Nebraska News

Nebraska, Oklahoma join suit to halt Colorado marijuana law
LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) — Nebraska Attorney General Doug Peterson and his counterpart in Oklahoma are joining a lawsuit aimed at halting legal marijuana in Colorado. The Lincoln Journal Star reports that the two states asked to be added as plaintiffs this month in a case being considered by an appeals court in Denver. The appeal combines two separate cases: one on behalf of a Colorado couple who own land near a recreational marijuana growing facility and another brought one by a group of sheriffs from Colorado, Kansas and Nebraska. Oklahoma and Nebraska argue they have "unique sovereign interests" in stopping marijuana from crossing their state borders, and that they shouldn't be left out as the court weighs the issue. The U.S. Supreme Court denied considering a similar lawsuit by states in March.

'You stole my chair!' Woman confronts man in her wheelchair
OMAHA, Neb. (AP) — A 75-year-old woman has confronted a man who was cruising around an Omaha park in her stolen motorized wheelchair. Reva Murrell told Omaha station KETV her chair was stolen Monday from her senior citizens home. Viewing security recordings later, Murrell saw a man enter through a door that's normally secure, get in her chair, drive around for time and then roll out. A friend of hers spotted the chair and a man a few hours later at Adams Park. Murrell says she and her friend then went to the park and found him. She says she told him, "Hey, that's my chair! You stole my chair!" Murrell says the man stood up and didn't say a word while she called police. He was arrested on suspicion of theft.

Omaha Public Schools to review severe weather guidelines
OMAHA, Neb. (AP) — Omaha Public Schools says it's reviewing its severe weather procedures after parents were told they couldn't take shelter inside an elementary school during a tornado warning. The Omaha World-Herald reports that Principal Adriana Vargas reportedly told parents of Castelar Elementary students that they would have to wait the storm out in their vehicles Wednesday around 4 p.m. The action disturbed parents such as Jennifer Lang, who says she huddled outside the school entrance with about two dozen other parents during the storm. District spokeswoman Monique Farmer says Vargas and other principals at crowded schools had concerns about letting more people in when space was tight inside storm shelters. The district's current storm guidelines don't address what to do with people outside the school during severe weather.

Cousin charged with shooting of 14-month-old in Omaha
OMAHA, Neb. (AP) — A young Omaha man is being held on $750,000 bail for the shooting of his 14-month-old cousin. La'Shannon Bland was charged Thursday with assault, possessing a stolen firearm and tampering with evidence. Online court records don't list the name of an attorney who could speak on his behalf. In court Bland told a judge that he'd found the gun a couple weeks ago and was handling it in the basement of a northeast Omaha home when it accidentally fired. The bullet went through the ceiling and struck the toddler in a wrist. Bland's mother, Latisha Mayfield, says her son loves his cousin and that the shooting was a horrible accident.

Dozens pack board meeting to oppose potential reservoirs
NORFOLK, Neb. (AP) — Opposition has surfaced to the possibility of more reservoirs being constructed in northeast Nebraska. Dozens of people packed a board meeting Thursday of the Lower Elkhorn Natural Resources District to underscore their stance. One of them. Ken Gentrup, of West Point, says most of them are farmers who want to protect their land and don't want the district to act on a study of potential reservoir sites. The study identified 10 sites in Colfax, Cuming, Dodge, Madison, Washington and Wayne counties. District officials say the sites could provide flood control and recreation. The board took no action at the meeting.

Professional basketball league forming in Great Plains
MITCHELL, S.D. (AP) — A professional basketball league is trying to get off the ground in the Great Plains. The National Basketball League of America is affiliated with the National Basketball League of Canada. The goal is to help former NCAA and NAIA college basketball players who have regional connections get noticed by other, more established pro leagues. League President Darryl Greene tells The Daily Republic newspaper that the goal is to have six teams for the inaugural season that's scheduled to start in September and run through November. The Dakota Magic will be based in Mitchell, the Omaha Charges in Nebraska and the Sioux City Hornets in Iowa. Greene has been in conversation with officials in Rapid City, Bismarck and Fargo about starting teams in those cities.

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