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Conference will focus on ways to protect wildlife habitat

KEARNEY, Neb. (AP) - An annual state conference next month will focus on ways to preserve wildlife habitat in the state.

This year will be the 25th annual version of the Nebraska State Habitat Meeting that brings together landowners, hunters and wildlife professionals.

The event will feature presentations from Pheasants Forever, Quail Forever and the Nebraska Game and Parks Commission.

The event will be held Feb. 13 at the Holiday Inn near Interstate 80 in Kearney. It costs $30 for members

New Nebraska Medicaid bill to offer ‘private option’

Associated Press

LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) _ After three failed attempts to expand Medicaid under the federal health care law, Nebraska lawmakers will unveil a new proposal this week that would offer private coverage to low-income residents.

The bill is modeled after the so-called private option adopted by Arkansas, which received a federal waiver to spend Medicaid dollars on private insurance.

The plan by Sen. John McCollister of Omaha would cover an estimated

Nebraska bill would shield religious child welfare agencies

LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) - A Nebraska senator is seeking legal protections for faith-based welfare agencies that refuse to provide services to same-sex couples.

Sen. Mark Kolterman of Seward introduced a bill Thursday that would prevent the state from slashing an agency’s funding or limiting its contracts if the agency cites a religious objection.

Last year, the Nebraska Department of Health and Human Services abandoned a policy barring gays and lesbians from becoming foster parents. Kolterman says

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