Omaha, NE – A UNO History professor believes if Egypt is successful in the transition to a democracy, it could inspire other Middle East nations to seek a democratic form of government.
Moshe Gershovich is Director of UNO's Middle East Project Fund. He says the unrest in Egypt is historic not just for that country, but the entire region. Egypt plays a major role in both the Middle East and world economy because of the Suez Canal.
Lincoln, NE – Senators voted Wednesday morning to advance a bill that would cut state aid to cities, counties and natural resource districts.
Thirty-seven of 48 senators voted for first-round approval of LB 383. Gov. Dave Heineman backed the bill, introduced by District 45 Sen. Abbie Cornett of Bellevue. Heineman testified in support of the bill on Jan. 18, saying it would save the state about $44 million over the course of two years.
Omaha, NE – Creighton University's President says he'll spend his final few months looking at ways to prioritize and streamline operations.
Father John Schlegel gave his final Founders' Day Convocation address Tuesday afternoon. Schlegel is retiring as Creighton's president in June after 11 years at the university. He says Creighton is working to become more efficient and shift its focus to core programs and services: teaching, research, and patient care.
Lincoln, NE – (This story is courtesy of the Nebraska News Service.)
Demanding schedules, a steep learning curve, a new social circuit to navigate, hiring competent staff: These are some of the obstacles that the six new Nebraska state senators face. For many new senators, the past month has been an adjustment.
"I'm gainin' on it," Sen. Dave Bloomfield of Hoskins said of his new role.
Omaha, NE – A new report shows Nebraska has secured eight dollars in federal or private money for every dollar of tobacco settlement funds invested in medical research.
Creighton University economist Ernie Goss analyzed the impact of the tobacco settlement funding from 2002 to 2010. Last year, $14 million dollars in tobacco settlement money was invested in the so-called Research Consortium: Boys Town National Research Hospital, Creighton University, UNL, and UNMC.
Omaha, NE – Official results from Omaha's Mayoral recall election show Mayor Jim Suttle won by 2,295 votes.
The results were certified Friday, ten days after the election. Suttle was elected Mayor in 2009. Voter turnout for that contest was 31 percent. 34 percent of Omaha voters voted in the recall election.