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.

Sasse stumbles on NRA question days after being endorsed

By   /  September 18, 2014  /  Nebraska, News  /  No Comments

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There were few surprises during Sunday’s Senate debate, except when the frontrunner, GOP nominee Ben Sasse, seemed to stumble on a question about gun rights, just days after being endorsed by the National Rifle Association.

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Lawmakers mull moving attorneys into AG’s office

By   /  September 17, 2014  /  Nebraska, News  /  No Comments

Robin Gavinski wrongly spent 417 days in prison due to a calculation error by the Department of Corrections. Now the state is repaying Gavinski with $7,600.

Hastings Sen. Les Seiler said he doesn’t think legislation would be necessary to move certain state department attorneys into the attorney general’s office.

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Despite ups and downs, Jenkins says he’s a wealthy man

By   /  September 16, 2014  /  Elections, Nebraska, News, Politics  /  No Comments

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Independent U.S. Senate candidate Jim Jenkins is sometimes described as a wealthy rancher and restaurateur, but his financial disclosure indicate he has substantial liabilities, too. Despite some ups and downs after launching a variety of business ventures in Boston, Chicago and Ohio, Jenkins says he’s a multi-millionaire.

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Fifteen border kids going to school in small Nebraska town

By   /  September 12, 2014  /  Nebraska, News  /  No Comments


About 15 undocumented migrant children, or so-called border kids, have moved to Lexington, a small town in central Nebraska.

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Personnel report says prison attorney most to blame for prison fiasco

By   /  September 11, 2014  /  Nebraska, News  /  No Comments

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The former lead attorney for Nebraska’s corrections department was most culpable in the department continuing to miscalculate prison sentences even after a February 2013 state Supreme Court decision laying out the proper way to do it, according to a report released Thursday.

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The story behind the protection order that took down a lieutenant governor

By   /  September 10, 2014  /  Nebraska, News  /  No Comments

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Lt. Gov. Lavon Heidemann was angry that his sister didn’t pick up pain patches for his handicapped, 84-year-old mother the day after she injured herself while getting out of a car, prompting him to push her out of his mother’s house and ultimately resign from office after a judge granted his sister a protection order.

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