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TOPEKA — Buhler teacher Sam Neill worked late into the night Sunday, Jan. 29, networking with fellow teachers to sculpt a testimony that would adequately describe the issues educators are facing statewide. After making the two and half hour drive into Topeka to give lawmakers her opinion on educational issues in the state on Monday, […]
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This year's ride will start on June 4 and take participants from Benkelman to Ashland, with overnight stops in Cambridge, Alma, Red Cloud, Hebron, Wilber and Seward.
Rep. John Eplee, MD offered insight about his work in the Kansas Legislature to stakeholders who attended his first Legislative Coffee of the season.
At the end of January, the Kansas Leadership Center (a Wichita-based non-profit) officially released a new book entitled, “When Everyone Leads: How the Toughest Challenges Get Seen and Solved.”
Barr Middle School student Alondra Zapata was matched with TeamMates mentor Dianne Schneider, having no idea she would celebrate graduation, marriage and the birth of her first child with Schneider more than a decade later.
It was a long road from the first parks in Omaha to the nationally acclaimed Henry Doorly Zoo.
The driver of an SUV was ejected from his vehicle and pronounced dead at the scene. An O'Neill man was transported to the hospital.
Kansas Supreme Court in crossfire between environmentalists, hog producers about regulations expanding confined feeding operations near surface water.
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LINCOLN — The annual battle over whether to devote public funds to private schools was renewed Friday at the Nebraska Legislature, with testimony extending into the evening. Nebraska is one of only two states that doesn’t allow “school choice” by extending public state funds to private schools. Backers of parochial and private schools said Friday […]
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Vanessa McClintock was driving her Jeep north of Pawnee City last week when the SUV left the roadway, traveled 1,000 feet through pasture, entered a nearby creek and overturned, authorities said.
A U.S. District Court judge will likely decide next week whether or not to freeze assets of AltEn's parent company at the request of seed companies cleaning up the site.
LINCOLN — Gov. Jim Pillen’s plan to relieve property taxes paid by farmers and ranches got a rough reception Friday, even from some farm groups. The head of the state’s largest agriculture group, the Nebraska Farm Bureau, said Pillen’s plan to shift the valuation method from being based on recent sales of land to its […]
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TOPEKA — Over six hours Friday, lawmakers discussed ways to improve the KanCare system. Many of the issues sounded familiar, with residents across the state repeating concerns about disability waivers, long waitlists to receive care and workforce shortages. During a Friday hearing, Kansans asked members of the Robert G. Bethell Joint Committee on Home and […]
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LINCOLN — Lancaster County Attorney Pat Condon filed paperwork Friday requesting a special prosecutor to check the work of the Lincoln Police Department regarding last summer’s alleged break-in at the Nebraska Republican Party headquarters. Condon, a Republican prosecutor backed by both the new and old leadership teams at the state GOP, asked a judge to […]
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Kansas Senate bill creates confict-of-interest laws for local government officials on solar and wind projects that don't exist for state legislators.
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Nebraska Gov. Jim Pillen appointed Jim Scheer to the University of Nebraska Board of Regents to replace himself.
(The Center Square) – Nineteen Republican U.S. senators introduced a bill that would require the U.S. Department of Defense to offer reinstatement to service members who were fired over the military’s COVID-19 vaccine mandate.
WASHINGTON — U.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken will postpone his planned trip to Beijing after the U.S. detected a Chinese surveillance balloon hovering over Montana. A senior State Department official said Friday that despite the Chinese government claiming the balloon had entered U.S. airspace accidentally, its presence was a “clear violation of sovereignty.” The […]
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The Dodge County Sheriff’s Office has not been fully staffed for the past 12 months, with a shortage of three full-time deputies that has flummoxed department officials.
LINCOLN — The lead sponsor of Gov. Jim Pillen’s proposal to cut state income taxes fended off doubts Thursday that such a $1.5 billion reduction in state revenue was affordable and wouldn’t harm state services. State Sen. Lou Ann Linehan of Elkhorn said the state has more than a $2 billion surplus of state tax […]
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LINCOLN — A revived legislative proposal would allow convicted defendants — including an Omaha man convicted for a 1999 killing — to file a motion for a retrial based on newly discovered evidence. Legislative Bill 18, proposed by State Sen. Justin Wayne of Omaha — a measure similar to one Wayne introduced two years ago — is the […]
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TOPEKA — Kansas officials revealed a megadeal Thursday with Wichita-based Integra Technologies, which will receive $304 million in tax incentives over 10 years in exchange for a $1.8 billion investment in the manufacture of computer chips. As part of the deal, Integra plans to add 1,994 jobs and build a million-square-foot facility in Wichita. The […]
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The Flatwater Free Press sued the Nebraska Department of Environment and Energy in November. The case could change how agencies go about charging for public records.
Sen. Pete Ricketts on Thursday named Matt Miltenberger as his chief of staff.
Sen. Dave Murman's plan (LB783) would eliminate the ability of community colleges to levy property taxes beginning in 2026-27, and replace that funding with state appropriations.
WASHINGTON — The Congressional Black Caucus met with President Joe Biden and Vice President Kamala Harris Thursday evening to urge the administration to use its executive power for law enforcement reform, following criminal charges for police officers in the killing of a Black man in Memphis, Tennessee. “My hope is this dark memory spurs some […]
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Gov. Jim Pillen told the Legislature's Revenue Committee on Thursday that reduced state income tax rates would spur growth and development.
TOPEKA — Protracted legal friction between neighboring northeast Kansas landowners Dennis Pyle and James Gall Jr. about vehicle and farm equipment access to crop fields finally matured sufficiently to reach the Kansas Supreme Court. The Gall and Pyle farming families endured a bench trial in Brown County District Court and proceedings with the Kansas Court […]
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Attorney General Derek Schmidt seeks $1 million budget increase to hire prosecutors to work complex criminal cases and enforce the new sports wagering law.
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WASHINGTON — The U.S. House held a strongly bipartisan vote Thursday, condemning socialism and former socialist leaders, though Democrats rebuked majority Republicans for spending time on a “political stunt” and refusing to allow debate on an amendment that would have clarified Social Security and Medicare are not socialist programs. Maryland Democratic Rep. Steny Hoyer said […]
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The man who died, 19-year-old Jesse Krausnick, was a freshman at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln.
TOPEKA — The Kansas GOP is testing the waters with new legislation meant to discredit the LGBTQ community, activists say, with bills seeking to criminalize gender-affirming care and drag show performances for children, and a revised ban on transgender athletes. House Bill 2238, a new form of the “fairness in women’s sports act,” which has […]
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It was nearly standing room only Tuesday night, Jan. 31, during the Fremont City Council meeting public comment period, as dozens of residents were on hand to express their opinions about the recent sex education book controversy at Keene Memorial Library.
A combination of factors in recent years has put financial strain on the commission's ability to meet the needs throughout the state. Two proposed bills seek to address the issue.
Kansas Legislature welcomes physician seeking state law banning critical race theory, implicit bias and affirmative action from medical education.
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During a marathon hearing on Wednesday, the Legislature’s Government, Military and Veterans Affairs Committee heard testimony for and against a proposal that would enact a voter ID law.
LINCOLN — Proponents and opponents were given three hours each Wednesday to argue over State Sen. Joni Albrecht’s bill aimed at outlawing abortions in Nebraska after an ultrasound detects fetal cardiac activity. Hundreds in an overflow crowd waited hours to testify for two or three minutes to the seven members of the Legislature’s Health and […]
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Senate committee assignments were revealed Wednesday for newly appointed Sen. Pete Ricketts and two-term Sen. Deb Fischer.
LINCOLN — Gov. Jim Pillen’s plan to further restrict spending by local school boards ran into opposition and concerns Wednesday from school district representatives. During a public hearing on Legislative Bill 589, education representatives, including Cheryl Logan, superintendent of the Omaha Public Schools, said his plan would take away local control of local education, place […]
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WASHINGTON — President Joe Biden and U.S. House Speaker Kevin McCarthy huddled behind closed doors at the White House on Wednesday in the first of what will likely be several conversations as the country approaches two fiscal cliffs this year amid divided government. The top issue at the moment is when and how to address […]
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Assistant Nebraska Attorney General Stacy Foust asked the Supreme Court to affirm Boswell's conviction, saying: "Boswell did not get to sanitize her crimes by picking the state's evidence for it."
NextLink Internet, which in 2021 bought internet providers based in Lincoln, Waverly and Hickman, announced Wednesday that it has purchased Bluestem Network.
LINCOLN — U.S. Sen. Deb Fischer, R-Neb., is now serving on the Senate Appropriations Committee, she announced Wednesday. She is taking on the role in addition to her seat on the Armed Services Committee. Typically, senators are allowed to join one top-level committee, such as Appropriations or Armed Services. Fischer will serve on two. The […]
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Kansas Attorney General Kris Kobach plans to sue President Joe Biden’s administration unless the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service removes the lesser prairie chicken’s threatened species status.
LINCOLN — Nebraskans would have access to a human breast milk bank, designed to assist mostly premature and ill babies, through a proposal in the Legislature. State Sen. Carol Blood of Bellevue introduced Legislative Bill 12, which would create the Nebraska Human Breast Milk Bank and authorize the Nebraska Department of Health and Human Services to […]
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Agricultural spokesmen praise Gov. Jim Pillen's effort to place new limits on school revenue growth while school representatives point to economic challenges created by a teacher shortage and inflationary environment.
(The Center Square) - Some states and municipalities depend on fines and fees to accumulate revenue. Nebraska is not one of those states.
TOPEKA — Kansas Supreme Court justices raised concerns Wednesday about the “chilling” effect a 2021 law could have on League of Women Voters volunteers and others who participate in voter registration drives. Part of the legislation makes it a crime to engage in conduct that would cause someone to believe you are an election worker. […]
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According to court documents, Bart Beutler called 911 and stated “84 South Platte.” When asked the nature of the emergency, he said “gunshot wound, I’m doing CPR.”