Nebraska delegation hears from farmers, ranchers, researchers on the next farm bill

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A push for the nation’s next farm bill came Monday to East Campus at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln, as part of a rare joint visit by all five members of the state’s congressional delegation.   University leaders pressed the need for the bill to invest in agricultural research, as the five members, all Republicans, spoke to students and watched their ag robots work. Farmers…

Midlands Voices: Memorial Day isn’t about the BBQ — it’s about the fallen heroes

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For many Americans across our country, Memorial Day means a long weekend of barbequing, spending time with family and friends and celebrating the kick-off of the summer season. It’s well-deserved for hardworking people to dedicate extra time to their loved ones and earn much needed rest and relaxation. But it is also important to remember that for others, Memorial Day is a far more…

Home-grown fuel helps families, farmers and producers

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Last year recorded the highest gas prices most Americans had seen in their lifetimes. We were shocked when the cost to fill up our cars and heat our homes doubled. This was caused by a myriad of problems the administration’s halt on domestic oil drilling and domestic energy infrastructure, supply chain issues and the Russian aggression against Ukraine. But most of this was self-inflicted…

Army’s 65,000 recruit goal will be ‘a challenge’ to reach, Wormuth says

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The Army will have a challenge to meet its expanded enlistment goal this year, though the service is recruiting better in 2023 than last year when it fell thousands of soldiers short of its goal, Army Secretary Christine Wormuth said Wednesday. “Sixty-five thousand [recruits for fiscal year 2023] is a very ambitious goal,” she said while testifying before the House Armed Services…

'It is never too late to do the right thing': House passes federal anti-lynching bill

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The House on Wednesday passed a bill that would make lynching a federal hate crime, a major victory for advocates who have long sought to address America’s history of racial violence. The Emmett Till Antilynching Act, introduced by Rep. Bobby Rush (D-Ill.), passed with an overwhelming 410-4 vote. The Senate passed a similar bill, backed by Sens. Kamala Harris (D-Calif.), Cory Booker…

America has a history of lynching, but it's not a federal crime. The House just voted to change that

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WASHINGTON – The House overwhelmingly passed legislation Wednesday that would make lynching a federal crime, a move supporters said is "long overdue" in a country whose history is stained with the atrocities. “I cannot imagine our nation did not have any federal law against lynching when so many African Americans have been lynched,” said Rep. Bobby Rush, D-Ill., a lead sponsor…