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Patty Pansing Brooks

Pansing Brooks picked by Democrats for special election to fill Fortenberry term

BY: - April 5, 2022

LINCOLN — As expected, State Sen. Patty Pansing Brooks of Lincoln was named Tuesday as the Democratic Party’s candidate for the special election to fill the vacancy left by the resignation of U.S. Rep. Jeff Fortenberry. A special election will be held June 28 to fill out Fortenberry’s remaining term. He resigned March 31 after […]

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Nebraska turnback tax grants decline in 2022 due to pandemic

BY: - April 5, 2022

LINCOLN — The COVID-19 pandemic was not kind to the state’s Civic and Community Center Financing Fund, which awarded far fewer grants in 2022 than prior to the onset of the pandemic in 2019. The Nebraska Department of Economic Development announced Friday that it was awarding $1.2 million in grants this year from the fund, […]

Progressive group launches campaign to ‘unrig’ the economy, targeting U.S. Rep. Don Bacon

BY: - April 2, 2022

A group called Unrig the Economy Nebraska launched Saturday to target votes taken by U.S. Rep. Don Bacon

Thibodeau picks bombastic rural voice, podcaster Loos as running mate in Nebraska governor’s race

BY: - March 31, 2022

Former State Sen. Theresa Thibodeau of Omaha announced her running mate Thursday in the Republican primary race for governor. She picked a name familiar to many in Nebraska’s sprawling, largely rural 3rd Congressional District. Thibodeau tapped Trent Loos, a bombastic central Nebraska rancher known for his rural radio show and conservative political podcast. “A one-size-fits-all […]

More bird flu found in Buena Vista County, Iowa, and Holt County, Nebraska

BY: - March 31, 2022

A deadly and highly contagious avian influenza was found in a commercial flock of about 35,500 turkeys in Buena Vista County, the fourth such detection in that county, the Iowa Department of Agriculture and Land Stewardship said Wednesday. The rate of detection of the virus in Iowa has accelerated. So far there have been 10 […]

AltEn ethanol plant

Study of Nebraska’s AltEn health, environmental impacts gets $1 million boost

BY: - March 31, 2022

LINCOLN — A last-minute amendment adopted Thursday will devote $1 million toward continuing research into the health, environmental and ecological impacts of contamination caused by the AltEn ethanol plant. A team of scientists, doctors and an engineer, volunteering their time and using donated funds for tests, has been studying the impacts of the pesticide-laced seed […]

Senate advances bill to name Benson post office bill after WWII hero Charles Jackson French

BY: - March 30, 2022

OMAHA — The Senate bill to rename the Benson branch post office after World War II hero Charles Jackson French cleared a key committee vote Wednesday and appears headed to passage as early as next week. The Homeland Security & Governmental Affairs Committee sent the bill to the Senate floor, where Sen. Deb Fischer, R-Neb., and […]

‘Racino’ bill advances with initial limit at six racetracks

BY: - March 30, 2022

LINCOLN — A bill that seeks to limit, at least for now, the number of gambling casinos that can be established in Nebraska got out of the gate Tuesday but is far from the finish line. Senators advanced Legislative Bill 876 from first-round debate on a 30-0 vote, but one leading state senator complained that […]

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Bill advanced to allow ‘progressive design-build’ of highways, bridges

BY: - March 29, 2022

LINCOLN — The state would have a new tool to help complete the long-delayed state expressway system, and other highway and bridge projects, under a bill that appears headed for approval in the Nebraska Legislature. With little debate Monday, lawmakers gave 31-0 first-round approval for Legislative Bill 1016, which would allow the Nebraska Department of […]

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Second COVID booster authorized by FDA for those 50 and older

BY: - March 29, 2022

WASHINGTON — The U.S. government on Tuesday authorized another round of COVID-19 booster shots for people 50 and older, as well as those who are immunocompromised.  The decision to amend an earlier emergency use authorization for a second booster dose of the Pfizer or Moderna vaccine is meant to increase protection against severe illness from […]

A growing ACLU Nebraska sees change in top spots

BY: - March 29, 2022

A civil rights attorney who led a Lincoln human rights agency and earlier was a prison librarian has been named the new legal director of the American Civil Liberties Union of Nebraska. Mostly recently, Mindy Rush Chipman led the Lincoln Commission on Human Rights, a city agency that works to prevent and respond to illegal […]

$17 million downtown Omaha construction project spotlights new home for Jesuits

BY: - March 29, 2022

A $17 million downtown Omaha construction project will feature a new building that houses local Jesuits, many of whom work at Creighton University, and hosts visiting scholars from around the world. The Jesuit Residence at Creighton University, poised to open in fall 2023, is expected to make the Jesuit community more visible and available to […]