Latest Nebraska state government News

Nebraska Gov. Ricketts visits Germany for new trade mission

Nov. 11, 2019 10:44 AM EST

LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) — Nebraska Gov. Pete Ricketts is leading a trade mission to Germany to promote Nebraska agricultural products and reinforce the state's connections with German companies. Ricketts kicked off the trade mission Sunday in Berlin, where the delegation met with government officials and hosted...

New social studies standards adopted for Nebraska students

Nov. 11, 2019 8:42 AM EST

OMAHA, Neb. (AP) — The Nebraska State Board of Education has approved new social studies standards aimed at encouraging students to look at history from multiple perspectives, including those of religious, racial and ethnic groups, women, LGBTQ people and Native American nations. The standards adopted...

High-speed internet shortage a big concern in rural Nebraska

Nov. 10, 2019 10:37 AM EST

LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) — Nebraska's rural areas are struggling with a major shortage of high-speed internet, and people who live there are likely paying more for service than their urban counterparts, according to a new report commissioned by state lawmakers. The report by the Rural Broadband Task Force says...

Nebraska high court rejects Omaha serial rapist's appeal

Nov. 9, 2019 10:05 AM EST

LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) — The Nebraska Supreme Court has upheld the convictions and the up to 200-year prison sentence for an Omaha serial rapist. On Friday, the high court rejected 43-year-old Brandon Weathers' arguments that his trial lawyer was ineffective and that his constitutional rights had been violated...

Nebraska payday lending ballot campaign gets $485,000 boost

Nov. 3, 2019 9:38 AM EST

LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) — A ballot campaign seeking to tighten the cap on how much interest payday lenders can charge in Nebraska has received a major boost from a national donor, increasing the odds that it will succeed in placing the issue on the 2020 ballot. Nebraskans for Responsible Lending received...

Court affirms Omaha man's cold case murder conviction

Nov. 1, 2019 1:10 PM EDT

LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) — The Nebraska Supreme Court has rejected the appeal of an Omaha man who argued that the DNA analysis used to convict him was unreliable and should not have been allowed at this trial. The high court said in its ruling Friday that the trial court did not abuse its discretion in allowing...

Former superintendent sues Nebraska State Patrol over gun ID

Nov. 1, 2019 10:27 AM EDT

LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) — A former superintendent of the Nebraska State Patrol wants to carry a concealed firearm and is suing the patrol to get it. Bradley Rice was fired by Gov. Pete Ricketts in June 2017 amid a review that found evidence that high-ranking patrol staffers interfered with the agency's internal...

Nebraska death row inmate's post-conviction appeal rejected

Oct. 25, 2019 12:56 PM EDT

LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) — A man on Nebraska's death row for killing and dismembering his girlfriend's 3-year-old son and feeding some of the child's remains to a dog has lost a post-conviction appeal. The Nebraska Supreme Court on Friday upheld a lower court's ruling that 46-year-old Raymond Mata Jr. was not...

Nebraska board forecasts more money for state budget

Oct. 24, 2019 6:17 PM EDT

LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) — Nebraska will get an extra $266 million in tax revenue for the state budget between now and June 2021, based on new Thursday estimates that could give lawmakers more wiggle room to pay for state government services and cut property taxes. Members of the Nebraska Economic Forecasting...

Guardsmen help search Lincoln prison for contraband

Oct. 21, 2019 6:53 AM EDT

LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) — Officials say nearly three dozen Nebraska National Guardsmen helped search the Lincoln Correctional Center for contraband. Sunday's search was the second time in just over a month that an outside state agency helped the Nebraska Correctional Services Department look for outlawed items,...