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Hassebrook Endorsed by Firefighter and Police Unions


Democratic candidate for Governor Chuck Hassebrook picked up another big endorsement today. The union representing Omaha firefighters and paramedics endorsed Hassebrook in the race against Republican Pete Ricketts. Yesterday, Hassebrook also received the support of the Omaha Police Officers Association (OPOA) and the Nebraska Fraternal Order of Police.

NSP to Have Extra Troopers for Husker Home Games


The Nebraska State Patrol says it will have extra troopers on the road for the remaining Husker home football games. Troopers and communication specialists with the Patrol's Lincoln and Omaha headquarters will work overtime hours during the remaining three home games. The State Patrol airplane will also be in the air helping troopers and providing traffic reports before and after the games.

Murder in Small Northeast Nebraska Town


Murder cases are rare in small towns. A man has been taken into custody, suspected of shooting to death a 66-year-old woman in northeast Nebraska's Knox County. Linda Privett was shot Monday and pronounced dead at her home in Verdigre. Sheriff Don Henery says the 66-year-old man soon was taken into custody, but online court records don't show that he's been charged yet. An autopsy has been scheduled.

Prison Director Defends Governor


The director of Nebraska's prison system says Gov. Dave Heineman wasn't told about a temporary inmate placement program facing scrutiny from lawmakers. Director Mike Kenney also defended the program Tuesday in a letter to a legislative committee. Kenney says he alone created the program as part of the roundup of inmates who were released too early because their sentences were miscalculated.

Journalist Being Treated for Ebola at UNMC Recovering


An American video journalist with Ebola says he feels lucky to be recovering from the deadly virus, but it's humbling to think about how many people have died from the disease in West Africa. Ashoka Mukpo made several comments about Ebola on Twitter Monday. Mukpo has been treated at the Nebraska Medical Center since Oct. 6, and doctors have said he could be released by the end of the week if tests confirm he is free of the virus.

Gov. Appoints New County Judge


The governor has appointed a Fairbury lawyer to a county court judgeship. Linda Bauer will replace Judge J. Patrick McArdle, who retired. The district is composed of Gage, Jefferson, Johnson, Nemaha, Pawnee, Richardson, Saline and Thayer counties. The 48-year-old Bauer has been a partner at a law firm in Fairbury since 1996 and has been Jefferson County attorney since 1996.

Good Weather Helping Farmers Harvest


Recent mild weather has helped Nebraska farmers make good progress on harvesting their crops. The U.S. Department of Agriculture 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 average of 81 percent at this time last year.

Posing with Guns Allowed for Senior Pictures


A Central Nebraska school board has decided to let students pose with guns in their senior portraits. The Broken Bow school board took the action at its meeting Monday night. The issue arose last year when a student was denied permission to pose with a gun. Superintendent Mark Sievering says that as district officials talked about the issue, "There was a sense that to allow a student to have a firearm, as long as it was done in a tasteful manner in terms of a hunting or sporting-type picture, that that might be OK."

Crete Man Dies in ATV Accident


A 26-year-old Crete man has died from an all-terrain vehicle accident. The accident occurred northwest of Crete just before midnight on Saturday. Saline County Sheriff Alan Moore says Nathan Casteel was the only person on the ATV when it hit a utility pole. Casteel was pronounced dead later at Crete Area Medical Center.

Alcohol Banned in Response to Indian Center Riot


A popular Nebraska football tailgating spot has permanently banned alcohol after a violent incident that ended with 13 arrests and sent a police officer to the hospital. The Indian Center's board of directors has voted 4-to-3 to support the ban. They will still charge $15 on game day to get into the Lincoln lot, which turned chaotic in hours before the Nebraska-Miami kickoff on Sept. 20th when fans caused thousands of dollars in damage.