Nebraska News

Lincoln solar power project expected to fire up by June 20
LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) — What's being called Nebraska's first commercial solar energy project is expected to begin tracking the sun and delivering some of its power by June 20. The Lincoln Journal Star reports that the Enerparc project will be able to output about 3.6 megawatts, enough to power around 900 Lincoln homes. It sits on a 46-acre parcel on the west side of the capital city. Lincoln Electric System has a 20-year contract to buy the power, with a five-year extension option. The utility has declined to say how much it will pay for the electricity or how the rate will compare to the cost of fossil fuel-produced electricity or other renewable sources such as wind. Enerparc has said the project is costing $8.9 million.

2 tornadoes reported in southern Nebraska Panhandle
BROWNSON, Neb. (AP) — Two tornadoes have been spotted on the ground in the southern Panhandle of Nebraska. The National Weather Service says trained spotters and Cheyenne County officials reported the tornadoes between 2 and 2:20 p.m. Monday, about two miles south of Brownson. No injuries have been reported. Scottsbluff radio station KNEB reports that one building was damaged. The two initially have been classified as land spout tornadoes, which experts say usually are weaker and smaller than twisters that are associated with thunderstorm rotation.

South Dakota teen died in Nebraska crash, patrol says
MERRIMAN, Neb. (AP) — Authorities say a 15-year-old South Dakota resident has been killed in a Nebraska crash. Norfolk radio station KNEN reports the crash happened just after 9 a.m. Sunday on Nebraska Highway 61, just north of Merriman. The Nebraska State Patrol says a southbound pickup ran off the roadway and rolled into a ditch, landing on its roof. The conditions of the driver and another passenger have not been reported. The patrol identified the 15-year-old as Sydney Lindbloom, of Pierre, South Dakota.

Onlookers help people out of Elkhorn River after canoe flips
WATERLOO, Neb. (AP) — Onlookers helped a mom and dad and their 9-year-old son escape from the Elkhorn River after their canoe flipped over. Brandon Monroe and Gary Burns jumped into the water Monday evening after they saw the three tossed into the river near Waterloo. Monroe says he went after the boy and told his dad to get to the bank quickly. Monroe says an airboat was able to reach the boy's mother and help her to safety.

Police: Man in critical condition following Omaha stabbing
OMAHA, Neb. (AP) — Police say a man is in critical condition following a stabbing in Omaha. Lt. Kim Starlin of the Omaha Police Department says the 27-year-old man was stabbed Monday afternoon on a neighborhood street on the city's east side. He is listed in critical condition at Creighton University Medical Center. The Omaha World-Herald reports the man was found with at least one wound to his chest. No arrests have been made. Police were in the area about 12 hours earlier to respond to a report of a shooting. A 19-year-old was taken to Creighton with an injury that was not life-threatening.

Barge traffic makes a resurgence on the Missouri River
KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — Barge traffic is making a slow but steady comeback on the Missouri River, although proponents acknowledge the industry is still swimming upstream against a perception that the river is not reliable enough to be a profitable transportation corridor. Some private barge and tow companies never stopped using the river. But public ports along the 760-mile span from Sioux City, Iowa, to St. Louis virtually disappeared by the early 2000s due to a combination of drought, recession and political infighting. Improved conditions allowed Port KC to reopen the first public port on the Missouri River since 2007 and a public port about an hour north in St. Joseph is undergoing renovations. Proponents of the ports say barge shipping is cheaper, more environmentally friendly and eases stress on the nation's highways and rail transportation systems.

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