Latest Nebraska state government News

Nebraska tax collections above projections in September

Oct. 15, 2019 11:07 AM EDT

LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) — Nebraska state government collected more tax revenue than expected in September. The Department of Revenue reported Tuesday that the state received $522 million in net revenue, which is 8.2% higher than the official certified forecast of $510 million. The departments says net...

Nebraska could boost K-12 school aid to lower property taxes

Oct. 13, 2019 10:12 AM EDT

LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) — Nebraska lawmakers who pledged to lower property taxes are getting ready to try again with a proposal that would boost state aid for K-12 public schools while restricting the districts' taxing power. The tentative proposal, which has generated strong opposition from educators, would...

Bridge near Pender damaged in spring floods reopens

Oct. 12, 2019 3:05 PM EDT

PENDER, Neb. (AP) — State transportation officials have announced the opening of a bridge near the northeast Nebraska town of Pender that had been significantly damaged in historic spring flooding. The Nebraska Department of Transportation says the bridge, which spans Logan Creek, reopened Saturday...

2 more charges filed against central Nebraska prosecutor

Oct. 9, 2019 11:29 AM EDT

BROKEN BOW, Neb. (AP) — The state attorney general's office has filed two more misdemeanor charges against the top prosecutor in central Nebraska's Custer County, alleging that he "engaged in fraud, deceit or misrepresentation" to a court in a man's case. Court records show Custer County Attorney Steven...

Nebraska faces big bill as pest kills thousands of ash trees

Oct. 6, 2019 10:56 AM EDT

LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) — Nebraskans will need to spend nearly $1 billion over the next few decades to remove ash trees killed by an invasive pest, but local governments probably won't be able to afford the cost and it's not clear how much help they'll get from the state. Lawmakers renewed their search last...

Man who killed family of 3 in Omaha has appeal rejected

Oct. 4, 2019 1:36 PM EDT

OMAHA, Neb. (AP) — The Nebraska Supreme Court has rejected a post-conviction appeal of a man who killed two Brazilian missionaries and their 7-year-old son over a money dispute in Omaha 10 years ago. The high court on Friday upheld a lower court's rejection without an evidentiary hearing of the...

Proposed social studies standards support diverse viewpoints

Oct. 4, 2019 10:40 AM EDT

OMAHA, Neb. (AP) — Proposed social studies standards for Nebraska schoolchildren would encourage them to look at history from multiple perspectives, including those of religious, racial and ethnic groups, women, LGBTQ people and Native American nations. The draft proposal was written by a group of Nebraska...

Speed limit to increase on stretch of I-80 around Lincoln

Oct. 3, 2019 6:57 PM EDT

LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) — Motorists driving on a stretch of Interstate 80 north of Lincoln will be able to go a little faster starting Friday. The Nebraska Department of Transportation announced Thursday that the interstate speed limit will increase from 65 mph to 75 mph between the 27th Street exit and the...

Nebraska court rejects appeal of man who killed 2 in crash

Sep. 28, 2019 10:09 AM EDT

LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) — The Nebraska Supreme Court has rejected a post-conviction appeal of a man serving two 15-to-20-year prison sentences for causing a 2014 crash in southeastern Nebraska that killed two people. The state's high court on Friday found that Edward Koch, of Quincy, Illinois, filed his motion...

Mother's conviction, sentence for daughter's death upheld

Sep. 27, 2019 12:26 PM EDT

LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) — The Nebraska Supreme Court has upheld the conviction and lengthy sentence of a northeastern Nebraska woman who killed her 4-year-old daughter. Carla Montoya was sentenced in March 2018 to 55 to 75 years in prison for intentional child abuse resulting in death. Montoya told police she...