Nebraska News

Woman hospitalized after tubing accident in western Nebraska
BRIDGEPORT, Neb. (AP) — Authorities say a 21-year-old woman has been hospitalized after a tubing accident in the Nebraska Panhandle. The accident occurred around 1:10 p.m. Wednesday at Bridgeport State Recreation Area in Morrill County. The Nebraska Game and Parks Commission says the woman was tubing on one of the lakes when her tube struck a shoreline. She was taken to a hospital in Morrill and then flown to a Scottsbluff hospital. Her name hasn't been released.

5 injured in firetruck-SUV collision, Omaha authorities say
OMAHA, Neb. (AP) — Five people have been injured in a downtown Omaha collision between a firetruck and a sport utility vehicle. Authorities say the lights were flashing and siren blaring on the northbound firetruck around 10:35 a.m. Wednesday as firefighters responded to an emergency call. But their truck collided with an eastbound SUV at an intersection and ended up crashing into the side of an art gallery building. Four firefighters and the SUV driver, 40-year-old Jason Sauvain, of Council Bluffs, Iowa, were taken to Creighton University Medical Center for treatment of what turned out to be minor injuries. No one in the building was injured.

Turbine malfunction takes Nebraska nuke plant offline
FORT CALHOUN, Neb. (AP) — Omaha's public power utility says its nuclear power plant in eastern Nebraska has been temporarily taken offline for a minor malfunction. Omaha Public Power District says in a written release that the Fort Calhoun Nuclear Station north of Omaha was taken offline Tuesday morning when a turbine tripped. The utility says the system responded as designed by automatically shutting down the reactor without incident. The utility says the plant is safe and there were no injuries. Operators are analyzing the cause of the situation, focusing on the speed and power controls of the turbine. Crews are working to resolve the issue and restore the unit to service. The utility announced earlier this month that it would close the nuclear power plant by the end of the year.

Nebraska prepares to offer special savings accounts
LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) — Nebraska will become one of the nation's first states to offer special tax-free savings accounts to people with disabilities. The state is set to launch its Enable Savings Plan on June 30. The plan allows adults with disabilities and their families to save as much as $100,000 without losing Social Security benefits. Supporters say the plans will help them save for medical, housing and educational needs. Under previous state law, adults with disabilities could lose Medicaid coverage and Social Security if they accumulated more than $2,000 in assets. State Treasurer Don Stenberg says Ohio and Tennessee launched similar accounts earlier this month, but Nebraska's is among the first. Residents from other states can also sign up for Nebraska's plan. First National Bank of Omaha will manage the program.

Bellevue city administrator cited for dental office incident
BELLEVUE, Neb. (AP) — Authorities say an eastern Nebraska city administrator has been ticketed for misdemeanor counts following a disturbance at a local dental office. Omaha television station WOWT reports that Bellevue City Administrator Dan Berlowitz was cited Tuesday afternoon following the disturbance that morning at Allen Smith Dental in Bellevue, where Berlowitz's wife used to work. A police report says Berlowitz poked a dentist in the chest and then pushed the dentist's shoulder. Berlowitz was later cited on suspicion of trespassing, disturbing the peace and third-degree assault, all misdemeanors. Berlowitz did not immediately return a phone message left at his office Wednesday.

Wounded deputy gets $1,500 to help with health insurance
CHAPPELL, Neb. (AP) — A Deuel County sheriff's deputy who lost his family health insurance after he was shot four times while serving arrest warrants will get $1,500 from the county. Mike Hutchinson was injured Dec. 3 while trying to arrest a suspect in Big Springs. He's left a hospital and has been recovering. He lost his group plan coverage May 31 after the county's new third-party provider determined that he wasn't working the required number of hours. Officials say coverage rules aren't set by the county. The county commissioners voted Tuesday for Hutchinson's one-time stipend. Hutchinson says he'll use the money to obtain coverage through the Affordable Care Act. Officials say his medical bills from the shooting have been covered by workers' compensation insurance.

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