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Business
8:21 am
Wed May 2, 2012

Mid-America Business Conditions report shows continued economic growth in April

 

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.

General News
3:16 pm
Tue May 1, 2012

Mayor Suttle announces a partnership to aid homeless veterans

Mike Fornear, Homeless Veterans Project
Courtesy of Cheril Lee

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.” 

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Education
1:00 am
Tue May 1, 2012

Two OPS schools recognized for environmentally-conscious efforts

 

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.

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Transportation
1:43 pm
Mon April 30, 2012

Public meeting Thursday in Council Bluffs on Chicago-to-Omaha rail study

 

The Iowa DOT wants to hear from metro area residents about the Chicago-to-Omaha rail study.

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.

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Omaha
8:17 am
Mon April 30, 2012

VA sets up food pantry to help veterans in need

 

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.

Politics & Elections
12:42 pm
Fri April 27, 2012

20 years after the Cold War, Russian Ambassador to the U.S. says relations are still challenging

Russian Ambassador to the U.S. Sergey Kislyak.
courtesy Google Images

 

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.

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Education
5:06 am
Fri April 27, 2012

Creighton University Finance Program Ranked in Top 20 in Nation

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.

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Health/Medical
11:45 am
Thu April 26, 2012

Creighton president says partnership with Alegent will expand opportunities

Creighton University Medical Center will become an Alegent Health hospital in July.
courtesy CUMC

 

Creighton University’s president says new partnerships with Alegent Health mean health science students will have quality training for years to come.

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.

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Health/Medical
5:06 am
Thu April 26, 2012

Heyday on May Day!

The number one priority on the City of Omaha’s Transportation Master Plan is the Market to Midtown Connector.

The connector would convert Harney Street, from midtown to the Old Market, into a street that supports multiple modes of transportation, including biking and walking.  

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Education
5:20 pm
Wed April 25, 2012

New OPS superintendent to begin work July first

Nancy Sebring takes over as OPS superintendent July 1.
courtesy OPS

 

Nancy Sebring will take over July 1 as the Omaha Public Schools’ new superintendent.

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.

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