Former Minneapolis police officers Tou Thao, Thomas Lane and J. Alexander Kueng are charged by federal prosecutors with failing to provide medical care to George Floyd as their former colleague Derek Chauvin knelt on his neck for more than nine minutes on May 25, 2020. Floyd died at the scene.

Thao and Kueng are additionally charged for failing to intervene with Chauvin's treatment of Floyd.

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Indicted U.S. Rep. Jeff Fortenberry’s political fortunes took a major hit Friday when two of Nebraska’s most prominent Republicans withdrew their longtime support for him and endorsed a state lawmaker who hopes to unseat the nine-term congressman in the GOP primary. Republican Gov. Pete Ricketts and former Gov. Dave Heineman announced that they would support state Sen. Mike Flood, who is challenging Fortenberry amid concerns that the federal charges he faces could cost the GOP an otherwise safe House seat.

January is National Mentoring Month.  It's an opportunity for people to become mentors to the youth in Nebraska who need someone.

MENTOR Nebraska, was launched in 1999 to improve the number and quality of mentoring programs available for Nebraska’s youth.  They support and collaborate with more than 200 mentoring programs that serve 14,000+ youth across Nebraska.

Melissa Mayo is the Executive Director of MENTOR Nebraska and she was kind enough to chat with Mike Hogan on “Live & Local” about the program, how people can become involved, and dispel some myths about mentoring.

More information can be found at

Headshot of Dave Pantos, a white, bald man with a beard. He is wearing a dark suit and tie and is smiling against a dark background.
Dave Pantos

Dave Pantos served as executive director of the Legal Aid of Nebraska, ran several congressional campaigns including Kara Eastman's in 2020, and teaches law and policy at the University of Nebraska. He’s currently running for Douglas County attorney against incumbent Don Kleine. Today he tells his story and shares his vision for Omaha.

In the era of the Great Resignation, one particular job posting is getting a lot of attention online.

The Barrow-in-Furness Borough Council is looking for the next landlord of Piel Island, a scenic, 50-acre landmass half a mile off England's northwestern coast that is home to wildlife, castle ruins and a centuries-old pub. The local government is hoping to award the 10-year lease to one lucky applicant by the time the 2022 season starts in April.

It's been a brutal start to the year for stocks, and it's bringing a three-year rally in markets to an abrupt halt.

The Dow Jones Industrial Average slumped by more than 700 points on Monday, or a decline of more than 2%, and was headed for a seventh consecutive daily fall.

It was even worse for the S&P 500 and the Nasdaq, which also slumped on Monday and have now both fallen more than 10% each from their record highs — a fall that is known in markets as a correction.

Cryptocurrencies weren't spared from the rout, with Bitcoin down 5% to about $34,000.

A luxury cruise ship that was scheduled to dock in Miami this past weekend made a surprise detour to the Bahamas after a U.S. judge ordered it to be seized as part of a lawsuit over unpaid fuel.

The High Court in London ruled on Monday that WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange can appeal to the U.K.'s Supreme Court against extradition to the United States, where he faces espionage charges over the publication of thousands of leaked military and diplomatic documents more than a decade ago.

Assange's lawyers have 14 days to submit their application to the Supreme Court, which will decide whether to hear the case, according to the BBC.

What group is especially vulnerable to the ravages of COVID-19 even if fully vaccinated and boosted? Seniors. And who will have an especially tough time getting free at-home COVID tests under the Biden administration's plan? Yes, seniors.

America's librarians awarded top honors to their favorite children's books of the year on Monday. The Newbery — celebrating its 100th year — and Caldecott medals, as well as several other honors, were among those awards.

The John Newbery Medal for the most distinguished children's book this year went to The Last Cuentista by Donna Barba Higuera. In the book, a girl named Petra must travel to another planet to carry on the human race after Earth has been destroyed.


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