Study Says State Laws Keeping Property Taxes High


Some state laws may be keeping our local property taxes high.  That's the thrust of a new legislative study released today. Numerous Members of the legislature have called for a reduction in local property taxes.....but Senator Sue Crawford of Bellevue told a committee hearing today that unfunded mandates from the state are costing counties and cities millions.   

Windstream Applies To Compete With Time Warner Cable


Looks like Lincoln won't be just a one cable town. Windstream is applying to be a competitor to Time Warner. Windstream rep, Bryan Brooks, told Lincoln’s Telecommunications Advisory Board about Kinetic, with channel choices similar to Time Warner, but the difference being what's included with base packages.  

Small Percentage Of Young Adults Enrolled For Medicaid


A new report says more than 3,000 young adults in Nebraska may qualify for Medicaid coverage under a provision of the federal health care law, but only 3 percent of that group is currently enrolled.   The group Nebraska Appleseed released the report Friday in advance of a legislative hearing on coverage for youths who have aged out of foster care.   

Report: Nebraska Prison Records Administrator Largely To Blame


A U.S. Department of Justice report says a Nebraska prison records administrator is largely to blame for inmate sentences that were miscalculated.   The report cites poor communication within Nebraska's prison-records division and inadequate management by its administrator, Kyle Poppert.   The report says many division employees felt that they needed more training.

Note Causes Security Concern At Lincoln Northeast


Parents of Lincoln Northeast High School students received a recorded security message today.  It was sent out by the school after a note, found in a bathroom, caused concern.  A school spokesman says the note threatened something which MIGHT happen at the school, but the threat turned out NOT be be credible.  School went on as scheduled, after no actual threat was determined.  

Smoking At Cigar Bars Continues, Pending Appeal


Nebraska's Liquor Control Commission will allow smoking at cigar bars, pending a Nebraska Supreme Court ruling.  Cigar bar owners will be able to renew their special licenses, which otherwise would have expired Oct. 31. Commission executive director Hobert Rupe says he's been warning the bar owners that they might have only a few days to stop the smoking once the court decision comes through.  

Half Of Nebraska Schools Fail To Meet Standards


Roughly half of Nebraska schools have repeatedly failed to meet proficiency standards under the federal No Child Left Behind Act, but officials say those results are flawed and misleading. The annual "State of the Schools" report released Friday says 480 Nebraska's 1,011 public schools were designated as in need of improvement. 

Don Stenberg Can Stay in Gretna


State Treasurer Don Stenberg will remain on the November election ballot, despite a protest by his opponent. Democrat Michael O'Hara pointed to a decades old state law that he says requires elected state officials to live in Lincoln. He asked Secretary of State John Gale to declare Stenberg ineligible to run for office, and that Stenberg had to immediately vacate the treasurer's office because he lives in Gretna.

Seven UNL Students Arrested for Charges Relating to the Death of a Student


Seven UNL students were arrested as a result of the investigation related to the September death of Clayton Real, an 18-year-old UNL student and member of Farmhouse Fraternity. Our media partner 1011 News reports that Real attended a "frosh" party at 2009 S. 16th Street that was hosted by his fraternity. After drinking heavily, Real died back in his room at the Farmhouse Fraternity. The seven arrested have charges ranging from maintaining a disorderly house, to procuring alcohol to a minor resulting in injury or death, which is a felony.

Union Pacific Reports Increased Earnings


Union Pacific delivered a 19 percent increase in its third-quarter profit as the railroad hauled seven percent more freight and increased rates. The railroad says it earned $1.37 billion for the quarter that ended last month, compared to $1.15 billion a year ago.

Medical Records Fly Out of Truck


Thousands of papers with confidential medical records scattered onto an Omaha street Wednesday after a disposal truck's door wasn't properly secured. The owner of Medi-Waste Disposal says he believes most of the records were recovered. He says new policies will be put in place so it doesn't happen again.

Lower Profits for Cabela's


Cabela's reports disappointing third-quarter results and is lowering its profit forecast. The Sidney-based outdoor sporting goods company says revenue at stores open at least a year was off more than 11 percent. That's considered a key indicator of financial performance for retailers.

Arena Year-End Budget In Black


Mayor Chris Beutler is calling Pinnacle Bank Arena a success story, saying Thursday the year-end operating budget for the one-year-old facility ended in the black, by nearly $33,000.  Beutler chairs the Joint Public Agency that over sees the Arena.   NU Regent Tim Clare is a fellow JPA member and says this whole project has been a success since the beginning. 

Woman Hurt "Car Surfing" On County Road North of Lincoln


Lancaster County Sheriff Terry Wagner says a 23-year-old Lincoln woman has suffered several scrapes after falling off the hood of a moving care while trying to "car surf" on a county road near Davey.  

North Lincoln Convenience Store Robbed At Gunpoint


Lincoln Police are looking for the man who held up Mills Squeegee near 27th and Superior.  It happened around 4am Thursday. Captain Bob Farber tells KFOR NEWS the man had a gun, pulled the trigger, but the gun didn't go off.  He stole the clerk's purse and money from the register.  

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.

 

Huskers Rally in Second Half, Beat Northwestern


Ameer Abdullah had four 1-yard touchdown runs and quarterback Tommy Armstrong Junior scored on a 16-yard reception, leading Number 19 Nebraska to a 38-17 victory at Northwestern Saturday night. Abdullah finished with 146 yards on 23 carries as the Cornhuskers (6-1, 2-1 Big Ten) bounced back from a 27-22 loss at Michigan State. Abdullah had only 45 yards in the loss to the Spartans on October 4th.

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.  

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.