LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) - Former Democratic officeholders from Nebraska are gearing up to campaign for their party's candidates ahead of next month's election. The Nebraska Democratic Party is hosting a rally with former U.S. Sens. Ben Nelson and Bob Kerrey, former U.S. Reps. Brad Ashford and John Cavanaugh, and former Lt. Govs. Kim Robak and Maxine Moul.

TECUMSEH, Neb. (AP) - Two Nebraska prison staffers have been suspended following allegations of excessive force against an inmate at the Tecumseh State Correctional Institution. The Department of Correctional Services says one unidentified staffer was suspended on Thursday but did not release details about the incident. Corrections department officials say they launched the investigation after reviewing reports and video of the incident and later decided to suspend a second employee.

NEBRASKA CITY, Neb. (AP) - Authorities say a woman and a teenager died in a collision near Nebraska City. Station KNCY reports the two died Sunday night on U.S. Highway 75 when a sport utility vehicle and a pickup truck collided. Authorities identified the two as 32-year-old Rachel Curry and 15- or 16-year-old Chloe Curry. It's unclear how or whether they were related to each and the pickup driver, 39-year-old Michael Curry. He was hospitalized. The unidentified SUV driver was taken found later in Falls City.

DEWITT, Neb. (AP) - The production of locking pliers has returned to the southeast Nebraska town where they were invented. Minnesota-based Malco Products says production began Monday in the DeWitt plant where Vise-Grips were made until Vise-Grips owner Newell Rubbermaid closed it in 2008 and moved production to China. William Petersen invented the tool while trying to find a way to clamp down metal pieces as he worked on them. He got a patent in 1924. The downtown plant was built 14 years later.

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