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Nebraska Prison Population Booms

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Nebraska Prison Population Booms

Nebraska’s prison population is more than 150% of capacity. Omaha State Senator Brad Ashford says lawmakers need to take a look at mandatory minimum sentences for some violations and find alternatives besides prison time. 

Ashford says violent or gun related offenses would not be impacted by a change in the mandatory minimum sentences already on the book. He says options do include treatment facilities and programs for those with drug and alcohol offenses.

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Making headlines this week

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A look at the big stories that made news this week and the headlines you may have missed.

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Americans are really angry with Washington

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Americans are angry with the handling of issues ranging from healthcare reform to the rise of Islamic State militants.

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Rail Plan Approved

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The state Rail Board approved the new South Dakota rail plan at their meeting this week.

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Siren Project Nixed

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Bidding for the emergency siren project in the lake area of Yankton closed yesterday, but at their meeting yesterday afternoon, Commission members agreed not to go ahead with the project and to reject any received bids.

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Minnesota Farm Bureau Members Lobbying Congress

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Minnesota Farm Bureau members are in Washington D.C. this week making hill visits. Cass County Farm Bureau President Miles Kuschel,…