OMAHA, Neb. (AP) — The American Civil Liberties Union of Nebraska is urging Omaha officials Tuesday to reject an extension of the city’s current state of emergency unless Mayor Jean Stothert commits to ending a ban on groups of more than 25 people.

The group’s legal director, Adam Sipple, argues in a letter to city officials that the order violates protesters’ rights.

Sipple says the Constitution does not allow the government to suppress legitimate First Amendment conduct as a preventative measure.

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NORTH PLATTE, Neb. (AP) — Residents in much of Nebraska are cleaning up and waiting for power to be restored after a line of severe weather sent high winds, hail, heavy rain and at least a few weak tornadoes to some areas.