Don Kelly, chairman of the Sarpy County Board, said he hadn’t met Emily Ethington but he wished Ricketts would’ve consulted local elected officials.
"Truly one of the most decent and talented human beings I ever knew," former Sen. and Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel said. "He was a good friend … and he will be missed."
A new report from The Sentencing Project found one of every 58 Black residents in the state are in prison — a rate of nearly nine times that of white people. "Honestly, I wasn't surprised," said Sen. Terrell McKinney.
The opinion says that in light of conflicting medical information, doctors should be free to use "additional tools that could save lives, keep patients out of the hospital and provide relief for our already strained healthcare system."
The Nebraska Power Review Board's proposal has created a firestorm of concern among public power utilities and some environmental groups. The proposal would give the review board final say over contracts with energy suppliers.
The Human First Coalition effort has "saved thousands," the Lincoln congressman said during an interview with BBC World Service.
Vaccination should be voluntary, the governor said in response to reports that he would call a special session to consider a ban on vaccine mandates. "I don't believe we have the votes to pass such a bill," Ricketts said.
A former Gretna City Council member and small-business owner has thrown her hat in the ring for a legislative seat newly added to Sarpy County.
"The Lt. Governor has tested positive for coronavirus," spokesperson Justin Pinkerman wrote in an email. "(Mike Foley) has mild symptoms and is self-isolating as he recovers."
Native Nebraska tribal flags found a permanent home in the ornate East Chamber and a sculpture of Dr. Susan LaFlesche Picotte was unveiled on Centennial Mall north of the Capitol.
The Governor's Office rejected a records request from The Omaha World-Herald, stating that the presentations on state prison data are in "draft" form and not subject to disclosure.
"This is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity," Sen. Anna Wishart of Lincoln told her fellow members of the Legislature's Appropriations Committee last week.
A Food and Drug Administration advisory committee is moving forward to discuss the use of booster dosages of the Moderna and Johnson & Johnson COVID-19 vaccines.
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"My message is really simple," State Treasurer John Murante told Fox Business. "The people of Nebraska entrusted me to protect the privacy of these accounts, and I am not going to comply with this."
The plan would allow taxpayers to earn up to $50,000 free from the state income tax, dedicate an additional $2 billion to property tax relief over the next 10 years and eliminate the state's inheritance tax.
Gov. Pete Ricketts will appoint Patricia Timm's replacement if the Nebraska school board approves her resignation Friday.
The Nebraska National Guard is scheduled to deploy units from Grand Island and Columbus this month to help provide assistance at the border.
His campaign said $400,000 is the largest amount ever raised by a first-time candidate for that seat in the House during the first three months of his or her campaign.
State Sen. Rob Clements, a Republican from Elmwood, signed on to a letter addressed "To the American People" that calls for a 50-state audit of the 2020 presidential election results.
As for the $3.5 trillion budget reconciliation package that contains safety-net funding for social programs, Fortenberry said "it probably would be pared way back if it passes."
An Axios story centered on a fundraising page previously on the Republican congressman's campaign website alleging that "(President) Biden's FBI is using its unlimited power to prosecute me on a bogus charge."
The civil rights lawsuit, filed Monday in Lancaster County District Court, says the state law for parental acknowledgement is unconstitutional and discriminatory toward LGBTQ couples.
If Gov. Pete Ricketts were to make Sen. Justin Wayne a judge, he would also have the opportunity to appoint Wayne’s successor in District 13, representing north-central and northeast Omaha.
Both during and after the special session, some members of the Nebraska Legislature questioned aloud whether the once-in-a-decade task of redrawing voting maps would be better left to an independent commission.