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White House taps Indiana, New Mexico governors for federal-state council on national security

BY: - February 9, 2023

WASHINGTON — President Joe Biden announced Thursday the appointment of Govs. Eric J. Holcomb, an Indiana Republican, and Michelle Lujan Grisham, a New Mexico Democrat, to a special bipartisan board that strengthens the federal and state partnership on matters pertaining to national security. The Council of Governors consists of 10 members selected by the president […]

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Proposal to help dwindling pheasant population panned as wrong solution

BY: - February 8, 2023

LINCOLN — Pheasant hunting in South Dakota generates an estimated $220 million a year in retail spending and causes an annual flood of 120,000 orange-clad hunters into the state. But a Nebraska state senator’s effort to try to replicate that kind of economic impact by increasing Nebraska’s shrinking pheasant population prompted opposition from biologists and […]

Herbster says he’s thinking about 2024 Senate race, other political options

BY: - February 8, 2023

OMAHA — Multi-state agribusinessman Charles Herbster might want another go at politics after losing the 2022 Republican primary for Nebraska governor to eventual Gov. Jim Pillen. Herbster, in a statement, confirmed that he is considering a 2024 Senate bid against appointed U.S. Sen. Pete Ricketts, R-Neb. “I have had a lot of people both within […]

Hilgers joins 24-state coalition claiming that Yelp has ‘discriminated’ against crisis pregnancy centers

BY: - February 7, 2023

LINCOLN — Attorney General Mike Hilgers has joined a 24-state coalition of red state attorneys general in objecting to Yelp’s “discrimination” against crisis pregnancy centers in its online consumer notices. In a letter to Yelp on Tuesday, the attorneys general objected to an advisory stating that the pregnancy centers “typically provide limited medical services and […]

U.S. Senate Democrats unveil legislation to ban high-capacity gun magazines

BY: - February 7, 2023

WASHINGTON — New Jersey Democratic Sen. Bob Menendez, along with 27 of his U.S. Senate colleagues, introduced legislation Tuesday to ban high-capacity magazines, which can be used on the type of semi-automatic firearm that is typically used in most mass shootings.  “High-capacity magazines were designed for one purpose and one purpose only — high-capacity killing […]

South Dakota committee advances bill to stop carbon pipelines from using eminent domain

BY: - February 7, 2023

PIERRE, South Dakota — A bill intended to prevent two proposed carbon pipeline projects from using eminent domain passed a legislative committee Monday. The committee considered a total of six bills aimed at giving landowners more power in their fight against the pipeline projects. It was the first step in the legislative process for each of […]

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Protesters arrested at site of housing development near Lincoln’s Wilderness Park

BY: - February 6, 2023

Editor’s note: This has been updated to include developments on Tuesday.  LINCOLN — Five protesters were reportedly arrested Tuesday as Lincoln police intervened to allow tree removal to resume at a housing development planned near Wilderness Park. But by nightfall, Native American activists were still occupying a protest camp across the road from the proposed […]

North Omaha’s 24th Street corridor gets millions to kick off streetscape project

BY: - February 3, 2023

OMAHA — A North Omaha streetscape project kicked off Friday with about $9 million to help boost the area’s main commercial corridor, a historically redlined and disinvested part of the city. Improvements planned along the North 24th Street business improvement district, a 2.3-mile stretch from about Meredith Avenue to Cuming Street, call for enhanced sidewalks, […]

State employees union approves labor contract granting raises of up to 10%-27%

BY: - February 1, 2023

Editor’s note: this story has been updated to correct the percentages of the raises. LINCOLN — State workers have ratified a new labor contract that contains the largest salary increases in at least 35 years, a contract aimed at filling critical job vacancies. Gov. Jim Pillen and the Nebraska Association of Public Employees (NAPE) announced […]

Council Bluffs man says he was ‘not himself’ when he threatened shooting at Omaha Islamic center

BY: - January 31, 2023

LINCOLN — A Council Bluffs, Iowa, man has been ordered to be placed at a mental health treatment center as part of his sentence for threatening to shoot members of the Islamic Center of Omaha with an AK-47. Senior U.S. District Judge Joseph Bataillon also sentenced the man to time served in detention (about 30 […]

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Mirch appointed to fill Omaha-area vacancy on Public Service Commission

BY: - January 30, 2023

LINCOLN — Omaha attorney Christian Mirch has been appointed to fill a vacancy on the Nebraska Public Service Commission. Mirch, a former Omaha police officer, fills the opening left when Crystal Rhoades, an Omaha Democrat, was elected in November to serve as the Douglas County Clerk of the District Court. Gov. Jim Pillen, who made […]

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Bankers say proposal on ‘environmental, social and governance’ too broad, amendments needed

BY: - January 30, 2023

LINCOLN — A proposal aimed at preventing a Nebraska State Treasurer from using state funds for “social and political” goals ran into complaints Monday that it was too vague and meddled too much in banking decisions. Robert Hallstrom of the Nebraska Bankers Association said that banks have traditionally been free to “lend to, invest in […]