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Nebraska State Penitentiary Faces "Troubling" Staffing Problems A memo written to the Nebraska Judiciary Committee reveals staffing shortages are among the biggest concerns for the Nebraska State Penitentiary.Inspector General of Corrections Doug Koebernick wrote an eight-page memo this week detailing concerns with Nebraska’s largest prison. The Nebraska State Penitentiary had at least 18 occasions since July 2019 when the prison operated at or below... more››
Nebraska's Economy is Strong, For the Most Part The latest report from the Kansas City Fed shows, for the most part, Nebraska’s economy is strong.Nebraska’s July unemployment rate sat at 3.1%, which is 0.6 points lower than the U.S. rate. On the weak side of the economy, exports dropped 5.1% from this time last year and the labor market wasn’t as strong either.Nate Kauffman, economist and an executive at the Omaha branch of the Federal... more››
Nebraska Colleges Provide Mental Health Resources to Students As college and university students return to school in the next few weeks, they may experience new stressors that can impact their mental health. To help them succeed, college and universities make counseling and other mental health resources available for their students.This story is part of our ongoing reporting project “Nebraska: State of Mental Health.”Jon Loetterle is a student counselor at... more››
Lincoln and Lancaster County To Continue Night Courts The city of Lincoln and Lancaster County have decided to keep night court for another year and a half.The courts experimented with night court on May 30 and June 27 this year and decided to set dates every quarter for the next six quarters, or two this year and four more in 2020.Lincoln city attorney Jeff Kirkpatrick said night court provides people with misdemeanors a time to appear in court... more››
Nebraska Politician Focuses On Mental Health And Aging Population In New Role Mary Ann Borgeson has been a Douglas County Commissioner since 1994. She's also served as the first woman chair of the Douglas County Board. In July, she was named president of the National Association of Counties (NACo) which serves more than 3,000 counties in the United States. Brandon McDermott of NET News talked with her about several topics that affect all Nebraskans and her agenda as... more››
Repairs Coming Slowly to Boyd County Drinking Water The people of Boyd County in northeast Nebraska have been without running drinking water since the Spencer Dam collapsed and knocked out the county’s water on March 14.A pipeline underneath the Niobrara is being rebuilt and was initially supposed to be finished on May 28, a total of 42 days. The pilot hole for the pipeline was finished last week and now the hole is being widened, according to... more››
Farmers Sentenced in Historic Organic Fraud Case Four Midwestern farmers were sentenced last week on charges related to what prosecutors say is the largest organic fraud case in U.S. history.  Between 2010 and 2017, three Nebraska men--Tom Brennan, James Brennan and Mike Potter--supplied millions of bushels of grain to a Missouri farmer. The three men are all from near Overton, Nebraska.That farmer, Randy Constant, then falsely sold the grain... more››
York Public Meeting Aims to Tackle Water Quality Issues The public will get a chance to give input on fixing a water quality issue tonight in York. Upper Big Blue Natural Resource District is hosting an open house for community members to weigh in on proposed changes to solve nitrate level issues.Six townships in York County, surrounding York, Nebraska, have water with nitrate levels above the safe drinking level of 10 parts per million. For the last... more››
Omaha Amnesty Day Collects Loads of Firearms, Ammo and Fireworks The Sarpy County Sheriff’s Office and Omaha Police Department partnered for an “Amnesty Day” over the weekend.Community members dropped off unwanted firearms, ammunition and fireworks for safe disposal. 106 firearms, 841 pounds of ammunition and 324 pounds of fireworks were collected by the Sarpy County Sheriff’s Office and the Omaha Police Department.Sarpy County Officer Jacob Betsworth said... more››
Irrigation collapse affecting crops, economy as repairs proceed In eastern Wyoming a huge earthmoving-and-tunneling operation’s underway. Crews are trying to fix an irrigation tunnel that collapsed a month ago. That cutoff’s already affecting crops – and the economy – in Nebraska.On a Wyoming hillside, an orange excavator sits in a sandy pit, taking huge bites from the soil with its bucket. The operator raises the bucket, rotates 90 degrees, and dumps the... more››
Niobrara Celebrates Continuing Recovery From March Floods Niobrara, in far northeast Nebraska, is still recovering after floods in March tore through the community, wiping-out major roadways and damaging homes, businesses and infrastructure. This weekend, the town is celebrating its recovery with Niobrara Appreciation Days Friday and Saturday. Niobrara City Chairman Jody Stark spoke with NET’s Jack Williams about the rebuilding in his community and how... more››
Rising Above; Panhandle To Host National Hot Air Balloon Championship The National Hot Air Balloon Championship is this weekend in Nebraska's Panhandle, a huge event that's expected to attract 10,000 visitors a day and inject more than a $1 million into the local economy. Nebraska Stories producer Kay Hall got a preview, and a balloon ride during a recent visit to Scottsbluff. Mike Johnson is commercial pilot. His aircraft of choice is a three story tall hot air... more››