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Police Looking For Suspects In Dirt Cheap Hold Up
Lincoln Police are in the middle of another robbery investigation, after the Dirt Cheap at 27th and Randolph was robbed shortly after 9:30pm Thursday.  Captain Jeff Bucher tells KFOR News two suspects walked in, one of them armed with a handgun, and demanded money.  
Record Amount Raised For Give To Lincoln Day
The annual Give To Lincoln Day has set a new record for raising money citywide for local non-profits.  More than $3.2-million was raised through the event hosted by the Lincoln Community Foundation.  
Governor Names New Chief Information Officer
Image result for nebraska capitalNebraska Gov. Pete Ricketts has appointed a new state chief information officer. Ed Toner will start in the job on June 9, replacing current acting state CIO Brenda Decker. Toner is the director of IT Global Information and Operations at First Data. 
Attorney General Plans To Challenge Death Penalty Repeal
Image result for nebraska attorney generalDeath penalty supporters are looking to challenge the Nebraska Legislature's landmark repeal vote. The Nebraska attorney general's office said Thursday it plans to challenge part of the law that prevents the state from executing 10 current death row inmates. 
Nebraska Ends Driver's License Ban For Immigrant Youths
Image result for nebraska drivers licenseThe Nebraska Legislature has overridden the governor's veto and ended the nation's last ban on driving privileges for young people brought into the United States illegally as children. Senators in the one-house Legislature voted 34-10.
Lincoln Man Arrested After Pursuit
A 27 year old man is behind bars, accused of driving drunk and leading authorities on a chase that eventually ended at a Lincoln park.A 10-minute pursuit early Thursday morning through northwest Lincoln ends with a 27-year-old man in jail for a number of offenses.  Lancaster County Sheriff Terry Wagner says a deputy pulled over a truck for speeding on Highway 34.
Nordquist To Resign
Image result for senator jeremy nordquistNebraska state Sen. Jeremy Nordquist is resigning from the Legislature to take a job with Democratic U.S. Rep. Brad Ashford. Nordquist announced Wednesday night that he will step down on June 30 from the seat he first won in 2008. 
Teacher Accused Of Having Sex With Teen Gets Jail, Probation
An Omaha teacher accused of having sex with a 14-year-old student has been given jail time and probation.An Omaha teacher accused of having sex with a 14-year-old student has been given jail time and probation. Ty Warner was sentenced on Wednesday to two months in jail and 30 months of probation. Warner pleaded no contest.
Bird Flu Confirmed In Knox County
Image result for BIRD FLUA fourth case of bird flu has been confirmed on a northeast Nebraska farm. The state Agriculture Department said yesterday the latest case involves 3 million hens on a farm in Knox County. 
Legislative Session To End Friday
Image result for nebraska legislatureNebraska lawmakers are expected to end this year's session with one day to spare. Speaker Galen Hadley says lawmakers will meet for their final day on Friday, the 89th day of the session. The last day had been scheduled for June 5.
Patrol Investigating \"Concerning Calls\" To Senators
Image result for nebraska state patrol badgeThe Nebraska State Patrol is still investigating five "concerning calls" to legislative offices in the heat of a debate over the death penalty, but the calls haven't been deemed a criminal matter. 
Early Morning Fire Displaces Family
A Lincoln family is forced out of their home after a fire Thursday morning. An early morning fire at 1450 Plum Street is under investigation.  Firefighters were called around 1:30 Thursday morning, where the residents told crews the fire may have started in the dryer.  (Photo courtesy 10/11 News) 
McCoy Launches Citizen-Driven Ballot Initiative
Image result for senator beau mccoy nebraskaShortly after Nebraska lawmakers voted today to override the Governor’s veto, Senator Beau McCoy of Omaha announced the formation of Nebraskans for Justice, an organization formed to explore the possibility of a citizen-driven ballot initiative. 
Huey Lewis & The News Added To State Fair Line-Up
One of America’s great rock & roll bands, Huey Lewis & The News performs on Friday, September 4th at the Nebraska State Fair.  Tickets are available right now at Etix.com and at the Heartland Events Center Box office for $20 plus gate and fees.One of America’s great rock & roll bands, Huey Lewis & The News performs on Friday, September 4th at the Nebraska State Fair. Tickets are available right now at Etix.com and at the Heartland Events Center Box office for $20. 
Governor Reacts To Veto Override
Image result for governor pete rickettsThe Legislature voted today 30-19 to override Governor Pete Ricketts veto of their bill doing away with the death penalty. The vote, on Senator Ernie Chambers bill, took place after 2 1/2 hours of emotional debate.  
Rainfall Keeps Farmers From Fields
Image result for nebraska corn fieldsAuthorities say last week's rainfall across much of the state delayed Nebraska farmers' work in their fields.  The U.S. Department of Agriculture says that as of Sunday, 92 percent of the expected Nebraska corn crop had been planted.
World War II Pilot Will Be Buried With Full Military Honors
Image result for world war 2More than 70 years have passed since the family of a 23-year-old Nebraska fighter pilot learned that he had been killed in World War II. The Pentagon recently announced that the remains of U.S. Army Air Forces 2nd Lt. Alvin Beethe were found in Germany. 
Supporters Fail To Lift Hog Ban
Image result for hog operationAn effort to lift Nebraska's ban on hogs owned by meatpackers has failed to advance in the Legislature.   Supporters fell two votes short Wednesday of the support they needed to break a filibuster on a second-round vote. 
Unemployment Rate Remains Lowest In Nation
Image result for unemployment rate droppingA new report says Nebraska's unemployment rate dropped a tenth of a point to hit 2.5 percent in April, remaining the lowest rate in the nation.   
BREAKING NEWS: Lawmakers Override Governor's Veto
Image result for repeal death penaltyNebraska has abolished the death penalty in a landmark veto-override vote backed by a coalition of conservatives who oppose capital punishment. Senators in the one-house Legislature voted 30-19 on Wednesday to override Gov. Pete Ricketts.
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.
Nebraska family in fatal car crash in Missouri
A Nebraska mother has been killed and four other family members have been injured in a car crash in Rock Port, Missouri.    Police say the five were driving south on Interstate 29 on Tuesday afternoon when their vehicle ran off the pavement into the median and rolled several times. According to authorities, the woman was ejected from the passenger side.
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.
Clean-Burning Fuel Bill Advances
Image result for clean burning fuelNebraska drivers could receive refunds from the state on clean-burning fuel converters and pumps under a bill advanced by lawmakers. Senators gave initial approval Tuesday.  
Lincoln Man Accused Of Taking Jewelry
A Lincoln man is accused of stealing thousands of dollars in jewelry while cleaning homes.Lincoln Police arrest a 47-year-old man for allegedly stealing jewelry from homes he cleans and pawning it off. Robert Harris was tracked down during a traffic stop Friday morning and arrested for felony theft.  
Lawmakers Advance Peddlers Bill
Image result for nebraska legislaturePeddlers and hawkers would have to register with counties before knocking on doors under a bill advanced by Nebraska lawmakers. Senators voted 32-0 Tuesday. 
LSO Arrests Omaha Woman, Find 56 Grams Of Meth
Image result for lancaster county sheriffLancaster County Sheriff's officials say a 26-year-old Omaha woman was arrested on Friday, after a deputy saw a fake license plate on her car while it was parked in the lot of Wayne Park in Waverly. 
LPD Investigate Shots In North Lincoln
Lincoln Police are still investigating shots that were fired in North Lincoln, after arresting three people. Lincoln Police are still investigating shots that were fired in North Lincoln over Memorial Day weekend, after arresting three people. On Monday, at 1:51 a.m., police heard reports of two people yelling, as well as the sound of gunshots near 49th & Madison.  
Governor Vetoes Death Penalty Repeal
Image result for governor pete rickettsNebraska Gov. Pete Ricketts has vetoed a bill to abolish the death penalty in the traditionally conservative state, sending it back to lawmakers who will attempt an override. Nebraska lawmakers passed the bill last week with a veto-proof, 32-15 vote.
Omaha Officer Laid To Rest
Family members of Omaha police officer Kerrie Orozco have mourned the slain woman at her funeral. Orozco had planned to celebrate her daughter leaving the hospital three months after being born prematurely. (Photo: KETV.COM)
Cigarette Causes $40,000 in Damage
Three people were sent to a hospital after a fire that damaged a house in Lincoln. Authorities say the blaze was reported around 4 a.m. Sunday. Battalion Fire Chief Leo Benes says a carelessly discarded cigarette started the fire. Damage was estimated at $40,000.
Grant Will Help Protect Ogallala Aquifer
Three Nebraska projects will share $1.8 million in federal grants to help strengthen the Ogallala aquifer. The Nebraska grants are part of a national program of $6.5 million of grants in the eight states above the Ogallala aquifer.
Accused Cop-Killer Linked to Other Violent Crimes
The man accused of killing an Omaha police officer this week had been linked to two other violent crimes in recent years, but officials say they lacked evidence to prosecute him. Marcus Wheeler was killed by police on Wednesday after police say he shot 29-year-old Officer Kerrie Orozco.
New Case of Bird Flu
The Nebraska Department of Agriculture has announced a third case of avian flu in northeast Nebraska's Dixon County. The department said that testing by the U.S. Department of Agriculture's Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service confirmed the presence of the highly contagious bird flu on a farm with 500,000 young hens.
New Dispute Over Lethal Injection Drugs
The ACLU of Nebraska says records detailing the state's purchase of lethal injection drugs are likely to prompt more costly litigation. Records show a U.S. company contacted state officials on April 14th to ask if they wanted a few thousand vials of sodium thiopental.
Governor Ramps Up Pressure Prior To Death Penalty Repeal Veto
Image result for death penaltyNebraska Gov. Pete Ricketts is ramping up pressure on lawmakers to try to keep them from overriding his promised veto of a death penalty repeal bill.   The Republican governor urged the public on Friday to contact their state senator.
City Seeking Input On Antelope Park Triangle
Image result for lincoln children's zooThe Lincoln Parks and Recreation Department and Children’s Zoo are looking for public input on the Antelope Park Triangle, bounded by “A” Street, 27th Street and Capitol Parkway. The Zoo has a long-term plan to expand.
Details Released On Officer Shooting, Funeral
Image result for omaha police badgeThe police chief of Nebraska's largest city says an Omaha police officer killed in the line of duty was shot just above the top of her protective vest.   Omaha Police Chief Todd Schmaderer gave more details Thursday.
Governor Requests For Flags To Fly At Half-Staff
Image result for flag half staffGovernor Pete Ricketts has announced that all U.S. and Nebraska flags are to be flown at half-staff in honor of Omaha Police Officer Kerrie Orozco, U.S. Marine Captain Dustin Lukasiewicz, and the Memorial Day holiday.  
Ruling Says DHHS Wrong To End Benefits
Image result for justice scaleThe Nebraska Supreme Court says the state's Department of Health and Human Services was wrong to end Medicaid benefits that had helped a woman care for her profoundly disabled daughter at home for more than a decade. 
Lawmakers Push EPA To Continue Support For Ethanol
Image result for ethanolNebraska senators are pushing the Environmental Protection Agency to hold its support for renewable fuels when drafting rules that could limit amounts of ethanol blended with gasoline for fuel. 
Nebraska Supreme Court Upholds Sentence
Image result for judges gavelThe Nebraska Supreme Court has affirmed the life sentence of a woman who killed her boyfriend's 68-year-old mother in 2013. The high court on Friday rejected 42-year-old Shelley Casterline's appeal argument.
Teenage Girl Rescued At State Park Near Waterloo
Image result for rescueA teenage girl has been taken to a hospital after being injured at a state park near Waterloo in eastern Nebraska. Waterloo Fire & Rescue took the 16-year-old to Methodist Women's Hospital early Friday morning. 
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. 
Ricketts Approves New Two-Year State Budget
Nebraska Gov. Pete Ricketts has signed a new two-year budget that includes $408 million in state money for property tax reductions.  The Republican governor announced Wednesday that he approved the $8.7 billion package without vetoes. He says the budget met his goals of increasing property tax relief and slowing state spending increases.  
Driver Killed After Car Hit Pole In Southwest Lincoln
Lincoln Police say a 21-year-old Andrew Martinez was killed in a car accident in the southwes part of the city.  Officer Katie Flood says the crash happened a little before 3 a.m. Wednesday along the eastbound lane of West "A" Street between Southwest 30th and Southwest 31st Streets. 
Huff To Retire As Lincoln's Fire Chief
After 41 years, Lincoln Fire Chief John Huff is retiring.  Mayor Chris Beutler named Huff to LFR's top job July of 2012, almost a year after naming him interim fire chief when Niles Ford left to become city manager in a community outside Atlanta, Georgia. 
Driver Whose Truck Was High-Centered On Bridge Suspected of DUI
The Lancaster County Sheriff's Office warns you to not drive through barricades set up for road closures.  On Sunday evening, LSO was called to a bridge near SW 14th and West Sprague after bystanders noticed a truck was stuck on the bridge. 
Woman Attacks Boyfriend For Snoring
A 45-year-old Lincoln woman is accused of assaulting her boyfriend, after she became annoyed of his snoring early Tuesday morning.  Lincoln Police say Elizabeth Hogrefe apparently started to yell and hit him with a pry bar, leaving three large welts.