Nebraska Midday Summary 5/28/15
Governor Pete Ricketts has vetoed a bill that would end Nebraska’s ban on driving privileges for young people brought to the state illegally as children but allowed to stay under a federal program. Ricketts argued Wednesday that the bill would grant driver’s licenses to an overly broad group of people in the country illegally. The federal Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program announced by President Barack Obama gives the youths a Social Security number, a work permit and protection from deportation. Lawmakers gave the measure final approval last week on a 34-9 vote, a large enough margin to override the veto. Nebraska remains the nation’s only state to exclude the youth from driver’s license eligibility. Senator Jeremy Nordquist of Omaha says he expects lawmakers will override the veto.
A fourth case of bird flu has been confirmed on a northeast Nebraska farm. The state Agriculture Department said Wednesday the latest case involves 3 million hens on a farm in Knox County. The new case of contagious bird flu was found 50 miles away from three cases in Dixon County that involved 4 million birds. All four of the infected farms are owned by the same company. The Knox County farm has been quarantined, and nearby farms with birds will be tested. Agriculture Director Greg Ibach says poultry farmers should restrict how many people and vehicles enter their farms.
An Omaha teacher accused of having sex with a 14-year-old student has been given jail time and probation. Ty Warner was sentenced Wednesday to two months in jail and 30 months’ probation. Warner was put on paid administrative leave in November 2013 from his position at Alpha School, an alternative school for students with behavioral or emotional conditions.