Associated Press

LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) — Lincoln officials are looking at installing playground equipment for adults, prompted by a resident who brought home the idea from a trip to China.

LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) — Lawmakers in the nation's only nonpartisan legislature are considering several measures that would remove party politics from county-level elections.

LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) — Nebraska lawmakers are once again looking at a bill that would prevent the state from splitting its electoral votes, as it did for Democrat Barack Obama in the 2008 presidential race.

OMAHA, Neb. (AP) — Officials say people who use Omaha's airport soon can fly nonstop to Miami.

LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) — Nebraska residents who fall into the Medicaid coverage gap are once again asking lawmakers to expand the program through the federal health care law, despite uncertainty about the law's future.

LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) — Nebraska State Treasurer Don Stenberg says he plans to seek an audit of a state finance organization that is refusing to cooperate with his office's request for information.

LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) — Nebraska lawmakers are divided on a bill that would eliminate mandatory minimum sentences for people convicted of crimes including drug possession, assaulting a police officer and distributing child pornography.

LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) — Members of the Army, Navy, Marine Corps, Coast Guard and Air Force Reserves will qualify for military honor license plates under a new Nebraska law.

LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) — Nebraska lawmakers have advanced a bill that would require insurers to treat telehealth services the same as in-person services for coverage purposes.

LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) — Lancaster County is planning to implement two supervision programs for nonviolent offenders in order to ease the jail population.

OMAHA, Neb. (AP) — Former Creighton basketball player Maurice Watson Jr., who is charged with first-degree sexual assault, has posted $75,000 to get out of jail while he awaits trial.

OMAHA, Neb. (AP) — The Greater Omaha Chamber of Commerce has hired a futurist to help the community peer into its economic future.

LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) — Third-party political candidates could have an easier time getting on the Nebraska ballot thanks to a Libertarian state senator who is working to build her party.

LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) — Nebraska lawmakers are considering a constitutional amendment requiring photo IDs to vote.

OMAHA, Neb. (AP) — A Douglas County grand jury is recommending all law enforcement officers be equipped with body cameras.

OMAHA, Neb. (AP) — Four years ago, Douglas County Sheriff Tim Dunning endorsed fellow Republican Jean Stothert for mayor of Omaha. This time around, he's endorsing her Democratic opponent, Heath Mello, citing what he calls Mayor Stothert's fiery temperament.

LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) — Nebraska is celebrating 150 years of statehood with a series of tributes to its history and culture.

LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) — Advocates for felons say Nebraska should restore voting rights immediately after they complete their sentences.

OMAHA, Neb. (AP) — A group of environmentalists that wants Warren Buffett's company to sell its investments with ties to fossil fuels says Berkshire Hathaway is opposing the measure.

LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) — Lobbyists for auto manufacturers and dealers say Nebraska should be careful not to over-regulate self-driving vehicles as technology continues to develop.

OMAHA, Neb. (AP) — Results from a monthly survey of business supply managers suggest manufacturing is boosting economic conditions in nine Midwest and Plains states.

LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) — A struggling farm economy could mean more budget challenges for Nebraska lawmakers this year, based on new state estimates.

OMAHA, Neb. (AP) — A financial assessment estimates it would cost $156 million to build and equip a streetcar line in Omaha and about $7.5 million annually to operate the line.

LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) — A bill that would lift Nebraska's ban on religious garb worn by teachers in classrooms has won initial approval from lawmakers.

LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) — Lawmakers are questioning a proposal that would raise Nebraska's state sales tax and steer the extra revenue into tax credits for low-income residents and property owners.

LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) — Nebraska lawmakers are again considering a bill that aims to protect gay and transgender employees from workplace discrimination.

SIDNEY, Iowa (AP) — At least three students have been injured in a collision between a school bus and a pickup truck near the front of a school in southwest Iowa.

LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) — A push to reduce property taxes in this year's legislative session is gaining new support in Nebraska.

OMAHA, Neb. (AP) — A federal appeals court has upheld the dismissal of a lawsuit by a Papillion man who says he was unlawfully detained and wrongly treated as an illegal immigrant by Sarpy County officials.

LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) — Nebraska lawmakers are weighing new regulations on payday loans or allowing payday lenders to offer larger loans with high interest rates.