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Zika Virus Hits Nebraska
Two travel-related cases of Zika virus have been reported in Nebraska. Health and Human Services officials say the cases in Douglas and Sarpy counties are the first in the state. The people infected are women in their 20s
Objections to Governor's Property Tax Plan
There are objections to Governor Ricketts' property tax plan. The state's largest agriculture groups are backing the plan, but Mayor Beutler and officials from other communities have problems with it, saying it would limit their flexibility.
No One Hurt in Rollover
Police say it was luck that kept anyone from getting hurt in a crash near 14th and Salt Valley View. A semi was on Salt Valley View Thursday when the driver turned into the intersection to head north on 14th Street.
Lincoln Police Offficer Dragged
A Lincoln police officer was dragged outside a car in the south Menards parking lot at 8900 Andermatt Drive.
Berkshire Purchases More Shares Of Phillips 66
Image result for berkshire hathawayBerkshire Hathaway has purchased nearly 1.7 million more shares of Phillips 66 to give it ownership of almost 14 percent of the oil refiner.  The conglomerate Warren Buffett leads reported making the latest purchases this week. 
County Asks Committee To Delay Growing Pains
Image result for lancaster county boardLancaster County has gone over 300,000 in population. State Law requires 7 members on the county board instead of five, and a civil service commission at that level.  A bill in the legislature would push those changes back to 400,000. 
Woman Jailed For Poisoning Boyfriend's Mother
Image result for judges gavelA Minnesota woman who admitted pouring carpet cleaner in the ice tea of her boyfriend's mother has been sent to jail in Nebraska. Online court records say 26-year-old Amanda Nelson, of Worthington, Minnesota, was sentenced Wednesday in Gage County District Court.
Sky Lantern Ban Headed To Final Vote
Image result for sky lanternsA bill that would ban small, flame-powered paper air balloons in Nebraska is headed to a final vote in the Legislature.   Senators gave the measure second-round approval Thursday with a voice vote.   
Zoo Will Open March 5th
Image result for lincoln children's zoo lincoln neA year ago, when warm temperatures were present in early March in Lincoln, the zoo office was flooded with phone calls, wondering why they weren't open.  In response, President and CEO John Chapo announced the zoo will open March 5th this year.
Residential Parking Ban Lifted
Image result for snow plows lincoln neGood news for those who park in the street. The residential parking ban on the odd-numbered or south and west sides of the street has been lifted.  It followed an even-number ban....and city officials say both are mostly complete. 
Breslow Ice Hockey Center Dedicated
The $11 million John Breslow Ice Hockey Center has been officially dedicated. Former State Auditor, John Breslow dropped the hockey puck during a ceremony Wednesday. Breslow donated $7 million for the 50,000 square feet center
Looking for a Shooter
Police are looking for the person or persons who fired at least 5 bullets into a car Tuesday night near North 27th and Holdrege.
Worlds Largest Quilt
More than 2,000 women crocheted for 6 months to knit a world record quilt. A Facebook group based in India put out the world-wide call, with the promise that the finished blanket would be broken up and given to the needy after the record was broken.
Nebraska Could Ease Rules For Front-end License Plates
Passenger cars without front-end license plate brackets could drive legally with only a rear plate under a bill advanced by Nebraska lawmakers.    Senators gave first-round approval to the measure on Wednesday with a 25-3 vote.    
Lincoln Not Close to Having Most Snow
6 inches is the official snow fall total for Lincoln. Grand Island and Kearney are digging out of 18 inches. Hastings ended up with 15 1/2 inches of snow.
Guns Stolen from South Lincoln Pawn Shop
Guns are missing this morning from Randolph Jewelry and Loan at 27th and Randolph. Police Capt. Jeff Bucher tells KFOR NEWS just before 9:30 Tuesday night, someone broke in through a side door and stole 6 antique pistols valued at $10,000.
New Trial for Pretend Lawyer from Lincoln
A Lincoln man sent to prison for practicing law without a license and taking money for it has been granted a new trial on one count. Authorities say Clinton Brooks Jr. accepted $1,500 to give legal advice and draft documents in 2011
Residential Parking Ban In Effect Tuesday Night
Image result for snow plows lincoln, neThe Mayor has announced that a residential parking ban will go into effect at 6 p.m. this evening. At that time, parking will be banned on the even-numbered sides of all City streets that are not arterials or bus routes.  
I-80 Closed From Lincoln To North Platte
Image result for 511 nebraska roadsThe state roads department has closed Interstate 80 from the west edge of Lincoln, in both directions, all the way to North Platte. Blowing and drifting are causing problems for road crews throughout the state.
Snow Angels Still Needed
Image result for snow angels lincoln neThe city needs Snow Angels...people to scoop or blow off sidewalks and driveways after it stops snowing. Fewer than 100 volunteers have signed up. To sign up, go to the city's website at www.lincoln.ne.gov. 
Omaha Suspect In Stand Off Dies In Custody
Image result for Mark  L'Heureux Omaha, NEAuthorities say a man suspected of killing an Omaha police dog while holding officers at bay for more than 25 hours has died in custody. The Douglas County Department of Corrections says that 59-year-old Mark L'Heureux was taken from the jail to an Omaha hospital Tuesday.
Second Convict Re-Sentenced In Teen Murder
A judge has imposed the same sentence on the second man who as a teenager raped, robbed and bound a Blair woman in a car, which was sent hurtling into the Missouri River. The judge sentenced 49-year-old Brian D. Smith to 90 years to life in prison.
Heavy Snow Falls Across Nebraska, Causing Scattered Power Outages, Packed Roads
The number of Nebraska utility customers without power because of the snow and wind has been cut to less than 4,000 by midday Tuesday.  Earlier Tuesday morning, more than 20,000 customers had lost power. 
Death Penalty Lawsuits Dismissed
A judge has rejected two lawsuits challenging the death-penalty question going to Nebraska voters in November. The order dismissed the case brought by death penalty opponents Christy and Richard Hargesheimer, which sought to keep the question off the ballot.
Governor, Ag Groups United Behind Property Tax Plan
Three leading agriculture groups and Nebraska Governor Pete Ricketts' have all endorsed a plan to slow the growth of property taxes. Ricketts announced Tuesday that the Nebraska Farm Bureau Federation, Pork Producers, and the Nebraska Cattlemen's Association have joined him in supporting the plan.
State Patrol Gives Tips To Keep Motorists Safe
Image result for winter drivingThe Nebraska State Patrol is urging motorists to be prepared and keep up-to-date on the latest weather and road conditions as a powerful winter storm expected to impact travel is forecast for the Cornhusker State. 
Snow Emergency Ban Starts 6p Monday
Image result for snow emergencyA snow emergency parking ban will go into effect at 6 p.m. Monday. Recent storm predictions for the Lincoln area calling for potential blizzard conditions. Residents and motorists are strongly encouraged to plan ahead.
Omaha Man Charged In Sunday Murder
One Omaha man is in custody in Lincoln's second murder of 2016.  It happened around 1:30 Sunday morning outside of the Willow's Apartments near 18th and Knox.  
LPD Arrests Suspect In Hit & Run
After a hit and run accident Sunday morning, Lincoln Police said officers arrested 25-year-old Caleb Rader on felony charges related to the incident.  Officers responded to a call for a hit and run at 3:58am at 27th and South Streets. 
Legislature Will Take A Snow Day
Image result for nebraska legislatureThe Nebraska Legislature has canceled all of its hearings and debate on Tuesday in anticipation of a blizzard that's expected to dump 8 inches of snow on Lincoln.   Speaker of the Legislature Galen Hadley says he decided to cancel all activities.
Measure To Lower Age For Public Office Advances
Image result for nebraska legislatureA ballot measure that would let 18-year-olds serve in public office in Nebraska has won first-round approval.   Lawmakers voted 27-11 on Monday to advance the measure, which would apply to the offices of governor, lieutenant governor, the Legislature and Supreme Court.
Honor Flight For Vietnam Vets Scheduled For June
Image result for patriotic productions omaha neA free flight to Washington, D.C., has been arranged for Nebraska Vietnam veterans who want to see the famed memorials and monuments.   The June 6 excursion will be similar to the Honor Flights that carried World War II and then Korean War veterans.
Street Crews Are Ready For Snow
Lincoln's streets are ready for heavy snow and near freezing temperatures.  City crews hit the streets Sunday night, applying a brine pretreatment on emergency snow routes, major arterials and bus and school routes.
Heavy Snow Coming
Forecasters see 5 to 10 inches of snow moving into Lincoln starting after Midnight Tuesday.  Meteorologist, Brad Andrerson with our media partner, 10/11 NEWS tells KFOR NEWS flurries could show up Monday afternoon
UNMC Study Will Attempt to Make Senior Driving Safer
UNMC is seeking drivers between ages 65-90 for a research study of older driver mobility and safety. To be eligible for the study, you must have a driver's licence, at least five years of driving experience and drive 50 miles or at least one hour per week.
Possible Suspect In Custody Connected To Lincoln's Second Murder of 2016
Lincoln Police are in the middle of investigating the city's second homicide of the year, after a man was found dead with a gunshot wound early Sunday morning at a Belmont area home. In a news release, police say officers were called to 1800 Knox Street around 1:30am.  The victim has now been identified as 25-year-old Joshua Hartwig.
Arrest Made In Bank Robbery
Lincoln Police arrested 47-year-old Wade Winklepleck for the robbery of Union Bank and Trust earlier this week.
Supreme Court Overturns Ruling In Sex Assault Case
Image result for scales of justiceThe Nebraska Supreme Court has overturned a ruling that granted a Lincoln man a new trial on charges of sexual assault and kidnapping.   The court ruled Friday against 29-year-old Frederick McSwine, whose conviction was reversed by an appeals court.
BREAKING NEWS: Robbery At South Lincoln Bank
An armed robbery just before 2pm Thursday at the Union Bank and Trust off of 48th and Normal.  Lincoln Police tell KFOR News they are looking for the suspect described as a white male, 6-feet, skinny build, brown hoodie, glasses, carrying a black handgun.
Nebraska Legislature: Senators Advance Bill To Encourage Organ Donations
A bill designed to encourage organ donations is headed to a final vote in the Nebraska Legislature.    Supporters gave the measure second-round approval Wednesday after resolving a dispute over whether residents applying for driver's licenses should be required to answer what they want to be listed as a donor.
Nebraska Legislature:Omaha, Lincoln Gun Ordinances Survive Repeal Attempt
A bill that would have overturned local gun restrictions in Omaha and Lincoln has stalled in the Nebraska Legislature. Senators fell one vote short Wednesday of the support needed to overcome a filibuster. The 32-10 vote to invoke cloture effectively kills the bill the rest of the year.
UPDATE: Man In Critical Condition After Crash That Killed Fiance
Authorities say a 32-year-old man severely injured in a collision that killed his fiancée remains hospitalized in Lincoln. Saunders County Sheriff Kevin Stukenholtz says he'd talked Wednesday to the mother of Tanner Hauck, and she said he remained in critical condition.
Gov. Ricketts Not Hurt In Collision
Governor Pete Ricketts is okay, after a crash Wednesday morning not too far from the Capitol.  Lincoln Police say the accident involving a van and another vehicle near 13th and Washington Streets happened just before 7am.  
Four Hurt In Blast, Fire At Omaha Funeral Home
Authorities say four people have been injured in a blast and fire at a funeral home in west-central Omaha.   Firefighters were dispatched around 3:20 a.m. Tuesday to the Heafey-Heafey-Hoffmann-Dworak & Cutler Mortuary at 78th and West Center Road.