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Lauren Penington

Lauren Penington is a sophomore at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln majoring in journalism and political science. In addition to writing at the Nebraska News Service, Lauren has worked as a marketing intern for Elitch Gardens Amusement and Water Park in Denver and a news intern at KLKN TV in Lincoln. She has been published in a variety of Nebraska newspapers, including: The Lincoln Journal Star, The Summerland Advocate-Messenger, The Reader, The Sidney Sun-Telegraph, The North Platte Bulletin, and more. Lauren has experience working with the majority of Adobe Suit programs. Although she has more experience with print and web journalism, she has also worked with photo and video to tell stories in unique ways.

Thirteen outgoing state senators praise nonpartisan body, offer advice for future

State Sen. Matt Williams greets his colleagues as the final senator to give his farewell speech.
On the final day of the Nebraska legislative session on April 20, outgoing senators gave farewell speeches focused on upholding the nonpartisan nature of...

Keeping Up With the Legislature: March 28-April 1

The Nebraska State Capitol at sunset on Feb. 17, 2022. The image has "Keeping up with the Legislature, Weekly Updates on the 2022 Legislative Session" in writing.
March 28-April 1: Budget adjustments, furries and prison reform debate Legislature approves budget adjustments, Ricketts will take five days to review State senators gave final approval...

Life after invasion: Lincoln’s Ukrainian community sends prayers and resources to...

Ukraine protest
From supply drives to peaceful protests and vigils, people across Lincoln are showing their support for those impacted by the Russian-Ukrainian conflict. Unable to...

Keeping up with the Legislature: Feb. 21 – 25

A committee room in the Nebraska State Capitol on Feb. 24, 2022. The text, "KEEPING UP WITH THE LEGISLATURE, WEEKLY UPDATES ON THE 2022 LEGISLATIVE SESSION" is over the image.
Feb. 21-25: Groene resignation and replacement, abortion and Arbor Day Investigation into former senator Groene continues, replacement sworn in Sen. Mike Groene of North Platte officially...

National issues come to head in Lincoln; group launches petition campaign...

Person signs petition
By Lauren Penington and Zach Wendling LINCOLN — Lincoln citizens may soon vote on whether to accept the City Council’s new Fairness Ordinance after a...

Ricketts appoints Groene’s replacement

Mike Jacobson speaks at press conference
LINCOLN--Gov. Pete Ricketts announced former Sen. Groene’s replacement in a Feb. 23 press conference.  Ricketts appointed Michael “Mike” Jacobson of North Platte, founder and president...

Governor sets sights on tax relief in 2022 session

Gov. Pete Ricketts speaks at press conference
Nebraska Governor Pete Ricketts called for tax relief for Nebraskans in a Feb. 14 press conference, citing it as critical action for the 2022...

Keeping up with the Legislature: 02/07

Keeping up with the Legislature: Weekly Update
01/31 — 02/04: Increased security for ballot boxes, election changes and student loan repayment for teachers State senators consider returning to partisan elections, allowing recall...

Nebraska non-profit offers free campaign training programs

The League of Women Voters of Nebraska, a nonpartisan political organization that encourages informed and active participation in government, invites Nebraskans to attend two...

Nebraska nursing shortage deteriorates hospital conditions

Projected nursing shortages by region 2025
HASTINGS, Neb. - With two nurses out sick in early December, charge nurse Osa Brooks found herself scrambling to care for 28 patients. With...