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Vote to override governor on death penalty repeal will come today

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Gov. Pete Ricketts has vetoed the death penalty repeal bill, setting up a showdown with the Unicameral. Ricketts admits the vote on the repeal of the death penalty took him by surprise. “I, along with most Nebraskans, the overwhelming number of Nebraskans I talk to, were surprised and disappointed by that vote,” Ricketts says. “Because, […]

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Stormy Friday and Saturday forecast

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Right on schedule, storms are starting to pop up in Nebraska today.   Jim Meyer is a meteorologist with the National Weather Service in Valley and says it appears the most severe weather will be in the central part of the state. He says the storms today will be sporadic. Meyer says, “We are basically in […]

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Legislators return to debate on repeal of the death penalty (AUDIO)

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State lawmakers return to debate on a bill to repeal the death penalty today and a University of Nebraska law professor sees momentum to abolish capital punishment. Professor Eric Berger with the University of Nebraska College of Law says the assumption could be made that a conservative state like Nebraska would resist repeal of the […]

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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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Workers’ Memorial Day events in Lincoln

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The Occupational Safety and Health Administration is sponsoring two Workers’ Memorial Day events today in Lincoln. Rhonda Burke is an OSHA spokesperson and says on average, 12 people die on-the-job each day due to work related injuries and three million employees report serious job related injuries and illness. According to a recent OSHA report, “Adding […]

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AG Peterson will listen closely to same-sex arguments before Supreme Court (AUDIO)

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Nebraska might not be directly involved, but Attorney General Peterson will be listening closely today to oral arguments before the United States Supreme Court in the same-sex marriage case. In an odd legal juxtaposition, the Supreme Court hears oral arguments prior to a May 12th court date in Omaha when the 8th United States Court […]

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Nebraska’s holiday – Arbor Day

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More than one-million trees were planted in Nebraska on the first Arbor Day in 1872. The tradition continues today as many schools and communities hold tree planting ceremonies in honor of the day. Anthony Marek is the director of communications for the Arbor Day Foundation says the world is a better place because of trees […]

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State and city leaders react to bills that would change sentencing guidelines and repeal the death penalty

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Governor Pete Ricketts, Nebraska Attorney General Doug Peterson, Omaha Mayor Jean Stothert and other officials gathered today in Omaha to speak on proposals in the Legislature that would soften sentencing guidelines for criminals and repeal the death penalty in Nebraska. Lawmakers this week advanced legislation that would weaken prosecution of habitual criminals and end mandatory […]

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Puck drops today on UNO’s first Frozen Four Appearance

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The No. 3 Omaha Mavericks make their first-ever appearance in the NCAA Frozen Four today they face the No. 4 Providence Friars at 4 p.m. CT in the first semifinal game at TD Garden in Boston. The Mavericks are 20-12-6 overall this season, and their third-place finish in the NCHC matches the best in school history. The […]

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Debate on raising gas tax underway at Unicameral (AUDIO)

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State lawmakers have begun debate on raising the gas tax to pay for road and bridge construction. Sen. Jim Smith of Papillion told colleagues during legislative debate Tuesday it’s time to raise the gas tax again. “But I do want to have this discussion with you today, colleagues, and it needs to be a discussion,” […]

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Biocontainment Unit celebrates 10th anniversary

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The University of Nebraska Medical Center and Nebraska Medicine is celebrating the 10th anniversary of their Biocontainment Unit. Over the past six months, the unit treated three patients with Ebola, including Dr. Rick Sacra. He attended the today’s events in Omaha. Dr. Sacra says, “I would like to thank the state of Nebraska, the leadership […]

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Omaha Police Union reacts to comments by Sen. Chambers

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The backlash against comments made by Omaha State Senator Ernie Chambers continues today. Senator Chambers referred to police as terrorists and if he had a gun he would protect himself from the police. John Wells is the president of the Omaha Police Officers Association and says those comments are outrageous and members of the organization […]

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Time to prepare for foul weather from floods to twisters

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We’re likely done with blizzards for a while, but now it’s time for Nebraskans to focus on being prepared for the challenges of the warm weather months ahead. This is the start of Severe Weather Awareness Week. Meteorologist Kenny Podrazik, at the National Weather Service, says today’s focus is on flooding and flash flooding, while […]

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Judiciary Committee hearing today on eminent domain

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Nebraska’s Legislative Judiciary Committee will hold a hearing this afternoon that would eliminate the power of eminent domain for certain pipelines. This bill is on the heels of TransCanada filing in January to obtain land for the Keystone XL Oil Pipeline. Those opposing the pipeline argue that a foreign country has no business using eminent […]

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Medical marijuana supporters attending committee meetings today

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Several bills regarding legalizing medical marijuana are on today’s Legislature’s Judiciary Committee agenda. Many supporters made the trip to Nebraska to share their success stories. Paige Figi says her daughter, Charlotte suffered up to 50 seizures a day and after losing hope she researched medical marijuana. Figi says, “She is an amazing success story. She […]

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