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Legislature Has Less Money than Expected

Nebraska lawmakers won't have quite as much money as expected for their priorities in this year's session. The Nebraska Economic Forecasting Advisory Board approved new revenue estimates Friday that would leave senators with $9.7 million less than predicted.

Bill Would Take Politics Out of Redistricting

Who would you rather have draw up legislative districts: Politicians or regular citizens? Two members of the legislature have introduced a bill to hand the job to citizens. Senators John Murante of Gretna and Heath Mello of Omaha proposed a nine member commission.

Senators Propose Election Reform Bills

The Legislature's government committee listened to election reform proposals today. One came from Lincoln Senator Patty Pansing Brooks, who wants to allow a request for an early or absentee ballot to be made online. Pansing Brooks said mail-in voting has increased voter turnout, and her on-line request bill would also.

State Supreme Court: Fake Name Not Felony Impersonation

In a split decision, the Nebraska Supreme Court has determined that simply giving police a made-up name does not constitute felony criminal impersonation. The ruling came in the case of 43-year-old James Covey, who was convicted last year of felony criminal impersonation and sentenced 10 to 14 years as a habitual criminal.

Frakes Confirmed as New Prisons Director

Lawmakers have confirmed Scott Frakes as the new director of Nebraska's embattled corrections department. Senators on Friday voted 41-0 for Frakes, a former deputy director in Washington state's prison system. Frakes was appointed by Gov. Pete Ricketts

Smoking Back in Cigar Bars

Smoking in cigar bars is legal again in Nebraska. Governor Ricketts has signed a bill giving cigar bars an exemption to the state's Clean Indoor Air Act. The Nebraska Supreme Court struck down a 2009 law last year which allowed smoking in cigar bars and shops.

Chambers Pushing To End Mountain Lion Hunting Season

Image result for mountain lion nebraskaNebraska's longest-serving senator is pushing once again to end the state's mountain lion hunting season. Sen. Ernie Chambers of Omaha argued Thursday that the population in Nebraska is so small that there's no need for a state hunting season.  

Iowa/Nebraska Insurance Cooperative To Be Liquidated

Image result for cooportunity health iowaAn insurance cooperative created to provide health care in Iowa and Nebraska will be formally liquidated this weekend. Iowa Insurance Commissioner Nick Gerhart said Thursday that a Polk County judge has agreed to approve the liquidation plan.

California Man Arrested After Marijuana Found In Car

A California man faces drug charges after deputies found shrink-wrapped packages of marijuana in his car.  Lancaster County Sheriff Terry Wagner says 22-year-old Christopher Clowdus of Yreka, California was arrested Wednesday.

Omaha Police Shoot Unarmed Suspect

Image result for omaha nebraska police departmentOmaha Police Chief Todd Schmaderer says a robbery suspect killed this week by police was shot in the back and that internal affairs and grand jury investigations will determine whether the shooting was justified.