Nebraska News

Nebraska could require carbon monoxide detectors in homes
LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) — An increase in carbon monoxide poisoning calls last year could prompt Nebraska lawmakers to require alarms in homes and apartments. A bill set for a legislative hearing Thursday would add Nebraska to a growing list of states that require the devices in addition to smoke alarms. The Nebraska Regional Poison Center received 167 carbon monoxide calls in 2014. That's up from 107 calls the previous year. Kathy Jacobitz, the group's managing director, says the detectors are an important safety device. The bill by Senator Sara Howard of Omaha would require carbon monoxide detectors in any home or apartment sold, rented or issued a building permit after January 1st, 2017. Howard says she introduced it in response to past carbon monoxide deaths in Nebraska.

Omaha police continue investigating shooting that killed 3
OMAHA, Neb. (AP) — Omaha police are continuing to investigate this weekend's shooting that left three dead and five wounded. Officer James Shade said Sunday he couldn't release any additional information about Saturday's shooting. No arrests have been reported. The shooting happened at a small northeast Omaha home where as many as 50 people were gathered for a party. Police say multiple shooters fired at the home around 2 a.m. Saturday. Most people at the party refused to help police. Investigators are urging anyone with information about the shooting to come forward or submit a tip anonymously to Crime Stoppers. A $25,000 reward is offered for solid information. The five people wounded in the shooting were in stable condition Saturday. A hospital spokesman said Sunday no updates were available because the patient's requested privacy.

Arrest warrant issued in fatal Omaha shooting from Thursday
OMAHA, Neb. (AP) — An arrest warrant has been issued for a suspect in a fatal Omaha shooting that happened Thursday morning. Police say they are looking for 19-year-old Ary Soto in connection with the shooting death of 20-year-old Roberto Gonzalez. Gonzalez was shot in southeast Omaha Thursday morning around 8:30. He was taken to the Nebraska Medical Center where he later died. Police said Saturday that a warrant had been issued for Soto on suspicion of first-degree murder and using a weapon. Previously, police arrested another person as an accessory to the shooting.

Fight ends demonstration honoring Omaha shooting victims
OMAHA, Neb. (AP) — A demonstration honoring three Omaha shooting victims killed when gunmen opened fire on a party this weekend had to be cut short when a fight started. Roughly 100 people gathered Sunday afternoon to walk through the neighborhood and remember the victims of Saturday's shooting that also injured five others. Through most of the 45-minute prayer walk, participants were consoling family members of the victims and hugging. But near the end of the event a fight started. Several cars of Omaha police officers responded quickly to the incident and helped disperse the crowd. Police continue investigating the shooting, but did not release any updates on the case Sunday.

Fremont man, 19, dies after gun discharges Sunday
FREMONT, Neb. (AP) — Fremont police say a 19-year-old man died Sunday after a gun discharged. Police and firefighters responded to a medical emergency around 10:30 a.m. Sunday. An injured man was taken to a Fremont hospital where he later died. Police are investigating the incident. Officials did not explain Sunday how the gun went off.

Bellevue hiring fair scheduled for veterans, service members
BELLEVUE, Neb. (AP) — An employment workshop will be held before next month's hiring fair in Bellevue for veterans, service members and military spouses. The workshop will focus on resume preparation, how to navigate hiring fairs, how to translate military skills and how to handle interviews. The Hiring Our Heroes event will take place Feb. 18 at the Lied Activity Center, 2700 Arboretum Drive, Bellevue. The workshop is scheduled to begin at 8:30 a.m., followed by the hiring fair, which is set to run from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Nebraska works to recruit dairy farmers from other states
SEWARD, Neb. (AP) — Nebraska is trying to attract dairy farmers from other states with the promise of abundant land, plentiful water and feed and agriculture-friendly rules. The Lincoln Journal Star reports that sales pitch can be effective in California where dairy producers face drought, urban sprawl and high costs. The Nebraska Department of Agriculture estimates that every dairy cow represents a $5,000 economic impact in the state. Marty De Hoog is one of two California dairy farmers to move operations from California to Nebraska in the past four years. He brought his family and about 500 cows with in him 2013. De Hoog says he likes the people in Nebraska and the readily available water, but he's still not wild about the cold.

Nebraska farmer visits South American counterparts
LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) — A Nebraska farmer recently visited Colombia and Brazil to learn more about international markets for U.S. crops. The Nebraska Corn Board says John Greer from Edgar was part of a delegation with the U.S. Grains Council. Greer says the recent U.S.-Colombia free trade agreement seems to be creating new opportunities to sell American corn and related products. That's encouraging because Colombia is one of the largest importers of corn in the region. But Brazil will compete with the United States to sell grain to Colombia.

Growing older population in Nebraska will need housing
GRAND ISLAND, Neb. (AP) — More Nebraskans need housing designed for senior citizens' needs, but in many communities, especially rural ones, that can be hard to find. The Grand Island Independent reports developers are starting to respond to those needs in some cities. Dean and Gwen Garringer recently moved into a new duplex in Aurora designed especially for seniors. The Garringers didn't think they'd be able to have a home of their own again after deciding they couldn't maintain their home in Phillips. Currently, about 14 percent of the state's population is 65 or older, and the percentage is higher in many rural counties. That group is expected to grow significantly over the next decade as more baby boomers retire.

Hilliard scores 24 to lead No. 4 Villanova over Creighton
VILLANOVA, Pa. (AP) — Darrun Hilliard scored a season-high 24 points to lead Number 4 Villanova to a 71-50 victory over Creighton Sunday night. Ryan Arcidiacono added 10 points for the Wildcats (18-2, 5-2 Big East), which rebounded from one of its worst performances of the season — Monday's 78-58 defeat at Georgetown. In that loss, the Wildcats had a season-low eight assists and were one off a season high with 18 turnovers. They had 15 assists and just five turnovers against Creighton. James Milliken had 13 points for the Bluejays (9-12, 0-8), who lost their ninth straight game. Creighton's last win came December 19th at home versus Texas-Pan American.

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