After a ruling in their favor from Nebraska's highest court, Kelly Hoagland and Maria Salas Valdez were finally able to adopt the child they had been raising since birth.
Sen. Tom Brewer said doctors saw the leukemia returning during blood tests for a series of surgeries he underwent earlier this year, and while he feels "tired and run down," he still plans to climb Mount Kilimanjaro later this year.
Nebraska has become ground zero for opposition to the 30-by-30 plan, with nearly two dozen counties adopting resolutions to block Biden's effort to conserve 30% of U.S. land and water by 2030.
Nebraska currently has no state health standards. The controversial proposed standards, if approved after an impending revision, would only be recommended for adoption by local districts.
Nebraska is one of 10 states that hire companies to find foster youth eligible for Social Security benefits and then use the benefits — which belong to the children — to defray costs of foster care.
Department of Health and Human Services officials announced that they will suspend their efforts to change regulations governing Nebraska's child care centers, school-age-only centers and preschools.
"This will significantly defray the cost of the disaster for state and local governments," according to Bryan Tuma, assistant director of the Nebraska Emergency Management Agency.
State officials announced that all Nebraskans covered by the Medicaid expansion program will get the full range of benefits, beginning Oct. 1.
With $500 million in new federal pandemic funding on the way, Sen. Mike Hilgers of Lincoln has his eye on flood control, recreation, tourism and water resource sustainability.
Republican opposition blocked creation of the bipartisan panel when the 54-35 vote fell six senators short of the 60 required to take up a bill passed by the House that would have created a 10-member bipartisan commission to conduct the study.
Nebraska families rallied to show their support for a filibustered bill that would have expanded services to as many as 850 children with disabilities severe enough to qualify them for institutions.
The Legislature adjourned its 2021 regular session and will return in September for redistricting legislative and congressional boundaries.
The resolution advanced from committee after Sen. Steve Halloran of Hastings voted to override Gov. Pete Ricketts' veto of food assistance expansion, earning him the necessary fifth vote to revive the measure.
The Legislature adopted a set of guidelines that opponents say opens the door to gerrymandering.
"The pandemic caused a financial hardship for many Nebraskans, including those in Gage County," the governor said. "I consider the funding provided by LB103 as a one-time payment in light of this extreme hardship circumstance."
Nebraska lawmakers have passed a bill dealing with police training. But two other bills, one to establish new penalties for rioting and another to create police oversight boards, failed to advance.
Sen. Mark Kolterman was optimistic about overriding the veto of the OPS pension bill, noting that 38 senators voted for the bill on final passage.
Other projects on Fortenberry's list are $40 million in federal funding for expansion of agricultural research at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln and $750,000 for the Arbor Day Foundation's community forestry program.
The governor said he believes the extra $300 weekly benefit acts as "a disincentive for some people to go back to work."
After Nebraska's state flag hung upside down at the Capitol for 10 days in 2017, amateur flag-makers have put forward their own visions to replace the existing seal on a bed sheet design.
"The bottom line is this: Our clients were simply asking for the ability to marry. Marriage is a fundamental right, including for Nebraskans who are incarcerated,” said Danielle Conrad, executive director of the ACLU of Nebraska.
The tax cut will cost the state an estimated $26 million in annual revenue by 2024-25.