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Nebraska utilities say Bostelman plan to avoid rolling blackouts is unnecessary

BY: - January 31, 2022

LINCOLN — Representatives of the state’s public utilities lined up last week to oppose a bill that was portrayed as a way to avoid the rolling blackouts of last year’s polar vortex. No one testified in favor of a proposal presented Thursday to the Legislature’s Natural Resources Committee by State Sen. Bruce Bostelman of Brainard, […]

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Creighton Law School steps up

BY: - January 28, 2022

Creighton University in Omaha was among 99 law schools recognized Friday by the Biden administration for their response to the U.S. attorney general’s call to address the housing and eviction crisis. Attorney General Merrick Garland said he asked the legal community for help, and law students and lawyers across the country stepped up to take on […]

Omaha explores new 72nd and Dodge library branch

BY: - January 28, 2022

Omahans might see a new and different library facility rise southwest of the busy 72nd and Dodge Streets intersection. That public library, which is not a done deal, is separate from the City of Omaha’s ongoing and controversial process to relocate the  downtown W. Dale Clark Library to 1401 Jones St. Mutual of Omaha said […]

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Republican Lindstrom touts teamwork, ‘new generation leadership’ in first ad

BY: - January 28, 2022

The first television ad from Republican gubernatorial candidate Brett Lindstrom emphasizes his “teamwork” as a Nebraska football player and says he would bring “a new generation of leadership” to the state. The ad launched Friday.  Lindstrom, a state senator and Omaha financial adviser, faces an uphill battle to match the spending of the two most […]

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Nebraska lawmakers overcome filibuster, pass ‘Convention of States’ resolution

BY: - January 28, 2022

LINCOLN — Nebraska became the 17th state on Friday to pass a resolution calling for a “Convention of States” to draft proposed constitutional amendments to limit federal spending, impose term limits on U.S. senators and representatives and reduce the size of federal government. State Sen. Steve Halloran of Hastings and 18 co-sponsors, all Republican, proposed […]

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State plans to distribute free, at-home COVID-19 tests, open up hospital beds

BY: - January 28, 2022

LINCOLN — The state plans to distribute 200,000 free, at-home tests for COVID-19 and is working to open up more acute hospital beds in the state as a surge in coronavirus cases continues. The so-called “Hospital Decompression Program” would allow the move of up to 98 patients out of hospitals when they no longer require acute […]

Fauci declines to predict COVID vaccine timetable for kids under 5

BY: - January 26, 2022

WASHINGTON — Parents hoping to vaccinate their young children against COVID-19 will need to be patient, Dr. Anthony Fauci cautioned Wednesday. The director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases said while he expects that the vaccine regimen for children under 5 will be three doses, he couldn’t provide a timeline on when […]

Meth is now Nebraska’s No. 1 drug threat, new enforcement coalition says

BY: - January 26, 2022

Citing a surge in methamphetamine seizures, a coalition of federal, state and local law enforcement agencies announced Wednesday that they are joining together to fight what the called the state’s No. 1 drug threat. Seizures of meth grew by 293% in the last five years, according to the Nebraska Attorney General’s Office. Seizures by law […]

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A half-dozen training officers still waiting for their July 2021 raises

BY: - January 26, 2022

LINCOLN – Six instructors at the state’s Law Enforcement Training Center in Grand Island will soon get 13% raises — seven months after they were approved by state lawmakers. The case of the delayed salary increases came up Tuesday during a hearing before the Legislature’s Appropriations Committee.  The committee’s chairman, State Sen. John Stinner of […]

Fortenberry’s attorneys ask to move trial to Nebraska

BY: - January 25, 2022

 U.S. Rep. Jeff Fortenberry is asking that his federal trial, for allegedly lying to federal agents, be moved from California to Nebraska.  In a request filed Monday, Fortenberry’s attorney said his trial could “go forward safely” in Nebraska, where federal trials are still being held. In California, trials have been suspended until the end of […]

Elkhorn Township board member agrees to repay improper raise

BY: - January 25, 2022

LINCOLN — A rural Dodge County township board member has agreed to repay an additional $11,000 to the Elkhorn Township to settle a complaint that board members had unlawfully voted themselves salary increases during the 2019 floods.  An investigation by the Nebraska Accountability and Disclosure Commission found that the three members of the Elkhorn Township […]

With voting rights stalled, some senators mull an update to the Electoral Count Act

BY: - January 25, 2022

WASHINGTON — A bipartisan group of senators is exploring legislation to overhaul how Congress counts Electoral College votes, but backers of stalled voting rights legislation are lukewarm on the effort as a substitute. The Electoral Count Act is an obscure law that has come under recent scrutiny, a year after the Jan. 6 attack on […]