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Local News from KFOR 1240

The latest news from the KFOR 1240 news room.

New UNL Soccer and Tennis Complex Named
The soon to be completed University of Nebraska Soccer and Tennis Complex, located on 28 acres directly north of Nebraska Innovation Campus, has officially been named Hibner Stadium and Barbara Hibner Field for soccer and the Sid and Hazel Dillon Tennis Center.
Ricketts to Fill Legislative Seat after Nordquist Resigns
Nebraska Gov. Pete Ricketts is seeking qualified applicants for an open seat representing an Omaha district in the Legislature. Ricketts issued the call Wednesday to fill the spot held by former state Sen. Jeremy Nordquist. Nordquist resigned Tuesday so he could begin a new job as chief of staff to U.S. Rep. Brad Ashford in Washington.
UNMC Gets Big Grant, Designated as a National Facility for Ebola Training
The University of Nebraska Medical Center has joined Bellevue Hospital in New York and Emery University Hospital in Atlanta in accepting a $12 Million grant to lead the nation's EBOLA training efforts.
Ricketts Defends $100,000 Pro-Death Penalty Donation
Nebraska Gov. Pete Ricketts is defending his $100,000 donation to a group that's leading a ballot drive to save the death penalty. Ricketts said Wednesday that he feels strongly that voters should be allowed to decide whether to keep capital punishment in the state.
Ricketts Criticizes EPA Water Rule
Nebraska Gov. Pete Ricketts is criticizing a new Obama administration rule that gives federal authorities authority to regulate more streams, tributaries and wetlands. Ricketts called the rule "terrible" on Wednesday during a news conference with a farm industry leader, water regulators and a representative for golf courses.
Police Searching For Robbery Suspect
Lincoln Police are looking for the man who robbed a convenience store just before 9pm Tuesday.  Sgt. Kathy Phillips tells KFOR NEWS  a black male in his late 20's, 6-feet tall, 150 pounds walked into Casey's General Store at 606 West A Street and demanded money.
Suspects Caught After Assault On Store Clerk
A convenience store clerk was allegedly assaulted with a bottle of alcohol Tuesday night during a shoplift gone bad.  Lincoln Police Sgt. Kathy Phillips tells KFOR NEWS just after 10pm, three men walked into the Kwik Shop at 40th and "A" and allegedly tried to steal alcohol.
AFP Grades Lincoln Senators Low
One conservative organization is not very happy with most of Lincoln's representatives in the Legislature. Americans for Prosperity released its 2015 legislative scorecard. It's based on 10 bills the organization considered important in the past session.  Six Lincoln area Lawmakers received grades of "F".
Death Row Inmate's Death Explained
A man who spent 30 years on Nebraska's death row for two cult murders died of complications from a rare cancer in his salivary glands. A death certificate obtained Tuesday by The Associated Press lists the cause of death for Michael Ryan as "metastatic carcinoma or parotid gland origin."
Investigators Working Arson Fires
Five arson fires that happened late Sunday night and early Monday morning in Lincoln are under investigation.  It was around 3:30am that firefighters were called to the Chateau Apartment complex in the 63rd and Vine neighborhood.  
Celebration Rally at State Capitol after SCOTUS Decision
A crowd at the State Capital yesterday celebrated the decision by the U.S. Supreme Court to lift all bans on same-sex marriages. Communications Director of the ACLU of Nebraska Tyler Richard says they have many clients who are excited their families have the same protection other couples have, and added that it was a momentous day for equality.
Governor, Father Donate To Death Penalty Campaign
Image result for nebraskans for the death penaltyThe Nebraskans for the Death Penalty campaign raised nearly $244,000 in its first reporting period, with most of the money coming from Gov. Pete Ricketts and his father. 
Nebraskans Respond To Supreme Court Ruling
Image result for same sex marriageGay couples in Nebraska will now have their marriages legally recognized in the state that has had one of the most restrictive same-sex union bans in the country. 
Same-Sex Marriage Ruling Means Busy Day For Lancaster County Clerk
Image result for wedding ringsNow that the U-S Supreme Court has overturned Nebraska's ban on same-sex marriage, and those in 13 other states, Lancaster County Clerk Dan Nolte says the ruling also triggered a lot of marriage license applications. 
Blue Cross, CHI Health Reach Agreement
CHI Health, UniNet and Blue Cross Blue Shield of Nebraska (BCBSN) today ended a 15-month long contract dispute that has left thousands of patients disconnected from their CHI Health facilities.Thousands of Blue Cross Blue Shield of Nebraska customers soon will have the chance to see CHI Health doctors again without financial penalty after the two sides signed an agreement to work together again through June 2017. 
Haulers Helping The Homeless
Image result for garbage truckThere's a new way to get rid of unwanted clothing and help a charitable organization.  Lincoln's Garbage Haulers will begin, in August, picking up bags of clothing.  The bags will be delivered to the People's City Mission.
Neighbor Finds Bullet Hole In Shed
Image result for lincoln police departmentA neighbor in the area where a 10-year-old girl was shot in her right knee on Tuesday night happened to find a bullet hole in his shed.  Lincoln Police tell KFOR News the neighbor lives along Rose Street between 8th and 9th.
Airplane Forced To Land In Field
Image result for single engine piper cherokeeA Single Engine Piper Cherokee made a forced landing in a field southwest of Lincoln today.  No one was hurt, and the pilot phoned the airport control tower shortly after landing, saying he'd had engine trouble and couldn't make it.
Falcon Chick Named After Fallen Officer
Image result for peregrine falcon chick nebraskaA falcon chick raised at the Nebraska Capitol has been named "Orozco" in honor of an Omaha police officer killed last month in the line of duty. The Nebraska Game and Parks Commission announced Friday that the name was chosen from 507 submissions. 
Recent Severe Weather Causes More That $13M In Damages
Image result for nebraska flood damage 2015Nebraska emergency officials say recent severe weather has caused more than $13.5 million in damage to roads, bridges and other public infrastructure.  The Nebraska Emergency Management Agency said Friday that the damage was caused in 12 counties. 
High Court Affirms Right To Same-Sex Marriage
The U.S. Supreme Court has declared that same-sex couples have a right to marry anywhere in the United States.  Gay and lesbian couples already can marry in 36 states and the District of Columbia. 
UPDATE: Worker Identified In Fatal Construction Accident
Investigators have identified 41-year-old Michael Snider of Sedalia, Missouri as the construction worker killed Wednesday morning at a work site near UNL's City Campus.  A piece of rebar fell about 130 feet on to the top of his hard hat.
Some Nebraskans Will Keep Receiving Health Care Subsidies
Nearly 57,000 Nebraskans will continue to receive subsidized health insurance now that the U.S. Supreme Court has rejected a conservative challenge to the Affordable Care Act.   
Hispanic population growth outpaced by Asians in Nebraska
Nebraska's Hispanic population saw its smallest increase in 2014 since an immigration wave to the state began more than two decades ago.    U.S. census estimates released Thursday show the number of Hispanics grew by 2.5 percent over the previous year.
Construction Worker Dies At Downtown Lincoln Work Site
Investigators believe mechanical failure may be to blame for some metal rebar that fell 140 feet from a crane and hit a worker on the top of his hard hat at a work site just off of Antelope Valley Parkway and "P" Street Wednesday morning.  
Stray Bullet Wounds Lincoln Girl
A 10-year-old Lincoln girl suffers a gunshot wound to her right knee, while riding her bike Tuesday evening in Lincoln's South Bottoms area.  Police Officer Katie Flood tells KFOR News the girl fell off her bike, ran home to tell her mother, who then saw her daughter was hit by a small caliber bullet.
UNL Police Investigating Fight Outside Of Campus Residence Hall
UNL Police had much of City Campus in lockdown late Monday night, after reports of a large fight possibly involving guns at the Harper-Schramm-Smith housing complex near 14th and "W" just before 10pm. 
Deputy Shot Man Who Fired at Another Deputy
Authorities say a man who pulled a gun and shot at a sheriff's deputy has been shot by another deputy in northwest Omaha.    The shooting occurred at a Kwik Shop convenience store near 156th and Blondo about 7:30 a.m. Tuesday. 
NSAA Director Blanford-Green Resigns
The executive director of the Nebraska School Activities Association has resigned a month after the association's board of directors voted not to extend her contact.    Rhonda Blanford-Green, a former All-America track athlete at Nebraska, took over as executive director in July 2012.
Nebraska Corrections To Review 2,000 Sentences For Errors
Nebraska's corrections department is reviewing 2,000 prisoner sentences for accuracy after discovering that some inmates received credit they shouldn't have.    
Motorcyclist Clocked As High As 118 MPH During Pursuit
Speeds reached as high as 118 mph during a half-hour pursuit on Highway 2 between Lincoln and Nebraska City Monday night, when a motorcyclist wouldn't pull over for speeding.  
Deputies Working Another ATV Theft
Since the beginning of the month, there have been a rash of ATV thefts in Lancaster County and no signs of any suspects.  Another one happened late Sunday night or early Monday morning near 162nd and Havelock in the general area where most of these cases have been popping up.
Paving Scams Under Investigation
Lancaster County Sheriff Terry Wagner is warning you about out-of-state paving companies that are suspected of scamming homeowners in the area.  
Traffic Stop Leads To Drugs and Weapons
Weapons and drugs found in a car during a traffic stop early Tuesday at 14th and Washington, landing two people in jail.  Lincoln Police say a traffic stop was made on a car with no front license plate.  
City Will Pay Storm Damage Claims
Image result for city council lincoln neThe Lincoln City Council has approved a plan to handle claims from property owners for damage from sewer backup.  On Monday, the council decided to pay homeowners and businesses up to $5,000 for cleanup and repair from sewage backup,  
Gov. Ricketts Wrapping Up European Trade Mission
Image result for governor pete rickettsGov. Pete Ricketts is wrapping up a European trade mission that focused on building relationships with companies and promoting Nebraska's workforce. Ricketts was scheduled to return to Nebraska on Tuesday after an eight-day trip.
Deputies Investigating Another ATV Theft
Lancaster County Sheriff's officials are warning you to lock up your ATVs, after two more were stolen in a burglary over the weekend.  Chief Deputy Jeff Bliemeister says a John Deere Gator and a Yamaha Blaster 4-Wheeler were stolen from an unlocked outbuilding at a home near SW 140th and West Van Dorn between late Friday and early Saturday. (VIDEO INCLUDED, CLICK HEADLINE)
Lottery Scam Costs Raymond Couple Money
Make sure you verify if you have won something through a lottery.  If you have to pay money for your winnings, don't fall for it.  Lancaster County Chief Deputy Jeff Bliemeister says if it seems to be too good to be true, ask the caller more questions or call the sheriff's office at 402-441-6500.
UNL Police Find BB Gun In Dorm
A BB gun that looks very much like a real gun was found at Cather Hall on the downtown UN-L campus.  University of Nebraska-Lincoln Police Officer, Vanessa Hohlen tells KFOR NEWS the gun was seen out the window of a moving car at 17th and L around 6pm Sunday.
Heavy Rain Causes Minor Flooding, Road Closures
Reports of 4 to 5 inches or more of rain fell in portions of the Lincoln area late Wednesday night and early Thursday morning, which caused water to rise on many city streets and county roads. 
Power Restored To South Lincoln Neighborhood
Air conditioners are buzzing once again and lights are back on in an area between 20th and 33rd Streets, Van Dorn south to Highway 2, after a power outage that lasted about an hour and 20 minutes Wednesday morning.  
High-Priced Decorative Light Poles Missing
Police need your help in finding three decorative light poles stolen from behind a southeast Lincoln gas station sometime between late Thursday afternoon and mid-afternoon on Friday. 
Homeless Man Attacked and Robbed
Lincoln Police are investigating the robbery and assault of a homeless man.  Officers were called to the bridge near 3rd and "O" Street late Tuesday night. 
City Enters Lease To Extend Fiber Optics Infrastructure
Image result for fiber optic cableMayor Chris Beutler Thursday announced that the City has entered into a lease agreement with Level 3 Communications to extend its fiber optic infrastructure to the City.
Former Husker, Orthopedic Surgeon Strasburger Suspected In Hit and Run
Former Nebraska football player and Lincoln orthopedic surgeon Scott Strasburger is back in trouble again.  Lincoln Police say the 52-year-old Strasburger apparently crashed his SUV into a parked SUV near 51st and South on Tuesday afternoon and was involved in another collision near Cotner and "A" only a few minutes minutes later.  
Lightning Likely Being Blamed For South Lincoln House Fire
A family made it out of their south Lincoln house just in time after a lightning strike ignited a fire early Wednesday morning. Lincoln Fire and Rescue were called to 6801 S. 52nd Street just before 5 a.m. on a report of a house fire.  
Nebraska lawmakers scrap medical marijuana bill for the year
Nebraska will not legalize medical marijuana this year in light of other controversial measures dominating the final days of the legislative session.    Sen. Tommy Garrett of Bellevue asked Wednesday to hold his bill until June 15, ensuring senators will not revisit the debate until next year.
Children's Zoo Schedules Community \"Thank You\"
The Lincoln Children's Zoo invites the public to "Zoobilee".  It'll be at the Pinnacle Bank Arena August 8th.  Executive Director John Chapo describes it as "the largest free family event the community has ever seen."
Police Investigate Hold Up at NW Lincoln Store
An armed robbery late Tuesday night at a northwest Lincoln convenience store is under investigation.  Police Captain Robert Farber tells KFOR News a man walked into the Fat Dog's Convenience Store at 3100 NW 12th Street around 10pm, armed with a handgun and forcing the clerk into the cooler.
Nebraska Lawmakers Vote To Repeal Death Penalty
Nebraska lawmakers gave final approval to a bill abolishing the death penalty with enough votes to override a promised veto from Republican Gov. Pete Ricketts.  The 32-15 vote on Wednesday was bolstered by conservative senators who oppose capital punishment for fiscal, religious and pragmatic reasons.