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Drive-Thru Coronavirus Clinic Open In Lincoln

Mar 25, 2020
Bryan Health

Nebraska's first drive-through coronavirus clinic is open in Lincoln.  The screening clinic in the parking lot of Bryan Health's LifePoint Urgent Care Center opened Tuesday afternoon.  Officials say the clinic can accommodate about 12 to 15 patients per hour.  The clinic tested more than 50 patients as of 3/24.

For more information on the Drive-Thru Clinic, please visit bryanhealth.org/drivethru

Nebraska lawmakers have taken a major step toward increasing transparency and accountability in state-run juveniles homes following an outbreak of violence, vandalism and escapes. Lawmakers on Tuesday gave initial approval to measures that would require state officials to create a long-term operations plan for how to safely run the Youth Rehabilitation and Treatment Centers in Geneva, Kearney and Lincoln.

Residents in Lincoln will soon see some of the city's new fleet of electric buses on the streets. The Lincoln Journal Star reports that the first of 10 electric buses bought to replace older diesel-powered buses will begin operating yet this spring. Three of the new buses arrived last week, and a fourth was set to arrive this week. StarTran Transit Manager Mike Davis says the electric buses generate electricity as they brake and will be able to run for a full, eight-hour shift. Fully charging a bus will take about three hours.

Lincoln's mayor says selling the natural gas generated at one of Lincoln's wastewater treatment plants will produce $2 million of new revenue for the city annually. Mayor Leirion Gaylor Baird said Thursday the sales also will further the city goal of environmental sustainability. Lincoln has used the gas to produce electricity that helped power the wastewater treatment plant. City officials decided in 2017, however, that upgrading the system at the Theresa Street plant and selling the biogas locally or nationally would provide a greater return on investment.

A Lincoln health care company targeted by cybercriminals says there's no evidence of any patient data being compromised. NRC Health says it immediately shut down its system Feb. 11 to contain the ransomware attack. The Lincoln Journal Star reports that NRC Health says it's made significant progress in restoring services to customers. NRC Health offers performance measurement and management services for health care companies. Ransomware renders files inaccessible unless a computer user pays the cybercriminals to release them.

Some Nebraska lawmakers are expressing shock and outrage that gun owners were allowed to bring loaded, semi-automatic rifles into the state Capitol to protest bills that would have imposed new restrictions on gun ownership. Some lawmakers say they viewed the demonstration as an intimidation tactic during a contentious legislative hearing Friday afternoon that drew an estimated 400 protesters.

Lincoln Airport Receives $800,000 Grant

Feb 20, 2020

The Lincoln Airport is getting over 800-thousand dollars from the U.S. Department of Transportation.  The DOT recently announced about ten-point-seven-million dollars in infrastructure grants to 18 Nebraska airports.  The DOT says Lincoln will use about 450-thousand dollars to update the airport master plan and 360-thousand on snow removal equipment.

 

Two state-run homes for Nebraska’s high-risk juvenile offenders are facing new scrutiny after a string of high-profile escapes and violence, including an outburst that sent two employees to the hospital after a group of boys beat them with pieces of a metal bed frame. The incidents at the Youth Rehabilitation and Treatment Centers in central Nebraska have escalated to the point that state officials are moving the most violent youths to separate facilities and lawmakers are proposing millions of dollars in facility upgrades to try to keep them and the adults who treat them safe.

The Lincoln-Lancaster County Genealogical Society needs a new home for its 8,000-piece collection. The collection's been housed at the Union College library for the past 30 years. But the college has decided to turn the collection space into a student tutoring center. Michael George is the genealogical society president, and he told the Lincoln Journal Star the society has until mid-March to find a new place or the collection will go into storage.

The Nebraska Capitol's public wireless internet was turned off temporarily after a “critical security breach" this week. Sen. Mike Hilgers, chairman of the Legislature's Executive Board, says the Wi-Fi was shut down to protect the state's network and the private information held by state lawmakers and other state officials. Hilgers says state officials don't know who caused the breach and were still investigating. He said the internet service would return as soon as it's safe.

Lawmaker Proposes Train System

Jan 15, 2020

A Nebraska lawmaker is proposing a new train system to link the state's two largest cities.  State Senator Adam Morfeld unveiled a proposal yesterday that calls for building a train system between Lincoln and Omaha.  Morfeld says a train system would boost each city's economy and help attract jobs.  The proposal also calls for a study to be conducted to determine the cost and economic impact of the project.

 

Electronic cigarette use is now prohibited in places of employment and indoor public places in Lincoln. The Lincoln Journal Star reports that the ordinance change approved by the City Council Dec. 16 went into effect Wednesday with the start of the new year. Violation is a misdemeanor, but police and the county health department will not immediately issue citations. For the first few months of 2020, the health department will instead respond to complaints of e-cigarette violations by providing educational materials.

Students may receive two bachelor’s degrees from two Nebraska colleges after four years in a new biology and agriculture program. Wayne State College and the University of Nebraska-Lincoln announced the program earlier this month. Students can earn a life sciences degree with a concentration in biology from Wayne and an applied science degree with concentrations in agriculture and natural resources from the Lincoln university.

The city of Lincoln is offering residents a way to recycles their Christmas trees.  Six drop-off sites around the city, including Ballard Park and Holmes Lake Park, will be open through January 21st.  Boy Scout Troop Eight is also offering a pickup service for trees.  More information is available at scouting-4-trees-dot-org.  

Two Lincoln Pharmacies To Give Out Free Narcan

Dec 20, 2019

Two Lincoln pharmacies will soon help in the fight against opioid abuse. The Nebraska Pharmacist Association says Kohl's and the Hyvee Pharmacy are going to provide free Narcan, a medication used to help stop opioid overdoses. The N-P-A says the pharmacies are participating in a three-month pilot program, but the association hopes to make it statewide. Vice President Marcia Mueting tells K-O-L-N the program will help save several lives.

 

Dozens of bronze headstone flower vases have been stolen from a cemetery in Lincoln. Police say each vase was valued at $50, so the loss is estimated at $2,000. The thefts were reported Saturday at Lincoln Memorial Park. In October, about a dozen vases were also stolen from the cemetery. Police say the thief might try to sell the vases at pawn shops or scrap yards. They ask that anyone with information call police.

Nearly 800 Nebraska State Penitentiary inmates _ more than half the Lincoln prison’s population _ have signed a petition sent to state officials and various news outlets decrying conditions at the prison. The Lincoln Journal Star reports that the petition pans penitentiary administrators for putting the prison in modified lockdown, which has curtailed clubs or organization meetings and kept inmates from having full use of the prison law library.

Panelists at a discussion in Lincoln will cover strategies for increasing agricultural production to meet global demand.

Mumps Cases On The Rise

Nov 14, 2019

The number of mumps cases is on the rise in Lancaster County.  The Lancaster County Health Department says nine mumps cases have been reported since September.  Three of the cases have been confirmed, but officials have not said if the cases are related to an outbreak of at least 30 cases in northeast Nebraska.  Mumps is spread through coughing, sneezing and saliva. 

 

Nebraska's rural areas are struggling with a shortage of high-speed internet, and consumers who live there are likely paying more for service than their urban counterparts.

Firearm Ordinance Signed Into Law

Nov 7, 2019

A new gun ordinance in Lincoln is signed into law. Under the ordinance, police can give people a 100-dollar ticket if they leave their firearm unattended and not hidden from view in an unlocked car. The measure replaces an old law that banned people from leaving guns in vehicles for more than 24-hours.

 

A company behind a large proposed data center in Lincoln has bought a large swath of land in the north part of the city.

A ballot campaign seeking to tighten the cap on how much interest payday lenders can charge in Nebraska has gotten a major boost from a national donor, increasing the odds that it will succeed in placing the issue on the 2020 ballot.

Purse With Thousands In Cash Stolen From Lincoln Walmart

Nov 1, 2019

Lincoln police are on the lookout for a woman who stole a purse with about six-thousand dollars in cash in it.  Police say the suspect took the purse after it was left at the self check out at a Walmart on Wednesday.  Police have reviewed the surveillance video of the theft.  They say the suspect left in a white truck.

 

Water Leak At State Penitentiary

Nov 1, 2019

Inmates and employees at the Nebraska State Penitentiary did not have any water for most of Wednesday. Officials say the shortage was due to a water leak that prevented staff and inmates from being able to use bathrooms or wash their hands. It is not known what caused the leak at this time.

 

Robbery Suspect Arrested

Oct 31, 2019

(Council Bluffs, IA)  --  A suspect is under arrest following a bank robbery in Council Bluffs.  Police say Brandon Bird allegedly robbed the US Bank near 34th and South Expressway yesterday morning.  Authorities spotted Bird a short time later attempting to break into a garage to steal a car, and they arrested him after he drove into a water-filled ditch.

Flood Cleanup Could Be Costly

Oct 31, 2019

(Lincoln, NE)  --  Flood cleanup in Nebraska could be costly.  The Nebraska Military Department has requested nearly 50-million-dollars to pay for the state's costs for recovering after the spring floods.  The agency also asked for three-million-dollars to put in the governor's emergency fund.  Nebraska Emergency Management Agency officials say total damage to the state's infrastructure following the flooding could reach 400-million dollars.

 

New Fire Station opens in Lincoln

Oct 31, 2019

Lincoln, NE)  --  A new fire station is open in Lincoln.  Station 15 at 70th and Pine Lake is now fully operational.  Lincoln Fire Department officials announced yesterday that they have fully staffed the city's first new fire station in more than 20 years. 

LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) — Lincoln police say the death of a 22-year-old University of Nebraska-Lincoln student appears to be accidental. The Lincoln Journal Star reports that police found the body of Dane LeClair in downtown Lincoln around 9:30 a.m. Sunday. Officer Angela Sands says LeClair, of Pittsford, New York, died after falling from the fourth floor of a parking garage. She says that based on video surveillance footage, LeClair fell at around 3:40 a.m. and his death appeared to be accidental.

LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) — Pedestrian safety and rider injuries dominated testimony as the Lincoln City Council considered establishing a pilot program for rental scooters.

The proposed ordinance would let the city to select up to three companies to operate the scooters. Users would have to be at least 16 and licensed to drive, and the scooters couldn't be driven on sidewalks or multiuse trails. Speeds would be capped at 15 mph.

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