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The latest news from the KFOR 1240 news room.

Murder Charges Filed Against Ex-Husker Phillips
Former NFL running back and Nebraska star Lawrence Phillips has been charged with murder in the death of his cellmate at a Central California prison.  The 40-year-old Phillips is suspected of killing 37-year-old Damion Soward by strangulation at Kern Valley State Prison in April.
Assault Victim Files Lawsuit Against NU Coach Riley and Ex-Employer Oregon State
Nebraska football Head Coach Mike Riley responded Wednesday to a lawsuit filed by a former student at Oregon State University. The lawsuit alleges that Riley contributed to a rape culture on the campus.
A wild ride for Lincoln Police.  Just before 5am Wednesday, a pickup allegedly stolen by two 16-year-old escapees at the Youth Rehab Center in Kearney showed up at the 14th and Adams Kwik Shop convenience store.  
Huskers Hire, Fire, Re-Hire Stadium PA Announcer
The University of Nebraska introduced its new Public Address System Announcer for Memorial Stadium tuesday. Lane Grindle, who will continue to be a member of the IMG broadcast team, will take over from Pat Combs, whose contract was not renewed when the University learned Combs was charged wtih defrauding money for two elderly women.
Governor Still \"Pursuing\" Execution Drugs
Nebraska Governor Pete Ricketts says his administration is still pursuing lethal injection drugs for executions but will not decide how to proceed until state officials verify the signatures on a petition to keep capital punishment legal.
Lincoln Man Arrested For Choking Officer At Bank
A 21-year-old man has been arrested after police say he choked an officer at a downtown Lincoln bank.  It happened around 4:45 p.m. Monday at the Great Western Bank near 12th and "N".  
Late Night Rollover Crash Sends Woman To Hospital
A woman is recovering after a rollover accident Monday night.  Some people in an east Lincoln neighborhood woke up to a loud boom and a car flipped on its roof.  It happened around 11 p.m. Monday in the 1100 block of Carlos Drive, which is a few blocks southwest of 84th and Holdrege.
Council Votes To Give Property Tax Relief
The Lincoln City Council has voted 5-to-2 to give you some property tax relief, $15 worth on a $150,000 piece of property.  City Council member Roy Christensen's proposal would cost the city almost $2 million.
Man Officially Charged In Kidnapping, Sex Assault On Girl
A 20-year-old man accused of kidnapping and raping an 8-year-old girl has officially been charged in Lancaster County Court.   Cody Riddle is charged with burglary, kidnapping, and 1st-degree sexual assault of a child.  
Gordon Plans To Seek Legislative Seat Representing East Lincoln
Lincoln attorney Jim Gordon has announced a bid for the Nebraska Legislature in a district that includes eastern parts of Lincoln and Lancaster County. He will seek the seat held by state Sen. Kathy Campbell, who is ineligible to run again in 2016 because of term limits.
Former Omaha TV Sports Anchor Named New Memorial Stadium Voice
Former Omaha sportscaster Jon Schuetz is the new public address announcer for Nebraska football games at Memorial Stadium.    The university athletic department announced Schuetz's hiring Monday.  
Lincoln Girl Okay, Suspected Kidnapper In Jail
A 33-year-old man went to jail over the weekend for an attempted kidnapping.  Lincoln Police say it happened at the Russ's Market near 17th and Washington Street Saturday night.
Police Arrest Suspected Kidnapper, Who Held Victim at Gunpoint
Lincoln Police arrest a 25-year-old man, who forced a 19-year-old UNL student into driving him around for about an hour at gunpoint on Saturday morning.  Kyle Dinius at one point apparently threatened the victim and had him stop so he could return with pipes and machetes and other items from the backyards of homes.
Stolen Vehicle Found, Search Continues For Suspect
A stolen vehicle from Fairbury has been recovered by Lincoln Police.  Now the search is on for the driver.  Police Capt. Jeff Bucher tells KFOR NEWS officers were looking for a suspicious vehicle in the parking lot of the Motel 6 on North 28th Street, when they discovered the stolen Chevy Tahoe driving off.
Escapee From Deputies Captured In BNSF Railyard
A brief manhunt Saturday involved Lincoln Police, Lancaster County Sheriff's deputies and the Nebraska State Patrol helicopter.  They found Adam Cervenka hiding on a railcar in the Burlington Northern yard near Hwy. 77 and West O Street.  Th
Man Fights for Life After Fall
A man is in the hospital with life-threatening injuries after falling about 40 feet from a balcony near Capital Beach early Saturday morning. Police Captain Jeri Roeder tells KFOR News they don't suspect foul play.
EPA Going Forward With Rule In Spite Of Injunction
Image result for nebraska lakeThe Environmental Protection Agency says it is going forward with a new federal rule to protect small streams, tributaries and wetlands, despite a court ruling that blocked the measure in 13 central and Western states. 
Court Orders Hearing For Man Convicted Of 2nd-Degree Murder
Image result for dallas huston lincoln, neThe Nebraska Supreme Court has ordered an evidentiary hearing held for a man serving 50 years to life in prison for killing his friend in 2009 and who argues that he should be released from prison because his trial lawyer was ineffective. 
Officers Investigate Fight At Lincoln Southwest
Image result for police lightsA group estimated as high as 20 teenagers were fighting in the parking lot of Southwest High School last night.  Police and school officials believe, but haven't yet confirmed, that someone fired a shot gun during the incident.  
LPD: Kidnapping Suspect Arrested
An 8-year-old Lincoln girl is recovering after she was kidnapped from her home and later abused.   According to Lincoln Police Officer Katie Flood, the girl was bounded when she woke up early Thursday morning in the garage of a house in the 3200 block of Richard Court, the home of 20-year-old Cody Riddle.
Temporary Injunction Issued In Clean Water Act
Image result for nebraska lakesA federal judge in North Dakota has blocked a new rule that would give the federal government jurisdiction over some state waters.   U.S. District Judge Ralph Erickson issued a temporary injunction Thursday against the Obama administration rule. 
Black Hills Energy Offers Fixed-Price Option Friday
Image result for black hills energy logo lincoln, neBlack Hills Energy, Lincoln's natural gas supplier, is urging all of its customers to think ahead to winter....Friday is the beginning of an annual program for natural gas customers.
Ne Lottery To Sell Sriracha-Scented Scratch Tickets
Image result for sriracha-scented scratch tickets nebraska lotteryThe Nebraska Lottery says it will be selling Sriracha-scented scratch tickets as part of a new $2 scratch game called Hot Sriracha.  Each ticket contains a scent replicating that of the famous Asian sauce. 
Nat'l Guard Taking Part In Disaster Exercise
Image result for nebraska national guardNebraska National Guard officials are leaving their Lincoln headquarters ... not permanently...but as part of a disaster exercise through Sunday. State adjutant general, Maj. Gen. Daryl Bohac, says Guard leaders are testing their plans.
City: Apt Complex Issues Not Resolved, Not Life-Threatening
Lincoln officials say problems at a new apartment complex remain unresolved but aren't serious enough to warrant action by the city. Tenants who moved into the Prime Place apartment complex over the weekend were met with unfinished units.
Property Tax Increase Proposed To Help Ralston Arena
Image result for ralston arenaRalston officials could face a tough task in persuading lawmakers to help spare city taxpayers from a huge tax increase.   Ralston Mayor Don Groesser is expected to propose a 34 percent property tax increase and a new restaurant tax.
Hastings Woman Accused Of Killing Toddler
A 33-year-old Hastings woman has been accused of stuffing a baby wipe down the throat of a toddler, killing her.  Azudany Serrano-Contreras was arrested Wednesday and charged with committing intentional child abuse resulting in death. 
Upgrades, Improvements Done At Seacrest Field
More than $4-million in improvements done at Seacrest Field in the last few months. That includes a new scoreboard and stadium seating on both sides of the football stadium operated by Lincoln Public Schools. While the field turf is just a few years old,
LPS Sees Solid Improvement In State Assessment Scores
Lincoln Public Schools continues to generally see solid, significant improvement in achievement – scores above state averages in most grades and subject areas – based on release Tuesday of the 2014-15 Nebraska State Accountability (NeSA) scores, the piece of the achievement picture based on state standards. 
Suspected Jewelry Thief Caught
Police say they've arrested a man who stole an estimated $18,000 worth of diamonds and jewelry from some Lincoln jewelers recently.  That includes a one-and-a-half karat loose diamond worth over $13,000 on Wednesday at Darold's Jewelers near 69th and "O."
Bicyclist Dies After Crash At North Lincoln Intersection
A 30-year-old Lincoln man died in a collision between his bicycle and a minivan.  The accident occurred around 5:30 a.m. Wednesday, at 1st and Cornhusker. Police say the northbound bicyclist collided with the eastbound minivan.  
Police Arrest Two Men For August 7 Robbery
Two arrests on Tuesday in a robbery that happened nearly two weeks ago.  On August 7th, Lincoln Police say two men robbed a 20-year old victim.  
Weapon Found During Arrest Of Two Wanted Men
Two men are in jail on outstanding warrants from Lancaster County.  Sheriff Terry Wagner says the Metro Fugitive Task Force on Tuesday afternoon tracked down and arrested 18-year-old Deanta DeLarosa and 23-year-old Raphael Johnson were arrested at an apartment near 18th and "J".
Dog Shot By BB or Pellet Gun
Deputies are investigating a dog shooting Tuesday evening in Waverly.  Two people were walking their dog around 7:30pm and let the dog loose to run around the school football field, when it ran onto a nearby property.  
Millard Public Schools Eliminate Class Rank
Image result for diplomaA Nebraska school board has voted to eliminate class rank, beginning with next year's freshman class. The Monday vote aligns the Millard Public Schools district's high schools with others across the country that are ditching class rank.
Ricketts Names Omaha Dietitian To Open Legislative Seat
An Omaha dietitian who teaches at the University of Nebraska Medical Center will fill an open seat in the Legislature.  Gov. Pete Ricketts on Tuesday named Nicole Fox of Omaha to replace former state Sen. Jeremy Nordquist, who resigned to take a job in Washington, D.C.
Heavy Rain, Flooded Roads Reported In Northern and Eastern Nebraska
Heavy rain from overnight storms has stranded some motorists and knocked out power in some parts of Omaha and the surrounding communities.  Leaks at Westside High School forced cancellation of school on Tuesday.
Fire Inside Vacant House Does Minimal Damage
Officials are still figuring out what started a fire inside a vacant home in the Havelock area Monday morning.  Lincoln Firefighters were called just before 9am to 6926 Platte Avenue, when neighbors saw smoke coming from the home.  
Lincoln Fire & Rescue Busy With Weekend Fires
It was certainly a busy weekend for LFR.  There was an apartment fire at 500 West Cornhusker on Saturday afternoon that did significant damage.  
Home Invasion Robbery Under Investigation
Lincoln Police are searching the city for 2 armed men connected to a home invasion robbery.  Capt. Jeri Roeder tells KFOR NEWS around 9pm  Thursday a couple of men armed with a handgun robbed two men as they left a house in the 2400 block of Vine Street.
HUSKER FOOTBALL: Five Players Suspended, Two Others Injured
Five Nebraska football players have been suspended for the Sept. 5 opener against BYU for violating team rules.    Coach Mike Riley announced the suspensions after practice Thursday night.
Costly Trash Dumping at Recycling Sites
Trash is being dumped illegal all around Lincoln. City Recycling Coordinator Gene Hanlon says recycling sites at East High, 71st and 'A' and Havelock at 63rd and Platte Ave are the most abused. Hanlon says it's costing the city $50,000 a year to monitor and maintain recycling bins. $9,000 could be saved.
Collision In Southwest Lincoln Leaves One Person Dead
Investigators are busy piecing together what led to a collision between a motorcycle and SUV Tuesday morning just north of South Folsom and West South Streets, claiming the life of a motorcyclist.   A white GMC Yukon was traveling southbound on South Folsom and a motorcycle was northbound. The two collided near the intersection of West South, causing both vehicles to leave the roadway. 
Two Armed Robberies Under Investigation
Lincoln Police are looking for robbers of two Lincoln convenience stores.  Capt. Jeff Boucher tells KFOR NEWS until investigators have looked at both security videos, they won't be able to say if the robbers were committed by the same men.  
Officials Cut Ribbon For New Career Academy
Lincoln's new career academy is about to open its doors.  Over 300 students from area high schools will begin taking classes Wednesday.  They'll take 2-3 classes per day at the career academy, gaining college credit in one of 16 career areas while they complete high school.
Arrests Made In West Lincoln Shooting
Two people are accused of trying to rob a woman, who was shot last Friday morning at her mobile home near NW 18th and West "Q" Street.  Lincoln Police say 24-year-old Termaine Williams apparently had suffered minor injuries when a gun went off, as he was leaving the scene.
Lincoln Man Arrested On Suspicion of Indecent Exposure
Police arrest a Lincoln man after, they say, he exposed himself.  According to police reports, a man visiting a friend at an apartment complex near 11th and F Street was playing video games early Monday morning when he heard a knock on a window.
Shots Fired At Two Different Lincoln Homes, Two Wounded
Gunshots from a mobile home court in northwest Lincoln.  Police Capt. Jeri Roeder tells KFOR NEWS around 12:30am Friday, police pulled up to a mobile home at 245 NW 18th and found a woman with a non-life threatening gunshot wound to her head.  
Street Infrastructure, LFR Fleet Part of Mayor's Goals
As part of outlining goals over the next year, Mayor Chris Beutler said on Thursday one of the most critical pieces in the future of Lincoln's roads network is the South Beltway and a new north Lincoln interchange at 33rd Street where Cornhusker and Adams Street come together.
AG's Office Wants District Judge To Reconsider Allowing Same Sex Couples To Adop
The Nebraska Attorney General’s Office will file a motion asking the Lancaster County District Court to reconsider its order issued Wednesday on adoptions by same-sex couples.  District Judge John Colborn ruled that, because of the recent Supreme Court ruling allowing gay marriage, those couples can also adopt children or become foster parents.