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HUD relents, releases audit of Omaha Housing Authority

By   /  July 27, 2015  /  Nebraska  /  No Comments

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Under pressure by U.S. Sen. Chuck Grassley, the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development released a 2013 audit of the Omaha Housing Authority that found fraud, impermissible use of federal funds, governance problems and financial mismanagement.

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Would beer sales at Husker games prop up arena budget?

By   /  July 27, 2015  /  Nebraska, News  /  No Comments

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Lincoln Mayor Chris Beutler has suggested it might be time to revisit the idea of allowing alcohol sales at Husker basketball games in the Pinnacle Bank Arena to help the arena make more money.

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7 questions yet to be answered about Lincoln VA project

By   /  July 24, 2015  /  Nebraska, News  /  No Comments

Courtesy VA

Lincoln officials appear eager to approve a plan to redevelop the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs campus, despite lingering questions raised by a Nebraska Watchdog investigation.

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Travels with Pete: Nebraska governor racks up frequent flier miles

By   /  July 22, 2015  /  Nebraska, News  /  No Comments

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During his first seven-and-a-half months in office, Gov. Pete Ricketts has been out of state eight times — more than a month — for a mix of personal and official business ranging from a Chicago Cubs board meeting to a European trade mission.

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Proponents quietly float $55 million plan for new Lincoln library

By   /  July 21, 2015  /  Nebraska, News  /  No Comments

This is a rendering of the new Lincoln main library.

Proponents of a new main library in Lincoln are quietly pushing for a $55 million bond issue to convert the city’s old, vacant Pershing Center into a new library.

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Is Nebraska following in Walker’s footsteps on economic development?

By   /  July 20, 2015  /  Nebraska  /  No Comments

Governor's office

The new head of Nebraska’s job-creation agency plans to do a study of the department and the state’s business incentives and has consulted with the same company that did a study that prompted Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker to create a public-private economic development agency.

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