May 18, 2020 1:48 AM

Two Nebraska men die in separate one-vehicle crashes

Posted May 18, 2020 1:48 AM

GRAND ISLAND, Neb. (AP) — Two Nebraska men died in two separate one-vehicle crashes.

The Hall County Sheriff’s office says 76-year-old James Duncan of Hastings died Saturday afternoon after he was thrown from his three-wheeled motorcycle.

Investigators determined that Duncan lost control of the motorcycle and it rolled shortly after the road’s surface became gravel.

The Omaha World-Herald reports that Johan Lopez of Lincoln died in the other crash on the west side of Lincoln.

The Nebraska State Patrol says that maintenance crews found Lopez’ 2009 Toyota Corolla in a ditch Friday morning.

Investigators determined that Lopez had been dead for some time before the crash was discovered.

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May 18, 2020 1:48 AM
Pandemic casualty: JC Penney to close 240 stores

NEW YORK (AP) — J.C. Penney will close almost 30% of its 846 stores as part of a restructuring under bankruptcy protection. The ailing department store said Monday that it plans to close about 192 stores by February 2021, and then 50 additional stores in the year after that.

That would leave the company with just over 600 locations. J.C. Penney filed for bankruptcy reorganization on Friday, making it the biggest retailer to do since the coronavirus pandemic forced them to shut down all stores.

The company has not released a list of stores that will close.


NEW YORK (AP) — The coronavirus pandemic has pushed troubled department store chain J.C. Penney into Chapter 11 bankruptcy.

It is the fourth major retailer to meet that fate. Texas-based Penney said late Friday it will be reducing its store count and will be disclosing details and timing in the next few weeks.

It currently operates 850 stores and employs nearly 90,000 workers. It said that it received $900 million in financing to help it operate during the restructuring. Penney joins luxury department store chain Neiman Marcus and J.Crew in filing for bankruptcy reorganization. Others are expected to follow. Still many experts are pessimistic about Penney’s long-term survival.

Check the Post for additional details, as they become available on how the bankruptcy impacts local stores.


U.S. retail sales tumbled by a record 16.4% from March to April as business shutdowns caused by the coronavirus kept shoppers away, threatened stores across the country and weighed down a sinking economy.

The Commerce Department’s report on retail purchases showed a sector that has collapsed so quickly that sales over the past 12 months are down a crippling 21.6%. The sharpest drops from March to April were at clothiers, electronics stores, furniture stores and restaurants.

A long-standing migration of consumers toward online purchases is accelerating, with that segment posting a 8.4% monthly gain. Measured year over year, online sales surged 21.6%.