Feb 07, 2020 4:08 PM

Nebraska weighs proposal for major medical facility project

Posted Feb 07, 2020 4:08 PM

Backers of a proposed state-of-the-art medical facility in Omaha are asking Nebraska lawmakers to contribute $300 million in state money to the project, describing it as a “once-in-a-generation opportunity.”

The proposed Nebraska Transfomational Project would create a new teaching hospital and research and education tower on the campus of the University of Nebraska Medical Center in Omaha.

It would be a partnership of state and federal agencies to respond to natural disasters, infectious disease outbreaks and other crises.

The proposal would cost a total of $2.6 billion, making it potentially the largest economic development project in history.

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Driver involved in December crash that killed 2 arrested

BELLEVUE, Neb. (AP) - Authorities on Thursday arrested a driver involved in a December crash south of Bellevue that killed two people.

The Sarpy County Sheriff's Office said in a news release that Joshua Martinez, 27, of Plattsmouth, was arrested Thursday on warrants charging him with several counts, including vehicular homicide and driving on a suspended license. Gabrielle Ramirez, 19, and Beau Dasher, 20, both of Plattsmouth, were passengers in Ramirez's car and died at the scene of the Dec. 15 crash on Highway 75 beneath the Highway 34 bridge.

A car driven by Martinez crossed through the highway median in icy conditions and collided with a pickup truck, investigators said. The driver and a front-seat passenger of the pickup, both from Council Bluffs, Iowa, were seriously injured, as was Martinez. A 1-year-old child secured in a child seat in the pickup wasn't injured.