Latest Nebraska News

Biden's decision to drop out leaves Democrats across the country relieved and looking toward future

Jul. 22, 2024 07:53 AM EDT

HARPER WOODS, Mich. (AP) — After weeks of uncertainty about who would be at the top of the Democratic Party’s ticket in November, many voters expressed relief over the news that President Joe Biden would drop his reelection bid and began to think about who might replace him in a dramatically...

University of Florida president Ben Sasse is resigning after his wife was diagnosed with epilepsy

Jul. 19, 2024 14:56 PM EDT

ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) — University of Florida president Ben Sasse, a controversial pick almost two years ago when he was named to lead one of the top public universities in the U.S., plans to leave his position to focus on taking care of his family after his wife was diagnosed with epilepsy. ...

Trail on trial: To York leaders, it’s a dream. To neighbors, it’s something else

Jul. 19, 2024 13:56 PM EDT

YORK, Neb. (AP) — It seemed, at first, like such a smooth ride. Two years ago, the federal government awarded the city of York $15.6 million to do a thing many smaller Nebraska communities fundraise for and dream of – add a walking and biking trail through town. ...

Nebraska governor seeks shift to sales taxes to ease high property taxes. Not everyone is on board

Jul. 18, 2024 18:08 PM EDT

LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) — Nebraska Gov. Jim Pillen has announced a broad tax plan for an upcoming special legislative session that would cut property taxes on average in half — including for his own home and family farm in eastern Nebraska valued at more than $6 million. Pillen...

Nebraskans with felony convictions could be denied voting rights under attorney general's opinion

Jul. 17, 2024 20:30 PM EDT

OMAHA, Neb. (AP) — Thousands of Nebraskans with felony convictions could be denied the right to vote under an opinion from the state attorney general released Wednesday that says a law passed earlier this year restoring the voting rights of people convicted of felonies violates the Nebraska...

Ample signatures collected for referendum to repeal private school funding law, organizers say

Jul. 17, 2024 14:07 PM EDT

OMAHA, Neb. (AP) — Public school advocates say they have enough signatures to ask Nebraska voters in November to repeal a law that provides taxpayer money for private school tuition, marking the latest twist in a long-running fight with state lawmakers who have repeatedly opposed efforts to let...

US government must return land it took and never developed to a Nebraska tribe under new law

Jul. 16, 2024 17:47 PM EDT

WINNEBAGO, Neb. (AP) — The Winnebago Tribe of Nebraska will soon get back about 1,600 acres (647 hectares) of land the federal government took more than 50 years ago and never developed. A new law will require the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers to return the roughly 2.5-square-mile...

Commission backs Nebraska governor's return-to-office order

Jul. 12, 2024 17:46 PM EDT

OMAHA, Neb. (AP) — A Nebraska state employees union is considering an appeal after a commission sided with the state's Republican governor in ordering state employees to return to their offices. Gov. Jim Pillen issued a statement late Thursday announcing the ruling by the state...

A 5-year-old child in foster care dies after being left in hot SUV in Nebraska

Jul. 11, 2024 10:13 AM EDT

OMAHA, Neb. (AP) — A 5-year-old Nebraska boy in foster care died after being left for several hours inside a hot SUV, and his foster mother is now facing charges. Officers were called at 5:11 p.m. Wednesday to a beauty salon parking lot. Lt Neal Nonacci told the Omaha World-Herald...

Abortion measures could be on Arizona and Nebraska ballots after organizers submit signatures

Jul. 03, 2024 17:51 PM EDT

PHOENIX (AP) — Organizers in Arizona and Nebraska said Wednesday that they turned in far more signatures than required to get ballot measures on abortion rights before voters in November's election. In Nebraska, there could be two competing questions. One, like the Arizona...