Deena is an investigative reporter for Nebraska Watchdog. She has worked in the journalism field for over 25 years, writing for the Associated Press, Northwood Gleaner, Bismarck Tribune, Denver Post, and Lincoln Journal Star. Deena can be reached on Twitter at @DeenaNEWatchdog at by email at

Omaha pension funds improve but still poorly funded

By   /  November 19, 2015  /  Nebraska, News  /  No Comments

PONDERING PENSIONS: Pennsylvania lawmakers believe there's an appetite for pension reform, but there's no exact idea of what it will look like yet.

Cities with poorly funded pension funds had to report to state lawmakers on Wednesday.

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TransCanada withdraws its application for pipeline approval in Nebraska

By   /  November 18, 2015  /  Nebraska, News  /  No Comments

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TransCanada hit a major roadblock with President Barack Obama, and is now withdrawing its application to get the proposed Keystone XL pipeline route approved in Nebraska.

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Cabinet vacancies may delay debate on Nebraska business incentives

By   /  November 17, 2015  /  Nebraska, News  /  No Comments

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A debate over business incentives could be delayed by the vacancies of two Nebraska department heads.

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Nebraska senator wants to add another incentive to cities’ tool chest

By   /  November 16, 2015  /  Nebraska, News  /  No Comments


A potential subsidy giving Nebraska cities another business incentive for large developments has been controversial in other states with a similar program.

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Nebraska changing course in protecting medical whistleblowers

By   /  November 12, 2015  /  Nebraska, News  /  No Comments


The state of Nebraska appears to have changed its confidentiality policy governing medical whistleblowers in the wake of a Nebraska Watchdog story in which nurses said their jobs were jeopardized because the state disclosed their identities.

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Some Nebraska senators on their way out are still raising campaign cash

By   /  November 9, 2015  /  Nebraska, News  /  No Comments

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Eleven Nebraska senators will be term-limited out of office next year, but some of them are still raising money for their campaign chests or still have sizeable chunks of change in them.

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