Latest Nebraska state government News

Officials push Nebraska to complete long-delayed expressways

Jun. 13, 2021 14:38 PM EDT

LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) — Officials in northeast Nebraska continue to press the state to complete it's long-delayed system of four-lane expressways to connect every community larger than 15.000 people to an Interstate. About 178 miles of the 600-mile system remains undone 33...

Nebraska woman recognizes stroke symptoms on Zoom

Jun. 12, 2021 14:06 PM EDT

LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) — Ann Tillery could see by her own image on the Zoom screen that something was wrong when the left side of her face began to droop. Her speech slurred and her left arm felt heavy. All of the signs of a stroke were there, and the technology of the...

Nebraska DHHS announces new acting state epidemiologist

Jun. 11, 2021 13:16 PM EDT

LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) — A Nebraska public health doctor specializing in the spread of diseases has been chosen as the new acting state epidemiologist, officials said Friday. The Nebraska Department of Health and Human Services announced the appointment of Dr. Matthew...

Nebraska court rejects inmate's request for new murder trial

Jun. 11, 2021 11:51 AM EDT

LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) — A man serving a life sentence for murdering an Omaha woman in 1999 failed Friday to win a new trial despite his claims that follow-up DNA testing exonerated him. The Nebraska Supreme Court upheld the first-degree murder conviction of Daryle Duncan....

State patrol: 4 killed in crash on eastern Nebraska highway

Jun. 10, 2021 14:54 PM EDT

SCRIBNER, Neb. (AP) — Four people — including two children — died in a head-on crash Thursday morning on an eastern Nebraska highway, state authorities said. The crash happened around 9:45 a.m. Thursday on U.S. Highway 275 just east of Scribner when a passenger...

Officials ID man killed in shootout with Scottsbluff police

Jun. 10, 2021 14:03 PM EDT

SCOTTSBLUFF, Neb. (AP) — Authorities have identified a man who was killed earlier this week in a shootout with police in western Nebraska following an hourslong standoff at a Scottsbluff home. Daniel Ojeda, 47, was fatally wounded in the shootout, the Nebraska Attorney...

Nebraska state senator says rare leukemia has returned

Jun. 07, 2021 16:53 PM EDT

LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) — A rural, western Nebraska lawmaker said Monday that he will undergo treatment again for a rare form of cancer that he has faced before. State Sen. Tom Brewer, of Gordon, said a series of medical tests this spring revealed that his hairy cell...

Nebraska county could pay off judgment in next three years

Jun. 07, 2021 14:48 PM EDT

BEATRICE, Neb. (AP) — A Nebraska county that was ordered to pay $28.1 million to six people wrongfully convicted of murder may be able to cover the balance of the federal judgment in the next three years, much sooner than first expected, officials said. Gage County...

Editorial Roundup: Nebraska

Jun. 07, 2021 11:00 AM EDT

Omaha World-Herald. June 4, 2021. Editorial: Nebraska, let’s nurture a sense of solidarity and economic advancement for all Words are important, but so is action. A year after the murder of George Floyd spurred a national discussion on how to...

Ricketts names African American Affairs commission members

Jun. 04, 2021 16:42 PM EDT

LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) — Nebraska Gov. Pete Ricketts has named 14 members to the state's newly created Commission on African American Affairs. The commission was created through a state law passed in last year's legislative session. Members will serve four-year terms. ...