Associated Press

LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) — Nebraska Gov. Pete Ricketts is launching a new performance-based pay system for approximately 3,000 non-union state employees who have traditionally received cost-of-living increases.

PAPILLION, Neb. (AP) — Officials in eastern Nebraska say a planned community and recreation center approved by voters last year will cost $48 million and include such features as an indoor water park, gymnasium and a library.

LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) — A Nebraska regulator is set to decide whether to approve the proposed route of the long-delayed Keystone XL oil pipeline through the state.

LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) — Nebraska officials say the tax package working its way through Congress is creating a great deal of uncertainty for the state budget because it could affect tax collections.

LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) — Nebraska Gov. Pete Ricketts has been chosen serve as vice chairman of the Republican Governors Association in 2018.

PIERRE, S.D. (AP) — The Keystone pipeline has leaked 210,000 gallons of oil in rural South Dakota but officials don't believe it has polluted water.

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — It turned unusually cold last week but at least it was dry, allowing farmers in Iowa and Nebraska to make progress harvesting corn and soybeans.

OMAHA, Neb. (AP) — Three more miles of trails will be built in Omaha to connect the existing network to trails west of Interstates 680 and 80.

LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) — Nebraska regulators plan to announce their decision next week on the proposed Keystone XL oil pipeline route across the state.

OMAHA, Neb. (AP) — The University of Nebraska Medical Center's public ice-skating rink is set to open for its eighth consecutive season.

LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) — Despite a state budget crunch and a push to lower property taxes, Nebraska lawmakers will likely face another debate over income taxes in next year's session.

LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) — Nebraska's corrections department has taken a key step to initiate the state's first execution since 1997, although no date has been set.

LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) — Authorities have arrested an Oregon man found with pot and a cannabis extract called shatter in a van after an Interstate 80 traffic stop in Lincoln.

LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) — Some University of Nebraska administrators are anticipating significant changes beyond those identified this fall by budget response teams.

LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) — A new report says personal income in Nebraska declined since last year.

OMAHA, Neb. (AP) — An Omaha attorney who served as a University of Nebraska student regent is seeking a new seat on the university's governing board.

LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) — A Nebraska lawmaker who has fought unsuccessfully to expand Medicaid in the state says he will introduce a measure next year that would place the issue on the November 2018 ballot.

LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) — Educators say the wrist monitors some Lincoln middle school students are wearing are reinforcing the children's efforts to get fit.

LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) — The annual campaign to sign Nebraska residents up for health insurance through the federal marketplace could hit more snags than usual this year under new Trump administration policies, and advocates say rural areas will be hardest-hit.

LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) — University of Nebraska officials are objecting to lawmakers who publicly questioned the school's treatment of conservative students.

PAPILLION, Neb. (AP) — The Nebraska Accountability and Disclosure Commission has collected a fine assessed in 2006 against a Bellevue city councilman who'd run unsuccessfully for the state Legislature.

PAPILLION, Neb. (AP) — The Nebraska Accountability and Disclosure Commission has collected a fine assessed in 2006 against a Bellevue city councilman who'd run unsuccessfully for the state Legislature.

OMAHA, Neb. (AP) — The American Bar Association has issued a rare rating of "not qualified" to an Omaha attorney and former state prosecutor nominated for a seat on the 8th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals.

OMAHA, Neb. (AP) — Omaha police are investigating after a sport utility vehicle crashed into a small coffee shop drive-thru, injuring the driver and four employees in the shop.

OMAHA, Neb. (AP) — A southeast Nebraska city plans to buy electricity from a natural gas-fired power plant that won't be built in the state.

OMAHA, Neb. (AP) — A monthly survey of business leaders suggests economic conditions continue to improve for nine Midwest and Plains states.

A report released Wednesday says the Mid-America Business Conditions Index rose to 58.8 in October from 58.2 in September. The August figure was 57.5.

Creighton University economist Ernie Goss oversees the survey, and he says national and regional indices indicate the manufacturing sector is expanding at a very healthy pace.

LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) — Nebraska Gov. Pete Ricketts says he'll look for ways to restrict state spending in next year's session in response to a projected tax revenue shortfall.

LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) — Lincoln's public transit system has received a $1.45 million federal grant to purchase two electric buses expected to be in service in early 2019.

OMAHA, Neb. (AP) — Nebraska is working to change underrepresentation of women in all levels of politics, particularly local government.

OMAHA, Neb. (AP) — U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs officials say an unauthorized, secret waiting list for psychotherapy appointments at Omaha's VA hospital delayed care for 87 veterans this year.