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, […]

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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 […]

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Former state poet, Lincoln photographer collaborate on unique, rural exhibit

BY: - March 3, 2023

LINCOLN — Photographer Michael Farrell and former State Poet Twyla Hansen have collaborated on a unique exhibit seeking to provide “clear-eyed views” of rural Nebraska. “Seen in Otoe County” is a collection of 61 photographs accompanied by 30 poems in an exhibit that opened Friday at the WallSpace-LNK gallery, at 1624 S. 17th St. in […]

Business conditions survey shows growing optimism in Nebraska and the region

BY: - March 2, 2023

OMAHA — The latest business conditions survey led by Creighton University signals growing economic optimism among Nebraska manufacturing managers. February results for the Husker business climate come from a broader nine-state Mid-America Business Conditions Index, which is a barometer of economic health based on monthly surveys of manufacturing supply managers analyzed by Creighton University’s Economic […]

Former director of Bertrand senior center accused of $34,000 in questionable purchases

BY: - February 15, 2023

LINCOLN — A state audit has uncovered more than $34,000 in questionable purchases by the former director of a Bertrand senior center, which prompted the filing of felony charges against Consuello “Coni” Park. The audit, released Monday, showed dozens of purchases via Amazon and PayPal for items including an iPhone, an exercise bike and an […]

Trump fixation on Wisconsin, Ginni Thomas text regrets and more from the Jan. 6 panel

BY: - January 4, 2023

In the final weeks of 2022, the Democrat-led U.S. House committee investigating the Jan. 6, attack on the Capitol disclosed thousands of pages of transcripts of interviews the panel’s members and staff conducted with key witnesses. The transcripts were central to a committee report released in December that held Donald Trump responsible for the 2021 […]

Lincoln man hospitalized after jumping from the second floor of a burning apartment building

BY: - December 6, 2022

LINCOLN — A Lincoln man was hospitalized Tuesday night after a four-unit apartment complex near 21st and Washington Streets caught fire about 8:30 p.m.  First responders took the tenant of the burned unit to a local hospital. It was unknown by 10:30 p.m. whether he suffered any injuries, according to Battalion Chief Bob Watton.  “I […]

Roger Welsch

Roger Welsch, spinner of tall tales about Nebraska and tractors, dies at 85

BY: - September 30, 2022

This story has been updated to reflect Welsch’s death. LINCOLN — Roger Welsch, a humorist and master spinner of tales about rural Nebraska life, died Friday, according to Nebraska Public Media. Welsch announced Tuesday on Facebook that he was entering a hospice program. In recent Facebook posts, he had said that he was battling kidney […]

Examiner reporter Paul Hammel is inducted into Omaha Press Club Hall of Fame

BY: - September 21, 2022

OMAHA — Paul Hammel, a senior reporter for the Nebraska Examiner, was among six inductees into the Omaha Press Club Journalists of Excellence Hall of Fame on Saturday. Hammel, a former Omaha World-Herald reporter, has covered Nebraska state government for decades, as well as serving as a roaming regional writer. A native of Ralston, he […]

Marjorie Taylor Greene leads GOP drive to criminalize gender-affirming care for transgender youth

BY: - September 20, 2022

WASHINGTON — Conservative Republicans gathered outside the U.S. Capitol on Tuesday to commit to bringing legislation to the floor that would make it a felony to perform gender-affirming care on transgender youth, should the GOP take control of the U.S. House following the November midterm elections.  “How on earth can this be happening in America? […]