LPS Board Names New Schools


New schools in Lincoln will be named after a former school board member, a former administrator and a judge who advocated that children and young people needed a separate court.  The Lincoln Board of Education will name a 2016 elementary school after long-time early childhood advocate, Sally Wysong, who ran Meadowlane daycare/preschool.  

Omaha Killer Mentions Congressman In Courtroom


Convicted Omaha killer Nikko Jenkins, whose release from prison last year has been dragged into the race for Nebraska's 2nd House District, mentioned the Republican incumbent in a courtroom appearance. Jenkins said loudly Wednesday as he entered a courtroom, "Vote for Terry, guys. Best Republican ever." Jenkins awaits sentencing for killing four Omahans in August 2013.

Wastewater Used To Heat And Cool Innovation Campus


Lincoln's wastewater is helping heat and cool a building on the University of Nebraska-Lincoln's Innovation Campus. About 70 percent of Lincoln's wastewater is treated at the Theresa Street facility that's near the campus. The campus uses a renewable energy system that captures heat from the wastewater that's funneled to the plant. 

Omaha Resident Opens Fire on Burglar


Authorities say a man who was shot while trying to break into a northeast Omaha home has died. Police say the home's lone resident shot the man in the chest around 2:30 a.m. Wednesday. The wounded man was found by officers on a sidewalk a few blocks from the home. Police say he died later at an Omaha hospital. He was identified as 41-year-old Lee Harvey. 

Governor Questioned By Legislative Committee About Prison Issues


The chairman of a legislative committee says 162 Nebraska inmates convicted of violent crimes were freed early under a furlough program. The program was revealed at a hearing Wednesday as the chairman, Sen. Steve Lathrop, questioned Gov. Dave Heineman. Heineman was subpoenaed to testify under oath as part of an investigation into miscalculated prison sentences.

LFR Discussing Ebola Response Options


Lincoln's emergency medical personnel are going through daily preparations for Ebola.  Even though national health authorities say there's only a small chance of an outbreak anywhere in the U-S. Here in Lincoln, 41 agencies met for a preparedness exercise today.  Lincoln Fire and Rescue Captain Roger Bonin said changes are still being considered. 

Area Shortage Of Flu Vaccine


There is a national shortage of flu vaccine.  Shipments have been delayed, which is making it very difficult for pediatricians to get all their patients vaccinated.  A Lincoln pharmacist says he ordered 500 flu shots just to be sure he'd make it through the September/October rush.  Trevor Bertsch says not all pharmacies order ahead like he does.  

Gale Expects Good Voter Turnout Next Tuesday


Secretary of State John Gale is expecting a 50% voter turnout for next Tuesday's General Election.  Several key races for Governor, U.S. Senate, Congress and a ballot initiative in raising the minimum wage are likely reasons to bring voters to the polls next Tuesday.  In 2010, the last non-presidential election voter turnout was 43 percent. 

Corrections Director Wants to Add More Beds To Prison


Nebraska Corrections Director Mike Kenney has recommended adding just over 1,100 beds to the Nebraska prison system.  The state's prison cells are at more than 150 percent of capacity right now, and officials have feared that federal agencies or lawsuits may force the construction of a new multi-million dollar prison.  

USDA Report: Rain Slows Harvest Progress


A federal report says rain in some parts of Nebraska last week slowed progress on the state's harvest. The U.S. Department of Agriculture report says the corn harvest still trailed the average by Sunday's date. The USDA says 40 percent of the corn had been harvested, compared with 52 percent last year and the average of 59 percent by the date. The soybean harvest was 87 percent.

Threatening Notes Left On Doors Of Ashland Churches


Authorities are trying to find out who left threatening notes on the doors of seven churches in the Ashland area in eastern Nebraska.   The messages quote a Spanish anarchist and say, "The only church that illuminates is a burning church."   Ashland Police Chief Joe Baudler says the notes were posted sometime between Oct. 11 and 12. 

Watch For Asphalt Scam


If you get an offer to have someone put asphalt on your driveway, you better do your homework and make sure you aren't being scammed.  A 68-year-old Malcolm man was originally told that he could get asphalt on his driveway for as low as $900.  When the work was done, he got a bill for more than $12,000 and renegotiated to pay $6,000.  

LLCHD To Hold Ebola Workshop Tuesday


Officials of the health community and the government keep on telling us that EBOLA outbreaks are not likely.  Local officials are preparing, however.  Over 40 different agencies will spend Tuesday morning at the Lincoln-Lancaster County Health Department holding a table-top exercise on what would be done if a case of EBOLA were to present itself in Lincoln.  

Amherst Woman Accused Of Stealing Money From UNK


An Amherst woman accused of stealing money from the University of Nebraska at Kearney and the Kearney Area Symphony Orchestra has agreed to pay restitution. Fifty-four-year-old Jane Jameson pleaded guilty Friday to felony attempted theft and felony theft. Two other charges were dropped, and Jameson agreed to pay back $34,000. 

Scottsbluff Man Accused Of Stealing Nearly $600,000 In Gas


A western Nebraska man has been accused of stealing more than $580,000 worth of gas from his former employer.  Thirty-eight year-old Ron Walker, of Mitchell, was arrested Monday morning. He faces a felony charge of theft. Walker is a former employee for Western Cooperative Company, also known as Westco. 

Huskers Beat Rutgers 42-24


Ameer Abdullah ran for 225 yards and three touchdowns and set a school record with 341 all-purpose yards, leading 16th ranked Nebraska to a 42-24 victory over Rutgers yesterday. The Huskers reached the halfway point of conference play tied with Minnesota for first in the Big Ten West Division.

East, Southwest, Pius X , Waverly and Malcolm Make Playoffs


Lincoln East, Lincoln Southwest, Lincoln Pius X, Waverly and Malcolm have qualified for the NSAA State High School Football playoffs, which begin on Oct. 31.  Pairings were released Saturday morning, after the regular season wrapped up Friday night.   (CLICK HEADLINE FOR FULL STORY)

Millard West Surge In Second Half Stops Southeast


Lincoln Southeast used some old school plays to compete with Millard West Thursday night, but the Knights couldn't overcome a second half surge, as the Class A 10th-ranked Wildcats hung on for a 35-28 victory in high school football at Seacrest Field.

 

Husker Men's Basketball Team 21st in Preseason Poll


The Nebraska men’s basketball team broke into the USA Today preseason coaches’ poll with a ranking of 21st. Nebraska, which is coming off a 19-13 season capped by an NCAA Tournament appearance, returns all five starters, including All-Big Ten selections Terran Petteway and Shavon Shields, heading into its season opener against Northern Kentucky on Nov. 16th.

Silver Hawks Still In State Softball Tourney After Day One


Lincoln Southwest is still alive in the NSAA State High School Softball Tournament, after falling in their first game in the Class A tournament 12-6 to Papillion-LaVista, but bouncing back to beat Lincoln North Star 4-0 in an elimination game Thursday at the Smith Softball Complex in Hastings.   

13th-Ranked NU Volleyball Team Sweeps Northwestern


The No. 13 Nebraska volleyball team made quick work of Northwestern on "Pink Night," sweeping the Wildcats 3-0 (25-12, 25-22, 25-13) on Wednesday at the Bob Devaney Sports Center.  Husker head coach John Cook says he's really pleased with how his team responded, following last Sunday's loss at Michigan.  

Big Red Tip-Off Set For Oct. 29


The Nebraska Athletic Department invites fans to get their first look at the 2014-15 Husker men’s and women’s basketball programs, as the Huskers will host the Big Red Tip-Off at Pinnacle Bank Arena on Wednesday, Oct. 29. The Big Red Tip-Off marks the first opportunity to see both programs prior to their first exhibition games.  

HUSKER FOOTBALL: Beck Says NU Needs To Take Care of Football at Northwestern


The Nebraska football team continued its preparations for its Saturday night Big Ten West Division showdown with the Northwestern Wildcats on Tuesday afternoon, as the Huskers completed a 90-minute practice inside of the Hawks Championship Center and outside on the Ed and Joyanne Gass practice fields.

State Softball Tournament Starts Wednesday


The NSAA State High School Softball tournament starts this morning at the Smith Softball Complex in Hastings.   Raymond Central opens up the Class C tournament at 9am against Guardian Angels Central Catholic.  In Class A at 11:30, sixth-seed Lincoln North Star plays 3rd-seed Omaha Marian at Field 3.  

Elkhorn South Wins Class A Golf Title, LSW Finishes 4th


Elkhorn South is the Class A girls state golf champion, after shooting a two-round team total of 725 at the Norfolk Country Club.  Papillion-LaVista finished runner-up in the team standings, while Millard North came in third and Lincoln Southwest finished fourth.  Lincoln Southeast finished tied for fifth with Omaha Marian and Lincoln Pius X wound up finishing at No. 8. 

Nebraska's 2015 Baseball Schedule Is Out


The Nebraska baseball team's 2015 schedule is out, with the opening game of the year scheduled for Friday, February 13th in Las Vegas, taking on the UNLV Rebels.   The Huskers will play 27 home games at Haymarket Park and will open up the home part of the schedule March 10th, hosting Northern Colorado.   

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.

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.