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DOJ report blames records administrator, poor training for inmate release scandal

Gov. Dave Heineman says the job status of the records administrator at the center of scandal at the Nebraska Corrections Department is under further review, following a highly critical federal review of Kyle Poppert’s job performance.

Hansen: If Kansas City Royals win, party’s in Room 9856 at the Nebraska Medical Center

Dustin Roberts and his brothers have loved the Royals since they were kids. This year, Dustin came down with a mysterious illness and nearly died. He's still recovering. “I don’t have much pain during the games," Dustin said of watching the Royals play.
 "It just kind of goes away. ... The Royals are keeping me distracted."

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In police union contract talks this year, City of Omaha asked for 3 concessions

A trial between the city and the Omaha Police Officer’s Association began Thursday and gave insight into city-union negotiations, an often tense process that is normally confidential.

Police arrest 4 in South Omaha slaying

Police said the four were arrested in the shooting death of Jose Fabila, 23, who was shot about 4 a.m. Oct. 18 inside a house at 3714 S. 24th St.

4 students charged with procuring alcohol for minor after UNL freshman's death; frat suspended

An autopsy showed that Clayton Real, 18, from Grafton, Nebraska, died of acute alcohol intoxication with a blood alcohol level of .378, according to police.

Grace: Remembering Dan Begley, who had a heart so big it couldn’t be contained

Mr. Begley was our constant on Webster Street. The lighted shamrock in his window every March. The blue Notre Dame flag hanging every football Saturday. The Democratic yard signs planted faithfully every election season.

Forecast: Sunny, warm through weekend

Early next week, conditions will begin to make a change toward more seasonal weather for mid-October in the Omaha area.

Longtime Omahan George L. Dennis, 70, was vet for President Nixon's dogs

Dennis died Monday after a long battle with pulmonary fibrosis. 

Bond rating agency Moody's downgrades City of Omaha for 2nd time in 2 years

Moody’s cited labor costs and the city’s sewer projects as it downgraded Omaha from Aa1 to Aa2, Mayor Jean Stothert announced Thursday night.

Nebraska Supreme Court

Woman – 18 when she took part in Bellevue murder – has appeal for resentencing rejected

LINCOLN — Even though a couple state laws says you’re a “minor” at age 18, that’s too old to be win a resentencing for murder, the Nebraska Supreme Court ruled Friday.

Christie, Romney headed to Nebraska to support Republican candidates

New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie is set to make a Saturday appearance with Republican gubernatorial nominee Pete Ricketts. Mitt Romney will follow with a trip to Hastings on Monday on behalf of U.S. Senate candidate Ben Sasse.

Lawsuit filed by family in 33rd, Seward arrests clears legal hurdle

All charges against the Johnson brothers were dropped. The family is seeking compensation for medical expenses and property damage, among other claims. They are also asking for punitive damages.

Nebraska test scores up, but more schools facing underachievement penalty

Nearly half of Nebraska’s 1,011 public schools are now labeled in need of improvement for repeatedly missing federal No Child Left Behind proficiency targets, according to a report released today.

Staff at OPS's Howard Kennedy Elementary seek role in Seventy-Five North's redevelopment plans

OPS board still mulling linking Kennedy to redevelopment project

Iowa soldier organizes a 23-mile march to remind veterans that people care

The  Council Bluffs man will show his commitment to soldiers when he leads more than 200 people on a 23-mile Ruck Up for Life through Council Bluffs and Omaha on Saturday.

Sen. Ernie Chambers vows anew to halt Nebraska's mountain lion hunting

The Nebraska Game and Parks Commission ends its last meeting of 2014 without setting a hunting season for next year. 

Democrats call on auditor candidate to cancel his company's $700K in state contracts

Nebraska Democratic Party Chairman Vince Powers criticized State Sen. Charlie Janssen for refusing to say what he would do with the contracts if elected. A Janssen campaign spokesman called the criticism "ridiculous."

Jail time part of sentence for 83-year-old man in motorcyclist's death

Hugh Williams is put on two years' probation but must spend a day in jail on the first two anniversaries of the crash that fatally injured Preston Turner.

Trial ordered for woman accused of trying to run down police officer

An Omaha Airport Authority police officer shot out the tires of a driver who had tried to run her down, according to court testimony Friday.

Treasurer's home outside Lincoln doesn't disqualify re-election bid, secretary of state says

Michael O'Hara, the Democratic candidate for treasurer, sent Gale a letter earlier this week challenging Republican Don Stenberg's eligibility to serve as treasurer given that he has a home in Gretna, where he's a registered voter.

Arbor Day Foundation founder John Rosenow gets top Nebraska travel award

Rosenow, of Lincoln, received the 2014 Henry Fonda Award, the state travel industry’s highest honor, during the Nebraska Tourism Conference’s awards dinner here Thursday

Police arrest 2 in separate weapons cases

Police said the arrests occurred Thursday afternoon and Oct. 17.

Iowa student's mission trip to Africa prompts Ebola worries

A Treynor High School student who is traveling to Uganda will self-isolate after returning to Iowa out of respect of concerns others in the community might have about Ebola.

2 critically injured in stabbing near 14th, Center Streets

Police said the victims were a 49-year-old man and a 48-year-old woman.

Council Bluffs police seek shooting suspect after missed court date

Luke Bird, 27, was arrested in August in connection with a shooting in Council Bluffs. On Oct. 7, Bird pleaded guilty to intimidation with a serious weapon, going armed with intent, possession of a firearm, assault while participating in a felony, eluding police while participating in a felony and operating a vehicle while barred, according to Iowa court records.

Smoking OK in cigar bars until Nebraska Supreme Court appeal resolved

LINCOLN — Cigar bars have won a temporary, but possibly brief, reprieve from snuffing out the stogies.

Man tells police he was shot in hand

The man told police he was shot about 7 a.m. near North 42nd and Hamilton Streets.

Ex-Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee gives Lee Terry his nod for re-election

Huckabee, a possible 2016 presidential candidate, Thursday endorsed Terry, calling him “a strong and reliable conservative.’’

Pack of coyotes key in capture of Iowa fugitive

The Muscatine Journal reports that 21-year-old Daniel Rice is back in Muscatine County custody, facing a charge of escape in addition to other allegations

Mountain lion killed at Panhandle ranch

The big cat was shot in the ranch’s yard near the landowner’s house and chicken coop.

Cougar sighting in Iowa? 'I definitely think it's a house cat,' official says

Iowa Department of Natural Resources wildlife biologist Jason Auel studied photos a woman took while walking near the Cedar River on Tuesday and determined the image was of a regular cat.

Bluffs City Council to vote on master plan for old Playland Park spot

The Council Bluffs City Council on Monday will vote on an Omaha company’s master plan to turn the now vacant green space in western Council Bluffs into a housing and workplace complex.

National News (AP)

School gunman was Homecoming prince, students say

MARYSVILLE, Wash. (AP) — A student recently crowned freshman class Homecoming prince walked into his Seattle-area high school cafeteria Friday and opened fire, killing one person and shooting …

World News (AP)

15 jailed for life in Argentina 'dirty war' trial

BUENOS AIRES, Argentina (AP) — An Argentine court has convicted and sentenced to life in prison 15 former military, police and civilian officials for abductions, torture and killings of dozens…


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