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.

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Most Nebraska legislative races in 2022 exceed $100,000 in spending

By: - February 6, 2023

Spending six figures could be a new norm for running for the Nebraska Legislature. At least one candidate in 19 of the 25 races for the Nebraska Legislature in 2022 exceeded six figures in expenditures by the general election. In nine of those races, both general election candidates spent more than $100,000. Together, these candidates […]

Tracy Jackson testifies before the Judiciary Committee in a cardigan and black shirt that bears the face of Earnest Jackson, her husband

Nebraska lawmaker revives legislation to help Earnest Jackson, others get a retrial

By: - February 2, 2023

LINCOLN — A revived legislative proposal would allow convicted defendants — including an Omaha man convicted for a 1999 killing — to file a motion for a retrial based on newly discovered evidence. Legislative Bill 18, proposed by State Sen. Justin Wayne of Omaha — a measure similar to one Wayne introduced two years ago — is the […]

State Sen. Carol Blood testifies before the Health and Human Services Committee.

Nebraska lawmaker proposes creation of ‘Human Breast Milk Bank’

By: - February 1, 2023

LINCOLN — Nebraskans would have access to a human breast milk bank, designed to assist mostly premature and ill babies, through a proposal in the Legislature. State Sen. Carol Blood of Bellevue introduced Legislative Bill 12, which would create the Nebraska Human Breast Milk Bank and authorize the Nebraska Department of Health and Human Services to […]

Health care representatives announce a roadmap for rural health care in Nebraska.

Nebraska rural health care roadmap aims to bolster, strength rural health

By: - January 30, 2023

LINCOLN — A joint collaboration between the Nebraska Hospital Association and Nebraska Rural Health Association announced a roadmap Monday aimed to improve rural health care. Jeremy Nordquist, president of the hospital association, and Jed Hansen, executive director of the rural health association, announced the “Roadmap to Strong Rural Health Care” along with three medical center CEOs from […]

Carol Blood with long blonde hair and a grey suit testifies on the left while Terrell McKinney in a gray North Omaha shirt testifies before the Legislature's Executive Board.

Nebraska lawmakers propose disability, racial impact statements for certain legislation

By: - January 27, 2023

LINCOLN — Most legislation in the Nebraska Legislature includes a fiscal impact statement, a process two lawmakers encouraged the body’s Executive Board on Friday to expand to disability and racial impact statements for certain legislation. Legislative Bill 39 and Legislative Bill 54, introduced by State Sens. Carol Blood of Bellevue and Terrell McKinney of Omaha, respectively, […]

Nebraska lawmakers, health care organizations praise, criticize Pillen’s State of the State

By: - January 25, 2023

LINCOLN — State senators, nonprofits and local organizations expressed glee but caution Wednesday with Gov. Jim Pillen’s outlined priorities in his State of the State address. Much of Pillen’s address expanded upon his budget recommendations, which have been introduced in legislation by Speaker John Arch of La Vista and offered a vision for Nebraska’s trajectory. State […]

Nebraska state senator proposes legal framework for pet insurance

By: - January 24, 2023

LINCOLN — Insurers would have a clearer framework for creating pet insurance policies in the state through a proposal in the Nebraska Legislature. State Sen. Beau Ballard of Lincoln introduced Legislative Bill 296, the Pet Insurance Act, which would establish a legal framework for the policies and consumer protections for the growing industry. The North […]

Nebraska lawmaker proposes mandated notices before automatic subscription renewals

By: - January 24, 2023

LINCOLN — With the rise of online subscriptions including newspapers, streaming platforms and magazines, many services are now offering automatic renewals. Such arrangements allow consumers to enter an agreement where their subscription kicks in monthly or annually, but sometimes consumers forget to cancel, or the process to do is burdensome.  State Sen. John Cavanaugh of Omaha […]

Nebraska Environmental Trust awards $11.3 million in grants, hopes reforms reduce confusion

By: - January 10, 2023

Editor’s note: This story has been updated with examples of the grants that were approved. LINCOLN — Months of criticisms against the Nebraska Environmental Trust for its grant decisions fizzled out Tuesday as the board approved $11.3 million for 23 projects. Of the 81 “legitimate” grant applications the Trust received by its September deadline, 47 applications […]