Briefs

Dick Turpin

Memorial fund established for legendary promoter of the outdoors

BY: - September 29, 2022

LINCOLN — Whether it was teaching hunters how to call-in turkeys, telling fishermen how to catch a catfish or explaining how to fashion ice-fishing gear out of everyday household items, Dick Turpin was always promoting Nebraska’s outdoors. Now, Nebraskans can donate to continuing programs aimed at connecting young people and others to outdoor activities. 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 […]

Longhorned tick that can cause illness to cattle found in northern Missouri

BY: - September 28, 2022

A species of tick known to cause severe weight loss in cattle has been discovered in northern Missouri, researchers from the University of Missouri reported this week. The longhorned tick was found in southern Missouri last year, according to a press release from the university. But Rosalie Ierardi, an anatomic pathologist at the MU College […]

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 […]

U.S. House panel investigating Jan. 6 attack postpones hearing

BY: - September 27, 2022

WASHINGTON — A Wednesday hearing planned by the U.S. House Select Committee to Investigate the January 6th Attack on the U.S. Capitol has been postponed due to Hurricane Ian nearing landfall in Florida. A new date has not been announced. “In light of Hurricane Ian bearing down on parts of Florida, we have decided to […]

novozymes

Federal grant to help expand water supply to Novozymes facility in Blair

BY: - September 27, 2022

LINCOLN — The City of Blair is getting a $1.5 million federal grant to help accommodate a $300 million expansion of Novozymes’ biotech facility along the Missouri River. The grant, which will help build a larger water main to the expanded facility, was announced Tuesday by the U.S. Department of Commerce’s Economic Development Administration. Blair […]

Ricketts child welfare

State making progress in hiring child welfare workers but still has 49 vacancies and caseload challenges

BY: - September 27, 2022

LINCOLN — A wage increase has helped Nebraska reduce a shortage of child welfare workers, but the state still has 49 job vacancies in overseeing the care of neglected and abused children, state officials said Tuesday. From March to July, 105 new employees were hired in the Omaha area, officials said, in large part because […]

Public hearings set for Nebraska ballot initiatives

BY: - September 26, 2022

LINCOLN — Public hearings have been set in October in the state’s three congressional districts for the ballot initiatives that will appear on the Nov. 8 ballot. The two initiatives that will be decided by voters are: Voter ID Constitutional Amendment: Initiative Measure 432, which would require the Nebraska Legislature to adopt laws requiring presentation […]

Another pipeline company sues Iowa landowners for survey access

BY: - September 26, 2022

Summit Carbon Solutions filed lawsuits last week against three sets of northern Iowa landowners who have allegedly prevented its agents from surveying their properties, according to court records. The company is in the process of finalizing the route of its proposed pipeline, which would carry carbon dioxide captured from Iowa ethanol plants for underground sequestration […]

Several AGs raise concerns about credit card companies tracking firearm purchases

BY: - September 24, 2022

Montana Attorney General Austin Knudsen is leading a group of attorneys general, including Nebraska Attorney General Doug Peterson, in calling out a handful of financial institutions for a new policy that would track and monitor gun store purchases. At the center of the coalition’s ire is recent action taken by the International Organization for Standardization […]

Overturning Roe sends approval of U.S. Supreme Court plummeting, Marquette poll finds

BY: - September 24, 2022

On the heels of the U.S. Supreme Court decision in June that overturned a national right to abortion, public approval of the court has fallen dramatically and stayed there, a new national poll from Marquette Law School finds. In the new survey, 40% of respondents said they approved of how the court was doing its […]