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OMAHA — A power outage in central Omaha on Tuesday morning offered some Nebraska voters a “romantic” setting of sorts as they cast their ballot on Election Day. 

“I voted in the dark” stickers weren’t available at this central Omaha polling place. but voters were doing just that for a while during a morning power failure. (Aaron Sanderford/Nebraska Examiner)

At least two polling places were without light and power for less than two hours. Omaha Public Power District officials said power was restored around 10:30 a.m.

One seemed to have sufficient natural lighting, but the other, a Lutheran church at about 60th and Center Streets, had voting booths in the basement and needed a bit of intervention from the Douglas County Election Commissioner’s Office.

Brian Kruse, county election commissioner, said his office sent a runner to the location with several lanterns that helped light pathways to voting booths. 

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People were using flashlights on their cell phones. The facility also had some flashlights. 

“That’s a first for me,” Kruse said of the incident. 

The county election commissioner’s staff delivered lanterns to a central Omaha polling place Tuesday morning when the lights went out. (Aaron Sanderford/Nebraska Examiner)

OPPD said fewer than 1,000 customers were without power after a private construction crew hit an underground power line near 48th and Leavenworth Streets. No one on the crew was injured.

The area affected was between Dodge and Center Streets, from 60th to 48th Streets, plus University Drive North and Pacific Street from University Drive West to 46th Avenue.

Nebraska Examiner’s Aaron Sanderford was among the voters that marked their ballot in the dark during the power outage.

“Me and some of my neighbors got to vote like it was the 1800s,” he said.

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One voter called the lighting “romantic.” Another called it “mood voting.”

Meanwhile, Tuesday marked the first election that, under a new state law, workers checked identification of voters. Kruse said all seemed to be going smoothly on that front so far, with no voter complaints as of midday.

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Huskers win Big Ten Championship with 2-1 victory over Penn State

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Nebraska baseball entered Saturday’s Big Ten Championship game after climbing out of elimination following a first-round loss to Ohio State. The Huskers won four straight games to reach their final challenge in the tournament, Penn State. In a low-scoring battle, Nebraska edged out the Nittany Lions, claiming its first-ever Big Ten tournament title.

The Huskers earned just six hits and two RBIs on the day, while Penn State finished with four hits. Jackson Brockett started on the mound for Nebraska and pitched 8.0 innings, facing down 29 batters.

After coughing up a run in the first, Brockett threw lights out in the following seven innings, finishing the game with five strikeouts and surrendering four hits. Brett Sears pitched the final inning and threw three-up, three-down.

Josh Caron delivered the equalizer with his sixth home run of the tournament, a record, before Gabe Swansen hit the go-ahead RBI double in the ninth, bringing in Cayden Brumbaugh.

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With the win, Nebraska punches its ticket to the NCAA Regionals for the first time since 2021 and the seventh time in the last 10 years. The Regionals are set to begin on Friday.

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Nebraska Baseball Not Among 16 Regional Hosts

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Nebraska baseball is not hosting an NCAA regional in 2024.

That isn’t necessarily a surprise. The Huskers have an RPI at No. 28 and some glaringly bad losses on the résumé, but there remained some outside hope that the committee would find a place for a regional going to Nebraska.

Among the 16 teams selected to host, East Carolina is No. 22 in RPI. Even further down, Arizona’s RPI is 31. The Pirates did get to 43 wins with a tough schedule though, and the Wildcats had the No. 1 nonconference strength of schedule on top of winning the Pac-12 regular season and tournament.

Earlier in the season, Lincoln looked primed to host a regional. The Huskers were ranked by several outlets and rolling. But the midweek woes took over in April. Over the last seven games played on a Tuesday or Wednesday, the only win came with Jackson Brockett’s no-hitter.

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Nebraska went 5-8 in games played on Tuesday and Wednesdays for the season, including a Big Ten Conference Tournament opening game loss to Ohio State before an elimination game win over Purdue the next night.

No, the five-game winning streak through the loser’s bracket didn’t bump Nebraska’s RPI enough to warrant a host selection. But it will certainly scare some of the teams selected to host.

NU went 4-0 over the weekend. In games played Thursday through Sunday, the Huskers went 34-12 this year. The regionals will be played Friday to Sunday or Saturday to Monday this week. That bodes well for a team that has enjoyed weekend success all season.

The full field of 64 will be announced Monday at 11 a.m. CDT on ESPN2. Nebraska is already in the field as an automatic qualifier for winning the Big Ten tournament.

The 16 host sites and their records are listed below.

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BIG TEN CHAMPIONS: Nebraska Outlasts Penn State 2-1 for First Big Ten Tournament Title

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Nebraska baseball has won the Big Ten Conference Tournament Championship.

NU outlasted Penn State 2-1 in the league title game Sunday. This is the first conference tournament championship for the Big Red since joining the Big Ten.

Nebraska has won five conference tournament titles in program history: 1999, 2000, 2001, 2005, 2024.

No Big Ten team since Ohio State in 1995 had dropped their first game and ended up as the champion. That tournament consisted of only four teams where the Buckeyes had to play four games. Nebraska played in six games over six days.

The Huskers improve to 39-20 ahead of the NCAA Tournament beginning this next weekend. Penn State’s season comes to a close at 29-24.

The Nittany Lions struck first when a pickoff throw to second went awry, scoring the runner from third. From there, No. 8 seed managed just one more hit.

Nebraska didn’t get on the board until Josh Caron belted a home run over the right field wall. Then, in the top of the ninth inning, Gabe Swansen, who had two of Nebraska’s six hits on the day, crushed a double that scored Cayden Brumbaugh.

After Jackson Brocket posted a sensational 8.0 innings, the Big Ten Pitcher of the Year took the hill for the save. Brett Sears worked a 1-2-3 ninth inning to take the title back to Lincoln.

Caron, with a conference tournament record six home runs this week, was named Most Outstanding Player of the Big Ten Conference Tournament. Other Huskers on the All-Big Ten Tournament team are Swansen, Caron, Josh Stokes, and Will Walsh.

Nebraska will learn its regional destination on Monday. The Selection Show airs at 11 a.m. CDT on ESPN2.

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Nebraska’s Path to the Big Ten Conference Tournament Championship

Tuesday: No. 7 seed Ohio State run rules Nebraska in seven innings. | Recap, Photos

Thursday: The Huskers get a gem on the hill form Brett Sears and Drew Christo to eliminate Purdue. | Recap, Photos

Friday: Nebraska avenges their opening game loss to Ohio State by sending the Buckeyes home. | Recap, Photos

Saturday 1: Will Walsh tosses a complete game to send NU to a do-or-die semifinal game. | Recap, Photos

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Saturday 2: Nebraska crushes Penn State to reach its first conference tournament title game since 2019. | Recap, Photos

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