Norfolk Southern is 1st railroad to give all workers sick time as others negotiate with unionsJune 5, 2023 GMT
OMAHA, Neb. (AP) — Norfolk Southern became the first major North American freight railroad with deals to provide paid sick time to all of its workers Monday, but the other railroads are making progress, with nearly 65% of all rail workers securing this basic benefit since the start of the year.
OMAHA, Neb. (AP) — With the rail industry relying on longer and longer trains to cut costs, the Biden administration is handing out $570 million in grants to help eliminate many railroad crossings in 32 states.
Penn gives Ivy League an NCAA regional finalist for 2nd year in row; No. 2 Florida faces tall taskJune 4, 2023 GMT
Penn has given the Ivy League a team in an NCAA Tournament regional final for the second straight year and another surprise, Oral Roberts, extended its nation-best winning streak to 20 games Saturday night to move a step closer to the super regionals.
LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) — The Nebraska Legislature has long prided itself on being a paragon of collegiality and function, as the only single-chamber, nonpartisan Legislature in the country.
But after a vicious 2023 session in which the body of 49 lawmakers remained irreconcilably split, Nebraska's statehouse is beginning to reflect broad, national discord.
Pilot killed in crash of single-engine plane in central NebraskaJune 2, 2023 GMT
KEARNEY, Neb. (AP) — A pilot was killed in the crash of a single-engine plane Friday near Kearney in central Nebraska, officials said.
A statement from the Federal Aviation Administration said the pilot of the single-engine Vans RV-7 was the only person on board.
Nebraska legislative session wraps with tax cuts, contentious trans health-abortion billJune 2, 2023 GMT
LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) — Nebraska lawmakers adjourned for the year on Thursday, wrapping up a particularly contentious session that saw nearly every bill before the body filibustered.
The filibuster effort led by Omaha Sen.
Nebraska voter ID bill passes, despite filibuster by lawmakerJune 1, 2023 GMT
LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) — Nebraska lawmakers passed a bill Thursday to comply with a voter ID requirement mandated by voters in November, with the lone vote against it coming from the lawmaker who led the effort to have it placed on the ballot.
Revised DACA program again debated before Texas judge who previously ruled against itJune 1, 2023 GMT
HOUSTON (AP) — A federal judge did not make an immediate decision Thursday on the fate of a revised version of a federal policy that prevents the deportation of hundreds of thousands of immigrants brought to the U.S.
Nebraska prison workers injured after attack by three inmates; all expected to surviveJune 1, 2023 GMT
LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) — Five staff members at a Nebraska prison were punched, kicked and stabbed with “manufactured weapons” when they were attacked by three inmates, the state's Department of Correctional Services said.
Purdue’s Edey returning to school at NBA draft deadline; Kentucky’s Tshiebwe stays inJune 1, 2023 GMT
Purdue’s Zach Edey decided it was the right call to go back to school instead of staying in the NBA draft. His predecessor as national player of the year, Kentucky’s Oscar Tshiebwe, is sticking with his pro pursuit.
RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — The governors of Virginia, West Virginia and South Carolina on Wednesday joined a growing list of Republican leaders sending their state National Guard soldiers or other state law enforcement officers to the U.S.
Man behind 2021 Walmart fires along Gulf Coast gets 18 yearsMay 31, 2023 GMT
MOBILE, Ala. (AP) — An Alabama federal judge has sentenced the man who admits being the leader of a scheme to set fires to Walmart stores along the Gulf Coast to 18 years in prison — double the recommended sentence.
Veteran character actor John Beasley, who appeared in the TV drama ‘Everwood,’ dies at 79May 31, 2023 GMT
OMAHA, Neb. (AP) — John Beasley, the veteran character actor who played a kindly school bus driver on the TV drama “Everwood” and appeared in dozens of films dating back to the 1980s, has died. He was 79.
Players’ coach: Wake Forest’s Walter on cusp of baseball glory after donating kidney, other trialsMay 31, 2023 GMT
Strange as it seems, the baseball part in Wake Forest coach Tom Walter's career often has been relegated to a secondary role.
Walter has won more than 800 games in 27 seasons and is the rare coach to lead three schools to the NCAA Tournament.
Voter ID bill mandated by voters last November advances, taking passage of bill down to the wireMay 31, 2023 GMT
LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) — Nebraska lawmakers advanced a bill Tuesday to comply with a voter ID requirement mandated by state voters in November, taking passage of the bill down to the wire amid Republican infighting on whether the measure goes far enough to combat voter fraud.
ACLU sues to block new hybrid Nebraska law restricting abortion, gender-affirming care for minorsMay 30, 2023 GMT
LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) — As promised, the American Civil Liberties Union is suing to block the Nebraska Legislature’s most controversial measure combining an abortion ban with restrictions on gender-affirming care for minors, just days after it was signed into law.
LOS ANGELES (AP) — Bill McGovern, who was an assistant coach for 39 years in the college ranks and in the NFL, has died. He was 60.
UCLA announced McGovern died on Tuesday due to cancer. The family informed the school of his death.
Play ball: Things to know entering NCAA baseball regionalsMay 30, 2023 GMT
The NCAA baseball tournament opens Friday with play in 16 double-elimination regionals.
Regional winners advance to best-of-three super regionals next week, and the final eight go to the College World Series in Omaha, Nebraska, beginning June 16.
Coastal Carolina baseball coach Gilmore will retire after 2024May 30, 2023 GMT
CONWAY, S.C. (AP) — Coastal Carolina coach Gary Gilmore, who led the Chanticleers to the 2016 College World Series title, said he'll retire after the 2024 season and expects to turn the program over to longtime assistant Kevin Schnall.
OMAHA, NEB. (AP) — Jason Savacool pitched six shutout innings, Kevin Keister drove in two runs and Maryland advanced to the Big Ten Tournament championship game, defeating Nebraska 4-2 on Saturday.
OMAHA, Neb. (AP) — Ty Langenberg allowed two hits in seven innings, three relievers finished the three-hit shutout, and Iowa advanced to the Big Ten Tournament championship game with a 5-0 victory over Michigan on Saturday.
OMAHA, Neb. (AP) — Will Walsh tossed a complete-game four-hitter to lead Nebraska into the semifinals of the Big Ten Tournament with a 4-0 victory over Michigan State on Friday night.
The fourth-seeded Cornhuskers (33-22-1) will play top-seed Maryland on Saturday for a berth in the championship game.
OMAHA, Neb. (AP) — Cody Jefferis went 3 for 5 with a double and three RBIs, Mitch Voit went 4 for 5 at the plate and threw 5 2/3 innings in his first career start and Michigan beat No. 2 seed Indiana 13-6 on Friday in an elimination game at the Big Ten Tournament.
OMAHA, Neb. (AP) — Nick Lorusso's walk-off home run in the 10th inning gave Maryland a rain-delayed 2-1 victory over Nebraska on Thursday night in the Big Ten Tournament.
The game was tied at 1 in the seventh inning before a 1 1/2-hour weather delay due to lightning in the area.
Iowa rolls past Indiana 9-4, reaches Big Ten semifinalsMay 25, 2023 GMT
OMAHA, Neb. (AP) — Kyle Huckstorf ripped a go-ahead double, Sam Petersen added a three-run homer and No. 3 seed Iowa defeated second-seeded Indiana 9-4 on Thursday in the second round of the double-elimination Big Ten Tournament.
Errol Spence Jr., Terence Crawford will fight for undisputed welterweight championshipMay 25, 2023 GMT
LAS VEGAS (AP) — Errol Spence Jr. and Terence Crawford will meet in a much anticipated showdown when they fight for the undisputed welterweight championship July 29 in Las Vegas.
“Finally giving the fans what they want!” Spence posted on Instagram.
Prosecutors widen child sex abuse case in polygamous sectMay 25, 2023 GMT
SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — Prosecutors have widened their case against members of a small polygamous group that resides near the Utah-Arizona border, detailing its leader's sexual encounters with children he took as wives in new charges filed earlier this month.
OMAHA, Neb. (AP) — Brock Vradenburg went 2 for 3, including a program-record tying 22nd double, and Michigan State edged Rutgers 6-4 on Thursday in the Big Ten Tournament.
OMAHA, Neb. (AP) — Jack Van Remortel hit a three-run home run, Noah Rennard pitched 5 1/3 solid innings, and Michigan defeated Illinois 6-3 on Wednesday night in the Big Ten Tournament.
Michigan (27-27) won the loser-out game in the double-elimination tournament and advances to play the loser of Thursday’s game between Iowa and Indiana.
OMAHA, Neb. (AP) — Gabe Swansen hit a game-tying three-run home run, Brice Matthews drew a bases-loaded walk for the go-ahead run and Nebraska scored six runs in the seventh inning to soar past Rutgers 9-7 on Wednesday in an opening-round game of the Big Ten Tournament.
Train engineers deal with Union Pacific will improve schedules and address quality-of-life concernsMay 24, 2023 GMT
OMAHA, Neb. (AP) — Engineers who operate trains for Union Pacific will soon have much more predictable schedules that will allow them to plan when they are going to be off, a change addressing one of the key quality-of-life concerns that pushed the rail industry to the brink of a strike last fall.
Nebraska passes law on taxpayer money going to private schoolsMay 24, 2023 GMT
LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) — Nebraska lawmakers passed a bill Wednesday that will channel public money to scholarships for private school tuition, despite critics who say the measure hurts public schools, benefits wealthy taxpayers and helps mostly parochial schools that can discriminate against LGBTQ+ students.
South Carolina moves closer to abortion ban, a Southern trend that puts pressure on VirginiaMay 24, 2023 GMT
Here are all of the abortion debates happening this week in US courts and statehousesMay 24, 2023 GMT
Lawmakers in South Carolina passed an abortion ban while a judge in Montana was weighing restrictions there in the latest developments in the shifting landscape of law since the U.S. Supreme Court last year overturned Roe v.
Shliger has 2 doubles, go-ahead RBI, No. 20 Maryland beats Michigan St. at Big Ten TournamentMay 24, 2023 GMT
OMAHA, Neb. (AP) — Luke Shliger went 2 for 3 with two doubles and the go-ahead RBI to help No. 20 Maryland beat Michigan State 3-2 Tuesday night in the opening round of the double-elimination Big Ten Tournament.
Indiana holds off Illinois 4-3 in Big Ten TournamentMay 23, 2023 GMT
OMAHA, Neb. (AP) — Freshman Evan Whiteaker pitched 4 1/3 scoreless innings, while striking out a career-high six, and Indiana held off Illinois 4-3 on Tuesday in the opening round of the Big Ten Tournament.
Frazier hits 1st career grand slam, Iowa beats Michigan 13-3May 23, 2023 GMT
OMAHA, Neb. (AP) — Brayden Frazier hit his first career grand slam in the fifth inning and Iowa routed Michigan 13-3 on Tuesday to begin the Big Ten Tournament.
Nebraska woman pleads guilty to burning fetus after abortionMay 23, 2023 GMT
OMAHA, Neb. (AP) — A Nebraska woman pleaded guilty Monday to burning and concealing a fetus after she took medication to end her pregnancy, while prosecutors move forward with a criminal case accusing her mother of illegally helping with the abortion.
Nebraska governor signs 12-week abortion ban, limits on gender-affirming care for minorsMay 22, 2023 GMT
LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) — Republican Nebraska Gov. Jim Pillen signed a bill Monday that bans abortion at 12 weeks of pregnancy and restricts gender-affirming medical care for people younger than 19.
The abortion ban takes effect immediately, while the ban on gender-affirming care takes effect on Oct.
Conference tournaments to set stage for NCAA baseball regionalsMay 22, 2023 GMT
Most of the 30 automatic qualifiers and 34 at-large picks for the NCAA baseball tournament will be determined in this week's conference tournaments.
Penn and Army became the first two qualifiers Monday.
Nebraska lawmakers pass 12-week abortion ban, restrictions on gender-affirming care for minorsMay 20, 2023 GMT
LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) — The Nebraska Legislature on Friday approved a 12-week abortion ban and restrictions on gender-affirming care for people younger than 19 in a move so contentious that lawmakers on both sides have said they may be unable to work together in the future.
Here are the restrictions on transgender people that are moving forward in US statehousesMay 19, 2023 GMT
A federal judge is considering whether to block Florida's ban on gender-affirming medical care for transgender youth, as bills targeting the rights of trans people are being embraced by Republican governors and statehouses across the country.
OMAHA, Neb. (AP) — The union that represents railroad engineers finally secured its first deal for paid sick time with Norfolk Southern, several months after other rail unions began reaching similar agreements with the major freight railroads.
A legislative committee has finally advanced a bill to comply with a voter ID requirement approved by Nebraska voters last November, but with infighting among Republicans, it’s unclear whether lawmakers have time to pass the bill before the session ends early next month.
A group led by a Nebraska state lawmaker plans to again try to put the question of legalizing medical marijuana before state voters in November 2024.
It will be the third time Nebraskans for Medical Marijuana launch a petition effort after two previous efforts failed.
Mark Gietzen, abortion foe who forced recount of Kansas vote, dies in plane crash at 69May 17, 2023 GMT
WICHITA, Kan. (AP) — Mark Gietzen, a longtime conservative Republican and anti-abortion activist in Kansas who forced a recount of the state's decisive vote affirming abortion rights last year has died in a plane crash.
Nebraska Legislature votes to fold abortion ban into bill banning trans health care for minorsMay 17, 2023 GMT
LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) — Conservatives in the Nebraska Legislature got just enough votes Tuesday to fold a proposed 12-week abortion ban into a bill that would ban gender-affirming health for minors.
As expected, the debate over the plan was raucous, with lawmakers opposed to the plan sparring angrily with Republican Lt.
OMAHA, Neb. (AP) — Investor Warren Buffett's company bought another $127 million worth of Occidental Petroleum stock over the past week to give Berkshire Hathaway 213.9 million shares of the oil producer.
Warren Buffett’s company recommits to Bank of America stock while dumping other banksMay 15, 2023 GMT
OMAHA, Neb. (AP) — Investor Warren Buffett recommitted to his favorite bank stock, Bank of America, during the first quarter while dumping two other banks as part of a number of moves in Berkshire Hathaway's stock portfolio.
LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) — Conservative Nebraska lawmakers are taking what could be an all-or-nothing bet by proposing to merge two of the legislative session’s most contentious proposals — one to restrict abortion and another that would ban gender-affirming care for minors.
Woman charged in 1 of 4 Nebraska killings pleads not guiltyMay 13, 2023 GMT
HARTINGTON, Neb. (AP) — A woman has pleaded not guilty in the death of one of four people who were killed in a small northeast Nebraska town last year.
Senate panel OKs rail-safety bill; railroad vows to help homeowners affected by Ohio derailmentMay 11, 2023 GMT
A Senate committee on Wednesday approved a rail-safety bill introduced after the derailment of a freight train in East Palestine, Ohio, but its fate remains uncertain due to significant Republican opposition.
Parents accused of helping son flee country before trialMay 10, 2023 GMT
IOWA CITY, Iowa (AP) — The parents of an Iowa man who fled to Jordan before his attempted murder trial have been arrested after prosecutors accused them of helping their son escape the country.
Ali Younes, 19, had been set to go on trial next week for allegedly attacking a woman on the University of Iowa campus last April and stealing a pair of earrings from her that were valued at $20,000.
Trans employee says BNSF railroad wouldn’t promote herMay 9, 2023 GMT
OMAHA, Neb. (AP) — A former BNSF worker who was named one of the railroad's employees of the year in 2021 for her work in supporting LGBTQ+ workers is now suing the railroad where she worked for 30 years, saying that after being promoted regularly earlier in her career she was denied advancement opportunities after her gender transition.
Man accused of 4 killings in Nebraska pleads not guiltyMay 9, 2023 GMT
HARTINGTON, Neb. (AP) — A man accused of killing four people in a small northeast Nebraska town has pleaded not guilty to 10 charges.
Abortion-restriction effort reintroduced in NebraskaMay 9, 2023 GMT
A new effort was introduced late Monday in the Nebraska Legislature to restrict abortion access in the state, less than two weeks after a bill that would have banned abortion at around six weeks of pregnancy failed to overcome a filibuster.
High school athlete dies after collapsing at track practiceMay 8, 2023 GMT
WISNER, Neb. (AP) — A high school athlete has died after collapsing during track practice at his school in Nebraska.
Hunter Palmer, 18, was a student at Wisner-Pilger High School. He collapsed Friday and died later at a nearby hospital.
Indigenous missing person cases get researchers’ attentionMay 8, 2023 GMT
ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — A New Mexico task force charged with addressing missing person cases involving Native Americans is teaming up with researchers in Nebraska on a data collection project that they hope will begin to close the gaps when it comes to tracking cases and their outcomes nationwide.
Maybe investors shouldn’t worry about Buffett’s successorMay 8, 2023 GMT
OMAHA, Neb. (AP) — Many investors worry about the future of Berkshire Hathaway after its legendary CEO Warren Buffett is gone, but most of the conglomerate's companies have already made the transition to reporting to the man who will eventually replace the 92-year-old.