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Nebraska's ban on same-sex marriage will stay in place, at least for now. A federal appeals court has granted an emergency stay, putting a federal judge's ruling striking down the ban on hold. The ban will remain in effect until an appeal in the case is decided. Had the appeals court ruled in favor of the lower court, Nebraska w...
A bill to repeal Nebraska's mandatory helmet law for motorcyclists will be debated by the full Legislature. The bill by Sen. Dave Bloomfield passed 6-2 on Thursday. Committee members added an amendment that would still require riders younger than 21 to wear helmets. Lawmakers have tried to repeal the 1989 helmet law since it was...
No one was hurt Wednesday when a suspicious package was delivered to the Lincoln office of U.S. Representative Jeff Fortenberry. A spokeswoman says it appears the congressman's opposition to abortion motivated someone to send a so-called glitter bomb to his office. The glitter-filled envelope was reported to Lincoln police, the U.S. postal...
A Kearney man convicted of assaulting a child last August, has been ordered to participate in anger management and parenting classes. 28-year-old Timothy Sinner was sentenced this week in Buffalo County to one year of supervised probation. He was convicted of attempted misdemeanor third-degree assault after the child went to school with b...
The US Senate today attempted to override President Obama's veto of legislation that would force approval of the controversial Keystone XL pipeline, but fell short of the necessary two-thirds majority. The final tally was 62-37 In response, Sierra Club Executive Director Michael Brune issued the following statement saying quote: ...
Nebraska is the only state to deny driver's licenses to youths who were brought into the country illegally as children, and could remain so if Gov. Pete Ricketts mirrors the policies of his predecessor. Lawmakers heard nearly three hours of supportive testimony in a legislative hearing Tuesday for a bill by Sen. Jeremy Nordquist of Omaha....
Residents from Nebraska's third district will get an opportunity to have their opinions heard later this month in Hastings. A member of Congressman Adrian Smith's staff will be present at a "mobile office" on Tuesday, March 17 at the Adams County Courthouse board room. A "mobile office" allows constituents to meet directly with a...
A Kearney man faces up to five years in prison for allegedly trying to lure a Kearney County girl into texting him nude pictures. 25-year-old Creighton Wilkinson is charged in with one count of enticement by electronic device. According to court records, in January, a girl reported to Kearney police that Wilkinson had sent her m...
A Hastings man is behind bars after a series of alleged sexual assaults on a child. 42-year old Jose Lara Jr. was arrested Tuesday on an Adams County warrant. He faces a charge of third degree sexual assault of a child. Police first learned of the alleged assaults on November 6th. Court records indicate that the victim complained ...
Lawmakers have defeated a measure that could have opened the door to expanded gambling in Nebraska. Senators voted 27-16 on Monday to indefinitely postpone the proposal after less than an hour of debate. The proposed ballot measure by Sen. Paul Schumacher would have given lawmakers the power to regulate gambling, if voters had approved it...
A Kearney County veteran is spearheading an effort to establish a new veteran's memorial outside the county courthouse in Minden. Veteran Jon Dorn hopes to have the project finished in time for a special dedication ceremony on Veteran's Day 2016. The goal is to honor and recognize every armed services veteran who ever served in the milita...
A weekend traffic stop on Interstate 80 in Buffalo County led to the seizure of 3.5 lbs. of methamphetamine and two arrests. Around 9:45 p.m., Saturday, a trooper stopped a westbound vehicle for following too close about two miles west of the Elm Creek interchange on I-80. The trooper was given consent to search the vehicle. The search led...
More than 100,000 Nebraskans could have had their personal information compromised in a massive data security breach. According to Nebraska Attorney General Doug Peterson names, addresses and social security numbers may have been exposed in the breach. Anthem doesn't sell policies or process claims in Nebraska, but residents could still b...
A Kearney man is recovering after accidentally shooting himself in the hand Sunday evening. According to a Kearney Police Department incident report, Dallas Murray was attempting to remove a laser-guide rod from a 9mm handgun, but forgot to remove the magazine and clear the weapon before clearing the jam. As a result, the weapo...
A federal judge has blocked Nebraska's gay marriage ban, but the decision will not take effect until March 9. U.S. District Judge Joseph Bataillon on Monday ordered the state to not enforce its ban. His decision comes after seven same-sex couples filed a lawsuit last year challenging the state's voter-backed ban. Last week, Bataillon hear...
Big plans are ahead this year for the 20th anniversary of a sister city agreement between Hastings and Ozu, Japan. According to the Hastings Tribune, a delegation of 41 Ozu residents plan to fly into Omaha on July 18th. They'll spend time at the Henry Doorly Zoo before heading over to Hastings on July 19. The event will also feature a banq...
The State of Nebraska will no longer consider the sexual orientation of a person seeking to become a foster parent. A spokesman for Gov. Pete Ricketts' office says the department of health and human services hasn't officially changed its policy, but it hasn't been following it either. He says it's hard to pinpoint when the agenc...
A Grand Island animal advisory board has sent a plan to allow beehives within city limits back to the drawing board. An initial draft would have allowed one hive for every 1,500 square feet of property. With Grand Island lots starting at 6,000 square feet, the plan would have allowed even the smallest lot to hold up to four hives. ...
Kearney Police are investigating an alleged assault that occurred Friday involving a Kearney High School administrator. Kearney Superintendent Brian Maher has confirmed that the incident occurred after a student was removed from a study hall for disruptive behavior. Upon being brought to the office, the student allegedly became overly phys...
Hastings College has announced a press conference next week. Constructed in 1908 as the College's library, the current home to Hastings College's Art Department no longer serves the growing program's needs. President Don Jackson and other Hastings College officials are expected to announce the construction of a new art center on campus. The announc...
The chairman of a legislative committee says 162 Nebraska inmates convicted of violent crimes were freed early under a furlough program. The program was revealed at a hearing yesterday as the chairman, Senator Steve Lathrop, questioned Governor Dave Heineman. The Republican governor was subpoenaed to testify under oath as part of an investigation i...
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