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The latest news from the KFOR 1240 news room.

Bridge and Creekbed Debris Cleanup Approved
The Lancaster County Board has approved the first large contract aimed at cleaning up after heavy flooding in May. Brandt Excavating was the low bidder, at $210,000, for removal of debris from creek beds and under bridges throughout the county.
Criminal Charges Filed In UNL Coach's Death
A 49-year-old man has been charged for the western Iowa crash death of a University of Nebraska assistant soccer coach. Iowa online court records say Paul Marshall, of Modale, is charged with vehicular homicide while operating under the influence.
Local Identity Thefts Remain Unsolved
The sheriff's office has concluded that 60 cases of identity theft in Lancaster County originated elsewhere. Sheriff Terry Wagner says those cases have all been investigated since the first of the year. All were uncovered when fraudulent tax returns were filed in the victims' names.
Feds Oversight of Beatrice Home Lifted
A federal court has granted a motion to end special federal oversight of the Beatrice State Developmental Center. The center for developmentally disabled people had been under federal scrutiny since 2006 because of its failure to meet care standards.
Victim in I-80 Fatal Crash Identified
This morning (Tuesday), the State Patrol says the man killed in a cut-off crash on I-80 is 35 year old, Ka Paw Shee of Omaha. He was a passenger in the car that rolled into the median between Ashland and Greenwood. The driver and 3 other passengers were i
Early Morning Fire At NDOR Building
A fire is estimated to have caused up to $100,000 in damage after a truck fire inside a Nebraska Department of Roads maintenance building.  Lincoln Fire and Rescue was called to 5300 Salt Valley View around 2am this morning (Tuesday)  after
6 Men Arrested for Prostitution
A half dozen men went to jail Friday for soliciting for prostitution. The bust started Friday afternoon and ended with the 6th arrest that night at the downtown Lincoln Holiday Inn.
Attorney General Appoints Human Trafficing Director
The International Labor Organization has determined human trafficking generates about $150 billion dollars a year in profits worldwide. Nebraska's problem with human trafficking has led Attorney General, Doug Peterson to appoint a Human Trafficing Director.
Nebraska To Challenge EPA's New Carbon Rules
Nebraska is going to join other states in challenging Environmental Protection Agency rules cutting carbon emissions in the power sector by more than 30%. Each state has a different target. Nebraska’s goal would be reduce carbon emissions by 40%.
City Council Bans Sky Laterns
Image result for sky lanternsOn Monday, the City Council voted to ban Chinese Sky Lanterns.  The "flying bags of fire", as they've been dubbed by the city's Public Safety Director Tom Casady, have been blamed for starting numerous fires.
Man Arrested For July 4th Burglary
Lincoln police have made an arrest in a July 4th burglary after matching fingerprints to a suspect.Police have arrested a 29-year-old Lincoln man, in connection to a recent residential burglary. Officer Katie Flood says that Gabriel Sterling was arrested at the People's City Mission on Saturday morning.  
JPA, Regents Considering Alcohol Policy For Pinnacle Bank Arena
Image result for pinnacle bank arena lincolnThe Joint Public Agency that operates the Pinnacle Bank Arena is conducting a study on whether beer, wine, or alcohol sales would help the arena's profitability.  The University of Nebraska also needs to make its own decision on a consistent policy. 
City Council Approves Retirement Home On The Knolls
Image result for the knolls country clubThe City Council has approved a permit for a 258-resident retirement home on what's now a golf course.  The development will be built on the west half of the Knolls Country Club along Old Cheney Road just west of 27th.  
State Patrol Finds Other Driver In Fatal Accident
Image result for nebraska state patrolThe other driver in a fatal traffic accident has been found.  An Omaha man was killed Sunday when the car he was in swerved and rolled into the median.  It happened on I-80 between Ashland and Greenwood.  
President's Clean Air Act Praised, Criticized
Image result for clean air actPresident Barack Obama's effort to cut greenhouse gases from U.S. power plants has raised concerns on the part of Nebraska Governor Pete Ricketts.  The president issued the new regulations Monday.
Early Morning House Fire Is Arson
Image result for Lincoln Fire & rescueThe investigation has determined that an early morning fire at a home in central Lincoln was arson.   No one was in the home at 2803 Holdrege Street when firetrucks arrived around 1:45 a.m. Monday morning. No injuries have been reported in the blaze.
OMAHA: Police Arrest Suspect in Car Shooting
Omaha Police have arrested a 23 year old man for shooting into a car full of people, including two toddlers. A 26 year old man in the car was critically injured in the Thursday night shooting. He's being treated at Creighton University Medical Center.
Nebraskans For The Death Penalty Continue to Gather Signatures
Organizers of a campaign to reinstate Nebraska's death penalty say they're cautiously optimistic they'll gather enough signatures to place the issue on the 2016 ballot. Nebraskans for the Death Penalty has less than a month left to gather abou
State Patrol Investigation Fatal Weekend Accident
The State Patrol this morning (Monday) is investigating a rollover crash on I-80 that killed one person. Between Greenwood and Ashland, yesterday (Sunday) afternoon, a westbound car was cut off by another vehicle. The car over-corrected, lost control and
Slow Growth in Neb Economy, According to Survey
A July survey suggests there will be slow to no economic growth over the next 3 to 6 months in Nebraska and 8 other Midwest and Plains states. Today's (Monday) Mid-America Business Conditions Index slumped to 50.6 last month from 53 in June.
Yazidis to March on State Capitol
An Iraqi minority group with strong ties to Lincoln is set to march to the Nebraska Capitol to mark the anniversary of attacks by Islamic State militants. Organizers say the group will convene at 23rd and O Streets in Lincoln at 10 a.m. on Monday, and will then march to the Capitol and back.
West Nile in Dodge County
Officials say the West Nile virus has been detected in Dodge County for the first time this year. The Three Rivers Public Health Department is monitoring the situation with tests in Dodge, Washington and Saunders counties.
Death Penalty Referendum Deadline Nears
Organizers of a campaign to reinstate Nebraska's death penalty say they're cautiously optimistic they'll gather enough signatures to place the issue on the 2016 ballot. Nebraskans for the Death Penalty has less than a month remaining to gather about 58,000 signatures before an Aug. 27 deadline.
New Van Dorn Closures
Work continues on the Van Dorn Resurfacing Project. 40th Street closes to northbound traffic Monday morning at Van Dorn. The left-turn lane south of the intersection is closed as well. Northbound traffic will be rerouted using Sheridan Boulevard and 48th Street. The work is expected to take three weeks.
Fort Calhoun Power Plant Fully Operational Again
One of Nebraska's nuclear power plants is operational this morning (Friday). The Fort Calhoun plant returned to full power yesterday (Thursday) afternoon after going offline July 20th.
More Details on AK-47 Bandit Case
More details this morning (Friday) about the dangerous behavior of the AK-47 Bandit, who robbed an Iowa bank Tuesday and held up a Nebraska City bank last year. Surveillance video shows the masked robber carrying into the Iowa bank a large bag. In it was
New Mental Health Assistance Center Open
There is a place in Lincoln where people transitioning from prison or mental health issues can go to help them return regular life. The Honu Home at 49th and Calvert focuses on people getting back on their feet after spending time behind bars. It's pe
County Commissoner Pleads Not Guily to Theft
County Commissioner, Larry Hudkins, has pleaded not guilty to theft. In February, the 71 year old didn't pay for a tractor part at a York business, saying he had a long-standing arrangement with the previous owner.
UPDATE: LPD Releases Name of Motorcycle Accident Victim
Lincoln Police have released the name of the motorcycle rider killed last night near the intersection of 56th and O. 19 year old, David Romero of Lincoln rear-ended a car that had stopped at a red light and turned onto O Street from 56th.
Feds Think Neb Bank & Iowa Bank Robberies Connected
Federal authorities believe a man suspected of robbing a credit union in Iowa on Tuesday with an assault rifle is the same man who robbed a bank last year in Nebraska.
Norfolk Residents Target of Scam
Norfolk business owners and residents are being targeted by scammers telling them their electricity will be shut off if they don't pay their electric bill immediately with a pre-paid, “Greendot” card.
LPD Investigating Fatal Motorcycle Accident
Lincoln Police this morning (Thursday) are investigating a motorcycle fatality on O Street. Capt. Jeri Roeder tells KFOR NEWS a 19 year old Lincoln man rear-ended a car that had just turned west onto O Street from 56th..
Fischer Sponsoring Bill To Halt Federal Funding For Planned Parenthood
Image result for u s senator deb fischerA bill introduced in the U-S Senate will halt all federal funding of Planned Parenthood.  It's being sponsored by Iowa Senator Joni Ernst and Nebraska Senator Deb Fischer.  
Lincoln Man Arrested, In Possession Of Stolen Vehicles
Image result for police lightsLincoln and Omaha Police are looking into a suspicious series of stolen cars.  It began when they arrested 34-year-old Travis Barnes near 11th and Saratoga, near Bryan West Hospital.  He'd been sought by the Metro Fugitive task force. 
Judge Dismisses Nikko Jenkins' Lawsuit
Image result for judge's gavelA lawsuit filed against the Nebraska prison system by a man convicted of first-degree murder in four Omaha shooting deaths in 2013 has been dismissed.
Richters Named At Democratic Party's New Exec Director
Image result for nebraska democratic partyThe former finance director of the Nebraska Democratic Party has been named the party's new executive director. Hadley Richters had already been serving as the party's interim director since the departure of Dan Marvin in November. 
Texas Man Charged With Stealing Cattle From Nebraska Rancher
Image result for steers nebraskaA Texas man has been charged with stealing more than 500 cattle he was watching for a Nebraska rancher.   Tony Lyon of Perrin. Texas was being held Wednesday on a theft of livestock charge, with bond at $1 million. 
Two Men Arrested In Fight Over Club Jacket
Two men are in jail facing assault charges today after an incident last night at a downtown Bar.  A 23 year old man was confronted by 3 acquaintances he knows from motorcycle events.  The three demanded that he take off his motorcycle jacket.
Federal Judge Dismisses Lawsuit Against Peru State
Image result for peru state student tyler thomasA federal judge has dismissed a lawsuit against Nebraska college officials over the death of a 19-year-old student.   Judge John Gerrard said in his ruling Tuesday that the officials could have done more to protect Peru State student Tyler Thomas.
Mayor Announces Elevated Roundabout for Busy Intersection
Courtesy 1011 NewsMayor Chris Beutler announced Wednesday afternoon that the city will be constructing a two lane elevated roundabout at the 14th, Old Cheney and Warlick Blvd intersection. The roundabout will be elevated over intersections.
DHHS Predicts 6% Annual Increase In Health Care Costs
The Health and Human Services Department predicts health care costs will go up 6% each year over the next 10, compared to an average annual uptick of 4% between 2008 and 2013. It's caused by a combination of expanded insurance coverage under Obama Car
Dept of Education Reports Serious Cheating Incidents
Nebraska public schools have reported 8 serious cheating incidents by school personnel during statewide academic testing since testing began in 2010.
Man Critically Hurt While Fleeing From Deputies
A 22-year-old Lincoln man remains hospitalized in critical, but stable condition, after he rolled his car following a brief pursuit.  Lancaster County Chief Deputy Jeff Bliemeister says just before 6 am Tuesday,  a deputy saw a car partially in the ditch near SW 2nd and West Bennet Road.
Girlfriend of Suspected Armed Robber Facing Accessory Charges
The girlfriend of a man suspected of robbing two northeast Lincoln convenience stores late last week has been arrested for being an accessory to a felony.  Lincoln Police say 20-year-old Brianna Pickett is accused of hiding the gun suspected to have been used in two robberies by 21-year-old William Holloway.
No Charges Filed In Fatal Hit and Run
Insufficient evidence will not lead to charges toward a driver of a car that apparently dragged a Lincoln motorcyclist last January.  Investigators say 38-year-old Gabe Wilken lost control of his motorcycle through an unlit work zone on NW 48th Street, just north of I-80. (NEWS CONFERENCE VIDEO INCLUDED)
Iconic Water Tower Getting A Facelift
While driving along Interstate 80 you might notice workers repainting the balloon-shaped water tower in York. Workers from the J.R. Stelzer Company in Lincoln are updating the tower's paint job and taking care of some maintenance and cleaning.
BREAKING NEWS: Police Arrest Suspect In Northeast Lincoln Robberies
A 21-year-old man has been arrested in connection to a couple of armed robberies in northeast Lincoln early Friday and Saturday.  Police arrested William T. Holloway for two counts each of robbery, use of a weapon to commit a felony and being a felon in possession of a firearm.
Storms Rumble Through Lincoln, Causing Minor Damage and Power Outages
Severe thunderstorms rumbled through the Lincoln metro area late Friday night and early Saturday morning, causing some wind damage to trees and knocking down power lines. Winds of 61 mph were reported just east of the Lincoln Airport and a 65 mph gust was reported two miles northwest of the airport, damaging some small tree limbs.
Lincoln Police are in the middle of another robbery investigation, after the Casey's at 2243 North Cotner was robbed just after 1am Saturday.  
Liquor Store Robbed For A Second Time
Police are investigating a second armed robbery at a northeast Lincoln liquor store in the last few months.  Kong Liquor at 56th and Holdrege was robbed at gunpoint shortly after midnight Friday morning.  (CLICK HEADLINE TO SEE POLICE MEDIA BRIEFING VIDEO)