AltEn ethanol plant

State approved the use of pesticide-coated seed corn for ethanol plant a decade ago

BY: - February 8, 2022

LINCOLN — A troubled ethanol plant in Mead, Nebraska, had state approval to use seed corn treated with harmful pesticides years before state regulators raised concerns. Recently discovered state documents indicate that Nebraska environmental regulators approved the use of seed corn by the troubled AltEn ethanol plant back on July 26, 2012. The state’s lawsuit […]

Sens. Flood, Groene say whoa to letting casino developments use TIF subsidy

BY: - February 8, 2022

LINCOLN — State Sen. Mike Flood took aim Tuesday at allowing incoming Nebraska casinos to tap public tax-increment financing as a way to defray development costs. The Norfolk lawmaker said he wouldn’t object to an already-approved plan for a $220 million casino at Omaha’s Horsemen’s Park. But going forward, he said, using the subsidy to […]

U.S. House passes three-week patch to keep the federal government operating

BY: - February 8, 2022

WASHINGTON — The U.S. House passed a bill Tuesday that would keep the U.S. government up and running through March 11.  The short-term funding bill, the third one of this fiscal year, is designed to give negotiators more time to reach a bipartisan agreement on full-year spending bills — a task they’ve so far been […]

McConnell rebukes RNC for saying Jan. 6 attack was ‘legitimate political discourse’

BY: - February 8, 2022

Washington — U.S. Minority Leader Mitch McConnell said Tuesday the Republican National Committee erred in censuring two House GO lawmakers for joining the select committee investigating the Jan. 6 attack on the Capitol. The Kentucky Republican rebuked the RNC for referring to the riot as “legitimate political discourse” in the censure resolution. McConnell said the […]

Herbster and Pillen spar over critical race theory

BY: - February 8, 2022

Hog farmer Jim Pillen’s latest television ad takes aim at critical race theory. He says he knows slop when he sees it. Charles Herbster, Pillen’s top opponent in Nebraska’s Republican primary for governor, questioned Pillen’s sincerity. He said he should have done more to protect university students from critical race theory.  Herbster pointed to Pillen’s […]

Floor of the Nebraska Legislature

Filibuster blocks bill to limit property tax increases by K-12 schools

BY: - February 8, 2022

LINCOLN — A multi-day filibuster has blocked a bill that would have imposed new taxing limitations on K-12 schools. On a 28-21 vote, Legislative Bill 986 fell five votes short of halting the filibuster Tuesday and allowing a vote to advance the proposal from first-round debate. The bill, entitled the “School District Property Tax Limitation […]

Bill to give tax breaks to carbon capture facilities runs into opposition

BY: - February 8, 2022

LINCOLN — A bill to ensure that Nebraska ethanol plants can qualify for state tax incentives for building carbon-capture facilities is running into opposition from a leading environmental group. The Bold Alliance, which includes Bold Nebraska, the group that led the fight against the Keystone XL crude oil pipeline, testified last week against a proposal […]

USDA pledges $1B for ‘climate smart’ ag products

BY: - February 7, 2022

The U.S. Department of Agriculture plans to spend up to $1 billion to foster the creation of climate-friendly agricultural and forestry products by offering grants to facilitate their production and the markets to sell them. The goal is to reduce greenhouse gas emissions or sequester carbon in those industries. “Agriculture is such an exciting but […]


Nebraska trade delegation heads to the Middle East; later trip planned to UK, Ireland

BY: - February 7, 2022

LINCOLN — A delegation from Nebraska will depart this week for the Middle East in hopes of increasing the trade of Nebraska products such as beef, grain and center-pivot irrigation systems. And Gov. Pete Ricketts announced Monday that another trade mission will depart to the United Kingdom and Ireland this Aug. 20-28. That trip would […]

U.S. District Judge John Gerrard announces his retirement

BY: - February 7, 2022

LINCOLN — U.S. District Judge John Gerrard has announced that he will transition to senior judge status by next year, creating a vacancy on the federal bench in Nebraska to be filled by President Joe Biden. Gerrard, in a letter Monday to the president, wrote that he will continue to “render substantial judicial service” because […]

State chamber weighs in on casinos, says let free market decide how many

BY: - February 7, 2022

LINCOLN — A political heavyweight, the Nebraska Chamber of Commerce, is weighing in on the sticky issue of how many gambling casinos should be allowed in the state. In a 23-8 vote, the Nebraska Chamber’s board of directors voted Thursday to oppose any effort by state legislators to limit the number of casinos by geography. […]

Nebraska Secretary of State pushes back against claims that 2020 vote was amiss

BY: - February 6, 2022

LINCOLN — Nebraska Secretary of State Bob Evnen, in a PowerPoint presentation sent Saturday to all 49 state senators, is pushing back against contentions of election fraud and irregularities during the 2020 election. The PowerPoint, entitled, “Fake vs. Fact,” rejects, one by one, allegations made by a group claiming to seek “accuracy” in elections. The […]