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They're brats, and proud of it; mom, daughter who tried to rename military kids feel harsh backlash

A mom and daughter wrote a children’s book about military kids and the rigors of military life. Titled “The Little C.H.A.M.P.S,” the book coined an acronym that stood for Child Heroes Attached to Military Personnel, as an alternative to “brats.” Some self-described military brats — a lot of them — strenuously objected on social media. 

June storms put Nebraska on a national list of remarkable weather

The destructive hailstorms and tornadoes that struck Nebraska in June have landed the state on an unenviable list of the nation’s most remarkable weather of 2014.

Former OPPD leader Bernie Reznicek ‘built career around people’

Omaha business leader Bernie Reznicek, who led the Omaha Public Power District and the Creighton University Coll…

20-year-old Omaha man pleads guilty, gets prison on gun charges

Malik Watson will spend up to 18 months in prison after pleading guilty to gun charges, a Douglas County Distric…

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New National Park Service director for Midwest is Army, highway patrol vet

The National Park Service’s new Midwest Region director brings extensive law enforcement and military experience to the Omaha headquarters.

State of Nebraska issues nearly 2,700 special veterans driver’s licenses

A law that took effect this summer allows Nebraska veterans to have the word “veteran” printed in bold letters at the bottom of their driver’s licenses or state identification cards.

Couple’s donation to Goodfellows grows with son, now age 42

For more than 40 years, A.J. and Judy Sundberg have based their gift on their only child’s age.

Nancy’s Almanac, Dec. 18, 2014: Nebraska’s June hail storms devastated landscape

The early June hailstorms that struck eastern Nebraska caused so much damage that their trail was visible from satellite.

Expand Highway 275 from two to four lanes, business coalition urges

Industry and business interests in northeast Nebraska have formed a coalition to promote the modernization of Nebraska’s transportation infrastructure.

Council Bluffs district looks into moving school start date after decision by state on waivers

 The Council Bluffs Community School District’s 2014-15 calendar is uncertain after the Iowa Department of Education announced Friday that it would stop automatically granting waivers for school districts seeking to start classes earlier in the summer.

Special meeting held by Carter Lake City Council avoids uproar

COUNCIL BLUFFS — The City Council of Carter Lake held a special meeting Wednesday night to continue the Monday meeting that ended in uproar.

Female cougar illegally shot, killed

LINCOLN — The Nebraska Game and Parks Commission is seeking information on a female mountain lion that was illegally shot and killed in the Pine Ridge National Forest south of Chadron in Dawes County.

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Part of a growing trend, Creighton U teams with Marian to help high school students do original research

Student research is becoming more important in today’s competitive environment at the undergraduate level and for advanced degrees, particularly medical and other professional schools, a Creighton educator said.

Keystone XL pipeline: TransCanada sends final offers to 100-plus Nebraska landowners

If rebuffed, the company will pursue eminent domain to gain easements for the pipeline project.

Report: AccessNebraska system is 'largely a failure'; committee blames Heineman administration

An unsparing report released Tuesday said Nebraska’s call center system for processing public benefits applications has been underfunded from the start and its goals frustrated by a lack of planning and poor implementation.

Bill on commemorative coins to mark Boys Town's 100th anniversary appears dead — at least for now

The proposal easily passed the House by voice vote in September, but it stalled in the Senate, making it likely the measure will die this year and will need to be reintroduced in 2015.

Forecast: Chance of snow tonight, freezing drizzle Thursday morning

Today in the Omaha area, the national weather service said, look for partly sunny skies and a high temperature in the upper 20s.

Officer hurt during I-80 traffic stop is doing fine, police say

Traffic in westbound lanes of Interstate 80 was tied up for some time late Wednesday morning as police responded to a report of an officer down.

Police identify man who was shot, injured near Miller Park

Police have identified a man who was critically injured in a shooting Tuesday night near Miller Park in northeast Omaha.

Gretna man, 21, dies from injuries suffered in Sunday car crash in Elkhorn

A 21-year-old Gretna man who was injured early Sunday when the car in which he was a passenger struck a utility pole and rolled in the Elkhorn area of Omaha died Wednesday, police said.

Catholic group to display Nativity scene at Nebraska Capitol

The Thomas More Society-Omaha obtained permission to erect the privately-funded display in the Capitol Rotunda and will unveil it at noon Thursday.

Former teacher in Treynor, Iowa, faces new charges of sexual exploitation

Pottawattamie County prosecutors have filed two new charges against Michael D. Travis, 45, whom they have previously accused of fondling two students while he was a teacher and coach in Treynor, Iowa. 

Cargill executive chosen to succeed Ben Sasse as Midland U. president

Jody Horner, who has been president of Cargill Meat Solutions since 2008, was chosen unanimously by the board of trustees from 200 candidates, according to Midland. Horner rose to the top because of her business acumen and commitment to service, board Chairman Gary Perkins said.

Fort Calhoun nuclear plant taken offline after generator failure

OPPD spokesman Mike Jones said the problem wasn’t an emergency, and the plant was shut down without incident. The U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission has been notified of the event.

City Council votes to shut down restaurant Maria Sangria

The Omaha City Council voted today to revoke the certificate of occupancy of Maria Sangria restaurant.

Rick Sacra, Nebraska Medical Center's 1st Ebola patient, returning to Liberia

Sacra plans to return to Monrovia, Liberia, on Jan. 15 to work again at ELWA Hospital, which stands for Eternal Love Winning Africa. He had been there about a month, mostly performing cesarean sections, before becoming infected.

NU president finalist Sally Rockey puts emphasis on gaining, keeping trust

Every piece of the job — overseeing chancellors, setting policies for students or working with the Legislature — is about trust, Rockey said in an interview with the NU Board of Regents, and proving that you will make the best choice for the whole system when faced with competing interests.

Nebraska to pay $300K to defendant wrongly convicted in Beatrice 6 case

Debra K. Shelden was the only one of the former defendants who had not obtained compensation under a state law passed in response to the infamous Beatrice Six case.

Nebraska No. 6 for volunteerism; Iowa tied for 7th place

Midlanders are generous with their volunteer hours, according to a new national report.

Iowan, 22, arrested in Mapleton shooting

The Monona County Sheriff’s Office said Joshua Beam of Akron, Iowa, was being held in the Monona County Jail.

Lincoln woman gets probation after embezzling nearly $95K

Karen Gagner, 68, pleaded guilty to stealing $95,899 from five Gagner Restoration Inc. employees’ 401(k) retirement plans between January 2008 and September 2011.

Masked men hold up Omaha pizza shop

Police said the Little Caesars shop near North 30th Street and Forest Lawn Avenue was held up about 9 p.m. and two clerks were injured.

 

Bail set at $100,000 for DUI suspect who was arrested driving on 4 flat tires

For a man facing his fourth DUI case, Richard J. Curzon Jr. sure knows how to draw attention to himself when he’s behind the wheel.

Grandparents’ donation to Goodfellows helps teach grandkids about giving back

The story of a grandmother struggling to raise her grandkids was moving for Doug and Connie Pera.

Trademark spat with Omaha Steaks settled

Omaha Steaks has reached a legal settlement with a Seattle-area beef company accused of using Omaha Steaks’ trademarks in its advertisements.

Grand Island man faces murder charge in packing plant shooting

KEARNEY, Neb. — Law enforcement officials believe a Grand Island man was targeted when he was shot Monday evening in the Gibbon Pack parking lot.

Gov.-elect Ricketts to replace at least two State HHS division heads

Thomas Pristow, director of the Division of Children and Family Services, and Scot Adams, director of the Division of Behavioral Health, won’t be retained by the new governor, who takes office Jan. 8.

Nebraska's chief medical officer to serve as interim HHS CEO

Dr. Joseph Acierno will serve as acting chief executive officer of the Nebraska Department of Health and Human Services while a nationwide search is conducted for a new CEO, Gov.-elect Pete Ricketts announced Wednesday.

Scottsbluff among top 10 ‘True Western Towns’

True West Magazine has listed Scottsbluff eighth on its 2014 list of “Top Ten True Western Towns.”

Voter rights groups seek changes to online rule

A proposed rule allowing Iowa residents to register to vote online would exclude anyone without a driver's license or photo ID and must be fixed, voting rights advocates said Wednesday.

Insurers will allow more time to pay premiums for January

Trying to head off a new round of consumer headaches with President Barack Obama’s health care law, the insurance industry says it will give customers more time to pay their premiums for January.

Nancy’s Almanac, Dec. 17, 2014: Much-needed moisture

The past few dreary days have brought a blessing — much needed moisture. Omaha, for example, hasn’t had significant precipitation since late October. Some areas of the Midlands received a graceful blanket of snow, but in the Omaha area, the weather has been cold, windy and wet.

U.S. backs off death penalty in Iowa slayings

Federal prosecutors are giving up their long pursuit of the death penalty against a woman convicted of helping kill five people in Iowa in 1993.

Live data: Keeping an eye on Omaha gas prices

Live data on pricing from Omaha area, Nebraska and Iowa gas stations collected by GasBuddy.com.

Red Oak middle school to reopen in January

After being closed since the Labor Day weekend, Red Oak Community Middle School will reopen its doors for the new year.

Police: Spencer woman found dead in apartment

Authorities in northwest Iowa are investigating after a 23-year-old woman was found dead in an apartment.

Police: Officers shoot, kill armed man in central Iowa

Police in the central Iowa city of Marshalltown say officers have shot and killed an armed man.

Grants will help 3 Iowa food pantries

Three Iowa food pantries are among 75 across the country that will receive $20,000 grants from Walmart to help pay for renovations and new equipment.

From the Archives: Some things never change – downtown pedestrians battle the wind in 1945

Pedestrians brace against the wind at 15th and Farnam Streets in downtown Omaha in January 1945.

Kelly: Life coach rookie? He’s wise beyond his 23 years

Cameron J. Popp hands you his business card, and the tagline under his name stands out: “Your guide to a remarkable life.”

Hansen: Translator had American’s back in Afghanistan, and vice versa in Omaha

It was just another Omaha Thanksgiving, until you remembered that this guest list had been drawn up long ago by Osama bin Laden and two U.S. presidents. Just another Thanksgiving, until you recalled that the 10 people at this dining room table had been tossed together by Sept. 11, the longest war in American history and finally our government’s attempt to help our most loyal Afghan allies escape the sheer terror of their daily existence.

Nebraska Legislature's probe blames leadership vacuum, Gov. Heineman in prison mess

A legislative investigation of scandals within the state prison system released Monday blamed Gov. Dave Heineman for a lack of leadership in managing chronically overcrowded facilities.

Man who drowned in Lake Manawa ID'd as Offutt master sergeant

Jeremiah Beckmann, 39, was on active duty working for the Air Force Weather Agency. The Council Bluffs Police Department identified Beckmann on Tuesday after an autopsy.

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