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Suttle recall a go pending court battle

Unless a district judge finds instances of fraud, Mayor Jim Suttle will face a recall election early next year. The Douglas County Election Commission announced Dec. 4 that the Mayor Suttle Recall Committee collected 28,720 verified signatures, 2,077 more than the group needed to force a special election. The recall election is tentatively scheduled for Jan. 25, pending a Dec. 20 court ruling....

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Terry unhappy with healthy foods act

The U.S. House of Representatives passed the Healthy, Hunger-free Kids Act of 2010 on Dec. 2, a new law jettisoning junk food in schools and requiring them to offer healthier lunch options as a way to fight childhood obesity. Congressman Lee Terry, who voted against the measure, came away concerned about the cost of the bill which will see $4.5 billion in new spending. “I absolutely support...

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Murder suspect caught in Arizona

An Omaha man wanted for the Nov. 10 murder of Adrian Lessley was arrested Dec. 2 in Glendale, Ariz. Kevin Watt, 24, is believed to be the shooter in an altercation near 31st and Seward that left Lessley dead and wounded Jason Marion. Jeromie Wade, 28, was arrested on Nov. 11 and booked as an accessory to a felony in the incident. Watt awaits extradition to Omaha.

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Nelson asks for honesty in support of Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell repeal

After defending the policy in the past, Sen. Ben Nelson told Defense Department officials at a Dec. 2 Senate Armed Services Committee hearing that it's time to repeal the military's "Don't Ask, Don't Tell" policy barring openly gay people from serving. "To me, the issue seems to be not whether to allow gays to serve in the military but whether to allow them to serve openly," Nelson said. "But...

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State senators meet with pipeline officials

Nebraska state senators sat down with officials from TransCanada in Lincoln on Dec. 1 for a question-and-answer session centered on the Keystone XL pipeline that could lead to legislative changes next year. State officials came away from the meeting contemplating changes to eminent domain, landowner liability and environmental laws in the 2011 legislative session but State Sen. Annette Dubas of...

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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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Anti-recall group releases videos of alleged improprieties

The group fighting against a recall election of Mayor Jim Suttle has released videos they say shows petitioners engaging in illegal activity. Forward Omaha posted five videos on its website Dec. 2, one day after a district judge denied an injunction request from Suttle seeking to extend the signature verification deadline by 60 days. The group says the videos provide proof of circulators...

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Small plane crashes near Eppley Airfield

A single-engine plane crashed north of Omaha's Eppley Airfield early Dec. 2. The unidentified pilot was the lone occupant in the plane and did not suffer serious injury. The plane left from Montana, but aviation authorities are still determining if Omaha was the pilot's final destination.

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