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Nebraska advances new congressional map that could help GOP

Sep. 24, 2021 18:45 PM EDT

OMAHA, Neb. (AP) — Nebraska lawmakers advanced new congressional boundaries Friday that could make it harder for Democratic presidential hopefuls to pick up one of the state's five Electoral College votes, as they've done twice since 2008. Nearly all Republicans in the...

Consultant sues Nebraska Republican candidate for governor

Sep. 24, 2021 14:01 PM EDT

LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) — A political consulting firm is suing Nebraska Republican gubernatorial candidate Charles Herbster over what it says are $37,500 in unpaid fees and a wrongful contract termination. EZ Politix says in its lawsuit that the Herbster campaign hired it...

Restarted Nebraska hospital transfer system sees complaints

Sep. 23, 2021 16:28 PM EDT

LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) — Health care officials are lodging complaints about a reopened transfer center intended to help Nebraska hospitals find places to send patients who need additional care as COVID-19 cases have surged in recent weeks. Officials at Lincoln’s Bryan...

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...

The Latest: March protests Australia state's vaccine mandate

Sep. 20, 2021 23:17 PM EDT

MELBOURNE, Australia — Hundreds of demonstrators have marched in the streets of Australia’s second-largest city to protest against mandatory coronavirus vaccine rules in the construction industry., The protest Tuesday in Melbourne was aimed at a Victoria state...

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...

Report: Nebraska prison workforce crisis 'alarmingly worse'

Sep. 15, 2021 16:25 PM EDT

OMAHA, Neb. (AP) — Nebraska’s prisons face a persistent staffing crisis that has created dangerous conditions, including maximum-security units that are going unstaffed for hours at a time and one incident where an employee fell asleep on the job and woke up to inmates holding his keys,...

Nebraska state senator is 1st Democrat in governor's race

Sep. 13, 2021 15:32 PM EDT

OMAHA, Neb. (AP) — A Nebraska state senator and former Bellevue City Council member became the first Democrat to announce a bid for governor Monday. State Sen. Carol Blood promised to try to unite Nebraskans. “I love Nebraska, but I know we can do...