“No Jail” option gives Nebraska drug courts a role in reducing prison crowding

January 31st, 2014

By Bill Kelly

Omaha, NE– Nebraska’s drug court system no longer wants to be considered an experiment. While debate peaks over what to do about the state’s overcrowded prisons and county jails, local drug courts operating in 11 judicial districts are getting new attention.

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New Medicaid expansion proposal heard; electoral vote debate continues

January 30th, 2014

By Fred Knapp

Omaha, NE — Nebraska needs to expand Medicaid to help low income residents and the state’s economy, supporters told a legislative committee. But Gov. Dave Heineman remains opposed, citing cost concerns.

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A crowded pack: Nebraska’s U.S. Senate race

January 29th, 2014

By Mike Tobias

Omaha, NE — With no incumbents in either race, there’s a long list of primary election candidates for governor and U.S. Senate in Nebraska this spring. With 11 candidates from various political parties; how does one break free from the pack?

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Changing Nebraska’s presidential vote; holding back third graders discussed

January 29th, 2014

By Fred Knapp

Omaha, NE — The unicameral is debating how Nebraska casts its Electoral College votes for president, and how the state should handle students who fail proficiency tests.

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Tax break on ag repair parts advances; McCook work camp proposal stalls

January 27th, 2014

By Fred Knapp

Omaha, NE — The Nebraska Legislature moved toward giving farmers and implement dealers a tax break, but put off acting on a small step to reduce prison overcrowding.

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Do we need to hunt mountain lions in Nebraska?

January 27th, 2014

By NET News

Omaha, NE — In early January, two hunters killed two of the big cats in the state’s first season there. Hunting these animals has been contentious, even more so now that one state senator is vowing to ban mountain lion hunting in Nebraska.

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