Jan 06, 2020 2:46 AM

Regulators to review handling of water problem at nuke plant

Posted Jan 06, 2020 2:46 AM

Federal inspectors plan to review how well a Nebraska nuclear power plant handled a water service safety problem blamed on a silt buildup from the Missouri River.

The river overwhelmed levees along its length last spring. The Nuclear Regulatory Commission said in a news release Thursday that the Cooper Nuclear Station near Brownville was operating Dec. 6 when employees detected that water wasn't flowing through a pipe connected to the plant.

Nebraska Public Power District soon determined that silt had built up and blocked the pipe outfall. The district had the silt removed within a week.

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Jan 06, 2020 2:46 AM
Man who confessed to strangling wife pleads guilty

A man who confessed to police that he'd killed his wife in the Omaha suburb of Bellevue has pleaded guilty to two reduced charges in the case.

The Omaha World-Herald reports that 39-year-old Brandon Norton pleaded guilty Friday to second-degree murder and improper disposal of a body.

Norton had been facing trial on a first-degree murder charge for the slaying of 32-year-old Jennifer Norton. Her body was recovered from the Missouri River in June 2018.

Norton was arrested after walking into the Sarpy County Jail to tell authorities that he had killed his wife the day before and dropped her body from a bridge into the river.