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$375,000 grant awarded to University of Nebraska Medical Center for Veteran suicide prevention

$375,000 grant awarded to University of Nebraska Medical Center for Veteran suicide prevention

NEBRASKA – The Behavioral Health Education Center of Nebraska (BHECN) at the University of Nebraska Medical Center was recently awarded a $375,000 Mental Health Awareness Training Grant aimed at suicide prevention among veterans in Nebraska. The goals of the grant are to: Foster alliances with veterans, families of veterans and local and state agencies to…Read more »

Fort Kearny ice-fishing event canceled

Fort Kearny ice-fishing event canceled

LINCOLN, Neb. – The Nebraska Game and Parks Commission has canceled the Family Ice-Fishing Clinic scheduled for Jan. 20 at Fort Kearny State Recreation Area Lake No. 6 near Kearney because of a lack of safe ice. It will not be rescheduled. On Jan. 19, however, the Nebraska Fish and Game Association will host a…Read more »

State dismissed from lawsuit over mental patient treatment

State dismissed from lawsuit over mental patient treatment

LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) – The state of Nebraska and its Health and Human Services Department have been dismissed from a lawsuit that alleged the state violated rules and regulations in diagnosing and treating mentally ill patients. A federal judge ruled last week that Dr. Farid Karimi’s claims against the state and the department are barred…Read more »

Ricketts unveils property tax package, prison funding plan

Ricketts unveils property tax package, prison funding plan

By GRANT SCHULTE Associated Press LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) – Gov. Pete Ricketts called on lawmakers Tuesday to approve a new property tax package and boost funding for Nebraska’s prison system in the face of a looming state deadline to reduce overcrowding. Ricketts unveiled the plans in his annual State of the State address that focused…Read more »

Federal trial for ‘AK-47 Bandit’ set for March in Nebraska

Federal trial for ‘AK-47 Bandit’ set for March in Nebraska

LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) – A federal trial in Nebraska has been pushed to March for a man suspected of being the “AK-47 bandit,” who investigators believe robbed banks in five states. The Lincoln Journal Star reports that a federal judge on Tuesday denied a motion by Richard Gathercole for a new court-appointed attorney and set…Read more »

Sasse Reintroduces Born-Alive Legislation

Sasse Reintroduces Born-Alive Legislation

WASHINGTON, D.C. — U.S. Senator Ben Sasse released the following statement after reintroducing the Born-Alive Abortion Survivors Protection Act. “Everybody loves babies and that love has nothing to do with politics and everything to do with just having a heart,” said Sasse. “This legislation is an opportunity for Congress to find consensus built on common…Read more »

Veterans set to move into new Kearney facility this week

Veterans set to move into new Kearney facility this week

GRAND ISLAND, Neb. (AP) – Nebraska veterans are looking forward to moving into the new Central Nebraska Veterans Home in Kearney this week. Vans of veterans will begin arriving at the new facility in Kearney on Wednesday morning, and Gov. Pete Ricketts will be on hand to greet them. The veterans are moving 34 miles…Read more »

Bill would bar officials from blocking view of execution

Bill would bar officials from blocking view of execution

LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) – A Nebraska senator has introduced a bill that would require state lawmakers to witness executions and prohibit prison officials from blocking witnesses’ view, as they did briefly while carrying one out last year. Sen. Patty Pansing Brooks, of Lincoln, proposed legislation Monday that would require two lawmakers appointed by the Legislature’s…Read more »

Nebraska tourism office promotes crane migration

Nebraska tourism office promotes crane migration

LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) – The Nebraska Tourism Office is starting its first campaign of 2019 by promoting the hundreds of thousands of sandhill cranes that migrate to the Platte River Valley. The Lincoln Journal Star reports that the print and television ads began running Monday. The ads will run until March in cities in Colorado,…Read more »

Missouri River water levels remain elevated in early 2019

Missouri River water levels remain elevated in early 2019

OMAHA, Neb. (AP) – The amount of water being released into the lower Missouri River will remain elevated at the start of the year, but should return to normal levels throughout 2019. The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers says the amount of water being released from Gavins Point Dam on the Nebraska-South Dakota border was…Read more »