Nursing homes, care centers say they face staffing crisis without higher pay
LINCOLN — Words like “crisis,” “dire” and “desperate” were used Monday to describe the shortage of workers in the state’s nursing homes, as well as in programs serving the developmentally disabled. An advocate for senior care facilities said that their workforce is down 10% and that hiring replacements is getting harder because other entities, including […]
Herbster and Pillen squabble over the importance of a governor having children
Two top Republicans running for governor squabbled Monday over University of Nebraska Regent Jim Pillen’s recent comments on parenthood and public service. Pillen, asked last week what separated him from fellow GOP competitors, said having children gave him perspective and focused him on the next generation. “If you don’t have a family, it doesn’t make […]
Former legislative candidate’s lawsuit against state GOP moves forward without Ricketts
Ricketts donated $20,000 to state Sen. Julie Slama’s 2020 campaign and defended the harsh campaign mailers aimed at her challenger, Janet Palmtag.
Nebraska company attempts to unload toxic waste on Kansas farmer
TOPEKA — A Nebraska company nearly unloaded its toxic ethanol byproduct on an unsuspecting Topeka farmer before regulators intervened in late December. AltEn, which is under close observation after creating an environmental crisis in Mead, Nebraska, didn’t disclose the risks of its biochar before selling it to Brady Yingling, owner of B. Cole Agriculture, according […]
Elkhorn Township board member agrees to repay improper raise
LINCOLN — A rural Dodge County township board member has agreed to repay an additional $11,000 to the Elkhorn Township to settle a complaint that board members had unlawfully voted themselves salary increases during the 2019 floods. An investigation by the Nebraska Accountability and Disclosure Commission found that the three members of the Elkhorn Township […]
Top energy regulator backs pipeline standards after Colonial Pipeline hack
A new report recommends that a single federal agency be responsible for ensuring pipeline reliability. The recommendation comes after cyberattacks and winter storms disrupted energy transmissions last year.
With voting rights stalled, some senators mull an update to the Electoral Count Act
WASHINGTON — A bipartisan group of senators is exploring legislation to overhaul how Congress counts Electoral College votes, but backers of stalled voting rights legislation are lukewarm on the effort as a substitute. The Electoral Count Act is an obscure law that has come under recent scrutiny, a year after the Jan. 6 attack on […]
Agriculture secretary pressed about pandemic relief funds for farmers
Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack faced questions on how his agency is doling out emergency pandemic aid last week during a hearing before the House Agriculture Committee. Vilsack, a former governor of Iowa who also served as agriculture secretary during the Obama administration, said the Department of Agriculture is working to distribute money provided by the […]
Legislatures across the country back off pandemic protocols
At the Nebraska Legislature this session, most COVID-19 restrictions have been lifted.
Omaha mask mandate may hinge on whether health director was working for city or county
OMAHA — The future of Omaha’s mask mandate likely hinges on a judge deciding whether the Douglas County Health director, Dr. Lindsay Huse, enacted it as an official for the city or the county. Nebraska law grants different authority and different checks on that authority depending on which hat Huse wore on Jan. 11, when […]