An Eastern Oregon effort to join Idaho reflects the growing American divide

BY: - September 6, 2023

ENTERPRISE, Ore. — This small ranching town, surrounded by towering tree-topped mountains and a valley of rolling grass fields, sits tucked into the northeast corner of the state — both out of the way and right in the middle of a contentious debate. At a meeting late last month, 25 people packed into a stuffy […]

Steve Scalise announces he’s undergoing treatment for cancer

BY: - August 29, 2023

U.S. House Majority Leader Steve Scalise announced on social media Tuesday he is undergoing treatment for cancer. He told followers on the platform formerly known as Twitter that he was diagnosed with multiple myeloma after undergoing tests. “After a few days of not feeling like myself this past week, I had some blood work done,” […]

Red Cloud Opera House

Classic opera coming to Willa Cather’s hometown, featuring Red Cloud native

BY: - August 22, 2023

LINCOLN — Red Cloud native and opera singer Sarah Arneson will return to her hometown on Sept. 1 to perform a selection of classic arias and pieces referenced in the works of author Willa Cather. The performance will mark the 20th anniversary of the restoration of the Red Cloud Opera House, a project spearheaded by […]

Iowa Legislature passes legislation to outlaw most abortions after six weeks

BY: - July 12, 2023

The Republican-controlled Iowa Legislature, in a daylong special legislative session, passed a bill late Tuesday to outlaw most abortions in Iowa after six weeks of gestation. The House adjourned just after 9 p.m. Tuesday after sending House File 732 to the Senate with a vote of 56-34. Rep. Zach Dieken, R-Granville, and Rep. Mark Cisneros, […]

Treasury secretary pinpoints June 5 as earliest date for U.S. debt default

BY: - May 26, 2023

WASHINGTON — Republicans in Congress and the Biden administration have until at least June 5 to broker and enact a debt limit bill under new estimates from the Treasury Department, giving negotiators a few more days before the country would default. “Based on the most recent available data, we now estimate that Treasury will have […]

Committee votes for Brewer’s voter ID proposal; Slama vows floor fight against ‘abomination’

BY: - May 17, 2023

LINCOLN — Last-minute tweaks to a potential compromise amendment implementing voter ID in Nebraska ran up against a deadline for scheduling floor debate that forced members of the Legislature’s Government and Military Affairs Committee to take sides. On Wednesday, they decided to back a months-long push by State Sen. Tom Brewer, the committee chairman, to […]

Hartington veterans

Hartington is set to dedicate a memorial to military veterans on May 27

BY: - May 17, 2023

LINCOLN — More than three years of planning and fundraising in Hartington will culminate May 27 with the dedication of a veterans memorial in its business district. The granite, steel and concrete memorial lists names of 1,060 veterans from the northeast Nebraska community who served in the military. “Our goal was to deliver a memorial […]

Proposed 12-week abortion cutoff hits sooner than Riepe’s, with no exception for fetal anomalies

BY: - May 15, 2023

LINCOLN — Last month, State Sen. Merv Riepe of Ralston was the reason the Nebraska Legislature fell a single vote short of outlawing abortions after an ultrasound detects embryonic cardiac activity, typically at about six weeks’ gestation.  But Riepe’s new deal with his conservative colleagues, which contains a stricter ban than he proposed, could spur […]

OEA honors Nebraska Examiner and others with awards

BY: - May 8, 2023

The Nebraska Examiner was named the recipient of the 2023 Media Award on Sunday by the Omaha Education Association. “The presentation of this award is to honor an individual or organization for outstanding contributions to Omaha students and teachers through the use of the local media,” the organization stated. The teacher making the nomination wrote, […]

Ron Hull

Ron Hull was a pioneer of public broadcasting in Nebraska and the nation

BY: - April 20, 2023

LINCOLN — Born in a brothel in South Dakota, Ron Hull went on to become a “champion” of public broadcasting in Nebraska, in the nation and even in southeast Asia. Hull, 92, died Thursday. His death ended a remarkable, 70-year career of helping launch public television in Nebraska, interviewing famous authors and celebrities and initiating […]

Cather official hopes deteriorating birthplace of famed author can be saved

BY: - April 7, 2023

Editor’s note: story has been updated to include establishment of GoFundMe account. LINCOLN — As a preservationist who has been involved in restoring structures related to famed author Willa Cather, Ashley Olson’s heart aches when she considers the sad state of the writer’s birthplace in Virginia. The clapboard home, along a turnpike near Gore, Virginia, […]

Omaha man agrees to surrender sports car, pay $5 million in restitution for money laundering

BY: - March 8, 2023

LINCOLN — An Omaha man has agreed to surrender his McLaren sports car and pay $5 million in restitution as part of a plea agreement for a federal money laundering charge. Jeffrey Stenstrom, 42, of Omaha, pleaded guilty Wednesday to a federal charge of conspiracy to commit money laundering. He faces up to 20 years […]