U.S. households to pay higher heating bills this winter

U.S. households to pay higher heating bills this winter

Lincoln -- The average U.S. household is going to pay more for heating this winter, as the prices forheating fuels go up and a colder winter forecast contributes to greater demand. The U.S. Energy Information Administration announced in its Winter Fuels Outlook that households will likely pay more for heating…
2,510 new UNMC students mark beginning of health professions

2,510 new UNMC students mark beginning of health professions

The University of Nebraska Medical Center welcomes 2,510 new students this fall as they make a commitment in the health professions and begin educational programs in Omaha, Lincoln, Kearney, Scottsbluff and Norfolk. Students are enrolled in programs for medicine, nursing, pharmacy, dentistry, allied health professions and graduate studies.  New students,…
Flags to Fly at Half-Staff for National Peace Officers’ Memorial Service

Flags to Fly at Half-Staff for National Peace Officers’ Memorial Service

LINCOLN – Today, Governor Pete Ricketts, in accordance with a proclamation from the White House, announced that all U.S. and Nebraska flags are to be flown at half-staff in honor of the National Peace Officers’ Memorial Service being held in Washington, DC tomorrow.  The ceremony pays respect to members of law enforcement who have…
Alice Buffett Magnet Middle School teacher named Nebr Teacher of the Year

Alice Buffett Magnet Middle School teacher named Nebr Teacher of the Year

Lee Perez, an English as a Second Language teacher in grades 5-8th at Alice Buffett Magnet Middle School in Omaha, was named the Nebraska 2022 Teacher of the Year during a surprise award presentation today. Nebraska Commissioner of Education Matthew Blomstedt presented the award. Perez was one of four finalists…
Global Handwashing Day is October 15

Global Handwashing Day is October 15

Lincoln – While thoroughly washing one’s hands has long been a key tenet of good hygiene, the practice has taken on increased urgency since COVID-19 began spreading worldwide. Global Handwashing Day, October 15, is a way to emphasize the urgency of this simple but critical action, which can prevent 1 in…
Chronic staffing shortage worsens in Nebraska state prisons

Chronic staffing shortage worsens in Nebraska state prisons

LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) - Nebraska's corrections director says the state's prison workforce shortage has become so severe that two facilities have cut back on the hours when they're fully operational and a third will do the same starting next week. Nebraska Department of Correctional Services Director Scott Frakes says the…
Weekly COVID-19 Risk Update

Weekly COVID-19 Risk Update

KEARNEY – Two Rivers Public Health updated the weekly risk dial on Thursday, October 14, 2021. The risk dial remainsin the red “Pandemic” level of risk. -318 cases of COVID-19 were recorded in TRPHD between October 6 - October 12. In the past month, a little over 300 new cases…
Fortenberry helps rescue abandoned Biden interpreter

Fortenberry helps rescue abandoned Biden interpreter

(WASHINGTON, DC) – This morning, on the BBC World Service, Congressman Jeff Fortenberry (NE-01) outlined his work and that of the Human First Coalition in bringing Joe Biden’s abandoned Afghanistan interpreter and others facing persecution in Afghanistan to safety.  Fortenberry made the following statement about ongoing rescue efforts and the…
Gov. Ricketts takes further action to add capacity to Healthcare workforce

Gov. Ricketts takes further action to add capacity to Healthcare workforce

LINCOLN – Governor Pete Ricketts has issued Executive Order (EO) 21-15 to increase access to needed health care services in Nebraska.  EO 21-15 temporarily suspends various state statutes so that health care facility administrators and practitioners such as audiologists, alcohol and drug counselors, and speech pathologists can more readily contribute their skills…