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UNMC gets high rankings in national report

BY: - April 8, 2022

The University of Nebraska Medical Center’s primary care program was ranked seventh out of 124 institutions nationwide, according to the latest U.S. News & World Report best graduate schools rankings. Primary care is considered family medicine, general internal medicine, general pediatrics or internal medicine pediatrics, said a media release from the UNMC. UNMC also tied […]

Time runs out on Nebraska proposal to increase penalties for assaulting a bus driver

BY: - April 8, 2022

LINCOLN — Omaha bus driver Joe Boncordo told state lawmakers in February that while behind the wheel he’s been hit, spit on and threatened with a knife. One woman came at him with a Taser while was driving but “didn’t get me,” he said, though she threatened to kill him or have “my boys” kill […]

Omaha tiny-house village aims to be final step out of homelessness

BY: - April 8, 2022

Nebraska’s first modern-day tiny house village — soon to start sprouting in north downtown Omaha — is expected to do more than add affordable-rent dwellings to the trendy urban core. The 50 stand-alone homes, each about 250 square feet, serve a humanitarian purpose: They’re to be occupied by former homeless people who have thrived in […]

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Governor would get ‘quick action fund’ to close deals under bill advanced Thursday

BY: - April 7, 2022

LINCOLN — A Nebraska governor would have a “quick action” fund to help close deals on new “high impact” businesses or expansions of companies under a bill given narrow, first-round approval Thursday. State Sen. Brett Lindstrom of Omaha sponsored the idea, telling colleagues that in Oklahoma, the governor has used its “quick action closing fund” […]

NSEA endorses Blood and Lindstrom, spurring questions in Nebraska GOP governor’s race

BY: - April 7, 2022

OMAHA — State Sen. Brett Lindstrom, an Omaha Republican facing a new round of dark money TV ads attacking his record as being centrist, was endorsed Thursday by the Nebraska teachers union, which risks reinforcing the ads’ message to GOP voters.  The Nebraska State Education Association endorsed Lindstrom in the Republican primary election and Carol […]

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Praise, worries greet final-round approval of Nebraska’s $900-million tax cut package

BY: - April 7, 2022

LINCOLN — What’s billed as the largest tax cut in state history received final approval Thursday by state lawmakers, amid praise and worries. Legislative Bill 873, which phases in cuts in state individual and corporate tax rates, increases state property tax credits and eliminates certain state taxes by 2025, got third-round approval on a 43-0 […]

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Nebraska lawmakers vote to override Gov. Pete Ricketts’ budget vetoes

BY: - April 7, 2022

LINCOLN — Nebraska lawmakers voted overwhelmingly Thursday to override Gov. Pete Ricketts’ budget vetoes. The governor had cut funding for a hike in provider rates, community corrections programs, urban housing and completion of a bike-hike trail, saying funds needed to be preserved for tax cuts. State Sen. John Stinner of Gering, who heads the budget-writing […]

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‘Trigger’ abortion bill fails by two votes to overcome eight-hour filibuster

BY: - April 6, 2022

LINCOLN — After an eight-hour debate Wednesday, the Nebraska Legislature was unable to overcome a filibuster against a bill that would ban abortions in Nebraska if the U.S. Supreme Court overturns the landmark Roe v. Wade decision. The vote to invoke cloture to allow Legislative Bill 933 to advance from first-round debate failed by two […]

Herbster, Lindstrom and Thibodeau clash on future workforce in Nebraska governor’s candidate forum

BY: - April 6, 2022

OMAHA — Three of Nebraska’s top GOP governor candidates laid out visions Wednesday for the state’s future workforce, including how they would involve more marginalized people, from legal immigrants to felons being released from prison. Conklin Co. CEO Charles Herbster, State Sen. Brett Lindstrom and former State Sen. Theresa Thibodeau discussed the need to find […]

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Criminal justice reform bill goes down in flames after lengthy debate

BY: - April 6, 2022

LINCOLN — For the second time in seven years, state lawmakers have rejected the advice of national authorities on how to reduce spending on prisons.  On Wednesday, a filibuster blocked a bill enacting criminal justice reforms developed after a months-long study in conjunction with the Crime and Justice Institute. The death of Legislative Bill 920, […]

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AG says state will drop lawsuit against Omaha, health director on mask mandate ordinance

BY: - April 6, 2022

Editor’s note: This story has been updated to add the mayor’s comments after signing the revised ordinance. OMAHA — Omaha is adding a new layer of elected oversight to the final decision on any future mask mandates, which is enough to get the State of Nebraska to drop its lawsuit against the city and its […]

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Behavioral health providers plead for funding that helps them help people

BY: - April 6, 2022

LINCOLN — At Behavioral Health Specialists, an increase in demand for mental health care because of COVID-19 has grown into a waiting list of more than 100 people for one of the 58 inpatient treatment beds at the nonprofit’s sites in Norfolk and Columbus.  Meanwhile, the organization is competing for employees with local fast-food restaurants, […]