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.

Senate report blasts Bold Nebraska as faux grassroots group

By   /  July 31, 2014  /  Nebraska, News  /  No Comments

Bold Nebraska

U.S. Senate Republicans call Bold Nebraska a faux grassroots group used by non-Nebraska billionaires to funnel money and advance their political agenda, according to a report released Wednesday.

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Former prisons head will be in hot seat over sentencing fiasco

By   /  July 31, 2014  /  Nebraska  /  No Comments

Nebraska Watchdog

The former head of Nebraska’s prisons system will be in the hot seat next week when he appears before a special investigative legislative committee that’s looking at prison problems.

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Ashford calls for special session after internal documents show prison officials snubbed law

By   /  July 29, 2014  /  Nebraska  /  No Comments

Brad Ashford

Omaha Sen. Brad Ashford is calling for a special session about oversight of the state’s beleaguered prison system after internal documents revealed prison employees ignored warnings they were miscalculating prison sentences and letting inmates out too early.

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Sasse to Obama: ‘Go to Central America and stop the bleeding’

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

Ben Sasse

Republican Senate nominee Ben Sasse is calling on President Obama to go to Central America and make it clear the unaccompanied minors streaming north will not get amnesty.

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Nebraska’s sentencing screw-up will cost taxpayers at least $10 million

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

COUNTING THE COST: The Nebraska prison system has estimated the cost of its sentencing screwup at $4 million over the next decade, $10 million over the next 50 years.

The state prison system has estimated its sentencing screw-up will cost the state $4 million over the next decade, and another $6 million the next four decades, but the senator who requested the estimate doubts its accuracy.

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Nebraska bad bridge count has gone up since Minnesota bridge collapse

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

AP Photo

Nebraska is one of just nine states that have not reduced its number of structurally deficient bridges since 13 people died when a Minneapolis interstate bridge collapsed seven years ago. In fact, it has more bad bridges now.

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