Two members left off foster care review board for 2011

Gov. Dave Heineman told two members of the state's Foster Care Review Board that they will not be reappointed next year. Alfredo Ramirez, current chairman of the board, and Ron Albin will see their terms expire on Jan. 1. Heineman's spokesperson said the governor routinely makes changes to board appointments to involve more people. Last year Nebraska began to privatize its child welfare system,...

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Voices: People in Poverty

Stories produced by Robyn Wisch and Angel Martin, KVNO News LISTEN HERE Single Mother Students at Brothers and Sisters Learning Center know Renisha Cooper as Ms. Ree-Ree. The single mother of two has been working at the child care center in North Omaha for the past four years. Last fall, she found out she had a tumor behind her eye, and is now partially blind. Cooper struggles to pay her...

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Kansas Secretary of State-elect to continue immigration fight in Nebraska

Kris Kobach earned a new title Nov. 2 when he was elected Kansas Secretary of State, behind a campaign promise to require voters to provide proof of citizenship — despite no proof that the seven cases of voter fraud reported in the last five years involved undocumented immigrants. But titles have never really defined the University of Missouri-Kansas City law professor and former state...

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Medical marijuana finds its way into Western Nebraska

Western Nebraska police officers are seeing a lot of pot from Colorado lately. Lt. Lance Rogers of the Nebraska State Patrol says officers are finding legal marijuana from Colorado as often as once a week. It has been legal to possess up to 2 ounces of medical marijuana in Colorado since 2000, but that right doesn't extend across state laws. Rogers says violators of Nebraska law are cited and...

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Local report lists top jobs for families

Positions in maintenance and repair, business and administrative, and health care occupations are the best jobs for supporting a family in Nebraska, according to a report released Dec. 2. The Nebraska Appleseed Center for Law in the Public Interest based its findings on wage rate, projected growth potential, benefit eligibility and accessible education requirements. The report projects that 66...

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Lack of judges and two-state case load contribute to immigration wait times

A recent report by the TRAC Immigration project showed that immigrants in Nebraska have the third longest wait in the country for immigration hearings. We asked local immigration lawyer Amy Peck why the average case in Nebraska takes nearly a year and a half to come to court. “The Omaha immigration court serves cases from both Iowa and Nebraska and the case load is very high,” she says. And...

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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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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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Terry’s Movement on Immigration


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


Public Hearing this Thursday on Election Commissioner Changes


A Second Opinion



Meet the Chief


A State of Homelessness


Ganging Up

<p>Some of the community leaders behind the first South Omaha Violence and Intervention meeting.  </p>


Police reviewing gun policy following school shooting