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Unicameral advances another medical marijuana bill

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A second medical marijuana bill has advanced in the Unicameral. Sen. Sue Crawford of Bellevue sponsors Legislative Bill 390 which would authorize a pilot program at the University of Nebraska Medical Center to use a marijuana oil to treat intractable epileptic seizures. “Under this bill, the only allowed substance is cannabidiol or CBD that contains […]

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Unicameral advances another medical marijuana bill

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A second medical marijuana bill has advanced in the Unicameral. Sen. Sue Crawford of Bellevue sponsors Legislative Bill 390 which would authorize a pilot program at the University of Nebraska Medical Center to use a marijuana oil to treat intractable epileptic seizures. “Under this bill, the only allowed substance is cannabidiol or CBD that contains […]

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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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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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TKEs at Wayne State College hope to redeem reputation

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Members of a suspended fraternity at Wayne State College are submitting a plan of action to address alcohol problems in hopes of regaining a footing at the school. The Lambda Chi chapter of Tau Kappa Epsilon was booted for “unacceptable activities” related to alcohol use. Jeff Carstens, Wayne State’s Dean of Students, says the fraternity […]

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NPPD announces coal-fire power plant conversion to hydrogen

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It could be the fuel of the future. Nebraska Public Power District has announced it is working with California-based Monolith Materials to replace a coal-fired unit in southeast Nebraska with a hydrogen-fueled plant. NPPD Chief Executive Officer Pat Pope says Monolith Materials will use natural gas and electricity to create a substance called carbon black. […]

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No joke, Marijuana Party seeks political recognition in Nebraska

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Nebraskans have the opportunity to sign a petition that would recognize a new political party in the state. Mark Elworth Jr. is the acting chairman of the Marijuana Party, an organization that supports the medical, industrial and recreational use of hemp and says they need about 5,500 valid signatures before they can move forward. Elworth […]

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No seat belt use in deadly crash

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Investigators released more information into Sunday’s deadly crash near Valley that claimed the lives of four Nebraskans. There were six individuals in three vehicles and none were wearing seat belts. Beverly Reicks is the president of the National Safety Council of Nebraska and says, “No one. None of the six individuals were wearing a seat […]

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Huskers baseball use extras to down Mavericks on Schreiber’s home run

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Freshman Scott Schreiber found the perfect time for the first home run of his Husker career, as the Menasha, Wis., native broke a 2-2 tie in the top of the 10th inning with a two-out solo home into the left field seats at Werner Park. Senior Josh Roeder took the mound in the bottom of […]

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Lawmakers hear gripes about TransCanada in oil pipeline hearing

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TransCanada and the proposed $8 billion Keystone XL oil pipeline have returned to the Capitol as an issue before the Unicameral. The Judiciary Committee heard hours of testimony on LB 473, which would not allow a foreign company to use eminent domain to acquire easements for a pipeline and would remove the power of approving […]

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TransCanada still “fully committed” to continuing Keystone XL pipeline

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Despite two big setbacks last week, TransCanada officials say they are continuing with plans to build the Keystone XL oil pipeline. President Obama vetoed legislation that would have approved construction of the project. Also, a Nebraska district court granted an injunction ending TransCanada’s use of eminent domain to acquire easements for the pipeline. TransCanada spokesman […]

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Court ruling limits TransCanada’s use of eminent domain

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The York County District Court has granted a local landowner’s motion for a preliminary injunction that halts TransCanada’s use of eminent domain for its Keystone XL oil pipeline. BOLD Nebraska’s Jane Kleeb says this stops the company from using eminent domain all across Nebraska. “We won a court case a couple of weeks ago for […]

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