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Lawyers, lawmakers and church leaders gather to discuss immigration

Rev. Chuck Bentjen of Beatrice knows faith and immigration law are weighty issues that are often difficult to tackle on their own — much less in tandem. So he'll work hard to do just that at the First United Methodist Church’s annual Peacemaking Conference on Jan. 16. The church has tackled social issues from an ecumenical perspective for 30 years. And perhaps no news story is bigger in...

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Lincoln church offers immigration law workshop

Lincoln's First United Methodist Church is making Nebraska's immigration law the focus of its annual Peacemaking Conference scheduled for Jan. 16. Local lawmakers, lawyers and church leaders — including Rev. Frederick McCullough and State Sen. Brenda Council of Omaha — will speak on Nebraska's current and future immigration law at the one-day conference hosted at the church at 2723 N. 50th...

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Creighton report suggests economic growth in 2011

Creighton University's latest Business Conditions Index predicts healthy economic growth for the nine-state Mid-America region in 2011. The monthly index — which considers leading economic factors like wholesale prices, trade imports and exports, and inventory and employment rates — rose to 57.5 (on a scale of 100) in December, the 13th-consecutive month the BCI has remained above the growth...

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Omaha Tribe asks court to restore sovereign immunity

The Omaha Tribe has asked the Nebraska Supreme Court to restore its protection from lawsuits after two tribal leaders signed a waiver of immunity with an Omaha-based contractor. StoreVisions, Inc. sued the tribe in October of 2009 saying it has not been paid for construction work on the tribe's casinos and racetrack facilities. Federal law grants sovereign immunity to American Indian tribes,...

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Extra patrols scheduled for Whiteclay

The Sheridan County Sheriff's Department will use a $10,000 grant to add patrols in and around Whiteclay, Neb., in hopes of reversing the town's troubled reputation as the primary source of alcohol on the Pine Ridge Indian Reservation. The money will pay for mileage and overtime hours to increase police presence in the town located 22 miles north of the county seat in Rushville. The money is...

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Omaha Steaks pulls ads from Glenn Beck program

Omaha Steaks announced Dec. 16 that the company is pulling its ads from the Glenn Beck television program. The local company joins a list of more than 100 companies that have pulled ads from Beck's program following his claim in July of 2009 that Obama has a "deep seated hatred for white people." The Omaha Steaks ads will stop running on Dec. 20, the earliest date the company could cancel...

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Mexican consulate moving

Omaha's Consulate of Mexico is moving from its current location at 3552 Dodge St. to 7444 Farnam St. on Dec. 20. The consulate will be conducting normal business hours from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. throughout the transition.

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Protesters ask for abortion regulation in Council Bluffs

Approximately 150 protesters showed up at the Council Bluffs City Council meeting on Dec. 13 to express opposition to a Nebraska doctor's planned abortion clinic and to ask the Council to "define and renounce" late-term abortions within city limits. Leroy Carhart, a late-term abortion provider in Bellevue, had to look elsewhere for clinic locations after Nebraska passed a landmark law banning...

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