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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Government Issues

 It was at least six months ago, maybe longer, that I stumbled across the video for Land of Talk’s song “It’s Okay.” It was being hyped on Saddle Creek Records’ website, the band’s label.  I grew up watching videos. I remember when MTV was fresh and new and actually played music videos. And though the […]

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Riding Omaha

Meet Carlos Morales, the city’s new point person on biking Omaha’s desired brand as a progressive, livable, eco-friendly burg with enhanced mobility options took a step forward with city government’s recent hiring of Carlos Morales as the city’s first bicycle pedestrian coordinator. Morales started the City Planning Department position Sept. 7. He came to Omaha […]

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The News Hound

Landowners silenced over potential pipeline deal Some Nebraska landowners might know how much TransCanada is willing to pay to run an oil pipeline through their property but they’re not allowed to say. Representatives from TransCanada visited Nebraska last week to discuss easement terms that would allow the Keystone XL Pipeline to cut through the state. […]

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Up Front

Becker won’t back down from ACLU A Christian advocate from Kearney, Keith Becker said he won’t change the religious message in his anti-alcohol presentations to schools, despite threats of a lawsuit from the American Civil Liberty Union of Nebraska, which says the endorsing religion in schools violates the First Amendment. “The Todd Becker Foundation has […]

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Wrong Message

They thought they had won. After months of meetings, rallies, redesigns and petitions, the group of Dundee residents fighting a proposed CVS pharmacy slated for 49th and Dodge thought the uphill battle was over. On Aug. 31 the Omaha City Council listened as the group voiced their concerns. Members looked at the maps showing the […]

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News Briefs (Sept. 14-21)

News Events Meet Meister and Boyle: Thursday, Sept. 23, 5 p.m., Castle Barrett, 43rd and Leavenworth. Meet the candidates on the Democratic gubernatorial ticket. meisterforgovernor.com Sustainable Agriculture Listening Session: Friday, Sept. 24, 2:30 p.m., MCC-Institute of Culinary Arts, 5730 N. 30th St. Lecture to advance environmentally sound agriculture. mccneb.edu Symposium for Maternal Health: Thursday, Sept. […]

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