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Nebraska will not legalize medical marijuana this year in light of other controversial measures dominating the final days of the legislative session. Sen. Tommy Garrett of Bellevue asked Wednesday to hold his bill until June 15, ensuring senators will not revisit the debate until next year. The bill made it through first-round d...
Nebraska's unemployment rate dropped again in the month of April, to 2.5 percent, seasonally adjusted. That's down from 2.6 percent in March and down from 3.4 percent in April 2014. That's still well below the national unemployment rate which dropped to 5.4 percent in April, the lowest it's been since 2008. Labor Commissioner John...
The Kearney City Council has approved vacating a parcel of land that will serve as the site for the new Central Nebraska Veteran's Home. At last night's meeting, the council approved vacating a section of lots at 56th Street and Cherry Avenue. The city council had voted to deed the veteran's home site to the state in April, but the Buffa...
The Hastings Police Department says they don't have enough information to prosecute the four suspects involved in a March incident to entice children. Three separate incidents were reported to police on Saturday, March 7 all within close proximity and timeline. It was reported that a suspect wearing a gold mask approached at least three di...
A small herd of purebred bison in south-central Nebraska has been growing with the births of at least six calves so far this spring. The animals have been adjusting to their new home on more than 1,000 acres of tallgrass prairie on Crane Trust land southwest of Grand Island. The 41 bison were trucked in from Rimrock Ranch near Crawford in...
A prison inmate on death row for 30 years has died in prison. A spokesperson for the Tecumseh State Correctional Institute confirmed Monday that 66-year-old Michael Ryan, convicted in the murder of two people in the 1980s died Sunday at the prison. Ryan was convicted in the 1985 torture and killing of 26-year-old James Thimm near Rulo, whe...
Central Community College-Grand Island plans to use a grant from the Federal Highway Administration to introduce students to transportation careers. The $40,000 National Summer Transportation Institute grant will be used to hold a camp this summer focusing on female, minority high school students. This demographic is considered to be unde...
A study to determine the effectiveness of a cannabis extract's ability to treat severe seizures is heading to the governor's desk for approval. Senators voted 44-2 yesterday on LB390 which would commission a University of Nebraska Medical Center study on the effectiveness of cannabidiol. The state would obtain it from an England-based comp...
The alleged suspect in last week's armed robbery at a Lexington Liquor Store has been arrested in Iowa. Joseph C. Fleming, 29, of Lexington was arrested Wednesday in Toledo, Iowa by local police on warrants issued by the Lexington Police Department and is awaiting extradition back to Lexington. Flemming is accused of robbing T...
The Nebraska Supreme Court has upheld a life sentence for a Guide Rock woman accused of helping her son murder their neighbor in 2013. Shelly Casterline was sentenced to life in prison back in September for her role in the stabbing death of Virginia Barone. Barone was found dead in her home with more than 20 stab wounds. Casterlin...
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