Gov. Pete Ricketts, the incumbent Republican, announced last week that he would participate in three joint appearances with his opponent. But State Sen. Bob Krist, his Democratic challenger, fired back Thursday with a call for five debates between the two candidates, with statewide media coverage.

In a written response to questions raised by health care providers, the Nebraska Department of Health and Human Services said Thursday that there is no reporting requirement when Title X clinics refer women to a hospital emergency room for complications related to pregnancy.

Under the terms, the subpoena of Scott Frakes, director of the Department of Correctional Services, would be dropped and Frakes would not appear before the Legislature’s Judiciary Committee to answer questions in person. Instead, both questions and answers would be submitted in writing.