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Nordquist works on illegal immigrant driver’s license issue

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State Senator Jeremy Nordquist of Omaha is working on legislation that would allow certain illegal immigrants to get driver’s licenses in the state of Nebraska. Nordquist says the issue falls directly under the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program. Those under 16 years of age in the U.S. by June 15, 2012 could remain in […] Read More »

Congressman Terry: emotional release to not have Maxwell in the race

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Congressman Lee Terry expressed surprise and relief at the announcement by independent candidate Chip Maxwell that he would drop out of the race and not challenge Terry this fall. Maxwell, a supporter of the Tea Party, collected the needed signatures to get his name on the November ballot, but decided to exit the race instead.  Maxwell says […] Read More »

Former UNL student sentenced, ordered to pay in security breach case

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A former University of Nebraska – Lincoln senior has been sentenced to federal prison and ordered to make more than $107,000 in restitution for breaching the computer systems at the university as well as the Nebraska State College System. United States Attorney Deborah Gilg announced that 23-year-old Daniel Stratman of Omaha will serve his six-month […] Read More »

EPA meets with critics, seems determined to expand Clean Water Act (AUDIO)

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The head of the Environmental Protection Agency has met with some of her fiercest critics, but seems unwilling to modify a proposed change to the Clean Water Act. Sen. Mike Johanns joined other Republican senators from the Senate Agriculture Committee in confronting EPA Administrator Gina McCarthy, arguing against expansion of the Clean Water Act which […] Read More »

Maxwell will not run for 2nd Congressional District seat

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Nebraska Tea Party supporter Chip Maxwell has pulled his hat from the political ring – for now. Maxwell announced he will not challenge Lee Terry for the 2nd District Congressional seat in the November election.    Maxwell was running as an Independent but the long-time Republican feared his name on the ballot would split the party […] Read More »

Presidential disaster declaration granted in wake of Pilger tornado

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Federal officials have informed Gov. Dave Heineman his request for a presidential disaster declaration in wake of the Pilger tornado has been granted. The declaration covers more than just the Pilger tornado, extending to cover damage from tornadoes and thunderstorms through southern and northeastern Nebraska between June 14th and the 21st. Still, the biggest damage […] Read More »

Nebraska teen-age girl dies in sightseeing plane crash in Alabama

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The crash of a sightseeing airplane near the Alabama-Florida state line has killed two, including a Nebraska teen-age girl. The Baldwin County, Alabama Sheriff’s Office reports 15-year-old Marli Shea McManus of Papillion died in the crash. The pilot, 67-year-old Dean Legidakes, also died in the crash. The sheriff’s office says the two took off from […] Read More »

Sen. Johanns supports McDonald as next Secretary of Veterans Affairs (AUDIO)

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Sen. Mike Johanns supports President Barack Obama’s nomination of former Procter & Gamble CEO Robert McDonald as the next Secretary of Veterans Affairs. Johanns, a Republican member of the Senate Veterans Affairs Committee, says McDonald has the background needed to shake-up the troubled Department of Veterans Affairs. “I really believe in this person. I like […] Read More »

Young kids set abandoned Omaha house on fire

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Omaha firefighters rushed to battle a house fire Wednesday afternoon at 43rd and Sprague Streets. The house had been abandoned and there was no electricity or gas service at the house that was heavily damaged. Investigators determined that three juveniles were responsible for the fire and admitted to fire play. Investigators say there was evidence […] Read More »

Early childhood education touted as way to fight crime (AUDIO)

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A push is underway to promote early childhood education as a way to reduce crime. Advocates admit this is a long-term solution, but argue that money spent upfront in the first few years of life could make the difference between a child growing up to be a criminal or growing up to be a productive […] Read More »

Concerns over Omaha’s new Municipal Land Bank

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Nebraska’s largest city is taking steps to rid neighborhoods of vacant, abandoned and run-down houses. The Omaha City Council approved the creation of a Municipal Land Bank that can either purchase or accept donations of those properties clean them up and resell. One of the goals is to rid neighborhoods of these eyesores. John Chatelain […] Read More »

Summer blood supply is “stable” but donors are still needed

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Hospitals in Nebraska and two neighboring states use 38-thousand pints of blood every day, yet only about one-in-ten residents who are eligible to give blood do so once a year. The LifeServe Blood Center is appealing for blood donors this summer. While the region has a “stable” blood supply at the moment, spokeswoman Nicole Hanger […] Read More »

Pipeline protesters plan pickets through Lincoln today

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Protesters who support climate change legislation and who oppose the Keystone XL pipeline project are marching across the country today. A group of protesters led by BOLD Nebraska will march to the state capital in Lincoln. BOLD spokeswoman Jane Kleeb says they’re delivering 1,000 petition signatures which ask the governor to disclose the contents of […] Read More »

Poll provides encouragement to independent US Senate candidate Jenkins (AUDIO)

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A public opinion poll provides some encouraging numbers for the independent United States Senate campaign of Jim Jenkins. Jenkins commissioned the poll by the MSR Group of Omaha that surveyed 618 registered Nebraska voters between May 27th and the 29th. MSR Senior Vice President Rob Noha says several findings surprised him. “I think one of […] Read More »

Omaha makes top 5 list of best cities for recreation

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When it comes to the top 100 best cities in the U-S for recreation, Omaha comes in number three. WalletHub.com conducted the study on the importance of recreational facilities, parks and green spaces that helps improve health, physical activity and property values. CEO Odysseas Papadimitrious says they also considered the costs for entertainment and Omaha […] Read More »