- Nebraska state Sen. Nordquist to resign from Legislature Updated: May-28-15 11:08 am
LINCOLN, Nebraska - Nebraska state Sen. Jeremy Nordquist is resigning from the Legislature to take a job with Democratic U.S. Rep. Brad Ashford.
- Nebraska abolishes death penalty in landmark override vote Updated: May-28-15 3:29 am
LINCOLN, Nebraska - Nebraska abolished the death penalty on Wednesday over the governor's objections in a move pushed through the Legislature with unusual backing from conservatives who oppose capital punishment for religious, financial and practical reasons.
- Ricketts vetoes driver's licenses bill for immigrant youth Updated: May-27-15 10:58 pm
LINCOLN, Nebraska - Gov. Pete Ricketts vetoed a bill Wednesday that would end Nebraska's status as the only state to ban driving privileges for young people brought to the country illegally as children but allowed to stay under a federal program.
- Nebraska senators scrap medical marijuana for the year Updated: May-27-15 3:44 pm
LINCOLN, Nebraska - The sponsor of a proposal to legalize medical marijuana in Nebraska pulled the bill from the Legislature's agenda on Wednesday, citing a flurry of other divisive votes senators have had to defend recently - including a repeal of the death penalty.
- Nebraska inches closer to allowing meatpacker-owned hogs Updated: May-26-15 10:28 pm
LINCOLN, Nebraska - Nebraska lawmakers moved one step closer Tuesday to lifting the state's ban on meatpacker-owned hogs, despite objections by senators who say it protects small and independent producers.
- Nebraska senators back bill to register peddlers, hawkers Updated: May-26-15 11:17 am
LINCOLN, Nebraska - Peddlers and hawkers would have to register with counties before knocking on doors under a bill advanced by Nebraska lawmakers.
- Man convicted in 1985 cult killings dies in Nebraska prison Updated: May-25-15 1:41 pm
TECUMSEH, Nebraska - A man who had spent three decades on Nebraska's death row for the 1985 cult killings of two people, including a 5-year-old boy, has died in prison, officials said Monday.
- Death penalty foes see Nebraska vote as momentum-builder Updated: May-24-15 9:59 am
LINCOLN, Nebraska - With Nebraska on the brink of outlawing the death penalty, opponents of capital punishment hope this week's veto-override vote in the Legislature will build momentum for their cause in other Republican states.
- Ricketts appeals to public to keep death penalty in Nebraska Updated: May-22-15 8:10 pm
LINCOLN, Nebraska - Nebraska Gov. Pete Ricketts turned to the public Friday to try to crack the veto-proof majority of lawmakers that voted to abolish the death penalty, urging residents to contact their senators and voice support for capital punishment.
- ACLU of Nebraska: Lethal injection docs raise new questions Updated: May-22-15 7:40 pm
LINCOLN, Nebraska - A Nebraska civil liberties group says records detailing the state's purchase of lethal injection drugs are likely to prompt more costly litigation.
- Court: Nebraska wrongly ended girl's home care benefits Updated: May-22-15 5:22 pm
OMAHA, Nebraska - The Nebraska Department of Health and Human Services was wrong to end Medicaid benefits that had helped a woman care for her profoundly disabled daughter at home for more than a decade, the Nebraska Supreme Court ruled Friday, in a case that could affect how the department determines the eligibility of other children with long-term care needs.
- Nebraska senators urge EPA to back biofuels industry Updated: May-22-15 2:58 pm
LINCOLN, Nebraska - Nebraska lawmakers are pushing the Environmental Protection Agency to continue its support for renewable fuels when drafting rules that could limit amounts of ethanol blended with gasoline for fuel.
- Nebraska high court upholds woman's life sentence for murder Updated: May-22-15 11:35 am
LINCOLN, Nebraska - The Nebraska Supreme Court has affirmed the life sentence of a woman who killed her boyfriend's 68-year-old mother in 2013.
- Nebraska votes to scrap ban on immigrant driver's licenses Updated: May-21-15 6:32 pm
LINCOLN, Nebraska - Nebraska's Legislature voted Thursday to end the nation's last ban on driving privileges for young people brought into the United States illegally as children, agreeing to scrap the policy by a veto-proof margin even as the state's new Republican governor continued to signal his opposition.
- Nebraska senators pass cannabis study for seizure sufferers Updated: May-21-15 4:51 pm
LINCOLN, Nebraska - Nebraska residents suffering from intractable seizures could have one more treatment option under a medical cannabis study headed to Gov. Pete Ricketts' desk.
- Nebraska mandatory minimum sentences stuck in place for now Updated: May-20-15 6:41 pm
LINCOLN, Nebraska - A bill to limit mandatory minimum sentences for crimes like robbery, assault on a police officer and certain drug offenses will not pass in the Nebraska Legislature this year.
- Nebraska Gov. Ricketts approves new two-year state budget Updated: May-20-15 4:42 pm
LINCOLN, Nebraska - Nebraska Gov. Pete Ricketts signed a new two-year budget on Wednesday that includes $408 million for property tax reductions and lower-than-average state spending growth.
- Nevada lawmakers approve money for execution chamber in Ely Updated: May-20-15 3:57 pm
CARSON CITY, Nevada - Nevada lawmakers on Wednesday approved spending about $860,000 on a new execution chamber at the remote Ely State Prison, the maximum security facility in eastern Nevada where the state's death row inmates are held.
- Ricketts approves new penalties for human traffickers Updated: May-19-15 6:59 pm
LINCOLN, Nebraska - Human traffickers could face harsher penalties and lawsuits under a new law signed by Nebraska Gov. Pete Ricketts.
- Man's claim that insurer to blame for crash costs rejected Updated: May-19-15 4:17 pm
OMAHA, Nebraska - A lower court was right to dismiss a man's claim that his auto insurance company should pay his costs in a wrongful death case for a crash he caused because the insurer didn't push him to have more coverage, the Nebraska Court of Appeals ruled Tuesday.
- Senators back study of cannabis extract for seizures Updated: May-18-15 8:20 pm
LINCOLN, Nebraska - Nebraska lawmakers gave initial approval Monday to a measure that would allow certain patients who suffer from severe seizures to use a form of marijuana as part of a medical study.
- Corrections head says lockdown will end when threat passes Updated: May-15-15 6:30 pm
LINCOLN, Nebraska - Nebraska's state corrections director says a prison struck by a weekend riot will remain under lockdown until the threat of further disturbances has passed.
- Nebraska high school students to keep standard minimum wage Updated: May-15-15 4:32 pm
LINCOLN, Nebraska - Nebraska high school students will continue to earn the same wages as their adult counterparts after a bill to slash student workers' minimum wage failed to gain a two-thirds majority in the Legislature.
- Colorado man charged in Nebraska pot possession case Updated: May-15-15 12:53 pm
MINDEN, Nebraska - Authorities say a Colorado man was arrested in south-central Nebraska after troopers found 37 pounds of marijuana hidden inside an air compressor in the back of his minivan.
- Lawmakers avoid vote on employee anti-discrimination bill Updated: May-14-15 9:32 pm
LINCOLN, Nebraska - More than a dozen opponents of a bill that would ban discrimination against gay and lesbian workers in Nebraska refused to cast votes during debate Thursday, quietly halting any further action on the issue in 2015.