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  • Nebraska lawmakers say ridesharing firms welcome

    LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) — Ridesharing services are welcome to operate in Nebraska, but lawmakers also told service representatives at a hearing that the companies first must follow the state's rules and obey regulators. Members of the Legislature's Transportation and Telecommunications Committee on...

  • Rail union rejects deal that allowed one-man crews

    OMAHA, Neb. (AP) — A railroad union has rejected a deal with BNSF that would have allowed one-person crews on as much as 60 percent of its tracks. The Sheet Metal, Air, Rail and Transportation Workers union voted against the contract this week, according to a notice sent to members late...

  • Nebraska rural attorney program to launch soon

    OMAHA, Neb. (AP) — The state is preparing to launch its latest program intended to attract lawyers to small, rural Nebraska communities — this one giving those lawyers thousands of dollars a year in student loan debt repayment. The Nebraska Commission on Public Advocacy will administer the...

  • 2 exceptions to Nebraska smoking ban struck down

    OMAHA, Neb. (AP) — The Nebraska Supreme Court on Friday struck down exceptions to the state's public smoking ban for cigar bars and tobacco shops, but it spared the exception for some hotel guestrooms that allow smoking. The decision came in the case of Big John's Billiards, an Omaha pool hall,...

  • Insurance dispute may cost Nebraska patients

    OMAHA, Neb. (AP) — Thousands of people who visit doctors or hospitals in Nebraska associated with the Catholic Health Initiatives network may soon have to pay more if they have insurance from Blue Cross Blue Shield of Nebraska. The contract between the big insurer and the medical network may...

  • Nebraska recovering jobless benefits overpayments

    LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) — The Nebraska Labor Department has recovered nearly $5.8 million this year from people who were given too much unemployment pay, either because of errors or because they lied on their applications, the department said Friday. The total includes more than $2.7 million...

  • Musicians team up to kill Keystone XL

    Country legend Willie Nelson is teaming up with Canadian rock artist Neil Young in September to keep another Canadian product out of the United States -- the Keystone XL oil sands pipeline.