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Alternatives to new VA Medical Center in Omaha

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A report by the Veterans Administration shows they do not have the resources to build a new Medical Center. Nebraska 2nd District Congressman Brad Ashford says he is tired of false promises and says our facilities are third or fourth class. He says due to budget restraints a replacement center is not likely until the […]

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Gov. Ricketts signs into law $8.6B state budget for next two years (AUDIO)

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No objections. No line-item vetoes. Gov. Pete Ricketts has signed into law the bills making up the $8.6 billion state budget for the next two years. Ricketts says the budget achieves the goals he set out earlier this year: keep the growth of state spending around 3% and provide more money for property tax relief. […]

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Budget debate erupts after Unicameral approves $8.6B budget (AUDIO)

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State legislators might have approved the $8.6 billion state budget, but the battle over the budget seems far from over. Sen. Mike Groene of North Platte took to the floor of the legislature Monday to renew his contention that state spending would grow by more than the 3.1% figure touted by the legislature’s Appropriations Committee. […]

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Budget chair pleased with movement of state budget (AUDIO)

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The legislature’s Appropriations Committee chairman is pleased with the progress of the $8.6 billion state budget in the Unicameral. State lawmakers breathed a sigh of relief when the Nebraska Economic Forecasting Advisory Board restored $10 million to its estimate of state revenue rather than lower the estimate. The board in February reduced its estimate of […]

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State lawmakers advance $8.7B state budget (AUDIO)

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State lawmakers have begun debate on an $8.7 billion state budget for the next two years, advancing it to the next round. Appropriations Committee Chairman, Sen. Health Mello of Omaha, said the committee attempted to address pressing needs while cleaning up some old issues. “The Appropriations Committee particularly focused on property tax relief, K-12 education […]

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AAA: Gas prices may drop toward $2 a gallon by summertime

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Nebraskans may not have to budget as much money for driving during the upcoming summer vacation as they did last summer. Gail Weinholzer, at AAA-Nebraska, says all signs point to stable or lower gas prices in the months ahead. Oil refineries have switched from the winter blend to the summer grade of fuel and there’s […]

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Lincoln legislator targets school budget issue as “priority” bill

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State Senator Roy Baker of Lincoln is apparently the first legislator to name his priority bill for this 90-day session. Senator Baker, who represents southern Lancaster County and all of Gage County, has chosen LB 431, which would adjust the formal bid process threshold school districts face on construction or repair projects. The current level […]

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Concannon Speaks About Legislative Session

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One of the attendees at the ceremony yesterday afternoon was Freshman State Representative Susan Concannon from Beloit. She spoke with me about the just completed 2013 session after the ceremony. Concannon said the compromise over the state sales tax that finally made it possible to pass the state’s $13.8-billion budget accomplished several things. It moved the lawmakers away from – ...

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Facility Reopens

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Kansas Secretary of Corrections Ray Roberts has announced that to address the need for additional prison capacity, pending approval of the Governor’s budget by the 2012 Kansas Legislature, the former Labette Correctional Conservation Camp at Oswego in Labette County will be renovated for the purpose of housing 262 inmates who are primarily elderly and infirmed. The facility would be scheduled ...

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State Park Hours

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The Prairie Dog State Park office will no longer be open on weekends for the remainder of this camping season due to budget cuts.  Office hours will be Monday to Friday 8:00 am to 4:00 pm.  The self-pay station in front of the office can be utilized to purchase camping and vehicle permits.  Licenses and permits can also be purchased online or through ...

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