Nebraska Afternoon News for 6/5/15

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The girlfriend of a man accused of killing his four-year-old half-brother and his mother in Omaha has been charged as an accessory. A homicide detective testified at a hearing today (Friday) that preliminary autopsy results on the body of 45-year-old Jesus Ismenia Marinero indicate she was alive when she was dumped in a southeast Omaha ditch. Police think 24-year-old Gabriela Guevara helped 25-year-old Roberto Martinez-Marinero to load his mother in a car and dump her body. Prosecutors say that if final autopsy results show Marinero was alive when she was dumped, they will charge Guevara with aiding and abetting first-degree murder.
After two years of tuition freezes, University of Nebraska President Hank Bounds is proposing tuition increases for the next two school years. Bounds’ proposed budget includes tuition increases of one-point-75 percent for 2015-16 and two-point-five percent for 2016-17. If approved by the Board of Regents at its June 12th meeting, most Nebraska students would pay, on average, about three dollars, 50 cents more per credit hour this coming school year and an additional five dollars per credit hour the next school year. The tuition freezes resulted from a 2012 deal with the Nebraska Legislature that provided a four percent increase in state appropriations in exchange for keeping tuition rates flat for Nebraska students.
An attorney with more than four decades of experience has accepted a new leadership position in the state’s fight against sex trafficking. Stephen Patrick O’Meara recently started work as the human trafficking coordinator in the Nebraska Attorney General’s Office. He will earn just under 79-thousand dollars annually in the job, which was created by a 2014 legislative bill introduced by former state Senator Amanda McGill. An organization working to end human trafficking gave Nebraska a “D” last year for its policies in helping stop the illegal practice. That grade was an improvement from the “F” it received in 2011.
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