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Community Connecting Through Conversations: Rep. Don Bacon

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Crystal meets with Don Bacon on this episode to get to know him as a family man and Congressman. Community Connecting Through Conversations is brought to you by South Omaha Community Care Council and the Omaha Community Foundation to provide a platform for community members to connect and meet the needs of South Omaha residents. Listen to the interview here.

'We want them to stay here': Ralston Granary District Project debuts, hopes for new jobs and businesses

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RALSTON, Neb. —At the ribbon cutting for the Ralston Granary District Project, Douglas County Commissioner Jim Cavanaugh announced he will ask the County Board to allocate $500,000 in American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA) funds for the project, which is already a $30 million endeavor. “Every graduating class has hundreds and hundreds of young people who are looking for opportunities to start their caree...

Bicameral, bipartisan resolution proposed by Portman, Bacon designates Second Chance Month

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U.S. Sen. Rob Portman (R-OH) and U.S. Rep. Don Bacon (R-NE) have introduced a bipartisan, bicameral resolution designating April as Second Chance Month to honor the work of communities, government institutions, nonprofits, congregations, employers, and individuals to remove the unnecessary legal and societal barriers that prevent people with criminal records from becoming productive members of soc...

Bacon sponsors bill to improve transparency of DOD budget allocations

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U.S. Rep. Don Bacon (R-NE) on April 26 sponsored a bipartisan bill that would require an independent study and report on the effect of pass-through budgeting on organizations and elements of the U.S. Department of Defense (DOD). The Defense Budget Transparency Act of 2022, H.R. 7574, which is cosponsored by U.S. Rep. Kaialiʻi Kahele (D-HI), aims to improve public understanding of how tax dollars a...

The US military needs a modernized GPS capability to maintain superiority

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In December 1993, the U.S. declared that the satellites comprising the Global Positioning System constellation had achieved initial operational capability, representing the culmination of a 20-year effort to develop and launch the first global navigation satellite system. GPS, which began as a U.S. government project to provide positioning, navigation and timing information by broadcasting radio s...

Do we need 'baby nukes' launched from subs? StratCom chief says yes

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The chief of Offutt’s U.S. Strategic Command is happy with the record $813.4 billion Defense Department budget the Biden administration pitched to Congress a few weeks ago. Except for the matter of a few “baby nukes.” Adm. Charles Richard raised eyebrows earlier this month when he wrote a letter to top members of the House Armed Services Committee, calling out the Biden team for dropping a propose...

Why Biden didn’t go to Ukraine

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Sunday featured dramatic images of Secretary of State ANTONY BLINKEN and Defense Secretary LLOYD AUSTIN in Kyiv to meet with Ukrainian President VOLODYMR ZELENSKYY, the latest sign of America’s commitment to help the Eastern European country fend off Russia’s two-month-long invasion. They made a bit of news during their visit, which we’ll dive into deeply in the next section. But first, we wanted ...

Growing the 'Silicon Prairie': Nebraska receiving over $750 million investment from Google

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PAPILLION, Neb. —Nebraska is receiving an investment from Google worth more than $750 million for data centers, offices and more. The funds, part of a $9.5 billion investment nationwide by Google, was announced Thursday at an event at the company's Papillion data center featuring Nebraska Gov. Pete Ricketts and Omaha Mayor Jean Stothert. Read the full story here.