Zach Wendling

Zach Wendling

Zach rejoins the Nebraska Examiner after studying abroad in Antigua, Guatemala, following a yearlong Examiner internship. His coverage focus areas have included politics and government, health and well-being and higher education.

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UNL chancellor candidate previews research, economic development vision for Nebraska

By: - June 5, 2023

LINCOLN — During his first few years as an undergraduate student, Rodney Bennett, the now-priority candidate for chancellor of the University of Nebraska-Lincoln, struggled. As a young student at Middle Tennessee State University, Bennett began studying in the fall of 1984 and received a variety of grades in his first few years, including failing grades in […]

Public forums announced June 5-9 for University of Nebraska-Lincoln chancellor candidate

By: - June 2, 2023

LINCOLN — Multiple public forums will kick off next week for the public to meet Rodney Bennett, the priority candidate to be chancellor of the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. Bennett, the former president of the University of Southern Mississippi, will attend nearly 20 forums, generally targeted to specific stakeholder groups but open to all members of the […]

Nebraska commission finds ‘no probable cause’ in complaint against State Sen. Megan Hunt

By: - June 2, 2023

Editor’s note: This article has been updated with comments from David Begley. LINCOLN — The Nebraska Accountability and Disclosure Commission on Friday found no probable cause in an alleged conflict of interest violation filed against State Sen. Megan Hunt of Omaha. In an 8-0 vote, the commission found no probable cause to support an allegation that […]

Nebraska Right to Life rescinds endorsement of State Sen. Merv Riepe

By: - June 1, 2023

LINCOLN — Nebraska Right to Life announced Thursday it has rescinded its endorsement of State Sen. Merv Riepe of Ralston, who played a role this year in the defeat of a near-total abortion ban. Sandy Danek, executive director of Nebraska Right to Life, said her organization was “caught off guard” by Riepe’s “non-vote” — a […]

Court filing calls Nebraska attorney general’s response to abortion/gender care lawsuit ‘mistaken and incomplete’

By: - June 1, 2023

LINCOLN — Lawyers for the Planned Parenthood of the Heartland urged a Lancaster County District Court judge Wednesday to temporarily block new restrictions on abortion and gender-affirming care as soon as Thursday. The Wednesday filing came one day after Planned Parenthood filed to block the implementation of Legislative Bill 574, which contains an approximately 10-week […]

Attorney General Mike Hilgers

Nebraska attorney general asks court to reject injunction on abortion, gender care restrictions

By: - May 31, 2023

LINCOLN — Nebraska Attorney General Mike Hilgers has asked a Nebraska court to reject a request to temporarily block enforcement of new restrictions on abortion and gender-affirming care for minors. The Tuesday evening filing is in response to a lawsuit from the ACLU of Nebraska and Planned Parenthood of the Heartland, filed earlier Tuesday, arguing […]

Nebraska lawmakers approve Dr. Timothy Tesmer as state chief medical officer

By: - May 31, 2023

LINCOLN — The Nebraska Legislature on Wednesday gave final approval to Dr. Timothy Tesmer as Nebraska’s next chief medical officer. Lawmakers voted 29-11 to confirm Tesmer, who has been in an acting position since March 27. The Health and Human Services Committee advanced his nomination last Thursday on a 4-2 vote, with one senator not […]

University of Nebraska president previews athletics bylaw change, budget status

By: - May 31, 2023

LINCOLN — University of Nebraska-Lincoln faculty told the University of Nebraska Board of Regents on Wednesday they were “blindsided” by a proposal to shift the authority of Husker Athletics to central administration. Kelli Kopocis, a UNL professor and president of the campus’s Faculty Senate, said faculty are “very concerned” about proposed budget cuts and the proposed […]

Nebraska Gov. Pillen signs ‘opportunity scholarships’ proposal into law

By: - May 30, 2023

LINCOLN — Nebraska will soon allow public tax credits for private school education, after the governor signed the bill into law Tuesday. Gov. Jim Pillen signed Legislative Bill 753, the seven-years-long fight led by State Sen. Lou Ann Linehan of Elkhorn on the “Opportunity Scholarships” initiative. Lawmakers gave final approval last week on a 33-11 vote. […]

Nebraska lawmakers introduce resolution to encourage Washington, D.C. statehood

By: - May 30, 2023

LINCOLN — A pair of Nebraska lawmakers are joining a national push to make Washington, D.C., the nation’s 51st state. Legislative Resolution 146, introduced by Lincoln State Sens. Danielle Conrad and George Dungan, would urge Nebraska’s congressional delegation to support statehood for the nation’s capital if passed by the full Legislature. This would be a […]

Gov. Jim Pillen announces pick for adjutant general of Nebraska National Guard

By: - May 26, 2023

LINCOLN — Brig. Gen. Craig Strong, with more than 35 years of military experience, is slated to become the state’s next adjutant general of the Nebraska National Guard. Pillen announced Strong at a news conference Friday morning to succeed Maj. Gen. Daryl Bohac this summer. The role oversees the Air National Guard, Army National Guard […]

Nebraska legislative committee advances contentious nomination for chief medical officer

By: - May 25, 2023

LINCOLN — A Nebraska legislative committee on Thursday advanced the contentious appointment of a new chief medical officer who would be charged with determining new rules and regulations surrounding gender-affirming care for minors. Members of the Health and Human Services Committee advanced the appointment of Dr. Timothy Tesmer on a 4-2 vote. It was a […]