Pipeline company says no more research needed

Senators Mike Johanns and Ben Nelson had their say, now TransCanada has responded with its own letter to Secretary of State Hillary Clinton refuting Johanns’ claim that more research is needed before the Keystone XL Pipeline project can be approved. One week after Nelson wrote to Clinton urging her to make a scientific — not political — decision, Johanns asked the State Department in a...

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Heineman out, Bruning in for 2012 Senate race

One day after Gov. Dave Heineman said he would not run for Democratic Sen. Ben Nelson’s seat in 2012, Nebraska Attorney General Jon Bruning announced on Nov. 5 that he would. And he has formed an exploratory committee to begin raising funds. Both Heineman and Bruning won landslide reelection bids on Nov. 2. Nelson won a sweeping bid for reelection in 2006, garnering 64 percent of the vote...

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Ideological Battle

Two very different candidates are vying to represent Omaha’s Benson and Dundee neighborhoods in the Nebraska Legislature next year. It’s an ideological battle of the role of government from two candidates who have never run for political office. Holding a clipboard with a list of likely voters in his arms, Burke Harr walked the neighborhoods of Benson on a recent fall afternoon, knocking on...

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City Council’s vote against protecting gay community from discrimination noted nationally

“Horrible.” That’s how Jeff Schamp described the gay community's perception of Omaha after the City Council voted against an ordinance on Oct. 26 prohibiting discrimination based on sexual identity and gender expression. “When you look at this big picture, it’s shocking what they came down with,” says Schamp, executive director of Citizens For Equal Protection. That picture was...

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Shooting Rounds

Rodney Anderson, 21, is expected to survive after being shot Oct. 26 near 33rd and Fowler. Police made two arrests in the case: Willie McIntrye, 30, will be charged with being a felon in possession of a firearm charges; and Tracy Johnson, 20, faces attempted murder and a pair of weapons charges. Tiffany Long, 29, survived after allegedly being shot by her boyfriend, Quo Vadis Kellog, 30, Oct. 30...

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UNL gets federal biofuel center

The U. S. Department of Agriculture announced last week that the University of Nebraska-Lincoln would house one of five new federal biofuel research centers. The centers are funded with $10 million from the 2010 Agricultural Appropriations Bill and operated by the Agricultural Research Service and the U.S. Forest Service. The four additional centers, some operating from more than one location,...

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City fire finances a mess

How bad is the record keeping in the Omaha Fire Department? Bad enough that Nebraska State Auditor Mike Foley says he can't perform a department audit because the financial books are too disorganized. In a report released Oct. 28, Foley called the OFD’s payroll and time sheets “inadequate and unreliable,” saying there was no way to tell if employees were working their assigned shifts....

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Cocaine deal led to Sanchez-Gonzales shooting

Three people were charged Oct. 27 with first-degree murder in connection with the shooting of Cesar Sanchez-Gonzales at his South Omaha auto repair business on Oct. 22. Investigators say the murder resulted from a cocaine deal gone bad. Prosecutors identified Robert Nave, 36, of Kansas City, as the alleged gunman. Along with Kim Thomas, 57, and Shawn McGuire, 41 — both with Kansas City ties...

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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 »