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(AP) - Nebraska Gov. Dave Heineman has named state Sen. John Nelson of Omaha as his new lieutenant governor. He will replace Lt. Gov. Lavon Heidemann, who resigned earlier this month after a judge approved his sister's request for a protective order against him. Nelson, a Republican, served in the Legislature starting in 2007 but couldn't seek re-election because of term limits. He has been a private practice attorney since 1964. He also is a retired commander in the U.S. Naval Reserves. Heineman is leaving office in January due to term limits.


(AP) - An area man is in critical condition following an ATV crash. The Phelps County Sheriff's Office says 52-year-old Scott Kirby was driving his ATV on Sunday night near Loomis when he made a sharp turn while backing up. The Kearney Hub reports ( ) the ATV overturned, throwing Kirby out of the vehicle. It then partially landed on him. Kirby is being treated at a hospital in Kearney. The newspaper reports he is in serious condition, but additional information is not available.


(UNK)- Students from a University of Nebraska at Kearney political science class recently encouraged over 200 students on campus to register to vote. Students from the Democracy as a Political Idea class set up booths in the Nebraskan Student Union and Wellness Center, and asked students to become registered voters. As a result of the effort, 204 UNK students registered to vote. The voter registration push was part of a civic engagement project the class is working on this semester. The class is creating a mid-term voting guide for the upcoming election. The non-partisan guide will include information on candidates and political issues in the news. The class project is co-sponsored by the American Democracy Project, which promotes civic and political engagement among students, providing opportunities across campus for individuals to be involved in the democratic community through volunteering, advocacy, voting and service learning.


(NRG)- In an effort to help voters cut through the political campaign clutter, AARP Nebraska Monday released a 2014 Voters' Guide on what the candidates are saying about key issues important to older Nebraskans' financial and health security. The guide is available at In their own words, candidates running for governor and the Nebraska Legislature provide their side-by-side answers to questions about protecting older adults from financial exploitation, support for family caregivers, transportation options and helping Nebraskans save for their retirement. The guide offers AARP's position on the same topics. Guides are also available for the U.S. Senate and House races, where voters can learn more about the candidates' views on Social Security, Medicare and financial security.


(AP) - A dispute over mandatory dues the Nebraska state bar association charges has ended with the settlement of a federal lawsuit that questioned whether those dues were constitutional. State Sen. Scott Lautenbaugh of Omaha had sued the association in 2012 because he believed the $335 annual dues were improper because some of the money was used for political activities such as lobbying. The association said Monday that the issue was resolved by a Nebraska Supreme Court ruling last year. That decision restricted mandatory dues to only those activities needed to regulate the legal profession. Dues that support lobbying and other programs are now voluntary. The association's mandatory fees dropped to $98 for most lawyers. The settlement says Lautenbaugh's 2013 dues and his legal expenses of less than $5,000 will be paid.


(AP) - The sister of a man convicted of killing four Omaha residents in August 2013 has been found guilty of helping rob two of the men. A jury convicted 24-year-old Erica Jenkins of two counts of robbery Monday but failed to agree whether she was guilty of conspiring to commit the robberies. The charges are connected to the Aug. 11, 2013, killings of Juan Uribe-Pena and Jorge Cajiga-Ruiz in a south Omaha park. Prosecutors say Erica Jenkins and her cousin lured the men to the park with a promise of sex, but Nikko Jenkins met them in the part and robbed and killed both men. Nikko Jenkins has also been convicted of killing Curtis Bradford and Andrea Kruger during a 10-day period last year shortly after he was released from prison.


(AP) - Authorities say no one was injured when a privately-owned parking garage in midtown Omaha collapsed overnight. Omaha news outlets say the garage had been declared unsafe and condemned only hours before it collapsed around 3 a.m. Tuesday. While no one was injured, some vehicles near the collapse, a boat and items stored in the garage were damaged. Omaha television station KETV says some people in the area also reported losing power after the collapse. Investigators say part of a garage wall fell on nearby power lines. Police tell Omaha television station WOWT that a city inspector will inspect the site Tuesday to evaluate the damage.


(AP) - Lincoln officials say a $935,000 trail project is close to completion. KOLN-TV reports ( ) the 1.3 mile extension should be finished in October or November. The Lower Platte South Natural Resources District says a federal transportation fund paid for 80 percent of the $935,000 project. It will connect the Antelope Valley Trail to the Haymarket Ball Park Trail. Officials say they expect thousands of runners, cyclists, students and Nebraska Cornhusker fans to use the trail. A Lincoln park official says the city's monthly trail maintenance budget will remain at $1,500 after the extension is completed.


(AP) - A Grand Island flood control project that was scheduled for completion next year is four years behind schedule and $13 million over budget. The Grand Island Independent reports ( ) the Grand Island City Council and Hall County Board of Supervisors were briefed on the project last week. The project was delayed in part because of the time required to clean up buried explosives from land that once housed an ordinance plant and an insufficient drainage map. The project originally relied on watershed data from the 1980s. Officials say the project is over budget because of an abnormal jump in construction prices over the project's 10-year development. The price of earth-moving equipment rose in part because of China buying up American construction material and equipment, and diesel prices also went up.


(UNK)-Financial expert Richard Salmen will present "The Journey from Undisciplined Ability to Enduring Success and Happiness" at 11 a.m. Thursday in the University of Nebraska at Kearney Nebraskan Student Union Ponderosa Room. Salmen, senior vice president and senior advisor at GTRUST Financial Corp. in Overland Park, Kan., is the 2014-15 Ron Landstrom Executive-in-Residence at UNK. His presentation is free and open to the public. GTRUST is an independent trust and asset management company. A Creighton native, Salmen attended Kearney State College with an Army ROTC scholarship after serving as an Army private in Germany. In 1988, Salmen graduated with a business administration and airway science degree. In 1992, he started an independent financial planning practice. Five years later, he worked as a trust officer/advisor for the Legacy Trust Company in Overland Park, where he became a certified financial planner. In 1998, Salmen graduated from the United States Army's premier staff officer development program at Ft. Leavenworth, Kan. Salmen began his work at GTRUST in 2000, and became a certified trust and financial advisor and a chartered financial analyst. After the 2008 banking crisis, as national president of the 26,000 member Financial Planning Association, Salmen frequently traveled to Washington, D.C. to help lawmakers draft new financial regulations. Salmen also worked as an air traffic control specialist until he retired in March 2013. He worked at the Air Traffic Control Center in Olathe, Kan., for 25 years.