Zach Wendling

Zach Wendling

Zach Wendling is a senior at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln, double-majoring in journalism and political science. He has interned for The Hill and The News Station in Washington, D.C., and has reported for the Nebraska News Service and The Daily Nebraskan.

Nebraska regents to consider shifting Husker Athletics authority to NU president

By: - May 23, 2023

LINCOLN — The University of Nebraska Board of Regents next week will consider a proposed bylaw change that could shift the direction and oversight of Husker Athletics to the NU president. Regents Tim Clare of Lincoln and Rob Schafer of Beatrice have proposed shifting authority of Husker Athletics from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln chancellor to NU […]

Nebraska Gov. Jim Pillen signs abortion, gender care restrictions into law

By: - May 22, 2023

LINCOLN — Nebraska Gov. Jim Pillen on Monday signed into law new restrictions on abortion and gender-affirming care for minors, which opponents vowed to fight until the very end. Legislative Bill 574, proposed by State Sen. Kathleen Kauth of Omaha, passed 33-15 last Friday on the final round of debate. The measure includes an approximate 10-week […]

Nebraska passes stricter abortion ban, limits on gender-affirming care

By: and - May 19, 2023

LINCOLN — Pleas, chants and tossed tampons and pads did not stop the Nebraska Legislature’s conservative majority from passing a bill Friday combining two proposals that several state senators said might not have been able to pass on their own.  Hundreds spent the day rallying at the Capitol for abortion rights and trans rights. They […]

Nebraska lawmaker introduces less restrictive amendment on abortion-gender care proposal

By: - May 18, 2023

LINCOLN — An expected final vote Friday on the Nebraska Legislature’s efforts to further restrict abortions and limit gender-affirming care for minors may not be the last after a new amendment was filed Thursday.  However, key senators said they would not support the changes proposed. State Sen. Lynne Walz of Fremont filed an amendment to […]

Nebraska merges abortion, gender-affirming care measures into single bill

By: and - May 17, 2023

LINCOLN — With thousands of Nebraskans watching, including hundreds in person, state lawmakers shoehorned a stricter abortion ban into an already divisive bill to limit gender-affirming care for minors. The proposal is now one step from passage. Tuesday’s action was the culmination of months of public outcry and legislative fights over the two measures, both […]

A guide to Tuesday’s debate on amendment to combine gender-affirming care, abortion restrictions

By: - May 15, 2023

LINCOLN — The session-long fight in some Nebraska lawmakers’ efforts to further restrict abortion and gender-affirming care for minors could be decided Tuesday evening with a decisive amendment to pair the measures as one proposal. State Sen. Ben Hansen of Blair unveiled the amendment last Monday to marry two of the most divisive issues this session […]

Nebraska’s Chief Standing Bear honored with nationwide USPS stamp

By: - May 12, 2023

LINCOLN — The story of Chief Standing Bear will spread across the nation with a U.S. Postal Service stamp issued Friday portraying the Ponca leader. Nebraskans gathered outside Chief Standing Bear’s statue on Centennial Mall in downtown Lincoln, including USPS officials, Ponca Tribe leaders and descendants of the chief, to observe the nationwide honor. Judi gaiashkibos, […]

Final say on Nebraska gender care bill would be delegated to executive branch appointee and DHHS

By: - May 10, 2023

LINCOLN — The latest fight over gender-affirming care in Nebraska has shifted, at least slightly, from whether there should be restrictions to who should have the final authority in drafting them. A new amendment would combine two of the most controversial topics this legislative session — abortion and gender-affirming care — into Legislative Bill 574, the […]

State lawmakers to try again to limit abortion rights, pairing it with a bill involving gender care

By: , and - May 8, 2023

LINCOLN — Foes of abortion rights are hoping to resurrect a debate on the issue in the waning days of the 2023 session by pairing it with another controversial proposal. On Monday afternoon, an abortion-related amendment to the bill that would ban gender-affirming procedures for minors was unveiled. The amendment would provide for a 12-week […]

Prominent progressive Nebraska lawmaker leaves Democratic Party

By: - May 5, 2023

LINCOLN — State Sen. Megan Hunt of Omaha, one of Nebraska’s most prominent progressive lawmakers, has changed her party registration from Democrat to nonpartisan. Hunt, along with State Sen. Machaela Cavanaugh of Omaha, has drawn national attention this year for standing against proposed restrictions on abortion and gender-affirming care for minors. She said Friday that Nebraska […]

Perkins County Canal

Lawmakers reject attempt to narrow costs of proposed $574 million canal

By: and - May 4, 2023

LINCOLN — Nebraska lawmakers rejected a proposal Thursday to reduce the cost of a multimillion-dollar canal that supporters say would protect the state’s water rights from Colorado. State Sen. John Cavanaugh of Omaha had questioned why Nebraska was planning to build a larger Perkins County Canal than permitted under a 1923 compact with Colorado over […]

‘Water is everything’: Nebraska senators tour site for Perkins County Canal

By: - May 2, 2023

LINCOLN — Nearly a dozen state senators on dual trips toured western Nebraska and parts of Colorado to survey the area that could be part of the proposed Perkins County Canal. On the respective Friday and Monday trips, two groups toured areas that would be served by the multimillion-dollar effort started by then-Gov. Pete Ricketts in […]