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Remains of 2 Missing Brothers Found in 2 Separate States

Officials ID remains of Nicholas and Justin Diemel in Mo., Neb.; Garland Nelson charged

(Newser) - The fate of two brothers from Wisconsin who went missing while on a business trip in July has now been confirmed. On Friday, authorities said that remains found in Caldwell County, Mo., and in Lincoln, Neb., were those of 35-year-old Nicholas Diemel and 24-year-old Justin Diemel, respectively, Fox News reports.... More »

Who's Ready for Blizzard Conditions?

North-central states could see up to 2 feet of snow over next few days

(Newser) - Get your snow boots ready. A "potentially historic" winter storm is expected over the next several days in the north-central part of the country, which could see record low temperatures and up to two feet of snow, USA Today reports. Parts of Washington state, northern Idaho, and western Montana... More »

She Tried to Burn Love Letters, Gave Up, Woke to a Problem

Nebraska woman had left them smoldering while she napped

(Newser) - A Nebraska woman trying to burn love letters from an ex-boyfriend gave her apartment a smoldering look. Investigators say 19-year-old Ariauna Lillard tried to burn the letters with a butane torch but gave up and took a nap after it looked like they hadn't ignited, the Smoking Gun reports.... More »

Maid of Honor Was Told to Wear Anything. She Didn't Disappoint

Christina Meador shows up at sister's wedding in T. rex outfit, with bride's blessing

(Newser) - Most bridesmaids appreciate when they're told they can wear what they want on the big day, though usually that means choosing a favorite dress style or color. Christina Meador went ... a different route. Her get-up of choice at her sister Deanna Adams' Aug. 10 wedding in Nebraska: a T.... More »

Midwife Faces 20 Years in Death of Breech Baby

Angela Hock, unlicensed, charged with negligent child abuse

(Newser) - An unlicensed midwife is facing charges after she unsuccessfully tried to deliver a breech baby, who later died. Angela Hock of Nebraska Birth Keeper was paid at least $3,000 to assist 25-year-old Emily Noe in delivering a baby at her Omaha home, per the Omaha World-Herald and KETV . Some... More »

School District Has Drastic Plan to Quash Vaping 'Epidemic'

Nebraska's Fairbury Public Schools hopes urine tests for nicotine serve as deterrent

(Newser) - Random drug tests ordered by Nebraska's Fairbury Public Schools will be looking for one drug in particular: nicotine. In an effort to curb teen vaping, students in grades seven through 12 who hope to take part in extracurriculars including marching band must submit to random nicotine testing following a... More »

This State Ranks No. 1 Above the Rest

Washington tops overall in 'US News' ranking, while Louisiana is last

(Newser) - What's the best state? In the eyes of US News & World Report , that distinction belongs to Washington state. The magazine ranked eight factors—health care, education, economy, infrastructure, opportunity, fiscal stability, crime, and natural environment—for its new ranking of all the states. As it turns out, Washington... More »

Woman Buys Out Shoe Store, for a Cause

Addy Tritt's kind act benefits Nebraska flood victims

(Newser) - A Kansas woman donated 204 pairs of shoes to Nebraska flood victims after buying everything that was left at a closing Payless store , per the AP . The Hays Post reports the shoes, with a retail price of more than $6,000, were part of a flood relief shipment taken to... More »

Missouri Declares State of Emergency

Floodwaters threatening critical infrastructure

(Newser) - Missouri Gov. Mike Parson declared a state of emergency Thursday following flooding that left several people stranded and continues to cause damage and strain levees in several Midwest states. Parson's action will allow state agencies to work directly with local officials responding to flooding. Parson, along with the state'... More »

The 'Toughest Pill' From Farm Belt Flooding

Farmers were storing corn and soybeans, waiting for price to rise another 10 cents or so

(Newser) - Flooding has killed at least four people, plus livestock, and destroyed millions of dollars worth of grain supplies in Farm Belt states across the Missouri River Basin . Meanwhile, Southern states are apparently in for a brutal spring in terms of flooding. Details:
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Winter Flooding Takes Farmer's Life

And at least 2 other people are missing

(Newser) - Authorities were using boats and large vehicles on Saturday to rescue and evacuate residents in parts of the Midwest where a recent deluge of rainwater and snowmelt was sent pouring over frozen ground, overwhelming creeks and rivers, and killing at least one person, the AP reports. Rescue efforts in eastern... More »

'Bomb Cyclone' Could Hit 70M Americans

Hunker down—heavy snow, strong winds expected

(Newser) - Some 70 million residents of the central US may soon come face-to-face with a "bomb cyclone." The rare weather system—the Conversation has a helpful explainer—arrives Wednesday and could bring with it blizzards, tornadoes, and floods. Per CNN , "more than [45 million] people are under a... More »

Nebraska County Pays Huge Price for Bungled Murder Case

SCOTUS upholds verdict that will see 'Beatrice Six' get $28M for their wrongful convictions

(Newser) - The Beatrice Six are a unique case in the history of American crime , and the Supreme Court's Monday decision related to their case has left Nebraska's Gage County in a unique situation. The six went to prison for raping and killing Helen Wilson in the town of Beatrice... More »

Someone's Blasting a School District Online. Now, an Unmasking?

Neb.'s Friend Public Schools wants to know who's running the criticism-filled Friend Bulldog account

(Newser) - A southeast Nebraska school district wants a court to help it learn who's behind a Twitter account that has targeted the district and superintendent. Friend Public Schools says the unknown person behind the Friend Bulldog account has made false, libelous, and defamatory statements accusing Superintendent David Kraus or the... More »

His Family Made Funeral Plans. Then, 'Craziest Moment Ever'

T. Scott Marr wakes up after being taken off life support, dubbed 'Miracle Man'

(Newser) - On Dec. 12, T. Scott Marr was found unconscious and barely alive by his son. On Dec. 13, the 61-year-old Nebraska man's family was told recovery was unlikely after an apparent stroke, so they gave permission for his breathing tubes to be removed and started making calls to plan... More »

Sarah Hyland Tweet-Blasts Cousin's 'Murderer'

Trevor Canaday, 14, killed by alleged drunk driver in Nebraska

(Newser) - Modern Family star Sarah Hyland is taking a break from Twitter as she mourns her teenage cousin, killed by an alleged drunk driver in Nebraska over the weekend. Trevor Canaday, 14, was traveling with his father to a show choir event in Omaha on Saturday when a driver ran a... More »

He Usually Delivers Food. This Time, It Was a Man

After Fla. woman places call to wrong number, Jimmy John's staff helps her ailing brother

(Newser) - Lisa Nagengast has just gotten off her plane Saturday evening at the Tampa airport, fresh off a visit to Nebraska to help her ailing brother, when she received a distressing phone call: It was Greg Holeman, the brother she'd just left after his spinal fusion surgery, and he was... More »

Kangaroo Chili Not a Good Career Move for School Cook

Nebraska officials have no appetite for exotic meat, and Kevin Frei is out of a job

(Newser) - Kevin Frei tossed a little kangaroo meat into his pot of chili—harmlessly, he thought. You're reading about the lunch he was making on Oct. 10 because it was for the junior and senior high school students at Nebraska's Potter-Dix Public Schools, reports WUSA9 , and Frei has since... More »

Nebraska's New Slogan: Honestly, We're 'Not for Everyone'

The state's new tourism campaign aims to 'shake people up'

(Newser) - Nebraska's no longer nice, at least in its next tourism campaign. The new sales pitch, per the AP , has a decidedly self-deprecating bent: "Nebraska. Honestly, it's not for everyone." The slogan, which the Nebraska Tourism Commission unveiled Wednesday at a Nebraska City conference, will replace the... More »

Nebraska Uses Fentanyl to Kill Prisoner, a First

Carey Dean Moore was put to death Tuesday

(Newser) - For the first time, fentanyl has been used in the execution of a US prisoner. Carey Dean Moore was put to death via lethal injection at the Nebraska State Penitentiary Tuesday morning using a previously untested combination of four drugs: fentanyl citrate, the powerful synthetic opioid blamed for deadly overdoses... More »

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