(COLUMN) Dist 36 Sen. Matt Williams

(COLUMN) Dist 36 Sen. Matt Williams

Greetings District 36.  This week, most standing Committees finished their public hearings for this legislative session. The Legislature will now begin full day debate of bills that have advanced out of the standing Committees.  The Banking, Commerce, and Insurance Committee ended its public hearing schedule with a hearing on LB270…
As other states close prisons, Nebraska may build a big one

As other states close prisons, Nebraska may build a big one

Omaha, Neb. -- Officials across the nation are closing prisons as crime rates drop and views about drug use change, but not in Nebraska, where the governor is pushing for a new $230 million prison to relieve overcrowding and house a steadily rising inmate population. It’s not certain that lawmakers…
“Meat is on the Menu Day” to be proclaimed in Nebraska

“Meat is on the Menu Day” to be proclaimed in Nebraska

Colorado Governor Jared Polis has declared March 20th as "MeatOut Day" as a way to promote meatless diets. Not to be out done, Nebraska Gov. Pete Ricketts wants to get the message out about how important livestock is to Nebraska and how important meat is on the table so to…
2021 Great Plains Conference to cover climate change, culture

2021 Great Plains Conference to cover climate change, culture

Lincoln, Nebraska, March 4, 2021 — The Center for Great Plains studies is hosting its 46th Great Plains conference, a virtual edition titled “Climate Change and Culture in the Great Plains,” from April 1-2. The conference focuses on how people learn about, view, discuss and make decisions about climate change.…
Ernie Chambers gets vaccine and encourages others to get one

Ernie Chambers gets vaccine and encourages others to get one

Omaha, Neb. -- Well-known former state senator Ernie Chambers got his second shot of the coronavirus vaccine publicly on Wednesday to encourage other people to get the shots. The 83-year-old, who was forced out of office in January by term limits, received his second dose of the Moderna vaccine Wednesday…
Broken Bow Guiding Business Co-Owner Sentenced for Lacey Act Violation

Broken Bow Guiding Business Co-Owner Sentenced for Lacey Act Violation

Acting United States Attorney Jan Sharp announced that Nolan Hueftle, age 60, of Broken Bow, Nebraska, was sentenced today in federal court in Omaha by United States Magistrate Judge Michael D. Nelson for violating the Lacey Act. The Lacey Act prohibits the trafficking in interstate commerce "tainted" (i.e., taken in…
Grass fire closed portion of Interstate at Brady

Grass fire closed portion of Interstate at Brady

The Nebraska State Patrol and Nebraska Department of Transportation closed Interstate 80 Eastbound Thursday afternoon from Brady(mile marker 199) to the Interstate at Cozad(mile marker 222) due to a grass fire just east of the Gothenburg interchange. West bound remained open. The fire was encroaching the Interstate along with smoke…
Ibach joins UNL as IANR undersecretary-in-residence

Ibach joins UNL as IANR undersecretary-in-residence

Former U.S. Department of Agricultural Undersecretary Greg Ibach has joined the University of Nebraska-Lincoln’s Institute of Agriculture and Natural Resources as the institute’s inaugural undersecretary-in-residence. In his new role with IANR, Ibach will help advance the institute in areas including agricultural biotechnology policy, agricultural-biosecurity, workforce training and the partnership between…
Troopers Find 770 LBs of Marijuana in I-80 Traffic Stop

Troopers Find 770 LBs of Marijuana in I-80 Traffic Stop

MARCH 4, 2021 (LINCOLN, NEB.) — Troopers with the Nebraska State Patrol have arrested two California men after locating 770 pounds of marijuana during a traffic stop Wednesday near Seward. At approximately 3:50 p.m. Wednesday, a trooper observed a cargo van speeding and failing to signal as it traveled eastbound…