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Medicaid Reimbursement Bill Gets First-Round Approval

Image result for nebraska legislatureNebraska lawmakers have advanced a bill designed to increase Medicaid reimbursements from the estates of recipients with large amounts of money or property. Senators gave the measure first-round approval Monday with a 31-0 vote.

Berkshire Hathaway Buys Oklahoma Newspapers

Image result for warren buffettWarren Buffett's company is adding a group of small Oklahoma newspapers near Tulsa to its growing group of more than two dozen small and medium-sized newspapers. Berkshire Hathaway Media Group said Monday that it had acquired six weekly newspapers.

Cattle Brand Inspection Bill Advances

Image result for nebraska cattle brandsThe cost of brand inspections for cattle could rise to $1.10 per head under a bill advanced by Nebraska lawmakers. Senators gave first-round approval Monday to an increase in the maximum fee that the Nebraska Brand Committee can charge. 

One Injured In Omaha Home Explosion

Image result for omaha fire departmentAuthorities say one person was seriously hurt following an explosion inside an Omaha home. Fire officials say gasoline that was being used to combat bed begs ignited and exploded at the home Sunday night. Two others escaped the residence.

Medical Marijuana Measure Advances

Image result for nebraska state capitolNebraska senators will debate whether to legalize medical marijuana under a bill proponents say is aimed at residents struggling with debilitating seizures. A legislative committee voted 7-1 Monday to advance a measure to create cannabis centers.

Woman Arrested For Stealing Puppy From Backyard

Image result for police lightsA 22-year-old woman has been charged with stealing a puppy from a yard in Lincoln. Police say Kaylynn Dobbins was picked up Friday after investigators watched security recordings of the dog being sold at a grocery store on April 13. 

Oil & Gas Commission To Meet Wednesday

The Nebraska Oil and Gas Conservation Commission is scheduled to act Wednesday on an application for a Sioux County disposal site for wastewater from oil exploration and production.  The commission website says the special meeting is set to begin at 10am Wednesday.

Man Drives Car Into Pine Lake

Image result for lincoln police departmentDuring the midnight hour, a 21-year-old man lost control of his car going northbound on West Shore in south Lincoln. Officer Katie Flood says the man reported that he traveling at 30 mph with his cruise control on.  

Early Voting For Lincoln City General Election Underway

Lancaster County Election Commissioner David Shively announced today that that early voting for the May 5th Lincoln City Election begins Monday, April 20, 2015.  

New Law Could Help Get Medical Marijuana On Ballot

Advocates for medical marijuana will try to take their campaign to Nebraska voters next year if lawmakers don't act, and a new state law could make their job easier. Supporters say they're gathering signatures to place the issue on the November 2016 ballot.