News Hound

Child welfare reform takes another hit State workers will resume care of the nearly 3,000 foster children served by the Boys and Girls Home after the company terminated its child welfare contract last week, citing a funding shortfall. Three of the five lead child welfare contracts have been terminated since the state moved to privatize […]

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Nighthawks Night

Even the moon was perfect. It began as a curious orange sliver peaking from behind the bluffs in Iowa. It rose until it was full-on silver against the black sky over Rosenblatt Stadium as Jeff Garcia threw a game winning touchdown pass in the waning seconds of the Omaha Nighthawks’ first game. If it had […]

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The Jump

We’ve got a Veeckie dynasty going in Omaha. What’s a Veeckie? Only the most lusted after award a minor league baseball franchise can win. This week the Royals earned one for the third consecutive year. Most baseball fans know the name Bill Veeck but if you don’t here’s the abridged version: Between 1946 and 1979 […]

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Talking Tough

Frank discussion, honest answers highlight Black-White Dialogues Thirty people, black and white, asked questions about problems facing youth in Omaha and listened to Douglas County Juvenile Court judges Wadie Thomas and Doug Johnson answer them candidly as part of the Black-White Dialogue series Sept. 21 at the First Central Congregational Church. “If you put money […]

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News Hound

Controversial pipeline gets a tip line Six Nebraska groups opposed to the Keystone XL Pipeline launched a toll-free tip line Wednesday for landowners to confidentially report instances of TransCanada abuse. The Canadian oil company has threatened to gain easements for land along the proposed Sandhills route through eminent domain if landowners don’t negotiate a settlement. […]

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Up Front

Council amendment would protect GLBT citizens State laws protect gay, lesbian, bi-sexual and transgendered individuals from discrimination in 21 states and the District of Columbia. But not in Nebraska. More than 110 cities have adopted local anti-discrimination ordinances, but none in our state. But a proposal by City Councilman Ben Gray could change that by […]

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School ignores ACLU warning

The Lyons-Decatur school district will host religious speaker Keith Becker this week, despite threats of a lawsuit from the American Civil Liberties Union of Nebraska who says Becker’s presentation violates the First Amendment. Lyons-Decatur made the presentation optional. But even that is a violation of First Amendment rights says the ACLU. The group toughened its […]

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