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Government
9:31 am
Tue July 31, 2012

Nebraska officials sign sister-state agreement in China

Nebraska officials announced Tuesday a sister-state agreement with Shaanxi Province, China. (Province in red)
courtesy Google Images/Encyclopedia Brittanica

The state of Nebraska has entered in to a sister-state agreement in Shaanxi Province, China.

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Government
5:06 am
Thu July 26, 2012

Healthcare the Focus of July's Press Club

July’s Press Club Noon Forum focused on the Healthcare Reform resulting from the Affordable Care Act, also called Obamacare.

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Government
5:06 am
Wed July 25, 2012

City Adds Shared Bike Lane on Leavenworth

The City of Omaha is working to reconfigure lanes along Leavenworth Street, from 31st to 13th Street.

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Government
1:00 am
Tue July 24, 2012

Omaha City Council to vote on TIF district in Old Mill area

The Omaha City Council is scheduled to vote Tuesday on a tax increment financing district in the area surrounding TD Ameritrade’s new headquarters.

The headquarters is in Omaha’s Old Mill area, south of 114th and Dodge Streets. TD Ameritrade officials say the TIF is needed for five-million dollars worth of infrastructure improvements. City Councilmen previously declared the area blighted.

Douglas County Commissioners oppose the TIF district, saying the revenue will only benefit the city of Omaha.

The City Council meets at 2pm.

Politics
1:00 am
Thu July 19, 2012

State Senator calls for Legislature to begin work on health insurance exchange

A State Senator from Omaha says the Nebraska Legislature should begin work to set up a health insurance marketplace, and that process should include public input.

A meeting last week in Lincoln brought together state officials, the insurance industry, and other stakeholders to discuss the state-based health exchange following the U.S. Supreme Court's ruling last month on the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act.

 

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Politics
9:01 am
Thu July 12, 2012

Douglas County Board: deny TIF for area near TD Ameritrade's new headquarters

Douglas County Commissioners want the Omaha City Council to reject tax increment financing for improvements in west Omaha.

Commissioners approved a resolution Tuesday opposing the TIF District proposed for an area around TD Ameritrade’s new Omaha headquarters.

Commissioner P.J. Morgan introduced the resolution, saying there should be more scrutiny of how TIF districts are used. 

Politics
1:42 pm
Tue July 10, 2012

Douglas County voters to decide on consolidation of two offices

Douglas County voters will decide in November whether the Assessor and Register of Deeds offices should be consolidated.

County Commissioners voted 5-2 Tuesday in favor of a proposal to merge those offices. It’ll go on the November ballot for voters to decide.

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Politics
5:06 am
Mon July 9, 2012

The U.S. Senate passes Farm Bill

The U.S. Senate recently passed the 2012 Farm Bill by a vote of 64-35.  Chuck Hassebrook, with the Center for Rural Affairs, says this bill will provide continued support to Nebraska farmers. 

He says one of the biggest disadvantages in the bill is that it over subsidizes crop insurance for larger agricultural interests, making it difficult for smaller family-sized farmers to compete.  

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Politics
10:29 am
Thu June 28, 2012

Supreme Court upholds individual mandate in health care law

A UNO political scientist says the U.S. Supreme Court’s decision on the so-called Affordable Care Act is a legal victory for President Obama’s administration.

The Supreme Court ruled 5-4 in favor of the health care law. Chief Justice John Roberts joined in the majority supporting the law. UNO political science professor Carson Holloway says he was surprised that Chief Justice Roberts was the deciding vote.

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Politics
2:06 pm
Wed June 27, 2012

Joint Chiefs of Staff Chairman visits Offutt Air Force Base

Gen. Martin Dempsey is Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff.
courtesy www.jcs.mil

The Chairman of The Joint Chiefs of Staff says the military must maintain the trust of the American people in spite of economic and security challenges.

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