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Server Fired for Shooting Viral Video of Maskless Governor

Nebraska bar employee recorded video of Pete Ricketts on election night

(Newser) - A server at an Omaha-area sports bar has been fired after a viral video she shot showed Nebraska Gov. Pete Ricketts celebrating a fellow Republican's win on election night. Per the Lincoln Journal Star , the 25-year-old employee can be heard in the Nov. 3 clip—which shows a maskless... More »

Why Many Midwestern Towns Are Shrugging Off the Virus

"If I get it, I get it. That's just how I feel'

(Newser) - Danny Rice has a good sense of how dangerous the coronavirus can be. What puzzles him are the people who have curtailed so much of their lives to avoid being infected by the virus. "I'm not going out and looking to catch it," he told the AP... More »

2 State Constitutions Allowed for Slavery. But No More

Utah, Nebraska outlaw the practice, without exemptions

(Newser) - A person convicted of a crime in Utah or Nebraska could technically be punished with slavery under the state constitution, but no longer. Voters in both states chose to remove language describing the possible punishment on Tuesday. With passage of Amendment C, Article I, Section 21 of Utah's constitution—... More »

7 Hospitalized After Trump Airport Rally

Omaha supporters were stranded in freezing temperatures

(Newser) - At least seven people were taken to hospitals after an Omaha airport rally for President Trump drew thousands, many of whom were left stranded miles from their parked cars in freezing weather. Omaha police said in a written statement that first responders dealt with 30 people for medical reasons throughout... More »

Trump-Loving Brother Calls Cops on Biden-Loving Sister

Because that 49-year-old sister allegedly stole his Trump car magnet

(Newser) - She says her brother is "brainwashed." He says his sister is a thief. At the heart of the matter? Election 2020, naturally. The Omaha World-Herald reports on a family dispute out of Omaha that ended up involving police. A 52-year-old President Trump supporter says he was looking outside... More »

Sasse Slams Trump on Call: A GOP 'Bloodbath' Is Coming

Neb. senator didn't hold back in chat with constituents: 'I've never been on the Trump train'

(Newser) - Sen. Ben Sasse had a conference call with 17,000 constituents this week, and probably not unexpectedly, the subject of President Trump came up. What may have been unexpected, however, is what the New York Times calls a "dire nine-minute indictment" by the Nebraska senator on the president. In... More »

Family of Gunned-Down Protester Reacts to Suspect's Suicide

'Are we supposed to feel bad?' James Scurlock's sister asks after bar owner killed himself

(Newser) - Rather than face a manslaughter charge in the shooting death of Black protester James Scurlock, white Nebraska bar owner Jake Gardner apparently took his own life over the weekend. But while one of Gardner's attorneys called it an "extremely sad day," Scurlock's family doesn't feel... More »

Bar Owner Charged With Killing Protester Commits Suicide

Jake Gardner killed himself on the day he was to surrender in James Scurlock's shooting

(Newser) - The white Nebraska bar owner charged with the fatal shooting of a Black protester killed himself Sunday, his attorneys announced. Jake Gardner, 38, was in Oregon at the time; he had been scheduled to return to Omaha on Sunday night and surrender to authorities over James Scurlock's death, the... More »

Grand Jury Doesn't Buy White Bar Owner's Claim

Jake Gardner is charged with manslaughter in May 30 shooting death of James Scurlock

(Newser) - A white Nebraska bar owner says he was acting in self-defense when he shot and killed a young Black protester in the spring on the streets of Omaha, claiming the protester had put him in a chokehold. A grand jury, however, felt otherwise. Ex-Marine Jake Gardner, 38, was charged on... More »

Governor Cancels Social Distancing

Nebraska bases decision on hospital beds' availability

(Newser) - Nebraska Gov. Pete Ricketts will end nearly all of his state's social-distancing restrictions on Monday, even as the number of new coronavirus cases has trended upward over the past few months. The new rules will still limit the size of large indoor gatherings, such as concerts, meeting halls and... More »

A Truck's Racist Message Sets Off Ruckus in Nebraska

Owner blames vandals, but witnesses disagree

(Newser) - A photo of a pickup truck with a racial slur painted across the back window went viral over the weekend, with Nebraska Gov. Pete Ricketts weighing in. Ricketts said the image , taken in Lincoln on Saturday, showed something "disgusting" and "hateful." Lincoln Mayor Leirion Gaylor said it... More »

Man's Plea to City About Boneless Wings Goes Viral

Ander Christensen worries kids are developing a fear of bones

(Newser) - "We have been living a lie for far too long," a man announced at a city council meeting in Lincoln, Nebraska, this week. That lie: boneless chicken wings. "We have been casually ignoring a problem that has gotten so out of control that our children are casually... More »

These Are the Biggest Slacking US States

North Dakota isn't one of them

(Newser) - Despite massive unemployment right now across the nation, WalletHub finds that Americans work pretty darn hard—whether it's because they want to, have to, or have the perception they have to. To find out which states really roll up their sleeves, the site looked at all 50 states across... More »

Nebraska Democrats Want to Dump Their Senate Pick

Female Chris Janicek staffer filed sexual harassment complain

(Newser) - The Nebraska Democratic Party called on its US Senate nominee to drop out of the race Tuesday after he made sexually repugnant comments about a campaign staffer in a group text with her and other staffers. The party said its state executive committee voted unanimously on Monday evening to withdraw... More »

Mayor Makes 'Uncalled For' Comment Against 'Troll'

Omaha's Jean Stothert accused Korean American of hiding 'behind symbols'—i.e., Korean alphabet

(Newser) - A Nebraska mayor who insisted she wouldn't apologize for an online comment has offered her mea culpa after all. NBC News reports the trouble started when Omaha Mayor Jean Stothert earlier this week put in place a city curfew due to protests over the death of George Floyd . Soyeon... More »

Can't Pay for Surgery? This Doctor Has a Creative Solution

Demetrio Aguila lets eligible patients put in volunteer hours for operations

(Newser) - "Who are my heroes? Who are the people I look at and say, 'That's who I want to be'?" For Demetrio Aguila, a Nebraska surgeon specializing in nerve pain, the answer to his own question is his father, also a physician—and one who loved helping... More »

In These States, It's Driver Beware

WalletHub ranking considers infrastructure, traffic, and more

(Newser) - Traffic in New York City is notoriously bad, but it's not enough to sour driving in the state, which comes middle of the pack in a new ranking of the best and worst US states in which to drive. There's much more than traffic to consider. Indeed, WalletHub... More »

This Is the Best State to Bring Up Your Brood

Minnesota tops the list

(Newser) - Myriad factors come into play when considering where to raise a family, and WalletHub has just tried to make the task a bit easier. The site took a close look at all 50 states, examining more than four dozen metrics in five main categories: family fun (which includes such things... More »

The Drones Fly at Night, in a Grid. No One Knows Why

FAA, Air Force, Amazon deny responsibility

(Newser) - A proposed FAA rule that would require drones to broadcast a radio signal for tracking by law enforcement would surely clear up a mystery in Colorado. Since mid-December, residents in rural counties have seen drones, some with 6-foot wingspans, flying in a grid-like pattern at night in groups of six... More »

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 »

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