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Editorial Roundup: Nebraska

Nov. 29, 2021 10:12 AM EST

Omaha World-Herald. Nov. 28, 2021. Editorial: Nebraskans should reject radical overhaul of state education board, department Societies should hold fast to an important guiding principle for government: avoid a heavy centralizing of power. This is why...

Ricketts rails against U. of Nebraska chancellor, race plan

Nov. 22, 2021 16:49 PM EST

LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) — Gov. Pete Ricketts railed Monday against the chancellor of the University of Nebraska's flagship campus in Lincoln, saying he was misled about a plan designed to address racial disparities on campus, even as the university system's president tried to de-escalate the...

Editorial Roundup: Nebraska

Nov. 22, 2021 10:14 AM EST

Omaha World-Herald. Nov. 21, 2021. Editorial: Nebraska educators, worn down in the COVID era, need relief This school year, many thought, would be a time when Omaha-area schools would make major strides toward getting back to “normal” in the wake...

Group collecting signatures to eliminate state board of ed

Nov. 21, 2021 17:21 PM EST

OMAHA, Neb. (AP) — A petition drive is underway to change the Nebraska constitution and eliminate the state Board of Education. The proposal would shift oversight of the Education Department into the governor's office and eliminate the elected board, but backers would...

Editorial Roundup: U.S.

Nov. 17, 2021 10:29 AM EST

Excerpts from recent editorials in the United States and abroad: Nov. 14 The Des Moines (Iowa) Register on threats against election workers and democracy: Bizarre threats toward public officials, and even violent acts, have been...

Nebraska officials urge people to adopt foster children

Nov. 15, 2021 14:22 PM EST

LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) — Nebraska officials including Gov. Pete Ricketts put out a call Monday for people to adopt foster children, as the numbers have declined during the pandemic. State officials said there have been 304 adoptions so far this year and 360 in 2020. But in...

For Nebraska Rep. Fortenberry, a two-sided challenge in 2022

Nov. 15, 2021 12:49 PM EST

LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) — When he seeks office again in 2022, U.S. Rep. Jeff Fortenberry of Nebraska will essentially face two opponents: a progressive Democrat with a lot of support in the state’s second-largest city, and a federal prosecutor in California who has accused him of lying to the...

Editorial Roundup: Nebraska

Nov. 15, 2021 10:18 AM EST

Omaha World-Herald. Nov. 14, 2021. Editorial: ‘Lift Every Voice and Sing’ promotes unity; Ricketts’ criticism is divisive “Shadowed beneath Thy hand / May we forever stand “True to our God / True to our native land / Our...

Auditor Janssen not running again, Foley to seek old job

Nov. 11, 2021 21:51 PM EST

OMAHA, Neb. (AP) — Nebraska State Auditor Charlie Janssen announced Thursday that he won't seek reelection, and he endorsed his predecessor, Lt. Gov. Mike Foley, who plans to run for his old office. Both announcements came in back-to-back interviews on Omaha radio...

Mistrial declared for ex-trooper who hit motorist with rifle

Nov. 11, 2021 13:52 PM EST

OMAHA, Neb. (AP) — A federal court jury could not agree Thursday on whether a former Nebraska state trooper violated a motorist's civil rights by hitting in the head with the butt of a rifle, leading to a mistrial. U.S. District Judge Brian Buescher declared the...