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PAPILLION, Neb. (AP) - The owner of a dry cleaning business that burned following an explosion last year has been charged with arson and other counts. The Sarpy County Attorney's Office says in news release that 53-year-old Michael McKernan, owner of the Wardrobe Spa just southwest of Omaha, was also charged Tuesday with three insurance fraud counts. The blast and fire last October leveled the building. Fire investigators say someone had tampered with the building's natural gas system.
OMAHA, Neb. (AP) - The amount of water flowing down the lower Missouri River this year is approaching the record set during the historic 2011 flood, and another round of flooding is expected this week after unusually heavy rains fell upstream. Heavy rains dumped more than four times the normal amount in parts of Montana, North and South Dakota and Nebraska last week _ triggering flood warnings and forcing the forecast for how much water will flow down the river to jump to 58.8 million acre feet.
LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) - Authorities say a 66-year-old inmate has died at a state facility in Lincoln. The Nebraska Correctional Services Department says Louis Burks died Monday afternoon at the Diagnostic and Evaluation Center. Burks was serving a 20- to 30-year sentence for two counts of attempted sexual assault of a child in Douglas County. His sentence began on Dec. 20, 2013.
LAKEVIEW, S.D. (AP) - The National Transportation Safety Board says a South Dakota pilot who died in a plane crash along with his son should not have had a passenger. According to a preliminary report, 39-year-old Clint VanderWey was certified only as a student pilot. Under federal aviation regulations, VanderWey was prohibited from being a pilot in command of a plane carrying a passenger. VanderWey and his 16-year-old son, Jed, were killed Sept. 8 when their plane crashed near the family's farm near Nebraska.
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