Omaha, NE – The UNO School of Social Work recently held its 13th annual Gandhi Symposium.
School of Social Work Director Theresa Barron McKeagney says the symposium honors individuals and organizations that exemplify Mahatma Gandhi's principles of nonviolence, selfless service and social action. Mel Beckman won the award for what organizers say is his commitment to restorative justice and criminal justice system reform.
Washington, D.C. – After opposing the Democrats' cap and trade plan to curb global warming - Senator Ben Nelson says he's open to considering an upcoming new proposal.
Democrat John Kerry, Independent Joe Lieberman and Republican Lindsey Graham may introduce their climate legislation in the coming days. It's billed as an alternative to the controversial cap and trade' system that passed in the House but stalled in the Senate.
Omaha, NE – Jack Becker is the new Executive Director of the Joslyn Art Museum.
Becker comes to Joslyn from Cheekwood Botanical Garden and Museum of Art in Nashville, Tennessee, where he was President and CEO.
Becker says he's happy to be back in the Midwest, having grown up in Minnesota. He says the position at Joslyn is a great opportunity to be at an institution focused on art, with a strong history and a lot of potential.
Omaha, NE – Retired Omaha city employees can expect to pay more for their health insurance beginning this summer.
City officials announced Tuesday that all retirees will pay a share of their health insurance costs starting July 1. Right now, 84 percent of retired city employees don't pay health insurance premiums. The ones who do pay between $30 and $80 a month. Health care claims from retirees have increased 303 percent in the past nine years.
Omaha, NE – UNMC's College of Nursing recently received a $1.5 million grant to establish a Healthy Heart Center.
Dr. Carol Pullen, Nursing Professor, says the center will focus on building interdisciplinary research teams and developing rural technology. Dr. Pullen says technology is a good way to reach rural residents, which is why UNMC will be looking at new ways of using technology to decrease cardiac risk.
Omaha, NE – The North Omaha Voter Participation Project plans a series of candidate discussions and get-out-the-vote efforts before the primary.
The group held a news conference Monday morning at the Urban League. In 2008, Project members registered eligible north Omahans to vote, provided rides to the polls and held a series of candidate discussions. Organizer Preston Love Junior says those efforts were successful.
Omaha, NE – There are three more opportunities to give input on Omaha's 2011 city budget.
A budget forum is scheduled for 6:30 PM at South High School. Another is Wednesday at Northwest High school. At each budget forum the public has the chance to discuss what city services are most important to them.
Mayor Jim Suttle says the public comments will be considered when the 2011 budget is put together. Suttle expects the 2011 budget year to be challenging because of continued declines in revenue.
Omaha, NE – Nebraska corn growers expect to plant about 9.2 million acres this season.
Corn Board Executive Director Don Hutchens says planting will probably be underway in earnest this week. But Hutchens says some farmers are still working to get last fall's harvest completed, and fertilizer applied in preparation for this growing season.
Omaha, NE – Doctors from Creighton University Medical Center and UNMC hope to have a long-term presence in Haiti.
It was more than three months ago that a magnitude seven earthquake devastated Haiti, killing more than 200,000 people. Doctors from CUMC and UNMC talked about their medical missions to Haiti during the Omaha Press Club's monthly noon forum Thursday.
Omaha, NE – Omaha is the home of the United Football League's newest team.
UFL Commissioner Michael Huyghue announced the team Thursday morning. Omaha's team begins play this September at Rosenblatt Stadium and is the fifth UFL franchise. Huyghue says Omaha met all the criteria UFL officials set when considering expansion, including media market size, commitment to a new league and potential for growth.