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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...
The Hall County Board of Supervisors have called an emergency meeting this afternoon with plans to pass a resolution in support of capital punishment. Supervisors are hoping to get the message to Grand Island state senator Mike Gloor. Gloor was one of the senators who changed his vote in favor of repealing the death penalty. Gov...
An Ohio man accused of stabbing an Elm Creek man several times during an altercation last month will undergo a psychological evaluation. Attorneys for Caleb McDonald recently filed a motion in Buffalo County Court that their client be evaluated because he may be mentally incompetent to stand trial. McDonald faces multiple charges includin...
Police in Grand Island have arrested three teenagers on suspicion of burglary. Police arrested two 15-year-olds and a 16-year-old and also referred another 15-year-old to juvenile court. Police say a burglary was reported at a Grand Island home from which several items were taken. Capt. Dean Elliott says police have recovered some of those...
A June sentencing has been scheduled for a 26-year-old man convicted for an exchange of gunshots with Lexington police. Jose Covarrubias pleaded no contest and was convicted on four counts last week. A weapons charge was dropped in exchange for his pleas. He'll be sentenced on June 29. Police say officers checking on a disturban...
Hastings city officials say the community needs to do a better job recycling and decrease waste. Council members heard from two people in the waste management industry at Monday's work session who pointed out where the city could improve their efforts. Nearly 85 percent of the waste at the Hastings Landfill could be recycled or composted....
Governor Ricketts has signed into law tougher penalties for human traffickers. On Monday, he approved LB294 which allows prosecutors to file more severe felony charges against traffickers, including those who use threats or violence, and those who target victims younger than 16 years old. The law also allows victims or their parents to su...
Immigrant youths brought into the country illegally as children could soon get driver's licenses in Nebraska. Lawmakers yesterday advanced a bill to a final vote despite a four-hour filibuster. Nebraska is currently the only state that does not issue licenses to youths who stayed in the country under the Deferred Action for Childhood Arri...
Free breakfast will be offered next school year at Hastings Middle School. The school board approved the program at last night's meeting. Director of Finance Jeff Schneider said the district was hoping for a grab-and-go breakfast that students could take with them to class, but due to logistics, it made more sense to offer breakfast before...
The CHI Health Cancer Care at Good Samaritan recently installed and began using a new state-of-the-art radiotherapy system, called TrueBeam by Varian Medical Systems. The new unit replaces the existing system that was installed 10 years ago. TrueBeam STx is an advanced radiotherapy system that delivers treatment with better speed and ac...
A man charged with starting a fire at a Minden pharmacy in March has been charged with a similar offense at a Ravenna pharmacy. 35-year-old Aaron Stones of Kearney is charged with felony second-degree arson at Pedley Drug Pharmacy in Minden on March 27th. He's currently being held in the Kearney County Jail. According to court...
In our area, Blue Hill farmer Lance Atwater says the soil moisture is in great condition, thanks to the abundant rain we've received. "These last few rains we've had have been great for recharging the soil moisture and ground conditions are pretty good. We've been lucky to have the rain we had to help get the crop growing and get it starte...
The Nebraska Emergency Management Agency has requested that the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) work with them and local emergency managers to review the damage from this month's storms. Heavy rains, large hail, damaging winds, flooding and tornadoes destroyed public power systems and infrastructure in 10 Nebraska counties inclu...
Hall County supervisors have unanimously approved a measure to provide cremation-only services for people who die in the county and are indigent. The 7-0 vote came at this morning's meeting. Hall County has been paying funeral homes over $1,000 per indigent funeral since 1986. The county will also raise the 29-year-old reimbursement rate ...
Two impaired drivers were taken off the road during a special weekend enforcement conducted by the Nebraska State Patrol in Hall County. The special enforcement, which included high visibility patrols and a vehicle check, took place in Hall County during the afternoon and evening hours on Saturday, May 16 and the early morning hours on Sun...
A Hastings non-profit agency is beginning a month-long campaign today which they hope will be a huge success. Big Brothers Big Sisters is launching their Remodel for Kids fundraiser. Ticket buyers can enter a drawing for a chance to win a $10,000 home remodel or $7,500 cash. Raffle tickets are available for $50 a piece at any Five Points ...
Over the weekend, family members of a South Central Nebraska marine confirmed that he was killed while on a relief mission in Nepal last week. Keith Lukasiewicz, father of Captain Dustin Lukasiewicz, said his family was notified of Dustin's death on Saturday. The Wilcox native was on Huey helicopter with five other marines and two Nepales...
A man who wants to open a strip club near Grand Island has sued opponents to his plan and the Hall County Board of Supervisors. Attorneys for Shane Harrington, of Lincoln, filed the lawsuit Friday. He's seeking $10 million in monetary damages and $100 million in punitive damages. Named in the suit are several individuals, business owners,...
Police have released the name of the victim of yesterday's deadly motorcycle crash in Grand Island. 39-year-old Todd Schlender of Grand Island was pronounced dead at the scene after his motorcycle collided with an SUV. Police say the SUV turned into the Skate Island parking lot along Webb Road around 4:30 p.m. The man was run over and the ...
Buffalo County Sheriff's Authorities say a woman had to be freed from her vehicle after she lost control and overturned on a county road north of Shelton Sunday afternoon. At around 3 p.m., sheriff's deputies were dispatched to a report of a single vehicle rollover accident near Shelton Road and 220th Road. A preliminary investigation rev...
Parts of western and central Nebraska are bracing for flooding conditions this week. Flood Warnings along local rivers are expected to last for several days. Officials are continuing to monitor the water levels along the Platte River, especially in western Nebraska near Ogallala and North Platte as both areas have been under flood warnin...
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