Nikko Jenkins begged governor for help, saying he was ‘caged animal’

By   /  December 18, 2014  /  Nebraska  /  No Comments

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Serial killer Nikko Jenkins wrote to everyone he could think of while serving time in solitary confinement, including the governor, begging them to help him get mental health treatment before he killed people.

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Audit: Nebraska left $56 million in federal welfare funds on the table

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

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A state audit found Nebraska left $56 million in federal welfare funds on the table in the past four years, and instead tapped more state funds to help low-income residents.

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Fort Calhoun nuclear plant shut down following ‘non-emergency event’

By   /  December 17, 2014  /  Nebraska  /  No Comments

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Omaha’s consistently troubled Ft. Calhoun nuclear power plant has been shutdown once again. The reactor, which was unplugged for nearly three years following the 2011 Missouri River flood, has been taken “temporarily offline,” according to a statement released by the Omaha Public Power District.

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Nebraska audit finds welfare fraud, lack of oversight

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

FRAUD: A bill aimed at targeting public assistance fraud calls for long prison sentences and a cash reward system. Ironically, taxpayers would get stuck with the high costs of the legislation.

Nebraska’s state auditor has unearthed a variety of problems with the way Nebraska doles out welfare and monitors the program, including $11,000 in payments for six months’ worth of cab rides, even though the welfare recipient owned a car.

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OPPD’s expected rate hike hardly a shocker

By   /  December 16, 2014  /  Nebraska  /  No Comments

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If, as expected, OPPD announces this week that it is raising rates next year, it’ll be keeping a long-standing tradition intact.

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Prisons committee calls for firings and major reforms

By   /  December 15, 2014  /  Nebraska  /  No Comments

REPORT:  A special investigatory prisons committee released its report and recommendations Monday.

A legislative committee investigating several corrections scandals called the release of murderer Nikko Jenkins a “colossal failure” of the state corrections system that appeared to be the result of a “turf war” in which corrections psychologists were trying to discredit the opinions of contract psychiatrists.

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