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Study Says State Laws Keeping Property Taxes High

Some state laws may be keeping our local property taxes high.  That's the thrust of a new legislative study released today. Numerous Members of the legislature have called for a reduction in local property taxes.....but Senator Sue Crawford of Bellevue told a committee hearing today that unfunded mandates from the state are costing counties and cities millions.   

Windstream Applies To Compete With Time Warner Cable

Looks like Lincoln won't be just a one cable town. Windstream is applying to be a competitor to Time Warner. Windstream rep, Bryan Brooks, told Lincoln’s Telecommunications Advisory Board about Kinetic, with channel choices similar to Time Warner, but the difference being what's included with base packages.  

Small Percentage Of Young Adults Enrolled For Medicaid

A new report says more than 3,000 young adults in Nebraska may qualify for Medicaid coverage under a provision of the federal health care law, but only 3 percent of that group is currently enrolled.   The group Nebraska Appleseed released the report Friday in advance of a legislative hearing on coverage for youths who have aged out of foster care.   

Report: Nebraska Prison Records Administrator Largely To Blame

A U.S. Department of Justice report says a Nebraska prison records administrator is largely to blame for inmate sentences that were miscalculated.   The report cites poor communication within Nebraska's prison-records division and inadequate management by its administrator, Kyle Poppert.   The report says many division employees felt that they needed more training.

Note Causes Security Concern At Lincoln Northeast

Parents of Lincoln Northeast High School students received a recorded security message today.  It was sent out by the school after a note, found in a bathroom, caused concern.  A school spokesman says the note threatened something which MIGHT happen at the school, but the threat turned out NOT be be credible.  School went on as scheduled, after no actual threat was determined.  

Smoking At Cigar Bars Continues, Pending Appeal

Nebraska's Liquor Control Commission will allow smoking at cigar bars, pending a Nebraska Supreme Court ruling.  Cigar bar owners will be able to renew their special licenses, which otherwise would have expired Oct. 31. Commission executive director Hobert Rupe says he's been warning the bar owners that they might have only a few days to stop the smoking once the court decision comes through.  

Half Of Nebraska Schools Fail To Meet Standards

Roughly half of Nebraska schools have repeatedly failed to meet proficiency standards under the federal No Child Left Behind Act, but officials say those results are flawed and misleading. The annual "State of the Schools" report released Friday says 480 Nebraska's 1,011 public schools were designated as in need of improvement. 

Don Stenberg Can Stay in Gretna

State Treasurer Don Stenberg will remain on the November election ballot, despite a protest by his opponent. Democrat Michael O'Hara pointed to a decades old state law that he says requires elected state officials to live in Lincoln. He asked Secretary of State John Gale to declare Stenberg ineligible to run for office, and that Stenberg had to immediately vacate the treasurer's office because he lives in Gretna.

Seven UNL Students Arrested for Charges Relating to the Death of a Student

Seven UNL students were arrested as a result of the investigation related to the September death of Clayton Real, an 18-year-old UNL student and member of Farmhouse Fraternity. Our media partner 1011 News reports that Real attended a "frosh" party at 2009 S. 16th Street that was hosted by his fraternity. After drinking heavily, Real died back in his room at the Farmhouse Fraternity. The seven arrested have charges ranging from maintaining a disorderly house, to procuring alcohol to a minor resulting in injury or death, which is a felony.

Union Pacific Reports Increased Earnings

Union Pacific delivered a 19 percent increase in its third-quarter profit as the railroad hauled seven percent more freight and increased rates. The railroad says it earned $1.37 billion for the quarter that ended last month, compared to $1.15 billion a year ago.