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Aaron Sanderford

Aaron Sanderford

Political reporter Aaron Sanderford has tackled various news roles in his 20-plus year career. He has reported on politics, crime, courts, government and business for the Omaha World-Herald and Lincoln Journal-Star. He also spent several years as an assignment editor and worked two stints as an editorial writer. From 2005 to 2007, he served as communications director for then-Nebraska Gov. Dave Heineman. Aaron most recently was the lead investigative reporter for KMTV 3 in Omaha, focusing on holding public officials accountable. His work has received awards from the Associated Press, Great Plains Journalism and more.

Nebraska AG joins five states suing the Biden administration to stop student debt cancellation

By: - September 29, 2022

OMAHA — College borrowers banking on President Joe Biden’s plan to forgive up to $20,000 in student loan debt hit a potential snag Thursday, when Nebraska and five other states filed a lawsuit challenging the Department of Education’s authority to do so. Theirs was the second major lawsuit filed by conservatives trying to stop the […]

U.S. Rep. Don Bacon of Nebraska

Rep. Don Bacon recovering from emergency appendectomy 

By: - September 29, 2022

OMAHA — U.S. Rep. Don Bacon, R-Neb., who represents the Omaha area, had an emergency appendectomy overnight Wednesday at Walter Reed National Military Medical Center in Maryland. The congressman’s office confirmed the procedure to remove his swollen appendix. They said that it was successful and that Bacon was released Thursday afternoon.  “All good,” Bacon said […]

Lincoln plans new youth baseball, softball complex with Nebraska Wesleyan worth up to $27 million

By: - September 28, 2022

LINCOLN — Nebraska’s Capitol City joined the regional arms race in youth sports Wednesday, announcing plans for a new venue with eight turf fields for baseball and softball. The new Lincoln Youth Complex is set to be built just north of the University of Nebraska’s Haymarket Park and Bowlin Stadium, near North 1st Street and […]

Author visiting Omaha says domestic violence goes beyond physical bruises

By: - September 28, 2022

OMAHA — Supporters of a Nebraska nonprofit providing legal help to people in need are set to hear from an author and investigative reporter whose work emphasizes that domestic violence is broader than bruises and broken bones. Rachel Louise Snyder, who is headlining Legal Aid of Nebraska’s luncheon fundraiser Thursday in Omaha, spoke this week […]

Bacon-Vargas photo

Bacon criticizes Vargas for dodging two additional 2nd District debates

By: - September 28, 2022

OMAHA — The debate about debates reached Nebraska’s 2nd Congressional District on Wednesday, with a twist: an incumbent goading his challenger to do two more debates. Republican U.S. Rep. Don Bacon and his opponent for the Omaha-area seat, Democratic State Sen. Tony Vargas, are set to participate in a League of Women Voters debate at the […]

Pansing Brooks-Flood

Abortion vs. inflation could decide Flood-Pansing Brooks rematch this fall

By: - September 24, 2022

LINCOLN — The fall rematch of this summer’s special election for Congress between U.S. Republican Rep. Mike Flood of Norfolk and State Sen. Patty Pansing Brooks of Lincoln, a Democrat, will heat up next week. Flood and Pansing Brooks will debate Sunday for the first time in their general election race, at 5 p.m. on […]

Group says Voter ID would block thousands of Nebraskans from voting

By: - September 19, 2022

LINCOLN — Voting rights advocates argued Monday that Nebraska’s Voter ID initiative on the November ballot is a blunt-force proposal aimed at fixing a nonexistent problem. Omaha civil rights activist Preston Love Jr. spoke on a panel of people this week opposing Initiative 432. The ballot measure would require Nebraskans to show a valid photo […]

Chinese wireless tech could put Offutt Air Force Base and Nebraska missile silos at risk

By: - September 17, 2022

BELLEVUE, Nebraska — More than 10,000 military members and civilians working at Offutt Air Force Base could be at risk of having cell phone calls, texts and data seen by the Chinese government because at least one cellular service provider installed Chinese equipment on nearby towers. The U.S. Commerce Department is investigating the potential data […]

State Sen. Suzanne Geist announces GOP bid for Lincoln mayor

By: - September 14, 2022

LINCOLN — State Sen. Suzanne Geist announced a bid for Lincoln mayor on Wednesday, saying she wants city voters to feel safer from crime, bounce less on city streets, secure a second source of city water and join fewer divisive political fights. The Republican businesswoman said her 2023 mayoral campaign will not personally attack the […]

Wright falls short on two signature requirements for Nebraska governor’s ballot

By: - September 13, 2022

OMAHA — Nebraska voters will see three names on the November ballot for governor, not four, barring a last-minute legal challenge. The Secretary of State’s Office confirmed Tuesday that David Wright of Ewing, a conservative who re-registered as a nonpartisan to run for governor, failed to gather enough valid signatures to get his name on […]

NE legislative chambers

17 state senators pledge to end secret ballot for legislative committees, Herbster PAC says

By: - September 12, 2022

OMAHA — Seventeen of Nebraska’s state senators have signed the first pledge pushed by Charles Herbster’s new political action committee: to scrap the Legislature’s unique system of electing committee chairs by secret ballot. Republicans have sought that change for the nonpartisan body.  Historically, shielding votes for committee leadership process from public view has allowed senators […]

WWII veteran Charles Jackson French’s name now on Benson post office

By: - September 9, 2022

OMAHA — The brick post office in Benson now bears the name of a Navy man with Omaha ties: World War II hero Charles Jackson French. Members of the French family and elected leaders attended a ceremony Friday celebrating naming the building for him. “If his parents and his siblings were living, they would be […]