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Gas tax going up; lawmakers override governor’s veto

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The price you pay at the pump is going up. State legislators have overridden Governor Pete Ricketts’ veto of the six-cent gas tax hike. Sen. Jim Smith of Papillion, the sponsor of LB 610, urged colleagues to enact his bill, despite the objection of the governor. “This discussion today is about a difference of opinion […]

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Nebraska holdout status on DREAMers driver’s licenses starts to crumble (AUDIO)

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Youth brought into the country illegally when children would be eligible to obtain driver’s licenses in Nebraska under a bill advancing in the Unicameral. Nebraska is the last holdout in denying a state driver’s license to such youth. Senator Jeremy Nordquist sponsors the measure, Legislative Bill 623. “This bill is about economic growth and opportunity,” […]

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Nebraska Marine was on board missing helicopter in Nepal

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There’s a Nebraska tie to that U.S. military helicopter that was reported missing Tuesday while delivering relief supplies to earthquake survivors in Nepal. Eight people were aboard, including six Marines, one of whom is from south central Nebraska. Sources have confirmed that Marine Dustin Lukasiewicz of Wilcox was among those on the helicopter, a UH-1 Huey. […]

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Nebraska student at International Science & Engineering Fair

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This is a big week for former Allen Consolidated School student Coleman Kneifl. He graduated from high school last week and on Sunday he flew to Pittsburg to compete in the International Science and Engineering Fair. Kneifl earned his spot in the fair by winning local and state competitions. His project involves reducing the growth […]

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Lawmakers agree to compromise on aid for poor children (AUDIO)

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A compromise on aid to children living in poverty moves forward in the Unicameral, though questions arise about the process that brought it back before legislators. State lawmakers have given preliminary approval to the compromise reached after Gov. Pete Ricketts vetoed LB 89, which proposed increasing aid provided poor families in Nebraska. The governor said […]

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Filibuster holds up bill to give DREAMers driver’s licenses

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State senators have begun, but have yet to complete debate, on a bill that would allow the children of illegal immigrants to obtain driver’s licenses in Nebraska. Sen. Jeremy Nordquist of Omaha sponsors the bill that would allow youth without legal status in the United States to obtain driver’s licenses. “In Nebraska, we all know […]

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First case of avian flu reported in Nebraska

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A flock of 1.7 million egg laying hens in Dixon County in northeast Nebraska has been infected with the highly pathogenic H5N2 avian influenza (HPAI) virus.  It’s the first case of the disease reported in Nebraska.  The virus has devastated turkey and egg operations in Minnesota and Iowa. Nebraska director of agriculture Greg Ibach says […]

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Wayne State College gets new president from SDSU

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The new president of Wayne State College will be Marysz Rames, who’s served at South Dakota State University for 29 years, including 15 years as Vice President of Student Affairs. During her time at SDSU, Rames spent about nine months as interim president. Rames says, “I decided at that point, I’d like the opportunity to […]

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Missing UNL student appears to have been swept away by highwater

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It appears a University of Nebraska-Lincoln student missing for more than a week was swept away by rapidly moving water in a Lincoln creek. Lincoln Police Chief Jim Peschong says a local business has stepped forward with surveillance footage that appears to show 30-year-old Anwesha Dey fall into Antelope Creek on Sunday, May 3rd. “The […]

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Effort to end minimum sentences moves toward uncertain future

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An effort to end “three strikes and you’re out” criminal sentencing as well as scale back the habitual criminal statute advances in the Unicameral, barely. Though two other crime bills aimed at reducing the prison population have breezed into the final round of voting, an effort to end mandatory minimum sentencing and reduce the use […]

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Marinero family speak for the first time after double murder

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The family of murder victims Jesus Marinero and Josue Ramirez-Marinero spoke for the first time after learning the 5 year old boy was recovered from the Elkhorn River earlier this week. Veronica Rosa is the niece of Marinero and the family translator and spokesperson and says Marinero had been in Omaha since 2001 and moved […]

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Bills aimed at easing prison overcrowding on verge of passing

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A couple of crime bills, taking direct aim at reducing the prison population, are in position to pass in the Unicameral. Legislative Bill 605 would provide alternatives to prison, such as drug courts and probation, for low-level crimes. LB 598 would end the use of solitary confinement as a punishment in favor of what is […]

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Gov. Ricketts says Dr. Acierno resigned on his own (AUDIO)

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Gov. Pete Ricketts says Dr. Joseph Acierno resigned as state Chief Medical Officer on his own, adding that he tried to get him to stay. Ricketts tells reporters Acierno told him the bruising confirmation battle undermined his credibility with lawmakers, leading to his resignation on Friday afternoon. “Very emotional time; obviously there’s a lot of […]

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AAA: This will be the biggest Memorial Day for travel in 10 years

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Nebraska’s highways and interstates will be exceptionally busy next weekend, the first big holiday travel weekend of the year. Gail Weinholzer, spokeswoman for AAA-Nebraska, says it’s forecast to be the busiest Memorial Day weekend for travel in a full decade. “We expect a nearly 5% increase in travel for this Memorial Day over last year,” […]

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Medical marijuana advances in Unicameral

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A bill legalizing medical marijuana has advanced in the Unicameral. LB 643 is patterned after the Minnesota law enacted last year that allows marijuana to be used for medicinal purposes if taken in pill or oil form or through vapor. It prohibits marijuana to be smoked. Sen. Dave Bloomfield of Hoskins asked colleagues during legislative […]

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