Government & Politics

Willa Cather Childhood Home

Restoration of Cather childhood home in Red Cloud, Nebraska, set to begin soon

BY: - August 9, 2022

LINCOLN — Restoration work will soon begin on the historic home in Red Cloud where Pulitzer Prize-winning author Willa Cather spent most of her teenage years. Cather had an attic bedroom in the 1 1/2-story, wood-frame vernacular house at 245 N. Cedar St., living there between the ages of 10 and 16. She left for […]

Ricketts says no special session will be held to further restrict abortion rights

BY: - August 9, 2022

LINCOLN — An effort to compromise on the emotional issue of abortion was deemed a failure on Monday as Gov. Pete Ricketts said he would not be calling a special session of the Nebraska Legislature this year. Abortion-rights opponents had floated a proposal to roll back the state’s current ban on abortion from 20 weeks […]

Tom Doyle

Douglas County Engineer Tom Doyle held the office 39 years before his death at age 91

BY: - August 9, 2022

Days before his 36th birthday, a young Democrat Tom Doyle was tapped by Republican Gov. Norbert Tiemann to be Nebraska’s labor commissioner. Doyle would move on to be the state engineer, serve as an elected state lawmaker and in 1983 stepped into the role of Douglas County engineer, a position he was elected to nine […]

TikTok challenge sparks car thefts and class-action lawsuit against Kia, Hyundai

BY: - August 8, 2022

Amidst a rapid proliferation of social-media posts offering people tips on how to easily steal a Kia or Hyundai automobile, two Iowans have filed a class-action lawsuit against the car makers. Ann Brady of Polk County and Leah Price of Decatur County are suing Kia America Inc., Hyundai Motor America and Hyundai Kia America Technical […]

ACLU Nebraska files lawsuit for information about 2018 immigration raid in O’Neill

BY: - August 8, 2022

Saying the federal government has ignored requests for information about an immigration investigation, the American Civil Liberties Union of Nebraska filed a lawsuit Monday to find out more about a high-profile operation that played out four years ago in O’Neill, Nebraska. The local ACLU and community advocates documented reports of mistreatment and potential civil rights […]

Corn and soybean ‘sweat’ helps make Nebraska summers more humid

BY: - August 8, 2022

ASHLAND, Nebraska — Nebraskans like to complain about the humidity this time of year. But some might not realize that the corn and soybeans that help power the state’s economy are part of what’s making farmers and their customers sweat. All plants release into the air much of the moisture their roots absorb from the […]

USDA announces more funding to expand broadband to rural areas

BY: - August 5, 2022

The U.S Department of Agriculture is now accepting applications for the fourth round of a grant and loan program to bring high-speed internet to rural America. USDA’s Rural Development Secretary Xochitl Torres Small said for too long, rural communities have been left out of the digital economy even though they play a fundamental role in […]

Cook Political Report now rates Bacon-Vargas race a toss-up

BY: - August 5, 2022

LINCOLN — A much-followed national political analyst is now rating Nebraska’s 2nd Congressional District matchup between U.S. Rep. Don Bacon, R-Neb., and Democrat State Sen. Tony Vargas a toss-up. A column Friday by David Wasserman in the nonpartisan Cook Political Report said it’s clear that this week’s “emphatic” rejection in Kansas of an anti-abortion ballot […]

Prosecutor won’t charge Republican Matt Innis over GOP convention scuffle

BY: - August 4, 2022

LINCOLN — Former U.S. Senate candidate Matt Innis won’t face criminal charges from a scuffle with security staff while he tried to enter the Nebraska Republican Party’s state convention. “Based on the information this office received and a review of the evidence, please be advised our office has decided NOT to file a case against […]

Ricketts, Democratic Party official verbally clash over Senate’s ‘inflation reduction’ proposal

BY: - August 4, 2022

LINCOLN — Republican Gov. Pete Ricketts and the head of the Nebraska Democratic Party verbally clashed Thursday over the expected impact of the U.S. Senate’s proposed $740 billion Inflation Reduction Act. Ricketts, in a column and in a letter with 21 other governors, condemned the proposal as a “reckless tax and spending spree” that ignores […]

Grand Island employer penalized after worker gets stuck in industrial baler and later dies

BY: - August 4, 2022

LINCOLN — The U.S. Labor Department has issued multiple citations against a Grand Island recycling company where a 20-year-old suffered fatal amputation injuries last winter upon getting stuck in an industrial cardboard baler. The department’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration alleges that Mid-Nebraska Disposal disregarded federal regulations designed to prevent such tragedies. The company was […]


Governor travels to Kuwait to thank National Guard members serving there

BY: - August 4, 2022

LINCOLN — The public schedule for Gov. Pete Ricketts this week said he was on “out of state travel” until Friday. Turns out, it was way out of state. Ricketts traveled to Camp Arifjan in Kuwait as well as Qatar to thank Nebraska National Guard soldiers for their service in the Middle East. The governor […]