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The increase in the number of Nebraska inmates in the last five year has forced a renewed call to either build new prisons or adopt more reforms to keep offenders from going to prison, or do both.
Five years ago, state lawmakers passed a series of sentencing reforms designed to reduce Nebraska’s chronic prison overcrowding. But instead of inmate numbers going down by about 1,000, they’ve gone up, reaching new record levels.
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Tyrone Beasley's dad, John, a nationally known actor, tried to persuade his son to consider the theater life, but Tyrone resisted, thinking he was too shy. He went his own way and pursued a degree in visual arts from the University of Nebraska at Omaha. Then Tyrone saw “Rain Man,” and everything changed.
Omahan Tyrone Beasley is happy and thriving in the career he never thought he wanted.
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The latest issue of Inspired Living Omaha magazine looks back to some of the coolest houses we wrote about last decade and then fast-forwards to now, taking you inside some other neat living spaces.
We look back at the past decade and then delve into what many consider a must: A good book, right at hand in their own home libraries.
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The University of Nebraska system spent $249,965 to land Walter “Ted” Carter as its president, the university said. Close to 70% of that, or $169,750, covered NU’s contract with AGB Search, the consulting firm that helped the NU Board of Regents manage the search.
The search firm that helped the University of Nebraska system find its new president said the $250,000 that NU paid was reasonable. But a grassroots group decried the lack of openness of the search and said it's hard to say whether was well-spent because none of the other candidates was named.
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Will Husker millennials ever drink from the cup? Will they get their stories, their iconic games, their legendary players, their 72nd and Dodge celebrations? When you miss a bowl game three straight years, what’s going on in New Orleans this week starts to look like a mirage.
Back in the days of the Big Eight, to win the national title, you had to beat OU and then a Miami or Florida State. Two difficult games. But two games. It will never be that way again. The Big Ten West is much better than the Big Eight. Deeper. Better coached. There are no weeks off.
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It looms unmistakably above the freeway near Westroads Mall — the Topgolf behemoth. Soon, the 10-acre complex will be lighted, a beacon to people out to play this mix of golf, bowling, eating and imbibing that has spread to nearly 60 sites, mostly in the U.S. but also globally.
An opening is expected in late March for Topgolf, which will have Joe Ricketts as a neighboring property owner. Ricketts hasn't detailed what he has in store for the property he bought from H&H Automotive.
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Papillion residents with New Year’s resolutions to hit the gym more often will soon have a $51 million source of motivation to get in shape.
Papillion Landing features an indoor water park, an indoor playground and a large gym. It has a yoga studio, a cycling room and an area with free weights and weight machines. Another portion of the building includes a digital library, classrooms, a ballroom for weddings and other events, and an outdoor courtyard.
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"We all want what's best for Winslow, I want to make that abundantly clear," said Molly Bargmann, a recovery supervisor for the Nebraska Emergency Management Agency. "We want to get to yes, but there's a lot of no's right now."
Half the households in flood-battered Winslow are willing to pack up and move to higher ground to avoid the risk and heartache of future flooding.