Omaha, NE – Iowa Governor Chet Culver wants that state to borrow $700 million for infrastructure projects statewide.
Governor Culver's comments came during a visit Tuesday to Council Bluffs. He says the $700 million would be used for both flood rebuilding projects and other critical needs statewide such as roads and bridges. Culver says all parts of Iowa would benefit from the stimulus package.
Omaha, NE – Omaha Mayor Mike Fahey says the city has improved public safety and had seven balanced budgets during his tenure.
Fahey gave his final State of the City address Tuesday. In the address, Fahey talked about improvements to roads, parks, and neighborhoods; the city's crime rate since 2001; and what he hopes to accomplish during his final months in office.
Omaha, NE – A Michigan State University professor says higher education can transform the lives of young black men.
James Minor is an Associate Professor of Educational Administration. He spoke recently at a Town Hall Meeting at Metropolitan Community College. Minor argues that higher education can transform the lives of young black men more than any other experience. But Minor says many young black children are challenged by growing up in low-income, single-parent households.
Omaha, NE – Individuals living with autism, and families of children with autism, have a new comprehensive resource for information.
The Omaha-based Autism Action Partnership launched a new web site and hotline this week. The Resource Center provides information about education, recreation, and therapy opportunities; what autism is and warning signs to look for; support groups for families; and community resources.
Omaha, NE – Former U.S. House Speaker Newt Gingrich says President Barack Obama faces several significant challenges in his new administration.
Gingrich was the keynote speaker at the Greater Omaha Chamber of Commerce luncheon Wednesday. He says Obama's inauguration was emotionally powerful, especially since the White House changed parties after the Election. Gingrich says the new President faces challenges from world leaders.
Omaha, NE – Several celebrations Tuesday in Omaha marked the inauguration of President Barack Obama.
At the Omaha Children's Museum, students from Jackson and Liberty Elementary Schools toured the Headed to the White House exhibit. The exhibit takes kids through the election process, from the announcement to the inauguration. Jackson Elementary students watched President Obama's inauguration on a television set up inside the exhibit.
Omaha, NE – Monday is Martin Luther King, Jr. Day, and celebrations of the Civil Rights leader's life are planned throughout Omaha.
University of Nebraska-Omaha students, faculty and staff are participating in National Day of Service events in conjunction with MLK Day. They'll be volunteering at Turning Point Campus, South Omaha Boys and Girls Club, and the Omaha Children's Museum.
Creighton University is hosting a celebration of Dr. King's life at 4 PM. The event happens at the Harper Center.
Omaha, NE – Nebraska's Junior Senator says energy issues and the economy are among his legislative priorities.
Mike Johanns was sworn in last week. He says this Congressional session will be all about finances, with discussions already underway as to how the remaining $350 billion of bailout money will be distributed. Johanns says he has concerns about whether the first round of that money did what it was intended to do.
Omaha, NE – A new report shows more Nebraska children are living in poverty and are victims of child abuse.
Voices for Children in Nebraska publishes the Kids Count report. One finding in the 2008 edition is that reports of alleged child abuse or neglect in 2007 were the most on record. The report also notes that 14.5% of Nebraska children lived in poverty in 2007. That's almost double the number living in poverty in 2000.
Omaha, NE – Nebraska Congressman Lee Terry says health care, the economy, and energy issues are likely to dominate Congress this session.
Terry says economic issues will be the main focus once President-elect Barack Obama is sworn in. Terry expects Congress will also focus on health care. He says the system should be strengthened without being socialized, something he says Congress can do by working together.