Latest Nebraska state government News

Nebraska takes step to creating Memorial Stadium of future

Sep. 22, 2022 14:44 PM EDT

LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) — With Memorial Stadium on the cusp of its 100th anniversary, the Nebraska athletic department on Thursday set the stage for a massive renovation that will make the venue more fan friendly for decades to come. University leaders also announced a new multimedia...

Nebraska man who maintains his innocence is denied a pardon

Sep. 19, 2022 18:24 PM EDT

LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) — A Nebraska man who maintains he wasn't even at a fatal 1999 shooting he was convicted of being involved in was denied a pardon Monday despite having the support of the victim's family. Earnest Jackson asked the state Pardons Board in intervene in his case...

Ricketts selects interim Nebraska prisons director

Sep. 16, 2022 16:37 PM EDT

LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) — Gov. Pete Ricketts announced Friday that he has selected an interim director to run Nebraska’s prison system when current director Scott Frakes steps down next month. Diane Sabatka-Rine will serve as interim director of the Nebraska Department of...

Editorial Roundup: Nebraska

Sep. 12, 2022 13:18 PM EDT

Lincoln Journal Star. September 8, 2022. Editorial: Measured approach on sports gambling is the best bet WarHorse Casino should be open this month, just in time for the NFL and college football seasons. However, even though sports betting was approved by...

Minimum wage, voter ID measures to appear on November ballot

Sep. 06, 2022 13:22 PM EDT

LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) — Proposals requiring a photo ID to vote and to raise the state’s minimum wage to $15 an hour will appear on the November ballot, Nebraska’s top elections official confirmed Tuesday. The Nebraska Secretary of State office announced in a news release that it...

Editorial Roundup: Nebraska

Sep. 05, 2022 11:00 AM EDT

Lincoln Journal-Star. August 31, 2022. Editorial: After failed petition drives, Nebraska Legislature needs to address medical cannabis issue Crista Eggers, the statewide campaign coordinator of Nebraskans for Medical Marijuana, is the mother of a 7-year-old who lives...

Director of Nebraska prisons system announces retirement

Sep. 02, 2022 16:51 PM EDT

LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) — Nebraska Department of Correctional Services Director Scott Frakes, who has headed the state's embattled prison system for the past seven years, has announced he is resigning effective next month. The announcement was made Thursday in a news release, and...

Editorial Roundup: Nebraska

Aug. 29, 2022 01:53 AM EDT

Lincoln Journal Star. August 25, 2022. Editorial: Nebraskans deserve to see candidates debate Political debates are a long standing Nebraska tradition, usually in a series of faceoffs between candidates for major offices that begins at the State Fair. ...

Nebraska lawmaker plans bill to legalize medical marijuana

Aug. 23, 2022 13:58 PM EDT

LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) — A Nebraska lawmaker from Omaha is promising to introduce a bill to legalize medical marijuana in the state after similar measures failed to collect enough valid signatures to appear on the November ballot. Sen. Jen Day said in a news release Tuesday that she...

Creighton students' COVID vaccine mandate appeal dismissed

Aug. 12, 2022 12:37 PM EDT

OMAHA, Neb. (AP) — The Nebraska Supreme Court on Friday dismissed an appeal by a handful of Creighton University students who sought to be exempt from the private Catholic school’s COVID-19 vaccine mandate last year, arguing that getting the shots would violate their religious beliefs against...