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  • Handgun found in Lincoln lake, police say

    03/15/2018 10:18:37 AM PDT · by posterchild · 46 replies
    Lincoln Journal Star ^ | March 14, 2018
    Crews draining Wedgewood Lake in east Lincoln found a handgun Tuesday, Lincoln police said. The handgun was rusting and covered in mud, Officer Angela Sands said Wednesday. The lake is south of O Street between 70th and 84th streets.
  • Nebraska Gov. Encourages NRA to Move Convention From Dallas to His State

    02/24/2018 10:21:03 PM PST · by nickcarraway · 38 replies
    NBC DFW ^ | Feb 23, 2018
    Nebraska Gov. Pete Ricketts is encouraging the National Rifle Association to hold its annual convention in his state after one of Dallas' top elected officials urged the group to find another location. Ricketts said in a tweet Friday "We want your convention in Nebraska. Nebraskans love our constitutional rights!"
  • Omaha bank ends business relationship with NRA

    (The Hill) First National Bank of Omaha said Thursday that it would end its business relationship with the National Rifle Association (NRA) after feedback from customers. In a post on its official Twitter account Thursday, the bank announced it would no longer renews its contract with the NRA. Customer feedback has caused us to review our relationship with the NRA,” the bank wrote. “As a result, First National Bank of Omaha will not renew its contract with the National Rifle Association to issue the NRA Visa Card.
  • First National Bank of Omaha bails on NRA-branded Visa card after customer outcry

    02/22/2018 2:12:06 PM PST · by Skywise · 30 replies
    CNBC ^ | 02/22/2018 | Thomas Franck
    The First National Bank of Omaha said Thursday it will not renew a contract with the National Rifle Association to issue its NRA-branded Visa credit card. "Customer feedback has caused us to review our relationship with the NRA," a spokesperson for the bank told CNBC. "As a result, First National Bank of Omaha will not renew its contract with the National Rifle Association to issue the NRA Visa Card." The website advertising the card disappeared on Wednesday, less than one day after ThinkProgress reported the bank's support of the pro-gun lobby. The bank was one of many companies used by...
  • Senate Republicans call on Trump to re-engage on TPP

    02/21/2018 2:55:42 PM PST · by seacapn · 22 replies
    The Hill ^ | 02/21/18 11:22 AM EST | Vicki Needham
    More than two dozen Senate Republicans are urging President Trump to re-engage in Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) negotiations. The 25 GOP lawmakers sent a letter to Trump on Friday saying they support his recent comments that he may consider U.S. participation if the 11-nation Asia-Pacific pact is improved.
  • All Roads Lead To Intersectionality at UN

    01/22/2018 1:45:07 PM PST · by Academiadotorg · 2 replies
    Accuracy in Academia ^ | January 18, 2018 | Alex Nitzberg
    The other UN, the University of Nebraska, that is. The Midwest Bisexual Lesbian Gay Transgender Ally College Conference (MBLGTACC) will convene at the University of Nebraska Omaha in February 2018 and feature the theme "All Roads Lead To Intersectionality." The conference website states: "The mission of MBLGTACC 2018 All Roads Lead to Intersectionality is to educate queer and trans Midwest college students to empower and celebrate their identities, while enabling them to resist oppression and develop resiliency against personal and societal injustices." This will be the 26th iteration of the event first held in 1993 at Iowa State University—that first...
  • TransCanada: Keystone XL pipeline construction will start next year

    01/18/2018 12:47:50 PM PST · by jazusamo · 9 replies
    The Washington Times ^ | January 18, 2018 | Ben Wolfgang
    The Canadian energy giant TransCanada said Thursday it’s prepared to move ahead with the long-awaited Keystone XL oil pipeline and plans to start construction next year, laying to rest rumors that it would abandon the project in the wake of regulatory setbacks in Nebraska. In a statement, the company said it’s beginning to work with Nebraska landowners to secure necessary easements to allow the pipeline to go forward. “Over the past 12 months, the Keystone XL project has achieved several milestones that move us significantly closer to constructing this critical energy infrastructure for North America,” said Russ Girling, TransCanada’s president...
  • ISIS propaganda found in Central Nebraska

    01/16/2018 6:41:11 AM PST · by Olog-hai · 18 replies
    KHGI via WOLF ^ | Friday, January 12th 2018 | Lauren Kummer
    Suspected ISIS propaganda was found in Central Nebraska not far from the small town of Elm Creek. Somewhere along an Eastbound off-ramp on I-80 and Hwy 183, a computer disc was found along with literature that appeared to be ISIS propaganda. “There’s a lot of vehicle traffic in that location,” said Captain Bob Anderson with Buffalo County Sheriff’s Office. The disc was found by a man Thursday afternoon sometime between 3 p.m. and 4:18 p.m. […] According to the Buffalo County Sheriff’s Office, the disc was logged into evidence and forwarded to the FBI. …
  • Missouri man who carried out Amtrak attack faces terrorism charges, FBI say

    01/06/2018 7:26:53 AM PST · by Joe Dallas · 19 replies
    Fox News ^ | 1/5/18 | Kathleen Joyce
    A Missouri man whose bizarre antics on an Amtrak train in October landed him in jail now faces terrorism charges. Taylor Michael Wilson, 26, of St. Charles, Miss., allegedly forced his way into the train engineer’s cab while in southwest Nebraska and pulled the emergency brakes. He then made odd statements like, “I’m the conductor b----“ and “what are you going to do, shoot me?” NBC News reported. The FBI believes Wilson is a white supremacist who is a member of a neo-Nazi group, authorities said. Wilson, 26, was charged in December with “terrorism attacks and other violence against railroad...
  • Nebraska rejects motion to change Keystone pipeline route, project in doubt

    12/19/2017 10:34:14 AM PST · by jazusamo · 5 replies
    The Washington Times ^ | December 19, 2017 | Ben Wolfgang
    Despite setback, TransCanada says it is still committedNebraska regulators on Tuesday shot down a request from TransCanada to reconsider the proposed path of the Keystone XL oil pipeline, the latest in a series of setbacks for the $8 billion project and one that leaves its future very much in doubt. Nebraska’s Public Service Commission (PSC) last month green-lighted a route through its state, but the approved path wasn’t the one TransCanada prefers. The Canadian company, which has been trying to complete the Canada-to-Texas project for the past decade, said it would ask Nebraska officials to rethink their decision and amend...
  • The great rethink of ethanol

    12/19/2017 8:58:28 AM PST · by george76 · 90 replies
    Washington Examiner ^ | Dec 19, 2017 | Wayne Allard
    For the first time in years, there is an emerging consensus that the biggest racket in national politics deserves to end. Earlier this month, Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas, and 10 other Republican senators held a luncheon summit at the White House with President Trump with the goal of drastically reforming the Renewable Fuel Standard, the federal mandate that annually funnels $13.5 billion from the wallets of American fuel and food consumers into the coffers of agribusiness giants. Before the national nightmare of Obamacare, there was the RFS, the most sweeping and intrusive federal intervention in the American economy undertaken in...
  • 13 states launch new legal challenge to California egg law

    12/04/2017 4:42:48 PM PST · by Mariner · 67 replies
    AP via KCRA (Sacramento) ^ | December 4th, 2017 | Unattributed
    JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) — More than a dozen states banded together Monday to ask the U.S. Supreme Court to block a California law requiring any eggs sold there to come from hens that have space to stretch out in their cages. In a lawsuit filed directly to the high court, the states allege that California's law has cost consumers nationwide up to $350 million annually because of higher egg prices since it took effect in 2015. The lawsuit argues that California's requirements violate the U.S. Constitution's interstate commerce clause and are pre-empted by federal law. A federal appeals court...
  • Fischer faces Republican challenge from the right (Nebraska)

    11/22/2017 3:50:16 AM PST · by cotton1706 · 10 replies ^ | 11/21/17 | Don Walton
    Lincoln businessman Todd Watson announced Tuesday he will mount a "conservative Constitutionalist" challenge to Sen. Deb Fischer in the 2018 Republican Senate primary election. "Our current U.S. Senate needs a makeover," Watson said in a news release before making his official announcement on Facebook. "Congressional winning from a camp that is corrupted, compromised and lacks conviction on the inside will not happen," he said. Watson was critical of Fischer's role as a member of Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell's leadership team, arguing that "health care, securing the border, spending cuts, defunding Planned Parenthood and reforming immigration were always impossible" because...
  • Lecturer accused of harassing conservative student will no longer work at UNL

    11/18/2017 9:12:59 AM PST · by Leaning Right · 17 replies
    Omaha World Herald ^ | November 18, 2017 | Rick Ruggles
    University of Nebraska officials announced Friday that new steps are being taken in relation to an incident involving a conservative student Aug. 25. NU President Hank Bounds said the graduate student-lecturer who called a conservative student a “neo-fascist” for recruiting for Turning Point USA would no longer teach at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln.
  • Illegal immigrant in ICE custody charged with 4 counts of child sexual assault

    11/08/2017 10:05:42 AM PST · by Oldeconomybuyer · 21 replies
    NBC - Omaha ^ | November 8, 2017
    OMAHA, Neb. - 6 News has learned an illegal immigrant set to be deported has now been accused of sexually assaulting Metro children. He's also accused of trying to intimidate his alleged victims from behind bars. Victor Garcia-Fuentes is already in custody at the Douglas County Jail on an Immigration and Customs Enforcement hold. Now he faces 4 counts of child sexual assault. Douglas County Attorney Don Kleine told 6 News: "3 of them are contact charges. 1 is a penetration charge. So these are very serious charges." Kleine said the children range in age from 5 to 12 years-old....
  • Student thespians tackle climate change in Theatre for Social Justice course

    10/18/2017 10:37:17 AM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 20 replies
    Omaha World-Herald ^ | October 18, 2017
    If all the world’s a stage, Creighton University students in this semester’s Theatre for Social Justice course are learning ways art can help them leave that stage a little brighter, cleaner, better. Amy Lane, PhD, assistant professor and coordinator of Creighton’s theatre and dance programs, is teaching the Theatre for Social Justice class focused on climate change. It culminates in a performance of plays penned by internationally renowned playwrights and the students themselves. From sustainability in agriculture to ministering to climate refugees, the planned performances aim to touch on several different aspects of the crisis. Lane said students in the...
  • GOP Senator Asks Trump If He’s ‘Recanting’ Constitutional Oath

    10/12/2017 9:46:31 AM PDT · by Hadean · 142 replies
    The Daily Caller ^ | Oct. 11, 2017 | Peter Hasson
    Nebraska Sen. Ben Sasse issued a statement asking President Trump is he is “recanting” the oath he took to defend and uphold the Constitution after Trump suggesting revoking the “licenses” of network news organizations. “Mr. President: Words spoken by the President of the United States matter,” the Republican senator wrote in a statement. “Are you tonight recanting of the oath you took on Jan. 20 to preserve, protect, and defend the 1st Amendment?” Sasse’s tweet came after Trump sparked backlash from both conservatives and liberals by saying he should censor certain news outlets. “Network news has become so partisan, distorted...
  • PRAYER REQUEST!! Police, family seek help in locating missing man with Parkinson's, dementia

    10/03/2017 11:34:44 AM PDT · by US Navy Vet · 14 replies
    KETV Omaha ^ | by Maggie Cunningham
    TEKAMAH, Neb. — A Tekamah man went missing early Monday morning and family members said they have been searching for him since 9 a.m. Police were notified around 11 a.m. that Rolland Metz, 75, was gone from the Tekamah Health and Rehabilitation Nursing Home located near M and 9th streets. Advertisement Family said Metz has Parkinson's and dementia has missed two rounds of medication already and is deemed incompetent. They said Metz was last seen wearing blue jeans, black tennis shoes, a black vest puffy, a cream button up long-sleeved shirt and a blue ball cap. Anyone with information is...
  • Free Speech Crisis @ the other UN

    10/02/2017 6:32:15 AM PDT · by Academiadotorg · 3 replies
    Accuracy in Academia ^ | October 2, 2017 | Malcolm A. Kline
    When you have a student-on-student shouting match, the First Amendment may be stretched to the breaking point. When professors join in the fun, as happened recently at the University of Nebraska at Lincoln, it may well tip the balance, for better or for worse. "On August 25, University of Nebraska–Lincoln sophomore Kaitlyn Mullen set up a literature table outside the student union to promote Turning Point USA, a libertarian/conservative campus-based organization," David Moshman writes on the academe blog maintained by the American Association of University Professors (AAUP). "PUSA proclaims its support for free speech but maintains Professor Watchlist, a blacklist...
  • Change in voting for Lincoln High homecoming royalty made to be more inclusive

    09/27/2017 10:44:01 AM PDT · by stan_sipple · 11 replies
    Lincoln Journal Star ^ | 9-27-2017 | Margaret Reist
    This year’s homecoming royalty at Lincoln High assumed their respective thrones through a gender-neutral voting system that school officials hope is more inclusive. “It was a simple way we could be more inclusive to all our students and still bridge that with some traditions that we and other schools have in terms of homecoming,” said Principal Mark Larson. Lincoln High is the first LPS high school to make such a change. But Lincoln High joins a growing number of high schools and colleges across the country moving to gender-neutral roles for homecoming royalty. Those include the University of Nebraska at...