Inviting Nebraska Dreams

by Lindsey Peterson Crete, located in southeast Nebraska, is a town not unlike many other rural towns. It faces an increasing immigration population and a burdened education system. And, like others, it’s scrambling to find ways to handle an influx of students and parents who don’t speak the language. What does make Crete different is […]

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City Council Meeting 07/26/2011

“If in fact we lose the talent, I’m confident Omaha can find fresh talent,” Councilman Franklin Thompson stated, “…but it does hurt.”   Despite criticism that failing to pass the contract could result in lowered standards for competitive wages and higher turnaround rates for officers, the Omaha City Council refused to pass the Police Management […]

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Under the Influence

Barbara Garcia dumps a shoebox-full of pill bottles onto her bedspread. “This one is for my heart,” she says, plucking a bottle from the pile. “This other one here is for migraines. And this is for depression.” The list continues. The 57-year-old Omaha native takes 25 medications for ailments ranging from asthma to breast cancer. […]

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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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Increasing Transparency: Legislature gets tools to help shape child welfare reform

A resolution adopted last week in the Legislature would allow the Health and Human Services Committee to investigate and assess the effects of Nebraska’s child welfare reform — a process that has produced many problems and questions since the state privatized its services in November 2009. Since then, three of the five lead agencies hired […]

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Killing a Dream

More than a dozen opponents — including groups like Nebraska’s Coordinating Commission for Postsecondary Education, Building Bright Futures, the Nebraska Chapter of the National Association of Social Workers, and the largest Hispanic Conservative group, Somos Republicans — testified Monday that the Legislature’s Education Committee should kill a bill to repeal the state’s Dream Act, a […]

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