NEBRASKA STORM ASSISTANCE
Nebraska requests disaster aid for businesses
LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) - Nebraska is requesting federal disaster aid to help individuals and businesses recover from the June tornadoes.
The Nebraska Emergency Management Agency says Governor Dave Heineman submitted a request this week to the U.S. Small Business Administration.
If approved, the SBA would make low-interest loans available to five northeastern Nebraska counties that were hit by severe storms, tornadoes and flooding. Residents in Cedar, Cuming, Dixon, Stanton and Wayne counties could qualify.
The request comes after the Federal Emergency Management Agency announced that it was rejecting Nebraska's request for individual federal disaster assistance. The level of private insurance coverage in the area was a factor, because federal disaster aid can't duplicate insurance proceeds or assistance from other sources.
ARCHER DANIELS-EPA SETTLEMENT
Archer Daniels Midland settles EPA allegations
OMAHA, Neb. (AP) - Federal regulators say Archer Daniels Midland Company has agreed to settle allegations that it violated Clean Water Act rules at facilities where it stored fuels and oil in Nebraska, Iowa and Missouri.
The Environmental Protection Agency says Decatur, Illinois-based ADM will pay a civil penalty of $430,000.
Archer Daniels Midland spokeswoman Jackie Anderson said the company worked with regulators to address their regulators.
Anderson says ADM has a compliance program in place to protect the environment.
The EPA says the company violations involved large storage facilities for denatured ethanol, fuels and lubricants in Cedar Rapids and Des Moines, Deerfield and Mexico, Missouri; and Columbus, Nebraska.
The EPA says violations included a lack of EPA-required spill response plans and violations of industrial stormwater requirements for Clean Water Act operating permits.
UNITED WAY CEO-DEATH
United Way of Midlands CEO dies after heart issue
OMAHA, Neb. (AP) - The United Way of the Midlands says its 47-year-old CEO has died after developing a serious heart problem last week.
The organization announced Karen Bricklemyer's death on Wednesday. She died on Monday after suffering an aortic dissection on July 22nd.
Funeral services will be held Friday at 4 p.m. at Countryside Community Church, with a reception following at the University of Nebraska at Omaha's Thompson Alumni Center.
Bricklemyer moved to Omaha in 2011 after leading the Gainesville, Florida United Way chapter for about eight years.
She is survived by her husband and their 12-year-old twin daughters.
Columbus woman stabbed to death; grandson arrested
COLUMBUS, Neb. (AP) - A Columbus woman had died after being stabbed, and police have arrested her grandson in connection with the killing.
Columbus police say 58-year-old Deanna Micklevitz called for help Wednesday afternoon, saying she had been stabbed.
She was taken to Columbus Community Hospital and then was flown to Bryan Health Medical Center in Lincoln, where she was pronounced dead upon her arrival.
A suspect ran from the stabbing. Columbus police, Platte County sheriff's deputies and state patrol officers searched the area and arrested 19-year-old Chase Micklevitz.
Chase Micklevitz was held at the Platte County Jail, and police say he will be charged with 2nd degree murder.
Details about whether he had an attorney weren't available Wednesday night.
While pastor gives confession, thief steals cash
OMAHA, Neb. (AP) - A pastor at an Omaha church says while he was distracted by hearing a man's confession, another person stole about $4,000 from the church's morning collection.
The Reverend Jony Espinal told the Omaha World-Herald that after finishing Mass on Sunday morning at St. Agnes Church, he was approached by a man seeking money to buy food. Espinal gave him $5, but the man followed him into the church and sought more.
Another man then entered the church, saying he needed to confess his sins.
When Espinal returned from the confession, he found about $4,000 donated that morning was missing.
A thief had managed to open a locked cabinet and take three bags of cash.
The money was supposed to go toward salaries for pastors and upkeep of the church.
Nebraska dentist pleads not guilty to gold theft
OMAHA, Neb. (AP) - A Lincoln dentist has pleaded not guilty to stealing nearly $17,000 worth of precious metals from the Veterans Affairs Medical Center in Omaha.
Randall Toothaker appeared in federal court Wednesday and entered his plea.
Prosecutors say a lab technician reported seeing the 57-year-old dentist open a locked cabinet where precious metals used in dental procedures, including gold, were kept.
While VA officials investigated the missing metals, prosecutors say Toothaker tried to leave the property. Officers pulled him over and found the missing metals in a bag in his vehicle.
Toothaker told officers he didn't know how the metals got into his bag.
Toothaker declined to comment to the Omaha World-Herald after Wednesday's court hearing.
Man sentenced to life for Omaha shooting death
OMAHA, Neb. (AP) - A man has been sentenced to life in prison for the shooting death of another man outside a west Omaha nightclub.
A Douglas County District judge sentenced 25-year-old Avery Tyler on Wednesday to life for first-degree murder. Tyler - a former Bellevue University basketball standout - was also sentenced to 20 to 30 years for a gun charge.
The sentence comes after Tyler's first trial ended in mistrial in January, when a juror made inappropriate comments about the case. Tyler was convicted on retrial.
Investigators say Tyler retrieved a gun and shot Delayno Wright outside the Halo Ultra Lounge on September 3rd, 2012, as the two men argued.
Crews will kill, restock fish in Columbus lake
COLUMBUS, Neb. (AP) - Crews plan to kill the fish in a Columbus lake that has become overrun with carp.
The Columbus Telegram reports the Nebraska Game and Parks Commission plans to kill the fish in Hospital Lake on August 25th. After city crews remove the dead fish, the lake will be restocked with fish.
The city has owned the lake since 2005.
Game and Parks Commission regional fisheries manager Jeff Schuckman says for several years, the lake's clear water teemed with bass, bluegill and other fish.
But carp infiltrated the lake in the last few years and have destroyed vegetation on the lake bottom, muddying the water and choking out other species.
The carp may have entered during a high-water event, or someone might have placed the fish in the lake.
NEBRASKA FAN DAY
Nebraska's Fan Day is at 2 p.m. Friday at stadium
LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) - Nebraska football fans will get to meet players and coaches this Friday from 2 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. in Lincoln.
Fans can meet and greet and get autographs from coaches and players who are on the preseason practice roster. Fans will enter through Gates 3 and 24 on the southeast and southwest corners of Memorial Stadium. Gates open at 2 p.m. tomorrow.
The majority of players will be seated on the field, and freshmen will be in the stands on the west side.
Fans should limit autograph requests to one item per player or coach. Any apparel items fans want to have signed should be in hand rather than worn.
Free parking will be available in nearby lots.
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