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Aftermath of ACA ruling: repeal it or fix it? (AUDIO)

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In the aftermath of yet another ruling by the Supreme Court on the federal health insurance law competing calls have been issued: get rid of it versus fix it. A Supreme Court ruling keeps subsidies in place for those getting health insurance through the federal exchange, a crucial victory for the Affordable Care Act. Most […]

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Nebraska Republicans disappointed in health care ruling

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United States Sen. Deb Fischer says she’s disappointed the Supreme Court held in favor of the federal health insurance law. “Today’s decision is disappointing and it does not change the fact that this law is hurting millions of Americans,” Fischer tells Nebraska reporters during her weekly conference call. The court upheld subsidies to those receiving […]

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Grand jury to investigate death at Tecumseh state prison

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A 57-year-old inmate being treated for a medical condition has died at the Tecumseh state prison. The Department of Correctional Services reports Russell Summerville died very early Friday morning. A grand jury will be empaneled to investigate the death in accordance with state law. The department says no cause of death has been determined, yet. […]

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Nebraska farm fined for paying workers less than they earned

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A Nebraska farm has been found in violation of federal law and will pay nearly 100 workers almost $70,000 in unpaid wages and pay nearly $90,000 in civil penalties for violating federal wage laws. The United States Department of Labor reports Heldt Produce of Ashland did not pay temporary foreign guest workers properly and paid […]

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Courts may well decide fate of Nebraska’s death row inmates

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Attorney General Doug Peterson is raising questions about the legality of a section of the death penalty repeal law passed by the legislature. One section of Legislative Bill 268 states the intent of the legislature is that those on death row have their sentences commuted to life in prison. Peterson believes that section is unconstitutional […]

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Funeral services underway in Omaha for Officer Kerrie Orozco

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Funeral services are underway for Omaha Police Officer Kerrie Orozco at St. John’s Church on the Creighton University Campus in Omaha. Law enforcement officers from across the country are attending this morning’s service. Thousands are also at Omaha’s CenturyLink Center where services are telecast on large screens. The streets are currently lined with citizens holding […]

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Omaha mourns as slain law officer is laid to rest

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Hundreds of mourners gathered in an Omaha church — with several thousand more and at an arena nearby — to pay their respects this morning for Iowa native and Omaha Police Officer Karrie Orozco. The 29-year-old new mother was fatally shot in the line of duty last week in a shootout with a wanted man, who […]

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Gov. Ricketts offers condolences to Officer Orozco’s family

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Gov. Pete Ricketts paused during a news conference on highway safety to remember slain Omaha police officer Kerrie Orozco. “I’d like to take a moment right now to remember one of the members of our law enforcement community who has passed away recently,” Ricketts said. “The terrible tragedy with Officer Orozco is something that reminds […]

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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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Omaha police officer killed in line of duty

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The Omaha Police Department, area law enforcement and the community is mourning the death of Omaha Police Officer Kerrie Orozco. Omaha Police Chief Todd Schmaderer made the announcement Wednesday that she was killed in the line of duty. Officer Orozco was a member of the fugitive task force. Chief Schmaderer says she and other officers […]

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Omaha officer killed in the line of duty

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The Omaha Police Department, area law enforcement and the community is mourning the death of Omaha Police Officer Kerrie Orozco. Omaha Police Chief Todd Schmaderer made the announcement Wednesday that she was killed in the line of duty. Officer Orozco was a member of the fugitive task force. Chief Schmaderer says she and other officers […]

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Law professor says Supreme Court could issue two-prong ruling on same-sex marriage case

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A constitutional law professor from Nebraska expects Justice Anthony Kennedy to be the deciding vote in the same-sex marriage case before the Supreme Court. And Creighton University Professor Michael Fenner says the court could issue a two-prong ruling. Fenner points out Kennedy has written all the opinions handed down by the United States Supreme Court […]

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Patrol Seeking Information On Those Who Tampered With Patrol Vehicles

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This past weekend, some of our troopers discovered missing or loose lug nuts on their patrol vehicles. On two particular vehicles, all lug nuts were loose or missing on all four of the tires. On one specific vehicle, one tire had two lug nuts totally removed, three were within two turns of coming off, and the other was within a ...

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Legislators begin debate on death penalty today (AUDIO)

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State lawmakers today begin debating whether to repeal the death penalty. Attorney General Doug Peterson understands news accounts of problems in other states, such as a botched lethal injection in Oklahoma, might well come into play as the Unicameral debates the bill. “So, it’s always been a national issue, although governed by state law, it’s […]

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Red Cloud man surrenders after holding woman at knifepoint

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A 30-year-old Red Cloud man has surrendered to law enforcement after holding a woman against her will in south-central Nebraska. The Nebraska State Patrol reports Charles Folkman gave up without a fight early this morning after an all-night standoff with police. The 46-year-old woman he had held at knifepoint was released to authorities, then treated […]

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