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Chevist Johnson was hired by the Omaha Police Department in 2011 to become its first gang specialist, focusing on north Omaha. Encouraged by the impact Johnson made in schools, jails, homes and community groups, the city has added a second specialist, this time in South Omaha.

Eric English, 30, received 22 to 33 years for distributing crack cocaine and possessing a firearm. Carlos Taylor, 35, was sentenced to 20 to 35 years...
This week, the Nebraska chapter of SkillsUSA hosted 1,500 students from high school and college for the first time in Omaha.
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Church is pressing its case for old Temple Israel site
Coram Deo says it wants to buy the property, which is under a contract tied to an apartment project.
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A recap of what got done — and what didn't — in the 2014 legislative session
The Nebraska Legislature wraps up a busy, yet often rancorous and frustrating, session today. We offer you a checklist of major legislation passed, and not passed, this year.
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PAC funded by Senate candidate Ben Sasse's great-uncle releases Shane Osborn attack ad
Sasse's great-uncle, Rupert Dunklau, acknowledged in an interview that he gave the group $100,000 but said he had not seen the ad. He and his wife declined to say who runs the pro-Sasse PAC called Ensuring a Conservative Nebraska.
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Teen killed at Gallagher Park was shot in head as he sat in SUV, friend who was wounded says
The friend, Joshua Schmitt, 21, said he drove the Ford Explorer to Methodist Hospital, where Tielor Williams, 18, was pronounced dead Monday night.
When judge asks, Nikko Jenkins says ‘I killed them’
Family of his victims watch the killer rant and bluster, then be convicted of murder.
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Threat found in Millard West bathroom deemed 'not credible'
A threat scrawled in a bathroom caused unease for Millard West High School students and parents Thursday, but a law enforcement official described the threat as "not credible."
New public employee pay data: Douglas, Lancaster, Sarpy Counties, plus utilities
Search the salaries of employees at public agencies in Nebraska.
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Sarah Palin, Mike Lee coming to Nebraska for Ben Sasse rally
The event, which also will include former Nebraska Gov. Kay Orr, will be at Buffalo Bill Ranch State Historical Park in North Platte on April 25.
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New UNO center strengthens ties between campus, community
The center, officially opening today on the University of Nebraska at Omaha's Dodge Street campus, is filled with university organizations and small nonprofits committed to the public good.
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Coral Walker named Omaha police officer of the year
An Omaha police officer who shot and killed a gunman in the midst of a South Omaha shooting rampage has been named the city's top cop for 2013.
Bernie Kanger formally promoted to Omaha fire chief
Kanger, who will be paid an annual salary of $146,676, had been serving as interim chief since August. He succeeds Mike McDonnell, who retired.
U.S. House incumbents have deeper pockets than their challengers
In the 2nd District, Rep. Lee Terry had $762,000 in his war chest as of March 31. His primary opponent, Dan Frei, had about $19,000. On the Democratic side, State Sen. Brad Ashford had $74,000 in cash.
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Ex-Iowan behind landmark free speech case recounts story in Bellevue
In 1965, Mary Beth Tinker, then 13, was among a handful of students who wore black armbands to her Des Moines junior high school to protest the Vietnam War.
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Gov. Heineman signs water bill; sponsor calls it 'landmark legislation'
LINCOLN — Gov. Dave Heineman signed legislation Wednesday that takes major steps to address water scarcity, water surpluses and water quality across the state.
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Senate candidate Shane Osborn to include anti-tax activist Norquist in telephone town hall
Osborn and Grover Norquist, president of Americans for Tax Reform, will talk about tax issues, and then listeners can ask questions.
State Patrol, Omaha police conduct vehicle inspections
Authorities in Omaha issue 407 citations for commercial vehicle violations and hand out $7,600 in fines.
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Database: How much did Medicare pay your doctor?
Twenty-five Nebraska physicians received at least $1 million in Medicare payments in 2012.
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Nancy's Almanac, April 17, 2014: Trees save money
Well-placed trees and shrubs are a proven way to save money on heating and cooling.
Prescription drug drop-off is April 26
The Sheriff's Office says they can be dropped off at 132nd Street and West Center Road and at 180th and Pacific Streets.
NB 30th Street lane closed
City of Omaha traffic engineers say that a northbound lane of 30th Street, from Webster Plaza to Burt Street, is closed.
Crack ring's leaders join others in prison as a result of Operation Purple Haze
A voice of experience: Ex-gang member helps lead fight against Omaha violence
Church is pressing its case for old Temple Israel site
OPPD board holding public forum, open house May 7
Intoxicated man with pellet gun climbs billboard's scaffold; is arrested
Saturday forecast opens window for gardening; Easter egg hunts look iffy on Sunday
Last day of 2014 Legislature: Praise, passage of a last few bills and more on mountain lions
The thrill of the skill: Omaha hosts statewide contest for students of the trades
'The war is not over,' Chambers says, but legislative session about is
A recap of what got done — and what didn't — in the 2014 legislative session
PAC funded by Senate candidate Ben Sasse's great-uncle releases Shane Osborn attack ad
Teen killed at Gallagher Park was shot in head as he sat in SUV, friend who was wounded says
When judge asks, Nikko Jenkins says ‘I killed them’
New UNO center strengthens ties between campus, community
Threat found in Millard West bathroom deemed 'not credible'
New public employee pay data: Douglas, Lancaster, Sarpy Counties, plus utilities
Nebrasks health officials to advertise jobs via drive-thru
Coral Walker named Omaha police officer of the year
Sarah Palin, Mike Lee coming to Nebraska for Ben Sasse rally
Prescription drug drop-off is April 26
Database: How much did Medicare pay your doctor?
Rather than doing $250K in repairs, owner who lives in lot behind 94-year-old house in Dundee razes it
NB 30th Street lane closed
State Patrol, Omaha police conduct vehicle inspections
Bernie Kanger formally promoted to Omaha fire chief
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Breaking Brad: At least my kid never got stuck inside a claw machine
We need a new rule in Lincoln. If your kid is discovered inside the claw machine at a bowling alley, you are forever barred from being nominated for "Mother of the Year."
Breaking Brad: How many MECA board members can we put in a luxury suite?
As a stunt at the Blue Man Group show, MECA board members are going to see how many people they can stuff into one luxury suite.
Kelly: Creighton's McDermotts put good faces on an Omaha tradition
A comical roast Wednesday night in Omaha brought fans of Creighton basketball laughter by the bucketful. This time it was McJokes, not McBuckets, that entertained the Bluejay crowd.
Kelly: New $24M UNO center embodies spirit of newlywed crash victim
Jessica Lutton Bedient was killed by a drunken driver at age 26 in 2010. Thursday, the widowed husband and other family members will gather with others at the University of Nebraska at Omaha to dedicate a permanent memorial to Jessica.
Breaking Brad: How much would you pay for a corn dog?
The Arizona Diamondbacks have a new concession item: a $25 corn dog. For that kind of money, it should be stuffed with Bitcoin.
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