New budget leaves out tax increases

Gov. Dave Heineman outlined a two-year state budget on Jan. 13 that would close Nebraska's projected $986 million revenue shortfall without raising taxes. The governor's budget proposes cutting up to 500 state jobs, nearly 400 of which have been unfilled for more than a year, for a savings of $672 million and maintaining current levels of state aid for schools and cities. The state would...

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Anti-recall group buses homeless to polling place

Anti-recall group Forward Omaha transported three busloads of people Jan. 12 — many of them homeless — from the Siena Francis House to the Douglas County Election Commission to vote in the recall election of Mayor Jim Suttle. Voters on the bus were also offered the chance to work for $10 per hour, going door to door to encourage people to vote on election day Jan. 25. Forward Omaha...

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No hens in Bellevue

A proposal to allow hens within Bellevue city limits was defeated by a 4-0 vote, with two councilmembers absent, at the City Council meeting on Jan. 13. The Council could reconsider the motion at its Jan. 24 meeting.

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New bill offers more control over pipelines

For Nebraskans who felt powerless to stop the Keystone XL pipeline, a few state lawmakers have proposed an answer. State Sen. Annette Dubas of Fullerton introduced the Hazardous Liquid Pipeline Notification Act, LB 340, Jan. 12 that would require pipeline operators to undergo an extensive application process and seek final approval from the Nebraska Public Service Commission before pumping oil...

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City owes firefighters $2.2 million

City officials say Omaha firefighters are owed $2.2 million in raises for 2009 and 2010, after the state labor court ruled in their favor on Jan. 4. Previous estimates ranged as high as $5 million. Last fall, Mayor Jim Suttle and the Omaha Firefighters Local 385 agreed in principal to pay freezes in 2009 and 2010 at an estimated savings of $4.5 million. But a final contract has still not been...

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Police reviewing gun policy following school shooting

The Omaha Police Department is reviewing its gun policy for off-duty officers after Robert Butler Jr. used his father's police weapon in the Jan. 5 shooting at Millard South High School. The department's current policy reads: "Officers will not store or leave a firearm in any place within the reach or easy access of a minor or unauthorized individual." The policy is approved by the Commission...

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Nebraska gets a D+ on public schools report card

Nebraska's public schools aren't making the grade, according to the latest annual review of the nation's public schools from Education Week. The Quality Counts 2011 report gave Nebraska an overall grade of D+, joining South Dakota and the District of Columbia as states who received the lowest grades. Nebraska's overall score of 68.6 was the lowest in the country. Nationwide, public schools...

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Man dies while cleaning gun

James Williams, 61, died Jan. 11 after his gun accidentally fired while he was cleaning it at his home at 4527 Decatur St. Police do not suspect foul play, and are continuing to investigate.

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Terry’s Movement on Immigration

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If You’re Not At The Table, You’re On The Menu

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Public Hearing this Thursday on Election Commissioner Changes

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A Second Opinion

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Meet the Chief

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A State of Homelessness

As winter takes hold the number of homeless moving into shelters is on the… more »

Ganging Up

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