Author Archives: Kellan Heavican

Gov. Ricketts Supports Continued White House Focus on Securing America’s Critical Supply Chains

Gov. Ricketts Supports Continued White House Focus on Securing America’s Critical Supply Chains

Governor Pete Ricketts issued a statement following news that President Joseph R. Biden, Jr. signed an Executive Order aimed at “Securing America’s Critical Supply Chains.” “For the sake of our economic and national security, it’s important to locate key industries, such as PPE and pharmaceutical drug production, here in America,” said Governor Ricketts.  “Nebraska is…Read more »

Biogas Project Turns Natural Gas Into Vehicle Fuel

Biogas Project Turns Natural Gas Into Vehicle Fuel

Mayor Leirion Gaylor Baird today announced the successful completion of a project to use the biogas from a City wastewater facility to produce vehicle fuel. The Lincoln Transportation and Utilities Department (LTU) began the biogas sustainability initiative at the Theresa Street Water Resource Recovery Facility in 2017. “This sustainability initiative is a major accomplishment for…Read more »

Lincoln Public Schools announced today that current Hartley Elementary School principal Jeff Rust will be the new principal at Adams Elementary School starting next year. His new duties will begin on July 1. LPS continues to fill principal positions across the school district after several retirements created a domino effect when principals accept new opportunities.…Read more »

DHHS Awaiting Federal Confirmation to Begin Enhanced Benefits for Heritage Health Adult

DHHS Awaiting Federal Confirmation to Begin Enhanced Benefits for Heritage Health Adult

DHHS announced today that they will not receive approval from CMS for the Heritage Health Adult Phase II implementation plan in time to begin the demonstration on April 1, 2021.  The Heritage Health Adult (HHA) Demonstration program would allow nearly 35,000 Nebraskans with Medicaid coverage through Medicaid expansion to access additional health care benefits by…Read more »

Nebraska Economic Indicator Rises In Fourth Straight Month

Nebraska Economic Indicator Rises In Fourth Straight Month

Nebraska’s leading economic indicator rose again during January, according to the most recent report from the University of Nebraska–Lincoln. The leading indicator rose 0.72%, marking the fourth consecutive monthly increase. “The rising indicator provides another signal that economic growth will be solid in Nebraska through mid-2021,” said economist Eric Thompson, director of the Bureau of…Read more »

Study Suggests Attention Perks Up When Politicians Break Ideological Lines

Study Suggests Attention Perks Up When Politicians Break Ideological Lines

In a time of extreme political polarization, hearing that a political candidate has taken a stance inconsistent with their party might raise some questions for their constituents. New research led by University of Nebraska–Lincoln political psychologist Ingrid Haas has shown the human brain is processing politically incongruent statements differently — attention is perking up —…Read more »

Drug Seizures Surge in 2020, Fentanyl Remains a Threat in Nebraska

Drug Seizures Surge in 2020, Fentanyl Remains a Threat in Nebraska

Marijuana and methamphetamine were the top two drugs seized by Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) investigators in Nebraska in 2020, with 2.5 kilograms of fentanyl, or the equivalent of one-and-a-half million lethal doses, also making its presence known across the state. Methamphetamine seizures jumped 68 percent in 2020, while marijuana seizures were more than six times…Read more »

Nebraska DHHS, Douglas County Health Department Team up with 4Urban.Org and Charles Drew Center for Online Town Hall

Nebraska DHHS, Douglas County Health Department Team up with 4Urban.Org and Charles Drew Center for Online Town Hall

In an ongoing effort to reach out to the African American community, the Nebraska Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) and the Douglas County Health Department are teaming up with 4Urban.Org, and the Charles Drew Health Center in North Omaha. Founded by Preston Love Jr., the Institute for Urban Development, otherwise known as 4Urban.Org…Read more »

LLCHD Reports 42 COVID-19 Cases Monday

LLCHD Reports 42 COVID-19 Cases Monday

The Lincoln-Lancaster County Health Department (LLCHD) today announced that 42 lab-confirmed cases of COVID-19 have been reported in Lancaster County, bringing the community total to 27,892. The total number of deaths in the community remains at 217. Visit lincoln.ne.gov/COVID19dashboard to access a dashboard that summarizes Lancaster County COVID-19 data. LLCHD also released the following information…Read more »