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Court upholds Omaha man's convictions in 2015 murder case

Fri, 20 Apr 2018 20:52:11 GMT

The Nebraska Supreme Court has upheld the convictions of a 62-year-old man who killed another man during an argument outside an Omaha apartment.




U of Nebraska-Lincoln plan would eliminate at least 18 jobs

Fri, 20 Apr 2018 16:06:47 GMT

The University of Nebraska-Lincoln chancellor's proposed budget cuts include eliminating a degree program and a research center for the design and evaluation of educational practices in the nation's schools.




3 charged in deaths of dozens of cattle at Nebraska farm

Fri, 20 Apr 2018 13:49:55 GMT

Three family members have been charged with animal cruelty and neglect following the deaths of dozens of cattle on their Nebraska farm. Acting under search warrants, deputies found at least 65 carcasses on the property near Overton, about 150 miles west of Lincoln.




Neb. doesn't extend Medicaid benefits to elderly nuns

Fri, 20 Apr 2018 09:13:43 GMT

The state cut Medicaid benefits earlier this year for the Sisters of Mercy, one of the oldest Roman Catholic religious orders in Nebraska, the Omaha World-Herald reported. The nuns are appealing the decision through the state Department of Health and Human Services, which administers the federal health care program to low-income and disabled residents.




Nebraska football: CJ Smith does a little recruiting of transfer quarterback

Fri, 20 Apr 2018 04:43:44 GMT

CJ Smith got in on the recruiting act earlier this week. When he saw Florida quarterback had decided to announce he was transferring, the Nebraska football defensive back sent out a tweet telling him how much Allen might like it here.




Humans have killed off most of Earth's big mammals. In 200 years, cows could be biggest ones left.

Fri, 20 Apr 2018 00:14:16 GMT

Throughout history, humans and their ancestors have perfected the art of killing big animals. A study finds that as humans spread around the globe, extinction of large mammals soon followed.




Pennsylvania Sets Stage for Increased AV Oversight

Thu, 19 Apr 2018 19:38:12 GMT

The commonwealth of Pennsylvania has drafted guidelines for autonomous vehicle testing, but it's unclear whether car manufacturers will comply. Without legislative action, there's still no requirement beyond having a licensed driver behind the wheel of a self-driving car.




Plan4Health Success Story: Jump Starting Cross-Sector Collaboration in Nebraska

Thu, 19 Apr 2018 10:07:37 GMT

Plan4Health connects communities across the country, funding work at the intersection of planning and public health. Anchored by American Planning Association chapters and American Public Health Association affiliates, Plan4Health supports creative partnerships to build sustainable, cross-sector coalitions.




Nebraska lawmakers finish contentious 2018 session

Thu, 19 Apr 2018 05:33:47 GMT

Senators adjourned for the year on Wednesday after voting on more than two-dozen last-minute bills, including new regulations on the payday lending industry and a bill that would allow driverless cars to operate legally in the state. Lawmakers spent much of the 60-day session arguing over budget cuts for state agencies and a measure to ensure that federal family-planning money doesn't go to abortion clinics.




Nebraska Just Passed a Major Occupational Licensing Reform Measure. Here's Why It Matters.

Thu, 19 Apr 2018 03:20:26 GMT

Libertarian state Sen. Laura Ebke's bill triggers a review of state licensing laws, opens more opportunities for individuals with criminal histories. Nebraska lawmakers struck a rare tri- partisan blow against onerous occupational licensing laws on the 60th and final day of the 2018 legislative session, voting 45-1 to pass a major reform bill authored by Libertarian state Sen. Laura Ebke.




Krist says Ricketts to blame for failure to achieve property tax relief

Wed, 18 Apr 2018 22:52:54 GMT

As the Legislature prepared to conclude its 2018 session without enacting a property tax relief plan, Democratic gubernatorial candidate Bob Krist on Wednesday laid the blame at the doorstep of Republican Gov. Pete Ricketts.




Inmates charged in fire, disturbance at prison intake center

Wed, 18 Apr 2018 18:16:02 GMT

Four prisoners have been charged with arson and other crimes in connection with a fire and disturbance at the Nebraska prisons' Diagnostic and Evaluation Center in Lincoln.




NSP troopers seize 114 pounds of marijuana in traffic stop

Wed, 18 Apr 2018 13:14:27 GMT

Troopers with the Nebraska State Patrol said in a news release they have seized more than 100 pounds of marijuana following a traffic stop on Interstate 80. At 9:20 a.m. Monday, a trooper observed an eastbound 2018 Ford Expedition following too closely to the vehicle ahead of it. The trooper stopped the Expedition near mile marker 397 in Lincoln.




6th Mild Earthquake in a Week Shakes Central Nebraska

Wed, 18 Apr 2018 08:25:43 GMT

The U.S. Geological Survey says the latest occurred was recorded around 4:50 p.m. Monday, 22 miles east-southeast of Stapleton in Custer County, near Arnold.




Help available for blizzard-affected farmers and ranchers in Nebraska

Wed, 18 Apr 2018 03:48:58 GMT

U.S. Department of Agriculture Nebraska Farm Service Agency State Executive Director Nancy Johner reminds farmers and ranchers affected by the recent blizzard that disaster assistance programs are available to support their recovery efforts. FSA can assist farmers and ranchers who lost livestock, fences or eligible trees, bushes and vines as a result of a natural disaster.




Ricketts signs bill designed to shield Nebraska taxpayers

Tue, 17 Apr 2018 22:51:19 GMT

On this year's deadline day for filing federal income tax returns, Gov. Pete Ricketts on Tuesday signed into law a bill that he said will protect Nebraska taxpayers from an inadvertent increase of nearly $200 million in state income taxes.




New Nebraska Chamber head eyes tax reform, economic growth

Tue, 17 Apr 2018 22:51:18 GMT

Bryan Slone stepped into a new role this week as president of the Nebraska Chamber of Commerce and Industry at a time when the state's tax challenges are approaching a decisive moment.