After an otherwise staid day of testimony in the Christopher Edwards trial, jurors ended Wednesday with a bit of a jawdropper. But not from a witness. Douglas County District Judge J Russell Derr informed jurors that they will probably begin deliberations Friday - and might be asked to continue into the weekend if they don't reach a unanimous decision by the end of Friday. Derr told jurors the evidence presentation likely would end today. Attorneys then will have closing arguments Friday.
Trial Briefs: The latest from the Christopher Edwards trial
Creighton assistant coach Kevin McKenna is expected to be named head basketball coach at Indiana State this afternoon. McKenna told The World-Herald on Wednesday night that he had reached an agreement with the Terre Haute, Ind., school to replace Royce Waltman, whose contract was not renewed at the end of the season. "We have a verbal agreement," McKenna said Wednesday. "We are continuing to negotiate a few points. A press conference is scheduled for tomorrow, and I'm headed that way. I guess you can draw your own conclusions."
Despite denials that Iran attacked a U.S. ship in the Persian Gulf, costs at the pump go up in what may be just a brief surge. Pump prices went up as much as 10 cents per gallon in the past two days. Prices hit more than $2.70 a gallon Wednesday at some stations in the Omaha metro area. Prices also reached that mark across the state in North Platte.
Two Vietnam combat veterans teamed up Wednesday to urge new limits on U.S. troop deployments to Iraq and to require that soldiers have proper training and equipment when sent into battle. Sen. Chuck Hagel, R-Neb., said the Iraq war is putting at risk the all-volunteer force that took nearly 30 years to build up after "the disaster of Vietnam." He joined Sen. Jim Webb, D-Va., in proposing to give active duty soldiers a year off between deployments to Iraq and Afghanistan.
Michael Kelly: Educational service units could play a big role in Omaha-area schools.
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