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Gov. Ricketts to host Nebraska economic development summit

Jul. 16, 2019 1:18 PM EDT

LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) — Nebraska Gov. Pete Ricketts is set to host the state's annual economic development summit. Ricketts will also unveil a new website Wednesday designed to attract and retain talented workers. The Nebraska Governor's Economic Development Summit was created to bring together business...

Emergency officials urge flood victims to document damage

Jul. 16, 2019 12:22 PM EDT

LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) — State emergency officials are urging south-central Nebraska residents and local governments to document any damage they experienced from flooding earlier this month. Officials with the Nebraska Emergency Management Agency say they're still collecting damage reports from local emergency...

Questions about Nebraska execution drugs may go unanswered

Jul. 12, 2019 1:40 PM EDT

LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) — Nebraska's corrections director won't have to testify before lawmakers about the state's lethal injection protocol or how prison officials obtained the drugs used in an execution last year, the state's top court ruled Friday. The Nebraska Supreme Court sided with the state corrections...

Trump escapes blame for ethanol policy hurting corn farmers

Jul. 12, 2019 12:44 PM EDT

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — Midwest farmers and their Republican elected officials rarely miss a chance to shower President Donald Trump with praise when he takes actions they believe help agriculture, but they're now parsing their words over the administration's policies dealing with ethanol. While they have...

Correction: Ricketts Business Tour story

Jul. 9, 2019 11:24 AM EDT

LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) — In a story July 8 about Nebraska winning an economic development award, The Associated Press reported erroneously that Gov. Pete Ricketts announced in June that the state had received the Governor's Cup award from Site Selection magazine. Ricketts announced and accepted that award in...

Lawmakers confident Nebraska will OK new business incentives

Jul. 7, 2019 11:41 AM EDT

LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) — Nebraska lawmakers who want to update the state's largest tax incentive program for businesses are getting ready to try again with a lot of confidence, despite a major setback that stalled their package earlier this year. Senators who worked on the new incentives said they strongly...

Officials worry about Nebraska children's health care fund

Jul. 5, 2019 2:10 PM EDT

LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) — A Nebraska state fund that pays for children's health insurance, aid for people with developmental disabilities and more than 20 other government programs is slowly losing money and will eventually be depleted because lawmakers are withdrawing too much from the account, according to...

3 companies chosen for Nebraska economic development grants

Jul. 1, 2019 3:24 PM EDT

LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) — Three Nebraska companies have won state grants to try to lure young people into manufacturing, technology and other high-demand fields. Gov. Pete Ricketts announced the winners Monday of Nebraska's Developing Youth Talent Initiative, a program lawmakers approved at his request in 2015....

Nebraska measure could tip the number of states with casinos

Jun. 30, 2019 9:34 AM EDT

LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) — Nebraska voters may decide next year whether to legalize casino gambling in a ballot measure that could tip the number of states that allow commercial gambling into the majority. Supporters of legalized casinos have launched a petition drive to place the issue on the 2020 ballot with...

Funeral held for Nebraska trooper killed last week in crash

Jun. 27, 2019 5:09 PM EDT

SCOTTSBLUFF, Neb. (AP) — More than 300 people, including Gov. Pete Ricketts and law enforcement officers from around the country, attended the funeral Thursday of a Nebraska state trooper killed in a crash in western Nebraska. The funeral for Trooper Jerry Smith, 51, was held in Western Nebraska Community...