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Former U.S. Marine believed dead in his native South Sudan

For his Omaha family, a portrait and some memories are all that’s left of the South Sudan-born Thichuong, who risked his life in Iraq for his adopted country and gave his life in the struggle for his native one.

Pine Ridge native Laura Galligo Brewer, 101, traveled far and wide as caregiver, tourist

As a caregiver and as a tourist, Laura Galligo Brewer traveled across the country and beyond.

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Maher Livingston Funeral Home

From the first call Maher-Livingston Funeral Home is dedicated to providing personal, professional, and caring services.  If yo…

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Butterbaugh Insurance

Butterbaugh Insurance and Investment Services has been offering affordable insurance to the Council Bluffs community since 2003. With more tha…

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Nearly 25% of Nebraska's schools face penalties for underachievement

The annual State of the Schools report lists Nebraska schools that failed to meet goals in the same subject and grade span for two or more consecutive years.

Crowd of 200+ celebrates Gene R. Haynes Street near North High

A portion of 36th Street that leads into North High was dedicated to Haynes, who has spent 48 years and counting as an OPS teacher, coach and principal. Since 1987, he has worked as an assistant principal and then principal at North.

Have flu-like symptoms? 911 line, doctor's offices, clinics, E.R.s will ask you about Ebola exposure

People calling 911 in Douglas County now will be asked a series of questions about whether they may have been exposed to the Ebola virus. The questions will be directed at callers with flu-like symptoms who want to be transported.

The only debate in Iowa’s 4th District House race between King, Mowrer is a feisty one

Jim Mowrer, the trailing Democrat, goes on the offensive, with Rep. Steve King calling his opponent's attacks "tiresome."

Nebraska, Iowa voters face deadlines this weekend for registering

Election Guide: The World-Herald's guide prepares you to fill out your ballot, with candidate biographies, campaign ads, in-depth profiles, sample ballots and more.

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.

World News (AP)

Expert: 8,000 more Rohingya flee Myanmar

YANGON, Myanmar (AP) — A growing sense of desperation is fueling a mass exodus of Rohingya Muslims from western Myanmar, with at least 8,000 members of the long-persecuted minority fleeing by …

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