Deena Winter is a reporter for NebraskaWatchdog.org. Contact her at deena@nebraskawatchdog.org and follow her on Twitter @DeenaNEWatchdog.

Nebraska parole chair: ‘I felt pressured’ to parole more prisoners

By   /  November 25, 2014  /  Nebraska  /  No Comments

The School District of Philadelphia and Philadelphia Federation of Teachers await court ruling.

The head of Nebraska’s parole board told lawmakers Tuesday the board has been pressured by Gov. Dave Heineman’s administration since 2008 to increase the number of prisoners paroled.

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Corrections director, attorney reinterpreted law to cut NE prisoners’ sentences

By   /  November 25, 2014  /  Nebraska, News  /  No Comments

AT LARGE: Authorities are still searching for three inmates mistakenly released in a state sentencing screw-up

Corrections employees told a State Patrol investigator the former corrections director and his top attorney began granting parolees “good time” – or a reduction in their sentence – even after their parole had been revoked, in an effort to deal with the burgeoning prison population.

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Bruning: No charges to be filed in prison sentence screw-up

By   /  November 24, 2014  /  Nebraska, News  /  No Comments

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Attorney General Jon Bruning says no charges will be filed in connection with the prison sentence miscalculation mess.

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Nebraska professor under fire for dressing up like Cheney, mock shooting at students

By   /  November 23, 2014  /  Nebraska  /  No Comments

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A University of Nebraska professor is coming under fire for dressing up as former Vice President Dick Cheney on Halloween, and pretending to shoot at students with his hands.

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Ben Nelson provision could come back to haunt Obamacare

By   /  November 21, 2014  /  Health Care, National, Nebraska, News  /  No Comments

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Former U.S. Sen. Ben Nelson may go down in history for providing the crucial 60th vote needed to pass Obamacare, but the concessions he got in exchange for that vote could ultimately obliterate the health care law.

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Rural Nebraskans hit with big Obamacare rate hikes

By   /  November 19, 2014  /  Nebraska, News  /  No Comments

PRUDENT RESISTANCE: Nationwide, federal spending to initiate the health care marketplace cost about $922 per person. By contrast, state-run exchanges were significantly more expensive, as high as nearly $24,000 per person in Hawaii.

Rural Nebraskans will see the biggest rate hikes in the second year of Obamacare, with average increases of 17 percent.

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