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News Minute: Here is the latest Nebraska news from The Associated Press at 3:40 a.m. CDT
News Minute: Here is the latest Nebraska news from The Associated Press at 3:40 a.m. CDT

The Nebraska State Patrol says three people died in a crash on Interstate 80. The patrol says the crash Friday afternoon near the Gibbon exit involved five passenger vehicles and three semi-tractor trailers. Several other...

Lottery officials: No one has yet claimed $1M Powerball win

Lottery officials: No one has yet claimed $1M Powerball win

Lottery officials say no one has claimed a $1 million Powerball prize for a ticket sold last month.

2 bodies pulled from south-central Nebraska sandpit

2 bodies pulled from south-central Nebraska sandpit

Officials in south-central Nebraska say the bodies of two Grand Island men have been found in a subdivision sandpit pond.

Officials: BNSF's unauthorized street closure snarls traffic

Officials: BNSF's unauthorized street closure snarls traffic

Sarpy County officials say a railroad's unauthorized closure of a street near Gretna snarled traffic during the Friday morning commute.

Police say 17-year-old died at Omaha hospital after shooting

Police say 17-year-old died at Omaha hospital after shooting

Omaha police are investigating the fatal shooting of a 17-year-old boy.

Authorities say man drove stolen car into overhead jail door

Authorities say man drove stolen car into overhead jail door

Authorities say a man driving a stolen car ran it into an overhead door at the Sarpy County Jail in Papillion (puh-PIHL'-yuhn).

Nebraska couple plead guilty in death of malnourished infant

Nebraska couple plead guilty in death of malnourished infant

An eastern Nebraska couple has taken a plea deal in the death of one of their malnourished infant twin daughters.

Nebraska jobless rate held steady at 3.1% in August

Nebraska jobless rate held steady at 3.1% in August

Officials say Nebraska's unemployment remained steady at 3.1% in August, matching the July figure.

Flooding causes Interstate 29 closure in western Iowa

Flooding causes Interstate 29 closure in western Iowa

Floodwater from the Missouri River has forced officials to close a portion of Interstate 29 in western Iowa.

Man sentenced in fatal Omaha crash that killed 14-year-old

Man sentenced in fatal Omaha crash that killed 14-year-old

A 37-year-old Bennington man has been sentenced to 43-to-53 years in prison in a fatal hit-and-run crash that killed a 14-year-old Omaha boy.

6 years after Nebraska TD, boy with cancer takes the field

6 years after Nebraska TD, boy with cancer takes the field

A boy with brain cancer who scored a touchdown at a Nebraska practice game is playing football for real.

Interstate 29 remains open despite Missouri River flooding

Interstate 29 remains open despite Missouri River flooding

The Missouri River continues to rise and flood mostly rural land in Nebraska and Iowa, but Interstate 29 remains open near Omaha.

More drugs, weapons found in 2nd search of penitentiary

More drugs, weapons found in 2nd search of penitentiary

Officers found more weapons and drugs during a second search of the Nebraska State Penitentiary in Lincoln.

Former Nebraska employee accused of stealing from state

Former Nebraska employee accused of stealing from state

A former employee has been accused of stealing from the Nebraska Education Department.

1 student diagnosed with mumps, another showing symptoms

1 student diagnosed with mumps, another showing symptoms

The University of Nebraska-Lincoln says one student has been diagnosed with the mumps and another student is showing symptoms of the contagious disease.

Missouri River flooding threatens Interstate 29 near Omaha

Missouri River flooding threatens Interstate 29 near Omaha

The rising Missouri River broke through two levees northeast of Omaha, but the flooding affected rural areas that have been flooded twice before this year.

Woman burning love letters sparks Lincoln apartment fire

Woman burning love letters sparks Lincoln apartment fire

It seems this love was too hot to handle.

Nebraska community may proclaim itself 'a city of arts'

Nebraska community may proclaim itself 'a city of arts'

Falls City officials are considering declaring their community "a city of arts."

Mom and dad of abandoned baby twins lose parental rights

Mom and dad of abandoned baby twins lose parental rights

A judge has terminated the parental rights of the mother and father of twin baby boys abandoned at a Kearney hospital in February.

Former mayor accused of child sex assault takes plea deal

Former mayor accused of child sex assault takes plea deal

A former Nebraska mayor accused of child sexual assault has taken a plea deal and been given a year of probation.

NTSB: Pilot in fatal SD crash should not have had passenger

NTSB: Pilot in fatal SD crash should not have had passenger

The National Transportation Safety Board says a South Dakota pilot who died in a single-engine plane crash along with his teenage son should not have had a passenger.

Owner of dry cleaner that burned in an explosion charged

Owner of dry cleaner that burned in an explosion charged

The owner of a dry cleaning business that burned following an explosion last year has been charged with arson and other counts.

Applications being accepted for College World Series grants

Applications being accepted for College World Series grants

The annual grant program sponsored by the College World Series and NCAA is accepting applications through Oct. 1.

66-year-old Nebraska inmate dies at Lincoln facility

66-year-old Nebraska inmate dies at Lincoln facility

Authorities say a 66-year-old inmate has died at a state facility in Lincoln.

Safety dominates Lincoln council discussion of scooters

Safety dominates Lincoln council discussion of scooters

Pedestrian safety and rider injuries dominated testimony as the Lincoln City Council considered establishing a pilot program for rental scooters.

Nebraska trial delayed over crash deaths of 4 from Iowa

Nebraska trial delayed over crash deaths of 4 from Iowa

The Nebraska trial of a Kansas man charged with the collision deaths of four Iowa motorcyclists has been delayed again.

Omaha councilman pleads guilty to not filing tax returns

Omaha councilman pleads guilty to not filing tax returns

An Omaha city councilman has pleaded guilty to charges that he didn't file federal income tax returns for 2012, 2013 or 2014.

Nebraska engineering college gets $20M for new building

Nebraska engineering college gets $20M for new building

A major building project at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln's College of Engineering is getting a $20 million boost from one of North America's largest construction and engineering companies.

Authorities say driver died after ATV flipped over on him

Authorities say driver died after ATV flipped over on him

Authorities say a 78-year-old man died after his all-terrain vehicle flipped over and pinned him beneath it in the Nebraska Panhandle.

Report: Some parts of Nebraska prison weren't searched

Report: Some parts of Nebraska prison weren't searched

A new report says parts of a Nebraska prison weren't searched during a recent lockdown that was billed as a safety precaution to locate contraband.

Iowa man dies after crash in eastern Nebraska's Sarpy County

Iowa man dies after crash in eastern Nebraska's Sarpy County

Authorities say an Iowa man died after his car collided with another in eastern Nebraska's Sarpy County.

Police say 9-year-old died after being struck by SUV

Police say 9-year-old died after being struck by SUV

Authorities say a 9-year-old boy died after being struck by a sport utility vehicle in an Omaha suburb.

Bellevue plans to scrap bicycle lanes in favor of more cars

Bellevue plans to scrap bicycle lanes in favor of more cars

An Omaha suburb is planning to scrap bicycle lanes along one of its main thoroughfares in favor of more lanes for cars.

More flooding likely along lower Missouri River this week

More flooding likely along lower Missouri River this week

More flooding is likely along the Missouri River after heavy rains and flooding upstream in South Dakota.

Omaha Police are investigating a fatal weekend shooting

Omaha Police are investigating a fatal weekend shooting

Omaha Police are investigating a fatal weekend shooting.

State gives $3M to help with housing after spring flooding

State gives $3M to help with housing after spring flooding

The state of Nebraska has approved $3 million in grants to help communities recover from flooding in the spring and rebuild housing.

Nebraska property tax ballot drive gains steam, donations

Nebraska property tax ballot drive gains steam, donations

A petition drive for a measure that seeks to lower Nebraska property taxes by sharply cutting state revenue is gaining steam and donations despite concerns from some groups that it would force lawmakers to raise other...

Biocontainment unit topic of next Omaha Science Café

Biocontainment unit topic of next Omaha Science Café

The biocontainment unit that was used to treat several people with the Ebola virus in 2014 will be the focus of the next Omaha Science Cafe.

Lancaster County officials seize nearly $2M in illegal drugs

Lancaster County officials seize nearly $2M in illegal drugs

Officials in southeastern Nebraska say deputies seized thousands of marijuana vape pens and other drugs valued at nearly $2 million that were found in a parked pickup truck.

2 Omaha men sentenced to prison in separate child porn cases

2 Omaha men sentenced to prison in separate child porn cases

Federal prosecutors for Nebraska have announced prison terms for two Omaha men convicted in separate child pornography cases.

Lying prisoners: New laws crack down on jailhouse informants

Lying prisoners: New laws crack down on jailhouse informants

An effort to more tightly regulate the use of jailhouse informants is gaining momentum across the country in the wake of exonerations of people wrongly convicted of crimes.

Workshops set for prospective youth fishing instructors

Workshops set for prospective youth fishing instructors

The Nebraska Game and Parks Commission is holding workshops to prepare and certify youth fishing instructors in Lincoln and North Platte this fall.

Appeals court reinstates lawsuit against Fox News over story

Appeals court reinstates lawsuit against Fox News over story

A federal appeals court in New York has revived a lawsuit alleging Fox News exploited the killing of a Democratic National Committee employee.

Nebraska ballot drive seeks to cap payday loan rates

Nebraska ballot drive seeks to cap payday loan rates

Advocates for low-income families and children have announced a petition drive for a Nebraska ballot measure to cap the interest payday lenders can charge at 36% annually.

Nebraska tax collections above projections in August

Nebraska tax collections above projections in August

Nebraska state government collected more tax revenue than expected in August.

Nebraska high court upholds murder conviction of Omaha man

Nebraska high court upholds murder conviction of Omaha man

The Nebraska Supreme Court has upheld the first-degree murder conviction of an Omaha man sentenced to life in prison for the shooting death of another man.

2 charged in Fairbury slaying plead not guilty

2 charged in Fairbury slaying plead not guilty

Two people charged in the slaying of a man at a park near Fairbury in southeast Nebraska have entered pleas.

Grand Island-Hastings-Kearney bus service being studied

Grand Island-Hastings-Kearney bus service being studied

The state is studying the possibility of a bus service linking Grand Island, Hastings and Kearney in south-central Nebraska.

Colorado man imprisoned in Nebraska child sex case

Colorado man imprisoned in Nebraska child sex case

A Colorado resident has been imprisoned for sexually assaulting one of his art students in western Nebraska.

Man gets 30 months in prison for crash death of passenger

Man gets 30 months in prison for crash death of passenger

A Norfolk man has been given 30 months in prison for the crash death of a passenger in his vehicle.

Nebraska inmate being treated for illness dies in prison

Nebraska inmate being treated for illness dies in prison

Nebraska prison officials say a 55-year-old inmate serving life for murder has died in a Lincoln prison while being treated for a medical condition.

I-80 traffic stops yield more than 200 lbs of marijuana

I-80 traffic stops yield more than 200 lbs of marijuana

The Nebraska State Patrol says two traffic stops on Interstate 80 in western Nebraska turned up more than 200 pounds of marijuana and other drugs.

1 rescued from creek in north-central Nebraska flooding

1 rescued from creek in north-central Nebraska flooding

Heavy rains in north-central Nebraska this week washed out some roads and bridges and led to at least one water rescue north of Ainsworth.

Police ID 2 bodies found in Grand Island motel

Police ID 2 bodies found in Grand Island motel

Police in Grand Island has identified two people whose bodies were found in a room at a local motel.

Canadian company cancels plans to expand in western Nebraska

Canadian company cancels plans to expand in western Nebraska

A Canadian company has cancelled its plans to buy Cabela's former distribution center and create 300 jobs western Nebraska.

Patrol says sleeping man in car woke up, attacked trooper

Patrol says sleeping man in car woke up, attacked trooper

Authorities say a man sleeping in a pickup truck attacked a Nebraska state trooper who awakened him.

Nebraska homeowners to get $104.15 credit per $100K in value

Nebraska homeowners to get $104.15 credit per $100K in value

Nebraska homeowners and farmers will get a slightly bigger tax credit this year to reduce what they would otherwise have to pay on their property tax bills.

Companies making it tougher for Omaha kids to rent scooters

Companies making it tougher for Omaha kids to rent scooters

Two companies are making it harder for kids to rent their electric scooters in Omaha.

Judge facing ethics inquiry retires from Douglas County post

Judge facing ethics inquiry retires from Douglas County post

A judge facing a judicial ethics inquiry has retired from her juvenile court position in Douglas County.

South Dakota man dies in Nebraska bridge crash

South Dakota man dies in Nebraska bridge crash

Authorities say a South Dakota man died after his vehicle struck a guardrail on the south side of a bridge connecting South Dakota and Nebraska.

Proposal to restore open-air theater wins council blessing

Proposal to restore open-air theater wins council blessing

Kearney leaders are backing a proposal to restore an open-air theater in the city's Harmon Park.

November sentencing set in Stanton County crash death

November sentencing set in Stanton County crash death

A Stanton man is scheduled to be sentenced Nov. 12 for the crash death of another driver.

Search during Nebraska prison lockdown yields weapons, drugs

Search during Nebraska prison lockdown yields weapons, drugs

A lockdown and search at Nebraska's largest prison has unearthed a variety of drugs, homemade weapons and other contraband.

Omaha woman sentenced to prison for crash that killed man

Omaha woman sentenced to prison for crash that killed man

A 24-year-old Omaha woman who pleaded guilty to manslaughter for causing an April crash that killed a man has been sentenced to 4-to-6 years in prison.

Nebraska county OKs sales tax to pay wrongfully convicted

Nebraska county OKs sales tax to pay wrongfully convicted

A Nebraska county that owes more than $30 million to six people wrongfully convicted of murder has approved a new half-cent sales tax to help pay the legal judgment.

Father, son died in plane crash in southern South Dakota

Father, son died in plane crash in southern South Dakota

A father and his teenage son who farmed near the border of South Dakota and Nebraska have died in a single-engine plane crash.

Trump offers 'total' endorsement of Nebraska Sen. Ben Sasse

Trump offers 'total' endorsement of Nebraska Sen. Ben Sasse

President Donald Trump has offered a full-throated endorsement of Nebraska Sen. Ben Sasse despite Sasse's previous criticism of the president.