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One Dead in South Lincoln Accident

Reports from the scene indicate that one person is dead from a south Lincoln traffic accident. It happened about 5 pm at 16th and Old Cheney. The accident involved a package delivery truck and two passenger vehicles, and the victim who died is reported to be a passenger. No details on how it happened have been released yet, the number of those injured, or the identity of the deceased person. Old Cheney Road was closed down between 14th street and Rolling Hils Blvd just before 5:30 tonight to allow the removal of victims and investigation of the accident.

Hieneman Wants to Attract More Companies to State

State officials are turning to local business leaders in hopes of attracting more companies to the state. Gov. Dave Heineman said Tuesday that Nebraska can't afford to become complacent when competing for new businesses. His remarks came as he announced an upcoming "Nebraska Diplomats Passport Weekend" to encourage economic development.

Second Suspected Gang Member Gets Prison for Murders

A suspected gang member has been imprisoned for his role in the beating deaths of two Lincoln men last year. 23-year-old Tyler Thornburg was given 20 years for manslaughter and 40 to 50 years for use of a deadly weapon, to be served consecutively. He also was given 20 months to five years on an unrelated weapons case. 

Cat Saved From Fire, Revived by Firefighters

A fuel leak from a power generator being used in a basement is believed to have started a fire early Tuesday morning. Everyone escaped the fire in the 33rd and "C" Street house, except the family cat. Fire crews found it, gave it oxygen and brought it back to life. 

Candidates for Governor Spar at State Fair Debate

September means there's just over two months months until the November General Election. Gubernatorial candidates, Chuck Hassebrook and Pete Ricketts, set themselves apart in a debate Monday night at the Nebraska State Fair. Democrat Hassebrook said he would take a more hands-on approach as governor. Republican Ricketts would put more money into the state's property tax relief fund. 

UNL Students Not Using Safety App

That free phone app tested earlier this year by UNL students didn't show a lot of positive results. About 40 students were asked about Lifeline Response, a smartphone app that calls police. Seven of 10 students said a Lifeline Response app would be used, but only three or four out of 10 said they would use it. Students said a simple 911 call on their personal phones would be the preferred method of calling police in an emergency.

Man Arrested in Late August Home-Invasion Robbery

Lincoln Police have arrested a suspect in an August 21st home invasion robbery. Colby Bennett was taken to jail on Saturday after a traffic stop. He was a passenger in a van that looked similar to one seen driving away from the robbery in the 4800 block of Benton Street.

No Arrests in East Lincoln Vandalisms

No arrests in a string of vandalisms in the 1200 block of Sycamore, just west of 84th and A Streets. Five reports of mailboxes being damaged and the back window of a car smashed out. Because no one heard anything Sunday night, police have no suspects or description of the vehicle. If you saw or hear something, call Crimestoppers at (402) 475-3600.

Suspected Lincoln Gang Member Gets Prison for Murder

A suspected gang member has been sentenced to prison for helping beat to death two Lincoln men last year. Online court records say 20-year-old Ricky McLaughlin III was given 20 to 30 years for manslaughter, 40 to 50 years for use of a deadly weapon and four to five years for an unrelated sex assault. He and Tyler Thornburg took plea deals to reduce their second-degree murder charges. The men

Small School District Wants Bond for School Built in 1928

Voters in a small central Nebraska school district will decide in November whether to support a $4.35 million bond issue. The Sumner-Eddyville-Miller School District proposed the bond issue to pay for improvements at a school built in 1928.