Report: Nebraska immigration wait times third longest in the U.S.

The most recent report from Syracuse University's TRAC Immigration project shows that Nebraska immigrants wait longer for their day in court than immigrants in all but two other states. The report shows the average wait time for an immigration hearing in Nebraska is 519 days — 13 percent higher than the national average of 456 days. Only California and Massachusetts have longer average wait...

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Omaha soldiers headed for Afghanistan

Gov. Dave Heineman was on hand at Omaha Northwest High School on Nov. 28 to support hundreds of local soldiers as they said their farewells before deploying to Afghanistan. The 402nd Military Police Battalion is sending 147 men and women to Fort Bliss, Texas, for a week of training before the group ships overseas to operate a detention facility near Kabul. The Nebraska National Guard is also...

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Suttle seeks recall delay

Mayor Jim Suttle was expected to find out this weekend if he'd face a special recall election, but the mayor is asking for an extension of the signature validation period that could push the process into February of next year. Suttle filed paperwork with the Douglas County District Court on Nov. 24 seeking an injunction that would give the Douglas County Election Commission 75 days to validate...

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Omaha man shot over the weekend

Branden Jackson, 24, survived after being shot Nov. 27 at 1843 N. 17th St. Police have made no arrests.

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Irrigation innovator, Omaha entrepreneur dies

Robert Daugherty, the man who was instrumental in opening the Great Plains to large-scale agriculture through center pivot irrigation, died Nov. 23 at 88, following a brief illness. Daugherty acquired the patent for center pivot irrigation equipment in 1953 and used the revolutionary machine to found Omaha-based Valmont Industries, one of the largest suppliers of farm machinery in the world.

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Nelson won’t support immigration act

Democratic Sen. Ben Nelson is siding with the Republicans, opposing legislation that would offer a path to citizenship for children of undocumented immigrants who enter college or military service. Nelson told Politico on Nov. 22 that he will not vote to pass the DREAM Act saying, "I’m not going to support any act that I don’t think adds to jobs, or military or to the economy." The Senate...

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Siena-Francis House to feed 400 on Thanksgiving

Nebraska's largest homeless shelter will serve more than 400 Thanksgiving meals to Omaha's homeless community on Thursday. Mayor Jim Suttle and players from the two teams playing in the United Football League Championship game on Nov. 27 will be on hand at the Siena/Francis House to help serve meals and sign autographs.

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Report questions TransCanada’s emergency response plan

An environmental law center has some questions about TransCanada's ability to respond to a pipeline rupture on the Great Plains in a new report released Nov. 23 in Lincoln. Plains Justice, based in Billings, Mont., based its report on the Canadian oil company's emergency response plan for the proposed Keystone XL pipeline currently under consideration by the U.S. State Department. The 60-page...

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Terry’s Movement on Immigration

“Let me start with blending what I think will happen with where I am, personally.”

As comprehensive immigration reform ... more »


If You’re Not At The Table, You’re On The Menu

“In 2008 all eyes were on the Latino vote. That year we had 19.5 million registered Latinos that were active to vote,” ... more »


Public Hearing this Thursday on Election Commissioner Changes

Senator Sara Howard's LB 235 will have its public hearing this Thursday, February 14th at 1:30 in the Government, Military, ... more »


A Second Opinion

Calculations for the cost of extending Medicaid in Nebraska as a critical piece of the Affordable Care Act have been ... more »



Meet the Chief

First, a primer on how to pronounce “Schmaderer,” the new police chief’s last name: “SHMA’ der.” Rhymes with water. “Some ... more »


A State of Homelessness

As winter takes hold the number of homeless moving into shelters is on the rise. Winter is the toughest time of the year ... more »


Ganging Up

<p>Some of the community leaders behind the first South Omaha Violence and Intervention meeting.  </p> Alberto Gonzales didn’t enter the meeting room at the South Omaha Library on March 15 so much as the room opened up and ... more »


Police reviewing gun policy following school shooting

The Omaha Police Department is reviewing its gun policy for off-duty officers after Robert Butler Jr. used his father's ... more »