4:00 am
Mon June 11, 2012

Sen. Nelson: new farm bill is important to Nebraska's number one industry


Nebraska's senior U.S. Senator says a new farm bill making its way through the Senate is good for the Cornhusker State.

Senator Ben Nelson's comments came late last week before a 90-to-8 vote to move the farm bill to debate. The measure would end the direct payment program, and streamline other services.

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10:12 am
Thu June 7, 2012

Board of Regents to vote on employee-plus-one plan, tuition increase

The Nebraska Board of Regents.

The Nebraska Board of Regents will vote Friday on a plan that would extend employee health insurance benefits to same-sex partners.

The so-called “employee plus-one” plan is among the items on Friday’s Board agenda. Under the plan, an employee could elect to have health care coverage for their partner, as well as their partner’s dependent children. Couples in both same-sex and opposite-sex domestic partnerships could take part.

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Missouri River Flooding
2:58 pm
Tue June 5, 2012

11 levee repair projects underway along Missouri River

An aerial image of Missouri River flooding north of Omaha last summer.
courtesy Google Images

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers hopes to have all Missouri River levee repair projects complete by the end of this year.

Corps officials updated the status of levee repairs during a conference call Tuesday. Last summer’s Missouri River flooding caused significant damage in Nebraska and western Iowa. The Corps’ Omaha District has 11 levee repair projects underway, with $99 million dollars in repairs complete.

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12:58 pm
Mon June 4, 2012

Douglas County Board continues budget discussions with new fiscal year approaching

Douglas County’s new fiscal year budget is once again up for discussion Tuesday.

County Commissioners will discuss the budget at their 9am meeting Tuesday. Two weeks ago, Finance Committee members grilled county department heads on their budget requests for the coming fiscal year, which begins July 1.

The County Board asked all departments to present flat budgets, and justify any requests for additional funding.

County Commissioners are scheduled to vote on the 2012-13 budget later this month.

Sarpy County
11:40 am
Fri June 1, 2012

Bellevue Police Department moves forward

Bellevue Interim Police Chief Mark Elbert.
courtesy Bellevue Police Department

Bellevue’s Interim Police Chief says things are starting to return to normal for the department.

Captain Mark Elbert is Interim Chief, following the resignation of John Stacey. Stacey was placed on administrative leave in early May following allegations that he made an inappropriate remark to a teenage girl while she was touring a Fire Station. Stacey’s last day with the Bellevue Police Department was Thursday.

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10:16 am
Fri June 1, 2012

Economic growth slows in May, as national unemployment rate rises

A monthly survey of business conditions in nine Midwest and Plains states shows economic growth slowed in May.

Creighton University economist Ernie Goss compiles the Mid-America Business Conditions report.  The business conditions index, which measures overall economic health, slipped to 57.6 in May from 60 in April. However, it continues to show economic growth in the region.

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Sarpy County
8:30 am
Thu May 31, 2012

Bellevue Police Chief resigns

Bellevue Police Chief John Stacey has resigned, effective Friday.
courtesy Bellevue Police Department

Bellevue Police Chief John Stacey has resigned, effective Friday.

Stacey’s resignation was announced in a joint statement released Wednesday afternoon with the City of Bellevue. Stacey was with the Bellevue Police Department for more than three decades, and previously served as Fire Chief. In the statement, City Administrator Dan Berlowitz said "Stacey will retire after a career of 34 years with the City of Bellevue. On behalf of the city, I wish him well."

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Politics & Elections
10:54 am
Tue May 29, 2012

Sen. Nelson visits Egypt, Saudi Arabia

Sen. Ben Nelson, D-NE

Nebraska’s senior U.S. Senator says Saudi Arabian officials have expressed interest in forming a partnership to address violence in Syria.

The U.S. and several other nations expelled Syrian diplomats Tuesday following the killings of 108 people, including 49 children, in Syria on Friday. Senator Ben Nelson is in Saudi Arabia meeting with King Abdullah and business leaders there. Nelson says Saudi officials want to be part of a group of nations that addresses the ongoing violence in Syria.

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1:00 am
Tue May 22, 2012

Homestead Act turns 150

A certificate showing land ownership under the Homestead Act.
courtesy National Archives

Sunday was the 150th anniversary of the Homestead Act.

The act, signed in 1862 by President Abraham Lincoln, offered 160 acres of free land to anyone who was the head of a household or at least 21 years old. The landowner had to develop the land and grow crops within five years. The only costs associated with acquiring the land were filing fees of $18.

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Politics & Elections
8:20 pm
Thu May 17, 2012

Senate candidates begin statewide tours of Nebraska

State Sen. Deb Fischer is the GOP nominee for the U.S. Senate.

The candidates for Ben Nelson’s U.S. Senate seat are on statewide tours of Nebraska.

Democratic candidate Bob Kerrey wrapped up his statewide tour Thursday evening. It began Wednesday morning in Omaha. Omaha is also where Republican candidate Deb Fischer began her statewide tour, following her surprising win Tuesday night.

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