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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.

Lincoln Voter Registration Deadline Tomorrow

Apr 26, 2019
https://www.nass.org/resources/voter-registration-month

The deadline to register to vote in Lincoln's general election is fast approaching.  According to the Lancaster County election commissioner, voters must register in person at either the election commissioner's office by 4:30 tomorrow night or the Walt Branch Library or the Eiseley Branch Library by six o'clock tomorrow night.  The election is on May 7th.

(Lincoln, NE)  --  Mandatory water use restrictions are continuing in Lincoln due to flooding.  Lincoln Mayor Chris Beutler ordered the restrictions on Sunday, and he says the conservation must continue for several more days as the city deals with flooding at the well fields in Ashland.  Beutler says Lincoln's wells are producing 32-million-gallons of water per day, which is not enough for full operation.  Lincoln residents are required to cut their water usage by 50-percent, while businesses and institutions are ordered to lower their water consumption by 25-percent.

Omaha, Lincoln apply for federal Smart City Challenge

Feb 10, 2016

Omaha and Lincoln are among 77 applicants for a U.S. Department of Transportation program focused on technology and innovation.

It’s called the Smart City Challenge. The DOT wants cities to present ideas that use technology to make travel safer and more reliable.

Murthy Koti, Traffic Engineer with the city of Omaha, says the Smart City Challenge has three goals.

LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) — A grand jury has cleared three Lincoln police officers involved in the fatal shooting of a Central City man who'd wounded one of them.

LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) — Lincoln police Chief Jim Peschong has announced that three police officers involved in the fatal shooting of a Central City man did not violate department policy or procedure.

LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) — Lincoln Police have identified two of the three officers involved in a fatal weekend confrontation with a 29-year-old man.

LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) — A 29-year-old Nebraska man who was fatally shot during a confrontation with police in Lincoln told officers he wouldn't go to jail.

LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) — Two Nebraska officers were wounded and a man fatally shot during a confrontation Sunday evening, police said.

OMAHA, Neb. (AP) — Nebraska's capital city of Lincoln finds itself in the rare position of experiencing no homicides so far this year.

LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) — A first-year student from Arizona is accused of sexually assaulting an 18-year-old student in a dorm at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln.

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