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Trail on trial: To York leaders, it’s a dream. To neighbors, it’s something else
Trail on trial: To York leaders, it’s a dream. To neighbors, it’s something else

It seemed like a dream come true when officials in the Nebraska city of York got a federal grant to build a hiking and biking trail.

Thousands of Nebraskans with felony convictions could be denied voting rights under AG's opinion

Thousands of Nebraskans with felony convictions could be denied voting rights under AG's opinion

Thousands of Nebraskans with felony convictions could be denied voting rights under an opinion from the state attorney general released Wednesday.

Home Elusive Home: Low-income Lincoln renters often turned away

Home Elusive Home: Low-income Lincoln renters often turned away

Public records in Nebraska show that nearly a third of Section 8 vouchers expire each year in Lincoln before people are able to secure housing.

Organizers expect enough signatures to ask Nebraska voters to repeal private school funding law

Organizers expect enough signatures to ask Nebraska voters to repeal private school funding law

Public school advocates believe they will have enough signatures to ask Nebraska voters in November to repeal a private school tuition funding law.

US government must return land it took and never developed to a Nebraska tribe under new law

US government must return land it took and never developed to a Nebraska tribe under new law

The Winnebago Tribe of Nebraska will soon get back about 1,600 acres of land the federal government took more than 50 years ago and never developed.

Commission backs Nebraska governor's return-to-office order

Commission backs Nebraska governor's return-to-office order

A Nebraska state employees union is considering an appeal after seeing its challenge to Gov. Jim Pillen's return-to-office order dismissed.

Federal judge refuses to block Biden administration rule on gun sales in Kansas, 19 other states

Federal judge refuses to block Biden administration rule on gun sales in Kansas, 19 other states

A federal judge in Kansas has refused to block the nationwide enforcement of a Biden administration rule requiring firearms dealers to do background checks of buyers at gun shows and other places outside brick-and-mortar stores.

Arizona abortion initiative backers sue to remove 'unborn human being' from voter pamphlet language

Arizona abortion initiative backers sue to remove 'unborn human being' from voter pamphlet language

Backers of an Arizona abortion rights ballot initiative have sued a GOP-led legislative committee that seeks to include language on material for voters referring to a fetus as “an unborn human being.”.

A 5-year-old child in foster care dies after being left in hot SUV in Nebraska

A 5-year-old child in foster care dies after being left in hot SUV in Nebraska

A 5-year-old Nebraska boy in foster care died after being left for several hours inside a hot SUV.

Which states could have abortion on the ballot in 2024?

Which states could have abortion on the ballot in 2024?

Voters in five states will decide referendums on abortion rights this year, with potentially more to come.

Which states could have abortion on the ballot in 2024? Arkansas organizers hope to join the list

Which states could have abortion on the ballot in 2024? Arkansas organizers hope to join the list

Organizers of an effort to scale back Arkansas' abortion ban face a deadline to submit enough signatures to try to get their proposal before voters in November.

Competing petitions on abortion have enough signatures to make Nebraska's November ballot, organizers say

Competing petitions on abortion have enough signatures to make Nebraska's November ballot, organizers say

Competing petitions on abortion have enough signatures to make Nebraska's November ballot, organizers say.

A petition to protect abortion rights in Nebraska has enough signatures to get on the ballot, organizers say

A petition to protect abortion rights in Nebraska has enough signatures to get on the ballot, organizers say

A petition to protect abortion rights in Nebraska has enough signatures to get on the ballot, organizers say.

Worsening floods and deterioration pose threats to US dam safety

Worsening floods and deterioration pose threats to US dam safety

Floodwaters in rural Minnesota carved a path around a century old dam early last week, causing severe erosion to a riverbank.

Pro-choice advocates set to turn in around 800,000 signatures for Arizona abortion ballot measure

Pro-choice advocates set to turn in around 800,000 signatures for Arizona abortion ballot measure

Pro-choice advocates are set to deliver about 800,000 petition signatures Wednesday in hopes of getting the Arizona abortion rights issue on the November general election ballot.

A bridge near a Minnesota dam may collapse. Officials say they can do little to stop it

A bridge near a Minnesota dam may collapse. Officials say they can do little to stop it

Rushing waters from the Blue Earth River have already left a trail of debris and destruction on the edges of a southern Minnesota dam that partially failed last week.

Some Nebraskans say misleading words led them to sign petitions on abortion they don't support

Some Nebraskans say misleading words led them to sign petitions on abortion they don't support

Organizers of competing petition efforts seeking to squelch or expand abortion access in Nebraska are looking to gather enough signatures before this week’s deadline to make the November ballot.

Arkansas groups not asking US Supreme Court to review ruling limiting scope of Voting Rights Act

Arkansas groups not asking US Supreme Court to review ruling limiting scope of Voting Rights Act

Progressive groups in Arkansas have decided to not ask the U.S. Supreme Court to weigh in on a lower court's ruling that civil rights groups say erodes the Voting Rights Act.

White Nebraska man shoots and wounds 7 Guatemalan immigrant neighbors

White Nebraska man shoots and wounds 7 Guatemalan immigrant neighbors

Authorities are not ruling out racist motives as they investigate why a white Nebraska man shot and wounded seven neighbors who were Guatemalan immigrants.

A Nebraska father who fatally shot his 10-year-old son on Thanksgiving pleads no contest

A Nebraska father who fatally shot his 10-year-old son on Thanksgiving pleads no contest

A Nebraska father who fatally shot his 10-year-old son on Thanksgiving while investigating what he thought was car theft has pleaded no contest to manslaughter.

Class-action lawsuit claims Omaha Housing Authority violated tenants’ rights for years

Class-action lawsuit claims Omaha Housing Authority violated tenants’ rights for years

A federal class-action lawsuit alleges the Omaha Housing Authority continuously violated the legal rights of low-income tenants over the last seven years.

Warren Buffett donates again to the Gates Foundation but will cut the charity off after his death

Warren Buffett donates again to the Gates Foundation but will cut the charity off after his death

Investor Warren Buffett has announced another $5.3 billion in charitable gifts Friday.

Nebraska regent suggests adding putting fans' ashes under the field. Her idea was dead on arrival

Nebraska regent suggests adding putting fans' ashes under the field. Her idea was dead on arrival

A University of Nebraska regent has proposed a way for football-crazy Cornhusker fans to carry their fandom into the afterlife.

Soft-serve survivors: How Zesto endured in Nebraska after its ice-cream empire melted

Soft-serve survivors: How Zesto endured in Nebraska after its ice-cream empire melted

Two Nebraska-born ice cream obsessives who grew up on Zesto soft serve are working to broaden a loose network of restaurants that bear the same name but operate mostly independently.

Family that lost home to flooded river vows to keep store open as floodwaters devastate Midwest

Family that lost home to flooded river vows to keep store open as floodwaters devastate Midwest

As floodwaters continue to ravage the Midwest, a Minnesota family that watched their home collapse into a swollen river near an at risk dam is vowing to reopen their nearby store.

Could Nebraska lawmakers seek winner-take-all elections in a special session to address taxes?

Could Nebraska lawmakers seek winner-take-all elections in a special session to address taxes?

Nebraska Gov. Jim Pillen says he'll call lawmakers back for a special session next month to address property tax relief.

Few have flood insurance to help recover from devastating Midwest storms

Few have flood insurance to help recover from devastating Midwest storms

Many Midwestern homeowners hit by bad flooding this week do not have flood insurance.

Episcopal Church is electing a successor to Michael Curry, its first African American leader

Episcopal Church is electing a successor to Michael Curry, its first African American leader

The Episcopal Church — at its General Convention in Louisville, Kentucky — is about to elect a new leader to replace Bishop Michael Curry.

Midwest flooding devastation comes into focus as flood warnings are extended in other areas

Midwest flooding devastation comes into focus as flood warnings are extended in other areas

The devastation from floodwaters was coming into focus for residents and officials near McCook Lake in North Sioux City, South Dakota, as water receded after days of heavy rains around the Midwest.

What happened to Minnesota's Rapidan Dam? Here's what to know about its flooding and partial failure

What happened to Minnesota's Rapidan Dam? Here's what to know about its flooding and partial failure

A Minnesota dam is still intact after floodwaters overcame parts of the structure and prompted officials to prepare for a potential collapse.

Midwestern carbon dioxide pipeline project gets approval in Iowa, but still has a long way to go

Midwestern carbon dioxide pipeline project gets approval in Iowa, but still has a long way to go

Iowa regulators have approved a controversial carbon dioxide pipeline for transporting emissions of the climate-warming greenhouse gas for storage underground.

More rain possible in deluged Midwest as flooding kills 2, causes water to surge around dam

More rain possible in deluged Midwest as flooding kills 2, causes water to surge around dam

More rain storms are possible in parts of the deluged Midwest, where flooding after days of heavy rains has killed at least two people, sent a river surging around a dam and forced evacuations and rescues.

A potential Trump VP pick backs a controversial CO2 pipeline favored by the Biden White House

A potential Trump VP pick backs a controversial CO2 pipeline favored by the Biden White House

North Dakota Gov. Doug Burgum is one of Donald Trump’s most visible and vocal backers, sprinting around the country to drum up support for the ex-president’s comeback bid while auditioning to be his running mate.

What’s causing the devastating flooding in the Midwest?

What’s causing the devastating flooding in the Midwest?

Heavy rains have caused record-setting flooding in parts of Iowa and South Dakota.

Railroads must provide details of hazardous cargo immediately after a derailment under new rule

Railroads must provide details of hazardous cargo immediately after a derailment under new rule

A new federal rule aims to ensure first responders can find out what hazardous chemicals are on a train after a derailment, so they can respond appropriately.

Sweltering temperatures persist across the US, while floodwaters inundate the Midwest

Sweltering temperatures persist across the US, while floodwaters inundate the Midwest

Millions of Americans sweated through a scorching weekend as temperatures soared across the U.S., while residents were rescued from floodwaters that forced evacuations across the Midwest.

A year in, Nebraska doctors say 12-week abortion ban has changed how they care for patients

A year in, Nebraska doctors say 12-week abortion ban has changed how they care for patients

A year after Nebraska lawmakers approved a 12-week abortion ban, the Flatwater Free Press spoke with 11 doctors specializing in pregnancy and childbirth-related fields to see if it has affected their work.

Witnesses say Ohio man demanded Jeep before he stabbed couple at a Nebraska interstate rest area

Witnesses say Ohio man demanded Jeep before he stabbed couple at a Nebraska interstate rest area

Witnesses say they heard an Ohio man demand the keys to a Jeep that was being towed behind a Missouri couple’s RV before he brutally stabbed them both and killed the man at an Interstate 80 rest area.

Man, 72, killed and woman hurt in knife attack at Nebraska highway rest area

Man, 72, killed and woman hurt in knife attack at Nebraska highway rest area

Authorities say an attempted robbery at a highway rest area in eastern Nebraska left a 72-year-old man dead and a 71-year-old woman critically injured in a knife attack.

What's a heat dome? Here's why so much of the US is broiling this week

What's a heat dome? Here's why so much of the US is broiling this week

Much of the Midwest and the Northeast is broiling — or set to broil — in extreme summer heat this week.

Biofuel groups envision ethanol-powered jets. But fueling the effort has not been easy

Biofuel groups envision ethanol-powered jets. But fueling the effort has not been easy

Farming and biofuels organizations are hopeful that ethanol could be used to power passenger jets, but making that dream a reality hasn’t been easy.

Severe weather forecast around US with high Southwest temperatures, Gulf rain and Rockies snow

Severe weather forecast around US with high Southwest temperatures, Gulf rain and Rockies snow

Heat and cold extremes are expected in the U.S. Extreme weather that ranged from triple digit temperatures in the Southwest to unseasonable cold in the Pacific Northwest has been forecast over the U.S. into the early part of the week.

Severe, chaotic weather around US with high temperatures in Southwest and Midwest, snow in Rockies

Severe, chaotic weather around US with high temperatures in Southwest and Midwest, snow in Rockies

Extreme weather that ranged from triple digit temperatures in the Southwest to unseasonable cold in the Pacific Northwest was forecast over the U.S. into the early week.

The anti-abortion movement is making a big play to thwart citizen initiatives on reproductive rights

The anti-abortion movement is making a big play to thwart citizen initiatives on reproductive rights

Anti-abortion groups and their Republican allies in state governments are using a range of strategies to counter proposed ballot initiatives that are intended to protect reproductive rights or prevent voters from having a say in the fall.

Which states could have abortion on the ballot in 2024?

Which states could have abortion on the ballot in 2024?

The issue of abortion will be before voters in at least four states this year, and possibly more.

Much of U.S. braces for extreme weather, from southern heat wave to possible snow in the Rockies

Much of U.S. braces for extreme weather, from southern heat wave to possible snow in the Rockies

Much of the U.S. is bracing for extreme weather - especially high temperatures — this weekend and into next week.

Some hawking stem cells say they can treat almost anything. They can't

Some hawking stem cells say they can treat almost anything. They can't

Attorneys general across the U.S. have a new fight on their hands: protecting Americans from unproven and expensive stem cell treatments that salespeople claim can cure almost anything.