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Lincoln Considers Highway Allocation Bonds To Avoid Library, Other Cuts Due To Budget Shortfall The City of Lincoln may make up part of its budget shortfall through highway allocation bonding. The plan would authorize $25 million in bonds to fund street and transportation improvements. The city receives gas tax revenue from the state each year which the city can borrow against in the form of bonds.Mayor Leirion Gaylor Baird announced the proposal Friday, saying that low interest rates and... more››
COVID-19 Risk Is High In Lincoln-Lancaster County, Health Officials Say The Lincoln-Lancaster County Health Department has increased the risk of COVID-19 in the community from moderate to high risk.Lincoln Mayor Leirion Gaylor Baird said this is the first time the risk dial has been increased since it was introduced in mid-May. Gaylor Baird said if residents want to return to normal they need to take the virus more seriously."So here's the deal,” Gaylor Baird said... more››
Conservationists Prepare To Study Platte River Chokepoint Conservationists near North Platte will soon study water patterns and samples from the Platte River by flooding one section with water from Lake McConaughey. Jason Farnsworth at the Platte River Recovery Implementation Program says the program has worked hard alongside the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service to reduce plant growth on the Platte River. But excess vegetation in one section by North... more››
Former Gov. Heineman disputes Republican Party finance report Former Governor Dave Heineman, a Republican, is disputing the latest report from the Nebraska Republican Party about spending on a race where Heineman and current Republican Governor Pete Ricketts are supporting different candidates.The race at the center of the controversy is in southeast Nebraska’s District One, pitting Sen. Julie Slama, appointed to fill a vacancy by Gov. Pete Ricketts,... more››
COVID-19 in Nebraska: New Cases Increase Slightly While Testing, Hospitalizations Go Down State officials say they’re encouraged that the most severe cases of COVID-19 seem to be declining. Gov. Pete Ricketts says only 18 people with the disease are on ventilators statewide, and 100 people are hospitalized."We continue to see declining hospitalizations so that’s good news, our cases have been relatively steady so that’s good news too," Ricketts said Friday. "But again this only... more››
UNO Economist Anticipates Gloomy Jobs Report for July A University of Nebraska at Omaha economics professor who tracks employment trends across the state thinks June’s numbers could be pretty good, but he’s not so confident about July. Chris Decker expects overall, Nebraska could have added between eight and ten-thousand jobs last month. Those numbers come out next week. A recent uptick in first time jobless claims has him concerned.“Had we had not... more››
Medical Technology Company Investing $70 million more in Nebraska Operations A leading, New Jersey-based medical technology company is partnering with the Federal Government to invest a combined $70 million to further expand the company’s operations and manufacturing capacity in Nebraska. Earlier this week, Becton Dickinson & Co. announced the new investment in their Nebraska operations, which produce syringes and needles that could be used to administer a COVID-19... more››
OPS Responds To Questions, Concerns About Back-To-School Plan The Omaha Public School District is responding to questions and concerns about its plan for returning to school next month. District officials answered questions during a town hall on Facebook live Thursday night.The plan has students attending in person classes only two to three days each week, with virtual instruction on the remaining days.Superintendent Cheryl Logan says they need to have... more››
New Unemployment Claims Increased 33% Last Week Initial claims for unemployment benefits increased by 33.5% last week.About 6,100 Nebraskans filed for first-time jobless benefits, the highest number in two months. In total, 122,858 people have received benefits since mid-March, including about 53,000 last week. Starting next week, everyone receiving benefits will have to search for work again. That requirement was temporarily waived during... more››
Lied Center to Operate Under Limited Capacity for Fall Season Lincoln’s Lied Center for the Performing Arts has announced plans to safely reopen for the fall season beginning on July 16. Executive Director Bill Stephan said seat assignments will be in pairs six-feet apart from other groups. He said though the financial model was challenging to determine due to reduced capacity, the Arts for All Program, which provides free and reduced-price tickets for... more››
South Omaha COVID-19 Testing Site to Reopen Sunday A Douglas County Health department drive-thru COVID-19 testing location in South Omaha that closed last week will reopen on Sunday. The clinic at 50th and G streets halted operations last week because of a shortage of testing equipment. Testing is free to the community, but advanced registration is advised. Department spokesperson Phil Rooney said providing free testing to the community is... more››
Survey: Nebraska ag land values up for first time since 2014 A new survey shows for the first time since 2014, the value of agricultural land in Nebraska went up this year. But with the effects of the coronavirus pandemic, it could head down again.The news about ag land prices turning around is contained in a new report by the University of Nebraska’s Institute of Agriculture and Natural Resources. The report’s lead author, ag economist Jim Jansen,... more››

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