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New Wind Farm Dedicated

Central Nebraska officials have dedicated a new wind farm project near Broken Bow. TheBroken Bow II wind has 43 turbines, doubling the number in an area northeast of the city. Construction began in January. The wind farm was placed into commercial operation on Oct. 1. Power from the facility will go the Nebraska Public Power District, which bought it under a 25-year contract. Custer County now

Fire Threatens Lincoln Family

3 Lincoln families this morning (Thursday) are not waking up in their own apartments. The Red Cross help relocate them after their apartments near 48th and Pioneers Blvd caught fire. Investigators say an electrical failure caused the 2nd floor fire. No structural damage, but a lot of smoke and heat damage.

LPS Board Names New Schools

New schools in Lincoln will be named after a former school board member, a former administrator and a judge who advocated that children and young people needed a separate court.  The Lincoln Board of Education will name a 2016 elementary school after long-time early childhood advocate, Sally Wysong, who ran Meadowlane daycare/preschool.  

Omaha Killer Mentions Congressman In Courtroom

Convicted Omaha killer Nikko Jenkins, whose release from prison last year has been dragged into the race for Nebraska's 2nd House District, mentioned the Republican incumbent in a courtroom appearance. Jenkins said loudly Wednesday as he entered a courtroom, "Vote for Terry, guys. Best Republican ever." Jenkins awaits sentencing for killing four Omahans in August 2013.

Wastewater Used To Heat And Cool Innovation Campus

Lincoln's wastewater is helping heat and cool a building on the University of Nebraska-Lincoln's Innovation Campus. About 70 percent of Lincoln's wastewater is treated at the Theresa Street facility that's near the campus. The campus uses a renewable energy system that captures heat from the wastewater that's funneled to the plant. 

Omaha Resident Opens Fire on Burglar

Authorities say a man who was shot while trying to break into a northeast Omaha home has died. Police say the home's lone resident shot the man in the chest around 2:30 a.m. Wednesday. The wounded man was found by officers on a sidewalk a few blocks from the home. Police say he died later at an Omaha hospital. He was identified as 41-year-old Lee Harvey. 

Governor Questioned By Legislative Committee About Prison Issues

The chairman of a legislative committee says 162 Nebraska inmates convicted of violent crimes were freed early under a furlough program. The program was revealed at a hearing Wednesday as the chairman, Sen. Steve Lathrop, questioned Gov. Dave Heineman. Heineman was subpoenaed to testify under oath as part of an investigation into miscalculated prison sentences.

LFR Discussing Ebola Response Options

Lincoln's emergency medical personnel are going through daily preparations for Ebola.  Even though national health authorities say there's only a small chance of an outbreak anywhere in the U-S. Here in Lincoln, 41 agencies met for a preparedness exercise today.  Lincoln Fire and Rescue Captain Roger Bonin said changes are still being considered. 

Area Shortage Of Flu Vaccine

There is a national shortage of flu vaccine.  Shipments have been delayed, which is making it very difficult for pediatricians to get all their patients vaccinated.  A Lincoln pharmacist says he ordered 500 flu shots just to be sure he'd make it through the September/October rush.  Trevor Bertsch says not all pharmacies order ahead like he does.  

Gale Expects Good Voter Turnout Next Tuesday

Secretary of State John Gale is expecting a 50% voter turnout for next Tuesday's General Election.  Several key races for Governor, U.S. Senate, Congress and a ballot initiative in raising the minimum wage are likely reasons to bring voters to the polls next Tuesday.  In 2010, the last non-presidential election voter turnout was 43 percent.