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LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) — Nebraska state government would see a net budget cut of $151 million over the next six months under a plan floated by Gov. Pete Ricketts.

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — Gov. Terry Branstad says he doesn't plan to recommend tax cuts this session, dealing a potential blow to a key priority for the new Republican-majority Legislature.

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — Sen. Charles Grassley says he doesn't think he'll be condemned for moving quickly on a Donald Trump nominee for U.S. Supreme Court after refusing last year to hold hearings on President Barack Obama's nominee, Merrick Garland.

LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) — Nebraska lawmakers have kicked off a new session with 17 new members and a looming budget gap.

LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) — Nebraska lawmakers have chosen Sen. Jim Scheer of Norfolk as their new speaker.

LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) — Among the issues facing the Legislature and its Executive Board as the 2017 session begins this week is where one of its members lives and whether he may remain a member.

LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) — Nebraska Gov. Pete Ricketts says he's confident the state can reduce income and property taxes and balance the budget despite an $895 million projected revenue shortfall.

LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) — Among the issues facing the Legislature and its Executive Board as the 2017 session begins this week is where one of its members lives and whether he may remain a member.

The US Census Bureau released their latest population estimates for all states this month.

OMAHA, Neb. (AP) — The Omaha City Council has approved creation of a nonprofit to give subsidies to groups that bring convention business to town.

LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) — Nebraska's presidential electors have stuck to their commitment to support Republican Donald Trump.

LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) — Nebraska residents shouldn't face as many obstacles when applying for certain public benefits under new reforms unveiled by Gov. Pete Ricketts.

LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) — A legislative committee is ending its oversight of a Nebraska public benefits program that was once plagued by problems.

LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) — Nebraska officials are reporting a sharp decline in jobless claims and benefits paid out this year as well as lower unemployment tax rates for businesses.

LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) — A Nebraska group is working to eliminate what it considers cumbersome job-licensing requirements that create a drag on the state economy.

LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) — One of the four Nebraska liquor stores that sell millions of cans of beer near the Pine Ridge Indian Reservation has been sanctioned for selling to a minor.

GRAND ISLAND, Neb. (AP) — Nebraska will be changing the way it numbers farm and commercial license plates to reduce the chances that residents will receive erroneous notices about fines and parking tickets.

LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) — Officials from some of Nebraska's largest counties say their voting equipment is becoming outdated and will soon need to be replaced.

LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) — A Nebraska farm group that has long pushed lawmakers to lower property taxes on rural land has broadened its pitch to benefit home and business owners, but some senators are more interested in cutting income taxes.

LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) — The state wants the Nebraska Supreme Court to let the Nebraska Judicial Branch keep confidential the documents that state judges get in training sessions.

LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) — Nebraska's presidential electors are getting deluged with messages trying to sway them before they vote for Republican Donald Trump this month, but state law has already tied their hands.

LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) — A Nebraska lawmaker says he's disappointed by a new state auditor's report about the state's failed attempt last year to purchase execution drugs from overseas.

LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) — Nebraska officials are taking steps to eliminate some of the factors that can drive up a property's value and tax liability.

LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) — A Nebraska state senator who was defeated in the May primary election is returning to the Capitol as a lobbyist.

LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) — Nebraska Gov. Pete Ricketts is defending a proposal that would allow the state to obtain lethal injection drugs without disclosing its supplier.

LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) — Nebraska Gov. Pete Ricketts says he still plans to advocate for tax reforms in next year's session despite a nearly $1 billion projected budget shortfall.

LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) — Nebraska election officials are set to meet next week to certify the results of the statewide general election.

LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) — Nebraska officials say they will try to change the state's death penalty protocol in an effort to get around the logistical problems that have prevented them from obtaining the necessary lethal injection drugs.

LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) — Nebraska lawmakers will face substantial budget challenges in next year's legislative session, but some are wary of draining too much from their rainy-day fund to cover state expenses.

OFFUTT AIR BASE, Neb. (AP) — Nebraska's new senators are getting a preview of issues they'll have to tackle in January, including an estimated $900 million budget shortfall.

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