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UNO has been offering a series of Debate Watch events that started with the first Presidential Debate.

Early Voting Begins

Oct 6, 2016

The Douglas County Election Commission mailed approximately 42,000 ballots on Monday for early voting by mail.

LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) — State auditors have found more than $13 million in uncashed checks piling up at the Nebraska Department of Health and Human Services.

Data from the Pew Research Center indicates Millennials make up more than a third of the nation’s potential electorate but their voting participation is the lowest of any group.

OMAHA, Neb. (AP) — Investor Warren Buffett is encouraging everyone to vote in this fall's presidential election.

OMAHA, Neb. (AP) — Nebraska Department of Health and Human Services officials have revealed a billing problem that could cost the state up to $32 million.

OMAHA, Neb. (AP) — The City Council won't let several unrelated people live together in a seven-bedroom house in western Omaha.

In May of 2015, the Nebraska Unicameral passed a bill that banned the death penalty in the state.

OMAHA, Neb. (AP) — Omaha Mayor Jean Stothert's office says she will not need surgery after a fall earlier this week.

LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) — Nebraska lawmakers face a looming budget shortfall when they convene in January, but members of a key budget-writing committee say they still hope to boost funding for the state's problem-plagued prison system.

OMAHA, Neb. (AP) — The Omaha city prosecutor wants an electronic system that would streamline the time it takes to obtain a judge's signature on a warrant seeking a blood test for suspected drunken drivers.

LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) — Groups are pushing for separate ballot measures that would decriminalize pot possession for personal use in Nebraska or would legalize marijuana entirely.

LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) — Attorney General Doug Peterson is taking new shots at a study that says Nebraska's death penalty costs $14.6 million per year, but the economist who conducted it is standing by his work.

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — Seven Midwest governors have sent a letter to the Environmental Protection Agency seeking regulation changes intended to increase sales of gasoline blended with a higher percentage of ethanol.

The purpose of the Heartland Workers Center’s Get out the Vote campaign is to increase voter turnout among Latinos in South Omaha. 

LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) — City officials are considering letting bicyclists back on the sidewalks in downtown Lincoln.

LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) — Conservative Republicans who want to unseat Nebraska lawmakers are finding a new ally in Gov. Pete Ricketts, who is actively working to elect like-minded senators who promise to stay true to their word.

LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) — The Nebraska Republican Party has filed a complaint against an Omaha state senator alleging he violated campaign regulations.

LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) — Nebraska Secretary of State John Gale says a complaint challenging a legislative candidate's residency was filed too late to be considered by his office.

LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) — Sen. Deb Fischer says the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs has approved a new lease program that will allow for the redevelopment of the VA's campus in Lincoln.

OMAHA, Neb. (AP) — The Douglas County Board of Commissioners has unanimously approved placing a $45 million public safety bond issue on the November ballot.

LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) — Two petitions that were connected to an unsuccessful effort to legalize casino gambling in Nebraska have also failed to make the general election ballot.

LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) — A legislative committee is telling an embattled Nebraska senator to resign by Friday or face consequences that could include expulsion from office.

LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) — State Auditor Charlie Janssen may ask state lawmakers to find ways to enforce the findings his office makes after review spending by state agencies.

Douglas and Sarpy County voters are receiving three-part postcards in the mail which include all the key points about voting for the November 8th general election. 

LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) — A state senator from Gothenburg has joined the race to become the Nebraska Legislature's next speaker.

OMAHA, Neb. (AP) — State Sen. Heath Mello will run for Omaha mayor next spring and challenge incumbent Jean Stothert.

LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) — Groups that want to legalize casinos at Nebraska horse racing tracks are trying to decide what to do now that a $1.4 million petition drive has failed to place the issue on the ballot.

LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) — Nebraska senators who voted to abolish the death penalty say a recent analysis of the program's costs validates their argument that it's wasteful and ineffective.

LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) — A new report says Nebraska could gain a competitive edge over nearby states by reducing its personal and corporate income tax rates while expanding its sales tax and eliminating some business tax credits.