Nebraska News Headlines Tuesday, July 10, 2018

(Washington, DC) — Nebraska’s U.S. senators are reacting to President Trump’s pick of Brett Kavanaugh for Supreme Court justice. Deb Fischer said it was a privilege to be at the White House for the announcement of the nomination on Monday, and that she will be thoroughly reviewing Kavanaugh’s record as the Senate begins the confirmation process. Fellow Republican Ben Sasse said the hash-tag “Resistance” is going to try to portray him as a cross between Lex Luthor and Darth Vader, but in his opinion, Kavanaugh is a serious jurist known for careful deliberation.

(Lincoln, NE) — A state senator is resigning to take a new job with an economic group. Blueprint Nebraska announced on Monday that Jim Smith, a senator from Papillion, will become the first executive director of the organization. Smith is serving his final term after being elected in 2010. He has served as chairman of the Revenue and Transportation and Telecommunications committees.

(Omaha, NE) — No citations are being issued after a dog died in a hot SUV in Omaha over the weekend. The Nebraska Humane Society says the owners of the German Shepherd left their SUV running and the air-conditioning turned on for about three hours while they dined at a restaurant. Officials say this is a good example of how heat kills and pointed out that the restaurant was pet-friendly.

(Lincoln, NE) — A psychiatrist at the Lincoln Regional Center mental hospital is filing a federal lawsuit over claims of state rules violations that he said affected patient care. In his complaint, Dr. Farid Karimi lists the Nebraska Department of Health and Human Services, which operates the facility, and two former employees who he says made false accusations against him and excluded him from future hospital communications after he talked about his concerns. Among the alleged irregularities pointed out by Karimi: doctors’ orders were changed for patients, outdated federal policies were followed, and patient visitation rights were denied.

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