Omaha, NE – Census numbers released last week indicate approximately 18.2% of Nebraska's children were living below the poverty line in 2010.
Aubrey Mancuso is with Voices for Children. She says the number has been increasing since 2000 when Nebraska had a child poverty rate of 10%. The federal poverty line for a family of four in 2010 was $22,000. Mancuso says lawmakers need to take the poverty problem seriously because these kids are the state's next generation of workers and taxpayers.
Omaha, NE – More than 18,000 students are enrolled at Metropolitan Community College this fall.
Online credit hours are up six percent from last fall, and total enrollment is 18,518 students. David Ho is Vice President of Academic Affairs. He says credit hours are up in general education study areas such as math and science.
Omaha, NE – American Landscape: Contemporary Photographs of the West opened at the Joslyn Art Museum last week.
The Joslyn's Chief Curator Toby Jurovics says the exhibit features the work of 14 contemporary American photographers. He says the photographs in the exhibition illustrate a shift in how artists began to see the American landscape after 1975. Prior to that, landscapes had excluded the human presence.
Omaha, NE – Roger Weitz is the new General Director for Opera Omaha. Weitz took the helm in early August and is excited to return to Omaha, where he had his first professional experience in arts administration through a summer internship at Opera Omaha in 1998.
Omaha, NE – Fontenelle Forest is the site of a workshop on caring for flood-damaged trees this Thursday.
The workshop is being offered by the Nebraska Forest Service's Eastern Nebraska office. Graham Herbst, Community Forest Assistant, says the workshop will primarily focus on the long-term effects of flooding on trees as well as the landscape. He says some of the biggest problems with trees have to do with stability after the flood waters recede.
Omaha, NE – Douglas County wants to hear from high school students about issues affecting the county's youth.
A High School Citizens Health Advisory Council is being formed. Juniors and Seniors in Douglas County high schools can apply to be part of the council. The goal is to have one junior and one senior from each Douglas County school district on the Advisory Council.
Omaha, NE – Creighton University has been named the #1 Midwest Regional university by U.S. News & World Report for the 9th year in a row.
Patrick Borchers, Vice President of Academic Affairs at Creighton, says the university has also been recognized for the fifth consecutive year as #1 in the Midwest region as a "best value" university. Borchers says all of these rankings recognize Creighton's good reputation and acknowledge the quality education the university provides.
Omaha, NE – Mills County, Iowa health officials say there's a confirmed case of West Nile Virus there.
A news release from Mills County says the victim is an adult woman. Earlier this month, West Nile cases were confirmed in Pottawattamie and Harrison Counties.
Health officials recommend using mosquito repellant with DEET, picaridin, IR3535, or oil of lemon or eucalyptus when you're outside. Wear long pants, long sleeve shirts, shoes, and socks. You should also remove areas of standing water.