Latest Nebraska state government News

2 senators seek special session to ban vaccine mandates

Oct. 19, 2021 16:37 PM EDT

LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) — Two Nebraska state senators are making a longshot push for a special legislative session to bar businesses from requiring that their employees get coronavirus vaccinations. Sens. Ben Hansen, of Blair, and Rob Clements, of Elmwood, have been...

Nebraska launches ad campaign with $10M in CARES Act cash

Oct. 18, 2021 18:22 PM EDT

OMAHA, Neb. (AP) — Nebraska is launching a new, $10 million ad campaign using federal coronavirus relief money to try to lure people from other states and fill jobs amid a severe worker shortage, Gov. Pete Ricketts announced Monday. Ricketts unveiled a 104-second ad...

Editorial Roundup: Nebraska

Oct. 18, 2021 10:04 AM EDT

Omaha World-Herald. Oct. 13, 2021. Editorial: Nebraska rightly honors the state’s centuries-old Native heritage Long before Nebraska became a state, before the United States declared independence, before the empires of Rome and Alexander the Great...

Nebraska courts release group's prison overcrowding reports

Oct. 17, 2021 14:14 PM EDT

OMAHA, Neb. (AP) — Nebraska's court system agreed to release a nonprofit group's analysis of state criminal justice data after the governor's office refused to release the information. The state's judicial branch released almost 100 pages of reports the nonprofit Crime...

The Latest: Russia's daily virus death toll passes 1,000

Oct. 16, 2021 06:33 AM EDT

MOSCOW — Russia’s daily death toll from COVID-19 has exceeded 1,000 for the first time as the country faces a sustained wave of rising infections. The national coronavirus task force on Saturday reported 1,002 deaths in the previous day, up from 999 on Friday, along...

The Latest: Maine vaccine mandate opponents file appeal

Oct. 15, 2021 20:58 PM EDT

MAINE — Opponents of a COVID-19 vaccine mandate for health care workers in Maine filed an emergency appeal to the U.S. Supreme Court after being dealt another legal defeat on Friday. The appeal was filed hours after the U.S. 1st Circuit Court of Appeals in Boston denied...

Nebraska AG: Docs can prescribe controversial COVID drugs

Oct. 15, 2021 15:34 PM EDT

OMAHA, Neb. (AP) — Nebraska's attorney general said Friday that he won't seek disciplinary action against doctors who prescribe controversial, off-label drugs to treat and prevent coronavirus infections, as long as they get informed consent from patients and don't engage in misconduct. ...

Nebraska lawmakers voice support for Kellogg's worker

Oct. 15, 2021 13:50 PM EDT

OMAHA, Neb. (AP) — Seventeen Nebraska lawmakers are voicing support for Kellogg's cereal workers who are on strike at the company's Omaha plant and others. The senators said Thursday that they sent a letter to Kellogg's CEO and the company's labor contract negotiating...

Nebraska tax collections beat expectations in September

Oct. 15, 2021 10:46 AM EDT

LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) — Nebraska state government collected more tax revenue than expected last month, state tax officials said Friday. The Nebraska Department of Revenue reported net tax receipts in September of $625 million, which is 19.2% above the forecast of $525...

Ricketts relaxes some health care licensing requirements

Oct. 14, 2021 15:04 PM EDT

OMAHA, Neb. (AP) — Gov. Pete Ricketts signed an executive order that will let drug counselors, physical therapists and other health professionals practice in their field even if they aren't licensed in Nebraska, to try to address staffing shortages that have grown worse during the COVID-19...