Nebraska News

Omaha police investigate after finding 2 bodies in houses
OMAHA, Neb. (AP) — Police are investigating the deaths of two people after their bodies were found in different northeast Omaha homes. Police said an adult woman was found Friday inside a home at 2210 North 39th Street after an anonymous tip came in about the body. Few details were released about the woman or her identity. On Saturday, a 54-year-old man was found in the basement of a home at 5309 North 35th Street. That man was identified as Roy Jennings. Police have not said how the victims died, and no arrests had been made as of Sunday morning.

Meeting to focus on care of mentally ill in assisted living
LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) — Advocates for people with mental illnesses are concerned about reports of poor care in assisted living facilities in Lincoln, so they are holding a community meeting. The Lincoln Journal Star reports that the Mental Health Association of Nebraska has received reports of rooms filled with soiled adult diapers, bedbug infestations and outright neglect. The meeting will be held Monday evening at Union College. Officials from the state Department of Health and Human Services, Disability Rights Nebraska and law enforcement are expected. Kasey Moyer with the Mental Health Association of Nebraska says the meeting is designed to help find solutions and improve care.

Nebraska tax credit aims to revitalize historic buildings
LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) — A new state tax credit designed to help renovate historic buildings is seeing a surge in interest from nonprofits and developers. The Nebraska State Historical Society approved 46 projects this year in Omaha, Boys Town, Columbus, Norfolk and Red Cloud at a total cost of more than $14.9 million. The agency received 58 applications. Project applicants snagged nearly all of the $15 million that was available this year within the program's first two months. The tax credit is helping to convert abandoned Omaha buildings into new apartments, repair old homes at Boys Town and create a National Willa Cather Center in Red Cloud. Ryan Reed of the Nebraska State Historical Society says the state already has a list of projects awaiting money in 2016.

Nebraska Panhandle project could hamper motorists
GERING, Neb. (AP) — A pavement project could hamper travelers on a stretch of Nebraska Highway 71 in the Panhandle later this month. The Nebraska Roads Department says concrete will be lifted and stabilized in the Gering area. The work is scheduled to begin the week of October 12th and be finished by late October. Traffic will be maintained, but there will be lane closures and reduced speeds.

UNL's Mueller Planetarium to host Halloween laser shows
LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) — The University of Nebraska-Lincoln's Mueller Planetarium is hosting Halloween laser light shows in October. The shows will take place at various times throughout the month, including some evening shows. Tickets will be sold on a first-come, first-served basis. The family-friendly "Halloween Laser Spooktacular" show will include songs such as "Monster Mash," ''Ghostbusters" and "The Purple People Eater," along with current pop and rock songs. It lasts 45 minutes. The museum will also feature a "Laser Pink Floyd" with tracks including "Money," ''Time," ''The Great Gig in the Sky" and "Brain Damage." The 48-minute show is not suitable for children. More information is available at or by calling 402-472-2641.

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