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April 7th, 2015

UPDATE: Small plane crashes after NCAA title game, killing ISU coach

April 7, 2015

BLOOMINGTON, Ill. (AP) — A private plane returning from the NCAA basketball tournament in Indianapolis crashed in a central Illinois field on Tuesday, killing all seven people on board, including Illinois State University's associate head basketball coach and a deputy athletics director.

Rescue personnel found no survivors at the site near the city of Bloomington, and a coroner pronounced the seven occupants dead, McLean County Sheriff Jon Sandage said at a news conference. The plane went down in a soybean field 2 1/2 miles from the Bloomington airport.

Drought expands across U.S.

April 7, 2015

Drought expands across large section of nation's crop region

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — Drought conditions expanded last month amid weather that was warmer and drier across much of the western U.S., but spring rain in the agricultural Midwest could improve conditions for farmers preparing for the corn and soybean growing season.

Driver killed, passenger hurt in central Nebraska crash

April 7, 2015

LOUP CITY, Neb. (AP) — Authorities say a 26-year-old driver has been killed and his passenger injured during a rollover crash in central Nebraska.

The Sherman County Sheriff's Office says the accident occurred around 5 p.m. Sunday on a county road about four miles north of Loup City. Robert Evans, of Loup City, was driving north when he lost control of his vehicle and it rolled, ejecting him. He was pronounced dead at the scene.

His passenger was 22-year-old Amanda Johnson, also of Loup City. She was taken to a Kearney hospital.

SCAM ALERT: Public beware

April 7, 2015

Electric bill phone scam continues in state;
NPPD warns customers not to fall for demands

Columbus, Neb. – Nebraska Public Power District officials are keeping a watchful eye on continued attempts by individuals contacting utility customers and businesses demanding that they pay their electric bill or face shutoff within 20 minutes.

April 6th

Public encourgaed to report Whooping Crane sightings.

April 6, 2015

LINCOLN – The entire population of whooping cranes in the Central Flyway is expected to migrate through Nebraska over the next several weeks. Conservation entities encourage the public to report whooping crane sightings.

Information on sightings is used individually and collectively by Nebraska Game and Parks Commission, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, The Crane Trust and the Platte River Recovery Implementation Program to positively affect whooping crane conservation and recovery efforts.

Bill aims to keep American Indian children with families

April 6, 2015

LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) — While applying for her driver's license at age 16, Karen Hardenbrook saw her birth certificate and learned what her adoptive parents from Broken Bow never told her: she was born in Winnebago and her mother was a member of the Omaha Tribe of Nebraska. As a baby, the state removed her from her biological grandmother's crowded home on the reservation.

Today Hardenbrook, 57, lives on the Omaha Reservation in Walthill. She's an enrolled member but at times still feels like an outsider.

Court rules against home-school mom

April 6, 2015

OMAHA, Neb. (AP) — The Nebraska Supreme Court ruled Friday that a juvenile court judge had the right to order a mother not to home-school her young daughter, based on the recommendation of child welfare officials and the mother's history of abusive child discipline tactics.

The mother, listed only as "Angel B." in the opinion, had appealed the Lancaster County Juvenile Court's order last summer keeping her from home-schooling her 6-year-old daughter and requiring her to enroll the girl in a school approved by the Nebraska Department of Health and Human Services until further notice.

UPDATE: Death toll rises to 4 in 3-vehicle collision near Valley

April 6, 2015

VALLEY, Neb. (AP) — Four people died after a pickup didn't halt at a stop sign and rammed into the side of another vehicle in eastern Nebraska, authorities said Monday.

Three vehicles were involved in the accident that occurred around 8:30 p.m. Sunday, about three miles north-northeast of Valley, at the intersection of Nebraska Highway 36 and 252nd Street.

March 31st

After volatility of Nebraska, Pelini finds comfort at home in Youngstown, Ohio

March 31, 2015

YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio (AP) — The heroes of northeast Ohio cover the walls at the most popular Italian restaurant in Bo Pelini's hometown.

Bernie Kosar's No. 19 Cleveland Browns jersey next to the door that leads to the kitchen. The photograph behind the bar of Ron Jaworski, the former Youngstown State quarterback who took the Philadelphia Eagles to the Super Bowl.

5 US aid workers monitored for Ebola in Nebraska released

March 31, 2015

OMAHA, Neb. (AP) — All five American aid workers being monitored in Nebraska for exposure to Ebola have completed their quarantine periods free from symptoms of the deadly virus.

Nebraska Medical Center spokesman Taylor Wilson said Tuesday that four of the individuals who were brought to Omaha earlier this month for monitoring have left the area. The fifth, who developed a heart problem Saturday and required CPR, has now been discharged from the hospital and will soon leave Omaha.