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Nebraska’s education commissioner announces his resignation

BY: - September 23, 2022

After nine years as commissioner of the Nebraska Department of Education, Matthew Blomstedt on Friday announced he is resigning. He said he’ll step down Jan. 3 and pledged help in a transition. The elected State Board of Education is charged with choosing Blomstedt’s successor. “I am looking forward to opportunities to continue my leadership in […]

Past ethics complaint against Peterson was dismissed after legal review

BY: - September 23, 2022

LINCOLN — An ethics complaint against Nebraska Attorney General Doug Peterson after the 2020 election was rejected after a legal review concluded that his support of a lawsuit challenging the counting of votes in 2020 wasn’t “purely political.” Then-State Sen. Ernie Chambers had filed a complaint against Peterson shortly after the 2020 election. He charged […]

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Nebraska names new slate of vendors to handle Medicaid starting in 2024

BY: - September 23, 2022

OMAHA — In a process that’s seen more than typical scrutiny, Nebraska administrators on Friday announced their selection of three vendors to handle the state’s Medicaid managed care program starting in 2024. The services now cost the state nearly $3 billion a year. For the new five-year period, Nebraska Department of Health and Human Services […]

$9 million federal award to UNMC center to beef up ag safety and health

BY: - September 23, 2022

OMAHA — A $9 million national award to the University of Nebraska Medical Center will help beef up regional efforts ranging from safety training for bison workers to studying dust-induced lung injury. The funds go to the Central States Center for Agricultural Safety and Health (CS-CASH) at UNMC’s College of Public Health. Though headquartered in […]

Young STEM prodigy from western Nebraska moves up in national contest

BY: - September 23, 2022

A teen from Grant, Nebraska, has been recognized as one of the country’s most promising STEM middle schoolers — named this week as a contest finalist headed to Washington D.C., to compete for roughly $100,000 in awards. Cooper Kroeker, now 15, is among 30 youths (and the only Nebraskan) selected from 1,807 applicants in the […]

Nebraska’s work ethic, educated workforce may help weather possible recession, economist says

BY: - September 22, 2022

LINCOLN — Nebraska has weathered past recessions better than the rest of the country and might again, according to a leading state economist. Eric Thompson, director of the Bureau of Business Research at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln, said Thursday that Nebraska’s high rates of workforce participation and education should help the state fend off the […]

Schuyler, Nebraska, man indicted for selling fake Social Security cards

BY: - September 22, 2022

LINCOLN — A 26-year-old Schuyler man has been indicted on federal charges of providing fake Social Security cards. Werner Monterroso-Monterroso was named in a five-count indictment announced by Thursday by the U.S. Attorney’s Office. In April, June and August of this year, federal officials allege that Monterroso-Monterroso provided fake Social Security cards and other false […]

Group files ethics complaint against Nebraska attorney general for his support of lawsuit challenging 2020 vote

BY: - September 21, 2022

LINCOLN — A legal accountability group is charging that Nebraska Attorney General Doug Peterson used his elective office “to propagate lies and misinformation that imperil American democracy” and discredit the 2020 election results. The 65 Project — named after the 65 unsuccessful lawsuits filed by former President Donald Trump’s supporters to overturn his 2020 defeat […]

Federal judge blocks COVID vaccine mandate for Head Start staff

BY: - September 21, 2022

A federal judge in Louisiana has issued a permanent injunction to block the Biden administration’s mandate that all Head Start program workers, volunteers and contractors be vaccinated for COVID-19. A temporary injunction had been in place since January, after Louisiana Attorney General Jeff Landry and his counterparts in 23 states filed against the federal government […]

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Nebraska soybean farmers invest in West Coast export terminal expansion

BY: - September 21, 2022

LINCOLN — Nebraska soybean farmers are wagering that increased profits will come via an expansion of an export terminal at the Port of Grays Harbor in Aberdeen, Washington. The Nebraska Soybean Board, similar soybean associations in Iowa, Kansas, North Dakota and South Dakota and the Soy Transportation Coalition have committed $900,000 to help offset some […]

Nebraska education chief takes pandemic-related message to Capitol Hill

BY: - September 21, 2022

Nebraska’s education commissioner told a congressional panel Tuesday that this school year in Husker territory started with “much more reason for optimism.” “I am hearing that schools believe student negative behaviors that were markedly up in ‘21-’22 seem, at least for now, to have waned,” Matthew Blomstedt said in testimony prepared for a U.S. House […]

Examiner reporter Paul Hammel is inducted into Omaha Press Club Hall of Fame

BY: - September 21, 2022

OMAHA — Paul Hammel, a senior reporter for the Nebraska Examiner, was among six inductees into the Omaha Press Club Journalists of Excellence Hall of Fame on Saturday. Hammel, a former Omaha World-Herald reporter, has covered Nebraska state government for decades, as well as serving as a roaming regional writer. A native of Ralston, he […]