Legislature Late on Budget Requests

Gov. Dave Heineman says he's received budget requests from virtually every agency in state government, but he's waiting for one straggler: the Nebraska Legislature. Heineman criticized lawmakers today for missing Monday's statutory deadline to submit a request for operating expenses, including salaries and benefits. Heineman says his office hasn't received anything from the Legislature's Executive Board.

Rounded Up Inmate to be Released

Nebraska officials have agreed to release an inmate who was sent back to prison amid questions about miscalculated sentences. The Nebraska Attorney General's Office said Wednesday that David Amesbury qualified for time already served and should be released immediately. Amesbury was originally released from prison in 2012 after serving more than 10 years. He was rounded up in June amid questions of whether hundreds of inmates were released early from prison.

Surveys Vary on Raising Minimum Wage

We're seeing a battle of the surveys on the issue of raising Nebraska's minimum wage. One new report  says nearly one in six Nebraska workers would see a pay increase if voters opt to raise the state's minimum wage. The National Employment Law Project predicts that increasing the wage would generate nearly $74 million in economic activity through increased spending.

Heineman: Trade Centers In China, Japan Worthwhile

Gov. Dave Heineman says state-sponsored trade centers in China and Japan have proven their worth to Nebraska and ought to be continued to help local businesses expand into Asian markets.  Heineman said Wednesday that the centers play a long-term role in building business relationships in Asia. 

Man Shot During Robbery At Omaha Jewelry Store

Police say a man has been shot during a robbery at a jewelry store in central Omaha.  Officers were sent to JR's Jewelry & Gifts around 10:30 a.m. Wednesday after the shooting was reported. The victim was hit three times and was taken to Nebraska Medical Center for treatment. 

Two Men Robbed At Gunpoint In North Lincoln

Lincoln Police are investigating an armed robbery from late Tuesday night near 35th and Cornhusker.   Officer Katie Flood says two men were walking when a man with a handgun jumped out from some bushes and demanded all of their belongings, including a wallet, two cellphones and a pair of headphones. 

LSO Deputies Needing More Information in Sept. 1 Hit and Run

It's been two weeks since 52-year-old Jim Blue was involved in a hit and run, while biking along Saltillo Road between Highway 77 and SW 12th Street.  Blue is still recovering from his injuries he suffered on Sept. 1 and Lancaster County deputies are now in a spot where there aren't any new leads in tracking down the vehicle that was involved.  

Midland University Enrollment at All-Time High

Last week it was announced that the University of Nebraska Lincoln campus has passed the 25-thousand mark in enrollment. Monday, Midland University in Fremont announced it's at an all-time high. 1,362 students are enrolled at Midland, the most in its 131 year history. It includes 468 new students, 12-hundred undergraduates and 140 graduate students.

Senior Complex Evacuated for Gas Leak

Lincoln Fire crews began an evacuation of a senior living apartment complex after natural gas smell. Just before 9 p.m. Monday, LFR crews were called to the Union Manor Apartments at 5211 Calvert. According to Battalion Chief Eric Jones, the smell of natural gas was very noticeable both inside and outside when the first crews showed up. Jones says because of the heavy odor of gas they decided to evacuate the building.

Governor to Appoint Third Lieutenant

Nebraska Gov. Dave Heineman says he will appoint a new lieutenant governor even though he only has about four months left in office. But Heineman said Monday that he doesn't expect to announce a replacement for Lavon Heidemann for several weeks. Heidemann, a former state senator and University of Nebraska regent, resigned last week after a judge approved a protection order against him at his sister's request.

Johanns Wants to Limit EPA's Authority

Nebraska Senator Mike Johanns and South Dakota Senator John Thune have introduced legislation to prohibit the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) from garnishing people’ wages without a court order. Johanns  said, “Federal overreach has been a theme of this Administration." Johanns said keeping agencies accountable is a constant process.

Governor Urges Nebraskans to Create Emergency Pet Plans

Nebraska's governor and first lady are urging residents to create a plan for their pets when preparing for emergencies. Gov. Dave Heineman and his wife, Sally Ganem, stressed the need for planning during an appearance Monday at the Capitol with Snickers, the "first puppy." The emergency package for Snickers, a 5-year-old silky terrier and Maltese mix, includes several days' worth of food and water, medicine, bowls, collars and leashes and a first-aid kit, among other items.

Candidates Meet in North Platte for Final Senate Debate

For 90 minutes, four candidates running for Nebraska's open Senate seat set themselves apart. Democrat, Dave Domina supports background checks for buyers at gun shows. Republican, Ben Sasse, strongly supports free trade. Independent, Jim Jenkins supports a pathway to citizenship for illegal immigrants. The other candidate in the debate was Independent, Todd Watson. 

Bail Hearing Backfires for Accused Killer

A 19-year-old man accused of fatally stabbing his grandmother at the home they shared in Columbus now has no chance of getting out of jail. A judge has decided Chase Micklevitz should be held without bond to face 2nd-degree murder and weapons charges. Micklevitz is accused of stabbed 58-year-old, Deanna Micklevitz four times on July 30 with a kitchen knife.

Omaha's ShotSpotter System Detects Deadly Shooting

Omaha police learn about a weekend shooting without anyone calling the cops. The city's ShotSpotter system detected gunshots in a northeast Omaha neighborhood. Officers swoop in and find a dead man's body behind an apartment building. Police have not released the victim's name or offered details about the shooting.

High-Powered Miami Offense Will Challenge NU's Defense

The 24th-ranked Nebraska football team continues to focus on playing Miami this Saturday at Memorial Stadium, in what will be the 11th meeting between both teams and the first trip to Lincoln for the Hurricanes since 1976.   Nebraska defensive coordinator John Papuchis said after practice Tuesday they're preparing for a high-powered offense.  

Nebraska Mens Hoops: Huskers To Play On BTN 13 Times In 2014-15

A minimum of 13 Nebraska men’s basketball games will air across Big Ten Network platforms this season.  Eleven games will air on BTN and available nationally...two games will air online on BTN Plus, which is a subscription-based service available on computers, smartphones and tablets as part of the BTN2Go app.  

Tuesday's High School Volleyball Results

Click the headline to see scores from Tuesday night's volleyball action involving Lincoln area teams.

Huskers Alive in Fresno

Tommy Armstrong Junior threw a 70-yard touchdown pass on the fourth play from scrimmage and Ameer Abdullah scored on a 57-yard run on Nebraska's next play to lead the Cornhuskers to a 55-19 victory last night at Fresno State. De'Mornay Pierson-El added an 86-yard punt return touchdown and Imani Cross scored on a 62-yard run for the unranked Cornhuskers in California.

Former LSE, Husker Star Gordon Reaches 1,000 Career Hits

Lincoln native Alex Gordon has reached the 1,000th hit mark of his Major League Baseball career.  The Kansas City Royals outfielder and former Nebraska star hit a single to left field in the fifth inning Wednesday night against Arizona to reach the mark.  

Nebraska Men's Basketball: Schedule Released For Tourney In Hawaii

The Nebraska basketball team will face a tough challenge in the opening round of the 2014 Hawaiian Airlines Diamond Head Classic, when the Huskers face homestanding Hawaii in its tournament opener. The Huskers and Rainbow Warriors will tip off at Midnight (central) on Dec. 23, in a game televised nationally on ESPNU.  

Two Saltdogs Receive Weekly Honors

The Lincoln Saltdogs swept the league's weekly awards for the week ending June 1, as 1B Ian Gac was named Pointstreak Player of the Week and RHP Marquis Fleming was named Pointstreak Pitcher of the Week. Pointstreak is the official baseball statistician of the American Association.  

Nevada Forward Huff Transferring To Creighton

Cole Huff, a forward who was an honorable mention All-Mountain West Conference men's basketball selection as a sophomore at Nevada this past season, has announced he plans to transfer to Creighton. 

Nebraska Women's Basketball Notches NCAA Tourney Win

Jordan Hooper had 23 points and 11 rebounds, and fourth-seeded Nebraska defeated Fresno State 74-55 in the first round of the NCAA women's tournament Saturday in Los Angeles. Emily Cady added 15 points and 11 rebounds for the Cornhuskers (26-6), the B

Husker Men Fall to Baylor in NCAA Tournament

The Husker Basketball team is finished after one game in the NCAA Tournament. Nebraska coach Tim Miles was ejected from the Cornhuskers'  West Region game against Baylor after getting whistled for two technical fouls in the second half. Miles drew his second technical for unsportsmanlike conduct with 11:17 left in the game and Nebraska losing 50-32.

Edwards Named Big Ten Players of the Week

Nebraska softball player Tatum Edwards was named the Big Ten Player of the Week on Monday. The award is the first of Edwards’ career, although she is a four-time Big Ten Pitcher of the Week honoree.....

Huskers Hold First Florida Practice

The Nebraska football team practiced on the campus of the University of North Florida for the first time Friday morning, beginning preparation for the Gator Bowl against No. 23 Georgia. The Huskers and Bulldogs are set to battle Wednesday, New Year's Day, in an 11 a.m game that will be broadcast on ESPN2. The Huskers practiced in helmets, shoulder pads and shorts for just over two hours.  It was the first of four scheduled pre-game practices.

Huskers Prepare in Florida

The Nebraska football team arrived in Jacksonville, Florida yesterday (Thursday), six days away from their showdown with the 23rd-ranked Georgia Bulldogs in the Gator Bowl on New Year's Day. The Cornhuskers will workout today (Friday) for the first time since before Christmas. Kickoff of the Gator Bowl is at 11am next Wednesday.

Holiday Tourney Play Begins

The holiday basketball tournament schedule will get underway around the area tomorrow and Saturday. Tournaments that start Friday include the Lincoln Lutheran holiday tournament which will feature the host school Lutheran, along with Fairbury, Raymond Central and Louisville.

Hooper Leads Huskers to Win Over Utah State

All-American, Jordan Hooper, erupted for game highs of 33 points and 14 rebounds to lead #15 Nebraska to a 95-75 win over Utah State yesterday (Sunday) at Pinnacle Bank Arena. With the victory, Nebraska improved 7-2 overall, while Utah State slipped to 5-3.