April 30th, 2018

State and Local News


The Nebraska State Patrol says one person has died from injuries sustained in a massive pileup early Sunday evening on Interstate 80. Troopers say blackout conditions for drivers created by heavy winds and blowing dirt was the major contributor to the accident involving about 20 vehicles. The pileup occurred at around 5:15 P-M. The State Patrol now confirms that there was one of the accidents was fatality. The victim’s name has not been released. The accident remains under investigation.



Police say they arrested a man in Lincoln Saturday night after he was found passed out in his car in possession of a stolen firearm. Lincoln police say officers took 39-year-old Vaughn Newman into custody after finding him passed out in his car in a parking lot near 27th Street and Cornhusker Highway. At the time of his arrest, Newman had a handgun in his waistband that was later found to have been stolen in 2016. Newman faces numerous charges including possession of a stolen firearm, possession of a firearm by a prohibited person and resisting arrest.



Nebraska gubernatorial candidate Bob Krist is turning to a fellow lawmaker to be his choice for lieutenant governor.  Krist, who is running for the Democratic nomination for governor, has named first-term State Senator Lynne Walz of Fremont as his running mate.  Krist takes on fellow Democrats Tyler Davis and Vanessa Ward in the May 15th primary.


World and National News


Teachers are rallying at the Arizona State Capitol again today to demand more education funding. For a third school day, teachers are taking their signs and red shirts to the Phoenix building in order to push for higher paychecks and more school funding. The president of the second-largest teachers’ union in the United States joined the rally this afternoon, saying lawmakers need to give what teachers are demanding. Republican Governor Doug Ducey late last week announced that he has a plan to give teachers what they want, but details of the plan have not been released.



President Donald Trump says sites are already being looked at for his planned summit with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un. At the White House today (Monday), Trump mentioned Singapore and the demilitarized zone between South and North Korea. He said his summit with Kim could be a very big event and noted that a lot of nations have volunteered to host it. Meantime, Trump noted that he will insist on no nuclear weapons in North Korea.


“Avengers: Infinity War” is smashing box office records in North America.  The latest Disney-Marvel film is estimated to sell a quarter-billion-dollars in tickets, which makes it the biggest opening weekend of all-time in the U-S and Canada.  It’s also on track to earn 630-million dollars worldwide.  Coming in second is last week’s top movie “A Quiet Place,” which sold nearly eleven-million bucks’ worth of tickets.  The horror picture has made just over 148-million dollars since its release four weeks ago.




The world’s oldest known spider is dead at 43. The female trapdoor tarantula was living in the wild of Western Australia’s Central Wheatbelt region. Its long life came to an abrupt end recently after a wasp attack. Researchers, who called the spider “Number 16,” have been tracking its movements for decades. Typically, these kinds of spiders only live five to 20 years in the wild.



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