Nebraska senator proposes body camera records kept secret

LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) - Police body-camera footage would be exempt from Nebraska’s public records law under a new bill in the Legislature.

Sen. Heath Mello of Omaha introduced legislation Friday that would require law enforcement agencies to save body-worn camera recordings for at least six months, unless they become part of a criminal investigation. Those recordings would join medical records and trade secrets as records which may be kept from public disclosure.

The measure would prohibit

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Nebraska inmate copay bill faces resistance in Legislature

By GRANT SCHULTE

Associated Press

LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) - A bill that would allow Nebraska jails and prisons to charge a copayment for inmates faced resistance Friday in the Legislature even though most states already allow the practice.

Nebraska lawmakers debated the proposal but adjourned for the week without a vote.

The proposal would allow for copayments of up to $10 for every self-initiated, non-emergency visit to a health care provider. Exceptions would include treatment for mental

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Nebraska senator proposes bill to ban selling fetal tissue

LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) - Doctors and clinics could be banned from performing abortions if they are found selling human fetal tissue under a bill proposed by a Nebraska senator.

Sen. Al Davis of Hyannis introduced a bill Friday that would require monthly reports from abortion providers about how they disposed of each aborted fetus.

The measure would require the Department of Health and Human Services to adopt rules ensuring abortion-authorized facilities dispose of remains by burial, cremation, or

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Nebraska senators reject bill defining poker as skill game

LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) - Supporters of legalizing poker in Nebraska were dealt a bad hand Thursday when lawmakers defeated a bill that would have classified poker as a game of skill, rather than a constitutionally banned game of chance.

That classification would have allowed draw poker and community card games to be licensed and regulated, as well as permit churches and nonprofits to host poker tournaments at events where alcohol is served.

“We hear a lot about property tax relief, limited

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Obama stresses State of Union themes in Nebraska

By DARLENE SUPERVILLE

Associated Press

OMAHA, Neb. (AP) - Stressing themes from his State of the Union address, President Barack Obama on Wednesday urged the country to respond to economic and other societal changes with confidence instead of fear.

Alluding to the fierce campaign to succeed him that’s taking place in neighboring Iowa, Obama told a crowd of 11,000 at the University of Nebraska-Omaha that ``I like talking about hope and all the good stuff that’s going on.’’ The first votes in

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Ricketts requests property tax reform, no Medicaid expansion

By GRANT SCHULTE

Associated Press

LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) - Nebraska Gov. Pete Ricketts urged lawmakers Thursday to pass a package of bills meant to slow the statewide growth in property taxes and to reject any proposals that expand Medicaid under the federal health care law.

“We need to grow Nebraska’s economy, create more and better paying jobs, keep our kids and grandkids here, and attract people from all over the country to come and make Nebraska their home,” Ricketts said, outlining his

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Bill would waive drug charges during medical emergencies

By ANNA GRONEWOLD

Associated Press

LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) - A Nebraska lawmaker is proposing a legal immunity for drug-users who call for help during a medical emergency, saying America’s rising rates of drug overdose deaths demand it.

Sen. Adam Morfeld of Lincoln will introduce a bill this week that would shield users from possession charges if they seek help for themselves or someone else who is overdosing.

Morfeld said too many drug-users won’t call 911 in life-threatening emergencies

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Couple accused of neglecting cattle in Nebraska Panhandle

HARRISON, Neb. (AP) - A Nebraska Panhandle couple have been accused of neglecting cattle.

Court records say 25-year-old Calinda Vantine and 33-year-old Calvin Vantine are charged with felony animal neglect resulting in death or injury. Calinda Vantine said Wednesday that they couldn’t comment until checking with their attorney. A preliminary hearing for them is scheduled for Feb. 5.

Chadron radio station KCSR reports (http://bit.ly/1SOM5sz ) that a state investigator says the Vantines, of

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Nebraska senators advance bill to encourage organ donations

By ANNA GRONEWOLD

LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) - The Nebraska Legislature easily advanced a bill to encourage drivers to be organ donors despite a six-hour debate about “forced speech” and misleading language.

Lawmakers voted 32-8 Tuesday on a measure by Syracuse Sen. Dan Watermeier that would require applicants for drivers’ licenses or ID cards to answer whether or not they would like to be an organ donor.

When Nebraskans register for licenses or ID cards, answering the question is optional. Only 55

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