Nebraska teen charged as an adult in the death of 6-month-old daughter

OMAHA, Neb. (AP) - A Nebraska teen has been charged as an adult in the death of his 6-month-old daughter. The Omaha World-Herald reports that 17-year-old Alejandro Flores, of Omaha, was ordered held this week on $225,000 bail on a charge of intentional child abuse in the death of Ruby Flores-Martinez. She wasn’t breathing when police responded to an apartment on June 3.
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Appeals Court sides with OPS in lawsuit over sexual abuse of former student

A federal appeals court has sided with the Omaha Public Schools in a lawsuit filed by the family of a young woman who was sexually assaulted by her middle school teacher. The young woman, who attended Davis Middle School starting in 2013, was sexually assaulted by teacher Brian Robeson outside of school, in Robeson’s classroom during lunch, in a computer lab and in a school bathroom. When police interviewed her about what was happening, she was 14 and Robeson was 35.
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Nebraska governor plans to send troops to Texas to help border crisis

OMAHA, Neb. (WOWT) - Gov. Ricketts made the announcement Saturday on sending about 25 Nebraska State Patrol troopers to Del Rio, Texas to help the crisis along the United States and Mexico border. According to the release, the announcement was in response to “a request for assistance from emergency management...

The Public Pulse: Vision for downtown; Omaha's boulevards; County tax burden

I read with a lot of interest Cindy Gonzalez’s reporting on the new vision for the downtown. I applaud everyone behind this effort. I wonder, though, whether these efforts will include an opportunity for the public to weigh in on the concepts developed so far. Perhaps public input has already been gathered. If so, here are my 11th-hour thoughts on the mall.
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House fire in Sarpy County under investigation

OMAHA, Neb. (WOWT) - A home in Sarpy County caught fire just before 2 a.m. on Saturday. Crews say they quickly put out a deck fire near South 161st Terrace & Robin Dr. But the damage caused by the flames has made the home unliveable. Five people were able to...

Jeremy Aspen: We'll get burned by a democracy that's too pure

Democracy is beyond any doubt one of the best inventions of all of humanity. However, like chlorine, it is very dangerous in its purer forms and must be diluted for it to be compatible with humans. In Chris Chappelear’s Midlands Voices column, “Nebraska should restore a two-house system,” he correctly...

Taste of North Omaha launches small businesses in its fourth year

It's the fourth year for small business owners from the north side of Omaha to show off their inventory. Taste of North Omaha hosted dozens of vendors and hundreds of customers at Eagle's Nest Worship Center. It all starts at tents for self-starters who want to grow their businesses. "What...