Articles by Grant Schulte

Nebraska Motorcycle Helmet Bill Will Get Another Ride

An effort to repeal Nebraska’s motorcycle-helmet law will get another ride in the Legislature, this time with a new crop of state lawmakers. Opponents who have tried for two decades to repeal the helmet law are pushing for it again, …

Nebraska Lawmakers Pushing Traffic-Safety Measures

Motorists and passengers who ride without a seat belt could face a $100 fine in Nebraska, and might even see their insurance rates increase if a bill in the Legislature becomes law. Nebraska lawmakers are proposing a series of traffic …

Feet of Sand Leave Midwest Farms Wasteland After Flooding

Mason Hansen guns his pickup and cranks the steering wheel to spin through sand up to 4 feet high, but this is no day at the beach. Hanson once grew corn and soybeans in the sandy wasteland in western Iowa, …

Audit: Nebraska Employee Insurance Costs High

Nebraska taxpayers are paying far more than necessary into the state’s health insurance program because of high administrative costs, poor oversight and a failure to monitor and control spending, State Auditor Mike Foley said. The Republican auditor said the cost …

Nebraska Health Providers Urge State-based Insurance Exchange

Nebraska should not wait for the U.S. Supreme Court to rule on the Obama administration’s health care overhaul before it prepares a state-based insurance exchange, a leading hospital advocate said. Bruce Rieker, a lobbyist for the Nebraska Hospital Association, said …

Nebraska Health Exchange Would Need 83K-100K Enrollees

As many as 100,000 Nebraskans would need to enroll in a state-based health insurance exchange before the program could sustain itself as required, according to a report presented to lawmakers on Oct. 28. Insurance Department Director Bruce Ramge told a …

Nebraska Insurance Director Needs More Data on Exchange Cost

Nebraska insurance officials can’t decide whether to recommend a state-based health insurance exchange or follow a proposed federal model until they know how much the national plan will cost, Nebraska Department of Insurance Director Bruce Ramge said. The department is …

Crews Racing Floodwaters to Build Up Iowa Levee

Crews in Hamburg, Iowa, were busy June 14 building up a secondary barrier to protect the small Iowa town after the swollen Missouri River punched a massive hole in the main levee. The river ruptured two levees in northwest Missouri …

Cleanup of Tornado-Swept Iowa Town to Take Months

Tom Sanford stepped carefully through his tornado ravaged home in Mapleton, Iowa, his work shoes crunching on broken glass and wood splinters scattered across the floor. In the living room, next to his busted television, lay part of his neighbor’s …

Wide Tornado Cuts a Swath Through West Iowa Town

A large tornado flattened a grain elevator and destroyed homes and buildings on its weekend rampage through the small western Iowa town of Mapleton. Authorities reported no serious injuries. “It was huge, just huge,” said Thomas Mohrhauser, an attorney in …