Nebraska Midday Summary 6/3/15

News_MSNebraska Midday Summary 6/3/15

A state senator who led the battle in the Unicameral against repeal of the death penalty will carry on that fight. Senator Beau McCoy of Omaha failed in his attempts to defeat the death penalty repeal bill in the legislature. He carries on the effort as co-chair of a petition drive to retain capital punishment in Nebraska. A group called “Nebraskans for the Death Penalty” has filed with the Secretary of State’s office, hopeful of gathering enough signatures to place the issue on the 2016 ballot. McCoy says the petition route wouldn’t be necessary if senators who favored the death penalty in their campaigns voted that way in the legislature.

An Omaha plumbing company accused of falsifying payroll records has been placed on probation for three years, fined 25-thousand dollars, and ordered to repay more than 138-thousand dollars in wages. The U-S attorney’s office in Nebraska says Vincentini Plumbing paid employees less than the prevailing wage between June 2010 and July 2011 while the business performed work on two building projects for the public school district in Council Bluffs. Vincentini Plumbing does business under the name V & V Construction.

A suspect has been arrested after an armed robbery in Hastings. A 26-year old man was arrested Tuesday for armed robbery and using a firearm to commit a felony earlier that day. His name was not released. Police say the suspect went into a local store with a shotgun and demanded money. An employee complied and gave him access to the cash register. Investigators say two other people were in the store at the time of the incident but were not injured.
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