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Nebraska healthier in 2010

Nebraska is the 11th healthiest state in the country, according to the United Health Foundation's 2010 America's Health Rankings released Dec. 22. The overall ranking is based on 40 different economic, health, population and economic measures. The ranking was Nebraska's highest since 2008. The state ranked 16th in 2009. Vermont ranks as the healthiest state in 2010, with Mississippi ranked as...

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Republican poll shows Nelson trailing in 2012 race

A new poll by a right-leaning consulting group released Dec. 22 shows Sen. Ben Nelson trailing a pair of potential challengers for the Senate seat in 2012. Magellan Data and Mapping Strategies — a firm that claims to offer data solutions for the GOP — commissioned the poll of 1,789 "likely 2012 voters" and found Nelson's overall approval rating at 43 percent. The poll also showed that 52...

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Fortenberry named chair of ag committee

Rep. Jeff Fortenberry was named chair of a House Agriculture Committee subcommittee on Dec. 22. The 1st Congressional District representative — covering most of eastern Nebraska minus the Omaha metro area — will head the Department of Agriculture's subcommittee on operations, oversight and credit. Fortenberry, who has been a member of the Ag Committee since 2005, will take over the new role...

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Firefighters sue to protect pay raises

The local union representing Omaha firefighters filed suit on Dec. 22 with the state labor court to protect its right to pay raises in 2010. The court is also considering a similar suit regarding pay raises for 2009. Last fall, Mayor Jim Suttle and the Omaha Firefighters Local 385 agreed in principal to pay freezes in 2009 and 2010. But a final contract has not been drafted as both sides...

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Recall ruling set for Thursday

Douglas County District Court Judge Peter Bataillon is expected to rule whether or not Mayor Jim Suttle will face a recall election at 1:30 p.m. on Dec. 23. Bataillon spent the past three days hearing arguments from attorneys for anti-recall group Forward Omaha and the Mayor Suttle Recall Committee over whether the recall group violated state laws while collecting signatures to force the special...

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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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