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Economists say coronavirus disaster declarations may be the quickest path to reopening; militia groups use virus, Independence Day to recruit followers.

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Trump visits South Dakota's Black Hills, Mt. Rushmore today; nearby tribal leaders object, citing concerns over COVID-19 and a fireworks display. Plus, voter registration numbers are down from this time in 2016.

Public News Service - NE: Criminal Justice

A new online anti-racist toolkit includes tips for advocating while practicing safe social distancing, and from the comfort of your couch. (Becker1999/Wikimedia Commons)

LINCOLN, Neb. -- With demonstrations sparked by the killing of George Floyd by a Minneapolis police officer well into their second week, civic organizations in Nebraska are offering resources for individuals who want to end state-sanctioned violence against people of color. Ashlei Spivey, an Ameri

The U.S. District Court of Nebraska holds a status hearing today on an emergency motion requesting the release of the state's plan for prevention, management and treatment of COVID-19 in Nebraska prisons. (USAF)

LINCOLN, Neb. -- Nebraska's overcrowded prisons could put their incarcerated residents at greater risk of an outbreak of COVID-19, and a coalition of legal groups want the state to share its plans for keeping those serving time, prison employees and their families safe. Adam Sipple, legal director

Nebraskans are encouraged to research groups doing COVID-19 relief work at CharityNavigator.org or Give.org before making donations. (Pxfuel)

LINCOLN, Neb. -- Medicare officials are warning people that the COVID-19 pandemic has created the perfect petri dish for a wide array of scams, including Medicare fraud. Devorah Lanner, AARP Nebraska communications director, said people should be extremely skeptical if anyone offers to send a coron

Nebraska increased funding for corrections by 290% between 1985 and 2016, outpacing other state investments like higher education, which grew by just 57% in the same time period. (Pxfuel)

LINCOLN, Neb. -- As Nebraska lawmakers consider a proposal to build a new prison to address the state's overcrowded corrections population, reform advocates say there are solid alternatives at work in other states. Nebraska officials have until July to reduce prison numbers from as high as 200% of

Nebraska's prison population is currently at nearly 160% of capacity, making the state the second most overcrowded in the nation. (California Department of Corrections/Wikimedia Commons)

LINCOLN, Neb. -- The Nebraska Department of Correctional Services has announced that it will consider plans to build a 1,600 bed private prison to help ease currently overcrowded conditions and address projected growth in prison populations. Sam Petto, communications director for the American Civi

Doctors who perform a common abortion procedure could face Class IV felony charges, serve up to two years behind bars and pay a $10,000 fine if LB 814 becomes law. (Piqsels)

LINCOLN, Neb. -- Proponents for women's reproductive health are mustering forces to defeat a bill introduced last week by state Sen. Suzanne Geist, R-Lincoln, that would prohibit a common abortion procedure after the first trimester of pregnancy. Andi Curry Grub, Nebraska state executive director

Law-enforcement jurisdictions have been ending their agreements with ICE because of increased costs to local taxpayers, increased risks of racial profiling, and damaging relations between communities and law enforcement.(Pixabay)

LINCOLN, Neb. — Dakota County immigrant communities targeted by the Trump administration's recent promise of mass deportation aren't getting any relief from local law enforcement. Sheriff Chris Kleinberg recently renewed his department's commitment to cooperating with the Department of Homelan

More than half of suicides within juvenile facilities occur while the young person is in solitary confinement. (Ryan Melaugh/Flickr)

LINCOLN, Neb. – Nebraska lawmakers hold a public hearing Thursday for a bill that would limit the use of juvenile solitary confinement in facilities holding young people. According to an Inspector General report, last year more than 500 Nebraska youths ages 11 to 18 were held in solitary 2,6

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