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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."

Millions of dollars sunk into Ashford, Terry political ads

As the race comes down to the wire, the spots are getting steadily more audacious and aggressive.

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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.

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.

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.

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

Callers to 911 with flu-like symptoms will be asked 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.

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. 

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.

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.

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

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.

Nancy’s Almanac, Oct. 24, 2014: Ex-UNL prof heads innovative $15M Oklahoma U. radar lab

Bob Palmer, associate vice president for research and professor of meteorology at OU, said research conducted at the lab will spur advances in forecasting severe weather, better military defense systems and innovations in the commercial sector.

Center Street on-ramp to close

City of Omaha traffic engineers say Monday at 9 a.m., the Center Street on-ramp for northbound 72nd Street will be closed.

Iowa workers to get back meal money cut by state

After lengthy negotiations with the largest state employees' union, the Department of Administrative Services agreed last week to refund meal reimbursements dating back to 2011, according to a settlement obtained by the Associated Press.

Iowa Supreme Court says it's not ready for routine video witnesses

Iowa Supreme Court justices say they are not yet ready to allow witnesses to testify through videoconferencing instead of in-person unless it can be shown to be necessary to further in important public interest.

Mass killer Charles Starkweather's girlfriend, Caril Ann Fugate, plans to ask state again for a pardon

John Stevens Berry, a Lincoln attorney and co-author of a recent book about Fugate, is trying to make the pardon request a campaign issue: He says he also plans to survey Nebraska candidates about her case. 

Think like a monster to stay healthy and safe this Halloween

Haunted houses, ghoulish decorations and scary movies make for plenty of frightening moments around Halloween.

2 arrested in guns, chemicals case

Police said Christian Packett and Austin, Clary, both 19, were booked on suspicion of unlawful transport of a firearm.

Mutual of Omaha wins hefty refund — $1.7 million — on appeal of property taxes

A state panel sided with Mutual in its property valuation dispute with the county, which since 2010 has valued the midtown campus near 33rd and Dodge Streets at between $85 million and $94 million. Mutual appealed to the Tax Equalization and Review Commission, which agreed with the company and set the value closer to $50 million for 2010, 2011 and 2012. 

Street named for Marlin Briscoe, Omaha native and Super Bowl champion

On Wednesday, more than 100 people, including some of Briscoe's South High teammates from the early 1960s, watched as he unveiled signs on a street newly named for him.

Why are Nebraska's prisons overcrowded? Reform study begins to identify reasons why

During a meeting Wednesday, officials with the Council of State Governments’ Justice Center released more data about what’s driving the crowding. 

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.

Nebraska Public Service Commission rivals Crystal Rhoades, John Sieler focus on consumers

Democrat Crystal Rhoades and Republican John Sieler are running for the seat held since 1996 by Anne Boyle. Both said they have an interest in protecting Nebraska consumers, though they differ on how that should be done.

Forecast: Sunny, temps in the 70s

Wednesday night’s rain dropped .71 inches at the weather service’s Valley office and 1.02 inches at Omaha’s Eppley Airfield.

Yikes! Kids get almost-too-real preview of 'Walking With (Rooaarrrr!) Dinosaurs'

The “Walking With Dinosaurs: The Arena Spectacular” is coming to the CenturyLink Center Nov. 4 and 5.

Nebraska governor candidates Hassebrook, Ricketts spar on class, crime

Democrat Chuck Hassebrook accused his opponent, Republican Pete Ricketts, of being soft on prison reform. In turn, Ricketts accused Hassebrook of “class warfare.”

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