Feb 13, 2020 6:29 PM

Arctic weather over Nebraska may have claimed victim

Posted Feb 13, 2020 6:29 PM

OMAHA, Neb. (AP) — An arctic cold front that descended upon eastern Nebraska and most of Iowa may have claimed an elderly victim.

Omaha police say officers found the body of an 80-year-old man a little before 5:40 a.m. Thursday in a street not far from an assisted living center where he lived.

Police say he was not dressed appropriately for the cold.

The National Weather Service says the wind chill had dropped to minus 26 degrees (minus 32 Celsius) at that time.

He's been identified as Robert Freymuller.

Many schools, businesses and organizations remained closed or opened late because of the frigid air blast.

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Feb 13, 2020 6:29 PM
Execution transparency bill wins initial OK in Nebraska

LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) — A bill to ensure more transparency in the death penalty has won first-round approval from Nebraska lawmakers after prison officials blocked the view of public witnesses while carrying out an execution in 2018.

Lawmakers gave the measure first-round approval on a 33-7 vote. The bill would bar the Nebraska Department of Correctional Services from obscuring the view of witnesses during an execution.

It would also require at least two state legislators to serve as witnesses. State law already requires witnesses from media outlets to be present.

Prison officials faced criticism after they pulled the curtains over the media's viewing window for 14 minutes near the end of inmate Carey Dean Moore's execution.