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Foul Play Not Suspected in Inmate's Death At Lancaster County Jail

An inmate died after suffering what appears to be some sort of medical problem Thursday morning at the Lancaster County Jail in Lincoln. Read more...

Governor Vetoes Bill Granting Voting Rights to Newly-Released Felons

Governor Ricketts announces he has vetoed a bill granting voting-rights to newly-released felons. Under the current law, convicted felons can vote two years after completing their criminal sentences. Read more...

Judge Reverses Liquor Commission Decision; Whiteclay Stores to Stay Open

LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) — A judge has overturned a decision to bar four Nebraska beer stores from selling next to an American Indian reservation in South Dakota that struggles with alcohol-related problems. Read more...

Arbor Day Events Planned at Nebraska Capitol and State Building

LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) - Nebraska officials are hosting tree-planting events at state buildings to celebrate Arbor Day.

One ceremony will take place at 9:30 a.m. Friday on the Capitol's southwest lawn. The Office of the Capitol Commission is hosting the event with Lt. Gov. Mike Foley and dignitaries from the Nebraska Forest Service and the Arbor Day Foundation.

A second tree-planting event is scheduled for 1:30 p.m. Thursday at the Lincoln Regional Center, the state psychiatric hospital. Gov. Pete Ricketts will present a service award to Dave Nicklas, the facility's retiring arborist. Officials will also plant trees in honor of four now-deceased hospital staff members.

Arbor Day originated in Nebraska and is recognized as an official state holiday. Read more...

Teachers Union, Governor Ricketts in Spat Over Proclamation

LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) - Nebraska's teachers union is in a spat with Gov. Pete Ricketts after the governor refused to sign a proclamation honoring the group's 150th anniversary.

The Nebraska State Education Association issued a statement Wednesday calling the action "mean-spirited and indefensible" and disrespectful to its 28,000 members.

The association says it followed all procedures outlined by the governor's office to request a proclamation and followed up with phone calls and an in-person visit. It says Ricketts recently issued proclamations honoring groups that represent engineers, architects and farmers.

Ricketts spokesman Taylor Gage says the administration has re-evaluated how it issues proclamations related to education groups, placing a focus on teacher innovation and student achievement. Gage says Ricketts questions how the union can oppose policies he believes will improve outcomes for students. Read more...

Six Students Cited for LSD at Southeast Nebraska High School

SYRACUSE, Neb. (AP) - Authorities say six students have been cited for possessing LSD at a high school in southeast Nebraska.

The Otoe County Sheriff's Office says deputies confiscated LSD found Monday inside Syracuse High School and cited the students.

One of the teenagers also was cited for delivery of narcotics and delivery of drugs within 1,000 feet of a school and another was cited for aiding and abetting the sale of drugs.

None of the students was taken into custody. School officials had reported to the Sheriff's Office their suspicions about the drug activity. Read more...



Four Mailboxes Exploded in Southeast Lincoln

Lincoln Police are investigating four mailbox explosions in southeast Lincoln overnight. Officer Katie Flood says that debris from one of the brick mailbox explosions on the 7600 block of Grand Oaks Circle flew to a neighbor's home..damaging the garage door and siding...the damage amount is yet to be determined. Read more...

World-Renouned American Ballet Theatre to Perform at UNL's Lied Center

The Lied Center for Performing Arts will bring some of the more famous dancers in the world to Lincoln in February 2018. In a press conference at Lincoln Center in New York City, Lied Center Executive Director Bill Stephan announced the collaboration with the American Ballet Theatre and the St. Louis Symphony. Stephan called it a “once in a lifetime opportunity”. Read more...