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LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) — A new state report says ride services haven't hurt taxi businesses across Nebraska.

In Fiscal Year 2016, Lutheran Family Services resettled 1,020 refugees from 12 countries, including Syria.

Effective January 1st, Nebraska has made modifications in the administration of its Medicaid program by private insurance companies.   

All Nebraska Medicaid recipients who did not pick one of the available plans by December 1st were automatically enrolled in one.  Molly McCleery, Staff Attorney for the Health Care Access Program at Nebraska Appleseed, stresses that recipients who are not happy with their plan have 90 days to change.   

Heartland B-Cycle will partner with the City of Omaha to expand its bike sharing program across the city.

Dan Olsen has been named Chief of the Omaha Fire Dept

Dec 29, 2016

Mayor Jean Stothert has named Dan Olsen to become Chief of the Omaha Fire Department. Olsen has served as Interim Chief since May, following the retirement of Chief Bernie Kanger.

LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) — Lincoln has been cutting down young, healthy ash trees to save money for its battle against an insect invader.

LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) — Nebraska is kicking off its 150th anniversary with four new initiatives to promote volunteerism, fitness, a sense of history and knowledge about the state.

OMAHA, Neb. (AP) — The death penalty has been voted the top Nebraska story for 2016 by newspaper and broadcast members of The Associated Press and by AP staffers.

OMAHA, Neb. (AP) — The demolition of the Civic Auditorium on the north side of downtown Omaha raises a question: What's going up to replace it?

OMAHA, Neb. (AP) — Utility companies have restored power to most of their Iowa and Nebraska customers following the wet, windy weather on Christmas.

OMAHA, Neb. (AP) — Nebraska's population has topped 1.9 million for the first time ever, and the state's growth rate exceeded neighboring Iowa and matched the national rate.

AAA Auto Club’s Year-End Holiday Travel Forecast says more than 103 million Americans will travel over the next several days – approximately 1.5 million more travelers than last year at this time.  

OMAHA, Neb. (AP) — Omaha's public bicycle-sharing system is set to nearly double in size by 2019.

This month's OPS Student Spotlight focuses on AIM award winner Grace Erixon,  a junior at North Omaha High School...

OMAHA, Neb. (AP) — The struggle to recruit attorneys to rural areas hasn't let up despite several Plains states' efforts.

Beginning January 12th, new board members-elect, Craig Moody and Rick Yoder will take their seats on the OPPD board.

LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) — A new report says programs designed to fight poverty in Nebraska aren't working together to address the problem from all possible angles.

The Salvation Army’s Winter Night Watch program served around 14,000 meals in Omaha last winter and handed out roughly 9,000 coats, gloves, scarves and socks. 

LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) — The ACLU of Nebraska says low-income offenders often can't pay fines and bail amounts assessed in the state's courts, effectively creating a debtor's prison.

For many, the holiday season is about giving back to others. 

OMAHA, Neb. (AP) — Billionaire Warren Buffett's life and the way he made his fortune as an investor will be the focus of a new documentary on HBO next year.

Students in the Grace Abbott School of Social Work at UNO have developed a guide for inmates leaving the Nebraska Correctional Youth Facility, which they presented to the NCYF staff last week.  

Beginning in January, in addition to the new state license plates, you will begin seeing the new UNO specialty plates on Nebraska roads. 

OMAHA, Neb. (AP) — The latest Census data raises new concerns about the brain drain in Nebraska because the state has been losing twice as many people who hold at least a bachelor's degree in recent years.

Since the week of Thanksgiving, OPPD has had 90 reports of scam phone calls.

BELLEVUE, Neb. (AP) — Officials with Offutt Air Force Base south of Omaha say the base's popular annual air show and open house set for next summer has been canceled.

Omaha is a language that has been endangered for decades and is currently struggling to add new speakers.

Volunteers in the SHIPP program have been busy helping Medicare beneficiaries decide whether or not they have the best drug plan for the 2017 year.