OMAHA, Neb. (AP) — The Nebraska Supreme Court has denied the legal requests of two men ordered back to prison last year after being wrongly released because state officials had miscalculated their sentences.

LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) — A legislative staffer who helped investigate Nebraska's corrections department will now serve as an official state watchdog for the agency.

LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) — An envelope filled with cornstarch forced a Nebraska prison to close its entrance for nearly two hours while authorities investigated the suspicious item.

LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) — Nearly three months after a deadly Nebraska prison riot, corrections officers and caseworkers are still working mandatory 12-hour emergency shifts.

OMAHA, Neb. (AP) — The Nebraska Department of Correctional Services says that of 390 prisoners who have or will be released between June 10 and Aug. 31, more than two dozen had miscalculated release dates.

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 Nebraska Department of Correctional Services is planning to interview 300 employees as part of a "culture study" to make changes within the problem-plagued agency.

LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) — A report investigating a deadly riot at a Nebraska prison says too many inmates were outside their cells at the time of the incident.

LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) — Nebraska's corrections department is reviewing 2,000 prisoner sentences for accuracy after discovering that some inmates received credit they shouldn't have.

LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) — Nebraska authorities say an inmate on death row for the 1985 cult killings of two people, including a 5-year-old boy, had died in custody.