Nebraska News

Patrol says 1 dead, 4 hurt in crash near Ashland
ASHLAND, Neb. (AP) — Authorities have identified a man killed in a single-vehicle rollover crash on Interstate 80 in eastern Nebraska. The Nebraska State Patrol says 35-year-old Ka Paw Shee, of Omaha, was a passenger in the vehicle traveling westbound Sunday afternoon. The crash occurred around 4:10 p.m. between Greenwood and Ashland. Four others including the driver were injured. Their names haven't been released. Additional information about the crash has not been released. Authorities say Shee was wearing a seatbelt.

Lawsuit hatched over Nebraska woman's backyard chickens
OMAHA, Neb. (AP) — A Nebraska woman's six backyard chickens have ruffled her neighbors, who want a judge to force her to immediately get rid of the birds. Stacy Williams has chicken coops, a compost pile and a fruit and vegetable garden in her backyard. Her Trendwood neighbors, Bradley A. and Lynn M. Perry, are suing her over the animals, and their attorney says they're concerned about property values. The Trendwood neighborhood has covenants that bar homeowners from raising livestock. But in 1969, Trendwood was annexed by Omaha. The city's ordinance allows backyard chickens so long as the prospective chicken owner gets a county permit. Williams got her permit last year. She said she'll fight for her chickens, largely because her son loves them.

Obama power plant cuts draw praise, criticism in Nebraska
LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) — President Barack Obama's effort to cut greenhouse gases from U.S. power plants is drawing praise from a leading Nebraska environmental group, but an Omaha-based think tank is urging state officials to fight the plan. The group Bold Nebraska on Monday hailed the federal Clean Power Plan as a "flexible, common-sense rule" that will reduce carbon pollution. The group says it's working to mobilize the public for hearings on Nebraska's state plan to comply with the rule. The Platte Institute for Economic Research argued in a report Monday that the plan would hurt the state economy without having much direct impact on global climate emissions. The group argues that Nebraska relies heavily on coal, and the state's electric utilities have a legal mandate to provide low-cost and reliable public power.

Nebraska parents helping daughter live in time she has left
MONROE, Neb. (AP) — Two Platte County parents are determined to help their ailing infant daughter really live in what little time she may have left. Twenty-five-year-old Paige Wiese and her husband, 28-year-old Shawn Wiese, say the bucket list they've created for their 15-month-old daughter, Alexus, is all about being together as a family. The Monroe couple also have a son, Weston, who was born four years ago. Alexus was diagnosed with a rare disease called cystic encephalomalacia shortly after her birth in April 2014. It's caused by pockets of fluid and cysts that grow throughout the brain, causing the brain to stop growing. The earlier it can be diagnosed usually means the shorter the life span. The Wieses lost a 14-month-old girl, Joselyn, to the disease in 2011.

Blaze at Lincoln home was arson, fire investigators say
LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) — Investigators say an early morning fire at a home in central Lincoln was arson. No one was in the home when firetrucks arrived around 1:40 a.m. Monday. No injuries have been reported in the blaze. Lincoln fire investigator Don Gross says the most recent tenants of the home are people of interest in the case. They'd been evicted and were seen moving items out of the house on Sunday. Fire damage was estimated at $20,000.

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