Sens. Wendy DeBoer and John Stinner

Nursing homes, care centers say they face staffing crisis without higher pay

BY: - January 25, 2022

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

BY: - January 25, 2022

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 […]

Nebraska Gov. Pete Ricketts

Former legislative candidate’s lawsuit against state GOP moves forward without Ricketts

BY: - January 25, 2022

Ricketts donated $20,000 to state Sen. Julie Slama’s 2020 campaign and defended the harsh campaign mailers aimed at her challenger, Janet Palmtag.

AltEn ethanol plant

Nebraska company attempts to unload toxic waste on Kansas farmer

BY: - January 25, 2022

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

BY: - January 25, 2022

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 […]

Sign protesting XL Keystone pipeline on a storefront in Polk, Nebraska

Top energy regulator backs pipeline standards after Colonial Pipeline hack

BY: - January 25, 2022

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

BY: - January 25, 2022

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

BY: - January 25, 2022

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 […]

Sens. Tom Briese and John Cavanaugh

Legislatures across the country back off pandemic protocols

BY: and - January 25, 2022

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

BY: - January 25, 2022

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 […]