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Top Stories for 2013

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OMAHA (KPTM)- In 2013, there were big wins, big fires, big tornados, and big smiles.

Researchers at Universal Information services, a national news monitoring and media measurement service, created a list of the top five biggest news stories for 2013.


5. Creighton moving to the Big East Conference

"It's quite a big move for them to get into a larger conference," said Universal VP, Todd Murphy.


4. Jack Hoffman's touchdown at the Red and White Spring Game

Hoffman, an 8-year-old brain cancer patient, who was seven at the time ran a big touchdown at the end of the game. "I've heard people say they've gone back to YouTube to watch that run over and over, because it's such an inspirational video," said Murphy.

Hoffman later won an ‘ESPY' for ‘Best Moment' in sports.


3.  Nebraska Crossing Outlets

Murphy said that people had been looking forward to the new outlet mall for more than a year. He said the mall also helped contribute to the economic growth of Omaha and the surrounding areas.


2. Jean Stothert Elected As Mayor

"Not only was it a hard fought election, between incumbent Jim Suttle and Mayor Stothert, but you had a lot of things contributing to the media buzz," said Murphy. Murphy said the Mayor's ongoing battle with the fire union also helped lock her in the second spot.


1. Arrests of Nikko Jenkins and Anthony Garcia

"It's a little unique for Omaha to have a serial killer in its midst, let alone two cases," said Murphy.

In May, Dr. Roger and Mary Brumback were found murdered in their home. Speculation began that the murder was linked to the 2008 murders of 11-year-old Thomas Hunter and his housekeeper, Shirlee Sherman.

Anthony Garcia was arrested in June in Indiana, and charged with the four murders. Prosecutors in the case said Garcia was fired by Thomas's dad and Brumback.

Just one month after being released from prison, Nikko Jenkins is said to have murdered four different people.

Jenkins later confessed to the murders.

Both cases are still pending.

Maureen Wurtz

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