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 (Omaha, NE)  --  Omaha police officer Ken Fortune, who was shot while on duty last month, is back on duty.  The Lincoln Police Department tweeted a photo of Fortune, dressed in a police uniform, picking up cards and a gift sent to him by the LPD on Wednesday.  The police department said Fortune had fully recovered.  He was shot in the shoulder during a confrontation between gang-unit officers and two men in North Omaha on September 11th.

(Council Bluffs, IA)  --  A Council Bluffs boy with brain cancer is getting a special message from one of his heroes.  The Omaha World-Herald reports Iron man star Robert Downey Junior recently sent a video to seven-year-old Jackson Tijerina encouraging him to stay strong during his fight against cancer.  Meeting the real Iron Man was the last item on a bucket list for Jackson created by his parents.  Jackson and his sister sent a response video to Downey Junior thanking him for the encouragement.

LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) — A judge will decide whether the University of Nebraska-Lincoln must turn over any records withheld from a fraternity that was suspended following accusations of hazing, alcohol abuse and inappropriate behavior.

The Lincoln Journal Star reports that the university's records director, Erin Bush, has withheld nearly 1,700 records from Phi Gamma Delta, which is suspended until 2020. Members had been accused of making vulgar comments to women during last year's Women's March in Lincoln.

Administrators say an investigation into the Women's March allegations led to a discovery of broader conduct issues.

Bush says most of the records are being kept confidential because they were part of Title IX investigations.

The fraternity seeks more information on investigations into members' alleged wrongdoing. Attorney Brian Brislen says UNL didn't appropriately exercise its redaction capabilities.

(Ralston, NE)  --  Two World War Two veterans from Nebraska are finally getting a proper burial.  The Omaha World-Herald reports Bernard Doyle and Melvin Anderson both grew up in eastern Nebraska and joined the Navy around the same in the early 40's.  Boyle died during the Pearl Harbor attacks in 1941 while Anderson died in a battle in November of 1944.  Both men's remains have just recently been identified from unknown graves at military cemeteries.  They will both have proper burials with their families this weekend.

(Lincoln, NE)  --  Lincoln police are investigating after a pizza delivery driver fended off a robber.  Authorities say the victim was making a delivery to an apartment in the 16-hundred block of 20th Street when the incident took place early Sunday morning.  A possibly-armed man charged at the delivery driver, who was walking back to his vehicle, and ordered him to hand over his money.  The victim grabbed an empty pizza bag, and threw it at the robber, who fled empty-handed.    

(Lincoln, NE)  --  More Cabela's-related layoffs are planned.  According to a notice filed with the Nebraska Labor Department, more than 150 people who work on the credit card operation of Cabela's in Lincoln will lose their jobs.  Capital One Financial purchased Cabela's credit card operation when the Sidney-based outdoors retailer was acquired by Springfield, Missouri-based Bass Pro Shops in a deal that was finalized last year.  Capitol One officials tell the "Omaha World Herald" that remaining employees in Lincoln will continue to serve Cabela's customers.

(Omaha, NE)  --  An Omaha business is leveled in an explosion.  The blast took place yesterday morning inside a dry cleaning business near 168th and Harrison.  No one was inside the business and nobody was injured.  The cause of the explosion is under investigation.

What to do with kids to keep them safe and productive after they get out of school for the day is an age old problem.

Working parents have to decide to work or spend time at home with children after school lets out. That's why after school programs are important for the entire family.

More than 1,000 people gathered at UNO's Sapp Field House on Saturday to celebrate Omaha's after school programs.

Called Lights On After School, 34 Omaha Public Schools and dozens of non-profits formed Collective for Youth, which serves nearly 7,400 children.

There were some significant recalls this past week that you may have missed. Here are some of the things you may need to throw away or get fixed.

Millions of pounds of beef are targeted after a salmonella outbreak

LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) — Nebraska has earned $1.7 million in federal performance bonuses after regaining its top-tier ranking in processing food stamp applications.

The Omaha World-Herald reports that state officials announced Thursday that Nebraska will get nearly $1.35 million for fiscal year 2017 and $335,846 for the previous year.

(Undated)  --  Creighton has been implicated in a college basketball FBI investigation into corruption in the sport.  According to reported testimony in New York, the father of prospect Brian Bowen claims Creighton assistant Preston Murphy offered his son one-hundred thousand dollars to play at Creighton, plus a lucrative job.  Creighton officials say they have not heard from the FBI or the NCAA on the allegations, but are taking the claims very seriously.

(North Platte, NE)  --  Municipal Light and Water officials are scratching their heads after a power outage in North Platte left as many as four thousand residents without power yesterday.  The culprit?  A large bird that apparently flew into an electrical transmission line a little before 11 a.m.  Officials say that prompted a circuit breaker to pop at the Nebraska Public Power District substation between the city and Lake Maloney.  Power was restored within about 20 minutes.

(Washington, DC)  --  Ben Sasse is likely to join fellow Nebraska Republican Senator Deborah Fischer in voting to confirm Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh.  The American Civil Liberties Union tweeted out on Thursday afternoon that Sasse was undecided, but a spokesman for the senator said last night that he has long been and remains at leaning toward voting yes, and added that he is reviewing the new FBI report on sexual misconduct allegations against Kavanaugh.  Sasse had voted to advance Kavanaugh's nomination out of the Senate Judiciary Committee.  He delivered an emotional speech on

(Lancaster County, NE)  --  A four-year-old boy is critically injured in a bounce house incident at a Lancaster County pumpkin patch.  Authorities say the boy and a five-year-old girl were inside a bounce house at JK's Pumpkin Patch north of Lincoln yesterday evening when a wind gust carried the house about 40 yards.  Authorities believe the bounce house was properly secured at the time of the incident.  Winds gusting to nearly 60-miles-per-hour were reported near the Lincoln airport yesterday evening.

(Lincoln, NE)  --  Nebraska Senator Deb Fischer is continuing to support Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh.  Fischer announced yesterday that she will vote yes on Kavanaugh's appointment to the Supreme Court.  Fischer also tweeted yesterday that the ACLU should end an advertisement calling on her to vote against Kavanaugh's confirmation.  Starting today, U.S. senators can start examining the report from a supplemental FBI investigation into sexual assault allegations against Kavanaugh.

(Omaha, NE)  --  The fight is continuing over a historic building in Omaha.  The owner of the property at 18th and Howard says the Omaha Planning Board voted yesterday to recommend local landmark status for the building.  The Douglas County Board advanced a plan last month to acquire the building by eminent domain and tear it down to build a new juvenile justice center.  The planning board's recommendation will go to the Omaha City Council for its consideration.

(Washington, DC)  --  A key Republican senator is speaking out about the controversy surrounding the nomination of Brett Kavanaugh to the Supreme Court.  Ben Sasse of Nebraska gave a speech on the Senate floor Wednesday night and said he had urged President Trump to nominate a woman for the Supreme Court seat months ago.  In his speech, Sasse spoke about two personal friends who were raped, and said the #MeToo movement was complicated, but a very good thing.  The senator said, "We all know that the president cannot lead us through this time."  President Trump continues to support Kavanaugh,

Today at 1:18 PM CDT, FEMA and the FCC will send a TEST Wireless Emergency Alert (WEA) message to nearly all wireless devices in the United States.

This is a "Presidential Alert". You can not turn off a Presidential Alert.  You CANNOT "opt out" of the test either.

(Omaha, NE)  --  Discussions are underway to create a landlord registry in Omaha.  City officials gathered yesterday to discuss establishing a quality assurance program to help renters find landlords who provide secure and safe housing options.  The idea of a landlord registry stems from a mass inspection of an apartment complex near 34th and Lake last month that uncovered more than 25-hundred code violations.  Another committee meeting on the matter will take place later this month. 

(Bellevue, NE)  --  An Omaha-area park is continuing to be impacted by flooding.  Officials say Haworth Park has closed its camping sites and removed boat docks in the aftermath of last month's floods.  In addition, standing water remains over some of the park's walking trails, playground and picnic areas.    

Douglas County voters are planning to cast their ballots ahead of the November election.  Douglas County Election Commissioner Brian Kruse says at least four-thousand requests for early ballots arrived in the mail yesterday.  Yesterday marked the first day ballots were being mailed to voters as well as the first day residents could sign up for an advanced ballot.  October 9th is the first day Douglas County voters can cast ballots early in person at the Election Commissioner's office.

The State College system will have a new leader.  The State College Board of Trustees announced yesterday that Paul Turman will become the next chancellor of the State College system, which includes Chadron State, Peru State and Wayne State universities.  Turman serves as vice president for academic affairs with the South Dakota Board of Regents.  He will replace Stan Carpenter, who is retiring after 18 years as chancellor of the system.    

Nebraska officials are reacting to the Trump administration's new trade deal with Canada and Mexico.  Governor Pete Ricketts says Canada and Mexico are top customers for Nebraska, and the deal will help trade relationships and give certainty to farmers.  Senator Deb Fischer noted her optimism that the deal will result in good opportunities for state producers.  Congressman Adrian Smith calls the U.S.-Mexico-Canada Agreement vital to the state's agricultural industry.

LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) — Nebraska Democratic gubernatorial hopeful Bob Krist says he is making one final push for another debate with Republican Gov. Pete Ricketts, a request the governor's re-election campaign calls a publicity stunt.

LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) — The Nebraska State Patrol says its hazardous device technicians have destroyed a World War II-era rocket and grenade found this week in south-central and southeastern Nebraska.

LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) — Authorities say two men found with hundreds of pounds of marijuana in their rental truck have been charged in Nebraska.

LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) — Farm and ranch families will have a new health insurance option under a new group plan unveiled by a Nebraska agricultural group.

PAPILLION, Neb. (AP) — Authorities say deputies arrested two men after marijuana with an estimated street value of up to $5 million was found after a traffic stop in eastern Nebraska's Sarpy County.

LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) — Most epilepsy patients taking cannabis-derived oil in a clinical trial at the University of Nebraska Medical Center continue to see improvement in their seizures.

OMAHA, Neb. (AP) — A Ralston man accused of running down another man with this pickup truck last year has been ruled mentally incompetent to stand trial.

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