A survey of supply managers in nine states shows the economy is growing, in spite of continued troubles at the national level.
Creighton University economist Ernie Goss oversees the Mid-America Business Conditions survey. The Business Conditions Index, an overall indicator of economic health, climbed to 60 in April. A number above 50 indicates economic growth. Goss says healthy agricultural and manufacturing sectors are to credit for the growth.
There are approximately 1500 homeless veterans in Nebraska and around 200,000 nationwide.
A new partnership announced this morning would work to make Nebraska the first state to end veterans’ homelessness. Mayor Jim Suttle and Mike Fornear of the Homeless Veterans Project, were joined by civic and business leaders to discuss the new project called “Vets Town.”
Two Omaha schools are among the Department of Education’s green ribbon schools.
Lothrop Magnet Center and Miller Park Elementary received the designations last week. The Department of Education says green ribbon schools are those that practice sustainability, implement recycling and other environmentally-friendly programs, and promote health.
Pam Galus of Lothrop Magnet Center says the school participates in several environmentally-friendly activities, including composting of plant materials, recycling, and collecting eyeglasses.
A public meeting is scheduled Thursday in Council Bluffs about the passenger rail study. The combination state-federal project seeks to identify a “reasonable and feasible” high-speed passenger rail route between Chicago and Omaha. The preferred alternative route travels through the Quad Cities, Iowa City, and Des Moines, following I-80.
VA of Nebraska-Western Iowa officials estimate several thousand veterans in their service territory are homeless or living below the poverty line.
The VA of Nebraska-Western Iowa is partnering with Omaha’s Together Inc. to offer a food pantry for homeless and low-income veterans. The pantry opened April 18th and will operate on the first and third Wednesdays of each month.
VA of Nebraska-Western Iowa spokesman Will Ackerman says they hope to provide another resource to veterans struggling to get by.
Russia’s Ambassador to the U.S. says two decades after the Cold War, relations between the two countries remain complex.
Sergey Kislyak discussed international relations during a forum Thursday night at UNO. Kislyak has served as Ambassador since 2008, and says the relationship between the U.S. and Russia has improved steadily over the past few years.
The U.S. News & World Report 2012 Department of Finance ranked Creighton University’s college of business finance program 19th in the nation.
Anthony Hendrickson, Dean to the College of Business, says the program is up two points from last year. He says Creighton boasts more Certified Financial Analyst charter holders on its faculty than any other institution in the world.
Hendrickson says he thinks the visibility of the master’s in security analysis has attracted a lot of attention.
One agreement expands Alegent’s teaching affiliation with Creighton’s health sciences programs. Creighton president Father Timothy Lannon says the move is good for medical students, and will better address community needs.
Alegent’s Bergan Mercy Medical Center and Immanuel Hospital provide residency slots for Creighton’s medical students.
The OPS board unanimously approved Sebring’s contract Wednesday afternoon. She’ll receive a $275,000 base salary, plus $12,000 for transportation expenses and an annuity equal to 14 percent of her salary. The contract does not include bonuses.
OPS board president Freddie Gray says she’s confident Sebring will transition smoothly in to her new role as superintendent.