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Bill advances to double state ‘turnback’ payments for two Omaha and Ralston arenas

BY: - March 31, 2022

LINCOLN — The state would double its financial commitment, from $75 million to $150 million, to Omaha’s CHI Health Center under a bill given first-round approval Thursday in the Nebraska Legislature. The so-called “turnback” tax proceeds would also double for Ralston’s Liberty First Credit Union Arena, to $100 million, under Legislative Bill 927. The bill […]

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Bigger Nebraska cities poised to reap some federal rent aid lost to rural areas

BY: - March 31, 2022

LINCOLN — As it turns out, renters in urban Douglas and Lancaster Counties likely will benefit from Gov. Pete Ricketts’ refusal to apply for what has become a contentious $120 million in federal rental and utility aid to Nebraska. It’s the state’s other 91 counties that are getting left in the lurch, losing out on […]

More bird flu found in Buena Vista County, Iowa, and Holt County, Nebraska

BY: - March 31, 2022

A deadly and highly contagious avian influenza was found in a commercial flock of about 35,500 turkeys in Buena Vista County, the fourth such detection in that county, the Iowa Department of Agriculture and Land Stewardship said Wednesday. The rate of detection of the virus in Iowa has accelerated. So far there have been 10 […]

AltEn ethanol plant

Study of Nebraska’s AltEn health, environmental impacts gets $1 million boost

BY: - March 31, 2022

LINCOLN — A last-minute amendment adopted Thursday will devote $1 million toward continuing research into the health, environmental and ecological impacts of contamination caused by the AltEn ethanol plant. A team of scientists, doctors and an engineer, volunteering their time and using donated funds for tests, has been studying the impacts of the pesticide-laced seed […]

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Third time is the charm for $900 million tax-cut plan in Nebraska Legislature

BY: - March 30, 2022

LINCOLN — The third time was the charm Wednesday for a massive tax cut proposal in the Nebraska Legislature. After failing to advance the package twice last week, lawmakers mustered enough votes Wednesday evening to overcome a filibuster and then advance the tax cuts on a 44-0 vote. The comprehensive and much amended proposal includes […]

Second-grader Lexi steps up to help Gov. Pete Ricketts support Ukraine

BY: - March 30, 2022

Second-grader Lexi Fedoronko stepped up to the podium during Gov. Pete Ricketts’ news conference Wednesday and offered a bit of insight into the human toll the attack on Ukraine has had in Nebraska. Wearing a traditional Ukrainian flower crown called a vinok, the 7-year-old quietly spoke of her grandparents who remain in their homeland. “I’m […]

Arizona could force U.S. Supreme Court to consider proof of citizenship for voter registration

BY: - March 30, 2022

A GOP-sponsored bill signed into law Wednesday in Arizona requires documentary proof of citizenship to register to vote, a mandate that the U.S. Supreme Court has said is unconstitutional. By signing the bill, Republican Gov. Doug Ducey is setting up Arizona for an inevitable legal challenge that will likely allow the U.S. Supreme Court to […]

Senate advances bill to name Benson post office bill after WWII hero Charles Jackson French

BY: - March 30, 2022

OMAHA — The Senate bill to rename the Benson branch post office after World War II hero Charles Jackson French cleared a key committee vote Wednesday and appears headed to passage as early as next week. The Homeland Security & Governmental Affairs Committee sent the bill to the Senate floor, where Sen. Deb Fischer, R-Neb., and […]

Upcoming U.S. Supreme Court cases could curb colleges’ use of affirmative action

BY: - March 30, 2022

WASHINGTON — A U.S. Supreme Court dominated by conservative justices could fundamentally reshape the college admissions process later this year when it takes up two landmark cases challenging affirmative action in higher education. The court recently agreed to hear two cases that challenge race-conscious admissions programs at Harvard University and the University of North Carolina, […]

‘Racino’ bill advances with initial limit at six racetracks

BY: - March 30, 2022

LINCOLN — A bill that seeks to limit, at least for now, the number of gambling casinos that can be established in Nebraska got out of the gate Tuesday but is far from the finish line. Senators advanced Legislative Bill 876 from first-round debate on a 30-0 vote, but one leading state senator complained that […]

Ketanji Brown Jackson wins bipartisan support for U.S. Supreme Court with Collins backing

BY: - March 30, 2022

WASHINGTON — U.S. Sen. Susan Collins will vote to confirm Ketanji Brown Jackson to a seat on the Supreme Court, she said Wednesday, becoming the first Republican to pledge her support for President Joe Biden’s pick to replace retiring Associate Justice Stephen Breyer. Collins, of Maine, said in a statement Jackson had “sterling” academic and […]

Nebraska Gov. Pete Ricketts

Gov. Pete Ricketts rejects Legislature’s call to apply for $120 million in rental aid

BY: - March 29, 2022

Gov. Pete Ricketts again swatted down the notion of getting $120 million in federal rental and utility aid for Nebraska, as he vetoed a bill Tuesday that the Legislature had passed calling on him to apply for the money. In a letter to the Legislature, the governor said accepting the second round of Emergency Rental […]