Cable Comments Sought

The Lincoln City Council will hold a public hearing Monday, August 25 on a request to transfer the current cable television franchise held by Time Warner Cable to Comcast. The public hearing is part of the Council’s regular meeting, which will begin at 5:30 p.m. The Telecommunications/Cable Television Advisory Board has recommended approval of the transfer with 23 conditions.

Suspected Truck Thief Jailed In Missouri

A Lincoln man is charged in Missouri after a police chase that wound through parts of three states before ending in northwest Missouri. Nodaway County Prosecuting Attorney Robert Rice charged 37-year-old Neal Alan Ulfers with tampering and resisting arrest, both felonies. Ulfers was arrested Monday after the chase ended in Maryville.

State Fair Opens Friday

Nebraska State Fair organizers say they'll be ready for the crowd Friday with a variety of entertainment options, plenty of food on a stick and hundreds of volunteers when the event opens. The fair is celebrating its fifth year in Grand Island with a brand new exhibit hall featuring displays from the state Game and Parks Commission and the University of Nebraska-Lincoln's Extension Division.

Hospitals Unify New Identity

A new name will be going on some hospitals in Nebraska and southwest Iowa, including two in Lincoln. All the Catholic Health Initiatives facilities are getting a new name, which will begin with "C-H-I Health".  In Lincoln, the change will include Saint Elizabeth's and the Nebraska Heart Hospital.

Protest Concert Near Sell-Out

The Pinnacle Bank Arena isn't the only place selling concert tickets quickly these days. Organizers of next month's Keystone XL pipeline protest concert in Nebraska say the event is nearly sold out. Bold Nebraska says more than 6,500 tickets have been sold for the September 27th concert featuring Willie Nelson and Neil Young. The concert will be held on a farm near Neligh.

Economy May Dip

A new monthly survey of bankers suggests the economy is slowing down in rural areas of 10 states in the Plains and the West. Creighton University economist Ernie Goss says falling crop prices have farmers spending less, and crop prices are expected to continue declining this fall. The overall economic index for the region fell into negative territory to 48.3 in August from July's 51.8.

Panhandle Bond Issue Certified

Voters in the northwest Nebraska city of Chadron will decide whether to approve a one-half percent sales and use tax to pay for a proposed swimming pool center. The Dawes County Clerk's office told city officials Tuesday night that the measure had qualified for the Nov. 4 general election ballot.

19-Year-Old Gets Prison Time

A 19-year-old has been given prison time for trying to rob two Lincoln convenience stores, including one with police officers inside. Shaquille Adams was sentenced  to nine to 18 years in prison on charges of robbery and attempted robbery. He will be eligible for parole in about four years. Police say Adams pointed a BB gun at clerks and demanded money at two Kwik Shops in February.

Nebraska Man Given Life Sentence

A 58-year-old Nebraska man has been given a life sentence in the shooting death of a Grand Island attorney. Michael Petersen pleaded no contest to first-degree murder charges. The state agreed not to pursue the death penalty and to drop one charge. In May, Petersen received an initial life sentence for the shooting death of his ex-wife, Nancy Petersen.

Boy Charged in Fatal Texting-While-Driving Case

A 16-year-old Nebraska boy who told officers he'd been texting before a fatal collision has been charged in juvenile court. Cheyenne County Attorney Paul Schaub says one allegation filed Tuesday amounts to misdemeanor vehicular homicide in adult court and the other allegation is texting while driving.

ALS Ice Bucket Challenge: Dave Heineman

Gov. Dave Heineman took an ice-cold shower outside his home to raise awareness about a devastating disease. Heineman completed the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge on Wednesday with help from his wife, first lady Sally Ganem. People who take the challenge douse themselves with a bucket of freezing water to raise money for Lou Gehrig's disease research.

Nebraska ACT Scores Top National Average, LPS Scores Improving

Some good news about this year's ACT exam scores from Nebraska High School students, where the average ACT composite score was 21.7.  That's seven-tenths of a point higher than the national average of 21.0 out of a possible score of 36.   Students in Lincoln Public Schools that took the ACT this year had a composite score of 20.7 this year, which is slightly higher than last year.

Veterans Affairs Health Care Town Hall August 26

(8-19-14) Veterans and other community members have a chance next week to voice their opinions about the Veterans Affairs health care services. The veterans' town hall will be in the auditorium of the Nebraska-Western Iowa clinic, located in Lincoln just south of 70th and O, at 9 a.m., on August 26. Public Affairs Officer, Will Ackerman, said the town hall is designed to gain open and honest feedback about the health care system. 

Increased Patrol in Hall County During State Fair

Displaying image007.png(8-19-14) The Nebraska State Patrol will bulk up its enforcement in Hall County during the last two Saturdays of August. This in response to heavy traffic due to the Nebraska State Fair. Captain Chris Kolb of Troop C-Grand Island said he hopes the visibility of the troopers will cause people to drive safety and avoid crashes.

977 Students Graduate from New Financial Literacy Program

(8-19-14) An online financial literacy education program has proven successful over its first year, according to State Treasurer Don Stenberg. The Nebraska Educational Savings Trust (NEST) sponsors the program, called Nebraska NEST Financial Scholars. Stenberg said 81 Nebraska high schools used the program during the 2013-2014 school year. That includes 2,214 students--977 of which graduated and are certified as Nebraska NEST Finacial Scholars.

NU Has 15th-Highest Ticket Prices

According to a study done by TiqIQ, Nebraska football's average ticket prices on the secondary market rank 15th in the country, down from fourth last year. The annual study compiles prices for every game throughout the year, and Nebraska comes in averaging nearly $140 per ticket.

Nebraska Basketball Picks Up KU Transfer

Nebraska basketball picked up a transfer from the University of Kansas on Monday. Andrew White III, who spent the last two years in the Jawhawks' program, will have to sit out the 2014-2015 season, but will become eligible in the 2015-2016 season. White played in 25 games as a freshman, averaging 5.0 minutes and 2.2 points-per-game in 2012-13.

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.  

NEBRASKA FOOTBALL: Pelini Impressed With Players Attitude In First Practice For

The first official practice of the 2014 Nebraska football season is history, after opening up with workouts Monday evening at the Hawks Championship Center.   Head Coach Bo Pelini was pleased with the enthusiasm and tempo from the Cornhuskers.   Pelini says that he and the coaching staff decided to cut down a few things at practice, in the hopes to help the overall tempo of practice.

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.

Bluejays Take Down Huskers

All-American Doug McDermott scored a game-high 33 points to lead three Creighton players in double figures, as the Bluejays thumped Nebraska, 82-67 last (Sunday) night. The Huskers return to action on Saturday, taking on Arkansas State.