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Cities Rarely Pay on Nebraskans’ Chuckhole Claims

Authorities say Nebraska law makes it tough for people to recover repair costs when their vehicles are damaged by chuckholes or other street hazards. The Lincoln Journal Star says only person has been reimbursed by the city of Lincoln for …

Lincoln Disagreement on Firetruck-Pickup Test

Lincoln, Neb., fire officials still disagree on whether first responders with a geared-up pickup can adequately handle some calls that traditionally have been handled by firefighters with fully equipped firetruck. Last May, the department outfitted a pickup and gave captains …

Nebraska Officials Kick Off SeatBelt Campaign

Nebraska officials have kicked off their annual seatbelt campaign to promote roadway safety. The “Click It or Ticket” campaign began on Monday and will run through June 2. Nebraska recorded 212 roadway deaths last year, marking the first time the …

Nebraska Motorcycle Helmet Bill Will Get Another Ride

An effort to repeal Nebraska’s motorcycle helmet law will get another ride in the Legislature, this time with a new crop of state lawmakers. Opponents who have tried for two decades to repeal the helmet law are pushing for it …

Laser Imaging Helps Nebraska County Map Flood Plains

A new map shows fewer square miles of flood plains in eastern Nebraska’s Lancaster County. The Lincoln Journal Star reports that a laser imaging detection device attached to an aircraft was used to scan the county and other parts of …

16 People Killed on Nebraska Roads in February

The Nebraska Department of Highway Safety says 16 people died on state roads in February. That compared with 11 traffic fatalities in February 2012. The department, in conjunction with the state Department of Roads, says two of those fatalities were …

Nebraska’s First Tornado for 2013 Reported

The state’s first tornado of the year hit in a rural area of western Nebraska, but officials do not believe the twister struck any buildings or caused any injuries. The National Weather Service confirmed Saturday that Friday evening’s tornado was …

State Closes Nebraska City Men’s Free Bar Shuttle

Two Nebraska City men have been told they can’t continue to offer free rides to bar patrons until the men get permits and more insurance. The Lincoln Journal Star reports that Travis Gillespie and Frank Trombino say they were inspired …

Nebraska Woman Gets Prison in Insurance Fraud Case

A 51-year-old York woman has been given one to two years in prison for attempted insurance fraud. Online court records say Susan Schulz was sentenced last week. She’d pleaded no contest in February after making a deal with prosecutors. The …

Insurance Company Laying Off 113 in Nebraska

An insurance company is closing a call center in Lincoln, Neb., and laying off more than 100 people. The Lincoln Journal Star reports QBE North America will close the call center on May 10 and eliminate 113 jobs. The Lincoln …