Hoang-Kim Cung, a local NBC reporter in Nebraska, has been crowned the new Miss Nebraska and will go on to compete in the Miss USA pageant!

Cung competed against 18 other contestants for the title. She said winning takes mental discipline and eating healthy. However, nothing could prepare her for the moment of being announced the winner.

I’m Hoang-Kim, a twenty-something TV Journalist who loves fashion. I love colorful things and believe there truly is beauty and inspiration in everything. Being creative is important to me, so Color & Chic is one of the ways for me to express it! I do a lot of nonprofit work with my own 501c3 called Legacy Organization of Vietnamese Enrichment (L.O.V.E.) and I’m extremely passionate about it. My family immigrated to America from Communist Vietnam so we could live in a country with freedom, justice and human rights. I’m so grateful to them for having the bravery and courage to do so.

You can check out her lifestyle blog here. Congratulations!

Colorado sued by Nebraska, Oklahoma over pot legalization

(DenverPost) In the most serious legal challenge to date against Colorado’s legalization of marijuana, two neighboring states have asked the U.S. Supreme Court to strike down the history-making law.

Nebraska and Oklahoma filed the lawsuit directly with the nation’s highest court on Thursday. The two states argue in the lawsuit that, “the State of Colorado has created a dangerous gap in the federal drug control system.”

“Marijuana flows from this gap into neighboring states, undermining Plaintiff States’ own marijuana bans, draining their treasuries, and placing stress on their criminal justice systems,” the lawsuit alleges.


The Keystone XL pipeline’s proposed route is a diagonal line, starting in the Alberta tar sands in Canada and running down through Nebraska. The project has been tied up for years in a polarizing argument about energy, jobs and the environment — and has run into trouble in the Cornhusker State.

Pipeline opponents challenged the legality of the proposed route through Nebraska, and the state’s Supreme Court could rule as early as this Friday. President Obama, who has final approval of the pipeline because it would cross the U.S.-Canada border, has been waiting on the Nebraska ruling before issuing his decision.

And as loud as the Keystone debate has been in Washington, D.C., and in the courts, Jenni Harrington says it’s talked about in hushed tones in Nebraska’s blustery York County, about an hour from the capital, Lincoln.

On Nebraska’s Farmland, Keystone XL Pipeline Debate Is Personal

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Legal marijuana in Colorado is in jeopardy because, essentially, it’s pissing off the neighbors.

Oklahoma and Nebraska are suing Colorado over its legal weed, saying that it’s raising law enforcement costs thanks to marijuana-related crimes coming over the border. One top of that, the two states are calling legalization unconstitutional, since the federal government still outlaws the drug.

Dr. Ordella Geisler administers a shot to a tense patient in 1983. According to The World-Herald, when Geisler wanted to study veterinary medicine during World War II, one college turned her down and another accepted her with some hesitation. “Girls get married,” she said college officials told her. “And then they don’t practice.” But as Nebraska’s first female veterinarian she practiced for 36 years, retiring in December 1983. THE WORLD-HERALD

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In memory of Brandon Teena on Transgender Day of Remembrance.

Here is an article recounting Brandon’s tragic death on the 20th anniversary of the event, December 31, 2013. 

Being a transgender man that was born and raised in Nebraska, and continues to live in this state, I thought I’d share a little excerpt from my book regarding my reflections of him and being transgender in Nebraska. 

“Brandon’s story tends to choke me up each time I recount the details. I know that myself, or any other transman living in Nebraska, in the early 1990s, could have been in Brandon’s place. If Lincoln had been the city then—that it is today—I believe Brandon would have stayed and lived a life that reflected his identity. I believe he would have hung out with the other guys in the community, and would have worked as a mentor for those who were early in their transition. He may have even attended the support groups that I previously facilitated for transmen, and shared with the group members his transition experience, goals, and dreams.

Instead, I stand in front of audiences or sit behind a computer screen and share the stories I’ve read relating to his horrific last weeks on this planet.

Every day I spend with my friends in the transgender community, I imagine Brandon sitting there alongside us. When I imagine him alive, I see a man in his forties, instead of stopping at age twenty-one. I know I am one of the fortunate ones, and I feel lucky to have the connections that I do with other people in the community. Brandon was a trailblazer who blossomed before Nebraska was equipped to provide him with support. He wasn’t the first, nor will he be the last, trailblazer for the community.”