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  • Former death row inmate died of rare salivary gland cancer

    A man who spent 30 years on Nebraska's death row for two cult murders died of a rare cancer in his salivary glands, according to a death certificate obtained Tuesday.
  • Nebraska lawmakers ban death penalty, overriding veto in dramatic vote

    Nebraska lawmakers ban death penalty, overriding veto in dramatic vote
    In a climactic political showdown, Nebraska's lawmakers overrode a veto and banned the death penalty Wednesday. The ban passed by the thinnest of margins, making Nebraska the first conservative-dominated legislature to outlaw the death penalty since...

    Why conservative Nebraska seems determined to repeal the death penalty

    Why conservative Nebraska seems determined to repeal the death penalty
    Nebraska, once the picture of reliable Republican conservatism, is expected to repeal the death penalty this week, a move that is part of the growing debate over capital punishment and illustrates how the division between left and right is blurring on...

    Nebraska governor vetoes bill to abolish state's death penalty

    Nebraska governor vetoes bill to abolish state's death penalty
    Gov. Pete Ricketts vetoed a bill Tuesday that would make Nebraska the first traditionally conservative state in more than four decades to abolish the death penalty, sending it back to lawmakers who will attempt an override. Nebraska lawmakers passed the...

    Nebraska authorities say man convicted in 1985 cult killings dies in prison

    A man who had spent three decades on Nebraska's death row for the 1985 cult killings of two people, including a 5-year-old boy, has died in prison, officials said Monday. Michael Ryan died around 5:45 p.m. Sunday at the Tecumseh State Correctional...