains and Western states continues to grow, but rural bank CEOs say their biggest fears for the 2021 economy are excessive inflation and higher long-term interest rates, according to a new monthly survey of bankers. The overall index of the Rural...