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Lawmakers hope to rescue Child Welfare Division with $7M infusion (AUDIO)

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State lawmakers have advanced a bill that would shift money within the Department of Health and Human Services to keep the Division of Child Welfare from running out of money. Senator Health Mello of Omaha, chairman of the Appropriations Committee, brings an amendment before the Unicameral to provide Child Welfare with $7 million dollars. “I […]

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Omaha police chief supports prison reform legislation

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The Nebraska Legislature’s Judiciary Committee addressed several prison reform measures during a hearing Wednesday in Lincoln. Omaha Police Chief Todd Schmaderer testified and said the current aim of the state’s prison system is misguided. Chief Schmaderer said, “No where is the goal of corrections to reduce prison overcrowding but somehow that has become the culture […]

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Nebraska Humane Society supports legislation targeting bad dog breeders

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Nebraska lawmakers are looking at legislation that would help shut down and prosecute operators of puppy mills.   Nebraska Humane Society’s Vice President of Field Operations Mark Langan there are several reasons why they haven’t been able to shut them down after finding animal abuse. Langan says, “The Department of Agriculture is responsible for inspecting licensed […]

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Sponsor of voter photo ID bill insists it will pass, eventually (AUDIO)

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A bill to require Nebraska voters to display a photographic identification to vote has been defeated in the Unicameral. State senators voted 25-to-15 for a so-called “bracket” motion, shelving LB 111 for the remainder of the session. The procedural vote effectively kills the legislation this year. Sen. Tyson Larson of O’Neill admits the vote somewhat […]

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Utility warns of power cut-off scam, hundreds of customers get calls

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Utility customers in Nebraska and several neighboring states are being warned about a telephone scam. MidAmerican Energy spokeswoman Ashton Newman says 1,500 customers contacted the utility to report receiving a suspect call in recent months. “The good news is the majority of our customers appear to not be falling for these scams and they are […]

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Voter photo ID bill dies after opponents shelve it for session (AUDIO)

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Opponents didn’t have to talk the voter photo ID bill to death. They, instead, won a procedural vote to, in effect, kill it. Opponents of LB 111, which would require Nebraskans to display photo identification to cast ballots, had mounted a filibuster against it. They prepared to spend days criticizing the bill, seeking to block […]

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Jenkins competency hearing set for March 2

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Experts at the Nebraska Regional Center issued a report to the court yesterday that convicted killer Nikko Jenkins is competent and understands sentencing proceedings. A three judge panel will determine his fate and Omaha Defense Attorney William Gallup says his mental illness will be a factor. Gallup says, “The primary mitigating fact would be his […]

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OSHA completes investigation in TV crew shooting death

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The Occupational Safety and Health Administration completed their investigation into the shooting death of crew member of the TV show COPS last August in Omaha. Sound technician Bryce Dion followed officers into a Wendy’s restaurant during an armed robbery. The suspect fired an air-soft at officers who returned fire. A stray bullet hit Dion and […]

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Opponents stage filibuster against voter photo ID bill (AUDIO)

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Debate is underway in the legislature on a requirement that voters display photo identification before casting a ballot. Opponents plan to talk a long time. Sen. Tyson Larson of O’Neill sponsors LB 111, which he told colleagues is patterned after an Indiana law which withstood a legal challenge before the United States Supreme Court. Larson […]

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Winery & Grape Growers Forum March 5 – 7

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The 18th annual Nebraska Winery and Grape Growers Forum and Trade Show is rapidly approaching. University of Nebraska – Lincoln Extension viticulture specialist Paul Read says Nebraska has seen a nice sustainable growth in the wine industry. In just over 20 years the number Nebraska wineries has grown to 30 and there are more than […]

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State’s future farmers are being recruited as hometown ag ambassadors

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Nebraska FFA chapters can now compete for educational and financial resources from the Nebraska Corn Board. The Ag Champions Contest is designed for FFA chapters to submit advocacy plans to boost education in communities about issues and misconceptions about agriculture. Corn Board executive director Kelly Brunkhorst says three winners will receive grants based on the […]

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Sen. Sasse pleased judge blocks immigration executive order

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United States Sen. Ben Sasse is pleased a federal judge has put a temporary halt to President Barack Obama’s immigration executive order. Sasse believes the president exceeded his authority by granting immunity to more than 4 million immigrants in the country illegally. “Obviously, the Texas district judge’s ruling is a validation of three branches of […]

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Man charged in Nebraska meatpacking plant fatal shooting pleads not guilty

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A 35-year-old man accused in the fatal shooting late last year in a south-central Nebraska meatpacking plant has entered a plea of not guilty. Angelo Bol is charged with felony first degree murder and use of a firearm to commit a felony in the December 15th shooting death of 34-year old Karel Perez-Almaguer, outside Gibbon […]

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Conflicts regarding possible overturn of same sex marriage ban

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County clerks in Nebraska could see an increase in marriage license applications of the state’s ban on same sex marriage is overturned. U-S District Judge Joseph Bataillon could rule on the issue Thursday.   Some clerks have expressed concern due to their religious beliefs. Father Ryan Lewis is pastor at St. Thomas More Catholic Church in […]

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