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Lincoln man faces charges in wife's death

LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) - A Lincoln man has been accused of killing his wife.

Forty-one-year-old Kent Burklund was arrested Monday and booked at the Lancaster County Jail on charges of second-degree murder and use of a weapon to commit a felony. Court records do not list an attorney.

Burklund's wife, Bettina, was found dead inside the couple's home Monday. The 41-year-old woman had a knife by her side, but authorities have not said how she died.

Kent Burklund was found later at a nearby lake. He was taken into custody without incident.

An autopsy was conducted Tuesday, but preliminary results have not been released.


Ted Cruz endorses Ricketts for Nebraska governor

LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) - Republican Pete Ricketts has won the endorsement of U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz of Texas, a conservative leader embraced by the tea party.

Cruz praised Ricketts Tuesday for his experience as a businessman and his focus on taxes, job growth and education reform. Cruz gained national notoriety for leading the U.S. Senate opposition against the federal health care law championed by President Barack Obama.

Ricketts has also received support from former Alaska Gov. and vice presidential candidate Sarah Palin; Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker; former Nebraska Govs. Kay Orr and Charles Thone; and U.S. Rep. Lee Terry of Nebraska.

Ricketts is competing in a six-way Republican primary race with Attorney General Jon Bruning, State Auditor Mike Foley, Omaha tax attorney Bryan Slone, and state Sens. Tom Carlson and Beau McCoy.


Nebraska banking director to retire in May

LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) - Nebraska's Director of Banking and Finance, John Munn, has announced his retirement, and Gov. Dave Heineman has named deputy director Ray Pont as the agency's acting director.

The 66-year-old Munn is responsible for the supervision of state-chartered financial institutions, registered and licensed financial entities including mortgage banking, delayed-deposit service companies and Nebraska's securities industry.

Munn was appointed in 2005 by then-Gov. Mike Johanns. His last day will be May 2.

The governor's office says that under Munn's leadership, the assets of state-chartered banks the department supervises have more than doubled, from $16 billion to $35 billion.


Lincoln police say man caused burns on baby girl

LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) - Lincoln police have accused a man of causing extensive burns on his baby daughter.

Police say 20-year-old Reid Alden turned himself in Tuesday as part of an agreement. He has been booked into the Lancaster County Jail on suspicion of felony child abuse.

Alden called police on April 16 and reported that his 6-week-old daughter had burns to her skin following a bath.

The infant was taken to the hospital. Officer Katie Flood says she has burns over 60 percent of her body, and X-rays show healing rib fractures.

Court records do not list an attorney for Alden.


Heineman vetoes nurse practitioner regulation bill

LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) - Nurse practitioners will still need to collaborate with physicians in order to practice in Nebraska, after the governor vetoed a bill that would have changed state regulations.

Gov. Dave Heineman on Tuesday vetoed the bill, which removed the requirement that nurses have an integrated practice agreement with a collaborating physician in order to practice in Nebraska. In the final vote, legislators had approved the measure unanimously.

Heineman says in the future there will be a shift toward additional independence for nurse practitioners, but the option provided by the bill went too far, too quickly.

Heineman and Chief Medical Officer Dr. Joseph Acierno expressed concern about patient safety in the governor's veto letter.

Lawmakers adjourned last week, so they cannot try to override the governor's veto.


The bill is LB916


Ricketts, Bruning spar in Nebraska governor's race

LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) - The Republican primary race for governor is heating up between Omaha businessman Pete Ricketts and Nebraska Attorney General Jon Bruning.

Ricketts promised Tuesday to run a positive campaign, saying he wouldn't make "careless accusations" against other candidates in the six-man field. His announcement at the Capitol came in response to new, critical television ads by Bruning's campaign.

Bruning has alleged that Ricketts' family and supporters are behind a series of anonymous, third-party attack ads against him, and that Ricketts is unwilling to attach his name to them. Ricketts says neither he nor his father, billionaire TD Ameritrade founder Joe Ricketts, are involved with the ads.

The third-party ads have drawn the ire of some top Republicans, including Gov. Dave Heineman, who has said the people behind them should identify themselves.


Nebraska woman sentenced in fatal crash case

OMAHA, Neb. (AP) - A former waitress has been sentenced to two years of probation and possibly a month in jail for serving alcohol to a teenager who later died in a car wreck.

Twenty-one-year-old Amanda Heiman, of Fremont, was sentenced Tuesday for a felony charge of procuring alcohol for a minor resulting in death.

Prosecutors say Heiman served alcohol to 18-year-old Jacob Dickmeyer, of Valley, and another underage friend in December 2012. Prosecutors say Heiman knew the men weren't legally old enough to drink.

Dickmeyer died later that night when the car he was driving rolled. His passenger was injured.

Heiman was ordered to serve two years of probation and complete 80 hours of community service. She was also ordered to spend 30 days in jail but may be eligible for house arrest.


Nebraska legislative candidate faces tax lien

SCOTTSBLUFF, Neb. (AP) - A Scottsbluff legislative candidate says he's been working with the IRS to eliminate a $30,500 tax lien.

Scottsbluff lawyer Mike Meister (MYE'-stur) told Scottsbluff radio station KNEB ( ) on Monday that he'd gotten into a "cash flow crunch" so he couldn't pay the accumulated federal withholding for his employees. He says his staffers are "not in any risk."

Meister says he's working with the IRS on paying the arrearage. He told The Associated Press on Tuesday that he expected to be caught up by the end of the month.

Meister is running against Valley Bank President John Stinner Sr. for the legislative seat in Nebraska's 48th District.

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