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Local News from KFOR 1240

The latest news from the KFOR 1240 news room.

Police Looking for Robber Who Has a Taser
Lincoln Police are looking for a man who tried robbing the CVS at 15th and South Street before eight Sunday morning. He's described as a skinny white male wearing a trench coat, mask and is armed with a Taser. Scanner traffic is saying he didn't get away with anything from the store.
City Councilman Says Fire Truck Late to Three-Alarm Fire
A fire truck was late to a three-alarm fire at a Downtown Lincoln stripmall last week. According to City councilman Jon Camp, it was because a crew was on a medical call in an emergency response vehicle.
Portion of 56th Street to Close for Construction
Construction is scheduled to begin Monday on the project to widen S. 56th Street from Old Cheney Road to Shadow Pines Drive. This section of S. 56th will be closed during construction, but access will be maintained to all local businesses.
Counties Getting Paid Back for Voting Machines
The Nebraska Secretary of State has announced that 48 county election offices will receive reimbursements totaling nearly $50,000 to help cover costs associated with the use of voter disability equipment during the 2014 general election.
Oklahoma First State To Allow Nitrogen For Executions
Image result for death penaltyThe Nebraska Legislature adjourned for the weekend after advancing a bill to abolish the state's death penalty. 
Michigan Officials Looking For Missing Nebraska Woman
Image result for police lightsPolice in Michigan are seeing help from the public in finding out what happened to two women in their 50s who were reported missing while visiting family.  State police say Leslie Roy of Nebraska and Lee Marie Wright of Oklahoma were traveling.  
Gorilla Cracks Glass At Henry Doorly Zoo
Image result for henry doorly zoo gorillaVisitors at Omaha's Henry Doorly Zoo and Aquarium got quite the surprise while watching the gorillas Thursday.  The video posted to YouTube shows the reflection of a little girl pounding her chest right before one of the gorillas rushes the glass.  
DHHS Will Issue Montly Performance Reports
Image result for access nebraskaNebraska's beleaguered Department of Health and Human Services will publish public performance reports for its services to help residents apply for Medicaid and food stamps. 
Current, Past Council Members Endorse Mayor Beutler
Image result for mayor chris beutlerFour current city council members, and eight past members, have all endorsed Mayor Chris Beutler for re-election. Jonathan Cook, Doug Emery, Carl Eskridge and Leirion Gaylor Baird all said the mayor has been able to work with to build consensus.
Second Power Outage In Two Days
Image result for Lincoln Electric System logoIf you live in the far south part of Lincoln, you may have to reset some clocks when you get home tonight.  A power outage hit nearly one-thousand homes and businesses from Old Cheney to Saltillo Road, all the way across Lincoln, from 14th to 120th. 
Near Record Dryness For Nebraska, Iowa
Image result for nebraska droughtWeather experts say Nebraska and Iowa experienced a near-record dry March this year. Nebraska had its second-driest March on record, while Iowa had its third-driest. Central Nebraska experienced its driest March in 121 years of record-keeping.
Truck Driver Cited For Watching Soccer On Smartphone
Image result for nebraska state patrol logoThe Nebraska State Patrol has cited a truck driver who'd been watching a soccer game on a smartphone he'd taped to the steering wheel of his big rig. The patrol says a carrier enforcement trooper noticed the trucker wearing earbuds.
Judge: Lawsuit May Proceed Against LPS
Image result for scales of justiceA judge says a lawsuit may proceed against Lincoln Public Schools over treatment of a 12-year-old boy with autism.  The lawsuit says the boy suffered mental health problems after being kept in a special safe room at school. 
Inmate Now Has Chance For Parole
Image result for judge's gavelA 33-year-old inmate no longer faces life in prison for a 1998 Lincoln slaying. Court records say Jerrold McLeod was 16 when he and 19-year-old Ronald O'Neill broke into an apartment on May 10, 1998, in an attempt to rob a cocaine dealer.  
Jenkins Botches Tattoo
Image result for nikko jenkinsCourt officials say Nikko Jenkins, the man convicted of killing four people in separate attacks in 2013, has again mutilated his face. But, the Omaha World-Herald reports he botched his attempt to carve into his forehead the numbers "666".
Demolition Delayed For Former Nurse Dorm
Image result for sophy teeter building lincolnOne of the last remnants of the Lincoln General Hospital campus is safe from demolition, at least for the next 6 months. Lincoln's Historic Preservation Committee has voted to delay Bryan Health's request to tear the former dormitory down.  
Motorcycle Reaches Over 100 mph In Pursuit
Very little description to go on in finding a motorcyclist who reached speeds of 130 mph on his sport bike along Highway 6 between Lincoln and Waverly around 11pm Thursday. 
Ricketts: Nebraska Judicious In Use of Death Penalty
Gov. Pete Ricketts is once again defending the death penalty, arguing that Nebraska officials have used it more judiciously than states such as Texas.    
Governor Announces First International Trade Mission
Image result for governor pete ricketts nebraskaGovernor Pete Ricketts announced today that his first international trade mission will be to the European Union. He'll visit Italy, Belgium, and Denmark from June 7th-15th. The Governor said he chose the EU as his first overseas mission.
Former Husker Football Captain In Custody
Image result for vershan jackson mug shotA former Nebraska football team captain who authorities say didn't show up to serve his 300-day pot sentence has been picked up in Omaha. Online court records say 40-year-old Vershan Jackson was taken into custody on Tuesday. 
Fire Escape Fall Claims Life Of Hastings Man
Authorities say a Hastings man whose body was found in a Kearney alley accidentally fell from a fire escape. A passer-by found the body of 51-year-old Craig Demoor a little before 6 p.m. on April 7. 
Omaha Man Gets Prison For Online Scam
Image result for judge scaleAn Omaha man has been sentenced to more than three years in prison and ordered to return $91,000 he stole in an online scam. 42-year-old David Roberts was sentenced Wednesday on one count of wire fraud, with nine counts of the same charge dropped. 
DeWitt Man Killed In Rollover Crash
Image result for gage county sheriff neA 22-year-old DeWitt man has been killed in a rollover crash that occurred in southeast Nebraska's Gage County. Authorities say Jacob Bridges was driving his sport utility vehicle north on a county road Tuesday evening when the SUV went out of control.
Proposed Prison Overhaul Draw Criticism From Governor
Image result for prison barsA proposed overhaul of Nebraska's prison sentencing and parole laws is drawing criticism from Gov. Pete Ricketts, Omaha Mayor Jean Stothert, prosecutors and police. Ricketts urged Nebraskans Thursday to contact state lawmakers and speak out.
Death Penalty Repeal Measure Wins First-Round Approval
A bill to repeal Nebraska's death penalty has won first-round approval from lawmakers.    Lawmakers advanced the bill 30-13 on Thursday. If that support holds, death penalty opponents would have enough votes to override Gov. Pete Ricketts' promised veto.
Fire Heavily Damages SW Lincoln Home
Fire investigators say a bathroom fan overheated and started a fire inside a southwest Lincoln home early Thursday morning.  Lincoln Firefighters were called 3:30am to 2435 Cheshire South.  
Nearly $6M Grant Provides Chest Compression System
Image result for physio-control lucas 2 chest compression systemNebraska hospitals and ambulance services will receive a life-saving tool as part of a nearly $6 million grant. Approximately 360 ambulance services and 80 hospitals will receive the Physio-Control LUCAS 2 chest compression system.
Judge Denies Request To Block Limits On Leafleting
Image result for pinnacle bank arenaA federal judge has denied a request to temporarily block limits on leafleting and other activities outside Lincoln's Pinnacle Bank Arena. Larry Ball was arrested last year and again in March for handing out religious leaflets outside the arena. 
Man Robbed By House Guests
Image result for police lightsLincoln Police arrested two men Tuesday night, after they robbed a 43-year-old man in his own home near 24th and "R" with a knife. Investigators say the victim invited 22-year-old Christian Andrew and 25-year-old Isreal Graham into his apartment.
Separate Minimum Wage For High Schoolers Advances
Image result for minimum wageNebraska high school students could receive a lower minimum wage than other workers next year under a bill advanced by lawmakers. Senators gave the measure first-round approval Wednesday with a 32-11 vote. 
Name Released For Explosion Victim
Authorities have released the name of one of the two people killed by an explosion at a rail car repair facility in Omaha. The Omaha Police Department identified him as 40-year-old Dallas Foulk. Tuesday afternoon's blast occurred at the repair shop.
Mandatory Minimum Sentencing Bill Advances
Image result for nebraska legislatureAn effort to scale back the use of mandatory minimum prison sentences in Nebraska has won first-round approval from lawmakers.  Senators voted 28-9 on Wednesday on legislation to abolish mandatory minimums for Class 1C and 1D felonies.
Ag Dept Updates Dog/Cat Breeder Regulations
Image result for dog and cat breederThe Nebraska Agriculture Department says it's updated its regulations in an effort to police dog and cat breeders who don't meet state standards. 
Lawmakers Form Coalition, Against Death Penalty
Image result for death penaltyA coalition of Nebraska lawmakers says the state's death penalty conflicts with conservative values and should be repealed. Seven Republican senators announced Wednesday they support a bill to repeal the capital punishment law.
LPS Listens, Re-Arranges Boundaries
Image result for lincoln public schoolsIn February, parents of more than 100 kids west of Highway 77 feared they would be bused to Moore Middle School east of 84th Street, but those parents spoke up and as a result, the Lincoln Public School Board re-arranged boundaries.
Study: Ethanol Has Huge Impact On State Economy
Image result for nebraska ethanolA recent impact study by University of Nebraska-Lincoln economists reveals Nebraska’s ethanol production capacity grew 10 fold between 1995 and 2014.  More than 1,300 full-time employees work at 24 facilities.  
Senators Advance Sentencing Reform Bill
Image result for prison barsNebraska lawmakers are moving forward with a broad effort to reduce prison crowding while acknowledging that they need to address criticism from county and state prosecutors. Senators advanced a sentencing reform bill on Tuesday with a 35-3 vote. 
Flags Flown Half-Staff Wednesday
Image result for abraham lincoln statue lincoln neToday is the 150th anniversary of the shooting of President Abraham Lincoln, by John Wilkes Booth, at Ford's Theater in Washington D.C. 
Lincoln Senators Endorse Beutler
Image result for beutler for mayorLincoln's 5 current members of the legislature all endorsed Mayor Chris Beutler for re-election today.  Kate Bolz, Kathy Campbell, Matt Hansen, Adam Morfeld, and Patty Pansing Brooks issued a joint statement.
Wife Of Nikko Jenkins Sentenced To Prison
Image result for chalonda jenkins omahaA judge has sentenced the wife of an Omaha man convicted of killing four people to two to three years in prison. 24-year-old Chalonda Jenkins pleaded guilty Monday to a felony terroristic threat charge and a misdemeanor resisting arrest charge. 
Waiters/Waitresses Will Continue At Same Hourly Wage
Image result for waiter serving foodNebraska waiters and waitresses will continue to make the same hourly wage they earned in 1991. Lawmakers voted 18-27 Tuesday against a measure by Omaha Sen. Jeremy Nordquist.
Kearney Turns Over Land For Veterans Home
Image result for nebraska veterans homeThe Kearney City Council has voted to turn over to the state land where the Central Nebraska Veterans Home will be built. Mayor Stan Clouse on Monday night called the action the "first point of no return." 
Lawmakers Calling For Scrutiny Of Fracking Water Disposal
Image result for fracking water disposal wellState lawmakers are calling for greater scrutiny of a proposed disposal well for fracking water in western Nebraska. Some senators on Tuesday urged the Nebraska Oil and Gas Conservation Commission to postpone a decision on the site in southern Sioux County.
Number Of Tax Fraud Reports Increasing
Image result for tax returnThe Lancaster County Sheriff's Office is warning you again about a scam targeting taxpayers trying to file their 2014 return, since the deadline to file taxes is Wednesday. 
Capital Humane Society Defends LPD Actions
Image result for Bob Downey Capital Humane SocietyCapital Humane Society executive director Bob Downey says Lincoln Police don't deserve criticism in light of the fatal dog shooting outside of a home at 65th and Leighton on Sunday evening.   He says the previous owner had run-ins with police.
UPDATE: Fire At La Mexicana Accidental
Fire inspectors believe the 3-alarm fire that destroyed a downtown Lincoln strip mall Monday afternoon was started accidentally by construction workers on the roof.  Lincoln Fire Inspector Rick Campos tells KFOR News he believes a construction company was welding metal when some sparks ignited some wood.
City Council Approves Developments
Image result for city council lincoln neThe Lincoln City Council has approved two big developments.  One, a 7-story student-oriented apartment building planned for the Baker Hardware property at 8th and M.  The structure will have over 200 apartments, plus parking. 
Gas Tax Increase Advances
Image result for gas pumpA proposed gas tax increase has advanced to a final vote in the Nebraska Legislature, despite vocal opposition. Lawmakers gave the bill second-round approval Monday with a 27-14 vote. The measure would raise Nebraska's fuel excise tax by 6 cents.
Attorney General To Investigate NE Oil & Gas Commission
Image result for nebraska oil & gas commissionA complaint sent to the attorney general's office saying the Nebraska Oil and Gas Conservation Commission violated state open meeting laws with a hearing last month on a proposed Sioux County wastewater disposal well has been handed off to another party.  
3-Alarm Fire At La Mexicana Market & Restaurant
Lincoln Fire and Rescue crews are responding to a fire at 1637 P Street, which is listed online as La Mexicana Market and Restaurant.Lincoln Fire and Rescue crews are responding to a fire at 1637 P Street, which is listed online as La Mexicana Market and Restaurant.  An incident report listed it as a working fire and the call came in just before 4:55pm. (Photo by 10/11 News)