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Two killed, one arrested in South Omaha crash

Victor Rodriguez, 27, was apprehended after fleeing the scene of a two-car accident that killed two passengers and wounded five others near 42nd and H St. on Dec. 12. Rodriguez lost control of his Nissan Pathfinder Sunday night and collided head-on with a GMC Yukon carrying five people. Manuel Santos-Gomez, 24, a passenger in Rodriguez' vehicle, and Danny Alcantara, 22, a passenger in the Yukon,...

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Omaha officer reinstated in planted evidence case

Omaha police officer Steve Kult is back on the job nearly seven months after reporting two fellow officers for a suspected plan to plant evidence. In May, Kult alleged he overheard a telephone conversation between his partner, Frank Platt, and Kara Hindman — fellow gang unit officer and Platt's girlfriend — describing a plan to plant marijuana in the trash of a suspect. Platt has since...

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Report: Nebraska has third-highest drunk driving rate

A new study released by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration Dec. 9 shows that one in five Nebraskans has driven while under the influence of alcohol in the past year — the third highest rate in the country. At 21.5 percent, Nebraska trails only Wisconsin (23.7 percent) and North Dakota (22.4 percent) nationally. The national average is 13 percent.

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Nebraska senators support Obama tax deal

Sen. Mike Johanns says he will likely support the bipartisan tax cut extension negotiated by President Barack Obama. Democratic Sen. Ben Nelson, too, plans to back the deal despite his party's opposition to extending tax breaks to the rich, a controversial condition of the compromise. Johanns, also playing his Republican party line, told KHAS that while he didn't support extending unemployment...

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Nelson angered over ‘Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell’ filibuster

Ben Nelson was ready to debate the military's "Don't Ask, Don't Tell" policy banning gays from openly serving in the military. Senate Republicans were not. The GOP blocked the repeal Dec. 9 in a move that could leave a decision on the policy up to the courts. Nelson took to his Senate website to express his displeasure at the "Washington gamesmanship" that led to the filibuster. "Obstruction...

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Voices: People in Poverty

Stories produced by Robyn Wisch and Angel Martin, KVNO News LISTEN HERE Single Mother Students at Brothers and Sisters Learning Center know Renisha Cooper as Ms. Ree-Ree. The single mother of two has been working at the child care center in North Omaha for the past four years. Last fall, she found out she had a tumor behind her eye, and is now partially blind. Cooper struggles to pay her...

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TransCanda investigating anomalies along original Keystone pipeline

TransCanada is digging up the original Keystone pipeline in 10 spots, including three in Nebraska, to look at anomalies in the line. A company spokesperson says the digs were part of a federally mandated audit, one of 55 already conducted, to determine if the pipeline had grown beyond limits established by the Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration. The proposed Keystone XL...

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NPPD purchases more wind power

A new Nebraska Public Power District contract is helping to revive the state's first wind farm. The Springview Wind Facility in central Nebraska — built as a demonstration plant in 1997 and retired in 2007 — is scheduled to operate again in the middle of next year, following a purchase agreement from the NPPD. The Omaha Public Power District is slated to share in some of the plant's energy...

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