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Nebraska brings back job search requirements for unemployed

Jul. 7, 2020 3:48 PM EDT

OMAHA, Neb. (AP) — Nebraskans who lost their jobs will once again have to actively look for new employment to maintain their benefits, state officials said as they announced plans to resume Gov. Pete Ricketts’ signature reemployment program. The Nebraska Department of Labor said it will impose...

Nebraska officials watching virus cases as 6 more die

Jul. 3, 2020 11:26 AM EDT

OMAHA, Neb. (AP) — Nebraska officials are watching for new outbreaks of the coronavirus that have been seen in other states and “certainly will keep all options open” to try to protect public health, Gov. Pete Ricketts said Thursday. Ricketts made the comments as the state continued to see...

Neb. state Sen. Anna Wishart of Lincoln, center, who co-chaired the Nebraskans for Medical Marijuana campaign committee, speaks in front of the State Capitol in Lincoln, Neb., Thursday, July 2, 2020. Organizers of the Nebraskans for Medical Marijuana campaign said they've gathered 182,000 signatures from all 93 counties to allow the drug for medicinal use. To qualify for the ballot, the campaign needed to turn in more than 121,000 valid signatures, representing more than 10% of the voters in the state. Campaign officials also needed to collect signatures from at least 5% of voters in at least 38 Nebraska counties.(AP Photo/Nati Harnik)

Medical marijuana, gambling likely headed to Nebraska ballot

Jul. 2, 2020 4:27 PM EDT

LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) — Nebraska voters will likely get to weigh in on measures to legalize medical marijuana and casino gambling after advocates for both causes announced Thursday that they have enough signatures to put them on the November ballot. Organizers of the Nebraskans for Medical Marijuana campaign...

Editorial Roundup:

Jun. 29, 2020 10:00 AM EDT

Lincoln Journal Star. June 25, 2020. Counties should determine mask policy Gov. Pete Ricketts has earned generally high marks for his leadership through this pandemic. Not everyone has agreed with every directed health measure – implemented or relaxed – but Ricketts has generally provided reasonable...

Available hospital beds drop in Nebraska as virus cases rise

Jun. 26, 2020 3:33 PM EDT

OMAHA, Neb. (AP) — The latest state health figures show the number of hospital beds available in Nebraska has dropped below 40% as the state continues to see more COVID-19 cases confirmed. As of Thursday, 2,330 of the state’s total 3,834 hospital beds were occupied, according to the state’s...

Nebraska Gov. Pete Ricketts speaks during a news conference in Lincoln, Neb., Thursday, June 25, 2020, to update Nebraska's response to the coronavirus. (AP Photo/Nati Harnik)

Ricketts: 'We can't get cocky' with Nebraska virus response

Jun. 25, 2020 5:48 PM EDT

LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) — Nebraska is seeing fewer new cases of the coronavirus and its hospitals are well-positioned to treat patients, but that could change quickly if residents don't continue to take safety precautions, Gov. Pete Ricketts said Thursday. Ricketts said the state is likely to see another uptick...

Prisoners populate a yard at the Nebraska State Penitentiary in Lincoln, Neb., Thursday, June 25, 2020. Five years after Nebraska lawmakers approved a sweeping plan to reduce prison crowding, state officials are only marginally closer to fixing the problem despite millions of dollars in additional funding. Nebraska is virtually certain to fall into an

Nebraska officials say prison crowding not easily solved

Jun. 25, 2020 5:11 PM EDT

LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) — Five years after Nebraska lawmakers approved a sweeping plan to reduce prison crowding, state officials are only marginally closer to fixing the problem despite millions of dollars in additional funding. Nebraska is virtually certain to fall into an “overcrowding emergency" on...

State will decide outdoor plan for Lincoln bars, restaurants

Jun. 23, 2020 10:57 AM EDT

LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) — A number of bars and restaurants in Lincoln would be able to expand their outdoor areas under requests approved Monday by the Lincoln City Council, but a final decision will be left to a state agency. The council unanimously approved requests by Backswing Brewing, the Hub Cafe and five...

Nebraska sees 6 new coronavirus deaths, for a total of 240

Jun. 19, 2020 10:08 AM EDT

OMAHA, Neb. (AP) — Nebraska reported six new coronavirus deaths on Thursday, bringing the total statewide to 240 since the pandemic began. State officials have now confirmed 17,415 total positive cases out of the 148,039 who have been tested so far. Of the current positive cases, 149 are currently...

UNL will require masks for all people on campus this fall

Jun. 19, 2020 9:49 AM EDT

LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) — Masks will be required for students, employees and visitors at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln this fall, under a policy that took effect Thursday. The university's Forward to Fall committee approved the requirement among other moves intended to protect those on campus from the...