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AG: University of Nebraska violated open meetings law in presidential search

By   /  July 2, 2015  /  Nebraska  /  No Comments

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Nebraska Attorney General Doug Peterson says University of Nebraska officials violated the state Open Meetings Act during their search for a new president by holding a number of private meetings that were improper.

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HUD snubs Grassley’s demand for audit dating back to Ashford’s reign

By   /  July 1, 2015  /  Nebraska, News  /  No Comments

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The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development has not yet responded to U.S. Sen. Chuck Grassley’s request for its audit of the Omaha Housing Authority, following a series of Nebraska Watchdog stories.

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Governor Ricketts looking into drug testing welfare applicants

By   /  June 25, 2015  /  Nebraska  /  No Comments

TESTED: Gov. Pete Ricketts says he is looking into drug testing of welfare applicants, but has no plans to pursue the idea right now.

Nebraska Gov. Pete Ricketts said Wednesday he’s looking into the possibility of requiring drug testing of people who want to get on welfare.

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City quietly embarks on what looks like phase 2 of controversial Antelope Valley Project

By   /  June 23, 2015  /  Nebraska, News  /  No Comments

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Lincoln city officials are pushing forward on a project that looks an awful lot like the second phase of its controversial $249 million Antelope Valley Project, the widening of a big drainage ditch through the heart of the city.

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Prosecutors say penal code changes will push up counties’ costs

By   /  June 22, 2015  /  Nebraska  /  No Comments

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Prosecutors say a prison bill will increase costs to counties as more people go to jail rather than prison, putting pressure on property taxes.

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Some prosecutors think Nebraska has gone soft on crime

By   /  June 19, 2015  /  Nebraska  /  No Comments

LEGAL IRONIES: The state senator representing a Norfolk prosecutor in a DUI case has some interesting ties to DUI legislation and the alcohol industry.

Some prosecutors say Nebraska lawmakers went soft on crime this session by passing a bill that lightens penalties for serious crimes in their zeal to ease prison crowding.

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