FORMER OMAHA SEN. LOWEN KRUSE DIES

Former State Sen. Lowen Kruse, a retired Methodist pastor who was actively involved in peace and social justice issues, passed away at 88 years old on Friday. Kruse was first elected to the legislature in 2000 and eventually became vice chairman of the Appropriations Committee. During his time in the legislature he advocated for increased restrictions on underage drinking and harsher penalties for drunk driving. He was also actively involved with Nebraskans for Peace and Omaha Together One Community.