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News Minute: Here is the latest Nebraska news from The Associated Press at 9:40 p.m. CDT
News Minute: Here is the latest Nebraska news from The Associated Press at 9:40 p.m. CDT

A federal judge in Lincoln has sentenced a former Santee Community Schools superintendent and Iowa resident to two years in prison for stealing hundreds of thousands of dollars in federal funds. Federal prosecutors say...

Man rescued after being trapped 24 hours in storm drain

Man rescued after being trapped 24 hours in storm drain

Authorities say a man's been rescued after being trapped in a Lincoln storm drain for at least 24 hours.

City eyes punishment for officials who leak session info

City eyes punishment for officials who leak session info

Proposals under consideration in an Omaha suburb could lead to the ouster of elected officials who leak information from meetings not open to the public.

Voters recall 2 Antelope County commissioners

Voters recall 2 Antelope County commissioners

Voters have recalled two northeast Nebraska county commissioners who were elected less than a year ago.

Lincoln teacher recipient of national Milken Educator Award

Lincoln teacher recipient of national Milken Educator Award

A Lincoln middle school science and English teacher has earned a Milken Educator Award, which carries a $25,000 cash prize.

Nebraska tax collections above projections in September

Nebraska tax collections above projections in September

Nebraska state government collected more tax revenue than expected in September.

Interstate section getting new name to end Iowa confusion

Interstate section getting new name to end Iowa confusion

By The Associated Press

Nebraska group forms to produce, recruit more tech workers

Nebraska group forms to produce, recruit more tech workers

Business, education and government leaders have announced a new effort to produce and recruit more tech workers for Nebraska.

Local debut scheduled for movie shot in North Platte

Local debut scheduled for movie shot in North Platte

The local debut of a movie shot in North Platte is scheduled for Friday night.

Suspect in Islamic Center theft scheduled for plea hearing

Suspect in Islamic Center theft scheduled for plea hearing

Court records say a man charged with breaking into the Islamic Center of Lawrence and stealing donations boxes was in possession of almost $1,200 in cash when he was arrested in a Kansas City suburb several days later.

Omaha mayor says she supports tax on vaping products

Omaha mayor says she supports tax on vaping products

Omaha's mayor says she supports a proposal to expand a tobacco tax to including vaping.

Outgoing NU President Hank Bounds gets $250K consulting deal

Outgoing NU President Hank Bounds gets $250K consulting deal

The University of Nebraska has hired its former president as a consultant for $250,000 a year to help raise money to build a new $155 million football and operations complex.

Officials investigate death of 32-year-old jail inmate

Officials investigate death of 32-year-old jail inmate

The death of a 32-year-old Douglas County jail inmate is being investigated to determine why she died.

Special youth hunting season set later this month

Special youth hunting season set later this month

Youths 15 and younger are encouraged to participate in the statewide youth pheasant, quail and partridge season on Oct. 19-20.

Game and Parks to give away free milkweed seeds in Norfolk

Game and Parks to give away free milkweed seeds in Norfolk

People who want to help preserve monarch butterflies can obtain free milkweed seed pods through the Nebraska Game and Parks Commission.

Nebraska could boost K-12 school aid to lower property taxes

Nebraska could boost K-12 school aid to lower property taxes

Nebraska lawmakers who pledged to lower property taxes are getting ready to try again with a proposal that would boost state aid for K-12 public schools while restricting the districts' taxing power.

Jury finds truck company negligent in New Mexico collision

Jury finds truck company negligent in New Mexico collision

A jury has found a trucking company to be negligent in a deadly 2017 highway collision and awarded $40.5 million in damages to the family of a Deming woman who died in the wreck.

Rain dampens Nebraska State Fair attendance, revenue

Rain dampens Nebraska State Fair attendance, revenue

Nebraska State Fair officials are blaming heavy rains for a drop in attendance and revenue at this summer's fair.

Police: Omaha man killed in single-vehicle crash

Police: Omaha man killed in single-vehicle crash

Police say an Omaha man has died in a late-night crash.

Bridge near Pender damaged in spring floods to reopen

Bridge near Pender damaged in spring floods to reopen

State transportation officials have announced the opening of a bridge near the northeast Nebraska town of Pender that had been significantly damaged in historic spring flooding.

The Latest: Storm dumps foot of snow in North Dakota

The Latest: Storm dumps foot of snow in North Dakota

Authorities in western Nebraska say a Scottsbluff man has died in a crash on an icy highway near the border of Dawes County and Sheridan County.

Man arrested after marijuana found in gift-wrapped boxes

Man arrested after marijuana found in gift-wrapped boxes

The Nebraska State Patrol says a trooper found nearly 70 pounds (31.75 kilograms) of marijuana inside gift-wrapped boxes in a vehicle.

Scottsbluff man dies in western Nebraska crash on icy road

Scottsbluff man dies in western Nebraska crash on icy road

Authorities in western Nebraska say a Scottsbluff man has died in a crash on an icy highway near the border of Dawes County and Sheridan County.

Authorities say man died after vehicle rolled atop him

Authorities say man died after vehicle rolled atop him

Authorities say a man died after a vehicle rolled onto him in the central Nebraska community of Ord.

Flood victims moving from refuge at Iowa state park

Flood victims moving from refuge at Iowa state park

Some people forced from their homes by Missouri River floodwaters will be leaving their refuge at an Iowa state park.

Omaha-based Scooter's Coffee buying Crane Coffee

Omaha-based Scooter's Coffee buying Crane Coffee

Omaha-based Scooter's Coffee is buying a local competitor, Crane Coffee.

Missing prison inmate found in Omaha suburb

Missing prison inmate found in Omaha suburb

A state prisoner reported missing from a community facility in Lincoln has been found in an Omaha suburb.

Nebraska official avoids conflict over mine firm incentives

Nebraska official avoids conflict over mine firm incentives

State officials say Nebraska's tax commissioner was not involved in the decision to approve up to $200 million in tax incentives for a mining company in which he is a shareholder.

Papillion city councilman accused of bruising 5-year-old

Papillion city councilman accused of bruising 5-year-old

A Papillion city councilman has been cited for suspicion of negligent child abuse after being accused of leaving bruises on his girlfriend's 5-year-old son.

Student charged after school initially doesn't report threat

Student charged after school initially doesn't report threat

A 15-year-old southeastern Nebraska boy has been arrested after being accused of making a school threat last month that school officials didn't initially report to authorities.

Season greeting: Fall snowstorm pushing through Great Plains

Season greeting: Fall snowstorm pushing through Great Plains

A powerful winter-like storm moving through the Great Plains is closing schools and causing travel headaches in multiple states.

Snow, high winds pose danger in northwest Nebraska

Snow, high winds pose danger in northwest Nebraska

By The Associated Press

Company exec sentenced for not paying withholding taxes

Company exec sentenced for not paying withholding taxes

A former financial controller of an Omaha business has been given a year and a day in prison for not paying federal withholding taxes.

'Flash drought' brings dust and dread to southern farmers

'Flash drought' brings dust and dread to southern farmers

Across a vast expanse of the South spanning from Texas to Maryland, there are growing concerns for the cattle, cotton and corn amid a worsening drought that has been fueled this past summer by record hot temperatures.

2 deaths near military base investigated as murder-suicide

2 deaths near military base investigated as murder-suicide

Court records show the shooting deaths last month of an Offutt Air Force Base airman and his wife are being investigated as a murder-suicide.

2 tribal leaders resign from task force to protest pipeline

2 tribal leaders resign from task force to protest pipeline

Two tribal leaders have resigned from a Montana task force in protest of the state attorney general's support of a proposed oil pipeline from Canada.

Fall snowstorm blasts Rockies, heading toward Midwest

Fall snowstorm blasts Rockies, heading toward Midwest

A fall snowstorm is snarling traffic and causing power outages in the Rocky Mountains as it slowly moves across the northern U.S. toward the Great Plains.

Judge weighs renewed Keystone XL oil pipeline arguments

Judge weighs renewed Keystone XL oil pipeline arguments

A Montana judge must decide whether to once again block the proposed Keystone XL oil pipeline or side with the U.S. government attorneys who want him to uphold President Donald Trump's permit to cross the U.S.-Canada...

Police ID Nebraska restaurant patron fatally shot by officer

Police ID Nebraska restaurant patron fatally shot by officer

Police have released the name of a man who was fatally shot by a uniformed railroad officer after the man rammed his truck into a Nebraska restaurant.

2 more charges filed against central Nebraska prosecutor

2 more charges filed against central Nebraska prosecutor

The state attorney general's office has filed two more misdemeanor charges against the top prosecutor in central Nebraska's Custer County.

Authorities say car driver killed in collision with truck

Authorities say car driver killed in collision with truck

Authorities say a man was killed when his car crashed into an oncoming semitrailer in southern Nebraska's Frontier County.

Woman accused of stealing more than $100K from agency

Woman accused of stealing more than $100K from agency

A woman has been accused of stealing more than $100,000 while working for a Beatrice insurance agency.

Driver dies after SUV crashes into truck; infant survives

Driver dies after SUV crashes into truck; infant survives

Authorities say a woman was killed and an infant with her was injured when her sport utility vehicle crashed into the back of a truck in south-central Nebraska.

Nebraska gets $6.5M in grants to fight opioid abuse

Nebraska gets $6.5M in grants to fight opioid abuse

Nebraska state officials have received $6.5 million in federal grants to help prevent and treat opioid abuse.

Teenager arrested as suspect in Omaha store slaying

Teenager arrested as suspect in Omaha store slaying

Police have arrested a teenager suspected of fatally shooting a man at a store in east Omaha.

Winter storm expected to whiten parts of Nebraska, Iowa

Winter storm expected to whiten parts of Nebraska, Iowa

Forecasters say a wintry storm system could drop up to 10 inches (25.4 centimeters) of snow on northwest Nebraska later this week.

Iowa man gets 19 years for crash that killed 2 in Omaha

Iowa man gets 19 years for crash that killed 2 in Omaha

A Nebraska judge has imprisoned an Iowa man who authorities say was driving drunk when his pickup truck rammed into a sports car in north Omaha, fatally injuring two other Iowa men.

Man gets 25 years in prison for postal service truck robbery

Man gets 25 years in prison for postal service truck robbery

A former postal employee has been given 25 years in prison for kidnapping a driver while stealing a U.S. Postal Service truck and its contents in Grand Island.

Long-term fix to Wyoming, Nebraska tunnel could reach $68M

Long-term fix to Wyoming, Nebraska tunnel could reach $68M

The cost of long-term repairs to a failed irrigation tunnel serving farmers in eastern Wyoming and western Nebraska could reach $68 million.

West Nebraska crash kills pickup driver, injures passenger

West Nebraska crash kills pickup driver, injures passenger

Authorities say a pickup truck driver has died in a rollover crash on Interstate 80 in western Nebraska.

Woman gets 10 years for sex trafficking 16-year-old

Woman gets 10 years for sex trafficking 16-year-old

A Wisconsin woman has been imprisoned for sex trafficking a 16-year-old girl in Iowa and Nebraska

Council decides not to adopt law barring feeding of animals

Council decides not to adopt law barring feeding of animals

Terrytown council members have decided to put off indefinitely a proposed ordinance that would have barred anyone from feeding geese, other waterfowl or other wild critters inside city limits.

Utility reminds farmers to watch for power lines at harvest

Utility reminds farmers to watch for power lines at harvest

Nebraska farmers should watch out for power lines when harvesting their crops this fall.

Nebraska faces big bill as pest kills thousands of ash trees

Nebraska faces big bill as pest kills thousands of ash trees

Nebraskans will need to spend nearly $1 billion over the next few decades to remove ash trees killed by an invasive pest, but local governments probably won't be able to afford the cost and it's not clear how much...

Former Sen. Bob Kerrey to deliver lecture in Lincoln

Former Sen. Bob Kerrey to deliver lecture in Lincoln

Former U.S. Sen. Bob Kerrey is scheduled to deliver a lecture later this month at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln.

Nebraska State Patrol: Teen killed in crash near Broken Bow

Nebraska State Patrol: Teen killed in crash near Broken Bow

The Nebraska State Patrol says a 16-year-old boy has died in a crash near central Nebraska's Westerville.

Woman hit crossing Omaha street last month dies of injuries

Woman hit crossing Omaha street last month dies of injuries

Authorities say a 21-year-old woman who was hit by a sport utility vehicle last month while crossing a northwest Omaha street has died from her injuries.

Fraternity disbands Omaha chapter following complaint

Fraternity disbands Omaha chapter following complaint

The Sigma Phi Epsilon fraternity has disbanded its University of Nebraska at Omaha chapter following a woman's complaint that a man groped her at during a party at the chapter's house last month.

Iowa to be site of utility lineman training facility

Iowa to be site of utility lineman training facility

Construction has begun in south-central Iowa on a $13.5 million, 50,000 square-foot facility to train power pole linemen in several Midwest states.

Wayne State College athletics recipient of $1.8M donation

Wayne State College athletics recipient of $1.8M donation

Wayne State College is the recipient of a $1.8 million donation announced by the Gardner Foundation for the college's athletics programs.

Swastikas painted on southeast Nebraska school arts center

Swastikas painted on southeast Nebraska school arts center

Beatrice High School officials say two freshmen students have admitted painting swastikas on the front balcony of the school's fine arts center.

Man who killed family of 3 in Omaha has appeal rejected

Man who killed family of 3 in Omaha has appeal rejected

The Nebraska Supreme Court has rejected a post-conviction appeal of a man who killed two Brazilian missionaries and their 7-year-old son over a money dispute in Omaha 10 years ago.

Sheriff's office: Car passenger died after collision

Sheriff's office: Car passenger died after collision

Authorities say a passenger was fatally injured in a collision south of Wymore in southeast Nebraska.

Proposed social studies standards support diverse viewpoints

Proposed social studies standards support diverse viewpoints

Proposed social studies standards for Nebraska schoolchildren would encourage them to look at history from multiple perspectives.

Google announcing $600M data center will go up near Omaha

Google announcing $600M data center will go up near Omaha

Google is holding a groundbreaking Friday morning for a $600 million data center it plans to build in an Omaha suburb.

Speed limit to increase on stretch of I-80 around Lincoln

Speed limit to increase on stretch of I-80 around Lincoln

Motorists driving on a stretch of Interstate 80 north of Lincoln will be able to go a little faster starting Friday.

Rainy September adds more water to swollen Missouri River

Rainy September adds more water to swollen Missouri River

After an unusually rainy September in the region, the amount of water flowing down the lower Missouri River this year is likely to match the 2011 record.