Author Archives: Jane Monnich

Bomb Cyclone Predicted

Bomb Cyclone Predicted

Areas that were paralyzed by blizzards and floods last month are getting ready for round two of a weather phenomenon known as a “bomb cyclone.” -Welcome to springtime in the Rockies and parts of the Great Plains including the possibility of western Nebraska. Meteorologists say much of it is normal. But what is unusual is…Read more »

Lawmakers Advance Property Tax Breaks For Homes Hit By Flood

Lawmakers Advance Property Tax Breaks For Homes Hit By Flood

LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) – Nebraska residents whose homes were destroyed by last month’s historic flood could get a property tax break under a bill advanced by lawmakers. Lawmakers gave first-round approval Tuesday to a bill that would require county officials to adjust the assessed value of homes that were destroyed by fires or natural disasters,…Read more »

Nebraska Takes Additional Steps To Prevent Opioid Abuse

Nebraska Takes Additional Steps To Prevent Opioid Abuse

LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) – Nebraska lawmakers are moving ahead with additional steps designed to protect the state from the national opioid drug epidemic. Lawmakers gave first-round approval Monday to a bill that would add new requirements for the state’s prescription drug monitoring program. The changes are intended to help health officials track what prescriptions patients…Read more »

Nebraska Community College Assistance Program Bill Advances

Nebraska Community College Assistance Program Bill Advances

LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) – Nebraska lawmakers have advanced a bill to expand the number of community college programs that are eligible for special state assistance. Senators sent the measure through the first of three required readings on Monday with a 43-0 vote. The bill by state Sen. Kate Bolz, of Lincoln, focuses on the Community…Read more »

Voter Turnout Prediction

Voter Turnout Prediction

A 25 percent voter turnout is predicted for Tuesday’s Lincoln primary election. Election Commissioner Dave Shively tells KLIN News that percentage is up from typical primary elections because of a number of factors including a mayor’s race and city council races, along with a proposed city sales tax increase to fund road improvements. Shively says…Read more »

Hundreds Of Homes In Two Nebraska Towns Ruled Uninhabitable

Hundreds Of Homes In Two Nebraska Towns Ruled Uninhabitable

OMAHA, Neb. (AP) – Nearly 600 residences in the eastern Nebraska communities of Bellevue and Fremont have been ruled uninhabitable. Broken or overtopped levees loosed torrents of river water to inundate parts of both communities last month. Fremont City Administrator Brian Newton told the Omaha World-Herald that his community has 180 houses red-tagged inside city…Read more »

New Nebraska DHHS Leader Confirmed By State Lawmakers

New Nebraska DHHS Leader Confirmed By State Lawmakers

LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) – Nebraska lawmakers have confirmed Gov. Pete Ricketts’ appointee to lead the state Department of Health and Human Services. Lawmakers voted 38-0 on Friday in favor of Dannette Smith as the department’s new chief executive officer. Smith has more than 25 years of executive leadership experience and most recently served as director…Read more »

Inquiry Launched Into OPS Pension Fund

Inquiry Launched Into OPS Pension Fund

OMAHA, Neb. (AP) – Documents show the U.S. Department of Justice has launched a preliminary inquiry into the Omaha Public Schools pension fund. The Omaha World-Herald reports that the Omaha School Employees’ Retirement System gave notice of the inquiry to staff in a memorandum last month. The memo says staff and trustees must maintain all…Read more »

Nebraskans Are Warned About DNA Cheek Swab Scam

Nebraskans Are Warned About DNA Cheek Swab Scam

LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) – Nebraska authorities are warning people about a possible scam involving DNA cheek swabs for cancer checks. The Nebraska Insurance Department says it’s gotten several reports about groups going to senior centers and assisted-living facilities and offering to swab the inside of face cheeks to obtain DNA samples. The department says Medicare…Read more »

Investigation Into Lincoln Diocesan Staff Continues

Investigation Into Lincoln Diocesan Staff Continues

The Lincoln Police Department released a statement on the Catholic Diocese of Lincoln releasing the names of  nine priests identified during their internal investigation process.  The police department says these names had previously been received by the Lincoln Police Department through their cooperative efforts with the Lincoln Diocese, the Lancaster County Attorney, and the Nebraska…Read more »