Former Star Tran Bus Driver Pleads Not Guilty
A Lincoln bus driver who was fired after a video showed him beating a rider has pleaded not guilty to misdemeanor assault. 43-year-old Troy Fischer entered his plea Tuesday during a brief court hearing. The StarTran Bus Service suspended Fischer for two days and then fired him after a disciplinary hearing. He also was charged with misdemeanor assault.
President Obama Opposes Bill That Speeds Approval Of Keystone Pipeline
The White House says President Barack Obama opposes a House bill that would speed approval of the proposed Keystone XL oil pipeline from Canada to Texas. The White House said Tuesday that the bill "seeks to circumvent longstanding and proven processes" by removing a requirement for a presidential permit. The legislation also says no new environmental studies are needed.
Farmers Making Progress on Sowing Corn Crop
Corn growers across the Midwest have made up for lost time in a big way from a slow start to planting season after a waterlogged spring. The U.S. Department of Agriculture says 71 percent of the corn crop in key grain states is sowed. That's up from just 28 percent a week ago, though the pace remains behind the average of the previous five years of 79 percent. Huge strides are being made
Seven Names Forwarded to Governor For 3rd Judicial District Vacancy
The names of seven nominees for the vacancy in the 3rd Judicial District have been given to Gov. Dave Heineman for consideration. The Judicial Nominating Commision for the County Court nominated Matthew Acton, John Albin, Milissa Johnson-Wiles, Janice Lipovsky, Lori Maret, and Rodney Reuter all of Lincoln, and Joseph Dalton of Wavlery for the position.
Gas Prices Soon to Decline, After Recent Spike
After painfully watching gas prices climb as much as 30 cents in the last two weeks, you will be happy to hear prices are finally going to come back down. Rose White with Triple A Nebraska says additional supplies are coming in from the Gulf Coast and are now reaching the midwest market.
Law Enforcement Torch Run Tomorrow
Support Nebraska Special Olympics and local law enforcement officers at the Lincoln Torch Run tomorrow. The proceeds will benefit the Summer Games which are held annually in May. The run will start at noon at 14th and Vine Street and end at the Hall of Justice on 575 South 10th Street. At 12:30PM a ceremony will be held for officers, athletes, volunteers, and supporters.
Help From Nebraska On The Way To Tornado Ravaged Oklahoma
Skilled members of Nebraska Task Force One are in the Oklahoma City area to help with search and rescue efforts after a ferocious tornado slammed into the southern suburb of Moore, Oklahoma on Monday. At least 24 people have been killed. A spokeswoman for the Oklahoma Medical Examiner's Office says as many as 40 more deaths could eventually be added to the toll.
New Council Members Sworn Into Office
Roy Christensen, Lerion Gaylor Baird and Trent Fellers are officially members of the Lincoln City Council. They were sworn in Monday and began their 4-year terms. Christensen said he was happy to be there, calling it "a big relief".
Search Is On For Missing Teen
Lancaster County Sheriff's Deputies need your help in finding a missing teen. Investigators say 17-year-old Lisa Van Meveren was last seen Monday about 8:30 a.m. at her home north of Martell. Deputies believe she possibly headed to the Crete area with her large brown lab mix dog.
South 17th Construction Starts Tuesday
Beginning Tuesday, S.17th Street from South to “A” streets will be closed for about eight weeks for street rehabilitation. The project was originally scheduled to begin in early May, but it was delayed when the Near South Neighborhood Association asked if some of the existing stone curb could be incorporated into the project.
Sales Tax Bill Survives Repeal Attempt
Lawmakers have rejected an attempt to repeal a new Nebraska law that lets cities raise their local option sales tax rates, as long as they secure voter approval. The law gives cities the power to ask voters for an increase to as high as 2 percent, up from the current 1.5 percent lid imposed by the state.
Budget Bills Advance To Gov. Heineman
Nebraska lawmakers have given final approval to the seven budget bills that make the state's two-year budget. Lawmakers passed the measures on Monday through their third and final vote. They now head to Gov. Dave Heineman. The package contains increases for early childhood education and a two-year tuition freeze at the University of Nebraska and the Nebraska State Colleges.
Task Force To Investigate Omaha Murders
Authorities in Omaha have launched a task force to investigate any connection between last week's killings of a Creighton University professor and his wife and the 2008 slayings of an 11-year boy and his family housekeeper. Omaha Police Chief Todd Schmaderer said Monday that the public should report any suspicious activity as authorities investigate the deaths of Dr. Roger Brumback and his wife, Mary.
State Patrol Increases Presence In Whiteclay
The superintendent of the Nebraska State Patrol says law enforcement is increasing its presence in Whiteclay after activists attacked two beer trucks and threatened one driver with a knife. Col. David Sankey said Monday that more officers are patrolling the tiny Nebraska town, which has seen an uptick in violence from protesters who oppose its beer sales.
Click It Or Ticket Starts Today
Nebraska officials have kicked off their annual seat belt campaign to promote roadway safety. The "Click It or Ticket" campaign began on Monday and will run through June 2. Nebraska recorded 212 roadway deaths last year, marking the first time the fatality count has increased in the last three years.
Car Hits Business After Attempted Robbery
A 37-year-old man collided with Williams Cleaners on North 48th Street after an attempted robbery to his vehicle early this morning. The man was waiting at the stop sign on the corner of 48th and Baldwin when two men approached his vehicle, a 2004 Chevy Malibu, yelling for him to get out of the car.
Two Former Students Accused in School Burglaries
Two men are in jail facing a charge of burglary, after both were caught by a deputy running through the hallway of Raymond Central High School over the weekend. Lancaster County Sheriff Terry Wagner says an alarm inside the school went off around 12:45 Saturday morning that sent deputies to check out the school building. Both suspects ran off from the school.
Gas Prices Over $4 At Some Lincoln Pumps
Gas prices are nearing record setting numbers. It's over $4 a gallon at some pumps in Lincoln, getting there by 10 and 20 cent jumps. The national pump price is $3.65 a gallon. It comes at a time when people are making plans for Memorial Day travel.
Storms Bring Needed Rain
Welcome rain over the weekend in Lincoln, but it wasn't enough to pull us back to normal for the month. Barb Mayes with the National Weather Service tells KFOR News Lincoln is about 0.20" below normal for May, but for the year Lincoln is just over one inch above normal.
False Alarm With Gage County Sirens
Tornado sirens accidentally went off Sunday afternoon in Gage County. Emergency Manager Mark Meints says staff members were reviewing plans and procedures for activating tornado sirens, when someone accidentally it set off.