Sep 10, 2019 11:23 PM

Nebraska, Iowa ordered lowered for Sept. 11 observance

Posted Sep 10, 2019 11:23 PM

OMAHA, Neb. (AP) — The governors of Nebraska and Iowa have ordered flags lowered to observe the anniversary of the Sept. 11 terror attacks.

Nebraska Gov. Pete Ricketts and Iowa Gov. Kim Reynolds ordered U.S. and state flags to fly at half-staff from sunrise to sunset on Wednesday to honor those who died in the attacks.

Nearly 3,000 people were killed in the attacks on Sept. 11, 2001 when hijacked planes crashed into the World Trade Center, the Pentagon and a field near Shanksville, Pennsylvania. Scores of firefighters, police and others have died in the years since from exposure to the toxic wreckage from the attacks.

It was the deadliest terrorist act on American soil.

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Man shot in neck by officer sentenced to 31 to 52 years

OMAHA, Neb. (AP) — A man shot in the neck by an Omaha police officer being dragged has been sent to prison.

The Omaha World-Herald reports that 22-year-old Micah Taylor was sentenced Monday to 31 to 52 years. He'd pleaded guilty in April to assaulting an officer and operating a motor vehicle to avoid arrest. Prosecutors dropped two related charges in exchange.

Police say Taylor was shot March 8 last year after being stopped as part of a police sting. Police say Taylor struggledwith Officer Dave Staskiewicz when he refused to get out of his car, then took off in the car, briefly dragging Staskiewicz. Staskiewicz fired his gun three times as he was dragged, hitting Taylor once.

Taylor was released from a hospital within two days of the shooting. Staskiewicz has undergone hip and shoulder surgery and has chronic back problems.