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Nebraska DHHS offices in Columbus move to new location

LINCOLN, Neb. -- The Nebraska Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) is moving the Columbus offices location. The Columbus offices located at 2365 39th Avenue are going to be in the same building where both Nelnet and Bomgaar’s are located, at 3737 25th Street. The move will start Thursday, August 19.
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End Of Eviction Moratorium Spells Disaster For Nebraska Renters

Thousands of Nebraskans who are behind on their rent could face eviction now that the federal ban on evictions expired as of Saturday. Nebraska has dedicated $200 million from the coronavirus aid package Congress passed in December to helping people pay outstanding rent and utility bills, but so far only about $24.6 million has been distributed. Scott Mertz, an attorney with Legal Aid of Nebraska, says the number of evictions is expected to surge following the end of the moratorium, but it’s not clear by how much. The rental assistance may prevent some evictions if families can receive the aid quickly.
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Neighborhood in Nebraska creates street mural to slow drivers

A Lincoln neighborhood that sees a lot of speeders has created a giant yellow reminder for drivers to slow down. The Lincoln Journal Star reports that residents of the South of Downtown neighborhood painted a street-sized smiley face on the pavement of 11th Street with the phrase “Slow your roll!”
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Indigenous boarding schools in Nebraska

By Araceli Hernandez, Digital Outreach Educator; David Bristow, Editor; and Jessica Stoner, Education Associate. History Nebraska employees were deeply saddened by the recent discoveries of Indigenous children’s remains at residential schools in Canada. We cannot imagine the hurt that has long been experienced by the affected families, relatives, and communities. In the words of Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, the unmarked graves “reaffirm truth that they have long known.” Our thoughts are with them.

Nebraska doctors helping to restore hospital founded by nation's 1st Native American physician

LINCOLN — Nebraska’s doctors are stepping up to help restore a historic hospital founded by the nation’s first Native American physician. The Nebraska Medical Association just launched a fundraising effort to encourage doctors to donate to the final phase of restoration work on the long-closed Walthill hospital founded by Dr. Susan La Flesche Picotte, the nation’s first Native American physician.

Nebraska renters brace as federal halt on evictions ends

OMAHA, Neb. (WOWT) - For the first time in a year-and-a-half renters hit hard by the pandemic are facing eviction. After being extended several times the federal halt on evictions came to an end early Sunday morning leaving millions of tenants, including countless renters across Nebraska bracing for what’s next.
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Hastings Museum hosts presentation on Nebraska's lesser known historical monuments

HASTINGS, Neb. — Author, photographer, and Humanities Nebraska speaker Jeff Barnes, shared the images and stories of Nebraska’s lesser known historical monuments on Sunday. According to Barnes, these monuments are the state's “hidden history." The presentation also included long-forgotten stories and rarely seen landscapes, such as the impact of glaciers...
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Nebraska ADM facility's fire continues smoldering for weeks

COLUMBUS, Neb. — The mayor of Columbus, Nebraska, said four people have been tested for carbon monoxide, but did not say the cases had been officially linked to a coal fire that has been smoldering at the Columbus Archer Daniels Midland facility for three or four weeks. "I know of...

Residents of Oakland, Nebraska, wonder what's next after hospital closes

Julie Johnson delivered both of her babies there. Her mom, a nurse, worked there and later died there. “There” is Oakland, Nebraska’s hospital, MercyOne Oakland Medical Center, which closed its emergency room and ended inpatient admissions July 1. For Oakland residents, the nearest hospitals now are about 14 miles west...
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Lincoln, Nebraska economies appear to be booming. How long can it last?

The U.S. Commerce Department last week announced the nation's economy had grown 6.5% in the second quarter and is now larger than it was before the pandemic. While hard data for the local and state economies won't be available for quite some time, all signs point to very strong growth in both the Lincoln area and across Nebraska.

Abused dogs get second chance in Nebraska

Abused animals arrived in Omaha, Saturday, hoping for a chance at a second life. Ten dogs were brought to the Nebraska Humane Society from an overcrowded home in Ohio to be cared for. They took timid steps as they left the ASPCA van that carried them across the country. In...
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Letter: Ricketts should pay Nebraska back

The most recent legislative session worked long hours to find the money for tax relief, especially for farmers. It is still a work in progress, but every tax dollar is important. How is it that Gov. Pete Ricketts authorized the Nebraska State Patrol to go to Texas for border patrol?...

Nebraska county plans to lower property tax levy

LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) — An unusual influx of cash will allow Lancaster County lower its property tax levy, officials said. The county has more more money than usual thanks to federal pandemic aid, a large carry-over of money from this year’s budget and a total revaluation of property in the county.

Midlands Voices: These federal tax proposals would harm Nebraska farmers and ranchers

The old saying goes “nothing is certain in life except for death and taxes.” We agree those two certainties are undeniably true, but we need to continue to make sure that family-owned businesses, including farms and ranches, are not taxed to death — or excessively after death. In Nebraska, we have 45,500 farms and ranches. In addition to that, one in four jobs in Nebraska are related to agriculture — further proving why we need sound tax policies for the current and future generation of farmers and ranchers.