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Three Suspects Cited in Sunday Morning Lincoln House Burglary

Lincoln Police say three suspects attempted to burglarize a Lincoln home early yesterday morning. It happened around 4:30 AM, near N 14th and White Water Ln. Read more...

All Residents Safe and Unharmed in Early Morning Knox Street Fire

Eldery residents of a Lincoln apartment complex are being relocated following an early morning fire. Lincoln Fire and Rescue responded to the fire at The Aspen Haus at Portia & Knox Streets just before 2:30 this morning. Read more...

Nebraska Lawmakers Prepare Push for Gun-Rights Laws

Nebraska legislators are preparing a new push for gun-rights laws next year, and they may be in a good position to succeed after past failures.

A leading gun-rights advocate said he's hopeful newly elected conservative senators will support a proposal that could overturn local gun restrictions in Omaha and Lincoln.

In Nebraska, gun-rights advocates will push again for a bill that would prohibit local governments from imposing gun restrictions that go beyond state law. A similar measure was narrowly defeated by a filibuster earlier this year. Read more...

Nebraska Attorney General to Investigate Goodwill Omaha

OMAHA, Neb. (AP) - The Nebraska Attorney General's Office has launched a review of the operations of Goodwill Omaha in the wake of an Omaha World-Herald investigation showing the charity's top executives have been paid more than Goodwills nationwide.

The Omaha World-Herald reports that state law empowers the attorney general to protect the financial assets of Nebraska charities.

The newspaper reported in October that longtime Goodwill Omaha CEO Frank McGree received total compensation of $933,444 in 2014. Also, 13 of the nonprofit's executives were paid more than $100,000 in 2014, siphoning a significant portion of the $4 million generated from Goodwill's stores in eastern Nebraska and western Iowa from job-training programs. McGree, who had led the Omaha charity for 30 years, announced his resignation in late October. Read more...

Convicted Nebraska Kidnapper Loses Appeal

Mexican Drug Cartel Figure Arrested in Nebraska's Seward County

SEWARD, Neb. (AP) - Authorities say a man with ties to an infamous Mexican drug cartel has been arrested in Nebraska.

The Seward County sheriff's office says 39-year-old Jesus Ramon Buena-Peregina was arrested Wednesday during a traffic stop on Interstate 80. The sheriff's office says he had been a fugitive for four years after being convicted of possession and distribution of cocaine.

According to the sheriff's office, Buena-Peregina is a member of the Mexican-based Sinaloa drug cartel, a major supplier of drugs to the United States.

Deputies say they found a fake passport and IDs on Buena-Peregrina. They took him and his driver, 27-year-old Vanessa E. Lopez-Pena, into custody, then notified federal authorities.

Online court records did not list an attorney for Buena-Peregina or Lopez-Pena. Read more...

Warren Buffett's Firm Facing Pressure to Sell Fossil Fuel Stocks

OMAHA, Neb. (AP) - A group of environmentalists is proposing that Warren Buffett's company sell off its investments in Phillips 66 and other companies tied to fossil fuels over 12 years.

Nebraskans for Peace said Thursday it had submitted a formal proposal for Berkshire Hathaway Inc. shareholders to consider next spring. The same group failed last year with a different proposal related to climate change.

The group's Tim Rinne says he hopes Buffett and Berkshire shareholders will take a stand.

Buffett didn't immediately respond to questions about the proposal Thursday. His opinion of the idea will be important because he controls nearly one-third of the vote.

The proposal would apply only to Berkshire's stock investments, and not the companies it owns outright, which include several major utilities and specialty chemical maker Lubrizol. Read more...

Officers Find Over 130 Pounds of Drugs in an SUV on I-80

OMAHA, Neb. (AP) - A 51-year-old Pennsylvania man is facing several charges after authorities found more than 130 pounds of drugs in the SUV he was driving through eastern Nebraska.

The Douglas County Sheriff's office says a deputy stopped a Ford Expedition on suspicion of speeding Wednesday evening on Interstate 80 in Omaha.

A K-9 unit was called to investigate after the deputy became suspicion and indicated there were drugs inside.

Officers found 128 pounds of marijuana and 6 pounds of hash in the vehicle.

The man told officers he was driving from Nevada to Pennsylvania. He is charged with possessing drugs with the intent to sell them. Read more...