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State senator rents land to TransCanada while negotiating

Sen. Annette Dubas

State Sen. Annette Dubas is one of four senators meeting today with the Canadian oil company that wants to build the Keystone XL pipeline through Nebraska.

She also has a conflict of interest — the Fullerton senator’s family rents and owns land that TransCanada would be building a pipeline on. Dubas disclosed this conflict of interest to the state Accountabiity & Disclosure Commission in February 2010, but said she still intended to participate in discussions about the pipeline because it’s an important issue in her district.

Dubas and three other senators are meeting with the oil company today to discuss concerns about the pipeline path — and some lawmakers want to hold a special legislative session about the pipeline, which has faced significant opposition in Nebraska.


South Lincoln mini-mall springs to life with new shops

The mini-mall (do we still call them that?) south of SouthPointe Pavilions (what pavilions?) sure seems to be filling up with places to eat and shop.

I was there to try one of Hollenbeck Farms’ burgers in their new restaurant, Crave, (and the burgers are awesome, but a bit pricey) and noticed a few doors down a Pepper Jax Grill is “coming soon.” You can already eat at Chipotle, Noodles and then get dessert at Cherry on Top. Not to mention a Starbucks beforehand (who’s counting calories?).

Farther west in the mall there’s a new clothing store called Neebo — a national chain of college bookstores that is a division of Nebraska Book Company. Lots of adorable Huskerwear there.

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