ProRail is accelerating the plan to run longer trains between Amsterdam and Nijmegen to implement it in the autumn of 2019, three years earlier than initially planned. The route is one of the busiest in the Netherlands, NU.nl reports.
31 mayors of larger Dutch cities are calling on the Senate not to remove the appointment of mayors from the Dutch constitution, and to keep the procedure as is. Removing the appointment procedure from the constitution is the first step in enabling an elected mayor. The mayors are worried that this will result in them losing their connecting role as "father or mother for all residents, businesses and institutions", they wrote in an open letter to the Senate, the Volkskrant reports.
The number of people who end up in the emergency room after taking too much GHB increased explosively over the past years, doctors at the emergency rooms of hospitals in Amsterdam, Rotterdam, Utrecht, Nijmegen and Haarlem, and the Dutch association for emergency medical services NVSHA said to NRC.
The police are investigating a drug waste leak on Weezenhof in Nijmegen. A truck leaked thousands of liters of chemicals onto the streets in the city. The police believe the chemicals are residual waste from a drug lab, ANP reports.
Activists for road safety placed empty chairs on squares in Zwolle, Nijverdal, Arnhem, Nijmegen and Ede on Wednesday. A total of 65 chairs were placed in Overijssel and 86 in Gelderland. They represented the number of people killed in traffic accidents in the two provinces last year, NOS reports.
A psychiatric prisoner escaped from the Pompekliniek in Nijmegen on Wednesday evening and is still at large, a spokesperson for the clinic confirmed to newspaper AD.
The man did not officially escape from the clinic itself. He was out on leave, but never returned. The man was previously transferred for fleeing during a leave period, the spokesperson said. He would give no further information about the escaped man.
Mayor Hubert Bruls of Nijmegen decided to put a home in the city on lockdown and house the family living there elsewhere for their own safety, and that of the neighborhood. The man of the house sold encrypted phones to criminals and has been facing serious threats since 2016, NOS reports.
The number of schools in the Netherlands for pupils between 10 and 14 years old will double in the coming school year. These middle-schools are an experiment intended to help pupils with the transition from primary school to secondary school.
Flooded streets and traffic problems were the result of heavy rains in the Netherlands on Monday afternoon and night. Oost-Brabant and the Nijmegen-Arnhem region were most affected. Between 20 and 40 millimeters of rain fell in a short period in the east and west of the country, AD reports.
Feminist action group De Bovengrondse changed dozens of street names across the Netherlands on Tuesday in a protest for more female representation on Dutch streets. Armed with homemade street signs, members of De Bovengrondse changed street names to famous women including Mies Bouwman, Beyonce, Mien van Bree and Suze Groeneweg, NOS reports.
The 102nd edition of the Nijmegen Vierdaagse kicked off at 4:00 a.m. on Tuesday. A total of 44,480 people are participating in the four-day hike this year. The first day of hiking s known as the Dag van Elst, or the Day of Elst in English. Participants will hike through the Betuwe towards Arnhem and the come back to Nijmegen via Bemmel, covering 30, 40 or 50 kilometers.
2,951 hikers did not show up on Tuesday morning - 300 more no-shows than last year, De Gelderlander reports.
The police released surveillance camera footage of a robbery in Jack's Casino in Nijmegen in March this year. A 78-year-old woman was robbed shortly after winning a bingo jackpot at the casino, De Gelderlander reports.
The robbery happened at the casino on Houtstraat on March 10th. The video shows a man sneaking the woman's wallet out of her jacket while she was playing on a slot machine. He walks away, empties the wallet, and then comes back to put the empty wallet back in the woman's jacket.
A special Dutch radio receiver went into space with a Chinese rocket on Sunday night. The receiver - actually three antennas made of fiberglass - will be used to capture signals that may say something about the origin of the earth, NOS reports.
A streetlight is standing in the middle of Klaverstraat in Nijmegen. The street was widened, but the streetlight was left where it was. As a result, it is now located in the middle of the road, blocking the way for cars, Omroep Gelderland reports.
A local resident told the broadcaster, that the workers who widened the street knew that the streetlight can't be left in the middle of the road, but also weren't allowed to move it.
A man and a woman were hurt in a house fire on Rijnstraat in Nijmegen early on Thursday morning. The man jumped out of a window to escape the flames, the woman was rescued by firefighters, Omroep Gelderland reports.
The woman sustained burns and inhaled a lot of smoke. She was resuscitated at the scene before being rushed to hospital in serious condition. The extent of the man's injuries is unclear. Firefighters also rescued two dogs from the burning home.
System problems caused frustration during registration for the Nijmegen Vierdaagse - an annual four days long hiking event - on Monday morning, De Gelderlander reports.
The Vierdaagse started at 10:00 a.m. on Monday. At the same time, potential participants received a message that they can re-register for the event on a first come, first serve basis. Many people tried to register online for one of the 1,744 spots still available in the event, but to no avail. The online registration module wasn't working, and hopeful participants could not pay their entry fee.
A shooting on a parking lot on Leuvensbroek in Nijmegen left one person injured. Two suspects were arrested, Tubantia reports.
The shooting happened around 6:00 p.m. on Monday. The victim was not seriously injured, a spokesperson for the police told the newspaper.
The police closed down a shopping center in the neighborhood with crime scene tape, and a police helicopter was seen flying over the neighborhood for some time.
Due to delivery problems, many voters in Nijmegen received two voting passes and could therefore vote twice, Omroep Gelderland reports.
Around 400 voting passes were sent twice because there were problems with the delivery. The broadcaster decided to check whether people could vote with both received passes. Two people were sent to vote twice, and in both cases they could.
According to Omroep Gelderland, their testers did not actually vote twice, because that would be illegal. The broadcaster only checked whether the polling stations would allow it.
The suburbs around the large cities in the Netherlands have relatively many residents with a high income, while the median income in the cities themselves are largely lower than the national average, according to figures Statistics Netherlands published on Tuesday.
A 28-year-old man was seriously injured in a fight during which shots were fired on Grotestraat in the center of Nijmegen early on Sunday morning. The police are investigating.
The police responded to a nightclub on Grotestraat around 3:40 a.m. on Sunday and found the wounded man there, the Gelderlander reports. Witnesses told the police that two men were fighting in the nightclub. A security guard escorted one man outside, and the other followed. Shortly thereafter, bystanders heard gunshots.
A 21-year-old man from Wijchen was sentenced to six years of imprisonment for a stabbing during a 2016 Kings Night celebration at a bar in Nijmegen. He will also have to pay financial compensation to the victims of 20,000 euros each.
A police horse died during a demonstration by anti-Islam group Pegida in Nijmegen on Sunday. The horse died of heart failure and its death was not caused by its deployment to the demonstration, the Nijmegen police said on Twitter.
The horse collapsed around 2:00 p.m. near the Tunnelweg in Nijmegen. The rider was hurt in the fall. According to the police, the officer is doing "well under the circumstances".
After ten years of research and testing by the university hospitals in Leiden and Nijmegen, a malaria vaccine seems to be on the horizon. Tests on 19 human subjects in the Netherlands over the past six months seem to indicate a breakthrough. They were injected with genetically weakened malaria parasites and none of them got malaria, NOS reports.