OMAHA, Neb. (AP) — Nebraska education officials announced Thursday that they have largely scrapped plans for gender identity lessons in public school curriculum after an uproar from conservatives who argued that the topics weren't appropriate for children.
LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) — The Nebraska governor's office has approved press credentials for an online, Omaha-based news outlet that was initially denied access to the governor's news conferences.
LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) — Nebraska Gov. Pete Ricketts said Friday he would extend the deployment of 15 state patrol troopers along the U.S.-Mexico border for another two weeks.
Ricketts said in a news release that about 25 Nebraska State Patrol troopers traveled to Del Rio, Texas, in June to provide law enforcement assistance to the Texas Department of Public Safety.
OMAHA, Neb. (AP) — Nebraska Gov. Pete Ricketts is defending his decision to send state patrol troopers to the U.S.-Mexico border at the request of fellow Republican Gov. Greg Abbott of Texas and using it as an opportunity to rail against the Biden administration.
OFFUTT AIR FORCE BASE, Neb. (AP) — Offutt Air Force Base's 55th Wing has a new leader — the first woman to command the 80-year-old reconnaissance unit.
The Omaha World-Herald reports that Col.
OMAHA, Neb. (AP) — Nebraska lawmakers expanded Nebraska's food stamp and heating assistance programs and ordered the state to take over the management of Omaha Public Schools' troubled pension system on Wednesday, brushing aside the objections of Gov.
LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) — Nebraska will provide $20 million a year in grant funding to expand high-speed internet service across the state under a new law approved Wednesday.
Gov. Pete Ricketts signed the measure at the Capitol, saying it would expand broadband so that more Nebraskans can work from home, participate in remote learning, access telehealth service and enjoy other benefits.
LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) — Nebraska Gov. Pete Ricketts vetoed bills Monday that would require the state to manage Omaha Public Schools' troubled pension system and expand eligibility for food and heating aid.
LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) — Nebraska will end a $300-a-week unemployment bonus that has been going to jobless workers during the pandemic, Gov. Pete Ricketts said Monday as he declared a “return to normalcy” and rescinded the last of his virus-related executive orders.
LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) — Nebraska will get roughly $1 billion in aid under the federal government's plan to help states hit by the coronavirus pandemic, according to new numbers released Monday.
DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — Conservatives last week gobbled up a false news story claiming President Joe Biden planned to ration red meat.
OMAHA, Neb. (AP) — Nebraska Gov. Pete Ricketts ramped up his crusade for the meat industry on Wednesday by endorsing a new “beef passport” program to promote meat eating, a few weeks after he blasted Colorado's governor for a resolution encouraging its residents to eat less.
OMAHA, Neb. (AP) — News outlets that want to attend Nebraska Gov. Pete Ricketts' press conferences will have to answer detailed questions about their business model and submit a notarized letter from a manager before they'll be given access to ask questions under a new policy the governor's office unveiled Thursday.
LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) — Gov. Pete Ricketts objected Wednesday to an effort to designate parts of south-central and southwestern Nebraska as a federally recognized National Heritage Area to try boost tourism.
LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) — Nebraska lawmakers gave initial approval Tuesday to new workplace protections that would ban discrimination against employees based on their hairstyles.
The measure advanced on a 38-0 vote through the first of three required votes.
OMAHA, Neb. (AP) — Nebraska cleared a path Monday for adults of all ages to sign up for a coronavirus vaccination, but state officials said they're still trying to overcome “vaccination hesitancy," especially in some minority communities.
LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) — A health insurance lobbyist and former state official has been chosen as the next director of the Nebraska Department of Insurance.
Gov. Pete Ricketts announced Friday that he has appointed Eric Dunning, of Omaha, to lead the state agency.
OMAHA, Neb. (AP) — Gov. Pete Ricketts will get his first coronavirus vaccination shot on Saturday at Nebraska Medicine in Omaha.
The 56-year-old governor had previously signed up for the vaccine online, and was notified earlier this week that he was eligible for an appointment.
LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) — Twenty-eight Nebraska lawmakers are objecting to proposed state education standards that include lessons on gender identity and gender stereotypes, with lessons starting as early as the first grade.
LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) — A Lincoln business lobbyist and Republican operative won confirmation to Nebraska's state health board on Wednesday despite criticism from a handful of Democratic lawmakers.
Senators voted 37-7 to confirm Bud Synhorst to the state Board of Health.
OMAHA, Neb. (AP) — Nebraska's public health districts will be allowed to open up COVID-19 vaccinations to all residents who are at least 16 years old starting next week if they have an adequate supply of doses, Gov.
LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) — A proposal to legalize medical marijuana in Nebraska is once again headed to the full Legislature for debate, despite long odds and the more likely prospect that the issue will go before voters next year.
LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) — Nebraska lawmakers advanced a bill Tuesday to lay the groundwork for an emergency suicide and mental health hotline.
Senators gave the measure first-round approval with a 41-0 vote.
Omaha World-Herald. March 28, 2021.
Editorial: Legislature should stand up to the governor, move forward with OPS initiative
Cooperation and goodwill are essential elements to achieve progress in Nebraska.
OMAHA, Neb. (AP) — Nebraska's economy continues to feel the pain of the coronavirus pandemic, but it's clear that the state has ridden out the economic crisis better than most states.
Nebraska has yet to recover roughly one-third of the nearly 100,000 jobs it lost last spring, but the rate of job losses in the state was the sixth-lowest in the country.
LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) — Nebraska Gov. Pete Ricketts made clear Tuesday that he doesn't like three bills pending before lawmakers, including a state takeover of Omaha Public Schools' troubled pension fund and a proposal to allow electronic keno games.
OMAHA, Neb. (AP) — Nebraska still plans to make coronavirus vaccines available to the general public by late April or early May, but Gov. Pete Ricketts said Monday that a lot of factors could change the state's timetable.
OMAHA, Neb. (AP) — Nebraska will move to its next coronavirus vaccination phase on Monday with a focus on residents who are 50 to 64 years old and those with certain health conditions, Gov. Pete Ricketts announced Friday.
OMAHA, Neb. (AP) — Nebraska Gov. Pete Ricketts railed Monday against a proclamation by the governor of neighboring Colorado that encourages people to avoid meat for one day a week, calling it a “direct attack on our way of life” and signing a pro-meat declaration of his own.
LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) — Nebraska Gov. Pete Ricketts endorsed a bill Wednesday that would make permanent his emergency order to let restaurants offer alcohol with takeout orders during the pandemic.
The governor's comments came one day after lawmakers gave the measure first-round approval.
LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) — Military retirees in Nebraska are one step closer to getting a full tax exemption on their retirement pay under a bill that won initial approval from lawmakers on Wednesday.
Lawmakers advanced the measure, 45-0, through the first of three required votes.
LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) — An emergency order that lets Nebraska restaurants offer carry-out alcohol could become a permanent state law under a measure lawmakers advanced Tuesday.
LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) — Early in the pandemic, Gov. Pete Ricketts delivered a simple message to Nebraskans to try to keep the coronavirus from spreading: If you want to see Husker football in the fall, you had better comply with social distancing measures.
OMAHA, Neb. (AP) — Across the nation officials are closing prisons as crime rates drop and views about drug use change, but not in Nebraska, where the governor is pushing for a new $230 million prison to relieve overcrowding and house a steadily rising inmate population.
OMAHA, Neb. (AP) — Nebraska health officials will keep their focus on vaccinating older residents during the next phase of the state's coronavirus response, which could begin in some regions by the end of the month, Gov.
LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) — The Biden administration's plan to funnel more coronavirus aid into states with greater unemployment has irked governors with lower jobless rates, even though many have economies that weren't hit as hard by the pandemic.
OMAHA, Neb. (AP) — State regulators filed a lawsuit Monday accusing a Nebraska ethanol plant of repeatedly failing to comply with their orders to clean up wastewater and old, pesticide-laced seed corn.
OMAHA, Neb. (AP) — Nebraska could get its first doses of drug-maker Johnson & Johnson's new coronavirus vaccine as early as this week, Gov. Pete Ricketts said Monday.
Ricketts said the state has been allowed to order up 15,000 doses, but state officials don't yet know how much they'll get.
OMAHA, Neb. (AP) — Nebraska officials expect to release a plan in the next two weeks for vaccinating residents with underlying health conditions after they were removed from the high-priority group of senior citizens who are eligible for a coronavirus vaccine right now, the state's chief medical officer said Friday.
LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) — Nebraska is now expected to collect an additional $204 million in the current fiscal year, according to new projections approved Friday.
The Nebraska Economic Forecasting Advisory Board estimated that state revenue will come in roughly 4% higher than previous projections.
OMAHA, Neb. (AP) — A group that advocates for low-income residents said Friday that it has asked a judge to strike down Nebraska's two-tiered Medicaid expansion system that imposes extra requirements to qualify for dental, vision, and over-the-counter drug coverage.
LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) — A bill to legalize medical marijuana in Nebraska is drawing passionate support from people who want the drug to treat chronic conditions, but opposition from top state officials, law enforcement and former Nebraska football coach Tom Osborne.