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2 senators seek special session to ban vaccine mandates

Oct. 19, 2021 16:37 PM EDT

LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) — Two Nebraska state senators are making a longshot push for a special legislative session to bar businesses from requiring that their employees get coronavirus vaccinations. Sens. Ben Hansen, of Blair, and Rob Clements, of Elmwood, have been...

Nebraska launches ad campaign with $10M in CARES Act cash

Oct. 18, 2021 18:22 PM EDT

OMAHA, Neb. (AP) — Nebraska is launching a new, $10 million ad campaign using federal coronavirus relief money to try to lure people from other states and fill jobs amid a severe worker shortage, Gov. Pete Ricketts announced Monday. Ricketts unveiled a 104-second ad...

Editorial Roundup: Nebraska

Oct. 18, 2021 10:04 AM EDT

Omaha World-Herald. Oct. 13, 2021. Editorial: Nebraska rightly honors the state’s centuries-old Native heritage Long before Nebraska became a state, before the United States declared independence, before the empires of Rome and Alexander the Great...

Ricketts relaxes some health care licensing requirements

Oct. 14, 2021 15:04 PM EDT

OMAHA, Neb. (AP) — Gov. Pete Ricketts signed an executive order that will let drug counselors, physical therapists and other health professionals practice in their field even if they aren't licensed in Nebraska, to try to address staffing shortages that have grown worse during the COVID-19...

Ricketts promotes Nebraska jobs program for SNAP recipients

Oct. 13, 2021 16:20 PM EDT

LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) — Gov. Pete Ricketts dished praise Wednesday on a federally funded job-training program that helps Nebraskans on food stamps pay for textbooks, transportation and other services to help them get higher-paying jobs. Ricketts singled out the SNAP Next...

Nebraska Lt. Gov. Mike Foley tests positive for coronavirus

Oct. 12, 2021 18:45 PM EDT

OMAHA, Neb. (AP) — Nebraska Lt. Gov. Mike Foley has tested positive for the coronavirus, a spokesman confirmed Tuesday. Spokesman Justin Pinkerman said in an email that Foley has mild symptoms and is self-isolating as he recovers, but he didn't answer questions about...

Editorial Roundup: Nebraska

Oct. 11, 2021 10:21 AM EDT

Omaha World-Herald. Oct. 8, 2021. Editorial: The election lie is not a game, it’s a danger; our real leaders must squelch it Elected officials lead us simply because of their positions — we have chosen them to do so. They lead by policy-making,...

Nebraska officials refusing to release prison reform reports

Oct. 10, 2021 14:34 PM EDT

LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) — Nebraska officials are refusing to release presentations the state has received from a nonprofit group that is analyzing criminal justice data to help the state deal with severe overcrowding in its prison system. Gov. Pete Ricketts' office refused...

Longtime Nebraska Ed Board member resigning, citing health

Oct. 08, 2021 12:01 PM EDT

LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) — A longtime member of the Nebraska Board of Education has announced her resignation from the board, citing undisclosed health reasons. State officials announced on Friday that Patricia Timm, 74, of Beatrice, is leaving the board after 17 years. Timm...

Reynolds, Ricketts join GOP governors at US-Mexico border

Oct. 06, 2021 18:03 PM EDT

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — Iowa Gov. Kim Reynolds and Nebraska Gov. Pete Ricketts joined eight other Republican governors Wednesday at the U.S.-Mexico border to criticize Democratic President Joe Biden's handling of immigration issues. The governors who gathered in Texas...