Trump to stump for Herbster on April 29 in Greenwood, Nebraska

BY: - April 19, 2022

OMAHA — Nebraska gubernatorial candidate Charles Herbster is getting the Nebraska visit he sought for months from former President Donald Trump late in a tightening GOP race. Trump’s team announced Tuesday that Trump would appear at an April 29 rally at I-80 Speedway in Greenwood, Nebraska, less than two weeks before the May 10 primary […]

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Brad Ashford remembered for nonpartisanship, working across the aisle

BY: and - April 19, 2022

LINCOLN — It’s been said that Brad Ashford could have trouble finding his car in the parking lot at the State Capitol.  But when it came to finding solutions to some of biggest issues confronting the state and his hometown of Omaha — from gun control, to immigration, to sales taxes and funding a new […]

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Lots at stake as bids are sought for Medicaid program, but lawmaker optimistic

BY: - April 19, 2022

The search began Monday for entities that will best deliver health care benefits to hundreds of thousands of Nebraskans served by Medicaid. And state lawmakers seeking to avoid a costly bidding mistake like the recent one involving the state’s child welfare system contract say the state appears to be on a better track this time. […]

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Report: Unmet demand for after-school programs in Nebraska is at all-time high

BY: - April 18, 2022

Unmet demand for after-school programs in Nebraska has reached an all-time high, according to a new national report from Afterschool Alliance, which counted more than 60,000 kids in the state left unsupervised after school. Edge Research conducted the survey for the Washington, D.C.-based nonprofit Alliance. It reflected responses in 2020 of more than 31,000 U.S. […]

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Governor signs bills for big lake, park enhancements and Perkins Canal

BY: - April 18, 2022

LINCOLN — To applause from advocates for water recreation and crop irrigation, Gov. Ricketts signed into law Monday two major bills dealing with water infrastructure. During a bill signing ceremony at the State Capitol, officials stopped short of saying that eminent domain would not be used to accomplish one of the projects — a huge, […]

Federal judge in Florida throws out national mask mandate for travelers

BY: - April 18, 2022

A federal judge in Florida on Monday voided the nationwide mask mandate for airline and public transportation passengers, saying the requirement was beyond the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s authority. The legal analysis of U.S. District Judge Kathryn Kimball Mizelle, whom then-President Donald Trump appointed in late 2020, turned on the language in a […]

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Ricketts pushes back on claims that GOP ‘establishment’ was behind groping claims against Herbster

BY: and - April 18, 2022

LINCOLN — Gov. Pete Ricketts pushed back Monday against claims that the Republican “establishment” was to blame for allegations by eight women that they had been groped by gubernatorial candidate Charles Herbster.  “I would say, just read the article,” the governor said, referring to the Nebraska Examiner’s report last week. Also Monday, three state senators […]

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Portions of historic Neligh Mill slated for demolition by state agency

BY: - April 18, 2022

Step inside the Neligh Mill, and step back to the late 1800s. That’s when flows from the Elkhorn River turned a huge waterwheel, which in turn churned gears and millstones inside the impressive brick mill. There, grains grown on nearby farms were ground into wheat, rye and buckwheat flour. One was even called “Gold Medal […]

Latest poll shows dead heat in Nebraska’s GOP governor’s race

BY: - April 18, 2022

OMAHA — Even before a bombshell week of news, Nebraska’s GOP race for governor was rounding into a three-way statistical tie likely to be decided by voters still making up their minds. The Republican race lacks a favorite between Conklin Co. CEO Charles Herbster, University of Nebraska Regent Jim Pillen and State Sen. Brett Lindstrom, […]

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Nebraska rises to the top in a national look at recession resilience

BY: - April 15, 2022

A low unemployment rate, relatively affordable housing and hefty government cash reserves helped propel Nebraska to the No. 1 spot in a new report that ranks U.S. states most likely to survive the next recession., an online publication that provides reviews on businesses, said the top-ranking states in its study shared low unemployment and […]

Ricketts family, other investors drop bid for English soccer club owned by Russian oligarch

BY: - April 15, 2022

LINCOLN — A group led by the Ricketts family has dropped its effort to buy an English professional soccer club that is currently  owned by Russian oligarch Roman Abramovich, the Chicago Tribune and other media outlets reported Friday. The effort to buy the Chelsea club had spawned protests in England over Islamophobic comments made by […]

Battle over federal rental aid to Nebraska stirs up again

BY: - April 15, 2022

Editor’s note: This story has been updated to reflect a comment from Gov. Pete Ricketts’ office. The battle reignited Friday over whether Nebraska should accept more federal emergency rental aid, with the U.S. Treasury Department stepping into the fray.  Deputy Treasury Secretary Adewale Adeyemo wrote a letter to Gov. Pete Ricketts, expressing his disappointment and […]