Nebraska News

Norwalk family finds support after fire
NORFOLK, Neb. (AP) — A Nebraska family whose home was damaged by a fire says they are thankful for the love and support of their community. The Norfolk Daily News reported Wednesday on how the Hardy family is coping. Marshal and Stacy Hardy and their three children escaped their Norfolk home about six weeks ago after it caught on fire. The family says they have received numerous offers of housing and many people have given them gift cards so they could buy clothes and other necessities. They are now living in a rental property while they work with the insurance company and contractors to repair their house. The cause of the fire has not been determined.

Prosecutor named judge for Lancaster County
LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) — A Lancaster County prosecutor has been appointed to fill an opening on the Lancaster County Court bench. Governor Dave Heineman's office says he's selected 43-year-old Holly Parsley to succeed Judge Gale Pokorny, who retired at the end of August. Parsley has been with the Lancaster County Attorney's office since 1998. Before that she was a public defender for Clay, Gage, Saline and Thayer counties. She graduated from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln College of Law in 1996.

Man died after Omaha collision, police say
OMAHA, Neb. (AP) — Police say a 28-year-old Omaha man has died after a collision on the east side of the city. The accident was reported a little before 6:30 p.m. Wednesday. Police say a westbound vehicle driven by Zachary Redden crossed into oncoming traffic and struck a vehicle driven by 22-year-old Zachary Dunn, also of Omaha. Police say Redden died later at a hospital and that Dunn and a passenger in his vehicle was treated at a hospital and released. Officers suspect Redden had been drinking and are awaiting autopsy results.

Woman dies after Lincoln County collision
NORTH PLATTE, Neb. (AP) — Authorities say a 34-year-old passenger in a minivan has been killed in a head-on collision north of North Platte. The Lincoln County Sheriff's Office says the accident was reported just after 11:15 a.m. Wednesday on U.S. Highway 83. The office says a southbound minivan crossed the center line as it crested a hill and rammed into a northbound semitrailer. The Sheriff's Office identified the dead woman as Michelle Heisz of Stapleton. Her mother, 59-year-old Vicky Allen, also of Stapleton, was driving the minivan. Allen was taken to a hospital, as was her 3-year-old granddaughter, who is Heisz's daughter. The Sheriff's Office says injuries to the truck driver didn't appear to be life-threatening. He was identified as 28-year-old Corey Peters of North Platte.

Train rams unoccupied car in Nebraska Panhandle
MORRILL, Neb. (AP) — A locomotive has struck an unoccupied vehicle at a crossing four miles south of Morrill in the Nebraska Panhandle. The Scottsbluff Star-Herald reports that the incident occurred Wednesday morning. Union Pacific says the coal train carried the car for a little less than a quarter of a mile before stopping. No injuries have been reported. Union Pacific says the incident is being investigated.

Nebraska woman makes memory pillows for bereaved
NORTH PLATTE, Neb. (AP) — A Nebraska woman has been making memory pillows for bereaved families, pillows that she makes from the clothing of the deceased. Vicki Anderson told The North Platte Telegraph that she lost her husband to cancer 19 years ago. She says he'd received hospice care, so she decided to help the organization that provided him comfort in his final days. The clothing has been provided by families who responded to letters sent by Great Plains Health Home Health and Hospice. The organization's Renee Callaghan says she got the idea for memory pillows from other hospice organizations. Anderson has made 14 pillows from shirts, sweaters and robes since May and has orders for 12 more.

Some nonprofits to get incubator space in Lincoln
LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) — A Lincoln couple are donating business incubator space to help nonprofits grow and thrive. The Lincoln Journal Star says Nonprofit Hub, an offshoot of the digital marketing company Firespring, said Wednesday that there would be 12,000 square feet of space in a downtown Lincoln building. The building is owned by Firespring founder and CEO Jay Wilkinson and his wife, Tawnya Starr-Wilkinson. Nonprofit Hub has been operating only online since 2011. It will be based in the new space. There will be 13 private offices available, 12 private collaborative cubicles and 44 desks that can be rented on a day-to-day basis. There also will be four meeting rooms and a conference center and classroom that will accommodate up to 50 people.

Zoo officials: Zebra died from anesthesia reaction
SCOTTSBLUFF, Neb. (AP) — Zoo officials in Scottsbluff say a reaction to anesthesia killed a zebra foal that was going to be castrated. The young zebra, named Olaf, was born earlier this year and was to be routinely castrated last week. But Anne James, executive director of the Riverside Discovery Center in Scottsbluff, said Wednesday morning that Olaf had "an unanticipated reaction" to the anesthetic and died immediately, without suffering. James says the procedure has been done many times by the local veterinarian who'd been called in. She says the vet is certified with the Association of Zoo Veterinarians. Olaf's parents live at the zoo, and James says it's hoped that when they mate again they'll produce another foal.

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