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“They said, ‘Oh, this is suspicious.’ And I said, ‘Don’t chip it; bring it back to the shop. … Some (marks) are older, and some are fresh – so it’s here.” – Lorri Grueber, community outreach forester for the City of Lincoln, on the discovery of the emerald ash borer at a tree near 37th and F streets.

“In Nebraska, we trust the people to make political decisions on a myriad of issues. These include referenda on the death penalty and Medicaid expansion. Despite claims by supporters of LB472 to the contrary, I believe the people can be counted on to do the right thing.” – Nebraska Gov. Pete Ricketts, in vetoing a bill that would have allowed Gage County to levy a sales tax to pay the Beatrice 6.

“It was super surprising. It’s only going to serve us better and put a big, fat chip on your shoulder, that’s for sure.” – Former Nebraska linebacker Luke Gifford, after no Huskers were selected in last week’s NFL Draft, ending a streak that began in 1962.

“Colleagues, LB44 is literally a life-and-death issue. And I’m not sure that we’re even listening to each other.” – Lincoln Sen. Kate Bolz, during floor debate in the Nebraska Legislature on the first bill proposing to eliminate the death penalty after voters reinstated it.

“It just seems like we never gain any ground. You take one step forward and two steps backward.” – Lincoln Police Union President Chris Milisits on the trend of officers leaving the Lincoln Police Department to join the Omaha Police Department.

“My goal here is just to come and plant the seed. And I’m just about done planting seeds.” – Barb Otto of Holt County, whose quest to have signs that read “In God We Trust” at every county courthouse in Nebraska brought her before Lancaster County commissioners.

“Action should not be confused with progress. We spend too much.” – Litchfield rancher Trent Loos, testifying in opposition to a tax-reform bill before three legislative committees.

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