Changes To Amber Alert System

Attorney General Jon Bruning announced Thursday that the age requirement for issuing an Amber Alert will be increased. The Amber Alert is a system to help rescue missing children. The age requirement will be increased from 15 to 17 to bring Nebraska in line with surrounding states. The change will take effect July 1st. It's named after a nine-year-old Texas girl who was kidnapped and killed in 1996. The alerts are triggered by police when a child is abducted and believed to be in danger. When an alert is issued, information about the child is relayed to broadcasters statewide.