Author Archives: Jane Monnich

Nebraska Lawmakers Approve New Two-Year Budget

Nebraska Lawmakers Approve New Two-Year Budget

LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) – Nebraska lawmakers have approved a new $9.3 billion, two-year budget despite objections from a group of fiscal conservatives who wanted spending cuts. The main budget bill won final approval Tuesday on a 35-12 vote. It now heads to Gov. Pete Ricketts, who can approve it, reject it or use his line-item…Read more »

Rental Housing Ordinance Described as Good First Step

Rental Housing Ordinance Described as Good First Step

A scaled-back ordinance offering some restrictions on rental housing is somewhat applauded by an organization that represents the city’s core neighborhoods. Collective Impact Lincoln Program Manager Nancy Petitto says city council approval of the Humane Housing Ordinance is a positive step in protecting renters and preserving the quality of affordable, humane rental housing in our…Read more »

Abortion-rights supporters to rally at Nebraska Capitol

Abortion-rights supporters to rally at Nebraska Capitol

LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) — Supporters of abortion rights are set to rally at the Nebraska Capitol as part of a national campaign responding to states that have passed new abortion restrictions. The free public event is set for noon Tuesday at the Nebraska Capitol and will include representatives of the American Civil Liberties Union of…Read more »

Nebraska Remain Behind In Planting Season’s Crops

Nebraska Remain Behind In Planting Season’s Crops

OMAHA, Neb. (AP) – Good weather enabled Nebraska farmers to make progress in planting crops last week, but they remain behind historic averages. The U.S. Department of Agriculture reports that for the week ending Sunday, there were five days suitable for field works. Thanks to the better weather, farmers managed to raise the amount of…Read more »

Lincoln’s 52nd Mayor Is To Be Sworn In

Lincoln’s 52nd Mayor Is To Be Sworn In

Lincoln will have a new mayor this week.. Lincoln City Councilwoman and Mayor-Elect Leirion Gaylor Baird is sworn in as Lincoln’s 52nd Mayor Monday night.. Four city council members are also sworn in -James Michael Bowers, Richard Meginnis, Tammy Ward and incumbent Jane Raybould. The new city council will choose a replacement for Gaylor Baird’s…Read more »

Arrests Made In A Human Trafficking Sting Operation In Lincoln

Arrests Made In A Human Trafficking Sting Operation In Lincoln

Eight people were arrested in a multi agency prostitution, human-trafficking sting operation in Lincoln over the weekend. Three of the arrests were men for charges including: soliciting a prostitute, pandering and electronic child enticement. Investigators are working to identify potential victims among the women contacted during the detail Officer Angela Sands says the sting operation…Read more »

Japan Eliminating Restrictions On U.S. Beef

Japan Eliminating Restrictions On U.S. Beef

Good news for Nebraska farmers…..with word from the U.S. Ag Department that Japan is lifting age restrictions on U.S. beef. Senate Ag Committee member Nebraska U.S. Senator Deb Fischer applauds the move saying it will increase opportunities for Nebraska beef. Japan had originally  banned U.S. beef because of concerns of mad cow disease.Read more »

Nebraska Bill that Cracks Down on Human Traffickers Advances

Nebraska Bill that Cracks Down on Human Traffickers Advances

LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) – Traffickers who sell women and children for sex in Nebraska could have their phones tapped by law enforcement and face prosecution years or even decades after their crimes under a bill advanced by lawmakers. Lawmakers gave the measure first-round approval Thursday on a 45-0 vote. The bill would extend the statute…Read more »