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Five Traffic Deaths Over Weekend

Five people died this past weekend on area streets and highways. Saturday morning, 38 year old Kevin Light of Murray was killed just south of Plattsmouth. He was rounding a curve too fast on a rainy highway, lost control, and rolled. Saturday night, 29 year old Ashley Carter of LaVista seen driving erratically just before she lost control and rammed into a telephone pole. A Sunday morning crash north of Lincoln took the life of  50 year old Randall Woita of Weston. Two people were killed last night when a car rammed into the rear of another driven by Matthew Dirchhoff of Weeping Water. He and his passenger, 22-year-old Emily Widger, of Lincoln, were pronounced dead at the scene. 

Ameer Abdullah Co-Offensive Player of the Week

Nebraska's Ameer Abdullah is the co-offensive player of the week in the Big Ten along with Wisconsin's Melvin Gordon. Abdullah recorded 313 all-purpose yards, including 229 yards rushing, in the Cornhuskers' victory over Miami. Abdullah carried a career-high 35 times and accounted for three touchdowns. Abdullah became the Huskers' all-time leader in all-purpose yards, passing 1972 Heisman Trophy winner Johnny Rodgers.

Inmate Found Dead in Cell at Nebraska Prison

A 58-year-old Nebraska man who had been sentenced to life in prison for killing his ex-wife and his divorce lawyer last November has been found dead in his cell. Michael Petersen was found shortly after 6 a.m. Monday, and efforts to resuscitate him were unsuccessful. Officials said it appears Petersen committed suicide. Petersen received his second life sentence last month for the shooting death of Grand Island attorney Todd Elsbernd last Nov. 13.

Update Coming from Fort Calhoun Nuclear Plant

Nuclear regulators plan to offer the public an update on the performance of a Nebraska nuclear plant since it restarted last year after a prolonged outage. The federal Nuclear Regulatory Commission plans to discuss a recent inspection of the Fort Calhoun nuclear plant in Omaha on Thursday evening. Fort Calhoun, which sits about 20 miles north of Omaha, was shut down from April 2011 until December.

Husker Autographs Raising Money for Vets

Signature by signature, legendary Huskers, like Terrell Farley, are helping raised money by selling autographs. The money will help turn a Lincoln home into a halfway house for homeless veterans recovering from alcohol and other addictions.

Rosa Parks Ramp Closed

A temporary ramp closure on Rosa Parks Way begins Sunday. The on-ramp from Rosa Parks Way to northbound Highway 77 closes today for construction. Traffic will be detoured using southbound Highway 77 to Van Dorn Street and back onto northbound Highway 77. The on-ramp should reopen Friday, September 26th.

How to Deal with Yellow Jacket Wasps

Educators at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln say homeowners can take many steps to deal with yellow jacket wasps. UNL Extension educator Jonathan Larson says the wasps are among the more common stinging insects that homeowners may encounter. Yellow jacket colonies should be approached at dusk or dawn, when the insects are the least active.

Police Disperse Unruly Crowed from Indian Center

Some tailgaiting troubles from Saturday's game. Our media partner 1011 News reports that Lincoln Police called for backup at the Indian Center at 1100 Military Road because tailgaters were getting out of control. Police showed up after people began throwing bottles at busses and some even jumping on some and trying to tip a bus full of people. After officers were on the scene some began throwing bottles at their cruisers, breaking a rear-view mirror on one of them.

Liquor Commission Asks for More Staff Members

Beer and wine are booming in Nebraska, and state regulators are struggling to keep up. The Nebraska Liquor Control Commission is asking lawmakers and the governor for additional staff to oversee the state's fast-growing brewpub and winery industries, and to approve liquor licenses for special events. Hobe Rupe, the commission's executive director, says the employees are needed because of the increased workload due to the popularity of locally produced beer and wines.

Two Fatal Motorcycle Accidents in Omaha

Two separate motorcycle accidents in Omaha become fatal ones. Police say 21-year-old John R. Neal, was injured Friday when his motorcycle crashed into a van that turned left in front of him. Police say the force of the collision caused Neal to go through the side window of the van. He was taken to an Omaha hospital, where he died. Police say Neal was not wearing a helmet at the time of the accident.