Latest Nebraska state government News

Couple from Nebraska killed in South Dakota highway crash

Sep. 22, 2021 11:42 AM EDT

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (AP) — Authorities say two victims who died recently in a highway crash in southeastern South Dakota were from Nebraska. The state Department of Public Safety says 75-year-old Albert Wingate and 74-year-old Marilyn Wingate, of Norfolk, died a week or...

Nebraska lawmakers may end session without approving maps

Sep. 21, 2021 18:09 PM EDT

LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) — The top leader of Nebraska's Legislature warned Tuesday that he will end the special session convened to draw new congressional and legislative maps if lawmakers fail to advance both measures by Saturday, a move that would likely delay the state's May 2022 primary...

Nebraska Panhandle wildfires now largely under control

Sep. 21, 2021 12:33 PM EDT

CRAWFORD, Neb. (AP) — Two wildfires that had neared Scottsbluff and Crawford in the Nebraska Panhandle have largely been brought under control, authorities in western Nebraska said. A fire southwest of Scottsbluff, dubbed the Vista Trend fire that has burned about 3,600...

Nebraska to report more virus stats as hospitalizations rise

Sep. 20, 2021 17:54 PM EDT

OMAHA, Neb. (AP) — Gov. Pete Ricketts is resurrecting a version of Nebraska’s daily virus reporting dashboard website because the number of COVID-19 hospitalizations has continued to rise through the summer. The state eliminated its daily virus dashboard in June at...

Editorial Roundup: Nebraska

Sep. 20, 2021 10:01 AM EDT

Omaha World-Herald. Sept. 15, 2021. Editorial: An unbalanced redistricting map for Nebraska? Legislature must say no Question: Republican lawmakers in the Nebraska Legislature are all in lockstep support of the GOP-boosting redistricting map proposed...

Omaha Marine recalled as hero who died while helping others

Sep. 17, 2021 16:18 PM EDT

OMAHA, Neb. (AP) — An Omaha Marine killed last month in Afghanistan was remembered at his funeral Friday as a hero who died while trying to help others. The Rev. Suzanne Howe recalled Bible scripture in describing the actions of Marine Cpl. Daegan Page, who was one of...

One in 538: Map sparks fight over electoral vote in Nebraska

Sep. 16, 2021 19:28 PM EDT

LINCOLN, Nebraska (AP) — A new political map proposed by Nebraska Republicans wouldn't just make it harder for Democrats to win one of the state's three House seats — it would make it a little bit harder for Democrats to win the White House. Nebraska is one of only...

Two Nebraskans die from West Nile virus this week

Sep. 16, 2021 10:09 AM EDT

LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) — Two people have now died from West Nile virus in eastern Nebraska this year. The state Department of Health and Human Services said both deaths were confirmed this week within the territory served by the Three Rivers District Health Department,...

775 evacuees from Afghanistan expected to settle in Nebraska

Sep. 15, 2021 18:13 PM EDT

About 775 evacuees from Afghanistan are expected to settle in Nebraska as part of the first group arriving in the United States, according to State Department data. The data obtained by The Associated Press detailed how a first wave of 37,000 Afghanistan evacuees will be...

Nebraska tax collections beat projections in August

Sep. 15, 2021 11:58 AM EDT

LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) — Nebraska government collected more tax revenue than expected last month, according to the state Department of Revenue. The department on Wednesday reported net tax receipts of $547 million in August, which is 9% higher than the certified forecast of...