Jan 23, 2020 10:20 PM

Longtime PBS host, debate moderator Jim Lehrer dies at 85

Posted Jan 23, 2020 10:20 PM
Jim Lehrer at the 2007 Texas Book Festival, Austin, Texas / <a href="https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jim_Lehrer#/media/File:Jim_lehrer_2007.jpg">Photo by Larry D. Moore CC BY-SA 3.0</a>
Jim Lehrer at the 2007 Texas Book Festival, Austin, Texas / Photo by Larry D. Moore CC BY-SA 3.0

By MARK KENNEDY and DAVID BAUDER, Associated Press

A longtime host of the nightly PBS "NewsHour" whose serious, sober demeanor made him the choice to moderate 11 presidential debates, has died. Jim Lehrer was 85.

He and longtime partner Robert MacNeil began nightly reports on PBS in 1975. The show featured detailed reports and discussions of politics, international relations, science, and even the arts.

MacNeil stepped down from the show in 1995. Tributes poured in from colleagues and watchers alike, including from Fox News' Bret Baier, who called Lehrer "an inspiration to a whole generation of political journalists — including this one."

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Jan 23, 2020 10:20 PM
NSP: Snow tracks lead to arrest of pursuit suspect

NSP News Release

Tracks found in the snow leading away from a vehicle assisted Troopers with the Nebraska State Patrol (NSP) in making an arrest Wednesday. The arrest followed a pursuit of a stolen vehicle Wednesday between Fremont and Omaha.

At approximately 9:45 a.m. Wednesday, a trooper located a Pontiac G6 that had just been reported stolen from the Fremont area. The vehicle was traveling eastbound on Highway 275 between Fremont and Waterloo.

The trooper attempted a traffic stop, but the driver refused to stop and accelerated. The vehicle turned eastbound on Dodge Street toward Omaha. At that point, the trooper terminated the pursuit because of weather conditions.

A short time later, additional troopers were notified that a vehicle matching the description of the stolen Pontiac had crashed into the ditch of Dodge Street near 168th Street. Footprints in the snow led troopers to the Best Buy located at Village Pointe and store personnel were able to direct them to a bathroom where the suspect was hiding.

Troopers then arrested Tony Collins, 33, of Omaha, for theft by unlawful taking, flight to avoid arrest, willful reckless driving, and driving under suspension. He was lodged in Douglas County Corrections.