University of Alabama Birmingham pauses IVF treatments after court ruling

BY: - February 21, 2024

A major hospital in Birmingham said Wednesday it was halting in vitro fertilization treatments after an Alabama Supreme Court ruling declaring that frozen embryos are children. The University of Alabama at Birmingham Division of Reproductive Endocrinology and Infertility, part of the largest health system in the state, said Wednesday it paused its IVF program following […]

Shelby Hagerdon

Actors, producers and screenwriters testify for bill to lure movie/TV productions to Nebraska

BY: - February 21, 2024

LINCOLN — Nebraska could become the next “Y’allywood” with the right tax incentives for film and television production, a committee of state legislators was told Wednesday. Travis Beck, a film location scout who grew up in Lincoln, said $70 million was recently spent in Montana to film a season of the television show, “Yellowstone.” “We […]

Bill would require Nebraskans to verify their age to peruse porn

BY: - February 21, 2024

LINCOLN — A Nebraska legislative committee heard testimony Wednesday over a bill that would limit young people’s access to online porn by verifying a user is at least 18 years old. Legislative Bill 1092, introduced by State Sen. Dave Murman of Glenvil, would require porn websites to digitally verify the ages of visitors before sharing […]

Biden unveils latest round of student loan cancellation to aid 153,000 borrowers 

BY: - February 21, 2024

President Joe Biden expanded his push to eliminate student loan debt Wednesday, saying during a speech the initiative is part of a campaign promise to address the “broken” system. “While a college degree is still a ticket to a better life, that ticket is too expensive,” Biden said. “And too many Americans are still saddled […]

Proposal advances to expand Nebraska’s child care workforce and cut costs

BY: - February 21, 2024

LINCOLN — A Kentucky-based initiative that brought in more child care workers could soon come to Nebraska after a legislative proposal cleared first-round debate Wednesday. Legislative Bill 856, introduced by State Sen. John Fredrickson of Omaha, would make all child care workers eligible for their own child care aid, regardless of income. To qualify, a worker […]

Rep. Adrian Smith touts importance of international trade in Yeutter Institute speech

BY: - February 21, 2024

LINCOLN — Nebraska’s longest-tenured member of Congress told a University of Nebraska-Lincoln audience Tuesday that American trade needs a jolt of public interest.  U.S. Rep. Adrian Smith, who chairs the House Ways and Means subcommittee with jurisdiction over international trade, stressed economic importance of trade to Nebraska and the world. He said his North Star […]

Summit pipeline

Northeast Nebraska county delivers blow to plans for carbon pipeline

BY: - February 21, 2024

LINCOLN — A rural Nebraska county delivered a blow Tuesday to plans by an Iowa corporation to build a pipeline carrying carbon dioxide across the state. On a 3-0 vote, the Stanton County Board denied a conditional use permit for Summit Carbon Solutions, which is seeking to build a CO2 pipeline from more than 50 […]

Nebraska Lt. Gov. Mike Foley

Nebraska auditor says state agency was seeking to replace him and hire a ‘hand-picked’ CPA firm

BY: - February 21, 2024

LINCOLN — In what was called “an extraordinarily bold move,” a state agency last year attempted to bypass the scrutiny of the Nebraska state auditor by hiring its own “hand-picked” private accounting firm. State Auditor Mike Foley revealed the effort, which has since been dropped, by the Nebraska Department of Health and Human Services, during […]

Flood, Bostar work with Nebraska law enforcement to lure out-of-state officers

BY: - February 20, 2024

LINCOLN — U.S. Rep. Mike Flood, R-Neb., and Democratic State Sen. Eliot Bostar of Lincoln hope to lure out-of-state law enforcement officers to Nebraska by promoting a new state education benefit aimed at their kids. The two lawmakers on Tuesday emphasized state efforts to encourage more law enforcement officers to consider relocating to the Cornhusker […]

More work ahead for bill that would phase out Nebraska’s inheritance tax

BY: - February 20, 2024

LINCOLN — State lawmakers adjourned floor debate for the day Tuesday without voting on a bill to phase out Nebraska’s inheritance tax, but it was clear that more work is needed on the measure. State Sen. Rob Clements of Elmwood, who has made eliminating the “death tax” a top priority during his legislative career, acknowledged […]

Legislative committee considers bills to boost Nebraska’s 911 system, add transparency

BY: - February 20, 2024

LINCOLN — During one of the worst emergency service calls in a volunteer firefighter’s 40-year career last December, next-generation 911 helped provide clarity. Veteran Micheal Dwyer of Arlington expressed his support Tuesday of such technology, describing a Dec. 28 response to a two-vehicle crash where a good friend of Dwyer’s died but two other lives were […]

Changes are coming to the State Board of Education as half its members plan to depart 

BY: - February 20, 2024

LINCOLN — The decision of four incumbents not to seek re-election could tip the balance on the Nebraska Board of Education, although it’s too soon to tell which way. Board members Patsy Koch Johns, Lisa Fricke, Patti Gubbels and Jacquelyn Morrison did not file to defend their seats this year on the eight-member board, which […]