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OMAHA, Neb. (AP) — Gov. Pete Ricketts is pushing back against four Nebraska lawmakers who urged him to cancel a $27 million coronavirus testing contract with a group of out-of-state startup companies, calling their criticism “ludicrous” even though the program is off to a slow start hasn’t kept up with demand. Ricketts defended the state’s agreement with Utah-based Nomi Health and its business partners but acknowledged some early problems with the TestNebraska program. The same companies have similar no-bid contracts with Iowa and Utah that have also come under scrutiny as states scramble to offer more tests.

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OMAHA, Neb. (AP) — State health officials have reported two new deaths from COVID-19 that occurred in the central part of the state. That came as officials in the Omaha area noted the disproportionately high number of cases among minority populations. The Nebraska Department of Health and Human Services reported the two deaths Monday _ one in Hall County and the other in neighboring Adams County. The new deaths brought the state’s total since the outbreak began to 100. Meanwhile, the Douglas County Health Department expressed alarm at the number of Latinos, Asians and black residents becoming infected with the virus. Douglas County is nearly 70% white, but health officials say 77% of known COVID-19 cases in the county have occurred among people of color.

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OMAHA, Neb. (AP) — Nebraska’s primary voters mostly steered clear of polling sites Tuesday while shattering the state record for absentee voting with nearly 400,000 mail-in ballots in the midst of the coronavirus pandemic. Republican President Donald Trump and presumptive Democratic challenger Joe Biden sailed to easy victories in the election, the first in-person primary since a heavily criticized election in Wisconsin five weeks ago in the middle of the coronavirus pandemic. So did Republican U.S. Sen. Ben Sasse, who faced a GOP primary challenge because of his previous criticism of Trump. Sasse will face Democrat Chris Janicek, the winner of a nine-way primary.

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Grand Island Public Schools - Ward A 
Terry Brown - 1,778 - 39% 
Lindsey Jurgens - 1,215 - 27% 
Randy Stueven - 884 - 19% 
Kelly Markham - 682 - 15% 

Brown & Jurgens advance to the November ballot 

Grand Island City Council - Ward 1 
Michelle Fitzke - 1,187 - 45% 
Jack Sheard - 941 - 35% 
Alan Pickrel - 335 - 13% 
Patrick Birkel - 194 - 7% 

Fitzke & Sheard advance to the November ballot 

Hall County - District Two Commissioner (Republican) 
Karen Bredthauer - 1, 301 - 62% 
Todd Morgan - 797 - 38% 

Bredthauer matches up with Bill Mowinkle (D) in the general election. 
Mowinkle was unopposed in the primary. 

US Senator (Hall County) (Republican) 
Ben Sasse - 5,825 - 72% 
Matt Innis - 2,224 - 27% 

US Senator (Hall County) (Democratic) (Top 2 of 7)
Chris Janicek - 892 - 28%
Angie Philips - 664 - 21%

Congress - District 3 (Hall County) (Republican) 
Adrian Smith - 6,161- 78%
Arron Kowalski - 743 - 9%
Justin Moran - 431 - 5%
William Elfgren - 259 - 3%

Congress - District 3 (Hall County) (Democratic)
Mark Elworth Jr. - 2,892 - 97%
Write-In Totals - 75 - 3%

Complete Results (View/Download)

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MAY 11, 2020 (NORTH PLATTE, NEB.)  — Troopers with the Nebraska State Patrol arrested a South Dakota man on several charges following a pursuit in western Nebraska.

At approximately 2:15 p.m. MDT Sunday, a trooper observed a BMW speeding near mile marker 132 on Interstate 80. The trooper performed a traffic stop, but during the process of the traffic stop the driver provided a fake name. As the trooper was attempting to verify the driver’s identity, the driver accelerated and fled the traffic stop at a high rate of speed. The trooper initiated a pursuit, but lost sight of the vehicle as it fled in the area south of Ogallala.

A short time later, an officer with the Ogallala Police Department located the vehicle and initiated a pursuit, which traveled on county roads and eventually returned to I-80 traveling eastbound. As the pursuit reached I-80, NSP took over as primary in the pursuit. During the pursuit, the BMW reached speeds of up to 120 miles per hour, both on I-80 and on county roads.

At approximately 3:45 p.m. MDT, the driver voluntarily came to a stop near mile marker 131. The driver, Misiker Ashame, 20, of Sioux Falls, South Dakota, was quickly taken into custody without further incident. Ashame was lodged in Keith County Jail for operating a motor vehicle to avoid arrest, no operator’s license, willful reckless driving, criminal impersonation, and possession of marijuana – less than one ounce.

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SCOTTSBLUFF, Neb. (AP) — One person died after two vehicles collided east of Scottsbluff. The Scotts Bluff County Sheriff’s office said the crash happened around 9 a.m. Saturday on Highland Road about 3.5 miles east of Scottsbluff. The sheriff’s office said an eastbound vehicle crossed the center line and collided with a westbound vehicle. One person died in the crash and another person was seriously injured and taken to the hospital in Scottsbluff. Officials didn’t immediately release the names of the drivers involved in the crash.

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LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) — Nebraska health officials have reported two more COVID-19 deaths in the state, bringing the total since the outbreak began to 98. Of the two deaths reported Sunday, one was in Douglas County. No information was immediately available on the second death. The state is also reporting more confirmed cases of the new coronavirus. The Nebraska Department of Health and Human Services said the number of confirmed cases in the state increased by more than 80 on Sunday to 8,315. The actual number of infections is thought to be far higher because many people have not been tested, and studies suggest people can be infected with the virus without feeling sick.

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Grand Island, NE - Grand Island Police responded to 331 Nebraska Avenue on Thursday, May 7th to what would start out to be a verbal altercation between Alexander Babella and Levi Kullums. The incident would carry into the early morning hours of Friday, May 8th. Babella discharged a firearm at Levi Kullums which lead to causing serious bodily injury to Kullums hand and stomach. Alexander was arrested for attempted murder - 2nd degree, assault - 1st degree, and use of a deadly weapon (firearm) to commit a felony. 

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Grand Island, NE - On Thursday morning Grand Island Mayor Roger Steele provided a Covid-19 update alongside Central District Health Department Director Teresa Anderson. Mayor Steele also read a statement that was provided by CHI Health St Francis President Ed Hannon. President, CHI Health St. Francis Ed Hannon. "From the perspective of CHI Health St. Francis, we are seeing great declines in the number of patients presenting to the hospital emergency room or the Respiratory Fast track. As a matter of fact, the volumes of these patients has declined to the single digits seen each day, and we have closed the Respiratory Fast Track that was set up to deal with the influx of patients. The number of patients in inpatient beds who have tested positive is half of what is was at our peek on April 18th. We continue to have 50% of our ICU beds and ventilators available over the past several days. Below watch & listen the update from Thursday morning.

(May 7th) Covid-19 Update from Grand Island’s City Hall

Posted by KRGI News on Thursday, May 7, 2020

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