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US Rep. Jeff Fortenberry of Nebraska diagnosed with COVID-19

Jan. 18, 2022 17:39 PM EST

LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) — U.S. Rep. Jeff Fortenberry of Nebraska announced Tuesday that he has tested positive for COVID-19 and will temporarily work from home. Fortenberry said on his congressional website that he had a “moderate case” and will recuperate at home. He said he tested...

Republican state senator to challenge Fortenberry in primary

Jan. 16, 2022 17:23 PM EST

LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) — A Republican state senator and former speaker of the Legislature is challenging Congressman Jeff Fortenberry who is facing federal charges as he runs for re-election. State Sen. Mike Flood announced Sunday that he will challenge Fortenberry in the state's First...

Third woman sues Lincoln police for sex discrimination

Jan. 13, 2022 18:02 PM EST

LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) — A female officer in the Lincoln Police Department has become the third female officer to sue the city of sexual harassment in the last year. Officer Erin Spilker, spokeswoman for the department, said in her lawsuit that she had faced years of discrimination...

Nebraska's Ricketts seeks tax cut for highest earners

Jan. 13, 2022 16:32 PM EST

LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) — Nebraska Gov. Pete Ricketts proposed an income tax cut on Thursday for corporations and nearly 419,000 residents whose incomes rise into the state's top bracket. The Republican governor said he would seek to lower the top rates to 5.84%, down from the current...

Nebraska prison official accused of inmate sexual abuse

Jan. 12, 2022 16:18 PM EST

LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) — An assistant warden in the Nebraska prison system was arrested on charges alleging that she sexually abused an inmate. The Nebraska State Patrol on Tuesday arrested Sarah Nelson Torsiello, an assistant warden at the Department of Correctional Services'...

Pansing Brooks reports nearly $210K in campaign donations

Jan. 11, 2022 18:21 PM EST

LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) — Nebraska state Sen. Patty Pansing Brooks announced Tuesday that she has raised nearly $210,000 in her campaign for the state's 1st Congessional District. Pansing Brooks, a Democrat, said she has raised $209,777 from a total of 954 donors in the most recent...

Attorneys spar over Rep. Fortenberry's statements to feds

Jan. 11, 2022 16:56 PM EST

OMAHA, Neb. (AP) — Attorneys sparred Tuesday over whether a jury should be allowed to hear statements that Nebraska U.S. Rep. Jeff Fortenberry made to federal prosecutors who were investigating an illegal, $30,000 donation to his campaign from a foreign national. Attorneys for the...

Nebraska announces $500M plan to claim water from Colorado

Jan. 10, 2022 18:59 PM EST

LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) — Nebraska Gov. Pete Ricketts announced a $500 million plan Monday to divert water out of Colorado under a 99-year-old compact between the states that allows Nebraska to seize access to Colorado land along the South Platte River and build canals. Ricketts said...

Yet another mountain lion turns up in eastern Nebraska

Jan. 10, 2022 16:31 PM EST

DENTON, Neb. (AP) — Another mountain lion sighting in eastern Nebraska has some people wondering if the animal's population is on the rise and moving beyond known populations in the western part of the state. So far, state game officials aren't convinced. The Lincoln...

Nebraska Rep. Jeff Fortenberry announces reelection bid

Jan. 10, 2022 12:37 PM EST

LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) — U.S. Rep. Jeff Fortenberry formally announced his reelection campaign on Monday amid allegations that he misled federal authorities who were investigating an illegal contribution to his campaign. The Nebraska Republican made his announcement in a YouTube video...