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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Nelson crossed the party line most often in 2010

No Senator voted against his party more often in 2010 than Ben Nelson, according to the annual year-end voting report released Jan. 3 by Congressional Quarterly. The Nebraska senior Senator voted in opposition to the Democrats on 46 percent of "party issues" in 2010, well ahead of the next highest bi-partisan voter — Sen. Evan Byah of Indiana, who opposed the Democratic vote 32 percent of the...

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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...

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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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Lincoln church offers immigration law workshop

Lincoln's First United Methodist Church is making Nebraska's immigration law the focus of its annual Peacemaking Conference scheduled for Jan. 16. Local lawmakers, lawyers and church leaders — including Rev. Frederick McCullough and State Sen. Brenda Council of Omaha — will speak on Nebraska's current and future immigration law at the one-day conference hosted at the church at 2723 N. 50th...

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Creighton report suggests economic growth in 2011

Creighton University's latest Business Conditions Index predicts healthy economic growth for the nine-state Mid-America region in 2011. The monthly index — which considers leading economic factors like wholesale prices, trade imports and exports, and inventory and employment rates — rose to 57.5 (on a scale of 100) in December, the 13th-consecutive month the BCI has remained above the...

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