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Election 2014

Luxury or necessity? OPS bond issue would add central air conditioning to schools lacking it

Is central air conditioning in schools still an expensive luxury in 2014 or a no-frills necessity to keep kids focused on hot days? That question could divide some voters on Election Day when it comes to the Omaha Public Schools’ $421 million school bond issue.

Hansen: When Reaper comes to call, no need to be so grim

We spend enormous amounts of money, time and brainpower — in fact we have created an entire thing called medicine — to try to prevent death. And yet death itself is barely understood, and talking about it is often stigmatized, as if we will all keel over once we breathe the "D" word.

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StratCom conducts its biggest annual homeland-defense exercise this week

The Bellevue-based U.S. Strategic Command will lead its biggest annual exercise this week when Global Thunder 15 kicks off today.

Higher education

UNMC researcher awarded $3.3 million for study of rare childhood diseases

A roundup of higher education news and events.

The Record: Marriages, divorces


Non-CHI Health clinics, hospitals handling influx of new patients

People covered by Blue Cross Blue Shield of Nebraska insurance who don't want to pay higher bills account for some of the uptick.

Payton Benson

Artwork helps honor the life of 5-year-old shooting victim

Payton Benson’s innocent features — her brown eyes, her closed-mouth smile and her hair in braids — were memorialized in a painting called “Release the Peace,” displayed Sunday evening at a celebration of her life.

Omaha Police Department

'Cops and Bobbers' lures 200 youths to Benson Park

"This is a great opportunity for us to come out and be with the kids and get to know them a little on a more personal level," Capt. Scott Gray said.

Former Omahan Marjorie Madden was devoted to family, art and nature

Marjorie Madden is being remembered as a devoted wife and mother, an accomplished businesswoman and a devotee of art and nature. She died Oct. 7 in the Denver area at age 84.

Election 2014

Mike Huckabee will stump for Pete Ricketts in Norfolk

Mike Huckabee, a former Arkansas governor and now a conservative media personality, will be in Norfolk this week on behalf of Nebraska gubernatorial candidate Pete Ricketts.

3 killed in accidents on Nebraska roads

A 75-year-old Waterloo, Nebraska man operating a tractor was among three people who died Saturday following traffic accidents on Nebraska roads.

Resident kills alleged intruder in Bellevue

An Omaha man who allegedly broke into a Bellevue apartment Saturday night was shot and killed by the resident, Bellevue police said.

Election 2014: U.S. House race

2 local Republicans blast use of Nikko Jenkins in anti-Ashford ad

Republican TV ads featuring Nikko Jenkins continued to roil the Omaha-area race for Congress Sunday, with two local Republicans denouncing the ads in a press conference called by Brad Ashford’s campaign.

Suburban Scene, Oct. 19

Eighteen months after separating from the Bellevue Mayor’s Office, the organization that has led Bellevue’s war on drugs for more than 40 years is looking for ways to continue its work.

Omaha's 2014 Hero awards honor dedication to hometown

Three 2014 Hometown Hero Awards, saluting dedication to making the Omaha area a better place to live, will be presented Thursday by the Omaha FBI Citizens Academy Alumni Association in partnership with the Omaha FBI field office.

Your Election Day primer

Election Day is Nov. 4, but you don’t have to wait to cast your ballot. Here’s what you need to know if you want to vote early.

Election 2014

Nebraska Legislative District 42 candidates on same path, diverge on issues

The two candidates vying to represent District 42 in the Nebraska Legislature may have similar backgrounds, but their outlooks are much different.

Election 2014

Retired school nurse offers Rx for OPS in Subdistrict 8 race

After a May 2013 election that resulted in an almost entirely new Omaha school board, Omaha Public Schools elections this fall are taking a decidedly quieter tone.

Election 2014

Policy at forefront of Nebraska Legislative District 46 race between young Democrats

If you’re thinking of wagering on the District 46 legislative race in Nebraska, you’d be wise to put your cash on the young Democrat. Both candidates competing to represent this north Lincoln district are Democrats. And their 30th birthdays are still ahead of them.

Election 2014

Seeking solutions on taxes, prisons in Nebraska Legislative District 20 race

Two candidates from widely known political families — Matt Lathrop and John S. McCollister — are on the ballot for southwest Omaha’s 20th Legislative District.

Election 2014

Small-business interests are focus of familiar foes in Nebraska Legislative District 3 race

For the past year the two Bellevue residents have been campaigning against each other for the District 3 legislative seat, which includes the western part of Bellevue and some unincorporated areas east of Papillion.

Election 2014

Legislative colleagues Charlie Janssen, Amanda McGill vie for state auditor job

Two state lawmakers — one a Democrat, the other a Republican — are squaring off in the race for state auditor.

Lincoln moves ahead on proposed prairie corridor

Lincoln city officials say nearly two-thirds of the 7,400 acres needed for a prairie corridor along the southwest section of Lincoln have been acquired.

Election: Governor's race

Rejecting liberal tag, Chuck Hassebrook puts focus not on smaller or bigger but better government

The Democratic candidate for governor, whose rural roots run as deep as the creases in his scuffed-up cowboy boots, has spent his entire adult life working in support of all things small in Nebraska: small towns, small farms and small businesses.

Election 2014: Governor's race

After failed tuneup in 2006, Pete Ricketts says he's road-tested and ready to lead

“It just feels like I’m supposed to do this,” he said. “That if you look at the unique combination of things that I have, that business experience, the experience of running for office in 2006, being involved behind the scenes in politics and policy. ... I’ve really got a unique set of experiences and skills to be able to do this job.”

Village Pointe jewelry store robbed for second time in 5 weeks

A Village Pointe jewelry store has been the target of a smash-and-grab robbery for the second time about five weeks.

Election 2014

Flood control dominates in five Papio-Missouri River NRD races

Flood control and recreation are the hot topics in campaigns for five seats on the Papio-Missouri River Natural Resources District board.

'You don't have to settle for less'

Housing stability program helps determined woman stay on track

Don’t tell Nikka Walker something is impossible. Unless you want her to make it happen. Walker, 34, had a son while still at Burke High School. She continued to study at Blackburn Alternative School and vowed that she would graduate with her class. As it turned out, she was so motivated that she could have graduated early.

Trial postponed for man charged in Northwood, Iowa, stabbing death

The trial of a man accused of fatally stabbing his former girlfriend in a Northwood park has been postponed.

Good Deeds, Oct. 19

Following are fundraisers, donations and other charitable events happening in the Midlands. Email your information about good deeds to or call 402-444-1040.

Election 2014

EPA water proposal is stirring up Nebraska's U.S. Senate race

At issue are the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s and Army Corps of Engineers’ proposed regulations to clarify part of the Clean Water Act by defining what is meant by “waters of the United States.’’

Report criticizes stun gun policies throughout Iowa

Law enforcement policies on the use of stun guns vary greatly across Iowa’s 99 counties, and civil rights experts who recently reviewed the policies say many of them are inadequate.

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