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May 18th, 2015

Wrestler who lost his leg after car crash hopes to recover

May 18, 2015

LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) — The Nebraska high school wrestling champion who lost his left leg after a car accident this spring is looking forward to his recovery and attending the University of Wyoming in the fall.

But first Doyle Trout graduated from Centennial High School Saturday afternoon and received a standing ovation as he received his diploma.

The four-time Nebraska state champion told the Lincoln Journal Star (http://bit.ly/1QUrhgG ) he's been overwhelmed by all the support he has received since the April 5 accident and hasn't even had time to read all the letters.

2 Marines with Nebraska ties die in Nepal helicopter crash

May 18, 2015

LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) — Two U.S. Marines with Nebraska ties were among the six Marines and two Nepalese soldiers killed last week in a helicopter crash in Nepal. On Sunday, the Defense Department identified all the Marines killed in Tuesday's crash.

One of the pilots, Capt. Dustin Lukasiewicz, grew up in Wilcox, Nebraska, before joining the Marines.

Lance Cpl. Jacob A. Hug was working as a videographer onboard the flight delivering supplies to earthquake victims. Hug is an Arizona native, but several of his family members live in Council Bluffs, Iowa, and Omaha, Nebraska.

May 9th

Second arrest made in case of slain mother, missing son

May 9, 2015

OMAHA, Neb. (AP) — Omaha authorities say they've made a second arrest in a homicide case involving a woman who was found dead after her baby was discovered alive in a trash container. The search continues for her missing 5-year-old son.

Omaha police say they've charged 24-year-old Gabriela Guevara as an accessory to homicide.

May 8th

FDA unaware of listeria in Blue Bell plant before outbreak

May 8, 2015

WASHINGTON (AP) — Federal health officials said Friday that they were never told of repeated findings of listeria at a Blue Bell Creameries facility before an outbreak linked to the ice cream turned deadly.

Results of a Food and Drug Administration investigation released this week showed the company had found 17 positive samples of listeria on surfaces and floors in its Oklahoma plant dating back to 2013. The FDA said Friday that it "was not aware of these findings" before doing its own inspection this year.

Police: Man admits role in mom's death; 5-year-old missing

May 8, 2015

OMAHA, Neb. (AP) — A man walked into an Omaha jail and told staffers that he was involved in his mother's death, police said Friday as officers searched a river and its banks for the woman's missing 5-year-old son.

Agritourism promotion bill advances in Legislature

May 8, 2015

LINCOLN--Thursday, May 7 brought long awaited hope for supporters of the
Nebraska Agritourism Promotion Act.
The bill, LB 329, introduced by Sen. Ken Schilz of Ogallala, aims to
encourage people to let others on their land for argitourism purposes and
would limit landowner liability.

After being on the agenda for two weeks, the bill advanced in the
Legislature on a 33-1 vote.

Under the bill, a landowner wouldn't be held liable under certain
situations involving injury or death due to inherent risks, such as
stepping in a hole made by prairie dogs.

Police: Brother of infant found in dumpster still missing

May 8, 2015

LA VISTA, Neb. (AP) — Authorities say they have not found the 5-year-old son of a woman whose body was found in southeast Omaha and whose infant brother was found alive in a dumpster near a suburban Omaha apartment complex.

Omaha police Lt. Darci Tierney said Friday that officers are still looking for Josue Ramirez-Marinero, who was the subject of an Amber alert issued Thursday. The vehicle he was believed to be traveling in was found Thursday afternoon in Omaha.

Nebraska taking control of nursing homes run by Utah firm

May 8, 2015

OMAHA, Neb. (AP) — Nebraska officials say they've taken action to protect residents of two nursing homes run by an ailing Utah company.

The office of Nebraska Attorney General Doug Peterson says a judge in Brown County on Thursday placed Ainsworth Care Center into receivership with Klaasmeyer & Associates in Omaha. A judge in Burt County did the same with Logan Valley Manor in Lyons. Under receivership, Klaasmeyer & Associates will take over management and operation of both homes.

May 7th

Police: Sibling of infant found in dumpster missing

May 7, 2015

LA VISTA, Neb. (AP) — Investigators have confirmed a woman whose body was found in southeast Omaha is the mother of an infant found alive in a dumpster and his brother, who is missing, Omaha police said Thursday.

An Amber alert issued for the older boy, 5-year-old Josue Ramirez-Marinero, has been canceled, though the boy hasn't yet been found and is believed to be in danger. He was last seen wearing a gray shirt and sweatpants.

Nebraska Gov. Ricketts vetoes proposed gas tax increase

May 7, 2015

LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) Nebraska Gov. Pete Ricketts has made good on his promise to veto a proposed 6-cent-per-gallon gas tax increase.

The Republican governor rejected the measure shortly after lawmakers gave it final approval Thursday. Ricketts argues in his veto message that measure contradicts the public's desire for tax relief.

The bill would incrementally raise the tax over four years to help pay for road and bridge repairs, generating an estimated $76 million a year once fully implemented.

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