Millard South principal dies following school shooting

Assistant Principal Vicki Kaspar, 57, died late Jan. 5, a few hours after she was shot shortly before 1 p.m. at Millard South High School by Robert Butler Jr., 17. Butler was found dead a short time later in a nearby parking lot from a self-inflicted gunshot wound. Principal Curtis Case, 45, was also shot during the incident and remains in serious condition at the Creighton University Medical...

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Omaha man pinned by train in Council Bluffs

Michael McGillen Jr., 28, was airlifted to the Creighton University Medical Center Jan. 6 after he was found pinned between a guardrail and a rail car at a power plant near Council Bluffs. He remains in critical condition. Pottawattamie County Sheriff's Sgt. Duane Richie told the Associated Press that McGillen works for the Iowa Interstate Railroad.

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Bruning proposes new drug regulations

State Attorney General Jon Bruning announced two billsto restrict drugs in Nebraska, in preparation for the state's new legislative session that gets underway Jan. 5. One bill proposes a ban on chemical compounds found in K2, a synthetic, marijuana-like drug. Certain versions of the drug were banned at the federal level, but it is still available in Nebraska as drug makers have found recipes...

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Court orders raises for firefighters

The state labor court ruled Jan. 4 that the city owes its firefighters as much as $2 million in pay raises for 2009 because the two sides have yet to agree on a new contract. Earlier this year, the firefighters' union agreed to wage freezes for 2009 and 2010 if a new agreement could be reached. The decision could have a large impact on the city's 2011 budget, as the firefighters are now expected...

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Man shot in North Omaha

Marcus Hardin, 39, was shot Jan. 5 after a dispute at his ex-girlfriends house at 4915 N. 60th St. Hardin told police he was leaving the residence when he heard gunshots and realized he was hit a short time later. He is expected to survive. Police have made no arrests.

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2010 traffic deaths second lowest on record in Nebraska

Traffic accidents claimed 186 lives in Nebraska in 2010, the second-lowest total since the state began keeping records in 1937. The low number marked the first time Nebraska fell below the rate of 1 fatality per 100 million miles driven, a goal set by safety officials in 2007's Nebraska Strategic Highway Safety Plan. In 2009, 223 people died in motor vehicle accidents in the state.

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Man killed girlfriend, tried to kill himself

Investigators believe Mitchel Hadan, 47, shot and killed his girlfriend, then tried to kill himself while the two were stopped inside a vehicle near 72nd and L on Jan. 1. An Omaha police officer approached the vehicle Saturday afternoon to see if the motorist needed assistance. After speaking with Hadan, the officer returned to his cruiser to divert traffic when he heard gunshots from inside the...

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Russia halts shipments from Nebraska pork plant

Russia placed a Crete, Neb. pork plant on its list of banned meatpackers Dec. 27 after the United State's Food Safety Inspection Service said salmonella was found in meat exported to the country. The Farmland plant, a division of the world's largest pork producer, Smithfiled Foods, will be prohibited from shipping meat to Russia starting Jan. 5. John Harrington, a livestock consultant, told the...

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Terry’s Movement on Immigration

“Let me start with blending what I think will happen with where I am, personally.”

As comprehensive immigration reform ... more »


If You’re Not At The Table, You’re On The Menu

“In 2008 all eyes were on the Latino vote. That year we had 19.5 million registered Latinos that were active to vote,” ... more »


Public Hearing this Thursday on Election Commissioner Changes

Senator Sara Howard's LB 235 will have its public hearing this Thursday, February 14th at 1:30 in the Government, Military, ... more »


A Second Opinion

Calculations for the cost of extending Medicaid in Nebraska as a critical piece of the Affordable Care Act have been ... more »