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True Heroism Valued By Americans

By Senator Ben Nelson                 
Lost in the flurry of recent major Supreme Court decisions on health care and immigration was a ruling that overturned a law I co-sponsored to make sure that true heroism by our military men and women is not trumped by those who try to pass themselves off as war heroes but in reality are not.
Americans hold our military heroes in high regard.  We recognize their courage, honor, and sacrifice with special medals that are reserved for those who willingly


Certainty Encourages Economic Growth

The U.S. economy added just 80,000 jobs in June and the national unemployment rate remained above 8 percent for the 41st consecutive month.  With millions of Americans out of work or underemployed, it is the latest indication the President’s policies of massive deficit spending, increased federal regulation and calling for added taxes on America’s small businesses are failing to create economic growth.
Part of the problem is the amount of tax and regulatory uncertainty facing job creators as


Don’t lose your cool - hot weather tips for those traveling by car

With warm weather temperatures upon us, AAA reminds motorists to always carry a small cooler in your vehicle with bottles of cold water.  Vehicle breakdowns frequently occur when temperatures are near triple-digits.  Tire blowouts, ruptured hoses, overheated engines and broken fan belts are just some of the common problems that occur.  If you frequently leave your vehicle parked in direct sunlight, use a protective windshield sun shade.  It will help keep the front seat, steering wheel, and


Fire Activity Remains Light

While the recent rain dampened some areas, warmer, drier weather is in the forecast.  Officials ask the public to exercise an extra measure of caution, and practice heightened fire safety at all times.
Red Shirt
Firefighters responded to one wildfire late Friday evening near Red Shirt, South Dakota, on the Buffalo National Grassland, a unit of the Nebraska National Forest and Grasslands.  This 36-acre fire was located three miles northwest of Red Shirt, and had several engines and a 20-person


Man donates money for children’s home in Pine Ridge

RAPID CITY, South Dakota (AP) - A Michigan man has pledged to donate as much money as needed to build a 40-bed children’s home on the Pine Ridge Indian Reservation in South Dakota. Officials involved in the project say the home would likely cost nearly $1 million. Officials say foster care is needed if children must spend the night away from their parents, which often happens when parents are arrested for driving under the influence of alcohol when children are in the vehicle. The new home


Gov. Heineman declares emergency on statewide drought conditions

Gov. Dave Heineman has declared a state of emergency due to current drought conditions throughout the state.

Gov. Heineman authorized an emergency declaration for statewide drought that allows state personnel and resources to assist with emergency situations and prevention, and allows maximum flexibility to the state to deploy Nebraska National Guard and Nebraska Emergency Management Agency assets and resources as needed.

“This declaration is important for continued efforts of state officials


Hot weather, high energy use force NPPD to new record

Independence Day proved to be more than just hot. NPPD’s customers set an all-time energy usage peak of an estimated 3,036 megawatts (MW). The new all-time peak bettered a previous record of 2,851 megawatts reached the day before, July 3, 2012. Prior to this, NPPD’s last all-time peak was 2,671 megawatts set on July 30, 2006.

“NPPD utilized the diversity of all its power plants and resources, generating power with nearly every type of fuel available (nuclear, coal, wind, natural gas and water)


Child Welfare System Reform

By Governor Dave Heineman
July 6, 2012
Dear Fellow Nebraskans:
The state of our state’s child welfare system is an important issue for many reasons. Anytime you are dealing with a situation where a child is removed from their family and home, it is a difficult situation. As a result, the child welfare system will not be a perfect system; however we are looking for ways to improve the lives of these children every day.

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