LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) — A legislative staffer who helped investigate Nebraska's corrections department will now serve as an official state watchdog for the agency.

OMAHA, Neb. (AP) — Officials are working to close a loophole after learning that an ordinance barring hunting in city parks largely didn't apply to a man who used his bow to kill three deer on land near Lake Zorinsky in western Omaha.

FREMONT, Neb. (AP) — A Dodge County official who resigned Wednesday has been accused of using an official credit card to fill her own gas tank.

LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) — Nebraska State Auditor Charlie Janssen said he's only involved at "arm's length" with his company that continues to receive money for contracts with the state Department of Health and Human Services.

LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) — Nebraska Gov. Pete Ricketts says his administration is still pursuing lethal injection drugs for executions but will not decide how to proceed until state officials verify the signatures on a petition to keep capital punishment legal.

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — Gov. Terry Branstad says people living and working in rural Iowa will benefit from plans to expand broadband Internet service.

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — For Centerville, becoming part of a program that helps enhance historic downtowns could mean spruced up buildings, efforts to attract businesses — and maybe even a chance to convince a few people to move in.

LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) — A host of new laws are taking effect in Nebraska, leading to changes ranging from costlier marriage licenses to expanded opportunities for nonviolent prisoners to be released for parole and probation.

LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) — Nebraska lawmakers have kicked off a review of school funding and its impact on local property taxes, an issue that has divided the Legislature in years past.

LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) — Nebraska National Guard officials say they're leaving their Lincoln headquarters as part of a disaster exercise that will continue through Sunday.