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Nebraska's public, private colleges gear up for school year

Aug. 10, 2020 2:43 PM EDT

LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) — Nebraska's public and private colleges are forging ahead with plans to resume in-person classes this month but will take new steps to prevent the spread of the coronavirus, top administrators said Monday. Representatives for Nebraska's three state colleges and 13 private colleges said...

Editorial Roundup:

Aug. 10, 2020 10:01 AM EDT

McCook Daily Gazette. Aug. 4, 2020 Now may be a good time to trade in your used car The pandemic is affecting things in ways none of us could have imagined. In May, the Nebraska State Patrol put out a news release stating that 200 speeders had been ticketed for exceeding 100 mph over the previous two months....

Police close Lincoln bowling alley for violating mask rule

Aug. 9, 2020 3:45 PM EDT

LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) — Lincoln Police closed down a bowling alley this weekend for violating the city's coronavirus restrictions after the owner vowed to fight the rules requiring people to wear masks in public places. On Saturday, Lincoln Police enforced the local health department’s order to close...

Another Nebraska prisons staffer tests positive for COVID-19

Aug. 7, 2020 12:41 PM EDT

LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) — Another state prisons worker has tested positive for COVID-19, according to the Nebraska Department of Correctional Services. The latest staffer to test positive for the virus works at the Diagnostic and Evaluation Center in Lincoln, the prisons department said late Thursday in a news...

Lincoln bowling alley owner vows to fight city virus mandate

Aug. 7, 2020 11:48 AM EDT

LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) — The owner of a Lincoln bowling alley that was ordered to close for violating citywide coronavirus restrictions said Friday that he'll continue to fight the mandate, and he took down signs that local health officials posted on his business. Benjamin Madsen, the owner of Madsen's Bowling...

Omaha-area engineer office, jail see coronavirus outbreaks

Aug. 6, 2020 3:30 PM EDT

OMAHA, Neb. (AP) — The coronavirus outbreak that has seen tens of thousands of confirmed cases in Nebraska is also plaguing jail and prison systems in the state. The Nebraska Department of Correctional Services announced this week that two state prison staffers had tested positive for the virus —...

Nebraska lawmakers spar over $82M business tax deduction

Aug. 6, 2020 3:00 PM EDT

LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) — A measure that would generate $82 million in Nebraska state tax revenue by eliminating a deduction for high-income earners hit a snag Thursday in the Legislature after business groups objected to the idea. The proposal debated by lawmakers would restore some of the estimated $250...

Nebraska Sen. Lou Ann Linehan of Elkhorn speaks in Lincoln, Neb., Wednesday, Aug. 5, 2020, as lawmakers debate a property tax and business incentive package. (AP Photo/Nati Harnik)

Nebraska property tax, incentives packages wins initial OK

Aug. 5, 2020 9:04 PM EDT

LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) — Nebraska lawmakers advanced a compromise package Wednesday to soften the impact of local property tax increases, preserve tax incentives for businesses and commit as much as $300 million in state money to a proposed disaster response facility in Omaha. The measure won first-round...

Nebraska state Sen. Suzanne Geist of Lincoln smiles during debate in Lincoln, Neb., Wednesday, Aug. 5, 2020, on her proposed bill outlawing dilation and evacuation abortions, a second-trimester procedure that opponents refer to as a dismemberment abortion. Lawmakers gave the measure first-round approval on a 34-9 vote after supporters broke through a filibuster led by abortion-rights supporters. (AP Photo/Nati Harnik)

Nebraska advances new 2nd trimester abortion restrictions

Aug. 5, 2020 2:48 PM EDT

LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) — A proposal to outlaw a second-trimester abortion procedure cleared a major hurdle Wednesday in the Nebraska Legislature, a signal that it's likely to pass in the final days of this year's session. Lawmakers gave the measure first-round approval on a 34-9 vote after supporters broke...

Douglas County Health Director Dr. Adi Pour speaks during a news conference at the Douglas County Health Department in Omaha, Neb., Friday, July 31, 2020. Dr. Pour said she won't issue an order requiring people in the county and Omaha to wear masks to help slow the spread of the coronavirus, despite a unanimous vote by the county's health board to do so. The rejection of the health board's mandate came after Gov. Pete Ricketts and the state attorney general's office contacted local authorities to insist that such a requirement would violate state law. (AP Photo/Nati Harnik)

Omaha-area health director declines call for mandatory masks

Jul. 31, 2020 2:28 PM EDT

OMAHA, Neb. (AP) — Douglas County’s health director said Friday that she won't issue an order requiring people in the county and Omaha to wear masks to help slow the spread of the coronavirus, despite a unanimous vote by the county's health board to do so. The rejection of the health board's mandate...