Top 10 Nebraska news stories of 2013

Published on NewsOK Modified: December 30, 2013 at 12:55 pm •  Published: December 30, 2013

The top 10 Nebraska stories of 2012, as voted upon by Associated Press newspaper and broadcast members:

1. JACK'S TD RUN: A touchdown run during April's intrasquad football game by a 7-year-old boy with cancer was viewed later more than 8.3 million times on YouTube. Jack Hoffman, now 8, captured the hearts of Nebraska football fans when, with the players' help, he scampered 69 yards to score.

2. SHEEHY RESIGNS: Lt. Gov. Rick Sheehy resigns abruptly after revelations that he made thousands of calls to women other than his wife on a state-issued cellphone. The calls were revealed after the Omaha World-Herald reviewed his phone records.

3. JOHANNS' DECISION: Nebraska Republican U.S. Sen. Mike Johanns announces he won't seek re-election to a second term, creating an open-seat race for a second consecutive Senate election cycle.

4. PANHANDLE SNOW: An October blizzard decimates cattle herds in western Nebraska ranching country.

5. HAGEL CONFIRMED: Former U.S. Sen. Chuck Hagel, a Republican from Nebraska, is nominated for and confirmed as President Obama's secretary of defense.

6. WAYNE TORNADO: A tornado that struck the northeast Nebraska town of Wayne in early October caused millions of dollars in damage, but no one was killed and the injuries reported were minor.

7. A tie: VETERANS HOME: Gov. Dave Heineman announces that the state will build a new Central Nebraska Veterans Home in Kearney, which competed for the project against the cities of Grand Island, North Platte and Hastings. The decision draws criticism from Grand Island, where the home has been situated for more than a century.

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