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Appeals Court Allows Nebraska Gay Marriage Ban To stand
Image result for 8th circuit court of appealsThe 8th Circuit Court has set a hearing in Omaha, on May 12th, together with three other same-sex cases pending before the court. This effectively  puts same-sex marriage "on hold" until after the court rules on the appeal.
Bellevue Threatened By Possible ACLU Lawsuit
Image result for aclu logoBellevue has been threatened with a lawsuit by the  American Civil Liberties Union if it passes and enforces a citizen code of conduct.   The proposed Code says that individuals who enter city buildings must show respect for the facilities.
Helmet Law Repeal To Be Debated By Legislature
Image result for motorcycle helmetsA bill to repeal Nebraska's mandatory helmet law for motorcyclists will be debated by the full Legislature.   The eight-member Transportation and Telecommunications committee voted 6-2 on Thursday to advance the measure.
School Bus Seat Belt Bill Rejected
Image result for school busA Nebraska legislative committee has rejected a bill that would have required seat belts in public school buses. The eight-member committee voted 4-4 on Thursday, just one vote short of the majority needed to advance the bill to full legislative debate. 
Update: Omaha Man Shot By Officer At Lincoln Motel
A wanted man, 34 year old Tyson Hubbard of Omaha was shot to death at a North Lincoln motel today.  He was located at the Motel 6 near north 27th and Interstate 80 by the Metro Fugitive Task Force.
Shots Fired at North Lincoln Motel
Lincoln Police, and Fire and Rescue, have been called to a Motel 6 near Interstate 80 in North Lincoln after a shooting.  It's isn't known yet whether anyone has been wounded.  The shooting was reported just before11:00 this morning.&nbs
Police Investigating Glitter Bomb Sent To Fortenberry's Office
Image result for jeff fortenberryLincoln Police, the U-S Capitol Police, and the U-S Postal Service are all investigating a glitter bomb received at the Lincoln Office of Congressman Jeff Fortenberry today. The envelope wasn't actually explosive.
Medicaid Bill Clears First-Round Vote
Image result for patty pansing brooks legislatureA bill to increase allowances for blind, elderly and disabled Nebraska Medicaid recipients has cleared a first-round vote in the Legislature. Lawmakers voted 29-12 to advance the measure.  
Stebbing Says Mayor \"Out Of Touch\" With Budget
Image result for andy stebbing lincolnRepublican Mayoral Candidate Andy Stebbing said today that Mayor Chris Beutler is out of touch with his own budget. Stebbing criticized a stepped up roads maintenance program the mayor unveiled yesterday. 
Mother Of Omaha Girl Killed By Stray Bullet Suing Police, City
Image result for omaha police badgeThe mother of a 5-year-old girl killed last year by a stray bullet is suing two Omaha police officers and the city, accusing the officers of planting drugs to implicate her in a separate case. Tabatha Manning filed the lawsuit Monday. 
Relatives Call For Lawmakers To Abolish Death Penalty
Image result for nebraska legislatureNebraskans whose relatives were murdered are calling on lawmakers to abolish the death penalty, saying it prolongs the suffering of victims' families and wastes tax dollars on endless appeals.  Relatives rallied at the Capitol on Wednesday.
Prairie Dog Bill Advances
Image result for nebraska prairie dogsA prairie-dog management law criticized by Nebraska wildlife advocates could be in jeopardy. Nebraska lawmakers voted 32-12 on Wednesday to advance a bill that would repeal the 2012 law. 
Keystone Veto Override Fails in Senate
Image result for senateThe Republican-controlled Senate has failed to override President Barack Obama's veto of a bill approving the Keystone XL oil pipeline.   The 62-37 vote Wednesday was the latest chapter in the fight between the GOP-led Congress and the White House.
Farmland Values Drop
Image result for nebraska farmlandAfter 5 years of increases, Nebraska farmland values have dropped 3%.  UN-L found the state average farmland value a of February 1st was just over $3,200 an acre. Land in southeast Nebraska is valued the highest at nearly $6,000, but that dropped 5%.
Suspect Arrested in Monday Night CVS Robbery
Image result for lincoln policeLincoln Police believe they caught the guy who held up CVS Pharmacy Monday night.  Capt. Don Scheinost tells KFOR NEWS after receiving a citizen tip, investigators went to an apartment last night (Tuesday) in the 17th and Washington neighborhood and
Legislature Exams University's Budget Request
Image result for university of nebraskaThe Legislature is examining the University of Nebraska's budget request on Tuesday.  The school is asking for 3% increases for each of the next two years....totaling over one billion dollars from the taxpayers.  
Mayor Announces Additional Funding For Street Rehab
Image result for mayor chris beutlerA return of $10 million left over from the Antelope Valley project will be used for increasing investment toward street improvements in Lincoln the next two years.  Mayor Chris Beutler says new funding will increase the street rehab and repair budget.
Emergency Stay Filed By Nebraska Attorney General
Image result for nebraska attorney general doug petersonNebraska Attorney General Doug Petersen has filed a motion for an emergency stay that would delay lifting the same-sex marriage next Monday. The motion was filed Tuesday, a day after U.S. District Judge Joseph Bataillon decided to strike down Nebraska's ban on gay marriage.
Break-In At West Lincoln School
Image result for lincoln police departmentItems from a school's portable class room are missing.  West Lincoln Elementary School was broken into over the weekend.  A custodian found a shattered window Monday morning. Lincoln Police say iPads and other electronics were taken. 
Fire Pit Causes Fire At Residence
Image result for fireFire officials have an idea on what started a fire Monday afternoon at a central Lincoln home.  The fire at 3515 "R" Street is believed to have been caused by a fire pit.  No one was hurt in the fire. 
Arrest Made In Attempted Robbery Of Downtown Grocery
Image result for lincoln police departmentThere's been an arrest in an attempted robbery at a downtown area grocery store last fall. Lincoln Police say 22-year-old Lukasz Kula was arrested after police connected him to an attempted robbery at Sun Grocery near 25th and "N" Street. 
Gas Prices Continue To Rise
Image result for filling car with gasAverage retail gasoline prices in Lincoln have risen more than 18 cents a gallon the past week, averaging $2.39 a gallon Monday. GasBuddy.com found gas prices in Lincoln Monday were still $1.02 cents a gallon lower than a year ago.  
North Lincoln Pharmacy Robbed
Image result for police lightsCVS Pharmacy at 14th and Superior was robbed Monday night.  Police are confident they'll find him. Capt. Don Scheinost tells KFOR NEWS the robber gave the clerk the impression he had a weapon by tugging on his waistband.  
Evidence Bill Moves Forward
Image result for nebraska legislatureWrongly convicted Nebraska prisoners would have more chances to demonstrate their innocence under a bill advanced by lawmakers.   Senators gave the measure first-round approval on Tuesday with a 35-0 vote. 
Economic Growth Projected For Nebraska
Image result for economic growthA new report suggests economic growth is ahead for nine Midwestern and Plains states, including Nebraska. The survey report issued Monday says the overall Mid-America Business Conditions Index climbed to 57.0 in February from 54.8 in January.  
Expanded Gambling Measure Defeated
Image result for nebraska state capitolLawmakers 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. 
Anthem Data Breach Affects Over 100,000 Nebraskans
Image result for anthem health insuranceThe Nebraska attorney general's office says nearly 105,000 Nebraskans could have had their personal information exposed as part of a huge data security breach. 
Wayne To Retire From Dept. Of Correctional Services
Image result for larry wayne nebraska department of correctionsA Nebraska corrections official who was criticized by lawmakers in a state prisons investigation is set to retire. Larry Wayne, the deputy director of Nebraska's Department of Correctional Services, will step down effective April 3. 
Nikko Jenkins Found Competent To Stand Trial
Image result for Nikko JenkinsConvicted killer Nikko Jenkins is found competent to proceed with the death penalty phase of his sentencing. That ruling was handed down by a Douglas County judge Monday morning.  The judge did, however, deny Jenkins' request to represent himself.
Winner-Takes-All Measure Advances
Image result for nebraska legislatureAn effort to reinstate the winner-take-all system in presidential elections has cleared a first-round vote in Nebraska's Legislature. Lawmakers voted 31-17 on Monday to advance the bill through the first of three required votes. 
AG Peterson/Gov Ricketts Hold Joint Conference On Marriage Ruling (Audio)
Image result for doug peterson ag nebraskaIn an order filed in federal court today, Senior U.S. District Judge, Joseph Bataillon, said "all relevant state officials are ordered to treat same-sex couples the same as different sex couples in the context of processing a marriage license or determining the rights, protections, obligations or benefits of marriage." Attorney General Doug Peterson and Governor Pete Ricketts held a joint press conference this afternoon outlining the state's plans to fight the decision.
Governor Ricketts Reacts to Same Sex Marriage Ban Ruling
Image result for governor ricketts same sexJudge Joseph Bataillon has made his decision on the ACLU backed lawsuit that challenges Nebraska's same sex marriage ban. He has lifted the ban, effective March 9th. Governor Pete Ricketts commented on the decision on Monday.
Congressman Ashford Reacts to Marriage Ban Ruling
Image result for brad ashfordU.S. Congressman Brad Ashford (NE-02) released the following statement on the decision from U.S. District Judge Joseph Bataillon to allow same-sex marriages to proceed in the State of Nebraska. Under the ruling, the state must begin to recognize same-sex March 9th.
Judge Strikes Down Neb Same-Sex Marriage Ban
Image result for U.S. District Judge Joseph BataillonA 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.  Seven same-sex couples filed a lawsuit last year challenging the state's voter-backed ban.
High School Basketball Tournament Begins Thursday
Lincoln is gearing up for state basketball. Mayor Chris Beutler said those attending will see first-hand the continued development of the West Haymarket and other new improvements across the city. Last year's attendance was 141,000.
Bill Would Give Million Dollar Grants to Little-Known Attractions
A bill under review by a legislative committee could boost out-of-state tourism to some of Nebraska's best but little-known attractions. The measure by Sen. Adam Morfeld of Lincoln would offer $1 million dollar grants to four sites demonstrating the greatest potential to draw visitors to the state.
Car Seat Saves Baby in Fatal Crash
A driver has died in a midtown Omaha crash that also severely injured her adult passenger, but spared an infant strapped into a car seat. Witnesses tell police that a car illegally passed several other vehicles stopped at a red light, entered the intersection and hit another car.
Buffett Says Business is Good
Warren Buffett says his company delivered another strong year, with $19.9 billion in profits, and he believes Berkshire Hathaway will continue thriving thanks to its collection of "remarkable businesses" and investments.
Legislature Has Less Money than Expected
Nebraska lawmakers won't have quite as much money as expected for their priorities in this year's session. The Nebraska Economic Forecasting Advisory Board approved new revenue estimates Friday that would leave senators with $9.7 million less than predicted.
Bill Would Take Politics Out of Redistricting
Who would you rather have draw up legislative districts: Politicians or regular citizens? Two members of the legislature have introduced a bill to hand the job to citizens. Senators John Murante of Gretna and Heath Mello of Omaha proposed a nine member commission.
Senators Propose Election Reform Bills
The Legislature's government committee listened to election reform proposals today. One came from Lincoln Senator Patty Pansing Brooks, who wants to allow a request for an early or absentee ballot to be made online. Pansing Brooks said mail-in voting has increased voter turnout, and her on-line request bill would also.
State Supreme Court: Fake Name Not Felony Impersonation
In a split decision, the Nebraska Supreme Court has determined that simply giving police a made-up name does not constitute felony criminal impersonation. The ruling came in the case of 43-year-old James Covey, who was convicted last year of felony criminal impersonation and sentenced 10 to 14 years as a habitual criminal.
Frakes Confirmed as New Prisons Director
Lawmakers have confirmed Scott Frakes as the new director of Nebraska's embattled corrections department. Senators on Friday voted 41-0 for Frakes, a former deputy director in Washington state's prison system. Frakes was appointed by Gov. Pete Ricketts
Smoking Back in Cigar Bars
Smoking in cigar bars is legal again in Nebraska. Governor Ricketts has signed a bill giving cigar bars an exemption to the state's Clean Indoor Air Act. The Nebraska Supreme Court struck down a 2009 law last year which allowed smoking in cigar bars and shops.
Lincoln Businessman Seeking Best Spot For Strip Club Near Grand Island
A Lincoln-based adult website operator is looking for the best spot near Grand Island to open a strip club.  Shane Harrington says the locations he's considering could be bought, remodeled and opened within four months.
Both Sides Submit More Info In Nebraska Gay Marriage Lawsuit
Attorneys on both sides of the legal fight over Nebraska's ban on gay marriage have turned in final written arguments on a motion to quash the ban immediately.    
$7 Million To Save Nebraska Child Welfare Wins Approval
Nebraska lawmakers have approved a $7 million cash transfer to prevent the state's child welfare system from running out of money by mid-April.  Senators approved the funding measure on Tuesday. It now heads to Gov. Pete Ricketts. 
Hearing Set Thursday On Nebraska's Gay Marriage Ban
A federal judge will be asked Thursday to tell the state of Nebraska that it immediately must recognize same-sex marriages while a lawsuit challenging the state's gay marriage ban proceeds.  Last month U.S. District Judge Joseph Bataillon ruled against a state request to delay the lawsuit in Nebraska while the U.S. Supreme Court is considering the issue. 
Woman Okay After Rollover Crash In Front Of Her Home
A woman is okay, after she was pulled out of her wrecked car in front of her home near 67th and Leighton during supper time Tuesday evening.  Lincoln Fire Captain Mark Bridwell tells KFOR News they rescued the woman, after her car was hit by an SUV that was heading eastbound on Leighton.  Bridwell says they rescued her by getting her out through the windshield.  
Jenkins Is Competent, Trial Delayed
Image result for nikko jenkins omahaA judge has delayed a ruling on whether a man convicted of killing four people in Omaha within weeks of leaving prison remains incompetent to participate in his sentencing hearing, which could include the death penalty. Judge Peter Bataillon on Tuesday accepted a report from state experts that said Nikko Jenkins was competent and could understand the sentencing proceedings.