On Edge

Sitting across the table from Mark Christensen, the blonde-haired, blue-eyed state senator from Imperial, I can’t help but wonder if he’s packing heat. After all, the National Rifle Association-endorsed Christensen, 48, has introduced some of the most radical gun-rights bills in the country, including a measure that would have allowed teachers to carry guns in […]

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Sun Reflection

See also: Tax form led Sun to Boys Town’s ‘hidden’ assets When readers picked up their March 30, 1972 issue of the weekly Sun Newspaper , they could hardly believe their eyes. The small but enterprising paper with multiple neighborhood editions had called out a venerable Omaha institution, Boys Town, in crusading journalistic fashion terms. […]

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Water Amnesia

BY JULIE MEYERS, COURTESY OF PRAIRIE FIRE Scientists now know that ground and surface water should be treated as a single hydrological system, because that’s how they behave in nature. Since 1996, Nebraska has changed its law twice to finally recognize this profound connection of surface water and to bring coherency to its water law. […]

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Whirling Crops

When State Sen. Ken Haar drives through Iowa or Colorado and sees the towering turbines that have helped make Nebraska’s neighbors national leaders in wind-power production, “It makes me think we’ve got this great energy resource in Nebraska and we’re not using it,” he says. Nebraska is among the country’s leaders in potential wind power […]

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Not So Neutral

Mention net neutrality to a web-savvy proponent, and you may be subjected to a lengthy diatribe against censorship and unfair business practices at the hands of telecommunications companies. Mention the term to a congressman who grew up in the age of typewriters and tape decks, and the reaction could be similar to the look you […]

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Environmental Alchemy

When it rains in Omaha, it pours raw sewage, industrial waste and toxic chemicals into nearby waterways. The city’s century-old sewer system is designed to either put it there or into your basement. Neither is an inviting option. But that design is changing thanks to a federal mandate from the Environmental Protection Agency. The oldest […]

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Ganging Up

Alberto Gonzales didn’t enter the meeting room at the South Omaha Library on March 15 so much as the room opened up and embraced him. The 30 or so community leaders at the first South Omaha Violence Prevention and Intervention meeting included: local clergy members; representatives from the mayor’s office; citizens; school advisors; the captain […]

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Hard Climb Ahead

Get comfortable before you ask state Sen. Kathy Campbell what concerns and questions she has about Nebraska’s child welfare privatization program. You’re likely to be there for a while. “Is the program as we’ve set it up sustainable, both financially, as well as service contracts or sub-contracts with other agencies?” she says. “I think the […]

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