Spending on group homes explodes as state moves people out of institutions
Spending on group homes explodes as state moves people out of institutions
Deena Winter | December 01, 2015
Spending on community programs such as group homes has exploded in the past decade as Nebraska moved developmentally disabled people out of institutions and into the light. But state oversight of these operations is scant.
Omaha pension funds improve but still get poor marks
Omaha pension funds improve but still get poor marks
Deena Winter | November 19, 2015
Cities with poorly funded pension funds had to report to state lawmakers on Wednesday.
Keystone XL fight isn’t over in Nebraska; PSC gets the hot potato this week
Keystone XL fight isn’t over in Nebraska; PSC gets the hot potato this week
Deena Winter | November 18, 2015
TransCanada may have hit a roadblock with President Barack Obama, but it still appears to be moving forward with an attempt to get its Keystone XL pipeline route approved in Nebraska.
Cabinet vacancies may delay debate on Nebraska business incentives
Cabinet vacancies may delay debate on Nebraska business incentives
Deena Winter | November 17, 2015
A debate over business incentives could be delayed by the vacancies of two Nebraska department heads.
Nebraska senator wants to add another incentive to cities’ tool chest
Nebraska senator wants to add another incentive to cities’ tool chest
Deena Winter | November 16, 2015
Omaha Sen. Heath Mello plans to introduce legislation that would give Nebraska cities another business incentive to offer potential large developments, but a similar subsidy has been controversial in other states.
Nebraska changing course in protecting medical whistleblowers
Nebraska changing course in protecting medical whistleblowers
Deena Winter | November 12, 2015
The state of Nebraska appears to have changed its confidentiality policy governing medical whistleblowers in the wake of a Nebraska Watchdog story in which nurses said their jobs were jeopardized because the state disclosed their identities.
Some Nebraska senators on their way out are still raising campaign cash
Some Nebraska senators on their way out are still raising campaign cash
Deena Winter | November 09, 2015
Eleven Nebraska senators will be term-limited out of office next year, but some of them are still raising money for their campaign chests or still have sizeable chunks of change in them.
Obama puts the kibosh on Keystone XL pipeline
Obama puts the kibosh on Keystone XL pipeline
Rob Nikolewski | November 06, 2015
President Obama has rejected the Keystone XL pipeline project that would have funneled oil sands crude from Canada to the Gulf Coast.
Nebraska university tells students not to say ‘crazy,’ ‘ghetto’ and other bad words
Nebraska university tells students not to say ‘crazy,’ ‘ghetto’ and other bad words
Deena Winter | November 04, 2015
If you’re a student at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln, you should know the university would prefer you not use the words and phrases “man up,” “no homo,” retarded, ghetto, crazy and rape (out of context).
Some Nebraska prison workers double their salaries with overtime
Some Nebraska prison workers double their salaries with overtime
Deena Winter | November 02, 2015
The Nebraska prisons system spent a whopping $11 million on overtime in 17 months, overpaid staffers $1 million in overtime and has some employees doubling their salary with overtime, according to a new audit.