Author Archives: Jane Monnich

No Raise For State Official Who Used State Car For Personal Trips

No Raise For State Official Who Used State Car For Personal Trips

LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) – Gov. Pete Ricketts has denied a pay raise for the director of the Nebraska Natural Resources Department, who auditors say used a state vehicle for personal trips and falsified expense reports. The Omaha World-Herald reports that Jeff Fassett is paid $152,000 a year. He didn’t get the 2.3% raise granted other…Read more »

Keystone Pipeline Opponents Aren’t Giving Up Despite A Nebraska Supreme Court Rulling

Keystone Pipeline Opponents Aren’t Giving Up Despite A Nebraska Supreme Court Rulling

Nebraska landowners and Tribal nations say they will continue to fight keeping the proposed Keystone XL Pipeline out of Nebraska. They claim that the Nebraska Supreme Court ignored due process rights, property rights and indigenous sovereignty in a flawed decision today on the Mainline Alternative route through Nebraska. Opponents says they will continue to fight…Read more »

Senator Sasse Supports Filing Charges Against University of Kansas Researcher Working for A Chinese University

Senator Sasse Supports Filing Charges Against University of Kansas Researcher Working for A Chinese University

Nebraska U.S. Senator Ben Sasse supports the justice department’s decision to file charges against a University of Kansas researcher who hid the fact he was working full time for a Chinese university while also working on U.S. government-funded research. Senator Sasse says this is a “no brainer: you can’t work for the Chinese government and…Read more »

A Nebraska Sydiver Who Died In Michigan Made Low Turn

A Nebraska Sydiver Who Died In Michigan Made Low Turn

GRAND HAVEN, Mich. (AP) – A Michigan company that offers skydiving says a man who died last weekend had no equipment problems but turned too close to the ground. Skydive Grand Haven released a statement Wednesday, saying 33-year-old Paul Van Vuuren of Atlanta, Nebraska, was an experienced skydiver who had made hundreds of jumps. Skydive…Read more »

Talk To Your College-Bound Teen About Alcohol Use

Talk To Your College-Bound Teen About Alcohol Use

Nebraska parents are being urged to talk to their college-bound teen about alcohol use. The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration reports that new students appear more likely to initiate or increase alcohol use during their first six weeks of college as they adjust to new social and academic expectations. Overall, full-time, first-year students…Read more »

Nebraska’s Leading Economic Indicator Bounces Back In July

Nebraska’s Leading Economic Indicator Bounces Back In July

Economic growth is predicted in Nebraska in the latest University of Nebraska Lincoln leading economic indicator survey. UNL Bureau of Business Research Director Eric Thompson says the indicator rose sharply during July…suggesting solid economic growth in Nebraska through the end of 2019 and into early 2020. Thompson says that manufacturing hours were up along with…Read more »

A Marine Accused of Bringing Weapons Onto Offutt Waives Hearing

A Marine Accused of Bringing Weapons Onto Offutt Waives Hearing

A Marine stationed in Hawaii has waived a military hearing this week for allegations he tried to bring weapons onto Offutt Air Force Base in Nebraska. Pfc. Ali Al-kazahg’s sister claims the Michigan born,Nebraska-raised son of Iraqi refugees is the target of racism. Guards spotted his name on a notice that says he told another…Read more »

Someone Won $1 Million In Nebraska

Someone Won $1 Million In Nebraska

LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) – The Nebraska Lottery says someone who bought a Powerball ticket in Schuyler has won $1 million. The ticket bought at the Parkview One Stop on Colfax Street in Schuyler. It matched the first five numbers drawn Saturday night: 18, 21, 24, 30 and 60. But it didn’t match the Powerball number:…Read more »

Youth Moved From Rehabilitation and Treatment Center In Geneva

Youth Moved From Rehabilitation and Treatment Center In Geneva

A Lincoln State Senator says all share in the blame of problems at a Nebraska Youth Attention Center. Lincoln State Senator Patty Pansing Brooks tells KLIN News that she is concerned by a number of things she observed while visiting the Geneva Youth Attention Center for Girls last Friday… including the use of confinement rooms,…Read more »