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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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2010 homicide rate outpaces last year

Two Tuesday homicides, the 30th and 31st this year, made 2010 deadlier than 2009 with 51 days still remaining. Angelo Domena, 20, died Nov. 9 after being shot inside the Northside Apartments at 3025 Meredith Ave. Police arrested Nathan Adkins, 24, on suspicion of criminal homicide and a felony weapons charge. Robert Harden, 59, died after allegedly being beaten to death by Adam Yale, 31, inside...

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PETA questions poultry practices at Nebraska farm

On its official website, Wayne County, located in northeast Nebraska, bills itself as “livestock friendly.” People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals is disputing that claim after learning that TWJ Farms — a poultry farm in Carroll, Neb. — has allegedly slaughtered as many as 140,000 live adult chickens this year by feeding them through a grinding machine. Based on whistleblower...

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Religious group to protest at South teacher’s funeral

In a press release that ended with the words "God Hates Nebraska," the Topeka, Kan.-based Westboro Baptist Church announced it would picket outside the Nov. 12 funeral for Omaha South High School teacher Stacey Klinger, who died last week after being hit by a car. The group claims Klinger was "cut off by an angry God for teaching rebellion to the youth of this nation." The WBC is infamous for...

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Underdog Champion

It’s not hard to see why students at Omaha South High Magnet School are drawn to Ferial Pearson — and why she’s equally dedicated to them. Pearson has a plum exterior — colorful and bright — but with a pit made of iron. Pearson, an English teacher and an advisor for the school’s Gay Straight Alliance club, was recently named “Educator of the Year” by Gay, Lesbian and Straight...

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