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ACLU calls for federal probe into state efforts to obtain lethal injection drugs

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ACLU of Nebraska officials have written the federal prosecutor requesting her to investigate the state’s effort to obtain lethal injection drugs. Nebraska ACLU Legal Director Amy Miller claims documents obtained through an open records request indicate federal authorities informed state officials federal law prohibits the importing of the drugs. Miller contradicts Gov. Pete Ricketts’ assertion […]

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Loyalty oath in Hastings schools could trigger lawsuit

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A loyalty oath required by state law and currently enforced by the Hastings Public School District could trigger a lawsuit. Could. Hastings school officials have received a letter from the American Civil Liberties Union of Nebraska warning them they cannot compel employees to sign the oath. The ACLU warns in the letter than though a […]

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Central Nebraska man killed in tractor accident

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A central Nebraska man has been killed after his tractor flipped on top of him. The Custer County Sheriff’s Office reports 72-year-old Alan Drake of Comstock was removing trees along a country road when his tractor flipped and pinned him underneath. Drake’s son found his father’s body. Law enforcement reports the accident occurred Wednesday afternoon […]

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Sen. Fischer questions federal funding of Planned Parenthood (AUDIO)

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United States Senator Deb Fischer says Planned Parenthood should be investigated to determine if the agency is breaking federal law while providing abortions. Fischer says the videos released by the Center for Medical Research are disturbing. “If we’re seeing the body parts of babies being distributed, if we are seeing procedures for abortion changed so […]

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Nebraska joins other states in asking phone companies to help block calls

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Nebraska has joined with the vast majority of states to request five major phone companies offer their customers call-blocking technology; technology the companies had claimed federal law prevented them from offering. Forty-five states have sent a joint letter to chief executives of the carriers pointing out a new Federal Communications Commission (FCC) rule clarifies that […]

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Group says Nebraska farmers missing out on big cash crop

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The Nebraska Hemp Association would like Governor Pete Ricketts will look into the development of industrial hemp as a cash crop for Nebraska farmers. President Bill Alchord says a law was passed in 2014 to legalize the development of a pilot program at postsecondary institutions and the Department of Agriculture for research but that will […]

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Law enforcement gets help in handling some of the most delicate cases (AUDIO)

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A new instructional video could help law enforcement better prosecute child neglect and abuse cases, some of the most difficult and delicate cases law enforcement handles. Attorney General Doug Peterson says it is extremely difficult to investigate and prosecute child abuse cases, which often force very young children to take the stand in a courtroom. […]

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Law officers to get special instruction on child abuse cases (AUDIO)

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An eight-part video series will help law enforcement better battle child abuse. Attorney General Doug Peterson says the instructional videos will enhance the training of law enforcement, especially in rural Nebraska where training in such areas might be lacking. “And one of the most critical things that that law enforcement officer may be called to […]

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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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