Latest prison problems boost calls for special prosecutor, housecleaning at Corrections

 "It’s just one thing after another," Omaha State Sen. Heath Mello says, and he’s not sure a special investigative committee has time to look into it all. 

Public input sought on Nebraska's vision for education

The hearings will be held in October and November.

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Judge orders 5 Nebraska prison officials to testify on miscalculated release dates

Five state prison employees embroiled in the scandal of miscalculated release dates for inmates were ordered Friday to testify before a state legislative committee investigating the mess.

Do tax incentives provide enough economic boost for Nebraska?

The state's chambers of commerce say yes, but critics see better uses for the annual $270 million cost.

In 42-page letter, Ernie Chambers suggests Heineman end 'vain pursuit' of NU presidency

The state senator from Omaha does not think Gov. Dave Heineman should be the president of the University of Nebraska, and he has compiled 42 pages worth of reasons. 

Ex-Nebraska prison director can expect grilling by legislative panel

The questions for Bob Houston, who abruptly retired 11 months ago from his post as director of the Nebraska Department of Correctional Services, will now also include what he knew about the department’s mistaken calculation of release dates for more than 750 prison inmates.

In Nebraska, conservative group eyes push for charter schools

The fight to establish charter schools in Nebraska isn't over, despite the loss of a key advocate in the Nebraska Legislature and opponents' vow to keep the publicly funded, independently run schools out of the state.

Gov. Heineman not planning to call special session on state prison sentencing mess

The reason the governor gave a state senator for not calling such a session: The screw-up was the result of people not doing their job, not because the state urgently needs new laws.

Calls grow for probe into Corrections officials' inaction after court rulings on sentence calculations

State senators demand a criminal investigation, and possibly a special session, on failure to act on the Nebraska Supreme Court rulings

State Sen. Lydia Brasch to attend national fellowship program

State Sen. Lydia Brasch of Bancroft will become a member of the Council of State Governments’ Henry Toll Fellowship Program Class of 2014.

Nebraska lawmakers ask: Do incentive programs create jobs?

Members of the Legislative Performance Audit Committee heard suggestions from two national experts about how other states evaluate job-incentive programs during a meeting at the State Capitol.

Sen. Galen Hadley joins Colby Coash in seeking Nebraska Legislature's speaker post

Two senators whose names had been mentioned as speaker candidates have decided against running for the position. They are Sens. Mike Gloor of Grand Island and Kathy Campbell of Lincoln.

Economic experts say the Midwest is poised for growth

The economists tell lawmakers to build on the region’s strengths and focus on education, job training. 

Campaign issue

Minimum wage hike may propel Nebraska Democrats

Opposed by the state's Republican candidates, an effort to boost the rate enjoys widespread support.

Will minimum wage petition net enough signatures to make ballot?

Organizers of Nebraska's minimum wage petition drive announced today that they will submit signatures to the Secretary of State’s office for verification Thursday.

Nikko Jenkins' juvenile records to be released to legislative panel

The only exceptions will be documents that the state, Douglas County and the Omaha Public Schools might consider confidential under attorney-client privilege, said State Sen. Steve Lathrop of Omaha.

State to boost aid to child welfare; foster parents to get higher pay

The agreement includes greater funding for the Nebraska Families Collaborative. 

New website lists contract info for state government, public colleges and universities

Transparency is goal behind the site, which allows searches by agency, vendor, amount

Ernie Chambers intervenes in Nebraska prisoner release mix-up

The senator's efforts in helping keep one former inmate from having to go back may be a guide for other cases.

Lawsuit a possibility

Advocates of equal parenting time in Nebraska back to the drawing board

The state high court rejected a petition for new judicial guidelines by advocates of equal parenting time.

Nebraska officials look for path to waiver from No Child Left Behind

Relief is sought from the severe consequences as more schools fail to meet the law’s proficiency targets.

Senators scrutinizing steps Gallup took to qualify for state tax incentives

An Omaha company did nothing illegal when it required part-time call center employees to work extra hours so it could qualify for state tax incentives designed to “promote the creation and retention of new jobs,” a panel of state senators was told Thursday.

Legislative candidate gets 7 days house arrest for DUI

LINCOLN (AP) — A Lancaster County Board member and legislative candidate was sentenced to seven days in jail for drunken driving.

State lawmakers discuss plan to revise U.S. Constitution

Fueling them is a belief that the federal government is increasingly overstepping its bounds and has forgotten that the states gave it life at the birth of the United States.

Longtime clerk Patrick O'Donnell has Legislature and decorum in his blood

O’Donnell first came to the State Capitol in 1974 as a law student doing a work seminar. Today, he is longest currently serving clerk of a state legislative body in the nation.

Chip Maxwell's House bid prompts state senator to ponder proposing changes to petition law

State Sen. John Murante of Gretna, a Republican, said Maxwell is abusing a process intended to allow “genuine” independents to get onto the ballot.

Republican ex-State Sen. Shirley Marsh, 88, was a pioneer during her 16-year career

Marsh was a voice for abortion rights during her 16 years in the Nebraska Legislature. 

Gov. Heineman: Nebraska's ahead of schedule on road projects

Gov. Dave Heineman said the state's "Build Nebraska Act" has allowed the state to be slightly ahead of schedule on some highway improvement projects, including eliminating some bottlenecks on the Interstate system in Omaha.

Wearing blingy jeans to the Nebraska State Capitol? Then please stand

Fancy pants damage wooden benches and leather chairs.

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Nebraska legislative panel seeks defined 'vision' for education system

Switching its focus from state school aid, a committee wants to develop a 'vision' for the future of the system.

Ernie Chambers offers to chair all 17 committees of Legislature, head Exec Board — and serve as speaker — all at the same time

In what appeared to be a tongue-in-cheek offer, made in a letter to colleagues Friday, Chambers, the longest-serving state lawmaker with 40 years in office, cited his experience, his passion and his ability as a “multi-tasker.”

Kelly: State senator who observed Ukraine election takes role as citizen of Omaha — and the world — seriously

As an official observer of the recent election in Ukraine, a state senator from Omaha quipped that “for once, I wasn’t the only Tanya in the room.”

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