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Politics & Elections
2:53 pm
Wed April 4, 2012

Groups call for investigation in to closure of polling places in Douglas County

Two groups are calling for an investigation in to the Douglas County Election Commissioner’s office over the closing of polling places.

Nebraska’s primary election is May 15th. Nebraskans for Civic Reform and Nebraska Appleseed want Secretary of State John Gale’s office to investigate the closure of some polling places in Douglas County.

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Politics & Elections
11:44 am
Wed April 4, 2012

Bill to reduce size of OPS board off the table

Legislation that would cut the size of the Omaha Public Schools board to seven members is off the table in the Nebraska Legislature.

Senator Scott Lautenbaugh, the bill’s sponsor, pulled the measure Tuesday  night after other lawmakers threatened to filibuster it. Lautenbaugh’s legislation originally called for reducing the board to five members. It was amended to seven. The bill has been sent back to the Unicameral's Government, Military, and Veterans' Affairs Committee.

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Missouri River Flooding
1:00 am
Wed March 28, 2012

Corps of Engineers to hold seven public meetings in April

A view of Missouri River flooding last summer near Fort Calhoun.
courtesy Google Images

 

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers will hold seven public meetings next month in cities along the Missouri River.

The meetings will be held April 16th through 20th. Each is an opportunity for the public for hear from Northwest District officials about this year’s runoff season. The 2012 runoff season began March first.

Omaha’s meeting is April 18th at the Marriott. It begins at 6 PM.

Missouri River Flooding
2:59 pm
Fri March 23, 2012

Corps of Engineers officials estimate 2012 runoff season will be normal

An aerial view of Missouri River flooding last year near Ft. Calhoun.

Army Corps of Engineers officials say so far, this year’s Missouri River runoff season appears normal.

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Politics & Elections
1:08 pm
Fri March 23, 2012

Nebraska lawmakers debating smaller tax cut plan

 

An amended version of Governor Dave Heineman’s tax cut plan is awaiting second-round debate in the Unicameral.

The tax cut plan passed the first round of debate earlier this week. Governor Dave Heineman originally called for $327 million dollars worth of tax cuts over three years. In addition to income taxes, the plan would’ve cut corporate income taxes and ended the state’s inheritance tax.

Senator Lavon Heidemann, chairman of the Legislature’s Appropriations Committee, says the amended plan is now $97.2 million. The inheritance tax remains part of state law.

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Politics & Elections
8:27 am
Thu March 22, 2012

Second Congressional District candidates to participate in environmental forum, debate

 

Voters in Nebraska’s Second Congressional District have opportunities Thursday and Friday to hear from the candidates.

The Sierra Club of Nebraska is sponsoring a candidate forum Thursday at First United Methodist Church in Omaha. The forum will focus on environmental issues and public transportation. Democratic candidates Gwen Howard and John Ewing, and Republican candidates Jack Heidel and Glenn Freeman, will participate in tonight’s forum.

Politics & Elections
2:59 pm
Tue March 20, 2012

Nebraska Republican Party files challenge to Democratic Senate candidate Bob Kerrey's residency

Democratic U.S. Senate candidate Bob Kerrey.

The Nebraska Republican Party is challenging Democratic Senate candidate Bob Kerrey’s candidacy in court.

GOP officials filed the lawsuit Tuesday afternoon in Lancaster County District Court. It’s in response to Secretary of State John Gale’s ruling last Friday that Kerrey can remain on the ballot. Kerrey registered to vote February 28th in Douglas County, and declared his candidacy the next day.

Nebraska Republican Party chairman Mark Fahleson says they want an expedited review of Gale’s ruling, and Kerrey’s name removed from the ballot.

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Weather
1:39 pm
Tue March 20, 2012

Workshop focuses on preparedness during severe weather season

A large tornado moves toward Aurora, Nebraska, in June 2009.
courtesy Google Images

A workshop Wednesday in Omaha focuses on severe weather preparedness at home and in the workplace.

The National Safety Council Nebraska is holding the workshop during Severe Weather Awareness Week. Sunday night, an EF3 tornado damaged homes and businesses in North Platte. This year, Nebraska had its first-ever confirmed February tornado.

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Weather
1:00 am
Mon March 19, 2012

Preparedness urged during Severe Weather Awareness Week

Nebraska's first-ever February tornado touched down in Logan County on February 28th.
image courtesy NWS North Platte

 

This week is Severe Weather Awareness Week in Nebraska.

Nebraska had its first confirmed February tornado this year. The February 28th tornado touched down in Logan County, near Stapleton. The National Weather Service’s Storm Prediction Center says there have already been 312 tornadoes in the U.S. this year, with 55 deaths.

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Politics & Elections
1:57 pm
Wed March 14, 2012

Highway bill could mean $300 million for Nebraska roads

Sen. Ben Nelson, D-NE

The U.S. Senate has passed a two-year, $109 billion transportation bill.

The measure is awaiting a vote in the U.S. House.  Democratic U.S. Senator Ben Nelson says if it’s signed in to law, Nebraska will receive about $300 million over the next two years. "What it will be is money that will go to the state highway department, the Department of Roads, and the highway commission on the priorities that have been established in Nebraska."

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