Week in review: 5 top stories from KMTV

Omaha musicians have stepped up to raise money for the Pivonka children.

Week in review: 5 top stories from KMTV

By Marjorie Sturgeon. CREATED Aug 3, 2014

OMAHA, Neb. (KMTV) - Here’s a look back at some of the big stories on KMTV during the week of July 28.

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1. Fundraiser for Pivonka children expanded to 3 nights

An Omaha couple killed in a weekend crash left behind seven children, and now the music community is pitching in to help.

More than 15 bands are scheduled to play over three days to help raise money for the children.

Organizers had to expand the benefit to multiple nights after interest grew.

2. United Way of the Midlands CEO Karen Bricklemyer dies

United Way of the Midlands President and CEO Karen Bricklemyer died on Monday, July 29.

Bricklemyer was hospitalized nearly a week earlier with an aortic dissection.

She wished to donate her organs, the United Way said, which helped at least 60 people.

3. LRC prepares for Nikko Jenkins amid concerns

A judge ruled Nikko Jenkins will go to Lincoln Regional Medical Center since he is not competent for the death penalty phase of his case.

Doctors will have to send a progress report 30 days after treatment.

Douglas County Attorney Don Kleine said he is confident the center can handle Jenkins.

4. Huskers ranked No. 22 in Amway Coaches Poll

A preseason poll is good news for the Huskers.

The Amway Coaches Poll ranked Nebraska football at No. 22

See the full list here.

5. Man loses hand to illegal fireworks

An Omaha man’s life has changed dramatically since he lost his hand in a Fourth of July fireworks accident.

Jared Spencer said it was a “stupid mistake” when he lit an illegal firework that went off as he was holding it.

His family is trying to raise money for medical costs online.

Marjorie Sturgeon

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