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Huskers Drop Fourth Straight in Another Last Second Loss

By Tommy Rezac

"Nebraska" Mentioned In Inaugural Address

Omaha Mother and Child Hurt After Being Run Over by Family Minivan

OMAHA, Neb. (AP) - An Omaha mother and her 9-year-old daughter have been seriously hurt after being run over by the family's minivan.

Police say the mother had started the van and put her daughter in the front passenger seat. The mom then went to get her other two children when the 9-year-old apparently put the van in reverse and it began to roll.

When the mother tried to pull the 9-year-old from the moving vehicle, they were both pulled under the van, which ran other them.

Both were hospitalized with serious injuries but are expected to recover. Read more...

Stolen ATMs Found in Carbon Monoxide-Filled Home, Police Say

GRAND ISLAND, Neb. (AP) - Police say officers found two stolen ATMs at a Grand Island home where nine people - including an officer and six firefighters - were exposed to carbon monoxide.

Police say the two belonged to Five Points Bank and had been taken from break rooms at the local JBS Swift plant. Authorities say one of the home's residents, who died later at a hospital, worked at the plant. He was identified as 38-year-old Joshua Swaim.

Another person at the home Tuesday afternoon and the seven first responders were treated for carbon monoxide poisoning.

Firefighters say they spotted the ATMs as they responded to the medical call and then told officers about what they'd found.

Authorities blamed the carbon monoxide buildup on unvented space heaters. Read more...

Nebraska Loses 3rd Straight on Ohio State Last Second Bucket

By Tommy Rezac

Nebraska and Iowa Guard Troops Assigned Inauguration Duties

OMAHA, Neb. (AP) - National Guardsmen from Nebraska and Iowa have been assigned security and other duties for Friday's presidential inauguration of Donald Trump.

The Omaha World-Herald reports that members of the Des Moines-based 71st Civil Support Team are looking for chemical, biological, radiological and nuclear weapons. Most of the Nebraska Guardsmen are operating a field kitchen to feed some of the 7,500 soldiers and airmen from the National Guards of 44 states and three territories who will support inauguration activities.

Airmen from the 185th Air Refueling Wing in Sioux City and the 132nd Wing in Des Moines will join Martin's team representing Iowa. A Kansas Air Guard jet flew the Nebraska troops to the Washington area Tuesday. They're scheduled to return Sunday on a Hawaiian Air Guard jet. Read more...

Nebraska Chief Justice Offers Stern Warning About Budget

LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) - Nebraska's chief Supreme Court justice is warning that proposed budget cuts to the judicial branch could undermine the state's effort to relieve prison crowding.

Chief Justice Michael Heavican said in his annual address to lawmakers Thursday that the cuts will prevent the courts from replacing probation officers who keep tabs on former inmates immediately after they're released.

Heavican says the courts have already saved more than $4.5 million by delaying new hires. Postponing them another six months would save the state an additional $1 million.

Expanding probation services was a key part of Nebraska's recent effort to reduce the prison population and improve public safety. Heavican says the courts bought into the plan "hook, line and sinker" but is now left "holding the bag." Read more...

Nearly 1,500 Expected at State Capitol Rally to Celebrate National School Choice Week

LINCOLN, Neb. (BUSINESS WIRE)-- Nearly 1,500 Nebraskans will join Gov. Pete Ricketts for a major rally at the state capitol in a strong show of support for educational opportunity during National School Choice Week. Read more...