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He isn’t resigning — we know that much. But whether or not Mayor Jim Suttle will actually face a recall election is still being decided in Douglas County courtrooms and counting rooms. And now we might not know as soon as expected. The Douglas County Election Commission until Dec. 4 to validate nearly 37,600 signatures submitted Nov. 19 by the Mayor Suttle Recall Committee. The group would...

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Suttle’s recall lawsuit dismissed

Mayor Jim Suttle could find out Saturday if he will face a recall election after District Judge Peter Bataillon refused to extend the Dec. 4 deadline for verifying the 37,000 signatures submitted by the Mayor Suttle Recall Committee. The Douglas County Election Commission needs to validate that at least 26,643 of those signature came from registered Omaha voters. Suttle sought an injunction...

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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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Man stabbed in South Omaha

Jose Cardenas, 26, survived after being stabbed late on Nov. 30 near 23rd and Vinton. Cardenas was transported to the VA Medical Center by a third party and told officers he was stabbed during a fight with a person over a previous altercation. Police have made no arrests.

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Anti-pipeline push goes national

Primetime television viewers will get a quick look at the plain's oil pipeline controversy in a new national television ad urging President Barack Obama to stop construction of the Keystone XL pipeline. The 30-second ad, paid for by the No Tar Sands Oil Coalition, portrays the Keystone XL decision as a chance to stop the next Gulf oil spill from happening, claiming that the "world's dirtiest...

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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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Omaha soldiers headed for Afghanistan

Gov. Dave Heineman was on hand at Omaha Northwest High School on Nov. 28 to support hundreds of local soldiers as they said their farewells before deploying to Afghanistan. The 402nd Military Police Battalion is sending 147 men and women to Fort Bliss, Texas, for a week of training before the group ships overseas to operate a detention facility near Kabul. The Nebraska National Guard is also...

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Suttle seeks recall delay

Mayor Jim Suttle was expected to find out this weekend if he'd face a special recall election, but the mayor is asking for an extension of the signature validation period that could push the process into February of next year. Suttle filed paperwork with the Douglas County District Court on Nov. 24 seeking an injunction that would give the Douglas County Election Commission 75 days to validate...

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