Latest Pete Ricketts News

State halts some surgeries at Nebraska Medical Center

Jan. 14, 2022 15:43 PM EST

OMAHA, Neb. (AP) — Gov. Pete Ricketts issued a public health order on Friday barring the Nebraska Medical Center in Omaha from performing scheduled, non-emergency surgeries, one day after the hospital announced that it had activated its crisis plan because of the pandemic. Ricketts...

State sues to block Omaha mask mandate as virus cases soar

Jan. 13, 2022 17:04 PM EST

OMAHA, Neb. (AP) — The state of Nebraska has gone to court to block Omaha's new mask mandate even though the number of virus cases has risen dramatically this month as the highly contagious omicron variant spreads. The Nebraska Attorney General's office said Thursday that it filed...

Colorado to 'aggressively assert' water rights with Nebraska

Jan. 13, 2022 16:55 PM EST

LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) — Colorado's governor is warning he will “protect and aggressively assert” his state's water rights after Nebraska Gov. Pete Ricketts announced a plan to spend $500 million on a canal and reservoir project that includes claiming access to land in Colorado under a...

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...

State AG may sue to block planned mask mandate in Omaha

Jan. 11, 2022 19:17 PM EST

OMAHA, Neb. (AP) — Health officials want to impose a new mask mandate in Omaha to slow the spread of COVID-19 as surging virus cases continue to strain hospital capacity, but the state said it would sue to block the rule if it is imposed Wednesday as planned. Douglas County Health...

Former trooper acquitted after hitting driver with rifle

Jan. 11, 2022 15:34 PM EST

OMAHA, Neb. (AP) — A former Nebraska state trooper was found not guilty of violating a driver's civil rights by hitting him in the head with the butt of a rifle after a high-speed chase. Lindsey Bixby was acquitted Tuesday after his second trial in Omaha. A previous federal jury...

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...

Ricketts: Limit state spending, but OK to use pandemic cash

Jan. 08, 2022 18:07 PM EST

LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) — Gov. Pete Ricketts will unveil a state budget proposal Thursday much like the other frugal spending plans he has introduced over the years, but this time he'll have an extra $1 billion from the federal government to spend and plenty of people who want a cut. ...

Ricketts, lawmaker vow to use excess revenue for tax cuts

Jan. 06, 2022 18:46 PM EST

LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) — Nebraska Gov. Pete Ricketts and a key legislative leader pledged Thursday to cut taxes with the $412 million in excess revenue the state has collected over the last year. Ricketts and state Sen. Lou Ann Linehan, a fellow Republican, said they continue to view...

Report: Long sentences a factor in Nebraska prison crowding

Jan. 06, 2022 18:33 PM EST

LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) — Long prison sentences and mandatory minimums are major contributors to Nebraska's chronic prison overcrowding, according to a report released Thursday, but lawmakers made clear that they disagree over how to fix the problem. The report by the Crime and Justice...