Jan 21, 2020 4:49 PM

Stargazing woman who fell off bridge taken to Omaha hospital

Posted Jan 21, 2020 4:49 PM

WAVERLY, Neb. (AP) - A woman who fell off a bridge while stargazing has been transferred from a Lincoln hospital to one in Omaha, authorities said.

Lindsay Kroger, 37, of rural Lincoln, had gone with five other people to the bridge about 2 miles (3.2 kilometers) southeast of Waverly to look at the sky early Sunday morning. She leaned back, thinking there was a support piece behind her but instead fell 27 feet (8.2 meters) to the ice below, the Lancaster County Sheriff's Office said.

She was flown to a Lincoln hospital and then sent Monday to the Omaha facility.

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Jan 21, 2020 4:49 PM
Feds allow use of opioid funds to stem meth, cocaine surge
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The nation's drug addiction crisis has been turning in a deadly new direction with more Americans struggling with meth and cocaine.

Now the government will allow states to use federal money earmarked for the opioid crisis to help people addicted to those drugs as well.

The change to a $1.5 billion opioid grants program was buried in a massive spending bill that Congress passed late last year.

Lawmakers of both parties, as well as the Trump administration, backed the change.

Though opioid overdoses kill more people nationally, meth is the deadliest drug in many states west of the Mississippi.