Herbster and Pillen spar over critical race theory

BY: - February 8, 2022

Hog farmer Jim Pillen’s latest television ad takes aim at critical race theory. He says he knows slop when he sees it. Charles Herbster, Pillen’s top opponent in Nebraska’s Republican primary for governor, questioned Pillen’s sincerity. He said he should have done more to protect university students from critical race theory.  Herbster pointed to Pillen’s […]

Floor of the Nebraska Legislature

Filibuster blocks bill to limit property tax increases by K-12 schools

BY: - February 8, 2022

LINCOLN — A multi-day filibuster has blocked a bill that would have imposed new taxing limitations on K-12 schools. On a 28-21 vote, Legislative Bill 986 fell five votes short of halting the filibuster Tuesday and allowing a vote to advance the proposal from first-round debate. The bill, entitled the “School District Property Tax Limitation […]

Booze at Big Red? NU Regents to discuss next week

BY: - February 3, 2022

LINCOLN — The long-standing ban on alcohol at University of Nebraska athletic events is to be reconsidered Feb. 11 by the University of Nebraska Board of Regents.  Under a proposed policy change, the university president and chancellors would be allowed to authorize the sale and consumption of alcohol at athletic events at their respective campuses. […]

Helping pay off college debts touted in reducing teacher burnout, staff shortages

BY: - February 2, 2022

LINCOLN — Early retirements, teacher burnout and fewer students entering teachers colleges: All are combining to create an unprecedented shortage of educators in Nebraska schools, a state legislative committee was told Tuesday.  “I have never seen the level of teacher shortages that schools are now facing,” said Carri Collins, who supervises principals in the Omaha […]

NU Law program recognized for its tenant assistance project

BY: - January 31, 2022

The University of Nebraska College of Law was among the 99 law schools that responded to the U.S. Attorney General’s call in August to help people in their communities access emergency rental assistance. Law schools overall acted with urgency, the Justice Department said, and over the past five months have continued to draw upon resources […]

Schools provide ‘kindling’ for COVID outbreaks in the community, officials say

BY: - January 31, 2022

LINCOLN — Schools provide the “kindling” for viral outbreaks, and schoolchildren are getting infected at higher rates right now, making it essential that more kids get vaccinated for COVID-19, two health experts said Sunday. Only 18.5% of children 5-11 years old in Nebraska have been vaccinated so far, and 51.1% of youths 12-19 have gotten […]

Eviction notice

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 […]