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An American video journalist who has recovered from Ebola has been released from an Omaha hospital and is headed home. Nebraska Medical Center officials say Ashoka Mukpo was released around 9 a.m. Wednesday from the hospital's biocontainment unit. In a statement read at a news conference today, Mukpo said, in part: "Today is a joyful day....
The Hastings City Council is considering adding vapor cigarettes to the city's smoking ban. The council held about a 15 minute study session yesterday to discuss the matter. The ban was proposed back in June after officials raised concerns about the increased use of E-cigarettes in public. The city banned smoking in public parks back in 2...
Hastings authorities have completed their investigation into the drowning death of a Good Samaritan Village resident over the weekend. Police say 92-year old Paul "Jack" Largent wandered away from his apartment at Good Samaritan Village and fell into a small pond. His body was found around 7:30 a.m. Saturday. They say it appears to be acc...
Hastings Police have arrested a man they believe tried to pass counterfeit $100 bills two days in a row. 55-year old Jose Llerena is charged with first degree forgery charges. Police believe he passed the first bill Monday at Uncle Neals on Burlington Avenue. Sergeant Steven Murphy says an investigation led an officer to the man. He was tr...
Hastings Utilities is warning of a new scam that's been circulating around the country and has now made it to Hastings. Two customers were contacted yesterday by a group calling themselves "The Interruption Team." They told both businesses that their bills were overdue and that they needed to pay by credit card within the next hour or they...
One Central Nebraska school district has said ok to guns in senior pictures. The Broken Bow school board voted unanimously last night in favor of the policy after an issue arose last year where a student was denied that option. Broken Bow hosts the annual One Box Pheasant Hunt each year and hunting is very popular among residents in the c...
The Nebraska State Patrol conducted compliance checks at 62 businesses in Adams and Webster Counties last Friday. Of the 49 businesses checked in Adams County, four were found to be non-compliant after selling alcohol to a minor, including three in Hastings. The three Hastings businesses included Walgreen's, Los Caporales and El Toro Mexi...
Recent mild weather has helped Nebraska farmers make good progress on harvesting their crops. The U.S.D.A says more soybeans are being harvested now because farmers are waiting for corn to dry out a bit more. But the corn harvest is underway. Roughly 69 percent of the soybeans have been harvested. That's behind last year's 77 percent and the averag...
No injuries were reported after an airplane made an emergency landing yesterday at the Central Nebraska Regional Airport. The Allegiant plane was carrying six people, including two pilots and four passengers. The plane was flying from North Platte to Sioux City, Iowa when the plane's heat warning light came on. The plane landed safely at around 3:3...
The Hastings Public School Board met last night in regular session. While the board approved several finance measures, it was the Superintendent's Good News report that captured the public at a jam packed city chamber hall Monday night. Superintendent Craig Kautz brought three school officials forward last night who are being dubbed as loc...
BNSF Railway officials are trying to determine what caused a coal train to partially derail in York County. Mounds of spilled coal shut down two tracks and a street in Waco on Sunday. A railway spokesman says the train was headed east when 28 of its 119 cars derailed. All but one of the derailed cars landed on their sides. There were no i...
It's unfortunately that time of the year again where we start mentioning the F-word. The "flu" is officially here in Nebraska. The first confirmed cases of the season have been reported to the Nebraska Department of Health and Human Services. All three cases are in Douglas County. Dr. Tom Safranek, the State Epidemiologist says it's possi...
Seven people were hospitalized yesterday following a two-vehicle crash in Nuckolls County. The accident occurred at approximately 12:30 p.m. A sheriff's investigation showed that a southbound Dodge Ram pickup collided with a northbound Ford Expedition, south of Superior on a road commonly referred to as the Webber Black Top. The collision...
Kearney Police and the FBI are investigating an armed robbery which took place this morning at a Kearney credit union. Authorities responded to reports of the robbery at Kearney Eaton Employees Federal Credit Union on East Highway 30 at around 9:22 a.m. Police are searching for two black males. The first is between 6-0 and 6-2, 1...
The Nebraska Lottery has announced a Juniata woman was the winner of a $100,000 prize off a scratch lottery ticket. Lottery officials say the winning ticket was purchased at Ampride South in Hastings. There are three $100,000 top prizes for the Turquoise Treasures lottery game. Ginger Ogle becomes the second to win the prize. She told lottery offic...
Three members of a local delegation returned home from a lobbying trip to Washington, where they told federal officials the Grand Island Veterans Home should be remodeled instead of giving way to a new home in Kearney. Mayor Jay Vavricek, Hall County Supervisor Pam Lancaster and Veterans Service Officer Don Shuda handed out booklets with a letter r...
The Nebraska Liquor Control Commission chairman says his agency should have jurisdiction over party buses. Chairman Bob Batt's remarks come days after a Doniphan man was struck and killed while walking on Interstate 80 near Lincoln after riding a party bus. The jurisdiction over party buses currently falls under the Nebraska Public Service Commissi...
A Holdrege man is in critical condition after smoking synthetic marijuana and going into cardiac arrest. Around 6 a.m. Wednesday, Holdrege Police responded to an 18-year old who was vomiting and had stopped breathing. He was flown to Good Samaritan Hospital in Kearney. A preliminary investigation suggests that he was smoking synthetic marijuana, al...
There have been a lot of questions regarding party buses after the tragic death of a Nebraska Wesleyan University student last weekend. Officials believe that 22 year old Maury Lorence of Doniphan was left behind at a truck stop and while walking along I-80 near Lincoln he was hit by several vehicles. This brings up the question of the res...
The University of Nebraska at Omaha has received a $1.3 million federal grant to send graduate students in social work to rural Nebraska areas to help at-risk youth with behavioral health concerns. The grant is one of the largest received by the school and comes from the U.S. Health Resources & Services Administration. Nebraska employs ne...
Early voting continues to fare well in Nebraska, according to Secretary of State John Gale. Gale's office says that 33 percent of early voting ballots have been returned or cast in person at county election offices. That's higher than the 24 percent rate at the same time of the 2012 presidential election. Early voting by mail lasts for 35...
With the flu season upon us, the Veterans Health Administration is pushing to make sure all veterans are covered. VA Healthcare facilities across Nebraska are offering free flu shots to veterans. Will Ackerman, Public Affairs Officer for the VA-Nebraska-Western Iowa Healthcare System says all veterans need to be enrolled in their system t...
A truck driver has pleaded not guilty to manslaughter charges in the crash deaths of three family members in Clay County. Online court records say 53-year-old Kenneth Johnson on pleaded not guilty Wednesday to three counts of manslaughter and one count of being a habitual criminal. His next scheduled court date is Nov. 12. Autho...
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