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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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Lawmakes list options for state cuts

How will Nebraska close its projected $986 million budget gap over the next two years? Nebraska's state senators submitted their ideas for prospective budget cuts on Dec. 16. The 69-page document lists a wide range of potential money-saving measures, including delaying equipment purchases to staff and funding cuts to various state programs. Some of the recommendations made by the committee...

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Council approves new green plan for Omaha

The Omaha City Council voted 7-0 on Dec. 14 to approve a comprehensive new environmental plan that proposes changes to everything from how and where new buildings are constructed to luring developers to older areas of the city with new tax perks . Environment Omaha, a collaboration between the city and Omaha by Design, spent two years working on the plan that includes such goals as: reducing...

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$2M bond set in fatal car crash

A Douglas County judge set bond at $2 million for an Omaha man charged with killing two people in a car accident on Dec. 12. Victor Rodriguez, 27, lost control of his Nissan Pathfinder and slammed head-on into an oncoming SUV late on Dec. 12. Manuel Santos-Gomez, 24, and Danny Alcantara, 22, both died from injuries sustained in the accident. Rodriguez fled the scene before being apprehended...

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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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Nebraska senators speak out on behalf of tax cuts

Democrats didn't want to extend tax breaks for the rich. Republicans didn't want to extend unemployment benefits. In the Senate, they were compromised, passing a bipartisan tax deal by an 81-19 vote on Dec. 15. Sen. Ben Nelson and Sen. Mike Johanns both voted for the deal. Nelson called the vote "a win" for Nebraska families. "Keeping taxes low is critical right now so that families and...

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