Nebraska News

Travelers Opens $200M Data Center in Nebraska

A New-York based insurance firm has opened a $200 million data center in Nebraska’s Sarpy County, the latest of such facilities built in the area for companies like Fidelity, Yahoo, Cabela’s and Cosentry. Gov. Pete Ricketts and other officials celebrated …

Farm, Ranch Tourism Liability Bill Advances in Nebraska

Farmers and ranchers who open their property to tourists could be shielded from certain lawsuits under a bill advancing by Nebraska lawmakers. Senators gave the proposal first-round approval with a 33-1 vote. Sen. Ken Schilz of Ogallala said he introduced …

Berkshire Hathaway GUARD Adds McGuire as Midwest Sr. Field Rep

Berkshire Hathaway GUARD Insurance Cos. added Michael McGuire as a senior field representative to promote targeted growth in the Midwest. Specifically, McGuire serves producers in Iowa and Nebraska. He is responsible for identifying prospects for appointments while providing information about …

Bill Legalizing Lyft, Uber in Nebraska Closer to Passage

New rules that would let Lyft, Uber and other ride-hailing companies operate legally in Nebraska have advanced to a final vote in the Legislature. Lawmakers gave the measure second-round approval on May 5. The bill by Sen. Heath Mello of …

State of Emergency Declared in Oklahoma Following Severe Storms, Tornados

Oklahoma Gov. Mary Fallin has declared a state of emergency after an outbreak of severe storms that swept across the state on May 6 bringing tornados, high winds, hail and flooding. At least 39 tornados were reported to have touched ground yesterday. …

Nebraska Gov. Signs Law Boosting Protections for Pregnant Workers

Pregnant workers will have the right to easier workloads and modified schedules under a new Nebraska law. Gov. Pete Ricketts signed a bill to create better employment protections for expectant mothers. The law requires employers to acknowledge physical limitations of …

Nebraska Bill to Legalize Ridesharing Services Advances

A bill that would allow Uber, Lyft and other ride-booking services to operate legally in Nebraska is headed to a vote in the Legislature. The Transportation and Telecommunications Committee voted 5-2 to advance regulations for the smartphone-based services, which have …

Union Pacific Ordered to Pay Nebraska-Based Injured Worker $350K

Federal regulators have ordered Union Pacific to pay $350,000 to a long-time employee who was disciplined after reporting an injury, but the railroad plans to appeal. The U.S. Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration said this is the …

Midwest, Plains Likely to See Economic Growth: Report

Economic growth lies ahead for nine Midwestern and Plains states despite pullbacks in the energy sector, according to a monthly report released on March 2. The overall Mid-America Business Conditions Index climbed to 57.0 in February from 54.8 in January, …

Liquidation Looms for Midwest Insurance Cooperative

An insurance cooperative created to provide health care in Iowa and Nebraska will be formally liquidated this weekend. Iowa Insurance Commissioner Nick Gerhart said that a Polk County judge has agreed to approve the liquidation plan. CoOportunity is a federally …