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Abortion vs. inflation could decide Flood-Pansing Brooks rematch this fall

BY: - September 24, 2022

LINCOLN — The fall rematch of this summer’s special election for Congress between U.S. Republican Rep. Mike Flood of Norfolk and State Sen. Patty Pansing Brooks of Lincoln, a Democrat, will heat up next week. Flood and Pansing Brooks will debate Sunday for the first time in their general election race, at 5 p.m. on […]

Several AGs raise concerns about credit card companies tracking firearm purchases

BY: - September 24, 2022

Montana Attorney General Austin Knudsen is leading a group of attorneys general, including Nebraska Attorney General Doug Peterson, in calling out a handful of financial institutions for a new policy that would track and monitor gun store purchases. At the center of the coalition’s ire is recent action taken by the International Organization for Standardization […]

Overturning Roe sends approval of U.S. Supreme Court plummeting, Marquette poll finds

BY: - September 24, 2022

On the heels of the U.S. Supreme Court decision in June that overturned a national right to abortion, public approval of the court has fallen dramatically and stayed there, a new national poll from Marquette Law School finds. In the new survey, 40% of respondents said they approved of how the court was doing its […]

Nebraska’s education commissioner announces his resignation

BY: - September 23, 2022

After nine years as commissioner of the Nebraska Department of Education, Matthew Blomstedt on Friday announced he is resigning. He said he’ll step down Jan. 3 and pledged help in a transition. The elected State Board of dEucation is charged with choosing Blomstedt’s successor. “I am looking forward to opportunities to continue my leadership in […]

Past ethics complaint against Peterson was dismissed after legal review

BY: - September 23, 2022

LINCOLN — An ethics complaint against Nebraska Attorney General Doug Peterson after the 2020 election was rejected after a legal review concluded that his support of a lawsuit challenging the counting of votes in 2020 wasn’t “purely political.” Then-State Sen. Ernie Chambers had filed a complaint against Peterson shortly after the 2020 election. He charged […]

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Nebraska names new slate of vendors to handle Medicaid starting in 2024

BY: - September 23, 2022

OMAHA — In a process that’s seen more than typical scrutiny, Nebraska administrators on Friday announced their selection of three vendors to handle the state’s Medicaid managed care program starting in 2024. The services now cost the state nearly $3 billion a year. For the new five-year period, Nebraska Department of Health and Human Services […]

$9 million federal award to UNMC center to beef up ag safety and health

BY: - September 23, 2022

OMAHA — A $9 million national award to the University of Nebraska Medical Center will help beef up regional efforts ranging from safety training for bison workers to studying dust-induced lung injury. The funds go to the Central States Center for Agricultural Safety and Health (CS-CASH) at UNMC’s College of Public Health. Though headquartered in […]

U.S. House GOP outlines agenda in bid for control in the midterms

BY: - September 23, 2022

WASHINGTON — U.S. House Republicans gathered inside a warehouse in southwestern Pennsylvania on Friday to outline the legislation they’d try to enact if voters give them back control of that chamber following the November midterm elections.  Speaking from an HVAC factory in Monongahela, about an hour south of Pittsburgh, House Republican leader Kevin McCarthy said […]

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Hospitals, other providers question State of Nebraska’s failure to pay health data provider

BY: - September 23, 2022

LINCOLN — The state’s provider of health care data and prescription drug purchases says its services to doctors and hospitals are being threatened because the state is failing to fully pay up on a $15 million-a-year contract. The lack of payments to CyncHealth prompted that organization’s board of directors — a group of hospital and […]

Young STEM prodigy from western Nebraska moves up in national contest

BY: - September 23, 2022

A teen from Grant, Nebraska, has been recognized as one of the country’s most promising STEM middle schoolers — named this week as a contest finalist headed to Washington D.C., to compete for roughly $100,000 in awards. Cooper Kroeker, now 15, is among 30 youths (and the only Nebraskan) selected from 1,807 applicants in the […]

Tribal law enforcement boosted under bill proposed by members of Congress from the West

BY: - September 22, 2022

A bipartisan group of U.S. lawmakers reintroduced legislation Thursday to provide more resources for tribal law enforcement, an issue they say has become more urgent as Congress begins to consider how to respond to a July Supreme Court case that complicated state-tribal criminal jurisdiction. The bill, introduced in the House by U.S. Rep. Ruben Gallego […]

Beagles rescued from Virginia dog-breeding facility get the star treatment in D.C.

BY: - September 22, 2022

WASHINGTON — Now-famous beagles rescued from a breeding and research facility in Virginia were on Capitol Hill on Thursday as an animal welfare group and a California congressman pushed for legislation that would promote adoption of research animals.  “It’s unfortunate that animals are still allowed to be used in testing. That hopefully is going to […]