Nebraska nuke plant hopes to restart by June 30
OMAHA, Neb. (AP) - The utility that owns the troubled Fort Calhoun nuclear power plant in eastern Nebraska says it hopes to have the plant ready to operate by the end of June. But on Friday it was reported that federal regulators are far from allowing it to restart.
The plant that sits on the Missouri River north of Omaha has been closed since April 2011. It initially went offline for routine maintenance, but flooding along the Missouri River and a series of safety violations forced it to stay closed.
Last month, Omaha Public Power District officials had said they expected to have the plant ready by late May. But on Friday, the Nuclear Regulatory Commission said the plant had met only 8 of 25 major performance issues studied during the inspections.
Omaha police to hold gun amnesty event next week
OMAHA, Neb. (AP) - The Omaha Police Department will hold another Gun Amnesty Day to collect unwanted or illegal guns and ammunition.
The event runs from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. May 25th in north Omaha. Unwanted or illegal guns and ammunition can be dropped off at Salem Baptist Church. Guns may be dropped off with no questions asked, but police will document all firearms. If a gun is linked to a crime or reported stolen, police will investigate.
Police say it's helpful if guns are unloaded before being dropped off, but if participants are unable to unload the gun or are unsure if it is loaded, they are asked to tell staff before removing a gun from a vehicle.
Police say all guns and ammunition turned in are destroyed.
Neb high court: Search of student's truck improper
OMAHA, Neb. (AP) - The Nebraska Supreme Court says Omaha school officials violated a student's constitutional rights by searching his truck parked on a public street.
Court records show Justis Puchalla (pooh-HA-la) was 17 when he left Millard West High School grounds in August 2010 to retrieve items from his truck, parked on a city street off school property. Upon returning, school officials searched Puchalla's pockets and backpack, finding a wallet, cellphone and keys.
Officials then searched Puchalla's truck over his objections and found two marijuana pipes and other paraphernalia. Puchalla was suspended from school for 19 days, but a Douglas County judge ruled last year that the search violated Puchalla's constitutional right against illegal search and seizure.
The Nebraska Supreme Court upheld that decision Friday and ordered the suspension expunged from Puchalla's record.
Scottsbluff man accused of throwing son on floor
SCOTTSBLUFF, Neb. (AP) - A 41-year-old Scottsbluff man has been accused of throwing his 6-year-old son to a floor and striking him.
Authorities say Joseph Hafner was arrested on Tuesday and charged with felony child abuse. A Scotts County jailer said Hafner remained in custody on Friday, pending $75,000 in bail. Hafner's attorney didn't immediately return a call from The Associated Press.
An arrest affidavit says the boy told school officials about being slammed down. A doctor at Regional West Medical Center told police the boy had bruises on his back and a shoulder and forearm.
The affidavit says Hafner told investigators that he had "lost it" when his son denied taking a key to a garage.
Survivor of NM killings 'in tailspin' since ruling
LAS CRUCES, N.M. (AP) - A Nebraska woman who survived the 1979 killings of her family in New Mexico says she "went into a tailspin" upon hearing that the killer, her stepfather, will be eligible for parole later this year.
The New Mexico Supreme Court ruled Monday that Clifton Skidgel is entitled to a parole hearing in September after serving 10 years of a second life sentence.
Jackie Nicole Nasiatka was 11 years -old when she was wounded and her mother and three siblings killed in Las Cruces.
According to the Las Cruces Sun-News, Nasiatka now lives in the Omaha area but says she plans to change her name and move.
Nasiatka says she's terrified that Skidgel will go free and that he shouldn't be released because of what he did.
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