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Celena Shepherd

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Celena is a senior at the University of Nebraska–Lincoln studying journalism, advertising and public relations. She enjoys traveling, trying new restaurants and spending time with friends and family. She is from Omaha, NE and is exploring different career paths in communications. Contact her at cshepherd@huskers.unl.edu or https://www.linkedin.com/in/celena-shepherd/.

Nebraska bill would require casinos to display human trafficking posters

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Nebraska Legislature
Nebraska lawmakers gave second-round approval April 6 to a bill that combats human trafficking through the display of human trafficking informational posters in casinos. Last...

Bill to protect student journalist expression advances, filibuster overcome

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Senators in the legislative chambers of the Nebraska Legislature
As a former student journalist, Sen. Adam Morfeld of Lincoln passionately advocated for the advancement of his bill, which creates the Student Protection Journalism...

Expansion of virtual meetings bill advances in Legislature

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Nebraska Legislature
Senators had many questions when the Legislature debated a bill last week that would allow virtual conferencing at public meetings during an emergency. On March...

COVID bills to watch in the Nebraska Legislature

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Senators in the legislative chambers of the Nebraska Legislature
The Nebraska Legislature heard several COVID-related bills introduced by senators this session. With committee hearings wrapping up the second week in March, some bills...

Bill would give local health departments authority to issue directed health...

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Senators in the legislative chambers of the Nebraska Legislature
After barriers for local public health departments came to light during COVID-19, Sen. Tony Vargas of Omaha brought a bill addressing health mandates to the...

Proposed bills offer tax relief for Nebraskans this legislative session

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Nebraska Legislature
For decades, tax policy has been a controversial topic in the Nebraska Legislature. This year, two bills propose solutions to bring tax relief to...

Lincoln rate of homelessness continues to decline

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Photo of volunteers at event to help homeless people in Lincoln, NE.
On a night in January 2019, volunteers walked the streets of Lincoln from dusk until dawn to identify people experiencing homelessness.  The long night paid...