State of Nebraska launches economic development initiative
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by Nebraska Public Media
12h ago
More than 100 business leaders from across southeast Nebraska met at Southeast Community College on Friday to brainstorm ideas for regional economic development projects. The meeting represents the launch of the “6 regions, One Nebraska” initiative in the southeast part of the state. Similar meetings are taking place in the other five community college districts this summer ..read more
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NU Board of Regents approve tuition increase
Nebraska News
by Nebraska Public Media
1d ago
The University of Nebraska Board of Regents approved the budget for the upcoming year and approved Dr. Jeffrey Gold’s contract for university president on Thursday. The budget includes $11.5 million in spending cuts, a tuition increase at all four campuses and additional investment into the new Presidential Scholars program ..read more
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SBA opens disaster loan outreach center in Blair
Nebraska News
by Nebraska Public Media
2d ago
Residents of Douglas and Washington Counties are eligible for business physical disaster loans and home disaster loans to replace damaged property. Nebraskans from Burt, Dodge, Douglas, Sarpy, Saunders and Washington Counties qualify for economic injury disaster loans which help small businesses meet financial obligations impacted by the April storms. The deadline for physical damage loan applications is July 15, while the economic injury loan applications are available through February 2025 ..read more
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Intersection of Juneteenth and Pride Month
Nebraska News
by Nebraska Public Media
2d ago
June commemorates events in two historically marginalized groups: those in the LGBTQ plus community for pride month as well as Black communities for Juneteenth. Nebraska Public Media’s Kassidy Arena spoke with someone very involved in both celebrations ..read more
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Bacon amendments included in U.S. House NDAA
Nebraska News
by Nebraska Public Media
4d ago
The National Defense Authorization Act for fiscal year 2025 passed in the U.S. House Friday. Nebraska Representative Don Bacon served as the chairman of the quality-of-life subcommittee and helped draft 21 amendments that were put in the bill. Bacon says the cornerstone of the legislation is a 19% pay raise for junior enlisted troops, which Bacon says is necessary to help recruitment and reduce financial stress for members of the armed services ..read more
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Financial relief for farmers may be in farm bill
Nebraska News
by Nebraska Public Media
4d ago
Biosolids are a cheap, nutrient-rich fertilizer that have been applied on millions of acres of farmland across the country, but toxic “forever chemicals” are creeping their way into the fertilizer. A proposed federal provision aims to better protect farmers from PFAS contamination ..read more
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These farms raise thousands of butterflies
Nebraska News
by Nebraska Public Media
4d ago
It’s National Pollinator Week, an annual event created to bring attention to the sharp decline in pollinator numbers due to habitat loss, pesticide use and climate change. Butterflies often capture people’s attention and help spark interest in pollinator conservation, something butterfly farms are helping promote ..read more
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Fischer introduces bill to increase Amtrak transparency
Nebraska News
by Nebraska Public Media
5d ago
Recently, Fischer introduced the Amtrak Transparency Act, which would expand Amtrak board meetings to include additional stakeholders and require public notices 30 days prior to meetings. The legislation would also require bonuses exceeding $50,000 dollars to Amtrak employees be disclosed to Congress ..read more
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Nebraska Legislature behavioral health funding still not enough
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by Nebraska Public Media
1w ago
The Behavioral Health Education Center of Nebraska is traveling around the state this summer to hold listening sessions with recipients of a $25.5 million legislative fund ..read more
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Nebraska senators cosponsor legislation to reverse Title IX rule
Nebraska News
by Nebraska Public Media
1w ago
Senators Deb Fischer and Pete Ricketts are cosponsors of legislation to overturn a U.S. Department of Education rule extending Title Nine protections to include gender identity. The Congressional Review Act allows Congress the ability to overrule federal regulations from government agencies by passing a joint resolution. The resolution can be vetoed by the president and would need a two-thirds majority of the House and Senate to override the veto ..read more
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