Watchdog bills, stories saw mixed results in Legislature

By   /  May 22, 2015  /  Nebraska, News  /  No Comments

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Bills designed to curb campaign corruption and increase transparency had mixed results in the Nebraska Legislature this year.

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Lincoln’s Antelope Valley Project reduced flooding — for $249 million

By   /  May 20, 2015  /  Nebraska, News  /  No Comments

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City officials have lauded the Antelope Valley Project for preventing flooding downtown, but the city spent much more than expected on the project: About half the total $249 million cost.

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Nebraska lawmaker lauds ‘Operation Wetback’ a success

By   /  May 15, 2015  /  Nebraska, News  /  No Comments

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During debate Wednesday on a bill allowing children of illegal immigrants to get driver’s licenses, Nebraska Sen. Bill Kintner longed for the 1950s, when the federal government “rounded up” illegal immigrants and shipped them back home in a program it officially called “Operation Wetback.” He called it a successful policy, but was it?

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Nebraska Legislature partial to purple lately

By   /  May 15, 2015  /  Nebraska, News  /  No Comments

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The Nebraska Legislature seems more partial to purple than red lately, despite the state’s reputation for being as crimson red as a Husker uniform.

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City subsidizing Ralston Arena with over $1 million per year

By   /  May 13, 2015  /  Minnesota, Nebraska, News  /  No Comments

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The city of Ralston is subsidizing its 2-year-old Ralston Arena to the tune of more than a million dollars a year, and yet the arena is still losing money, according to a recent audit.

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Controversial head-hunter has worked for OPS, state ed board

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

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A man hired by the Omaha school board to help find a superintendent, human resources director and two principals and by the state education board to pick a new education commissioner was forced out an Illinois high school job for allegedly kissing a student, sending suggestive emails and using racist terms in emails.

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