Associated Press

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — State and community leaders say the state needs to reduce disparities in the number of minorities in Iowa's criminal justice system, and they hope an upcoming summit will focus attention on the issue.

LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) — The former finance director of the Nebraska Democratic Party has been named the party's new executive director.

OMAHA, Neb. (AP) — A lawsuit filed against the Nebraska prison system by a man convicted of first-degree murder in four Omaha shooting deaths in 2013 has been dismissed.

OMAHA, Neb. (AP) — A deejay has been charged with a hate crime after police say he assaulted a transgender woman at an Omaha bar.

LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) — A federal judge has dismissed a lawsuit against Nebraska college officials over the disappearance of a 19-year-old student.

BENNINGTON, Neb. (AP) — Crews have contained a gasoline spill estimated at 1,000 gallons from a truck filling up a tank at a convenience store in the northwest Omaha suburb of Bennington.

LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) — A new report says more groups than ever are turning to lobbyists to try to exert influence in the Nebraska Legislature, but spending on specific lawmakers remains difficult to track.

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — The federal government expects to spend $191 million to pay chicken and turkey farmers for birds lost to avian flu.

COUNCIL BLUFFS, Iowa (AP) — Authorities have arrested two people for an illegal fireworks manufacturing operation at their home in Council Bluffs.

LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) — The governor has eight applicants to consider when filling an open seat representing an Omaha district in the Legislature.

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