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Finding Middle Ground

Ask Chuck Hagel where American politics is headed and he’ll tell you to forget all the party rhetoric, all the headlines touting a fierce red-blue divide, and focus on the middle. It’s a spot the former Nebraska senator knows well. In the waning years of his two-term Senate career, Hagel was rumored first as a 2008 Republican presidential candidate, then as a potential running mate for...

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Child advocacy groups: Privatization not sustainable

Funding, accountability and data: Those are the three main concerns stakeholders have regarding child welfare privatization in Nebraska, representatives said at a press conference Wednesday at the Lincoln downtown YWCA. The event was hosted by Voices for Children in Nebraska and Nebraska Appleseed Center for Law in the Public Interest. The reform “shows no evidence of succeeding or being...

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Protest at South High funeral ends without incident

More than 100 people showed up at St. Anthony Methodist Church on Nov. 12 to help block a protest during the funeral for Omaha South High School teacher Stacey Klinger. The Kansas based Westboro Baptist Church announced last week that its members planned to picket Klinger’s funeral, saying the teacher, who died in a traffic accident Nov. 3, was “cut off by an angry God for teaching rebellion...

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Papillion street named after fallen soldier

The Papillion street where Army First Lieutenant Mark Noziska grew up will now carry his name in memory of his service in Afghanistan. Mayor David Black unveiled the new street sign Nov. 15, commemoratively renaming S. Polk Street as 1st LT Mark Noziska Lane. Noziska, 24, died in an explosion on Aug. 30, one month after arriving in Afghanistan. Since 2001 5,710 soldiers have died in Iraq and...

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Nelson could be a target for Republicans seeking health care reform

As the last Democrat left in Nebraska's congressional delegation and with a potential 2012 reelection bid hanging in the balance, Sen. Ben Nelson is expected to be one of the primary targets for Republicans seeking piece-by-piece reform of President Barack Obama's health care bill. Nelson enraged Republicans with his decision last December to support the measure. Now the GOP may need him as they...

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City sees fifth homicide in four days

Omaha was home to another homicide Wednesday, the fifth in the city since Sunday. Officers patrolling in the area of 31st and Seward heard gunshots late on Nov. 10 and found Adrian Lessley, 25, dead at the scene at 3113 Lincoln Blvd. Another shooting victim, Jason Marion, 34, was transported to Creighton University Medical Center and is expected to survive. Jeromie Wade, 28, was arrested and...

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Questionable chicken slaughter stopped at Nebraska farm

The plan to kill 70,000 unwanted adult hens by feeding them through a grinder at a Carroll, Neb., poultry farm has been stopped, according to People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals. Dan Paden, senior research associate in PETA's Cruelty Investigations Department, told The Reader on Thursday that Nebraska State Patrol Troop B area commander Capt. Brad Rice confirmed TWJ Farms no longer...

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State Law pushes abortion doctor elsewhere

Well known late-term abortion provider Dr. LeRoy Carhart announced Nov. 10 he is opening new clinics in Council Bluffs and Maryland and updating an existing facility in Indianapolis as a result of Nebraska's new Abortion Pain Prevention Act. The new law bans abortions on fetuses older than 20 weeks and is the first law of its kind to use fetal pain as the threshold. Previous Supreme Court...

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