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“I have to hope that federally qualified health centers in the places where Planned Parenthood will not be able to continue providing the service will be able to help those patients. … My heart is heavy.” – Omaha Sen. Sara Howard, after a budget compromise that will strip Title X funding from Planned Parenthood, received second-round approval.

“I want them to come forward. Come forward so justice can be served.” – Monica Brown, following the death of her son Edgar “EJ” Union Jr. in the College View area, in Lincoln’s first homicide of 2017.

“I would prefer not to move if I can avoid it, but there were some situations here where I couldn’t avoid it, especially out in southeast Lincoln.” – Lancaster County Election Commissioner David Shively on the nearly 20,000 voters moving to new polling places after precinct changes.

“We’ve got to build on this. That’s some solid steps in the right direction.” University of Nebraska Athletic Director Bill Moos on the success of the Husker men’s basketball team this season and an impending contract extension for coach Tim Miles.”

“Threats do not scare me. I am in the Legislature to protect our communities, and that’s what I will continue to do.” – Omaha Sen. Theresa Thibodeau, after Shakers displayed a profane sign, likely in protest of her support of a bottle-club regulation bill.

“The state needs to follow the law, and that’s especially true when it’s the death penalty, which erodes the notion of human dignity and civilization.” – Omaha Sen. Ernie Chambers, on a lawsuit filed challenging the legality of Nebraska’s execution protocol.

“This team is relentlessly driven. We’ve been down multiple times this year, but nobody stops us.” – Notre Dame forward Jessica Shepherd, a former Husker and Nebraska prep star, after the Fighting Irish won the NCAA title on a last-second shot.

“America has become polarized and paralyzed. We’ve turned away from the ideals and principles we were founded upon. Our nation is at a precipice; our citizens are anxious.” – Bancroft Sen. Lydia Brasch after successfully pulling her Americanism bill from the Education Committee.

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