Heineman and Bruning could face federal investigation

Heineman and Bruning could face federal investigation Political activist group BOLD Nebraska is filing a formal complaint with the Federal Election Commission over campaign contributions Gov. Dave Heineman and state Attorney General John Bruning received from the Canadian company hoping to build an oil pipeline that would transport a half-million barrels of oil a day […]

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In Bloom

Inner-city team plants healthier neighborhoods “Oh no, Jumoke! Not the azuki!” It was early in the growing season and Jeannie Dickes’ reaction to her City Sprouts co-director Jumoke Omojola came after discovering that the beans were accidentally pulled from a plot by a fresh crop of would-be gardeners. “I have to learn to let it […]

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Breaking Bread and Barriers

Omaha Table Talk digs deeper on race People don’t physically break bread any more, but that’s OK — it’s the idea that matters, says A’Jamal Byndon, director of Omaha Table Talk. Coming together and opening up remain the defining characteristics behind the organization, which hosts its seventh-annual series of dinner table discussions about race and […]

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Up Front

State again providing services for 43 percent of child welfare cases When Boys and Girls Home of Nebraska announced a few weeks ago that it would terminate services beginning on Friday, child welfare privatization in Nebraska began to look a lot less private. The reform process was designed to leave the government responsible only for […]

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News Hound

Pipeline contributions may have violated federal law Gov. Dave Heineman has been hands-off when it comes to the Keystone XL pipeline, claiming it’s a federal issue. That didn’t stop him from getting involved in the Republican-led effort to repeal federal health care reform. But there may be something to the federal issue, after all. Sierra […]

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Home Grown

Emerging Terrain’s Stored Potential project is food for thought by Sarah Baker Hansen and Lainey Seyler On an autumnal Oct. 3 Sunday afternoon, 500 people converged under the shadow of empty grain elevators to break bread in a sort of celebration of past, present and future. The grain elevators on 40th and Vinton (near I-80) […]

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Daily Report

On TransCanada: Sierra Club Nebraska asked the U.S. Attorneys Office on Wednesday to investigate TransCanada, Inc. for contributions the oil company made to Gov. Dave Heineman and Attorney General Jon Bruning. Heineman and Bruning each returned $2500 to the company after learning of a federal ban on foreign contributions. TransCanada says the checks were intended […]

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Anti-Poverty War

Three Doctors’ to help energize organization trying to keep people out of ‘underground economy’ by Laura Schreier It wouldn’t seem like the Eastern Nebraska Community Action Partnership has much to cheer about. ENCAP board president Ernest White talks about new faces showing up for help at the program’s food pantry, or for […]

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The Jump

Growing up in a tiny town with one cracked asphalt court that had an actual chain-link “net,” tennis was one game that wasn’t on my sports radar. Basketball, soccer, football, hockey, hurling, lacrosse, Gaelic football, horse racing, rugby, field hockey, golf, I’ve seen all of those played professionally, but never tennis. That’ll change Dec. 3, […]

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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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