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Plug pulled on multimillion-dollar “Intersections” project for South Omaha

BY: - September 28, 2022

OMAHA — Developers have scrapped an ambitious plan that had aimed to turn a largely industrial 25-acre tract south of downtown into a multimillion-dollar wellness and sports complex.  A spokesman for Community Health Development Partners told the Nebraska Examiner that there’s a chance the “Intersections” campus could move on, perhaps in some smaller form, elsewhere […]

Stopgap spending bill advances in U.S. Senate after Manchin pulls his energy plan

BY: - September 27, 2022

WASHINGTON — The U.S. Senate advanced a catchall spending package Tuesday that would provide billions to aid Ukraine’s war effort, help communities throughout the United States recover from natural disasters and keep the federal government funded through mid-December.  Democrats and Republicans voted 72-23 to move the measure toward a final vote later this week — […]

Key U.S. Senate panel advances bill aimed at preventing another Jan. 6

BY: - September 27, 2022

WASHINGTON — The U.S. Senate Rules and Administration Committee on Tuesday passed legislation that would update an 1887 elections law and clarify how electoral votes are certified, with the hopes of averting another attempt to overturn a presidential election.  Sens. Amy Klobuchar, a Minnesota Democrat, and Roy Blunt, a Missouri Republican, put forth the bill, […]

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Prison system touts drop in staff turnover, while lack of medical workers remains a concern

BY: - September 27, 2022

LINCOLN — The Nebraska Department of Corrections, long plagued by high turnover among protective services staff, is now projecting that the turnover rate among guards will be cut nearly in half. In a press release Tuesday, Corrections said it expects the turnover rate among custody staff — the officers and caseworkers who deal directly with inmates […]

U.S. House panel investigating Jan. 6 attack postpones hearing

BY: - September 27, 2022

WASHINGTON — A Wednesday hearing planned by the U.S. House Select Committee to Investigate the January 6th Attack on the U.S. Capitol has been postponed due to Hurricane Ian nearing landfall in Florida. A new date has not been announced. “In light of Hurricane Ian bearing down on parts of Florida, we have decided to […]

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Federal grant to help expand water supply to Novozymes facility in Blair

BY: - September 27, 2022

LINCOLN — The City of Blair is getting a $1.5 million federal grant to help accommodate a $300 million expansion of Novozymes’ biotech facility along the Missouri River. The grant, which will help build a larger water main to the expanded facility, was announced Tuesday by the U.S. Department of Commerce’s Economic Development Administration. Blair […]

USDA hopes to boost fertilizer production as soon as next year

BY: - September 27, 2022

The U.S. Department of Agriculture will invest $500 million to increase domestic fertilizer production, doubling its previous commitment, the agency has announced. The federal dollars would boost long-term projects and ready-to-go proposals that might have an effect as early as next year. Some of the first projects to get funding from the Fertilizer Production Expansion […]

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State making progress in hiring child welfare workers but still has 49 vacancies and caseload challenges

BY: - September 27, 2022

LINCOLN — A wage increase has helped Nebraska reduce a shortage of child welfare workers, but the state still has 49 job vacancies in overseeing the care of neglected and abused children, state officials said Tuesday. From March to July, 105 new employees were hired in the Omaha area, officials said, in large part because […]

Republicans in Congress say they’d keep federal abortion funding in cases of rape, incest

BY: - September 27, 2022

WASHINGTON — A nearly 50-year-old federal law backed by Republicans allows the use of federal dollars for abortions in cases of rape, incest or the life of the pregnant person. That so-called Hyde Amendment, which is folded into spending bills, is less stringent than new or planned abortion bans in some GOP-led states, where governors […]

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Billions for natural disasters, home energy included in stopgap spending bill in Congress

BY: - September 27, 2022

WASHINGTON — Congress is on track to approve billions in funding this week to help offset rising home heating and cooling costs as well as boost aid for communities recovering from natural disasters.   The package, unveiled overnight, would provide $2.5 billion in assistance for the Hermit’s Peak/Calf Canyon Fire that scorched much of New Mexico […]

Lincoln faith-based nonprofit enforces its ministry standards

BY: - September 27, 2022

LINCOLN — City Impact, a faith-based Lincoln youth nonprofit, has recently lost staff and volunteers upset over a set of ministry standards that states, in part, that any sexual relationship beyond sex in a heterosexual marriage “constitute sexual immorality.” Over the last week, City Impact has notified families of program cancellations. Its reading program, which […]

Public hearings set for Nebraska ballot initiatives

BY: - September 26, 2022

LINCOLN — Public hearings have been set in October in the state’s three congressional districts for the ballot initiatives that will appear on the Nov. 8 ballot. The two initiatives that will be decided by voters are: Voter ID Constitutional Amendment: Initiative Measure 432, which would require the Nebraska Legislature to adopt laws requiring presentation […]