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Once eyeing medical career, she now helps expand kids’ horizons in after-school programs at Marrs Magnet

Amber Noutoua, coordinator of the popular after-school program at Marrs, is the recipient of this year’s Afterschool Champion award. 

Kelly: ’85 World Series also featured a K.C. Royals team with lots of Omaha ties

I covered the 1985 World Series. Sure enough, a look back shows it was the same as 2014 — 15 former Omaha Triple-A players, including future Hall of Famer George Brett, played on that team.

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Chris Christie stumps for Pete Ricketts, catches NU-Rutgers game

"I'm here because I want people to focus on this race in these last 11 days," before the election, New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie said.

MidAmerican utility crew rescues Iowa man pinned beneath truck

The wife of a man seriously injured on the job is crediting a MidAmerican power company line crew with saving her husband’s life.

Marching contest

Bellevue West strikes chord with judges, placing 1st in Nebraska State Bandmasters Association competition

Sixty-two bands and nearly 6,000 students were involved, performing and competing at three locations across the state.

Stothert, police chief testify about contract talks between city, union

As the City of Omaha and the Omaha police union began discussions about a new contract this year, they found themselves in an unusual position. The union pushed the city for an extension of the current contract, while the city wanted to open negotiations.

4 shot in separate incidents in northeast Omaha

The shootings appear to be unrelated and each involved a different shooter, said Officer James Shade, a police spokesman. Police had not announced any arrests as of late Saturday.

Omaha’s civilian management union says it wants to cooperate on deal

But so far, it and Mayor Jean Stothert have been unable to find agreement on a contract proposal

Election 2014

David Young's old boss, Sen. Chuck Grassley, hits the campaign rail

U.S. Sen. Chuck Grassley capitalized on longtime popularity Saturday to stump for his ex-chief of staff, the Republican in a tossup race for Congress in southwest Iowa.

4 rescued after car drifts into Des Moines pond

Four people — including a toddler — were rescued from the roof of a submerged car that rolled into a Des Moines pond.

Iowa judge dismisses woman's excessive-force lawsuit

A judge on Friday dismissed a lawsuit brought by a woman who said police used excessive force in her 2011 arrest.

Dubuque officials suspect arson in vehicle fires

Dubuque police and fire department officials say they are investigating two vehicle fires as arson.

Sioux City's $45 million tax levy would fund new schools

Sioux City public school district officials say that if voters reject a proposed tax levy later this year, the district could be forced to ax plans to build a new elementary school.

Convicted Woodbury County, Iowa, supervisor plans to resign

Woodbury County officials say a county supervisor sentenced to 30 days in jail for domestic assault has said he will resign his position.

Albion, Nebraska, district urges voters to pass $13 million bond issue

School officials in north-central Nebraska are pushing for a nearly $13 million bond issue aimed at renovating the district’s school buildings.

Nebraska Supreme Court rejects woman’s bid for resentencing in 1998 slaying

Niccole Wetherell was 18 when she and six other youths attacked and killed Scott Catenacci at Bellevue’s Haworth Park in 1998. Catenacci, 19, was stabbed and cut 57 times.

Hagel honors Creighton grad for 50 years in military courts

Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel on Friday honored fellow Nebraskan LeRoy Foreman, who grew up in Omaha and graduated from Creighton University law school before devoting more than 50 years to the cause of military justice.

The Big 93: Sasse, Domina hit all 93 Nebraska counties

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Nebraska Supreme Court: Failure to challenge anti-gang violence law not grounds for appeal

Ricky Sanders was convicted of firing a gun at an Omaha home in 2011 under a law passed in 2009 and amended in 2010 by the State Legislature.

Authorities identify victims of southeast Omaha stabbing

Robert Romero, 49, and Katherine Aguilar, 48, were stabbed Thursday night near 14th and Center Streets, police said.

Man shot in hand by driver who gave him a lift, police say

Jeffrey Holsinger’s injury is not life-threatening, police said.

Lincoln man sentenced 10 to 15 years in former girlfriend’s shooting

Lancaster County District Judge Steven Burns sentenced Paul Boye, 32, on Thursday on a second-degree assault charge. He will be eligible for parole in five years.

Student proficiency is up across the board

Achievement gaps persist, report shows, but math and reading scores are up "everywhere." 

New grading policies at Bluffs high schools emphasize attendance

Students who miss 10 or more class sessions in a trimester can receive a “P*” grade, representing a passing grade that counts as the equivalent of a “D” for calculating a students’ grade-point average.

Former U of I employee gets probation for using university money in eBay scheme

A written statement from the U.S. District Attorney's Office for the Southern District of Iowa says Jennifer Robyn Whitmore-Meier, who now lives in Colorado, had pleaded guilty to three counts of mail fraud.

NE Nebraska man charged in wife's shooting death

Court documents show deputies were called to the Privetts' home in Verdigre early Monday where they found 66-year-old Linda Privett dead. Deputies say Phillip Privett also was in the home.

Nebraska village clerk arrested on suspicion of taking money from village accounts

Megan Brandt is charged with theft by unlawful taking and unauthorized use of a financial transaction device. She was arrested Thursday and remained in the Antelope County Jail on Saturday on $100,000 bond.

Public comment period open on Nebraska roads plan

The Nebraska Department of Roads says a revision to the plan is posted on its website at http://1.usa.gov/12jg19D. Comments will be accepted until Tuesday at 5 p.m.

Lincoln man's lawsuit against police dismissed

A Lancaster County District judge dismissed Kirk Botts' lawsuit Wednesday, saying Botts failed to first file a claim with the city, as required by law.

Omaha Police Department hosts Halloween party for kids

The Omaha Police Department's north precinct held a Halloween party on Saturday for youths in the metro area.

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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