Nebraska Governor Pete Ricketts has kept his promise and vetoed a bill outlawing capital punishment in the state. Now, members of the Nebraska Legislature will try to override his veto this afternoon. The bill abolishing the death penalty passed with veto-proof 32-to-15 vote of approval. The Republican governor has reportedly been talking to lawmakers individually, trying to weaken the support for a veto. Nebraska hasn’t executed a prisoner for 18 years. Maryland just put an end to capital punishment two years ago.
U-S Senator Ben Sasse says he’s worried about the gains being made by the Islamic State in Iraq. The Nebraska Republican was referring specifically to ISIS takeovers in Ramadi and the Anbar province. Sasse says it looks like the Iraqi Army ran away from the fight, even though it had ISIS outnumbered in the most-recent battle. The Secretary of Defense, Ash Carter, has questioned the Iraqi soldiers’ will to fight. Sasse says he has concerns about the U-S response to the militants’ advances in the Middle East. He says it’s evident the current approach isn’t working.
Columbus police say the injuries suffered by a four-month-old girl are consistent with child abuse. Twenty-two-year-old Francisco Villatoro of Columbus has been arrested. He called 9-1-1 Saturday morning to report the child was choking while trying to breath. His girlfriend is the child’s mother. It is thought he caused the child’s injuries. That child was taken to Columbus Community Hospital, then transferred to Omaha Children’s Hospital and Medical Center.