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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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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.”

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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.

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 […]

The post Battle over devoting public funds for private school scholarships returns to State Legislature appeared first on Nebraska Examiner.

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 […]

The post Pillen plan to shift valuation of ag land gets static, even from farm groups appeared first on Nebraska Examiner.

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 […]

The post Kansas health care system faces ongoing mental health bed shortages, waiver waitlists appeared first on Kansas Reflector.

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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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 […]

The post Chinese surveillance balloon now drifting across the middle of the U.S., Pentagon confirms appeared first on Nebraska Examiner.

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 […]

The post Pillen tax-cut ideas win support of business groups, prompt criticism from community colleges appeared first on Nebraska Examiner.

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 […]

The post Nebraska lawmaker revives legislation to help Earnest Jackson, others get a retrial appeared first on Nebraska Examiner.

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 […]

The post Kansas reaches $304M incentives deal with Integra for $1.8 billion semiconductor project appeared first on Kansas Reflector.

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 […]

The post Congressional Black Caucus meets with Biden to push for police accountability appeared first on Nebraska Examiner.

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 […]

The post Northeast Kansas farm neighbors Pyle, Gall ask state’s highest court to settle property dispute appeared first on Kansas Reflector.

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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 […]

The post U.S. House agrees on something: Lawmakers condemn ‘the horrors of socialism’ appeared first on Nebraska Examiner.

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 […]

The post Anti-LGBTQ bills introduced in Kansas Legislature are political bullying tactic, activists say appeared first on Kansas Reflector.

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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.

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 […]

The post Cardiac-activity abortion ban bill draws hundreds to Nebraska Capitol appeared first on Nebraska Examiner.

 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 […]

The post School officials say governor’s revenue cap would harm education, efforts to fill staff vacancies appeared first on Nebraska Examiner.

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 […]

The post Biden, McCarthy hold ‘productive’ and ‘frank’ debt limit talks as fiscal cliffs loom appeared first on Nebraska Examiner.

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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 […]

The post Deb Fischer named to U.S. Senate Appropriations Committee, stays on Armed Services appeared first on Nebraska Examiner.

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 […]

The post Nebraska lawmaker proposes creation of ‘Human Breast Milk Bank’ appeared first on Nebraska Examiner.

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. […]

The post Kansas Supreme Court justices point to ‘chilling’ impact of law on voter registration activity appeared first on Kansas Reflector.

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