Latest Nebraska state government News

Uncertainty looms over possible Nebraska abortion session

Jun. 24, 2022 16:51 PM EDT

LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) — Nebraska could be headed to a special session to try to ban abortions now that the U.S. Supreme Court has given states that power, but it's unclear whether one will actually happen or what type of restrictions might win enough support to pass. Gov. Pete...

Nebraska Supreme Court denies appeal of death row inmate

Jun. 24, 2022 13:54 PM EDT

LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) — The Nebraska Supreme Court on Friday denied the postconviction appeal of a death row inmate who said his defense attorney was so inept that his right to a fair trial had been compromised. Roy Ellis Jr., 68, was convicted of first-degree murder and sentenced to...

Nebraska rushes to build horse tracks despite few fans

Jun. 17, 2022 10:49 AM EDT

GRAND ISLAND, Neb. (AP) — Horse races are regularly held in only two spots in Nebraska, and the tracks in Grand Island and Columbus are usually pretty quiet apart from the rumble of thoroughbreds that stomp past the half-empty grandstands. Suddenly, though, communities throughout...

Nebraska Gov. Pete Ricketts, wife test positive for COVID

Jun. 15, 2022 17:58 PM EDT

OMAHA, Neb. (AP) — Nebraska Gov. Pete Ricketts and his wife have tested positive for COVID-19, the Republican governor revealed in a statement Wednesday morning. Ricketts said both he and his wife, Susanne Shore, “are experiencing very minor symptoms.” Both will self-isolate in...

Nebraska governor nixes Connecticut appearance amid protests

Jun. 13, 2022 17:48 PM EDT

Nebraska Gov. Pete Ricketts, co-chairperson of the Republican Governors Association and a pro-gun rights and anti-abortion conservative, has canceled his planned appearance in Connecticut on Tuesday at a fundraising event for Republican gubernatorial candidate Bob Stefanowski. Liz...

With new senator, Nebraska abortion opponents gain ground

Jun. 07, 2022 20:15 PM EDT

OMAHA, Neb. (AP) — Abortion-rights opponents inched closer to a filibuster-proof super-majority in the Nebraska Legislature on Tuesday that would let them outlaw the procedure if the U.S. Supreme Court overturns its landmark legalization ruling, as it appears poised to do. Nebraska...

Editorial Roundup: Nebraska

Jun. 06, 2022 14:14 PM EDT

Lincoln Journal-Star. May 31, 2022. Editorial: A win and a warning for prison system Late last month, Gov. Pete Ricketts and a host of Nebraska Department of Correctional Services officials celebrated the unveiling of the “reimagined” Reception and Treatment...

GOP governor hopeful Pillen endorsed by Nebraska Cattlemen

Jun. 02, 2022 18:08 PM EDT

LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) — Republican governor hopeful Jim Pillen scored the endorsement Thursday of the Nebraska Cattlemen, a top advocacy group for the state's ranchers. Pillen, a veterinarian and the owner of a hog farm operation, is running to replace current Gov. Pete Ricketts, a...

Kemp and Walker look to victory in Georgia as primaries near

May. 21, 2022 20:42 PM EDT

WATKINSVILLE, Ga. (AP) — Two Republican frontrunners are hoping to clinch primary majorities as candidates make their final pitches to Georgia voters on Saturday ahead of Tuesday's election. Gov. Brian Kemp and former football star Herschel Walker hope to win GOP majorities and...

Colorado, Nebraska jostle over water rights amid drought

May. 18, 2022 08:08 AM EDT

OVID, Colo. (AP) — Shortly after daybreak on the high plains of northeastern Colorado, Don Schneider tinkers with seed-dispensing gear on a mammoth corn planter. The day’s task: Carefully sowing hundreds of acres of seed between long rows of last year’s desiccated stalks to ensure the...