Government & Politics

Omaha aims for revamped urban core with streetcar, new downtown Mutual HQ

BY: and - January 26, 2022

Editor’s note: This story has been updated. OMAHA — A long-discussed streetcar, free to ride and running three miles from 10th Street to midtown, was the key to Mutual of Omaha’s decision to build a skyscraper on the property that houses the city’s main library.  The Nebraska Examiner broke the news of both new projects […]

Don Arp, Jr., head of Nebraska Crime Commission

A half-dozen training officers still waiting for their July 2021 raises

BY: - January 26, 2022

LINCOLN – Six instructors at the state’s Law Enforcement Training Center in Grand Island will soon get 13% raises — seven months after they were approved by state lawmakers. The case of the delayed salary increases came up Tuesday during a hearing before the Legislature’s Appropriations Committee.  The committee’s chairman, State Sen. John Stinner of […]

Tom Riley, director of NE Natural Resources Dept.

Some question $500 million plan to resurrect irrigation canal on South Platte

BY: - January 26, 2022

LINCOLN – People lined up at the State Capitol Tuesday to support proposals by Gov. Pete Ricketts to spend the state’s allocation of $1.04 billion in American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA) funds. Mental health providers praised his idea of setting aside $40 million for new treatment facilities. Sports and arts groups supported the $100 million […]

Mutual of Omaha HQ headed for downtown Omaha library site

BY: , and - January 25, 2022

Mutual of Omaha — a corporate icon that’s been planted in midtown Omaha for decades — is poised to build a new headquarters where the city’s downtown public library stands, according to sources familiar with the project. The relocation of the Fortune 500 company, now based at 33rd and Dodge Streets, answers part of the […]

Concentrated woman doctor vaccinating a young woman

Biden administration drops vaccine-or-test workplace rule

BY: - January 25, 2022

WASHINGTON — The Biden administration announced Tuesday it will withdraw an emergency mandate that would have required employees at large businesses to get the COVID-19 vaccine or test regularly for the virus. The decision from the Occupational Safety and Health Administration, which will take effect Wednesday, follows a ruling from the U.S. Supreme Court earlier […]

Fortenberry’s attorneys ask to move trial to Nebraska

BY: - January 25, 2022

 U.S. Rep. Jeff Fortenberry is asking that his federal trial, for allegedly lying to federal agents, be moved from California to Nebraska.  In a request filed Monday, Fortenberry’s attorney said his trial could “go forward safely” in Nebraska, where federal trials are still being held. In California, trials have been suspended until the end of […]

Sign advertising face masks

Omaha mask mandate still in place after judge’s ruling

BY: - January 25, 2022

OMAHA — Don’t put away those masks yet. The indoor mask mandate in Nebraska’s largest city on Tuesday survived the first round in the state’s lawsuit to stop it. Douglas County District Judge Shelly Stratman denied Attorney General Doug Peterson’s request to pause the Omaha mandate with a temporary injunction. Stratman sided with Douglas County […]

Hastings brewpub

Craft brewers seek the ability to distribute their own beer

BY: - January 25, 2022

HASTINGS, Nebraska — Right next door to Nathan Hoeft’s First Street Brewery is a restaurant that sells his golden brews on tap. But under Nebraska’s decades-old liquor laws, he can’t just haul kegs over to the eatery. They must be picked up by a beer distributor, located 25 miles away, who must dispatch a truck […]

Sens. Wendy DeBoer and John Stinner

Nursing homes, care centers say they face staffing crisis without higher pay

BY: - January 25, 2022

LINCOLN — Words like “crisis,” “dire” and “desperate” were used Monday to describe the shortage of workers in the state’s nursing homes, as well as in programs serving the developmentally disabled. An advocate for senior care facilities said that their workforce is down 10% and that hiring replacements is getting harder because other entities, including […]

Herbster and Pillen squabble over the importance of a governor having children

BY: - January 25, 2022

Two top Republicans running for governor squabbled Monday over University of Nebraska Regent Jim Pillen’s recent comments on parenthood and public service. Pillen, asked last week what separated him from fellow GOP competitors, said having children gave him perspective and focused him on the next generation. “If you don’t have a family, it doesn’t make […]

Nebraska Gov. Pete Ricketts

Former legislative candidate’s lawsuit against state GOP moves forward without Ricketts

BY: - January 25, 2022

Ricketts donated $20,000 to state Sen. Julie Slama’s 2020 campaign and defended the harsh campaign mailers aimed at her challenger, Janet Palmtag.

AltEn ethanol plant

Nebraska company attempts to unload toxic waste on Kansas farmer

BY: - January 25, 2022

TOPEKA — A Nebraska company nearly unloaded its toxic ethanol byproduct on an unsuspecting Topeka farmer before regulators intervened in late December. AltEn, which is under close observation after creating an environmental crisis in Mead, Nebraska, didn’t disclose the risks of its biochar before selling it to Brady Yingling, owner of B. Cole Agriculture, according […]