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Daily NET Radio news and features on a wide variety of topics that affect Lincoln, Omaha, and all of Nebraska. Updated weekdays.
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Bird flu is spreading in dairy herds. Midwest farmers say they'r

The flu has been found in cows for the first time, but most cattle seem to be showing only mild symptoms and recovering from the illness. Officials say the pasteurization process means milk remains safe.
4/15/202444 seconds
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Newspapers in rural areas are folding, leaving vast news deserts

The U.S. has lost more than 2,800 newspapers since 2005, many of them in rural areas. Now some journalists are redoubling their efforts to provide local news and trying new models in a difficult industry.
4/15/20244 minutes, 4 seconds
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The Lincoln Yazidi community celebrates the SarSal event

The Yazidi SarSal is a new year event in the Yazidi culture celebrated in mid-April every year. This event brings the community members together to appreciate their religious beliefs, cultural values and their history.
4/15/202443 seconds
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NU president priority candidate has first forums at UNK

The priority candidate for president of the University of Nebraska held his first public forum Friday. Dr. Jeffrey Gold answered questions about budget cuts, the university’s relationship with the legislature and getting students from Western Nebraska.
4/12/202450 seconds
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Senators pass more than 100 bills, pay tribute to colleagues

Members of the Nebraska Legislature passed more than 100 bills and paid tribute to departing colleagues on Thursday.
4/11/20245 minutes, 37 seconds
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Sales tax expansion bill advances in legislature

Sen. Lou Ann Linehan’s LB388 would create a digital advertising sales tax and increase taxes on cigarettes, vaping, lottery tickets, cannabis derivatives and games of skill. Sales tax exemptions for candy, soda, storage facilities and veterinary services would also be eliminated. The bill caps the percentage cities and counties can grow their annual budget and reduces school property taxes by 30% directly instead of requiring taxpayers to apply for a 30% tax credit, according to the Governor’s Policy Research Office.
4/11/20241 minute, 32 seconds
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Nebraska high school students lobby legislators in a new program

The Nebraska Legislature heard a few new voices in its rotunda thanks to a new youth lobby school. The program focuses on teaching students from diverse backgrounds how to advocate for legislation.
4/11/20245 minutes
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Pillen: Progress on taxes, winner-take-all session possibility

Host Intro: Gov. Jim Pillen said today/Wednesday more needs to be done to lower property taxes. And he said he’ll call a special session to change Nebraska to a winner-take-all electoral college system, if 33 senators say they’ll vote for it.
4/10/20245 minutes, 3 seconds
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Thousands of people celebrate Eid al-Fitr in Lincoln

Thousands of people gathered in southwest Lincoln Wednesday to celebrate Eid al-Fitr, the end of Ramandan and fasting in the Muslim faith. Ousmane Youm is a member of the Islamic Foundation of Lincoln community. In addition to fasting and other spiritual disciplines, Ramadan is about giving back.
4/10/20241 minute, 7 seconds
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Arch: "Wait and see" on winner-take-all special session

Nebraska Legislature Speaker John Arch is taking a wait-and-see attitude about a possible special session to change Nebraska's Electoral College voting system.
4/10/20241 minute, 29 seconds
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This Lincoln food pantry revamped

A Lincoln food pantry has revamped its system that allow people to have a more welcoming experience.
4/10/202444 seconds
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Proposal to fund scholarship granting organizations advances

Senator Lou Ann Linehan’s bill would appropriate $10 million dollars to scholarship granting organizations, allowing low-income students to apply for grants that can be used at private schools. Linehan’s bill would also sunset legislation passed last year giving up to $25 million dollars of tax credits for donations to scholarship granting organizations.
4/10/20241 minute, 27 seconds
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Suing schools for sex assault; restricting online porn advance

Nebraska schools could be sued for up to a million dollars if a staff member sexually assaults a student, under a proposal that advanced Tuesday in the Legislature. And a bill to increase taxes on home sellers, and reduce them on people who inherit property, also moved ahead.
4/9/20245 minutes, 56 seconds
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UNL researcher is first Husker to join education academy

A University of Nebraska-Lincoln researcher is the first Husker to join the National Academy of Education, which is an organization focused on education research. Susan Sheridan, the director of the Nebraska Center for Research on Children, Youth, Families and Schools, has decades of research leading to her invitation to the academy.
4/9/202422 minutes, 2 seconds
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Restrictions on trans athletes blocked by filibuster

A proposal to restrict trans athletes in Nebraska's K-12 schools was blocked by a filibuster in the Legislature Friday.
4/5/20244 minutes, 15 seconds
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UNL recognizes future teachers with pinning ceremony

The University of Nebraska-Lincoln College of Education and Human Sciences recognized students in their teaching programs for reaching the halfway point of their degrees. “Nebraska needs teachers. We want teachers. We want to honor teachers," UNL CEHS acting dean Nick Pace said. "We want to honor their work and thank them for having the heart and the hands for this work. It’s never been more important and it’s never probably been more difficult.”
4/5/202459 seconds
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Senators debate amendment allowing abuse victims to sue state

Senator Justin Wayne filed several amendments to his bill regarding punitive damages, including one which would allow an individual to hold political subdivisions or state agencies liable for the sexual assault of a minor by a public employee. The amendment’s language was taken directly from Senator Steve Halloran’s bill, which did not make it out of the Judiciary Committee.
4/5/20241 minute, 10 seconds
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Senators debate fire pensions; transgender sports bill up Friday

The Nebraska Legislature considered proposals Thursday to improve firefighters' pensions, while a contentious debate on restricting transgender student athletes was set for Friday.
4/5/20246 minutes, 5 seconds
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Proposal to change Nebraska’s electoral vote allocation fails

A proposal to change Nebraska’s presidential vote allocation to a winner-take-all system failed in the Nebraska legislature late Wednesday evening. Nebraska is one of two states that awards its electoral votes to Presidential candidates by Congressional District, with the overall state winner receiving an additional two votes. In 2020, President Joe Biden received one electoral vote from Omaha’s 2nd Congressional District, while Donald Trump received the state’s other four votes.
4/4/20241 minute, 11 seconds
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Legislature's Executive Board condemns Halloran rape comments

The Legislature’s Executive board condemned Sen. Steve Halloran today/Wednesday for injecting colleagues’ names when he read a rape scene during a debate on obscenity. But some senators said that wasn’t enough.
4/3/20245 minutes, 27 seconds
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Dual enrollment participation on the rise in Nebraska

The amount of students participating in dual enrollment across the state has increased since 2016, according to a new report from the Nebraska Statewide Workforce and Educational Reporting System, or NSWERS. In dual enrollment courses, students can earn college credits while still in high school.
4/3/20241 minute, 3 seconds
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Rural assisted living facilities receive a small Medicaid bump

Assisted living facilities in rural Nebraska will see a small bump in funding for serving Medicaid patients. Nebraska Gov. Jim Pillen signed appropriations bill 1412 this week. Included in the budget, $1.5 million of American Rescue Plan funds will aid rural assisted living facilities.
4/3/20241 minute, 13 seconds
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Summit to focus on Latino participation in state elections

A Latino advocacy organization will host a virtual summit on the state of voting. They’ll discuss how the growing Latino population will have a significant impact on this election and those in the future.
4/3/202459 seconds
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U.S. Surgeon General speaks on social media and mental health

The U.S. Surgeon General Dr. Vivek Murthy made his first-ever visit to Nebraska Tuesday. Murthy visited Lincoln North Star High School and Bryan Medical Center, where he spoke to a crowd of several hundred people about the impact of social media on youth mental health.
4/3/202454 seconds
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Bill to cut property taxes limps ahead without sales tax hike

The Nebraska Legislature gave first-round approval to a bill designed to cut property taxes, but without the replacement revenues originally envisioned.
4/2/20245 minutes, 11 seconds
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Students, staff bringing art to their community with mural

In a school district that’s population spans 990 square miles, the school is coming together to create a mural representing their community. It's a 4-foot-by-8-foot mural with the word "Tigers," which is the school's mascot, in the middle of the piece.
4/1/20243 minutes, 56 seconds
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Lincoln presents new plan for South Haymarket Park

The city’s latest proposal would grow the South Haymarket Park to more than 8 acres while nixing a previous proposal for a mixed-use development in the area. The expansion also requires the city to purchase two additional properties near 7th and L Streets, adjacent to the planned park location.
4/1/20241 minute, 9 seconds
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Executive Board holds hearing Halloran censure

Sens. Michaela Cavanaugh and Julie Slama introduced a resolution to censure Halloran after comments during last week’s debate on a bill regarding obscene materials in schools. While quoting testimony which included a passage from a memoir describing the author’s rape, Halloran inserted the name Senator Cavanaugh after a description of a demand for oral sex.
3/28/20241 minute, 36 seconds
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Senators advance tax breaks despite fiscal warnings

The Nebraska Legislature gave first-round approval Thursday to tax breaks for a wide range of activities, despite warnings about future budget shortfalls.
3/28/20244 minutes, 39 seconds
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LB 1087 signed Friday, hospitals could see $1B per year

Gov. Jim Pillen will sign LB 1087 Friday. The bill will send a big dose of federal Medicaid money to hospitals in Nebraska. In total, the Nebraska Hospitals Association said its members will receive up to $1 dollars every year through the Medicaid program.
3/28/20241 minute, 12 seconds
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Senators begin debate on sales tax hike to lower property taxes

The Nebraska Legislature began debate Wednesday on a proposal for significant tax changes, with senators expressing wide ranging opinions.
3/28/20243 minutes, 51 seconds
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Age verification requirement bill advances in legislature

The bill’s sponsor, Senator Dave Murman says his bill would require pornography websites to verify the age of its users to ensure they are 18 or older before showing obscene material. The bill’s critics say that kids can still access pornography by using other encrypted methods like virtual private networks.
3/27/20241 minute, 15 seconds
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Education department announces Teacher Apprenticeship Program

The Nebraska Department of Education launched the Teacher Apprenticeship Program to help train teachers with more in-classroom experiences. The state Legislature passed the Teacher Apprenticeship Program last year with $1 million slated for the initiative in the first year. The program is starting with three grow-your-own initiatives that were already in effect.
3/27/202453 seconds
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Legislature passes budget adjustments in advance of tax debate

The Nebraska Legislature approved adjustments to the two-year budget in advance of debating significant tax changes.
3/26/20245 minutes, 33 seconds
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UNL AD, Troy Dannen, introduced to Husker Nation

New University of Nebraska–Lincoln Director of Athletics, Troy Dannen, said NU is a “gold mine,” during his introductory press conference on Tuesday. The former University of Washington AD spoke in front of hundreds of coaches, athletes and stakeholders inside Memorial Stadium.
3/26/202459 seconds
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Diverse Boards and Commissions

One group in Nebraska is starting a new program to bring more diversity to the state’s boards and commissions. Nebraska Public Media’s Kassidy Arena reports it will train people from diverse backgrounds in how to become board and commission members.
3/26/202453 seconds
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Legislature confirms Corsi as head of Health and Human Services

The Nebraska Legislature confirmed Gov. Jim Pillen’s appointment of Steve Corsi to head the Department of Health and Human Services Monday, despite opposition from senators who objected to his social media posts and job history.
3/25/20244 minutes, 59 seconds
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2024 Migratory Family and Student Conference

This year’s Migratory Family and Student Conference hosted by the Nebraska Migrant Education Program is expected to be the largest in attendance in its four-year history.
3/25/202449 seconds
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Midwest Newsroom: What happened after a sniper killed a toddler

A KCUR and Midwest Newsroom investigation reveals the chain of events that ended in the death of Clesslynn Crawford almost exactly two years ago.
3/25/20247 minutes, 43 seconds
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U.S. Census Director meets with Lancaster County refugees

Lincoln ranked number one in the nation for the city with the highest rate of self-response for the mid-way point of the 2020 U.S. Census. The U.S. Census Director met with refugee and immigrant organizations to talk about how they achieved their success.
3/22/202449 seconds
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Sales, cigarette tax hikes to lower property taxes advanced

Host Intro: A proposal to increase sales and cigarette taxes in order to lower property taxes is headed to the Nebraska Legislature for debate.
3/21/20245 minutes, 39 seconds
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Sales, cigarette tax hikes to lower property taxes advanced

Host Intro: A proposal to increase sales and cigarette taxes in order to lower property taxes is headed to the Nebraska Legislature for debate.
3/21/20245 minutes, 39 seconds
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What would NU Men's Basketball's first tournament win mean?

Just one win would be historic, during the team’s trip to the NCAA Tournament, also known as the “Big Dance.” Nebraska is the only major conference team to have zero NCAA Tournament wins in men’s basketball. They’re 0-7 all-time in the tournament.
3/21/20241 minute, 1 second
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This program found a unique solution

Lincoln manufacturing companies and refugee support agencies have found a solution to two problems: a labor shortage and refugees’ need for employment. The new idea has so far worked to solve both cases.
3/21/20245 minutes, 8 seconds
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Obscenity bill blocked by legislative filibuster

A bill supporters said would combat obscenity in schools and libraries was stopped by a filibuster Wednesday in the Legislature.
3/20/20245 minutes, 22 seconds
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Bill eliminating educators' legal defense for obscenity stalls

A bill that would eliminate a legal defense for teachers and librarians charged with providing obscene material to other people stalled in the Nebraska legislature Wednesday. Senator Joni Albrecht says she introduced LB441 to keep inappropriate books from being provided to kids in public schools and libraries.
3/20/20241 minute, 17 seconds
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Troy Dannen hired as next Director of Athletics at UNL

Troy Dannen, former athletic director at the University of Washington, will be the next Director of Athletics at the University of Nebraska–Lincoln. Interim university president Chris Kabourek announced it on Wednesday.
3/20/20241 minute, 16 seconds
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Halloran rape comments draw fire in Legislature and outside

In the Nebraska Legislature, Sen. Steve Halloran’s insertion his colleagues’ names into a description of rape produced condemnation and a call to resign.
3/19/20245 minutes, 5 seconds
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Enhanced fentanyl penalties stalled in Legislature

A proposal to enhance penalties for providing fentanyl to people who are seriously injured or die got stalled Monday in the Legislature.
3/18/20245 minutes, 32 seconds
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Senators argue over civil forfeiture, fentanyl, child sex abuse

The Nebraska Legislature argued over civil forfeiture, fentanyl penalties and who can be sued for child sexual abuse.
3/15/20245 minutes, 37 seconds
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Supreme Court declines to block fees for state government record

A ruling by the Nebraska Supreme Court means that the state agency regulating environmental safety can lawfully charge a Nebraska news public tens of thousands of dollars for copies of public documents. The Court ruled that it was up to the Nebraska legislature to determine how much a state agency could charge for reviewing requests for public documents and providing copies.
3/15/20242 minutes, 12 seconds
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Private equity influence in nursing care cause for concern

For-profit companies and private equity firms have purchased more than half of the nonprofit nursing homes that have gone out of business in the last decade.
3/15/202459 seconds
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Sit Down with Jane Kleeb

Jane Kleeb is known as the force behind the effort to stop oil giant, TransCanada from building the Keystone XL oil pipeline through Nebraska. But she's also Jane Kleeb who battled anorexia as a teenager. Kleeb talked with Nebraska Public Media's Dale Johnson about her experience and the unwavering strength she found in the face of adversity.
3/15/20245 minutes, 50 seconds
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Legislature advances fund transfer bill despite concerns

The Nebraska Legislature gave first-round approval to another state budget bill today, but not before nearly half the senators signaled what some described as unease over the proposal.
3/14/20245 minutes, 28 seconds
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Senators react to Alberts leaving

Nebraska state senators have mixed thoughts on why Trev Alberts decided to leave as Athletic Director of the University of Nebraska-Lincoln.
3/14/20241 minute, 19 seconds
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Brule Village Board recall election unsuccessful

Brule, Nebraska, a village of 330 residents just west of Ogallala, has seen its fair share of controversy over the last few months, including the resignation of a longtime village employee and efforts to recall two village board members. More than 60 percent of voters cast their ballots against recalling Brian McNeff and Mike Gibson in their respective elections, allowing them to remain on the Brule Village Board.
3/14/20241 minute, 40 seconds
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Housing advocates lobby as Legislature debates housing funds

As part of the proposed budget in the Nebraska Legislature, $25 million that was originally slated for affordable housing would be used for a different kind of housing. Affordable housing is geared toward lower-income buyers. Under the budget proposed by the Legislature’s Appropriations Committee, $20 million would be shifted to rural workforce housing, and $5 million would go to middle income housing.
3/13/202449 seconds
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Fremont group starts new ‘Welcome Buddy’ system

One city in Nebraska has found a way to both welcome newcomers and bolster the area’s economy. A Fremont organization has instituted a new system.
3/13/202459 seconds
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Legislature upholds Pillen veto of needle exchange bill

Nebraska senators voted 27-20 in favor of overriding Gov. Jim Pillen's veto of a needle exchange bill, falling three votes short of the number needed to override.
3/12/20245 minutes, 2 seconds
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NU awards first two President’s Scholarships

Two Nebraska high school seniors — one in Pender and one in Lincoln — committed to the University of Nebraska under the new Presidential Scholars program. The scholarship gives a full-ride plus a $5,000 stipend for any University of Nebraska school to in-state students who score a 36 on the ACT. The university announced the program last month.
3/12/202458 seconds
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Nebraska’s Commission on Latino-Affairs attempts to expand

The state’s Commission on Latino -Americans is starting new projects yet facing old challenges this year. This group finds itself in a unique position as it attempts to expand its reach.
3/11/20244 minutes, 22 seconds
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Board of Education votes 'no' on rule prohibiting sexual content

The State Board of Education voted against starting the rule change process for board member Kirk Penner’s proposal to prohibit sexually explicit materials in school libraries and remove the requirement to buy a minimum number of new books every year.
3/8/20241 minute, 13 seconds
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Property owners provide input on MoPac Trail connection

A recreation trail connecting Lincoln and Omaha continues to move through the planning process, with the Lower Platte South Natural Resource District seeking input to determine a proposed route. In 2022, the Nebraska Legislature allocated $8.3 million dollars to connect two segments of the MoPac Trail in rural Cass County. Currently, the western portion of the trail ends in the village of Wabash, while the eastern section ends near South Bend, leaving an eight-mile gap.
3/8/20241 minute, 36 seconds
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Filibuster stops "clean slate" for tenants in Legislature

A filibuster in the Nebraska Legislature has blocked a proposal aimed at giving tenants a “clean slate” if eviction proceedings were started against them, but they were never evicted.
3/7/20243 minutes, 46 seconds
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Malcolm X statue headed to Nebraska HOF this spring

On Sept. 12, 2022, Malcolm X became the first Black man or woman voted into the Nebraska Hall of Fame. By May, a bust of Malcolm X will be inside the Nebraska State Capitol, along with 26 other Nebraskans.
3/7/20243 minutes, 53 seconds
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Proposal aimed at helping tenants slowed by filibuster

Host Intro: A proposal aimed at helping Nebraskans who have faced eviction from their homes was slowed by a filibuster Wednesday in the Legislature.
3/6/20245 minutes, 22 seconds
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Campaign to welcome immigrants sees success

A campaign to celebrate and make immigrants in the state feel welcome saw so much success last month, it’s making changes to the plan. The statewide effort will expand next year.
3/6/202453 seconds
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Doane University students perform, produce ‘The Delays’

Doane University students are performing and producing the play "The Delays" this week. It’s the first production that faculty are only mentoring students.
3/6/20241 minute, 4 seconds
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Air Force employee indicted for sharing classified information

A Nebraska Air Force employee was arrested Saturday for sharing classified information about the war in Ukraine. David Slater, a 63-year-old employee at the Offutt Air Force Base, faces one count of conspiracy to disclose national defense information and two counts of unauthorized disclosure of national defense information.
3/5/20241 minute, 2 seconds
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Tightened regs on foreign land buys near missile silos advance

Purchasers of land in all or part of eight western Nebraska counties would have to certify they are not affiliated with any foreign adversaries.
3/5/20245 minutes, 21 seconds
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Interim NU President discusses keeping university moving forward

As the University of Nebraska continues the search for a new president, interim president Chris Kabourek said he wants to keep the university moving forward. Nebraska Public Media’s Jolie Peal sat down with Kabourek to discuss his goals for the university as challenges like budget cuts continue.
3/5/202434 minutes, 24 seconds
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Pillen vetoes needle exchange; override attempt planned

Host Intro: Nebraska Governor Jim Pillen has vetoed a bill allowing Nebraska cities to establish needle exchange programs for drug users. Sen. Meghan Hunt, chief sponsor of the legislation, says she’ll try to override the veto.
3/4/20245 minutes, 6 seconds
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Hospital Medicaid funding increase advances to final reading

Nebraska state senators approved two amendments Monday on LB 1087, which would increase Medicaid funding for the state’s hospitals.
3/4/202455 seconds
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Committee advances bill allowing armed school staff

School boards could let teachers and other staff carry guns in school, under a proposal advanced by the Legislature’s Education Committee today/Thursday. And senators advanced a proposal aimed at helping native American tribal members experiencing mental health crises.
2/29/20245 minutes, 36 seconds
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Teen sextortion suspect to stand trial as adult

A seventeen-year-old from Hall County, accused in a massive sextortion case involving multiple victims must face the charges as an adult. The judge in the case called the teenager “an extreme threat to the security of the public.” Cody Holum argued he would benefit from the counseling and rehabilitation services available to a juvenile defendant until he was 19 years old. A Hall County District Judge determined just a year’s worth of services would not provide enough time to deal with the “alarming” behavior he’s shown over several years.
2/29/20241 minute, 1 second
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DHHS declines to attend gender affirming care committee briefing

Nebraska’s chief medical officer, Dr. Timothy Tesmer, was scheduled to provide clarification on the state’s gender affirming care regulations for minors at a briefing Thursday afternoon. However, he and the Nebraska Department of Health and Human Services declined to attend. Last week, the Health and Human Services Committee requested a briefing from Tesmer to clarify the final rules and regulations of LB574, which was passed by the legislature last year.
2/29/20241 minute, 39 seconds
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FAFSA delay continues as Nebraska students and colleges wait

The U.S. Department of Education aims to send completed 2024-25 Free Applications for Federal Student Aid, or FAFSAs, to colleges in March. The FAFSA typically goes out in October, but for the 2024-25 form, there have been roadblocks due to needed changes from the FAFSA Simplification Act.
2/29/20241 minute, 14 seconds
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Nebraska considering a controversial execution method

The Nebraska legislature heard arguments for and against a bill that would allow a controversial execution method to be used in the state. Nebraska Public Media’s Kassidy Arena reports if passed, the state would be the fourth in the U.S. to approve nitrogen gas for executions.
2/29/202444 seconds
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Tax debate highlights generational divide, relevance questions

Host Intro: Debate in the Nebraska Legislature over inheritance taxes Wednesday showed a generational divide, and raised questions about whether senators were debating things that are irrelevant to many Nebraskans.
2/28/20245 minutes, 1 second
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SGOs learning process in first months of new tax credit

As of January, Nebraskans can start donating to scholarship granting organizations, or SGOs, to fund tuition for students going to private schools. In return, donors receive a dollar-for-dollar tax credit. There are currently four certified SGOs in the state.
2/28/20245 minutes, 35 seconds
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UNL launches new program to hire and retain teachers of color

The University of Nebraska-Lincoln has launched a new program in an effort to attract and retain teachers from diverse backgrounds. Nebraska Public Media’s Kassidy Arena has the details.
2/28/202459 seconds
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Tougher penalties for driving violations discussed

Host Intro: Fines and penalties would increase for distracted driving that resulted in someone dying, under a proposal heard Tuesday by a legislative committee. And lawmakers continued to debate abolishing the state’s inheritance tax. From the Capitol, Fred Knapp of Nebraska Public Media News has this legislative update:
2/27/20245 minutes, 42 seconds
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Midwest Newsroom Investigation-Hispanic Maternal Mortality

A pregnancy-related death is when a person dies during pregnancy– or within a year after the pregnancy due to complications or pre-existing conditions. In some Midwest states, maternal mortality rates are higher than the national average. As Nebraska Public Media’s Kassidy Arena/ KBIA’s Anna Spidel report for the Midwest Newsroom, the data on Hispanic women can be particularly challenging.
2/27/20244 minutes, 52 seconds
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Neb. Department of Corrections sued

Leading up to the death of Kevin Carter at the Nebraska State Penitentiary in Lincoln, Angelo Bol allegedly threatened his cellmate's life. They remained in the same cell. That’s among the many accusations filed in federal court this month alleging negligence by former and current Nebraska Department of Correctional Services employees. Former director of the NDCS, Scott Frakes, and warden Michele Wilhelm are included in the total of 12 employees listed in the lawsuit.
2/26/20241 minute, 24 seconds
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Gun Owners v. Lincoln Mayor argue ban on public space weapons

A group of gun owners and the City of Lincoln will square off in Lancaster County District Court to argue whether there can be limits on carrying guns in parks and government buildings. Similiar restrictions put in place by Omaha's mayor have temporarily been put on hold by another judge.
2/26/20244 minutes, 54 seconds
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Experts discuss threats of artificial intelligence on democracy

Experts in media, election security and counterterrorism spoke on ChatGPT, deep fake videos, voice cloning and more at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln Saturday for Civic Nebraska’s AI and Democracy Community Summit. The panel included UNL public relations professor Bryan Wang, UNL journalism professor Matt Waite, Douglas County Election Commissioner Brian Kruse and UNO counterterrorism center director, Gina Ligon.
2/26/20241 minute, 31 seconds
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Legislature moves to restore oversight; veterans' proposal heard

The Nebraska Legislature moved Friday toward restoring its oversight authority for state agencies, and lawmakers heard a proposal to help veterans accused of crimes avoid convictions.
2/23/20245 minutes, 52 seconds
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HBCUs visit Lincoln Public Schools for first-time

Lincoln Public School students at four high schools had the opportunity to learn more about H-B-C-Us this week. Nebraska Public Media’s Kassidy Arena reports the informational sessions offered some students a first-time look at some of these schools.
2/23/202451 seconds
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Abortion exceptions considered; fentanyl penalties advanced

A proposal to allow exceptions to Nebraska’s limits on abortion in cases of fatal fetal anomalies produced strong reactions at a public hearing Thursday. And, senators advanced a bill enhancing penalties for people who supply fentanyl-laced drugs that kill or seriously injure another person.
2/22/20245 minutes, 51 seconds
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LTU shares plans for temporary StarTran Transfer Center location

The hub of Lincoln’s bus system may be getting a new temporary location until the completion of a multi-modal transportation center in 2027. Lincoln Transportation and Utilities shared plans at a public open house Wednesday morning for a new transfer center location at 11th and L Streets, two blocks south of its current location next to the Gold’s Building construction site.
2/22/20241 minute, 40 seconds
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Bill for more childcare advances; drug penalty increases debated

The Nebraska Legislature advanced a bill Wednesday aimed at increasing the availability of childcare, and senators debated increasing penalties for providing drugs that result in serious injury or death.
2/21/20245 minutes, 52 seconds
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Flood launches program to recruit out-of-state police officers

The initiative, called Nebraska Backs the Blue, aims to recruit officers to Nebraska by highlighting the state’s support for law enforcement, recreational opportunities and free college tuition program for law enforcement officials. “Our message today, while very important in Nebraska, is really a message to the rest of America. Nebraska is the best state in the union to work as a law enforcement official,” Flood said.
2/21/20241 minute, 17 seconds
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Former Husker women's basketball player files lawsuit

A former women’s basketball player at the University of Nebraska has filed a lawsuit claiming the school and the team’s head coach were aware of and mishandled an inappropriate sexual relationship between her and a member of the coaching staff.
2/20/20241 minute, 36 seconds
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UNL-developed robot completes surgical simulation in space

A robot developed at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln is among the first to complete a surgical simulation in space. A research team led by UNL engineering professor Shane Farritor received grant funding from NASA to send the robot to the International Space Station. The 2-pound robot, controlled by surgeons from across the United States, cut ten rubber bands as part of its initial space test.
2/19/20241 minute, 26 seconds
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Bill seeks to fund Nebraska tribal water projects

Raybould’s LB1383 would establish Nebraska Tribal Community Assistance Program. The program would be funded through an initial transfer of $10,000,000 from the Intern Nebraska Cash Fund and provide at least one grant per year — up to $2,000,000 — to tribal water and sewer projects.
2/16/20241 minute, 28 seconds
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New resource launches for Spanish breast cancer survivors

Spanish-speaking breast cancer survivors in the state now have a new resource for helping with mental health.
2/15/202444 seconds
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Bill to help hospitals advances

The Nebraska Legislature advanced a bill that aims to help financially struggling hospitals by increasing federal Medicaid reimbursements.
2/15/20246 minutes, 1 second
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Birthing support advocates could receive Medicaid reimbursement

Doulas are trained birthing coaches who help women through pregnancy and childbirth. And if a bill passes through state legislation, this resource could be available to Nebraskans who use Medicaid. Nebraska Public Media’s Kassidy Arena has the story.
2/15/202450 seconds
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Aid for low-income pregnant women moves; oversight deal reached

The Nebraska Legislature advanced a bill adding Medicaid services for pregnant women, and senators reached a temporary deal with the Pillen administration restoring some legislative oversight of corrections and child welfare.
2/14/20246 minutes, 12 seconds
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Bills prohibiting DEI, eliminating tenure have hearings

Two bills that would impact state colleges had hearings in the Nebraska Legislature’s Education Committee today. One would prohibit diversity, equity and inclusion programs, and the other would eliminate tenure at state colleges.
2/14/202447 seconds
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Senators consider railroad safety, broadband expansion

. The Nebraska Legislature considered proposals Tuesday aimed at improving railroad safety and expanding broadband coverage.
2/13/20245 minutes, 53 seconds
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Education Committee hears bill protecting religious expression

A bill that would stop schools from punishing or prohibiting employees engaging in religious expression outside of class went in front of the state legislature’s Education Committee on Monday. State Senator Loren Lippincott said he wants to solidify the protections in state law following a U.S. Supreme Court decision that recognized a football coach’s right to pray after a game.
2/13/202448 seconds
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Pillen to accept summer food program; senators mull "mega-sites"

Gov. Jim Pillen said Nebraska will apply for the summer EBT program, and senators are considering money to prepare sites to attract industrial projects.
2/12/20246 minutes, 10 seconds
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Due process violated in Omaha Immigration Court, report says

Despite the law requiring the government to accommodate interpretation, the American Civil Liberties Union of Nebraska said that doesn’t always happen in Omaha Immigration Court. A new report by the ACLU said Omaha Immigration Court violates due process in many cases.
2/9/20241 minute, 15 seconds
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NU Board of Regents approves cutting three UNK programs

The University of Nebraska Board of Regents approved transitioning out the University of Nebraska at Kearney’s Theatre program along with two other programs at their meeting Friday.
2/9/20241 minute, 2 seconds
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Judge reviews if sextortion suspect should be tried as juvenile

A District Court Judge in Hall County will decide if a 17-year-old should stand trial as an adult for allegedly extorting sex and explicit photos from other teenagers in central Nebraska. Details of the complex, disturbing case came to light during the Wednesday hearing to consider a motion to transfer the case to juvenile court. Seventeen-year-old Cody Holum of Doniphan faces 13 charges of human trafficking and four charges of 1st degree sexual assault. At an earlier hearing, he pled not guilty to all the accusations.
2/9/20244 minutes, 48 seconds
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HUD grants $15 million to Nebraskans fighting homelessness

Each of Nebraska’s three continuum of care regions in Omaha, Lincoln and the rest of the state received more than $5 million in federal funds to assist individuals experiencing homelessness. Nebraska Field Office Director Kitty Amaya says this year’s grants are HUD’s largest annual investment nationally and reflect the need for services in smaller cities.
2/8/20241 minute, 23 seconds
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Proposed grocery fund looks to improve food access

Grocery store owners and managers in Nebraska are excited about the prospects of a bill proposed in the Nebraska Legislature. LB 1116 would create a grant or loan program for locally run grocery stores. A store in west central Nebraska said they could use this money to try and grow its customer base.
2/8/20241 minute, 11 seconds
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Two bills could improve Medicaid for long-term care

Financial issues are plaguing Nebraskans’ ability to access long-term care. Bills in the Nebraska Legislature would increase Medicaid reimbursement rates for assisted living and nursing homes.
2/8/202457 seconds
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Hiking sales tax to lower property tax meets opposition

The idea of raising sales taxes in order to lower property taxes got a less-than-rousing reception in a hearing before the Legislature’s Revenue Committee Wednesday.
2/8/20245 minutes, 29 seconds
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Bill making counties offer assessed value for property heard

Counties would have to offer to buy properties for their assessed value, under a proposal heard Wednesday by the Legislature’s Revenue Committee. And senators advanced a bill aimed at making dental services available for more Medicaid recipients.
2/8/20244 minutes, 36 seconds
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Sen. Ricketts explains opposition to border security bill

Ricketts joined 49 other senators in opposition to a border security bill and foreign aid bill that had the support of Republican Minority Leader Mitch McConnell and most Senate Democrats. Ricketts explained his opposition in a press call Wednesday.
2/8/20241 minute, 5 seconds
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Data shows NE community college students behind US average

Newly-released data from higher education researchers shows Nebraska is behind the national average when it comes to community college students transferring to four-year universities and ultimately earning their bachelor’s degrees. Nebraska Public Media’s Kassidy Arena has the details.
2/7/202452 seconds
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Amendment to change State Board of Education draws opposition

A proposed constitutional amendment that would change the makeup of the State Board of Education drew opposition Tuesday at the Legislature’s Education Committee hearing.
2/7/20241 minute, 4 seconds
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Allowing schools to arm teachers draws mixed reaction

Host Intro: Nebraska schools would have more options for armed personnel to confront possible shooters under a bill that drew strong support and opposition at a hearing Tuesday.
2/6/20245 minutes, 25 seconds
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Merrick Co. jury’s sexual assault verdict reversed

A man imprisoned for the past year after being convicted of sexual assault in Merrick County will get a new trial. In a very unusual move, Nebraska’s Attorney General filed a memorandum with the Nebraska Court of Appeals stating testimony that helped put 63-year-old Jack Tourtillott of Chapman in jail should not have been heard by the jury. The attorney recommended the jury’s guilty verdict be reversed. The court did so in January.
2/6/20241 minute, 11 seconds
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A conversation with Black Votes Matter Get Out the Vote Director

There are plenty of elections this year including Nebraska primaries, local elections and a vote for U.S. president. This means people like Dwayne Hawkins—the director for Black Votes Matter Get Out the Vote initiative based in Omaha-- is very busy. Nebraska Public Media’s Kassidy Arena got a coffee with him to talk about what’s on his mind in this new role.
2/6/20244 minutes, 59 seconds
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Legislature rejects year-round daylight saving or standard time

Nebraskans will continue to switch their clocks twice a year, after senators rejected proposals today/Monday to stick with standard time or daylight saving time year-round.
2/5/20244 minutes, 8 seconds
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NU offering full-ride scholarship for students with perfect ACT

The University of Nebraska announced a new full-ride scholarship starting in the fall for in-state students who receive a perfect score on the ACT. The President’s scholarship will cover all costs to attend the University of Nebraska – including room, board and books — plus a $5,000 stipend.
2/5/202459 seconds
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Train crew requirements fall short; eminent domain bill heard

An effort to require two-person crews on trains crossing Nebraska fell short Friday in the Legislature. And senators heard a proposal to tighten requirements for local governments or businesses that want to condemn land.
2/2/20244 minutes, 3 seconds
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Board of Education discusses proposed rule change for libraries

State Board of Education members disagreed on a potential rule change that would prohibit sexually explicit content in school libraries at their meeting Friday.
2/2/20241 minute, 26 seconds
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Refugee resettlement agencies look ahead to a busy year

This November, voters will decide the next president. And depending on this outcome, Nebraska refugee resettlement agencies may have to quickly adjust how many new arrivals to prepare for. The refugee outlook for 2024 may be starkly different from 2025.
2/2/20244 minutes, 39 seconds
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Bill aims to stop discrimination against firearm industry

Aguilar’s Firearm Industry Nondiscrimination Act would prohibit state and local government entities from entering into a contract with a company that has a policy of discriminating against the firearm industry. Steve Hornady, president of Hornady Manufacturing, an ammunition company based in Grand Island, testified at Thursday’s legislative hearing on the bill.
2/2/20241 minute, 52 seconds
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Nebraska announces new plan to help incarcerated individuals

Governor Jim Pillen and the Department of Correctional Services announced Thursday the start of a new strategy to help incarcerated individuals re-enter their community.
2/2/20241 minute, 13 seconds
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Tax changes resisted; train crew requirements slowed

Proposals to expand sales taxes to reduce property taxes ran into opposition in a public hearing Thursday. And, opponents of requiring two-people on train crews continued the first legislative filibuster of the year, leading the discussion onto some interesting sidings.
2/1/20246 minutes, 23 seconds
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UNL researchers test roadside barriers against heavy EVs

University of Nebraska-Lincoln researchers have released results from an electric vehicle crash test last fall. Cody Stolle, assistant director of UNL’s Midwest Roadside Safety Facility, says the research is important as electric vehicles, which can be much heavier than their gas-powered counterparts, become more common.
2/1/20241 minute, 47 seconds
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Bill could make it easier to remove signature from petition

Under the current process, voters must sign a notarized affidavit to make that happen. Linehan, who introduced the new legislation, says her bill would only require voters to send a letter to the Secretary of State’s Office to remove their name.
2/1/20241 minute, 35 seconds
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Property tax levy cuts heard, train crew minimum size debated

Property tax levies would be automatically reduced if valuations increased, under a proposal heard by the Legislature’s Revenue Committee Wednesday. And senators debated requiring at least two crew members on trains crossing the state.
1/31/20244 minutes, 54 seconds
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Douglas County Health Department talks overdose deaths

Douglas County is taking steps to prevent drug overdose related deaths with a new program, The Douglas County Overdose Fatality Review Team(OFR).
1/31/202446 seconds
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Yearlong Daylight or Standard Tim? Debate continues...

The Nebraska Legislature continued debate Tuesday on proposals to have the state observe either yearlong Daylight Saving Time or yearlong Standard Time.
1/30/20244 minutes, 55 seconds
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Arabic, Kurdish manufacturing class to address labor shortage

Lincoln has developed a way for the state’s resettled refugees to help fill the workforce. Nebraska Public Media’s Kassidy Arena shares more about a manufacturing course starting this weekend (Sunday).
1/30/202446 seconds
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Arabic, Kurdish manufacturing class to address labor shortage

Lincoln has developed a way for the state’s resettled refugees to help fill the workforce. Nebraska Public Media’s Kassidy Arena shares more about a manufacturing course starting this weekend (Sunday).
1/30/202443 seconds
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Higher percentage of renters burdened in parts of Central Neb.

More than 49 percent of renting households in and around Kearney and Hastings experience cost burden. Housing cost burden is defined as any household spending more than 30 percent of their income toward rent and utilities.
1/29/20241 minute, 18 seconds
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Blood begins campaign for Congress

Carol Blood, a Democrat State Senator from Bellevue, launched her campaign for Congress against Mike Flood Saturday afternoon. At a union hall in Lincoln, Blood criticized Flood for his role in an unproductive, hyper-partisan Congress. Blood promised to protect social security and access to abortion.
1/28/20241 minute, 16 seconds
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Partisan power elections, nonpartisan needles proposal advances

The Nebraska Legislature advanced bills Friday calling for partisan elections to public power boards, but then advanced a public health measure on a nonpartisan vote.
1/26/20245 minutes, 41 seconds
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Senators debate switching to year-round daylight savings time

Nebraskans would stop having to “spring ahead” and “fall back,” under a bill for year-round daylight savings time being debated in the Legislature.
1/25/20246 minutes, 17 seconds
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Gender care regulations advance, but some comments left unheard

Earlier this week, the Nebraska State Board of Health voted to approve temporary regulations on gender affirming care for minor, bringing them one step closer to becoming permanent. The regulations included no significant changes to the regulations state Chief Medical Officer Doctor Timothy Tesmer (TEZ-muhr) approved in October. But on Wednesday, the Nebraska Department of Health and Human Services says it was notified that some comments submitted at a public hearing were not included in the hearing summary.
1/25/20241 minute, 26 seconds
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Senators fight over north Omaha redevelopment funds

Host Intro: A fight over who controls more than $100 million intended to revitalize north Omaha spilled onto the floor of the Legislature Wednesday.
1/24/20244 minutes, 46 seconds
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LPS Board of Education considering new contract for teachers

The Lincoln Public Schools Board of Education discussed a new contract for teachers that includes changes to professional learning time and an increase in the base annual salary at their meeting on Tuesday.
1/24/202459 seconds
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Texting while driving, religious freedom bills aired

A law against texting while driving would be bolstered under a proposal heard Tuesday in a legislative committee. And a bill aimed at strengthening protections for freedom of religion is advancing in the Legislature.
1/23/20245 minutes, 58 seconds
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Bills for better state contracts, easier occupational licenses

Bills for better state contracts and easier occupational licenses are advancing in the Legislature.
1/22/20245 minutes, 9 seconds
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Ride along with one of Lincoln’s snowplow drivers

In Lincoln and Omaha, hundreds of snowplow drivers have put in long hours over the last two weeks, with each city using a different strategy to keep the streets clear. Clayton Engelman, the transportation maintenance coordinator for the city of Lincoln, says major arterials remain the city’s priority after the snow stops falling. “Once the snow stops, that's usually what we call zero hour,” Engelman said. “And then at that point, we try to get the streets, the main streets, fully cleared before we move on into residentials.”
1/22/20244 minutes, 48 seconds
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Pillen: change tax incentives; senators: no big rules changes

Host Intro: Governor Jim Pillen wants changes in how Nebraska tries to attract new people and businesses to the state. And the Legislature is moving on to debate bills without making major changes to its rules.
1/19/20243 minutes, 40 seconds
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State employees union asks judge to hold state in contempt

In December, the Nebraska Association of Public Employees was granted a motion of temporary relief, which halted the implementation of Governor Jim Pillen’s executive order requiring workers to return to the office in January. But Justin Hubly, the union’s Executive Director, says he received some complaints from union members that were required to return to in-person work despite the ruling.
1/19/20241 minute, 37 seconds
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Isanti Schools uses connections to address chronic absenteeism

Schools across the state are facing challenges with chronic absenteeism in students. One school district is using connections to overcome the issue and get students to school.
1/19/20245 minutes, 31 seconds
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Pillen outlines priorities; open chairmanship elections fail

Nebraska Gov. Jim Pillen talked about his priorities and drew a mixed reaction, while a bid to change legislative rules and require open elections for committee chairmanships fell short.
1/18/20245 minutes, 56 seconds
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Gov. Pillen State of the State Address 2024

Governor Jim Pillen made his State of the State address today (yesterday). But as Nebraska Public Media’s Kassidy Arena reports, his speech was delayed by those concerned about his administration’s decisions.
1/18/202448 seconds
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Investors in Neb. Niobium Mine: “Something must happen."

As NioCorp prepares for its annual shareholders meeting, frustrated investors in Nebraska would like answers following what even the CEO calls a "disappointing" year. The company attracted small investors after it proposed to build a Niobium mine outside of Elk Creek, Nebraska. The project has yet to materialize. The stock languished in 2023 after joining the Nasdaq Stock Exchange. In the past year, the focus of the discussion among NioCorp shareholders shifted from the buzz about the prospects for a mine toward the under-performance of its stock.
1/18/20245 minutes, 42 seconds
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Omaha Democrat Preston Love kicks off Senate campaign

The eighty-one year-old community activist and Sunday school teacher compared his campaign for Pete Ricketts’ Senate seat to David going up against Goliath in his opening speech. Love said his priorities as U.S. senator would include stronger gun control, more abortion access, and the creation of a robust farm bill.
1/17/20241 minute, 3 seconds
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Tax proposals, restrictions on foreign ag ownership introduced

.Senators introduced proposals to raise sales tax and eliminate exemptions to lower property taxes, and to tighten restrictions on foreign ownership of ag land.
1/17/20244 minutes, 14 seconds
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Omaha redevelopment funds could be shifted; rules still debated

The Legislature's Urban Affairs Committee advanced a proposal to shift control of north Omaha redevelopment funds, and legislative rules debate continued.
1/16/20244 minutes, 26 seconds
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LES prepared for frigid temps during Nebraska cold spell

Sunday morning, the temperature in Lincoln fell to -18 degrees, making it the coldest day in the capital city since February 16, 2021. On that day, nearly three years ago, the temperature dipped to 31 below, contributing to rolling blackouts across the region.
1/16/20241 minute, 21 seconds
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Resources for people in need during extremely cold weather

Wind chills will dip as low as negative 30 degrees in Lincoln this week. That’s a looming concern for people experiencing homelessness. Nonprofits in Lincoln are encouraging people to seek refuge from the cold. People’s City Mission is opening its doors to everyone this week. Matt Talbot Kitchen and Outreach is open during the day.
1/15/20241 minute, 7 seconds
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CHI Health, Creighton set up phone line to study long COVID

CHI Health Center and Creighton University in Omaha set up a phone line to research long COVID across the state. They are also using the phone line to provide further care to those affected with continued symptoms.
1/15/202450 seconds
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Remembering Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.

On Martin Luther King Jr. Day, Nebraska Public Media remembers a visit Dr. King made to Lincoln, NE on December 30, 1964. From the stage at Pershing Auditorium, Dr. King spoke at the Methodist Student Movement Conference saying, “I need not pause to say how very delighted and honored I am to be here tonight and to be a part of this very significant conference.” Assigned security for Dr. King was 25 year old Lincoln Police Officer Al Maxey.
1/15/202452 seconds
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Food bank opens on holiday unscheduled

Due to the heavy winter storms this past weekend, some community resources have had to shift their plans
1/15/202440 seconds
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Snow, wind and cold blast Nebraska for second time this week

It’s been a busy week for Lincoln snowplow driver Brett Bratrsovsky. Lincoln is in its second snow emergency of the week, and Bratrsovsky has already worked multiple 12 hour shifts. He worked 16 hours on Thursday. While the early week storm had warmer temperatures and wetter snow, Friday’s accumulation has been colder and drier, making it easier to plow. But the wind is a problem.
1/12/20241 minute, 23 seconds
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Palmtag suit against Nebraska Republican Party headed to trial

The Nebraska Supreme Court ruled Janet Palmtag's defamation suit against the Nebraska Republican Party can go to trial.
1/12/20241 minute, 32 seconds
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Legislative rules changes: a necessity, or an overreaction?

The Nebraska Legislature began debating rules changes Thursday that some argued are necessary, and others criticized as an overreaction.
1/11/20245 minutes, 37 seconds
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Eased abortion restrictions proposed

Sen. Merv Riepe proposed eased abortion restrictions in cases of fatal fetal anomaly, and the Rules Committe endorsed open elections for committee chairs.
1/10/20245 minutes, 46 seconds
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Regulation of midwives considered by Nebraska Supreme Court

The Nebraska Supreme Court is weighing who can legally help an expectant mother with the birth of her child in Nebraska. A pair of cases involving an unlicensed lay midwife triggered an appeal to the high court. District Court judges in Douglas and Madison Counties threw out charges against Judy Jones, an unlicensed lay midwife after she assisted in the birth of two babies in a home birth. The justices heard opposing points of view during oral arguments on Wednesday.
1/10/20241 minute, 18 seconds
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Pillen, Stothert announce state funding for industrial park site

More than $120 million of state funds are heading to Omaha for the creation of a business park site and youth sports complex in the northeast part of the city. Governor Jim Pillen and Omaha Mayor Jean Stothert joined other civic leaders to make the announcement Wednesday. Nearly $90 million will help pay for land acquisitions and infrastructure development near Eppley Airfield, allowing private businesses to begin construction on the site upon completion.
1/10/20241 minute, 30 seconds
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Stratton lumberyard closing after more than 80 years in business

League Builders Supply, a lumberyard and store in Stratton, Nebraska, is set to shut down in the coming weeks after owner Denis League retires. “I'm not going to say Stratton’s going to shrivel up and die, because I'm not here, but I don't think it's going to help anything,” he said. “And I feel bad about that, but there’s a point where you’ve got to take care of yourself and I think I’m there.”
1/10/20244 minutes, 32 seconds
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Reparations for slavery, abolition of tenure among proposals

Bills concerning reparations for slavery and abolition of tenure are among proposals to be considered by the Legislature.
1/9/20245 minutes, 31 seconds
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Snow removal efforts underway after winter storm

Winter Storm Finn blanketed much of eastern Nebraska with snow over the last two days. Lincoln and Omaha each saw around 5 inches of snow Monday and Tuesday, while other parts of the state saw upwards of one foot. A spot near Daykin, a village in Saline County, had the storm’s highest measured snowfall in the state of 14.5 inches, according to the Community Collaborative Rain, Hail and Snow Network.
1/9/20241 minute, 38 seconds
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Pillen wants 40 percent property tax cut; doesn't specify plan

Gov. Jim Pillen endorsed a 40 percent property tax cut Monday but did not offer a specific plan for how to achieve that.
1/8/20245 minutes, 30 seconds
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Crete Citizenship Classes

A new resource for Nebraskans working to become U-S citizens is now available in Crete. Nebraska Public Media’s Kassidy Arena reports it was created due to an increased need in the community.
1/8/202450 seconds
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Senators introduce bills, prepare for rules debate

Senators introduced proposals dealing with the death penalty and degree requirements, while preparing for an upcoming debate on how they conduct business.
1/5/20244 minutes, 31 seconds
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City of Lincoln and Native Americans settle 20 month court fight

Local Native American advocates and a fish farm owner settled a series of court disputes against the city of Lincoln on Thursday. Advocates opposed a housing development the city approved back in spring 2022. The Wilderness Crossing Development is planned to be created next to sacred Native American prayer grounds, called the Niskíthe Prayer Camp.
1/5/20245 minutes, 13 seconds
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Senators begin 2024 session with hope, apprehension

The Nebraska Legislature began its 2024 session Wednesday with a mixture of hope and apprehension about doing the state's business
1/3/20245 minutes, 35 seconds
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U.S. Department of Education slowly releases FAFSA

The U.S. Department of Education is slowly releasing this year's FAFSA form after a two-month delay due to changes from the FAFSA Simplification Act. One student managed to get in and complete his application among technical difficulties.
1/3/20241 minute, 11 seconds
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Nebraska begins buying Colorado land for Perkins County Canal

Nebraska has begun buying land in Colorado for the proposed Perkins County Canal.
1/2/20241 minute
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Business owners react to Nebraska’s 2024 minimum wage increase

On Monday, Nebraska’s minimum wage increased to $12 an hour, making it the 18th highest state minimum wage in the country and one of 25 states increasing its minimum wage this year. In 2022, Nebraska voters passed an initiative raising the minimum wage from $9 an hour up to $15 an hour by 2026, increasing by $1.50 each year. After that, the wage will be adjusted in accordance with cost of living increases.
1/2/20241 minute, 32 seconds
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The sights and sounds of Toyland: Lincoln families pick out gift

Santa Claus is about to come to town, but some families in the Lincoln metro area need some extra help. Center for People hosts Toyland, an event for families to fill up their stockings and put presents under the tree free of charge.
12/22/20234 minutes, 55 seconds
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Perkins Canal plans spark enthusiasm, skepicism in Ogallala

At an open house in Ogallala, residents of western Nebraska and Colorado had reactions ranging from enthusiasm to skepticism about plans for the Perkins County Canal.
12/21/20233 minutes, 58 seconds
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2024 Legislature faces fiscal, social, self-governance issues

In 2024, Nebraska state senators will decide what they want to do about fiscal and social issues, but also how they want to govern themselves.
12/21/20235 minutes, 2 seconds
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Reflecting on 2023 with Reporter Jolie Peal

Reporter Jolie Peal talks about first year covering education for Nebraska Public Media.
12/21/20234 minutes, 29 seconds
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Reflecting on 2023 with Reporter Elizabeth Rembert

This holiday season, Nebraska Public Media is reflecting on stories and topics our newsroom has covered over the past year. Nebraska Public Media's Dale Johnson sat down with reporter Elizabeth Rembert to hear about her year covering agriculture and rural communities through our partnership with Harvest Public Media.
12/20/20234 minutes, 1 second
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End of the Year Interview with Aaron Bonderson

This holiday season, Nebraska Public Media is reflecting on stories and topics our newsroom has covered over the past year. Our team is made up of ten reporters, each one with their own beat. A beat is a genre of event-driven journalism where a reporter focuses on a particular issue, sector, organization, or institution over time. For example, typical beats include police, courts, government, business, and schools. Reporter Aaron Bonderson joined Nebraska Public Media in 2021 as an intern and started full-time in 2022. He is a Report for America corps member - the first at Nebraska Public Media. Aaron's job includes giving voice to underserved communities and people around the state. He also has a passion for sports. In 2023, one of the most memorable stories for Bonderson was Volleyball Day in Nebraska. Bonderson sat down with Dale Johnson to reflect.
12/19/20235 minutes
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Seniors in rural Nebraska feeling brunt of nursing shortage

Seventy-three counties in Nebraska are below the national average ratio of registered nurses to patients. That’s according to a Nebraska Hospital Association report. Nebraska Public Media reports on how the nursing shortage affects seniors in rural parts of the state.
12/19/202354 seconds
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End of Year Interview with Kassidy Arena

This holiday season, Nebraska Public Media is reflecting on stories and topics our newsroom has covered over the past year. Nebraska Public Media's Dale Johnson sat down with new senior reporter Kassidy Arena to hear about what brought her back to the state and the type of reporting she'd like to focus on.
12/19/20234 minutes, 53 seconds
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Husker Volleyball swept by Texas in NCAA National Championship

The Texas Longhorns swept the Nebraska Cornhuskers at the NCAA Volleyball National Championship in Tampa Sunday afternoon. Nebraska and Texas battled back and forth throughout the first set, but the Longhorns eventually pulled away, winning 25-22.
12/18/20231 minute, 28 seconds
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Pillen, consultant seek efficiencies, budget savings

Gov. Jim Pillen's adminstration's consultant is to identify budget savings of 3% this year and 6% next.
12/15/20232 minutes, 17 seconds
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From Tampa, Husker volleyball playing for a national title

Following a dominating victory over Pittsburgh on Thursday, the Nebraska volleyball team has earned a place in the National Championship match. The Huskers will take on Texas on Sunday at 2 p.m. The match will air on ABC. It’s the first college volleyball game broadcast on the network. Nebraska, who is seeking its sixth national title, is the No. 1 overall seed in the NCAA tournament after an impressive regular season and postseason run.
12/15/20234 minutes, 31 seconds
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A woman in Lincoln expands business through local classes

A woman in Lincoln is finding ways to grow her business by participating in local classes with ECHO Collective and Doane University.
12/15/20231 minute, 14 seconds
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Western Kansas cities are turning to AI to help their economies

Communities in western Kansas are trying a new AI tool to help them target economic growth and hopefully fight long-term trends of population loss.
12/14/20234 minutes, 3 seconds
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Nebraska Public Media from the NCAA Volleyball Final Four

The Nebraska Cornhuskers volleyball squad competes in the national semifinals on Thursday night against the Pittsburgh Panthers. Two more wins would give the Huskers its sixth national championship. Nebraska Public Media television sports producer Brock Lohr is in Tampa, Florida — the site of the Final Four. Nebraska Public Media’s Aaron Bonderson spoke with him about the turnout and excitement from the Nebraska faithful.
12/13/20234 minutes, 6 seconds
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Indigenous sewing group empowers and heals

Generations of Native Americans have experienced historical trauma, due to centuries of mistreatment. One group of intertribal women are taking the steps to heal through a new creative outlet.
12/13/20234 minutes, 22 seconds
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Robert F. Kennedy Jr. holds campaign event in Lincoln

Independent candidate for president Robert F. Kennedy Jr. spoke to a crowd of several hundred people at Lincoln’s Royal Grove Tuesday night. Kennedy spent much of his speech Tuesday talking about how a small number of investment firms, namely BlackRock, Vanguard and State Street, are taking away wealth from the American middle class.
12/13/20231 minute, 28 seconds
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Guilty verdict, life sentence in prison riot murder case

Nearly seven years ago, Michael Galindo died following a mob attack during a riot at the Tecumseh State Prison. On Tuesday, a Saline County jury found fellow inmate Eric Ramos guilty of taking part in the murder. Shortly after the jury returned to the Saline County District Court Tuesday morning to resume discussions they returned a verdict of guilt to murder in the first degree, carrying a life sentence.
12/12/20231 minute, 56 seconds
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Months later, Railway Safety Act looks unlikely to pass

After February's freight train derailment and chemical fire in East Palestine, Ohio, Democrats and Republicans — including Missouri Sen. Josh Hawley — joined to push for the Railway Safety Act of 2023. But the legislation is likely dead, says one industry expert who calls it "a political stunt."
12/12/20234 minutes, 15 seconds
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Attorneys give closing arguments in Ramos murder trial

After a month-long trial involving hours of surveillance video and surprise testimony from Ramos himself, attorneys made their final arguments Monday morning. Ramos is charged with killing fellow inmate Michael Galindo during a prison riot at the Tecumseh State Correctional Institution in 2017. Prosecuting attorney Corey O’Brien presented the state’s case and said the video evidence of Galindo’s death was enough to charge Ramos with first-degree murder.
12/12/20232 minutes, 12 seconds
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Nebraska For Us

Nebraskans in District Two now have a new group to help people in the state learn about policies that affect their cost of living.
12/8/202346 seconds
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NAPE pushes back against Pillen order requiring return to office

State employee union members filled the capitol rotunda on their lunch break Thursday to express concerns with the governor’s order ending remote work next month. Nebraska Association of Public Employees executive director Justin Hubly said the union renewed its demand to bargain with the Pillen administration and has given them until December 12th to respond.
12/7/20231 minute, 22 seconds
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There are less people without a home in Nebraska since 2007

On a given night in 2007, the state’s homeless population was about 35-hundred people. Last year, that total fell to about 22-hundred. Lee Heflebower is the chair of the Nebraska Commission on Housing and Homelessness. She says a new strategy to rehouse people has streamlined the process in Nebraska.
12/7/20231 minute, 1 second
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FAFSA delay is “curveball” one school is prepared for

Next year’s FAFSA is delayed due to changes required by the FAFSA Simplification Act. Typically, the application is available on Oct. 1. This year, the U.S. Department of Education announced the form will come out by Dec. 31. At Lexington High School, faculty are trying to help students prepare for the delayed release.
12/6/202353 seconds
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Pillen: Year 1 property taxes "not the success that we wanted"

Nebraska Gov. Jim Pillen said the first year's results on his effort to reduce property taxes were not not what he hoped for.
12/4/20231 minute, 9 seconds
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NCIA still working on how to honor children who died in Genoa

No consensus has been reached on how to honor children’s remains if they are found at the Genoa U.S. Indian Industrial School in Central Nebraska. By sifting through old documents in 2021, the Genoa Reconciliation Project estimated that 100 children died at the school. Diseases were the main causes of death. According to Nebraska Commission on Indian Affairs executive director, Judi gaiashkibos, the NCIA hosted a call with 40 Native American tribes across the country last Thursday. All of those nations had youth enrolled in the Genoa federal boarding school.
12/4/20231 minute, 21 seconds
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USDA program gives second chance to food that stores won’t sell

Over 100 billion pounds of food goes to waste every year in America. The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Farm to Food Bank is trying to cut down on that waste by connecting local farmers and food pantries, but its future depends on how much funding is included for the program in the next farm bill.
12/4/20233 minutes, 16 seconds
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NU Board of Regents hear concerns on proposed budget cuts

The University of Nebraska Board of Regents heard concerns from the public about proposed budget cuts and approved the NU interim president at their meeting on Friday. With a $58 million budget shortfall looming, the university system has been searching for ways to cut costs. Current NU President Ted Carter said campuses conducted zero-based budget reviews that were due to his office on Dec. 1. These reviews are intended to look at administrative functions, like information technology and facilities.
12/1/20231 minute, 17 seconds
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Prison murder trial relies on security video to ID suspect

For three weeks, jurors in a murder trial in Saline County District Court have been witnesses to a prison riot. Surveillance footage captured during the 2017 uprising at the Tecumseh Correctional Facility plays a central role in determining whether inmate Eric Ramos took part in the murder of a fellow prisoner. Bill Kelly with Nebraska Public Media has been in court for much of the trial. A transcript of his conversation with Morning Edition host Dale Johnson follows.
12/1/20238 minutes, 45 seconds
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Doctors recommend RSV vaccine to older adults, pregnant women

Expecting mothers during 32 to 36 weeks and adults 60-years-old and older should get the RSV vaccine, according to CHI Health doctors. Dr. Michael Schooff, primary care medical director for CHI Health, said RSV can have a severe impact on infants and older adults. “They can get into a bronchiolitis or a pneumonia. Deeper and more severe infections in the lung can lead to difficulty breathing,” Schooff said. “People might need to go to the ER. Sometimes people need to be hospitalized and have help with breathing during these illnesses. And yes, sometimes it is fatal.”
11/30/20231 minute, 8 seconds
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First of its kind fashion show will promote healing

Summary: Indigenous women from throughout Nebraska and parts of Iowa have been sewing and working on traditional garments for six months—all leading up to a first-of-its-kind fashion show.
11/30/202351 seconds
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Schools grappling with student cellphone use

Nebraska schools are wrestling with the problem of cellphones distracting students.
11/30/20231 minute, 31 seconds
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Nebraska communities prepare for warmer, wetter conditions

Climatologists are predicting a warmer and wetter than average winter this year thanks to El Nino, a climate pattern of warm air over the Pacific Ocean. Eric Hunt with the Nebraska State Climate Office said despite warmer temperatures, Lincoln is likely to receive more snowfall than the previous two winters. “I would basically tell anybody Grand Island and east, and particularly South of the Platte, to prepare for more snow than what we've had in the last couple of years,” Hunt said.
11/27/20231 minute, 21 seconds
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Nebraska Department of Education sees improvement in test scores

Newly released state assessment scores show Nebraska’s schools improved this past school year. Across the state, 58% of students were proficient in English Language Arts, 61% in math and 70% in science. These numbers are higher than before the pandemic. “Hopefully we can build on this momentum and work with our schools to really address issues of high quality materials that we're seeing have an impact in our classrooms, quality instruction, and really continue to help teachers teach because as everybody truly knows, that's where the magic happens in education,” Nebraska Department of Education Commissioner Brian Maher said.
11/22/20231 minute, 3 seconds
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Two Nebraska educators receive $25,000 award for their teaching

Two Nebraska educators received a $25,000 surprise this past week. The teachers caught the attention of a national organization because of their teaching methods and love for the job. “I could think of 15 other people before myself that would receive an award in this school because this place is just filled with the best educators in Nebraska,” Leslie McIntosh, one of the recipients, said. “I couldn’t believe it.”
11/22/20233 minutes, 36 seconds
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The journey of Omaha’s official Christmas tree

The tradition of harvesting an evergreen for the official Christmas tree of Omaha is almost one-hundred years old. It’s a trek that used to start across the country, but has transitioned to a more local journey.
11/21/20234 minutes, 28 seconds
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Supporters step up efforts to promote EPIC tax option

Supporters of a plan to replace Nebraska's income and property taxes say they're hiring a petition circulation firm to try and get on next year's ballot.
11/20/20231 minute, 35 seconds
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NU Regent Chairman Tim Clare discusses president search

The University of Nebraska Board of Regents is looking for a new president to run the NU system. Chairman Tim Clare discusses the search, his recommendation for interim president and more. Clare said the application for the position is open for candidates. “We are now in a position where we're full steam ahead with trying to get candidates in," Clare said.
11/20/20235 minutes, 12 seconds
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Santee Clean Water Pipeline Update

Northern Nebraska’s Santee Sioux Reservation is still without safe drinking water after the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) issued a no-drink order in 2019. But in recent weeks, some progress has been made. The Santee Sioux tribal council voted to pursue funding for a pipeline bringing clean water from South Dakota in September, but several bureaucratic and financial hurdles need to be cleared before safe drinking water becomes a reality in Santee once more.
11/20/20232 minutes, 13 seconds
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Nebraska students expand knowledge with All State Music

Hundreds of high school band, orchestra and choir students from across Nebraska came together last week to perform at All-State in Lincoln. This year, almost 750 students made one of the four groups.
11/20/20233 minutes, 37 seconds
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Ramos Trial Begins

Eric Ramos, the man accused of killing a fellow inmate at the Tecumseh State Correctional Institution in 2017, is back in court after his initial 2018 trial ended in a mistrial. Opening statements for Ramos’ second trial began Wednesday afternoon at the Saline County Courthouse in Wilber, Nebraska. The State of Nebraska charged Eric Ramos with first degree murder, use of a weapon and tampering with evidence in the death of Michael Galindo during a 2017 riot at the state prison in Tecumseh.
11/16/20231 minute, 10 seconds
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Nebraska homeschool numbers lower than pandemic peak

Homeschool numbers increased all over the country at the start of the pandemic. Studies show many states have sustained that uptick. But Nebraska has a different story.
11/15/20231 minute, 12 seconds
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SNAP & WIC programs safe for now, needing long-term certainty

U.S. Department of Agriculture officials say a continuing resolution dodged the worst case scenario for food assistance programs if the government shuts down Nov. 17. Still, food advocates warn that Congress needs to act quickly and do more to make sure programs are fully funded.
11/14/202340 seconds
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Tri-Faith Initiative supports one another through war impact

“We felt as though silence would be better than making an attempt at words that might fall short," Rev. Sarah Rentzel Jones, who works at Countryside Community Church on the Tri-Faith campus, said. A church, synagogue and mosque sit on the Tri-Faith campus. The three communities are trying to support each other through the impact of the Israel-Hamas war.
11/13/20234 minutes, 7 seconds
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Ricketts: Exempt military retirement from federal income tax

Sen. Pete Ricketts wants to exempt military retirement from federal income tax, but most veterans would not benefit.
11/8/20231 minute, 26 seconds
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Insects hold our planet together, but they’re disappearing

Entomologists say insects are declining at alarming rates — one major study estimates we’re losing 2% in total insect biomassevery year. Now, the National Academy of Sciences is preparing to embark on a study to understand insect trends across North America.
11/6/20233 minutes, 47 seconds
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This Midwestern school district booted kids from classrooms

Since the 2018-19 school year, the Hazelwood School District has sharply increased its rate of investigating student residency eightfold, deploying a team of employees who can use intrusive tactics.
11/3/20235 minutes, 8 seconds
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Meet Nebraska's first wheelchair cross country athlete

Before Abigail, no one had ever competed in wheelchair cross country in the history of the state. At least not according to the Nebraska School Activities Association. But this fall, Abigail competed in four races alongside other junior high runners, each a little more than one mile long. She says her teammates have helped inspire her to not give up when she’s tired.
11/2/20234 minutes, 44 seconds
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Nebraska's Deputy Secretary of Elections Testifies at US Senate

Election integrity experts, including Nebraska’s Deputy Secretary of State for Elections, Wayne Bena, testified at a U.S. Senate hearing about threats to election administration Wednesday. Senate Committee on Rules and Administration Ranking Member Deb Fischer of Nebraska said she hoped to find solutions to problems facing election officials and volunteer poll workers.
11/1/20231 minute, 34 seconds
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Growing Readers Initiative

The Nebraska Department of Education announced a $2 million commitment to Nebraska Growing Readers, which will distribute books to early childhood centers across the state. Mary Jo Pankoke is the CEO of the Nebraska Children and Families Foundation which is partnering with the state. She said one of the goals of the program is to address book deserts. The book distribution began at Educare Indian Hill in Omaha, and will expand to 18 other sites statewide.
10/30/20231 minute, 3 seconds
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Nebraska nursing home CEOs say new staffing rules are flawed

Intended to improve patient care in long-term care facilities, the regulation would require nursing homes to staff a registered nurse for 24 hours a day. Tim Groshans, CEO of the Burwell Community Memorial Health Center, said it would give them less flexibility to accept patients and adjust staffing levels to fit patient needs.
10/30/20231 minute, 41 seconds
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Kids and their animals steal the spotlight at one livestock show

Thousands of competitors come to the American Royal Livestock Show in Kansas City, Missouri, each year to show their best livestock. The competition includes children as young as 7 years old, who take part in a long tradition of raising and showing their animals.
10/30/20233 minutes, 43 seconds
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NEFAB sets new projections for Nebraska state tax revenue

The Nebraska Economic Forecasting Advisory Board increased its projections for state tax revenue in the upcoming year, but the board is less optimistic about fiscal year 2025. The board now projects Nebraska will collect $6.445 billion dollars in state tax revenue between July 2023 and June 2024. That represents an increase of nearly $8 million dollars from the previous projection set in April 2023.
10/27/20231 minute, 13 seconds
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Ex-Scottsbluff police captain gives up credentials over drugs

Former Scottsbluff Police Captain Brian Wasson surrenders his law enforcement certificates over theft and use of drugs.
10/25/20231 minute, 24 seconds
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Voices of Hope Fundraiser This Week

In Lincoln, the crisis Voices of Hope is having their annual fundraiser this week. Nebraska Public Media’ shares more about the difference the organization is making.
10/25/20231 minute, 14 seconds
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Hilgers, other AGs sue Meta over youth mental heatlh concerns

Nebraska Attorney General Mike Hilgers and dozens of others AGs across the country are suing Meta, the parent company of Instagram and Facebook. The lawsuits allege that Meta intentionally designed its social media apps to be addictive to children and teens, taking advantage of psychological vulnerabilities to make a profit.
10/24/20231 minute, 24 seconds
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Volunteer fire departments could recruit more POC to fill gaps

62 percent of volunteer fire departments surveyed in Nebraska say recruiting is difficult, according to a Nebraska Public Media survey. Some diverse towns in Nebraska may try to recruit more People of Color to fill those gaps. How are those efforts going? And, why is it important for the community be represented in the fire department?
10/23/20235 minutes, 1 second
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Survey reveals NE volunteer fire departments struggle to recruit

In most rural communities throughout Nebraska, the firefighters and EMTs who respond to emergencies are all volunteers. But according to survey data from Nebraska Public Media News, recruiting and retaining members has become more challenging in recent years. Nebraska Public Media’s Brian Beach reports how generational bonds and creative solutions are keeping volunteer fire departments alive.
10/23/20235 minutes, 22 seconds
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Rural Poll: Nebraskans feel the country is more divided

About two-thirds of Rural Nebraskans’ think a lack of civil discourse is a somewhat serious (33%) or very serious (32%) problem in America. That’s according to the latest results of the University of Nebraska-Lincoln Rural Poll.
10/20/20231 minute, 8 seconds
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Flood continues to back Jordan as McHenry resolution falls throu

A move to give Speaker pro tem Patrick McHenry the full authority of Speaker of the House fell short in a Republican Conference meeting Thursday. Flood began Thursday morning joining Jim Jordan in support of a resolution that would give McHenry the full powers of the Speaker of the House through the end of November.
10/19/20231 minute, 34 seconds
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Listening sessions for next NU president scheduled next week.

The University of Nebraska Board of Regents approved the 22-member search committee to find the system’s next president on Thursday. The committee scheduled listening sessions on all four NU campuses for next week.
10/19/20231 minute
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Don Bacon explains why he voted against Jordan as speaker

Nebraska Congressman Don Bacon joined 21 other House Republicans Wednesday in not voting for Jim Jordan as Speaker of the House. Instead, Bacon voted for former Speaker Kevin McCarthy, who was ousted by eight Republicans earlier this month. “He was really the best speaker we could have had,” Bacon said of McCarthy. “He had the experience, the staff. He's the reason we're the majority today.”
10/19/20231 minute, 14 seconds
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NRD Board member sues district over free speech violations

A board member of a natural resource district based in Norfolk has filed a federal lawsuit against the rest of the elected body claiming they violated her First Amendment rights. Melissa Temple claims the district brought illegal sanctions against her as part of a punishment for criticizing other board members.
10/17/202347 seconds
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Midwestern efforts to track monarchs carry into a third decade

Monarch butterflies travel hundreds and even thousands of miles in their migration to Mexico. Volunteer efforts to tag the butterflies have helped scientists learn more about their journey.
10/16/20233 minutes, 28 seconds
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UNL student shares update from family after Morocco earthquake

In his hometown of Casablanca, Morocco, Mohammed Sbai’s family felt tremors from the 6.8-magnitude earthquake that hit the country last month. Nebraska Public Media shares an update from one of the worst natural disasters in the last 60 years in Morocco.
10/12/20231 minute, 43 seconds
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KCUR: New KC Current stadium aims to focus on women's sports

Anyone who’s driven into Kansas City from the north has probably seen the swooping white steel fame of the Kansas City Current's new stadium going up. The team's new owners believe it can change women's soccer.
10/10/20234 minutes, 32 seconds
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Plans for carbon dioxide pipelines raise safety concerns

Proposed projects would add more than 3,000 miles of new carbon pipelines through rural parts of the Midwest. Some emergency officials are concerned about safety, especially after a rupture on a similar pipeline three years ago.
10/9/20234 minutes, 3 seconds
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State can decide on Platte-Republican diversion plan

The Nebraska Supreme Court says the Department of Natural Resources can decide about a plan to divert water from the Platte to the Republican River.
10/6/20231 minute, 20 seconds
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It's tough to keep street superintendents in rural Nebraska

It can be tough to find street and highway superintendents in many parts of rural Nebraska. Nebraska Public Media’s Aaron Bonderson reports on the issue of getting superintendents committed to living in remote parts of the state.
10/6/20231 minute, 7 seconds
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Visibility of women athletes inspires Midwest teens

Nebraska Public Media and the Midwest Newsroom talked with teenage girl athletes about this moment in time and how they feel girls' sports have changed.
10/6/20234 minutes, 3 seconds
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Lack of volunteers ends ambulance service in Merriman

The town of Merriman, Nebraska no longer has its own ambulance service. The Sandhills Ambulance Service could no longer recruit enough qualified volunteers to transport emergency patients to local hospitals. The rescue squad served a 100 square mile area in the far-northwest corner of Cherry County. On Wednesday, the three-member board of Sandhills held a virtual meeting and voted to disband the service after a three-year-long effort to recruit capable Emergency Medical Technicians.
10/6/20231 minute, 7 seconds
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Board of Regents approve $450 million Memorial Stadium project

The University of Nebraska Board of Regents approved the start of a $450 million construction project that will change Memorial Stadium on Thursday.
10/5/20231 minute, 4 seconds
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School district settles Native American hair cutting lawsuit

Two Native American families have settled a lawsuit against the Cody Kilgore Schools with an agreement the district will no longer cut students' hair without the permission of parents. In 2020 an elementary school secretary cut the hair of the two girls during a check for headlice. The lawsuit filed by the American Civil Liberties Union maintained the Lakota Sioux believe long hair is a sacred symbol, only to be cut by select individuals. The school employee’s actions, it was argued, violated the Civil Rights of the students.
10/5/20231 minute, 6 seconds
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Nebraska Representatives react to Speaker Kevin McCarthy ousting

Nebraska’s three congressional representatives have voiced disappointment over Tuesday’s ouster of Kevin McCarthy as Speaker of the House. All of the House Democrats, along with eight Republicans led by Florida Rep. Matt Gaetz, voted to remove McCarthy from the role.
10/4/20231 minute, 12 seconds
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KNS: How UNL researchers help Kansans know their wildfire risk

Wildfires have become more common in Great Plains states. City outskirts and rural areas where cedars spread aggressively face some of the highest risks.
10/4/20234 minutes, 41 seconds
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Perkins County Canal: Boon or Boondoggle? Part Four

Nebraska's planning to build the Perkins County Canal at a cost of more than $600 million, but big practical and legal questions remain unanswered.
10/4/20235 minutes, 39 seconds
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The FBI Omaha Field Office is working with the Omaha Police Department to find Cindy Valle, who went missing on August 26, 2011. She was 15 years old and five months pregnant at the time.
10/3/20231 minute, 17 seconds
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Farmers want more crop support in the farm bill. Do they work?

Farmers say Title One — a farm bill program that sends money when crop prices or harvests get low enough — isn’t working as a buffer against tough years. Yet others argue the nearly 100-year-old safety net is costing billions of dollars with few strings attached.
10/3/20234 minutes, 28 seconds
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Perkins County Canal: Boon or Boondoggle? Part Three

Nebraska's proposed Perkins County Canal could mean less water for Colorado farmers. But it could be a long time before the effects are clear.
10/3/20234 minutes, 50 seconds
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Perkins County Canal: Boon or Boondoggle? Part Two

Nebraska says its proposed Perkins County Canal is needed because of development in Colorado. Colorado officials say the canal won't stop development, but could hurt that state's farmers.
10/2/20234 minutes, 13 seconds
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After a setbacks, Nebraska's LGBTQ community is both hopeful and

After a series of high-profile setbacks, a new mural in Lincoln hopes to provide a sense of hope to Nebraska’s LGBTQ community. Nebraska Public Media’s William Padmore talked with members of the community about how they see their situation and whether there’s hope for the future
9/29/20234 minutes, 25 seconds
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Perkins County Canal: Boon or Boondoggle? Part One

Nebraska has revived plans to build a canal to bring South Platte River water from Colorado. But is the canal necessary, and will it deliver the promised benefits?
9/28/20235 minutes, 9 seconds
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Large schools looking for bus drivers, small schools managing

School bus drivers are in short supply nationwide, and Nebraska is no exception. Larger districts are still looking for bus drivers to fill positions. Smaller districts are managing to keep a full staff thanks to community members who are willing to step up. Nebraska Public Media's Jolie Peal reports on what could be contributing to the driver shortage in different areas across the state.
9/25/20234 minutes, 53 seconds
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Composting is happening, but not all Midwest cities are ready

Food waste takes up space in landfills and produces methane, a powerful greenhouse gas that contributes to climate change. Composting that waste can reduce climate impacts and save municipalities money on landfill fees, but concerns about bad smells and pests sometimes get in the way.
9/25/20233 minutes, 37 seconds
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Kansas News Service: Maternal homicides are on the rise

Homicide is a leading cause of maternal mortality, and experts say the problem is getting worse.
9/20/20234 minutes, 54 seconds
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The Nebraska Department of Correctional Services is still having trouble finding enough employees, according to a recent report. Doug Koebernick, the state’s Inspector General of Corrections, says that as of June 2023, NDCS had 377 vacancies out of more than 2500 total positions.
9/19/20231 minute, 21 seconds
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Climate change is pushing crop insurance costs up

Federally subsidized crop insurance made record-high payouts last year. While climate change is making farming more risky, the federal program often shields producers at taxpayer expense. Some argue it’s time that the fast-growing program encourages farmers to mitigate their risks.
9/18/20233 minutes, 45 seconds
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Avocado launching contest brings fun, tourism to North Platte

Small rural communities often have to get creative to generate tourism and public interest. One central Nebraska town is hoping to do so by throwing avocados - really, really far
9/15/20234 minutes, 24 seconds
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Midwest Newsroom: Midwest houses not ready for extreme heat

Iowa, Kansas, Missouri and Nebraska are part of an emerging “extreme heat belt” that could deliver more scorching days within 30 years. So far, there’s no unified plan to make our dwellings safe in the dangerously high temperatures to come.
9/15/20234 minutes, 36 seconds
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For the past four years, Santee has not had access to safe drinking water. And for four years, the tribe has been unable to afford the necessary infrastructure to fix the problem. “We’re supposed to be the greatest country in the world," Kameron Runnels, Santee Sioux Vice Chairman said. "Yet, we have a community right here in our state that can't even drink its own water.”
9/11/20236 minutes, 42 seconds
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Farm-to-school lunches get government money, but will it stick?

The Farm-to-School movement is out to revolutionize the humble school lunch with food grown on local farms. But the path from cropland to cafeteria is full of complicated twists and turns. A new wave of federal funding is trying to smooth the way.
9/11/20233 minutes, 54 seconds
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Midwest Newsroom: Child abuse reports pile up in St. Louis

Over 6,000 St. Louis-area child abuse and neglect cases remain open due to staff shortages
9/7/20237 minutes, 26 seconds
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Diverting water from Platte to Republican argued

The Nebraska Supreme Court heard arguments Tuesday on a proposal to divert water from the Platte to the Republican River
8/29/20231 minute, 36 seconds
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Midwest farmworkers struggle with extreme heat and little rules

A fifth of reported heat-related deaths between 2017 and 2022 were agricultural workers, according to OSHA data. Many are calling attention to the under-reported impact of climate change on this group from heatwaves.
8/28/20233 minutes, 44 seconds
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Noche Latina provides a safe space for queer Omahans

New Latin drag night a safe space for Iowans and Nebraskans following anti-LGBTQ bills
8/25/20234 minutes, 29 seconds
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New UNL Chancellor discusses Volleyball Day, enrollment and more

University of Nebraska-Lincoln students started classes this week, and Chancellor Rodney Bennett started his first school year leading them. The former president of the University of Southern Mississippi took over the role from Ronnie Green, who retired at the end of June. Nebraska Public Media’s Jolie Peal spoke with the new chancellor starting with the excitement around Volleyball Day.
8/23/20234 minutes, 24 seconds
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Group plans to haul AltEn’s solid waste to Omaha area landfill

The group cleaning up the AltEn ethanol plant near Mead has a pilot plan for cleaning up the mountain of pesticide sludge. Nebraska Public Media’s Elizabeth Rembert reports they’ll try moving it to a landfill near an Omaha suburb.
8/23/202359 seconds
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VB Day in NE is a chance at respect for smaller schools

Memorial Stadium will be packed at the end of this month, with more than 90-thousand people expected to watch Nebraska’s best volleyball programs in action. Four teams will compete in the first-ever Volleyball Day in Nebraska. Record-breaking ticket sales highlight the significance of volleyball to the Cornhusker state. Nebraska Public Media’s Aaron Bonderson reports on how the sport got to this point…
8/18/20234 minutes, 21 seconds
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Pillen announces new prison to be built in Lincoln

Gov. Jim Pillen announced Thursday the state will build a new prison in northeast Lincoln.
8/17/20231 minute, 32 seconds
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America's chicken supply chain is vulnerable to salmonella.

A research team from multiple universities is developing technology that can detect salmonella contamination in a matter of minutes.
8/17/202344 seconds
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How The Marion County Record published following a police raid

Journalists at the Marion County Record worked late into the night to publish their first issue since the widely-criticized raid. “SEIZED… but not silenced,” its headline read.
8/16/20233 minutes, 31 seconds
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Here's why Kansas is seeing more senior hoarding cases

Experts worry hoarding is on the rise in Kansas amid a lack of support for those who struggle with it, straining families and communities.
8/16/20234 minutes, 34 seconds
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Pillen appoints Corsi to head DHHS

Gov. Jim Pillen appointed Steve Corsi to head the Department of Social Services; some of Corsi's social media posts spark concerns.
8/15/20231 minute, 50 seconds
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Peaches are in short supply this year after weather pitfalls

Warm weather in the South and cold weather in the Midwest knocked out a significant number of the nation’s peach crop this year, leaving a shortage across the country.
8/15/20233 minutes, 40 seconds
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Omaha celebrates Terence ‘Bud’ Crawford as its boxing champion

Thousands packed Omaha’s streets on Saturday to celebrate Crawford after his win over Errol Spence, Jr. The latest triumph made him the first male boxer to hold all four major titles in two different weight classes.
8/14/20234 minutes, 26 seconds
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Lack of transportation strands seniors in rural Kansas

Senior citizens who want to live in the same rural towns where they grew up face a growing problem ... how to get around. Unreliable transportation means many seniors have trouble shopping for groceries, visiting family and getting to medical care. However, there might be one solution.
8/10/20236 minutes, 52 seconds
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Experts want more protections for Kansas sports betters

Legal sports betting in Kansas came with mobile casinos that offer easy access to place wagers online. Experts say that also comes with a higher risk of addiction.
8/9/20233 minutes, 42 seconds
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Congressional delegation airs views at legislative summit

Members of Nebraska's congressional delegation talked about subjects including immigration, trade, ethanol, and partisanship at a meeting Tuesday.
8/8/20234 minutes, 39 seconds
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Hail Damage in Franklin County

May 5, 2023 is a day many residents of Franklin, Nebraska will never forget. That’s when tennis ball sized hail and heavy winds bombarded the Republican River Valley town of less than 1,000 people. By late July, roofing crews could still be seen throughout the town, working through triple digit temperatures to repair damage sustained several months ago.
8/7/20235 minutes, 12 seconds
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The Midwest has a surprising number of shrimp farms

A group of Midwestern shrimp farmers are on a mission to provide Americans with better-tasting, sustainable shrimp. The industry struggled during the COVID-19 pandemic, but farmers remain hopeful that indoor shrimp farming will come back stronger than ever.
8/7/20234 minutes, 22 seconds
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Battle of the Barbers

Barbers from across Nebraska are sharpening their shears and queuing their clippers in preparation for the Battle of the Barbers event in Omaha. But, the event is shaping up to be much more than a simple contest.
8/3/20234 minutes, 52 seconds
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Tornado Hits Downtown Sutton

An EF-1 tornado ripped through the town of Sutton Saturday morning. The storm didn’t lead to any injuries, but there was extensive damage to the town 70 miles southwest of Lincoln.
8/1/20231 minute, 10 seconds
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Educators Rising aims to help state’s teacher shortage

Over 700 teaching positions were vacant or filled with an unqualified individual last year, according to the Nebraska Department of Education. Other issues, like burnout and low teacher pay, are making it hard for teachers to stay in the classroom. An organization called Educators Rising is trying to help fill those positions by encouraging students to overcome these issues and become teachers.
7/31/20234 minutes, 42 seconds
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Winslow’s plan to move uphill was supposed to save the town. It

The town of Winslow gained statewide attention for its plan to save the community from future floods by moving its uphill. However, the plan has almost ground to a halt, and while some community members support it, most cannot afford it, while others are actively fighting to keep the town where it is.
7/27/20235 minutes, 10 seconds
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Elderberries are a successful niche crop at a crossroads

Elderberries are native to the Midwest, but the commercial cultivation of the crop is relatively recent, and saw a big increase during the coronavirus pandemic. That has the burgeoning industry wondering if its future is as a small, niche crop or something bigger.
7/24/20233 minutes, 43 seconds
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7/21/20234 minutes, 51 seconds
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Willa Cather Summit Seeks to Analyze and Critique

Willa Cather is one of the most celebrated American writers from the Midwest for her depictions of life in the great plains. This week and next, 25 academics from across the country are convening in Nebraska to critique her works and methods.
7/21/20231 minute, 39 seconds
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Lasting Impact of Nebraska National Guard mission in Bosnia

This year is the 20th anniversary of a Nebraska Army National Guard peacekeeping mission in Bosnia. At the time, a NATO-sponsored mission was rare for the Guard. Nebraska Public Media reports on the lasting impact of the so-called “Taskforce Huskers” mission.
7/20/20235 minutes, 5 seconds
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Challenge to abortion, transgender health law gets hearing

A court hearing Wednesday considered the constitutionality of a law restricting both abortion and health care for transgender youth.
7/19/20234 minutes, 52 seconds
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An Iowa minister explains why they left the Methodist church

10% of Iowa’s Methodist congregations are leaving the church. The denomination is wrestling over the future of LGBTQ members and whether they can be clergy.
7/18/20236 minutes, 40 seconds
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How much will recent rains help Nebraska's drought?

Dryness in the Great Plains began spreading east this year, affecting much of the Midwest and endangering crops, livestock and river transportation. Recent rains have been a god-send, but will it be enough to loosen the years-long drought?
7/17/20234 minutes, 38 seconds
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U.S. approves ‘lab-grown meat’ for sale

The U.S. Department of Agriculture gave two companies the green light last month to produce and sell their cultivated chicken meat across the country. But it could still take years before people can buy the new meat at grocery stores.
7/14/202347 seconds
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Broadband expansion: opportunities and challenges

The promise of $405 million will help connect more Nebraskans, but challenges remain.
7/13/20234 minutes, 25 seconds
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Tax credits jump start Midwest carbon capture projects

In an effort to reach zero carbon emissions by 2050, the Biden administration is offering more tax credits for carbon capture sequestration and utilization. The program once expected to cost $3.2 billion now could exceed $100 billion.
7/10/20234 minutes, 3 seconds
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How social media has changed the face of storm chasing

Storm chasers of different ages and backgrounds explain why they chase storms, and how social media is transforming the profession
7/7/20233 minutes, 35 seconds
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Congress made SNAP work rules stricter. Kansas did it first.

Congress expanded work requirements for food assistance during the debt ceiling negotiations, a move that would normally happen in the Farm Bill. Shortly before that, the state of Kansas made similar changes.
7/3/20234 minutes, 3 seconds
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Two court rulings later, abortion access remains in Iowa

Abortion is still legal in Iowa a year after the U.S. Supreme Court overturned the nationwide right to terminate a pregnancy. But just like this time last year, it’s not clear how long that will last. An Iowa Supreme Court order this month left only one thing certain—Republican lawmakers will try again to restrict abortion.
6/30/20234 minutes, 55 seconds
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North Platte’s rancher-led meat plant works toward opening

In 2020, a group of Nebraska ranchers and cattle feeders came up with a plan to establish their own meat plant. It’s a proposal to break away from the four massive companies that control the beef market. Three years later, they're working on construction and housing.
6/29/20234 minutes, 49 seconds
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Visa holdup means foreign nurses can't help hospitals

Hospitals across the country have recruited nurses from around the world to make up for U.S. labor shortages. But demand for international workers is delaying visas and slowing the flow of nurses able to come to Kansas.
6/28/20234 minutes, 7 seconds
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Nebraska getting $400 million for broadband expansion

Nebraska will receive more than $400 million in federal infrastructure funding to improve broadband access in the state.
6/27/20231 minute, 10 seconds
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STEM camp grows Native American students' curiousity

A summer camp in Nebraska is trying to spark Native American students’ interest in Science, Technology, Engineering and Math. Twenty-seven middle school students from more than eight tribes in Nebraska and South Dakota toured the Aerospace Museum in Ashland, Nebraska, earlier this month.
6/27/20232 minutes, 6 seconds
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Extreme drought, low levels in water towers may lead to complete

Extreme drought, low levels in water towers may lead to complete sprinkler ban
6/26/202351 seconds
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Listen: University of Nebraska President Ted Carter

University of Nebraska President Ted Carter speaks on tuition increases, politics in education and beer at Memorial Stadium.
6/26/202325 minutes, 49 seconds
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Iowa is one of a few holdouts in expanding postpartum care

For two years, federal funds have been available for states to extend postpartum health care from two months to a full year for moms on Medicaid. The policy is popular across the Midwest, with Kansas, Missouri and Nebraska all adopting an extension. Iowa remains hesitant.
6/26/20234 minutes, 45 seconds
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Abortion 'abolitionists' want to charge women with murder

The anti-abortion movement is contending with a growing faction that calls for abortion patients to be criminally punished.
6/23/20237 minutes, 32 seconds
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How Decorah became a same-sex marriage hub before Obergefell

Iowa was one of the first states to legalize same-sex marriage, years before it would be allowed across the rest of the country. During that time in between, couples flocked to the state to tie the knot, and in particular, one small town became a popular destination.
6/23/20234 minutes, 38 seconds
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Movement or Hostile Takeover: Inside the intraparty battle in th

There’s a battle going on within the Nebraska Republican Party. In interviews gathered over months, both current and former officials within the NEGOP say incidents in Sarpy, Dixon and York counties are indicative of a statewide battle between longtime “establishment” officials and “far-right” newcomers.
6/19/20236 minutes, 54 seconds
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Not "Off their rockers" — Why these grannys play basketball

Several groups of women over 50 are now playing competitive basketball. From Kansas to Iowa to Texas and beyond, these women openly admit they are “off their rockers.”
6/19/20234 minutes, 56 seconds
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Southwest Nebraska mobile home communities are fighting ‘uphill

In April, a new lease agreement from the Bureau of Reclamation, who manages the land, requires the owners to remove the trailers from the lakes by Nov. 1, 2024.
6/14/20232 minutes, 11 seconds
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Ancient fish, modern problem: pallid sturgeons and the Missouri

The pallid sturgeons outlasted dinosaurs, but human changes to the Missouri River nearly wiped out the prehistoric fish. Some experts think the fish’s struggle could signal larger problems on the Big Muddy, especially as climate change accelerates.
6/12/20234 minutes, 17 seconds
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Flash droughts are becoming a bigger threat to crops, water supp

Last fall the Mississippi River fell to low water levels when a flash drought exacerbated a dry spell in the upper part of the river’s basin. Soon it was more expensive for a grain company to send corn from St. Louis to New Orleans than it was to ship to China.
6/7/202347 seconds
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Does the Mississippi River have rights? Some say it should

A growing legal movement to grant natural entities like rivers and forests legal rights is gaining traction in the U.S., and environmentalists are now setting their sights on the Mississippi River.
6/6/20233 minutes, 57 seconds
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Winslow, NE begins to burn flood damaged homes

The Winslow Volunteer Fire Department began the process of burning down homes they once committed to protect. The Dodge County community intends to torch around 20 homes and businesses ruined by the massive flood of 2019 in an attempt to clear the flood plain and return the area to green space. Plans to relocate the town have stalled.
6/5/20231 minute, 46 seconds
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2023 Legislature made big changes to economic, social policies

The Nebraska Legislature made big changes to the state's economic and social policies in its just-concluded session.
6/2/20235 minutes, 6 seconds
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Renting in Omaha made stressful by shortage of homes

Between 2010 and 2020, Omaha lost 7,000 affordable dwellings for people making low incomes, according to a City Planning Department report called the Housing Affordability Action Plan (HAAP).
6/2/20234 minutes, 31 seconds
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Nebraska Legislature finishes 'impactful' session

The bill allows prisoners who receive a 20 year sentence to be eligible for parole 2 years before their mandatory discharge date.
6/1/20235 minutes, 3 seconds
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Senators to adjourn early; laws face legal, political challenges

The Nebraska Legislature will end its 2023 session Thursday, with several of its major enactments facing legal or political challenges.
5/31/20235 minutes, 56 seconds
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How do you find love on the farm? Rural dating isn't always easy

FOX’s “Farmer Wants a Wife” recently wrapped up its first season, and it got Harvest Public Media wondering what dating is like for farmers and ranchers. Turns out, dating in a small town isn’t always easy.
5/30/20234 minutes, 4 seconds
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'Everyone's scared': Transgender Kansans brace for new law

Kansas SB 180 will bring a host of changes, including limiting trans residents’ access to bathrooms. Much is still unknown about how it'll be enforced.
5/26/20234 minutes, 32 seconds
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Senators pass tax cuts, school aid increases

The Nebraska Legislature gave final approval Thursday to tax cuts and school aid increases.
5/25/20236 minutes, 31 seconds
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Senators pass private school scholarships; advance justice refor

The Nebraska Legislature passed tax-credit funded scholarships and advanced criminal justice reforms Wednesday.
5/24/20235 minutes, 20 seconds
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Criminal justice reform inches ahead; filibustering continues

Agreement appears near on some aspects of criminal justice reform, as Sen. Machaela Cavanaugh continues to slow down legislation.
5/23/20235 minutes, 22 seconds
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Senators debate photo ID; Pillen inks abortion/trans health bill

The Nebraska Legislature debated photo ID requirements to vote, and Gov. Jim Pillen signed restrictions on abortion and health treatments for transgender youth into law.
5/22/20235 minutes
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This ancient drought-resistant crop may help with climate change

The United Nations has declared 2023 the International Year of Millets — a type of small grain mostly grown in parts of Asia and Africa. The highly resilient and cost-friendly grains could make them the next crop for U.S. farmers in the midst of climate change.
5/22/20234 minutes, 2 seconds
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Senators pass restrictions on abortion, transgender youth care

The Nebraska Legislature gave final approval Friday to a bill restricting abortion and medical treatments for transgender youth.
5/19/20233 minutes, 54 seconds
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Lincoln's public transit back to full capacity

This Thursday, Lincoln’s public transportation system will restore offering rides at night. Since last summer, StarTran and Paratransit, its service for people with disabilities, have stopped service at 7 p.m. Nebraska Public Media reports what the full service means to people who use Paratransit.
5/19/20231 minute, 23 seconds
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Budget, Voter ID, Abortion/Trans Health Bills Disputed

The Nebraska Legislature approved budget bills and wrangled over voter IDs, abortion and transgender health restrictions Thursday.
5/18/20235 minutes, 42 seconds
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Senators reflect after tumultuous abortion/trans health debate

Nebraska state senators reflect on cowardice and incitement after their tumultuous debate on abortion and trans health restrictions.
5/17/20234 minutes, 24 seconds
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Seven Years a Correspondent

Fifty years ago, the United States, North and South Vietnam, and the Vietcong signed a peace agreement in Paris ending America’s direct military involvement in the Vietnam War.
5/17/20235 minutes
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Restrictions on abortion, trans health care poised for final vot

The Nebraska Legislature on Tuesday added abortion restrictions to a bill restricting health treatments for transgender youth.
5/17/20234 minutes, 57 seconds
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Auctions are going online, changing a rural social event

Auctions —a marketplace for knick knacks, farm land and everything in between — are often also social gathering events for rural communities. That’s changing as more auctions go online.
5/15/20234 minutes, 30 seconds
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Senators advance income, property tax cuts despite criticism

The Nebraska Legislature gave second-round approval Thursday to bills designed to reduce income and property taxes, despite criticism that the cuts might not be sustainable.
5/11/20234 minutes, 28 seconds
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Funds for needy families, size of cash reserve debated

The Nebraska Legislature debated the use of funds for needy families, and the size of the state's cash reserve Wednesday.
5/10/20235 minutes, 50 seconds
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VineBrook Homes owns thousands of Midwest homes

The company’s self-declared strategy is to buy single-family rental properties around the region, including North Omaha and in Council Bluffs. A Midwest Newsroom investigation uncovered neglect, aggressive evictions and rising rents where VineBrook moves in – mostly non-white neighborhoods.
5/10/20234 minutes, 35 seconds
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Education funding bill advances despite legislative angst

The Nebraska Legislature gave second-round approval Tuesday to far-reaching changes in education funding.
5/9/20234 minutes, 19 seconds
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Hastings Superfund shows challenges of federal program for small

The Hastings Ground Water Contamination site was the first Superfund in Nebraska. After 40 years of working with the EPA, the city has learned a lot.
5/9/20234 minutes, 41 seconds
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Abortion restrictions resurface, Chinese telecoms hit

Abortion will be debated again, and restrictions would be imposed on companies that use certain Chinese telecommunications equipment, under proposals discussed in the Nebraska Legislature.
5/8/20235 minutes, 34 seconds
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Voter ID agreement in sight; some senators want better lighting

It's a good amendment. We have to wait and see the actual amendment when it comes from Bill drafters. But if everything follows through with agreement, we should be in a good place.
5/5/20234 minutes, 2 seconds
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The Wizard of Oz still shapes the world's view of Kansas

The Wizard of Oz and Kansas have been inseparable since farm girl Dorothy Gale first skipped down the yellow brick road. But having an enduring image from the Dust Bowl 1930s might also hold Kansas back from what it wants to be today.
5/5/20237 minutes, 13 seconds
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Efforts fail to stop or scale back canal, prison projects

The Legislature Thursday rejected attempts to stop or scale back canal and prison projects.
5/4/20235 minutes, 11 seconds
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Legislature debates budget including prison, canal

The Nebraska Legislature debated a state budget for the next two years on Wednesday.
5/3/20233 minutes, 34 seconds
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Teacher retention, 'school-to-prison' pipeline addressed

Efforts to try and keep teachers teaching, and to disrupt the so-called 'school-to-prison' pipeline, were debated in the Legislature Tuesday.
5/2/20234 minutes, 11 seconds
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Bill to restrict abortions falls one vote short

A proposal that would have prohibited most abortions after about 6 weeks of pregnancy fell one vote short Thursday in the Nebraska Legislature.
5/2/20235 minutes, 19 seconds
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Here’s how Nebraska funds its public schools.

Nebraska’s school funding system has kept politicians, taxpayers and educators arguing for decades. It’s probably kept people confused for just as long. Nebraska Public Media’s Elizabeth Rembert decided she was tired of feeling like she was in the dark and asked some experts to explain the system.
5/2/20237 minutes, 3 seconds
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Legal abortions in the U.S. dropped 6% after Roe fell

The report from the Society of Family Planning also shows abortions via telemedicine have doubled in the U.S. after Roe v. Wade was overturned. Providers say constantly changing state laws leave patients confused about where they can access reproductive care.
4/28/20234 minutes, 33 seconds
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Cats, dogs die from rare bird flu infections

In extremely rare cases, bird flu can infect and kill cats and dogs when the pets eat birds with the disease.
4/27/202343 seconds
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Home health worker shortage has Nebraskans who need it concerned

Nebraska health care advocates say there aren’t enough home health care professionals in the state. Since the start of the pandemic, it’s estimated that 33 percent more Nebraskans are being referred to health care at home because of the overcrowding at hospitals. That’s according to Janet Seelhoff, Executive Director for the Nebraska Association of Home Healthcare and Hospice.
4/27/20231 minute, 8 seconds
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Complaint against Hunt sparks emotional debate

A complaint that Sen. Megan Hunt failed to disclose a potential conflict of interest sparked emotional debate in the Nebraska Legislature.
4/26/20236 minutes, 19 seconds
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E-15 mandate advances; Pillen signs permitless concealed carry

The Nebraska Legislature gave first-round approval Tuesday to a bill requiring gas stations to sell E-15 gasoline, and Gov. Jim Pillen signed into law a bill allowing Nebraskans to carry concealed weapons without a permit.
4/25/20235 minutes, 23 seconds
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One man had to leave Kansas for a lifesaving liver transplant

It's harder for Kansans to get liver transplants than it used to be, highlighting inequities in a system that doctors say has always been unfair.
4/25/20234 minutes, 37 seconds
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Milkweed: good for butterflies, banned in some Midwest cities

Across the Midwest, some city codes threaten people with fines for having milkweed on their property. But experts say many places have dropped those rules to support monarchs with urban and suburban butterfly gardens.
4/24/20234 minutes, 6 seconds
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Thousands of Lincolnites Celebrate Eid al-Fitr, End of Ramadan

Self-control, love and forgiveness are just a few of the virtues discussed at Eid al-Fitr, a Muslim holiday. About 2,000 people gathered in the early morning in Southwest Lincoln on Friday.
4/21/20231 minute, 1 second
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Legislature debates requiring E-15 pumps

The Nebraska Legislature is considering requiring gas stations to install E-15 pumps.
4/20/20234 minutes, 26 seconds
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Legislature passes permitless concealed carry

The Legislature gave final approval today/Wednesday to a bill allowing Nebraskans to carry concealed weapons without a permit.
4/19/20235 minutes, 34 seconds
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Cash for needy families, broccoli and hostas discussed

Sen. Machaela Cavanaugh discussed cash for needy families, broccoli, and hostas in the Legislature Monday.
4/17/20234 minutes, 40 seconds
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Ethanol industry supports carbon pipelines, others are skeptical

The Biden administration wants the U-S carbon footprint to be at net zero by 2050. As part of that goal, the federal government is offering big incentives to remove carbon dioxide -- including from ethanol plants. There are three major pipeline proposals that would capture CO2 from ethanol plants around the Midwest and store it underground. The ethanol industry is fully on board, but others question the climate benefits.
4/17/20233 minutes, 49 seconds
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Health bill slowed by filibuster

Proposals to help hospitals and nursing home patients were slowed by a filibuster Friday in the Legislature.
4/14/20235 minutes, 19 seconds
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Health bill slowed by filibuster

Proposals to help hospitals and nursing home patients were slowed by a filibuster Friday in the Legislature.
4/14/20235 minutes, 20 seconds
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Restrictions on transgender health care get second approval

The Nebraska Legislature gave second round approval Thursday to prohibitions on surgery, hormones and puberty blockers for transgender youth, but only after the chief sponsor agreed to negotiate about changes before a final vote.
4/13/20234 minutes, 9 seconds
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The Mississippi River basin should get more USDA funding

A new report from the Environmental Working Group found targeting the U.S. Department of Agriculture's conservation funding to the Mississippi River region would have huge benefits to water quality and the climate.
4/13/202347 seconds
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Tornadoes are becoming more frequent east of the Mississippi Riv

These parts of the country are also where the number of severe events are steadily increasing.
4/13/202346 seconds
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Abortion restrictions advance in Nebraska Legislature

The Nebraska Legislature voted 33-16 Tuesday evening to prohibit most abortions after about six weeks of pregnancy.
4/13/20235 minutes, 25 seconds
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Transgender health proposal continues to slow Legislature

Opposition to a ban on health treatments for transgender youth continued to slow the Nebraska Legislature Tuesday.
4/11/20234 minutes, 41 seconds
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Dale Johnson Interviews Senator Pete Ricketts

Dale Johnson Interviews Senator Pete Ricketts and talks WOTUS and SNAP Benefits.
4/10/20234 minutes, 27 seconds
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Pilots fly people to Kansas and other states for abortions

Elevated Access recruits hobby pilots to fly abortion patients out of states with bans. They offer a window into the increasingly scrappy tactics of abortion rights groups in a post-Roe America.
4/10/20234 minutes, 3 seconds
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Appropriations Committee endorses new prison

The Nebraska Legislature's Appropriations Committee on Thursday endorsed building a new, $350 million prison.
4/6/20235 minutes, 7 seconds
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Senators combining bills to get things done

Senators in the Nebraska Legislature are combining bills to get things done in a session that's so far been characterized by filibusters.
4/5/20234 minutes, 1 second
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Legislature advances school finance reforms

The Nebraska Legislature gave first-round approval Tuesday to a bill making big changes in how the state finances schools.
4/4/20234 minutes, 26 seconds
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Legislature gives property tax measure first-round approval

The Nebraska Legislature gave first-round approval Monday to a package of property tax changes.
4/3/20234 minutes, 39 seconds
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Meal debt is soaring after universal free lunch ended

After the end of pandemic-era free meals, schools are reporting rising school meal debt and fewer kids in their free and reduced price programs.
4/3/20233 minutes, 59 seconds
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Legislature tackles property taxes; broadband office advances

The Nebraska Legislature on Friday began debating a bill designed to lower property taxes and advanced a measure to coordinate broadband expansion.
3/31/20235 minutes, 48 seconds
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Legislature advances income tax cuts

The Nebraska Legislature gave first-round approval Thursday to a series of income tax cuts.
3/30/20233 minutes, 58 seconds
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Three candidates publicly interview for Ed Commissioner

Three finalists for Nebraska Commissioner of Education publicly interviewed with the State Board of Education today/Thursday. Either Brian Maher, Summer Stephens, or Melissa Poloncic will be the next Commissioner of Education.
3/30/20231 minute, 2 seconds
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School funding increase advances; income tax cuts debated

The Education Committee advanced big changes in school funding, and the full Legislature began debarting income tax cuts Wednesday.
3/29/20234 minutes, 45 seconds
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Senators advance permitless concealed carry through second round

Nebraska lawmakers gave second-round approval Tuesday to a bill allowing the carrying of concealed weapons without a permit.
3/29/20231 minute, 39 seconds
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Legislature suspends rules to speed business; minority objects

The Nebraska Legislature voted Tuesday to suspend its rules in an attempt to speed up business; senators on the losing side claimed it was an effort to stifle minorities.
3/28/20234 minutes, 59 seconds
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Mental health services discussed; trans health fallout continues

The Nebraska Legislature discussed improving mental health services, as fallout from this week's debate on trans health treatments for youth contiinued.
3/24/20235 minutes, 2 seconds
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Young Americans are becoming less religious. But Why?

Young Americans are becoming less religious. That is the conclusion UNL sociology professor Philip Schwadel has made from his research into the topic. A decline in religious affiliation isn’t just an interesting thing to note, it has a broad societal impact. Nebraska Public Media’s William Padmore spoke with Schwadel about the trend ahead of a public lecture he will deliver on the topic March 30.
3/24/20236 minutes, 1 second
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Senators advance ban on transgender treatments for youth

The Nebraska Legislature gave first round approval Thursday to a ban on surgery, hormone treatments and puberty blockers for Nebraskans under age 19.
3/23/20235 minutes, 40 seconds
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Nebraska Classes are setting up Students for Careers in Esports

In parts one and two of our series on esports, we analyzed why colleges in Nebraska are rushing to create teams and what the players get out of the experience. Today we explore what esports opportunities are available for Nebraskans who don’t play on a team.
3/22/20234 minutes, 31 seconds
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Personal, policy arguments highlight transgender treatmentdebate

Personal and policy arguments highlighted the Nebraska Legislature's second day of debate on treatments for transgender youth.
3/22/20234 minutes, 43 seconds
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Partnerships, cleanliness key cogs in rural grocers success

Rural areas are losing grocery stores to consolidation faster than their urban counterparts — but some communities have come up with innovative solutions.
3/22/20234 minutes, 10 seconds
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Air Force discusses Nebraska land buys for missile site project

The United States Air Force is on the verge of purchasing hundreds of acres of land in Nebraska, Wyoming and Colorado as part of its plan to modernize its land-based nuclear missile force. The project replaces Minuteman III missiles, in service since the early 1970s, with a new class of Sentinel nuclear weapons. Public meetings are being held to share information about the lease and purchase of additional land to accommodate huge new telecommunication towers.
3/21/20234 minutes, 57 seconds
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Debate begins on transgender treatment bans for youth

The Nebraska Legislature began debate Tuesday on a proposal to prohibit surgical or medical treatment to help young people with gender transitioning.
3/21/20235 minutes, 28 seconds
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As Esports Grows, Nebraska Students are Taking Advantage

In part one of our series on the growth of Esports in Nebraska, we explored why colleges in the state are rushing to create esports teams. Today, we explore the question of what’s in it for the video game players filling teams’ ranks. Spoiler Alert: Money is a big factor, but not the only one.
3/21/20235 minutes, 1 second
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As Esports Grows, Nebraska Students are Taking Advantage

In part one of our series on the growth of Esports in Nebraska, we explored why colleges in the state are rushing to create esports teams. Today, we explore the question of what’s in it for the video game players filling teams’ ranks. Spoiler Alert: Money is a big factor, but not the only one.
3/21/20234 minutes, 53 seconds
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Gering to host first gravel cycling national championships

Gering, Nebraska, will host the first gravel cycling national championships in September. This event through USA Cycling will bring potentially thousands of cyclists to the area for a 131-mile bike race around the area's landmarks.
3/20/20231 minute, 8 seconds
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With no night service, LNK public transit riders missing out

People who use public transportation in Lincoln aren’t able to get rides after 7 p.m.. The change took effect on Aug. 18, 2022. The lack of evening rides affect all people who use public transit in Nebraska’s capital city. However, that especially interferes with the independence of people with disabilities.
3/20/20234 minutes, 44 seconds
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With no night service, LNK public transit riders missing out

People who use public transportation in Lincoln aren’t able to get rides after 7 p.m.. The change took effect on Aug. 18, 2022. The lack of evening rides affect all people who use public transit in Nebraska’s capital city. However, that especially interferes with the independence of people with disabilities.
3/20/20234 minutes, 44 seconds
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Nebraska Colleges are Going All in on Esports - But Why?

Esports, or playing video games competitively, is the newest sensation sweeping the nation and Nebraska is no exception. At both the collegiate and high school levels, it seems Nebraska schools are all in. This is part one of a three-part examination on the growth of esports in the state.
3/20/20234 minutes, 29 seconds
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Cavanaugh ends filibuster; one transgender bill to be debated

Sen. Machaela Cavanaugh ended her filibuster protesting a ban on medical treatments for transgender youth, while one dealing with transgender athletes will remain in committee.
3/16/20235 minutes, 11 seconds
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Surprise move puts further abortion restrictions in question

Sen. Merv Riepe proposes to have restrictions take effect after 12 weeks
3/15/20235 minutes, 43 seconds
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Arch vows not to bow to filibuster pressure

Speaker John Arch said he won't avoid scheduling bills just because opponents are filibustering to stop them.
3/14/20235 minutes, 52 seconds
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McKinney says deferred maintenance used to promote new prison

Sen. Terrell McKinney accused the Department of Correctional Services of not maintaining the Nebraska State Penitentiary to create pressure for building a new prison, a charge the department denied.
3/13/20235 minutes, 44 seconds
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McKinney says deferred maintenance used to promote new prison

Sen. Terrell McKinney accused the Department of Correctional Services of not maintaining the Nebraska State Penitentiary to create pressure for building a new prison, a charge the department denied.
3/13/20235 minutes, 45 seconds
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Midwest states want to limit who can buy farmland

Legislation is being proposed at the federal and state level to restrict foreign ownership of farmland, especially by China. The scrutiny comes after a Midwestern project was scuttled by military concerns and the flight of a Chinese spy balloon across the U.S.
3/13/20239 seconds
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Proposal for two house legislature heard

The Nebraska Legislature's Executive Board held a public hearing Thursday on Sen. Steve Erdman's proposal to return to a two-house legislature.
3/10/20236 minutes, 9 seconds
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Turkey earthquake tragedy brought home for this Lincoln man

The grief and heartache caused by two major earthquakes in Turkey and Syria hasn’t stopped at their borders. The tragedy has killed at least 50,000 people and has left millions of survivors homeless in the two nations. But, its impact is felt all over the world. One Lincoln man was personally affected.
3/9/20234 minutes, 33 seconds
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Food may get more pricy in 2023, but not as much as 2022's jump

While food prices won’t rise as sharply in 2023, they could still increase about 8% over last year’s rates, according to forecasts from the U.S. Department of Agriculture.
3/9/202345 seconds
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Legislature advances scholarships for private, religious schools

The Nebraska Legislature gave first-round approval to a bill authorizing tax-credit-funded scholarships to private and religious schools.
3/8/20235 minutes, 3 seconds
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Who really benefits from caps on medical malpractice lawsuits?

On Feb. 17, 2017, Joe and Sarah Dudley were getting ready for a late Valentine’s Day celebration when Joe started complaining about feeling sick. He had a bad headache. “So I told him to go lay down, and we’d just celebrate another time,” Sarah said. Shortly after, Joe started running a high fever – 103.6 degrees. He could barely walk, so Sarah brought him to an urgent care clinic in Des Moines, Iowa. The physician’s assistant on duty diagnosed Joe with the flu – despite a negative test – and sent him home. He was too weak to walk out of the clinic. “They brought a guy back with a wheelchair, put a gurney bill down and physically put him in the wheelchair – physically sent him home,” Sarah said. Joe got sicker, and two days later, ended up in the emergency room. At the hospital, doctors told Sarah that Joe didn’t have the flu. It was much worse. He had bacterial meningitis, which by then was on track to cause permanent brain damage. Sarah watched it unfold over the next few weeks. Joe had three strokes – two while hospitalized in the intensive care unit. “When he was actually able to come out of it, he had to relearn to walk, relearn to talk. [He had] permanent nerve damage on his right side, lost his hearing,” she said. Sarah said the illness drastically changed Joe. The man she married was calm and avoided conflict. The one who left the hospital became prone to anger and bouts of paranoia. “You never know what mood he's going to be in, or what's going to set him off, and there's no cure for it,” she said. Shortly after, the Dudleys decided to pursue a medical malpractice case against the clinic. The case took up the next six years of the Dudleys’ lives. The case went to trial in late 2022 after the Dudleys could not reach a settlement with the clinic’s insurance company. A jury last November awarded the Dudleys $27 million in non-economic damages for Joe’s initial misdiagnosis and the lifetime of support he will likely need for his brain injury. The clinic has appealed the case, so the Dudleys have yet to receive any money. When – or if – they do, Sarah said much of the award will go toward Joe’s medical care in the future. “With his brain injury, he's going to go downhill pretty quickly – dementia, it's going to come eventually,” she said. If the Dudleys were to pursue their case now, under a new Iowa law, their outcome would look much different. Iowa joined most Midwestern states, including Missouri, Kansas and Wisconsin, when it passed a law in February putting a hard cap on non-economic damages that can be awarded by a jury for medical malpractice. Iowa’s new law caps non-economic damage jury awards at $1 million when an independent clinic is involved, like in Joe Dudley’s case. For hospitals, the limit is $2 million. Starting in 2028, that cap will increase by 2.1% each year. The law also created a task force to make recommendations to reduce medical errors. https://www.iowapublicradio.org/state-government-news/2023-02-16/iowa-governor-signs-cap-on-medical-malpractice-damages-for-pain-and-suffering https://www.legis.iowa.gov/legislation/BillBook?ga=90&ba=HF%20161 The health care industry has long pushed for these caps on damages awarded for things that can’t be assigned a monetary value — like pain and suffering. They claim the caps help clinics stay open by avoiding sudden high-dollar financial blows while helping to attract much-needed health care providers. But some question whether these caps help – or hurt – Midwesterners seeking justice for medical errors. ‘It sucks to be sued’ The Dudleys case was one of two high-dollar medical malpractice jury awards that grabbed headlines in Iowa last year. The other was a nearly $98 million award to an eastern Iowa couple whose infant sustained extensive brain damage from a botched delivery. About half that award was non-economic damages. It’s believed to be the highest payout in state history. https://www.desmoinesregister.com/story/news/health/2022/03/22/mercy-hospital-iowa-city-medical-malpractice-lawsuit-kromphardt-jill-goodman-97-million-verdict/7129763001/ These cases are one of the reasons the health care industry has sought hard caps on non-economic damages. Andy Conlin, a lobbyist for the Iowa Independent Physician Group, shared his opposition to the bill at a subcommittee hearing on the bill in January. “You never know when you're going to end up…seeing one of these, these judgments come down the pike and really negatively impact your facility, maybe even put your facility out of business,” Conlin said. However, these high-dollar jury awards are exceptionally rare in the U.S. For the past six years, Iowa has averaged 160 medical malpractice case filings a year. They make up a fraction of a percent of the average 666,000 civil cases filed in the state, according to the Iowa Judicial Branch. https://www.legis.iowa.gov/docs/publications/FN/1368141.pdf The vast majority of medical malpractice cases don’t go to trial because they either get dismissed by a judge or reach a settlement before. From 2018 to 2022, just 48 cases in Iowa ended up before a jury, and of those cases, juries ruled in favor of the plaintiff – people like the Dudleys – seven times. [Source: Iowa Judicial Branch spreadsheet] These big awards aren’t the health care industry’s only concern. They say caps also lower the rate of increasing medical malpractice insurance premiums and help to entice badly-needed doctors to Iowa’s rural areas. Mikayla Brockmeier, a third year medical student at Des Moines University, helped lobby for the caps. Brockmeier said before Iowa passed its law, she and other med students were seriously considering leaving Iowa to practice in neighboring states like South Dakota, which has a non-economic damage cap of $500,000. “If you do not feel like you have the support of the state, then honestly, it makes it really incredibly hard to practice,” she said. But opponents say caps do little, if anything, to help the growing financial and staffing challenges the health care industry is facing. “I think the story here is pretty simple. It sucks to be sued. It's really not fun,” said Charles Silver, a law professor at the University of Texas at Austin who has studied the effects of Texas’ non-economic damage cap extensively. https://law.utexas.edu/faculty/charles-m-silver/ Texas passed a constitutional amendment in 2003 that capped non-economic damages at $250,000 for an individual. https://www.texmed.org/TexasMedicineDetail.aspx?id=58464 The Texas Medical Association claims the move has since brought more licensed physicians into its rural areas. https://app.texmed.org/tma.archive.search/5238.html Silver said his research contradicts this claim. https://papers.ssrn.com/sol3/papers.cfm?abstract_id=3309785 “If you have a growing population, you need to control for that,” he said. “And when you control for that, in Texas, what you find is that the physician population actually grew slightly more slowly after tort reform than before.” Federal projections of obstetricians and gynecologists, or OB-GYNs, in the Midwest also paint a conflicting picture of this concern. OB-GYNs have one of the highest rates of medical malpractice claims. https://iid.iowa.gov/documents/med-mal-report-2021 According to federal figures, by 2030, Iowa, Kansas and North Dakota — states with non-economic caps — are projected to have the greatest shortage of OB-GYNs in the Midwest, while Illinois, a state with no caps, is among states projected to have more than enough OB-GYNs. https://bhw.hrsa.gov/sites/default/files/bureau-health-workforce/data-research/projections-supply-demand-2018-2030.pdf It’s also unclear how much influence caps have on premium rates for medical malpractice insurance. According to the Medical Liability Monitor, Iowa had the fifth-lowest average premium rate in the country in 2022. [Source: Spreadsheet from Iowa Justice Association] Minnesota, which has no caps, had the lowest average rate in the country. While Illinois, another with no caps, had the second-highest rate. A 2003 Government Accountability Office report studied the reason for a sharp increase in medical malpractice premiums in the early 2000s, which sparked tort reform policies in places like Texas. https://www.govinfo.gov/content/pkg/GAOREPORTS-GAO-03-702/html/GAOREPORTS-GAO-03-702.htm It found several factors played into the increasing premiums, including the fact that insurer losses on malpractice claims had increased overall in the past decade, but other significant factors had nothing to do with the liability system. They included the fact that insurance companies had recently taken a financial hit on their investments and also that the number of companies competing in the medical malpractice marketplace had dropped since the 1990s. There’s no clear consensus from research on how non-economic damage caps affect things like premium rates and physician recruitment, said Robert Leflar, a retired law professor at the University of Arkansas, who’s an expert in tort reform. https://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S0012369213604791 But he said there’s one group that clearly benefits from the caps: “the insurance companies who have smaller payouts and who have less risk of huge payouts.” The Iowa Insurance Institute did not respond to requests for an interview. Leflar said it’s also clear who is hurt by caps. “The seriously disabled people,” he said. “The people who suffer through a lifetime of paralysis or pain and the family members of disabled people who have to give up a lot of their lives to take care of them.” Damage caps can make it harder for such people to sue because medical malpractice lawyers will be less likely to take on their pricey cases with less payout, Leflar said. ‘There’s not much left’ Roxanne Conlin, the Dudleys’ attorney, said it’s likely she wouldn’t have been able to take their case now, as the total payout
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