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Prison Employees Ordered to Testify for Legislative Committee


Five people who worked in Nebraska's prison system have been ordered to testify before a legislative committee investigating why hundreds of inmate sentences were miscalculated. Lancaster County District Judge Stephanie Stacy issued the ruling on Friday. The judge said their testimony can't be used against them in a criminal prosecution.

"You Drink and Drive. You Lose" is Back


The You Drink & Drive You Lose crackdown is back. During the upcoming Labor Day weekend the Lancaster County Sheriff's Office will be looking for drunk drivers. One checkpoint, from 9:00 Friday until 2:00 a.m., will be set up on Highway 77 just north of Rokeby Road. Sheriff Terry Wagner says vehicles will be selected in a systematic fashion and the occupants will be checked for signs of alcohol usage.

Councilman Says Safety is Turning Into Politics


Lincoln City Councilman Doug Emery says he is disappointed in the city council's refusal to place a public safety bond issue on the november election ballot. Emery, who was out of the country Monday and didn't vote, said he doesn't agree with the need to have all details explained ahead of time because they would be in the campaign between now and November 4th.

State Supreme Court Deals Blow to Cigar Bars and Tobacco Shops


The Nebraska Supreme Court has struck down two exceptions to the state's public smoking ban, dealing a blow to cigar bars and tobacco shops, but sparing the exception for some hotel guestrooms that allow smoking. The decision Friday came in the case of Big John's Billiards, an Omaha pool hall, whose owner sued after Nebraska enacted a statewide public smoking ban in 2009.

TSA Find Loaded Gun in Carry-On Bag at Eppley


Transportation Security Administration employees discovered a loaded handgun at a security checkpoint in an Omaha airport this week. The TSA said Thursday a passenger tried to bring a .40 caliber Smith & Wesson handgun in a carry-on bag at Eppley Airfield on Wednesday. It was loaded with 14 rounds. The Omaha Airport Authority Police Department interviewed the passenger, who was later released.

Hastings Couple Killed and Two Children Injured in Accident


A Hastings couple have been killed and two of their children injured in a collision in Clay County. Clay County Sheriff Jeff Franklin says the accident occurred around 5:15 a.m. Thursday. The family was headed east on U.S. Highway 6 when their sport utility vehicle was struck by semitrailer that had been going south on Nebraska Highway 14.

One Dead, Two Injured in Omaha Shooting


Police say one man has died and two have been critically injured in an Omaha shooting. Omaha police spokesman Kevin Wiese says the three men were injured Thursday afternoon. He says 26-year-old Lamar King died at the scene. 19-year-old Johnnie Wilson and 18-year-old Marcus Johnson were injured. Wiese says the injured men made contact with authorities after leaving the scene to find help.

Sheriff's Deputy's Patrol Car Totaled in Accident


A Lancaster County Sheriff's Deputy's patrol car clips a stalled vehicle last night in southeast Lincoln. Police Captain Don Scheinost says it happened just before 9:30 Thursday night along westbound Highway 2, between 56th and 48th Streets. No citations have been issued. The rear passenger side of the stalled car was hit. Both vehicles are totaled and no one was hurt.

Electronic Betting Issue in Nebraska Supreme Court


An attempt to invalidate a ballot measure that would allow electronic betting on old horse races is now in the hands of the Nebraska Supreme Court. An attorney for anti-gambling activist Pat Loontjer asked the court Wednesday to keep the measure off the November ballot, while a state attorney defended it as constitutional.

Electronic Betting Issue in Nebraska Supreme Court


An attempt to invalidate a ballot measure that would allow electronic betting on old horse races is now in the hands of the Nebraska Supreme Court. An attorney for anti-gambling activist Pat Loontjer asked the court Wednesday to keep the measure off the November ballot, while a state attorney defended it as constitutional.