Deena Winter has been a journalist for over 20 years, writing stories for the Northwood Gleaner, Bismarck Tribune, Associated Press, Denver Post and Lincoln Journal Star before joining Watchdog.

Pipeline fighters condemn Nebraska congressman’s mock concert playlist

By   /  September 2, 2014  /  Nebraska, News  /  No Comments

Kat Buchanan for Nebraska Watchdog

Congressman Lee Terry and oil pipeline fighters are duking it out again, this time over a mock playlist Terry’s people sent out last week to poke fun at the anti-pipeline prairie concert Willie Nelson and Neil Young will play later this month.

Read More →

Judge orders state employees to testify on prison screw-up

By   /  August 29, 2014  /  Nebraska, News  /  No Comments

Photo by Shutterstock

A district judge has ordered past and present state employees to testify before a special investigatory legislative committee next week, including five who had invoked their Fifth Amendment right to remain silent.

Read More →

After film crew shot, Omaha mayor says ride-along decision left to police chief

By   /  August 29, 2014  /  National, Nebraska, News  /  No Comments

THE CALL: Omaha  Mayor Jean Stothert said she let Police Chief Todd Schmaderer make the call as to whether the TV show "Cops" should be allowed to shoot in Omaha, leading to a deadly incident that killed a TV crewman and robbery suspect.

Omaha Mayor Jean Stothert said she left the final decision on whether to allow the “Cops” TV show to film in Omaha to Police Chief Todd Schmaderer.

Read More →

Nebraska lawmakers have trouble getting answers on incentives

By   /  August 28, 2014  /  Nebraska  /  No Comments

INCENTIVES: Nebraska lawmakers are studying their incentive programs, trying to figure out whether they're effective or if many jobs would have come anyway.

Nebraska lawmakers were largely stymied Thursday as they grilled the state tax commissioner about whether the state’s tax incentives are working or not. Although some of the answers were right in front of them.

Read More →

Spend til you drop: Nebraska cities buy into subsidies for malls

By   /  August 28, 2014  /  Nebraska, News  /  No Comments

SHOPPING FOR SUBSIDIES: Gretna's new outlet mall relied heavily on public subsidies, and the same developers are seeking hefty help in Omaha. Other Nebraska cities are following suit, seeking incentives for retail.

Legislation passed without fanfare a few years ago is increasingly being used by developers to build and renovate malls in Nebraska, even though experts have cautioned lawmakers against subsidizing retail.

Read More →

Six candidates take the State Fair stage for Senate debate

By   /  August 25, 2014  /  Nebraska  /  No Comments

Screen Shot 2014-08-25 at 10.15.37 PM

Four Independent candidates joined the Republican and Democratic nominees for the U.S. Senate debate Monday at the Nebraska State Fair, but the focus was on the two party favorites as a top trial lawyer tried to take a rising Republican star down a few notches.

Read More →