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The push for school choice in Nebraska is pitting lawmakers against their constituents

Apr. 16, 2024 19:05 PM EDT

OMAHA, Neb. (AP) — Nebraska lawmakers are set for the first time to pass a bill that would block the public from voting on a ballot measure initiated by citizens of the state, setting up what could be a long battle over whether to fund private school tuition with public dollars. On...

Much of central US faces severe thunderstorm threat and possible tornadoes

Apr. 15, 2024 22:01 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — Tens of millions of Americans stretching from Lincoln, Nebraska, to Baltimore could face strong thunderstorms Monday night through Wednesday, with tornadoes possible in some states. A large storm system hitting much of the central U.S. over the next few days is...

Editorial Roundup: Nebraska

Apr. 15, 2024 07:15 AM EDT

North Platte Telegraph. April 13, 2024. Editorial: At least stop hiding key tax-relief tool So what do we have left of the 2024 Legislature’s latest stab at lasting property tax relief? We have a bill (Legislative Bill 388) that would finally pour...

Veteran Nebraska police officer killed in crash when pickup truck rear-ended his cruiser

Apr. 13, 2024 17:43 PM EDT

CERESCO, Neb. (AP) — A veteran police officer was killed when his cruiser was struck by another vehicle after he made a traffic stop in eastern Nebraska, authorities said Saturday. The Nebraska State Patrol said in a news release that Ceresco Police Officer Ross Bartlett, 54,...

Nebraska lawmakers pass a bill to restore voting rights to newly released felons

Apr. 12, 2024 17:27 PM EDT

OMAHA, Neb. (AP) — Nebraska lawmakers passed a bill Thursday to restore the voting rights of those convicted of felonies upon the completion of their sentences, including prison and parole time. The bill, introduced for years by Omaha state Sen. Justin Wayne, passed by a wide...

Nebraska lawmakers seek to solidify taxpayer-funded school choice before voters can decide it

Apr. 11, 2024 01:09 AM EDT

Nebraska lawmakers are on track to pass a bill that would circumvent an upcoming ballot initiative in which voters could repeal a new state law that funds private school tuition with taxpayer money. The bill from Omaha Sen. Lou Ann Linehan, the author of last year's Opportunity...

Conservatives compelled by Trump are pushing Nebraska to adopt a winner-take-all election system

Apr. 10, 2024 12:59 PM EDT

OMAHA, Neb. (AP) — By the time conservative activist Charlie Kirk took the stage, there was no doubt that it was Donald Trump who had led him to travel to Nebraska and pressure state lawmakers to adopt a “winner-take-all” system of awarding Electoral College votes. “You see...

Editorial Roundup: Nebraska

Apr. 08, 2024 07:15 AM EDT

North Platte Telegraph. April 6, 2024. Editorial: Rail, public safety win with FRA 2-person rule After state Sen. Mike Jacobson’s bill on requiring two-person train crews stalled in February, we echoed his “don’t hold your breath” skepticism that Washington...

Suspect indicted in death of Nebraska man who was killed and dismembered in Arizona national forest

Apr. 07, 2024 15:49 PM EDT

PHOENIX (AP) — A suspect has been indicted in the death of an 18-year-old Nebraska man who was stabbed, dismembered and burned beyond recognition in a remote area of an Arizona national forest last year, according to authorities. Maricopa County Attorney Rachel Mitchell announced...

A Nebraska bill to ban transgender students from the bathrooms and sports of their choice fails

Apr. 05, 2024 18:03 PM EDT

LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) — A bill that that would bar transgender students from school bathrooms, locker rooms and sports teams that correspond with their gender identity failed Friday to get enough votes to advance in heavily conservative Nebraska. Legislative Bill 575, dubbed the...