• Bond set at $3 million for man accused in Gibboon Pack shooting

    (AP) - A judge has set a $3 million bond for a Grand Island man accused of fatally shooting a 34-year-old outside a meat-packing plant in south-central Nebraska. Bond was set Tuesday afternoon for Angelo Bol, who is charged with first-degree murder and use of a firearm. Law enforcement officials believe he targeted Karel Perez-Almaguer on Monday evening in the parking lot of Gibbon Packing. Bol previously worked at the plant, though it's unknown how long he was employed there or what his duties were. Judge Gerry Jorgensen appointed the Buffalo County Public Defender's Office to represent Bol. Bol's next court appearance is scheduled in January. Read More
  • Pelini rips Eichorst in final meeting with players

    (AP) - On the day he was introduced as Youngstown State's new head coach, the ugly nature of Bo Pelini's departure from Nebraska was revealed. Pelini, who was fired on November 30th, lambasted Nebraska athletic director Shawn Eichorst in a profanity-filled talk during his final meeting with his players. The Omaha World-Herald on Wednesday reported that it obtained an audiotape of Pelini's address to the players on December 2nd at a Lincoln high school. The university said in a statement that if the audiotape is authentic, "it only reaffirms the decision that he should no longer be a leader of young men at Nebraska." The World-Herald reported that Pelini used two vulgarities for female genitalia in reference to Eichorst. There were other instances of profanity on the audio. Read More
  • Legislative report bashes state help hotline

    (AP) - A new legislative report says Nebraska's public benefits hotline intended to help with benefits like food stamps and Medicaid needs to be overhauled. The Lincoln Journal Star says ( ) the special committee charged with looking into to working of the ACCESSNebraska system found it to be lacking. The system, implemented in 2008, has drawn complaints about long waits to talk to caseworkers and a high rate of busy signals. The special investigative committee created this year confirmed what audits in recent years have found: That the system consistently fails to reach its service goals. Jill Schreck, the Nebraska Health and Human Services deputy director for economic support, says the hotline is not a failure and that the report discounts "the really hard work" done to improve it. Read More
  • Ricketts announces more cabinet appointments

    (NRG)- Governor-elect Pete Ricketts Wednesday announced the appointment of Dr. Joseph Acierno as Chief Medical Officer and Director of the Division of Public Health. Dr. Acierno will also serve as the Acting CEO of the Nebraska Department of Health & Human Services until a full-time replacement is named following a nationwide job search. Also appointed was John Hilgert as Director of the Nebraska Department of Veterans' Affairs and Director of the Division of Veterans Homes. Along with those two appointments, Ricketts announced that Jodi Fenner would continue her service to the Division of Developmental Disabilities as Acting Director. Dr. Acierno will take over as Acting CEO of DHHS effective December 20th. All other announcements are effective January 8th. Read More
  • UNK Winter Commencement set for Friday

    (UNK)- Graduate and undergraduate degrees will be conferred for 427 students at University of Nebraska at Kearney winter commencement exercises at 10 a.m. Friday at the UNK Health and Sports Center. Distinguished alumnus and CEO of Adjuvance Technologies and Great Plains Biotechnology, Dr. J. Tyler Martin Sr. will address the graduates. Martin obtained his M.D. from the University of Nebraska College of Medicine after earning his bachelor's degree in chemistry from UNK in 1981. He was a resident in pediatrics at UNMC before accepting a fellowship in pediatric infectious diseases and molecular microbiology at Washington University in St. Louis. He returned to Nebraska and founded Great Plains Biotechnology in Lincoln in 2013 and has since become CEO and director of Adjuvance Technologies in New York. Martin's current businesses build off his expertise in biotechnology, developing therapeutic vaccines and commercializing immunotherapeutics. His pioneering research has focused on improving vaccines and antibiotics, building HIV clinical programs, and stem cell gene therapy. Martin is from Hebron and currently lives near Roca. Jared Pettit will give the senior class reflection. A construction management major from Kearney, Pettit is a staff sergeant in the Nebraska Army National Guard where he is a transportation coordinator. He previously served as a squad leader in the U.S. Army for 12 months in Iraq. He is a 10-year member of the Kearney Volunteer Fire Department, now holding the rank of lieutenant, and he is a certified emergency medical responder. Doors to the UNK Health and Sports Center will open at 8:30 a.m. Parking in the west lots is encouraged. Visitors with handicap parking permits can park east of the Health and Sports Center. Family members transporting a handicapped person will have access to drop off the person on the east side of the complex, but will need to move their vehicle to another lot. For those unable to attend in person, UNK commencement ceremonies are webcast at Read More