University President Candidate To Visit In Early December


The second of four final candidates for president of the University of Nebraska will visit the state December 7th-11th.  Dr. Hank Bounds, the Commissioner of Higher Education for Mississippi, will be in Lincoln Monday and Tuesday, in Kearney Tuesday afternoon, and at both campuses in Omaha Wednesday.  

NRD Director Resigns


The director of Nebraska's Department of Natural Resources has resigned.  Brian Dunnigan stepped down from the position on Thursday after more than 30 years with the department. He was appointed director by Gov. Dave Heineman in 2008. Heineman is leaving office in January. As director, Dunnigan oversaw a department that helps manage the state's waterways, dams and flood plains.

State Fair Hoping To Attract Bigger Musical Acts


Nebraska State Fair officials are working on a plan to book a bigger musical act for a large, outdoor concert for next year.   The State Executive Director Joseph McDermott says some county fairs are bringing in well-known performers that are as big or bigger than the ones at the State Fair.   

Salvation Army Needs Bell Ringers


Time to bundle up and ring bells for the Salvation Army.  As many as 1,500 volunteers are needed this year to ring bells at 33 locations around Lincoln.  Unfortunately, fewer than 600 volunteers have signed up...and with about half of the Salvation Army's annual budget coming from the Red Kettle Campaign, volunteers are critically important.  

State Public School Graduation Rate Just Short of 90 Percent


Nebraska's public high-school graduation rate increased slightly this year, but came up just shy of the 90 percent goal set by state officials.  The Department of Education announced Friday that 89.7 percent of high school seniors graduated in 2014. Last year, 88.5 percent of seniors graduated.  

Nebraska's Unemployment Rate Drops In October


A newly released report says Nebraska's preliminary unemployment rate for October dropped to 3.4 percent.  The Nebraska Labor Department said in the report released Friday that the rate was four-tenths of a point under the October 2013 rate of 3.8 percent.  The new Nebraska figure remains well below the preliminary national unemployment rate of 5.8 percent in October. 

Fire Destroys Camper Outside West Lincoln Business


It's too early to say what may have started a 5th-wheel camper on fire around 4am Friday outside of Feller's AutoPlex at 930 West "P" Street.  Lincoln Fire Battalion Chief Leo Benes tells KFOR News at the scene firefighters managed the cold to knock down flames, reducing heavy smoke pouring into the business. 

Bennet Man In Jail For Having Illegal Weapons


A 32-year-old man is behind bars after he carried and shot an illegal weapon at a party last weekend near Bennet.  Troy Carter was found at his Bennet home Thursday night with two sawed-off shotguns.  The Lancaster County Sheriff's Office say Carter had taken one of the guns to the party on Saturday and fired several shots in the air.  

Police Investigating Teen's Death As Possible Suicide


A senior at East High School has died, after either jumping or falling off a parking garage in downtown Lincoln on Thursday afternoon.   It happened at the Que Place Garage near 11th and "Q".   Lincoln Police identified the teen as 18-year-old Tony Kirkpatrick, the son of City Attorney Jeff Kirkpatrick. 

Planning Director Marvin Krout Dies


A well-known top official at Lincoln's county-city building has died.  Planning Director Marvin Krout passed away this morning. Mayor Chris Beutler issued a statement saying "During his 12 years as City-County Planning Director, Lincoln crossed the threshold from a growing town into a vibrant city. 

Dining Hall, East Campus Residence Hall Approved


During their meeting on Thursday, the University of Nebraska Regents approved construction of a new $33 Million dining hall on North 17th street to replace the Cather-Pound Residence Hall dining room.  The new facility will serve an estimated 28-hundred meals a day to residents of several dormitories.  They also OK'd a $37 Million, 400 bed residence hall for East Campus.

Regents Hire Mgt. Firm For Breslow Ice Center


The University of Nebraska has hired a management firm to operate the soon-to-be-constructed Breslow Ice Center.  The $11 Million National Hockey League-sized rink will be built next door to the Pinnacle Bank Arena.  Today, the Board of Regents approved a nearly $60-thousand per year contract with Rink Management Services of Mechanicsburg, Virginia, to run the facility. 

Help Roads Dept. Find Icy Streets


Tired of driving on icy streets?  Tell the city's Public Works Action Center. The website at lincoln.ne.gov allows you to log on, pinpoint the exact location of the icy street and immediately send it to the Public Works staff.  Since Public Works isn't open 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, the website is the best way to let staff know where a street is icy.  

Long-time Beatrice Company Back In Business


A longtime manufacturing company in Beatrice is back in business after shuttering its operations three years ago. The Dempster Industries factory closed in late 2011, but is now under new management. Dempster president Ryan Mitchell said the factory has completed its first full line of spreaders. 

Insurance Co. Doesn't Want To Pay Award In Peru State Lawsuit


Nebraska's insurance company is asking a judge to declare that it has no duty to pay any award made against the Nebraska State Colleges Board of Trustees in a lawsuit over the 2010 disappearance of a Peru State College student whose mother believes she was killed by a fellow student. 

Abdullah A Finalist Again For Two More Football Awards


Nebraska senior I-back Ameer Abdullah was named a finalist for two national college football awards on Thursday morning. The record-setting running back was named as one of five finalists for the Paul Hornung Award and is one of four finalists for the Pop Warner College Football Award.  

2015 Inductees Announced For Lincoln Southeast Athletic Hall of Fame


Lincoln Southeast has announced their 2015 class into the school's athletic hall of fame.   Among the nine athletes going in are former football standouts Ty Goode and Ty Gifford.  The 1969 State Championship boys gymnastics team and the 1976 state champion girls golf team are also being inducted along with former coach Dan Wolf. 

HUSKER WOMEN'S BASKETBALL: Laudermill Leads NU Over WSU


Tear'a Laudermill scored 20 points on Wednesday night, and No. 16 Nebraska used a big second-half run to pull away from Washington State 82-61.  A few minutes into the second half, Nebraska (3-0) started a 19-2 run, turning a two-point lead into a 59-40 advantage on Allie Havers' layup with 10:35 left.  

MEN'S COLLEGE BASKETBALL: Bluejays Upset No. 18 Sooners


Zach Hanson caught Devin Brooks' air ball along the baseline and put it in the basket for the go-ahead points in the last minute, and Creighton came back from an 18-point deficit to upset No. 18 Oklahoma 65-63 on Wednesday night at CenturyLink Center Omaha.  The Bluejays (3-0) used a 24-4 run to get back in the game after a dismal first-half shooting performance.  

HUSKER FOOTBALL: Abdullah One of Ten Up For Walker Award


Nebraska senior I-back Ameer Abdullah has been named one of 10 semifinalists for the 2014 Doak Walker Award. The award is given annually to the nation’s top running back.  This marks the second straight season Abdullah has been a semifinalist for the award. The 5-9, 200-pound Abdullah has produced a standout senior campaign in 2014. 

HUSKER MEN'S BASKETBALL: Petteway Leads Big Red In Win


Terran Petteway’s 23 points led three Huskers in double figures, while the #21 Nebraska Men's Basketball team clamped down defensively in the second half to post an 82-56 win over Central Arkansas Tuesday night at Pinnacle Bank Arena.  

NWU Men Suffer Loss In Home Basketball Opener


Two games into the Nebraska Wesleyan Men's basketball season, the Prairie Wolves are off to an 0-2 start as they fell to Grace University of Omaha by the final of 93-83 last night at Snyder Arena.  Wesleyan took a 74-72 lead with six minutes left on a Trevor Leiting three-pointer.  

Petteway Among Top 50 For Wooden Award


Nebraska basketball standout Terran Petteway was tabbed for the Wooden Award Men's Preseason Top 50 Monday afternoon. Chosen by a preseason poll of national college basketball experts, the list is comprised of 50 student-athletes who are the early front-runners for the sport’s most prestigious honor.  

Omaha To Host 2018 NCAA Men's Basketball Midwest Regional Tourney


The NCAA announced Monday that CenturyLink Center Omaha will host the NCAA Division I Men's Basketball Midwest Regional in 2018. The 2018 Regional will mark the fourth time that CenturyLinkCenter Omaha has hosted NCAA Tournament Basketball action, joining Second/Third Round games it has hosted in 2008 and 2012, as well as the 2015 games the facility will host in March.  

Pelini Defends Program


Nebraska Football coach Bo Pelini says he has nothing to apologize for and that his program has not hit a ceiling in his seventh year on the job. Pelini defended his program Monday in the wake of Saturday's 59-24 loss at Wisconsin. The Badgers' Melvin Gordon set an FBS single-game record with 408 yards rushing. 

Husker Women Strong in Opener


Brandi Jeffery scored a career-high 19 points and the Number 16 Nebraska women's basketball team used a 17-0 run in the second half en route to a 100-65 win over Pepperdine on Saturday. The Cornhuskers took a 56-43 lead at the half before Jeffery led the game-breaking surge that produced an 81-49 lead with 10:20 to play with eight points.

Huskers Fall to Wisconsin 59-24


The Huskers started strong against Wisconsin yesterday, securing an early 17-3 lead, but everything went wrong after that. Wisconsin went on to score 49 unanswered points, and in the end, beat the Huskers 59-24. Wisconsin's Melvin Gordon rushed for a college-record 408 yards. Team Captain Jake Cotton says his goal for the team is to win out the rest of the season.

Abdullah Finalist for Two National Awards


University of Nebraska senior I-back Ameer Abdullah was selected as a finalist for a pair of awards Tuesday afternoon. The Homewood, Ala., native was chosen as one of 10 finalists for the 2014 Senior CLASS Award and one of 12 finalists for the 2014 Wuerffel Award.

NEBRASKA FOOTBALL: Huskers Start Prep Work For Badgers


The 11th-ranked Nebraska football team will start preparing for Saturday's game at No. 22 Wisconsin.  Head Coach Bo Pelini says not much has changed in the style of play the Badgers will bring into the game, under second year head coach Gary Andersen.  Wisconsin boasts one of the nation’s top rushing attacks and one of the country’s best defenses.

Freedom Trophy Will Debut During Nebraska-Wisconsin Football Game


Another thing Nebraska and Wisconsin will be playing for in football on Saturday is the Freedom Trophy, which was designed and sculpted by Harry Weber of Wright City, Mo.  It features a bronze football stadium with an American flag extending from the center, something that Husker lineman Jake Cotton thinks is neat.