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Nebraska Governor: On Biden’s Decision of Keystone Pipeline
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Nebraska Governor: On Biden’s Decision of Keystone Pipeline

Gov. Ricketts Comments on President Biden’s Decision to Cancel the Keystone XL Pipeline Presidential Permit LINCOLN, NE (STL.News) Governor Pete Ricketts issued a statement following executive action by President Joe Biden to cancel the presidential permit for the Keystone XL Pipeline. “Keystone XL is a critical part of putting together an all-of-the-above strategy for North American energy independence,” said Gov. Ricketts. “Failure to construct the pipeline would mean more dependence on overseas energy sources as well as fewer jobs and less property tax relief for Nebraskans.  This is a project that would greatly benefit not just Nebraska but also our whole country, and it is our hope that TC Energy presses forward.”
Nebraska Governor Congratulates Bruce Ramge On Retirement
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Nebraska Governor Congratulates Bruce Ramge On Retirement

LINCOLN, NE (STL.News)– Today, Governor Pete Ricketts thanked Department of Insurance Director Bruce Ramge for his longstanding and distinguished service to the State of Nebraska.  Ramge has announced his retirement after ten years of leading the State’s top insurance regulatory agency as director.  He’s the longest-serving Insurance Director in state history.  His public service with the Nebraska Department of Insurance (NDOI) began with the Market Conduct Division in September of 1984.  He accepted the position of Chief of Market Regulation in 1999 prior to being appointed director of NDOI in January of 2010. “Under Bruce’s leadership, Nebraska has gained a reputation for having fair and consistent insurance regulation,” said Gov. Ricketts.  “He has done great work to help Nebraska’s ...
Nebraska: Howard D. Farley Arrested For Having Another’s Identity For More Than 35 Years
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Nebraska: Howard D. Farley Arrested For Having Another’s Identity For More Than 35 Years

Alleged Drug Kingpin, Howard D. Farley From Nebraska Arrested After Having Assumed Another’s Identity For More Than 35 Years Ocala, Florida (STL.News) United States Attorney Maria Chapa Lopez announces the filing of a criminal complaint charging Howard D. Farley, Jr. (72, Weirsdale) with passport fraud.  Farley was arrested on December 2, 2020.  If convicted, he faces a maximum penalty of 10 years in federal prison. According to the complaint, in or around February 2020, Farley submitted a passport application using the name, date of birth, and Social Security number of an individual who had died as an infant in 1955.  When applying for this passport, Farley failed to disclose his true identity. In 1985, Farley, along with 73 others, was indicted by a federal grand jury in the Distr...
Nebraska Governor: Major Investment from Dollar General Corporation
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Nebraska Governor: Major Investment from Dollar General Corporation

Gov. Ricketts Announces Major Blair Investment from Dollar General Corporation LINCOLN, NE (STL.News) Today, Governor Pete Ricketts relayed news of Dollar General Corporation’s plans to build a state-of-the-art distribution center in Blair.  The facility, which will include dual capabilities between the company’s dry and DG Fresh supply chain operations, represents an $85 million investment from the major retailer in Washington County and is expected to create 400 new jobs at full capacity.  Construction is scheduled to begin next month, with completion slated for 2022. “This $85 million investment by Dollar General speaks to Nebraska’s business friendliness and natural advantages as a logistics and supply chain hub,” said Gov. Ricketts.  “The dual distribution center also adds to the tre...
Nebraska Governor & First Lady to Quarantine
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Nebraska Governor & First Lady to Quarantine

LINCOLN, NE (STL.News) Today, the Office of Governor Pete Ricketts issued a statement following news that the Governor and First Lady Susanne Shore had come into close contact with someone who tested positive for coronavirus. “On Sunday night, Governor Ricketts and the First Lady joined three people for dinner outside,” said Taylor Gage, Director of Strategic Communications.  “One of the people they joined tested positive for coronavirus on Monday.  Both the Governor and First Lady will quarantine for 14 days.  Neither the Governor or First Lady are showing any symptoms, and they will get tested at the appropriate time.  The Governor will host his Tuesday and Thursday coronavirus briefings virtually.” STL.News References: Nebraska Governor Pete can also be view on Hermes news ...
Dollar General Announces New Distribution Center in Nebraska
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Dollar General Announces New Distribution Center in Nebraska

DG Fresh and Dry Combination Facility in Blair (Washington County) slated to Create Approximately 400 New Job Opportunities Goodlettsville, TN (STL.News) Dollar General (NYSE:DG) today announced plans to build a combination dry and DG Fresh distribution center in Blair, Nebraska, representing an approximate $85 million investment in Washington County.  At full capacity, the contemporary 800,000-square-foot facility is expected to create approximately 400 new career opportunities and support more than 1,500 stores in the Midwest.  Construction is scheduled to begin next month with completion currently slated for early 2022. Blair’s dual facility will represent the first combination building constructed by the Company and will include approximately 650,000 square feet of dry goods and appro...
NE: Brian Hinman Sentenced for Conspiracy to Distribute Methamphetamine
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NE: Brian Hinman Sentenced for Conspiracy to Distribute Methamphetamine

(STL.News) – United States Attorney Ron Parsons announced that an Alliance, Nebraska, man who pleaded guilty to Conspiracy to Distribute a Controlled Substance was sentenced on October 30, 2020, by U.S. District Judge Jeffrey L. Viken. Brian Hinman, age 38, was sentenced to 5 years in federal prison, followed by 4 years of supervised release, and a $100 special assessment to the Federal Crime Victims Fund. From approximately November 2018 to December 2018, Hinman obtained methamphetamine, which he then distributed in South Dakota.  A traffic stop of Hinman by Nebraska State Patrol, in December 2018, recovered 42 grams of methamphetamine. This case was investigated by the Bureau of Indian Affairs, Division of Drug Enforcement, SD Division of Criminal Investigation, Badlands Safe Trails D...
Nebraska: Two Nominees for Juvenile Court Judge in Lancaster County
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Nebraska: Two Nominees for Juvenile Court Judge in Lancaster County

Two Nominees Forwarded for the Separate Juvenile Court Judge in Lancaster County LINCOLN, NE (STL.News) Today, the Judicial Nominating Commission for the Separate Juvenile Court Judge in Lancaster County provided the following two names for the Governor’s consideration: Michelle D. Sabata and David P. Thompson, both of Lincoln. The vacancy is due to the retirement of Judge Linda S. Porter. CLICK to VIEW SOURCE
Nebraska Governor Ricketts’ Statement on Passing of former U.S. Senator Dave Karnes
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Nebraska Governor Ricketts’ Statement on Passing of former U.S. Senator Dave Karnes

LINCOLN, NE (STL.News)  Today, Governor Pete Ricketts issued a statement following news that former U.S. Senator Dave Karnes had passed way. “Susanne and I are deeply saddened to learn of Dave’s passing.  He was a great Nebraskan, a public servant, and a devoted father and husband.  We ask that all Nebraskans keep the Karnes family in their prayers as we remember his legacy and celebrate his life.” CLICK to VIEW SOURCE STL.News Syndication: DSN News USA News Today US Political News
Nebraska Governor Ricketts Promotes Hunting Opportunities
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Nebraska Governor Ricketts Promotes Hunting Opportunities

LINCOLN, NE (STL.News) Today, Governor Pete Ricketts and the Nebraska Game and Parks Commission released a new video promoting hunting across Nebraska.  The video will be promoted across state agency social media platforms to encourage more people to get outside and enjoy the great outdoors.  It can be accessed by clicking here. “Nebraska is a great hunting state,” said Gov. Ricketts in the video.  “We have abundant natural resources—very diverse from one end of the state to the other.  If you’re looking for a great hunting experience, you want to come here.” Notable hunting seasons coming up include: Special Youth Pheasant Hunts: Oct. 24-25, 2020 on 19 Wildlife Management Areas across Nebraska Fall Turkey: Sept. 15-Jan. 31, 2021 Pheasant and Quail: Oct. 31-Jan. 31, 2021 Deer: ...
Nebraska Governor Ricketts Highlights Nation-Leading Labor Numbers
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Nebraska Governor Ricketts Highlights Nation-Leading Labor Numbers

LINCOLN, NE (STL.News) Today, Governor Pete Ricketts issued a statement following news that Nebraska once again has the lowest unemployment rate in the United States, at 3.5%. “The resilience of Nebraskans in 2020 has been extraordinary,” said Gov. Ricketts.  “We’ve made major strides to grow Nebraska after the challenges created by the coronavirus.  Earlier this week, the State announced additional grants to help businesses in industries hard-hit by the effects of the pandemic, such as restaurants, hotels, barber shops, beauty salons, event centers, movie theaters, and others.  This assistance will help to continue the strong recovery we’ve seen in recent months.” According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, Nebraska’s unemployment rate has seen the smallest rise of any state in the nat...
Nebraska Governor Ricketts Announces State’s Expanded Medicaid Program
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Nebraska Governor Ricketts Announces State’s Expanded Medicaid Program

Gov. Ricketts Announces Federal Approval of State’s Waiver to Offer Enhanced Medicaid Benefits LINCOLN, NE (STL.News) This afternoon, Governor Pete Ricketts held a press briefing to announce that the State’s expanded Medicaid program, Heritage Health Adult, has been approved to offer enhanced benefits to qualifying beneficiaries. Seema Verma, Administrator for the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS), joined the Governor to ceremonially sign a letter of approval for the State of Nebraska’s Section 1115 demonstration waiver. CMS Administrator Verma described the Trump Administration’s philosophy of empowering states to innovate, as opposed to expecting them to follow a single model.  She congratulated the State of Nebraska on the waiver approval and on the design of the Heritag...
Union Pacific Names Rahul Jalali Chief Information Officer
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Union Pacific Names Rahul Jalali Chief Information Officer

OMAHA, NE (STL.News) Union Pacific today named Rahul Jalali as the company’s chief information officer, effective November 2, 2020. Jalali will lead the development, implementation and operation of Union Pacific’s information and telecommunications technologies.  He will report to Lance Fritz, Union Pacific chairman, president and chief executive officer. “Union Pacific is committed to investing in technology that improves our service, enhances efficiency and makes us easier to do business with,” Fritz said.  “Rahul’s leadership and expertise will guide our industry-best IT team’s efforts to drive innovative technologies that optimize our customers’ supply chains.” Jalali served 23 years with Walmart Inc., most recently as vice president of Walmart International.  During his tenure, he ...
Nebraska Governor Ricketts Highlights Record-Setting $2.2 Billion in Property Tax Relief & Aid
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Nebraska Governor Ricketts Highlights Record-Setting $2.2 Billion in Property Tax Relief & Aid

Gov. Ricketts Highlights Record-Setting $2.2 Billion in Property Tax Relief & Aid from the State to Local Governments LINCOLN, NE (STL.News) Today, Governor Pete Ricketts issued a statement following a new report from the Nebraska Department of Revenue showing that the State of Nebraska provided $2.231 billion in property tax relief and aid to local government agencies over the last year. “The State of Nebraska continues to substantially increase property tax relief and state support for local governments,” said Governor Ricketts.  “These resources helped offset a portion of local property taxes, which continue to be a burden for working Nebraskans.  Thanks to continued collaboration with the Legislature, Nebraskans will experience another significant jump in relief next year as new t...
Nebraska Governor Ricketts Highlights Election Security, Provides Update on Medicaid Expansion
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Nebraska Governor Ricketts Highlights Election Security, Provides Update on Medicaid Expansion

LINCOLN, NE (STL.News) Governor Pete Ricketts highlighted the State’s preparations for the fall election on November 3rd during a press briefing at the State Capitol.  He also provided an update on the expansion of Medicaid.  Coverage starts for the newly expanded Medicaid program on October 1, 2020. Nebraska Secretary of State Bob Evnen joined the Governor to discuss his office’s work to safely run polling locations and to verify ballots sent in by mail.  Nebraska Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) CEO Dannette R. Smith also participated in the press briefing to review how to enroll for Heritage Health Adult, the expanded Medicaid program.  Additionally, DHHS Interim Director of Medicaid & Long-Term Care, Jeremy Brunssen, overviewed his agency’s work to assist Nebraskans ...
Nebraska Gov. Ricketts Announces Appointments to Boards & Commissions
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Nebraska Gov. Ricketts Announces Appointments to Boards & Commissions

LINCOLN, NE (STL.News) – Today, Governor Pete Ricketts announced recent appointments he has made to fill Nebraska’s boards and commissions. The following appointees are unpaid and are not subject to Legislative confirmation: Nebraska Aeronautics Commission Scott E. Tarry, Ph.D., Omaha Capitol Environs Commission Ann Post, J.D., Lincoln County Attorney Standards Advisory Council Robert E. Bowen, M.D., Bennington Elizabeth Waterman, Lexington Nebraska Council on Developmental Disabilities Mark D. Shriver, Ph.D., BCBA-D, Omaha Dry Bean Commission David W. Howell, Morrill Courtney M. Schuler, Morrill David G. Weber, Alliance Nebraska Equal Opportunity Commission Arla Jo Meyer, Lincoln EPSCoR/IDeA Committee Daniel P. Schachtman, Ph.D., Lincoln Nebraska Fire Safety Appeals Boa...
Nebraska Gov. Ricketts Highlights Nebraska’s Lowest-in-the-Nation Unemployment
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Nebraska Gov. Ricketts Highlights Nebraska’s Lowest-in-the-Nation Unemployment

LINCOLN, NE (STL.News) Governor Pete Ricketts welcomed news that Nebraska has the lowest unemployment rate in the United States, at 4.0%. “As we continue to get Nebraska growing after the disruptions of the pandemic, people across our state are returning to work,” said Gov. Ricketts.  “Nebraskans are hard-working and resilient, and I appreciate the resolve they’ve shown over the past six months to slow the spread of the virus.  The grit and determination of our people, along with an effective plan to restore growth, have led to incredible results.” Nebraska’s unemployment rate in August 2020 (4.0%) is now equal to what it was in March 2020 (4.0%). Nebraska’s employment-to-population rate of 66.8% also leads the nation.  Employment-to-population rate measures the percentage of the civili...
Nebraska Gov. Ricketts Announces Nance County as Nebraska’s 50th Livestock Friendly County
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Nebraska Gov. Ricketts Announces Nance County as Nebraska’s 50th Livestock Friendly County

FULLERTON NE (STL.News) Today Nebraska Governor Pete Ricketts designated Nance County as Nebraska’s newest Livestock Friendly County (LFC).  Nance County is the 50th county in the state to apply for, meet the requirements, and receive the LFC designation.  The Livestock Friendly County program is administered by the Nebraska Department of Agriculture (NDA). “By requesting and receiving Nebraska’s Livestock Friendly County designation, the people of Nance County are encouraging livestock growth, showing their support for Nebraska ag, and expanding local career opportunities in agriculture,” said Gov. Ricketts.  “Congratulations to Nance County on being named Nebraska’s 50th Livestock Friendly County.” According to the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s most recent census of agriculture, Nan...