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Federal Judge: No Minimum Wage for Prisoners

A federal judge has dismissed a lawsuit by a Nebraska prisoner who argued that he should be making minimum wage for his work behind bars. Stephen Cavanaugh sued several state prison officials earlier this year, saying that over the past year, he was assigned to work as a food server, window washer and maintenance worker and paid between $1.21 and $2.25 a day.

Lancaster Sheriff's Deputies Seize $560,000 in Suspected Drug Money

Lancaster County Sheriff's deputies have seized nearly $560,000 in suspected drug money in recent traffic stops. The money was confiscated in three separate stops. The biggest came on Saturday, when a deputy stopped two men from the Chicago area. A search of their pickup yielded $439,000 in a spare tire and a small amount of marijuana. Deputies also seized nearly $54,000 in a

DMV Offers New, Cheaper Driving Records Service

Nebraska is making it easier for companies to monitor the driving records of employees who drive professionally. Nebraska companies are required to submit information regularly about the driving records of anyone using company cars. Previously, businesses had to submit requests for each employee driving record they wanted and pay $3 each time. Now, the Department of Motor Vehicles is offering an online service that will send alerts whenever a driver has any new convictions, accidents or withdrawals in their record.

New Terminal for G.I. Airport

Not only has the Lincoln Airport felt pressure for years from Eppley Airfield in Omaha, but now it's coming from the other direction. Grand Island is building a new $14 million, 34,000 square foot passenger terminal. The Platte River has been incorporated into the design. A river will be built into the floor bed of the terminal and act as a way finder.

Three Men Arrested For August Murder At North Lincoln Apartment

Three men have been arrested in the August 30th murder of 21 year old Maurice Williams during a home invasion robbery in an apartment at 50th and Vine Streets.  Lincoln Police spokesperson Katie Flood says 23 year old Derick Lewis, 19 year old Joshua Nootenboom-Carr and 23 year old Jason Holmes are in jail.  

Sidewalk Repair In Lincoln On Track To Be Fixed Within Two Years

City officials say crews are on track to fix the back log of sidewalk improvements throughout Lincoln over the next 14 months.  Along with that, there have been 250 sidewalk curb ramps fixed or installed to ensure better access for you.  Mayor Chris Beutler says about a year ago, he and City Council members along with public works officials talked about how to fund this repair project.

New Wind Farm Dedicated

Central Nebraska officials have dedicated a new wind farm project near Broken Bow. TheBroken Bow II wind has 43 turbines, doubling the number in an area northeast of the city. Construction began in January. The wind farm was placed into commercial operation on Oct. 1. Power from the facility will go the Nebraska Public Power District, which bought it under a 25-year contract. Custer County now

Fire Threatens Lincoln Family

3 Lincoln families this morning (Thursday) are not waking up in their own apartments. The Red Cross help relocate them after their apartments near 48th and Pioneers Blvd caught fire. Investigators say an electrical failure caused the 2nd floor fire. No structural damage, but a lot of smoke and heat damage.

LPS Board Names New Schools

New schools in Lincoln will be named after a former school board member, a former administrator and a judge who advocated that children and young people needed a separate court.  The Lincoln Board of Education will name a 2016 elementary school after long-time early childhood advocate, Sally Wysong, who ran Meadowlane daycare/preschool.  

Omaha Killer Mentions Congressman In Courtroom

Convicted Omaha killer Nikko Jenkins, whose release from prison last year has been dragged into the race for Nebraska's 2nd House District, mentioned the Republican incumbent in a courtroom appearance. Jenkins said loudly Wednesday as he entered a courtroom, "Vote for Terry, guys. Best Republican ever." Jenkins awaits sentencing for killing four Omahans in August 2013.