Omaha, NE – After nearly two years of growth, an index of economic indicators dropped below growth-neutral in October.
Creighton University economist Ernie Goss oversees the monthly survey of supply managers in nine states. The Business Conditions Index dropped below 50 in October, for the first time since November 2009. An index below 50 indicates economic decline.
Omaha, NE – The University of Nebraska campuses could begin offering health insurance benefits to the same-sex partners of gay and lesbian employees and staff.
The Board of Regents discussed last week what's called the employee plus-one plan. It would extend health insurance benefits to domestic partners if they're dependent on the employee or staff member for coverage.
Omaha, NE – The Omaha Community Foundation awarded more than $264,000 in grants to the African American and Latino communities.
Sarah Gilbert, Director of Philanthropic Services, says the Futuro Latino Fund and the African American Unity Fund are set up to address needs and support programs in their respective communities. She says both funds also try to pinpoint organizations that have the potential to grow.
Omaha, NE – The dinosaurs have returned to the Omaha Children's Museum and they are bringing some new friends with them.
Dinosaurs: Dawn of the Ice Age is on view at the Museum through January 2012. Marketing Director Christina Kahler says half of the exhibit features lifelike animatronic dinosaurs, including the Tyrannosaurus Rex. The other half of the exhibit features Ice Age mammals, including the Saber-toothed Tiger and the Woolly Mammoth.
Omaha, NE – A new exhibit at the Strategic Air and Space Museum explores the life of a U.S. war hero who also fought for the Soviet Union in World War Two.
The exhibit is called "Joe Beyrle: Hero of Two Nations." Beyrle was a paratrooper in World War Two. He was captured by the Nazis at the Battle of Normandy and held in a POW camp for several months before escaping, and joining up with the Soviet army fighting the Nazis. Beyrle returned home in 1945 after being wounded in combat.
Omaha, NE – Warren Buffett is the special guest for Girls Inc.'s 10th annual Lunch for the Girls.
Executive Director Roberta Wilhelm says the luncheon takes place at 11:30 on Monday, November 14th in the Century Link Center.
Buffett will be interviewed by CNBC's Becky Quick and will also answer questions submitted by the audience. Wilhelm says Buffett's presentation complements Girls Inc.'s economic literacy program. She says she's excited for Buffett to share his financial expertise with the audience.
Omaha, NE – The theme for the 12th annual Heartland Latino Leadership Conference is "Maximizing Latino Leadership and Cultivating Community Power."
The conference takes place November 3rd and 4th in LaVista. President Athena Ramos says the 2-day event serves as a great resource for area businesses to gain an understanding of and increase their accessibility to the multi-cultural workplaces that exist today. She says workshops will focus on personal, corporate and community development.
Omaha, NE – Nebraska Governor Dave Heineman is calling a special session on the Keystone XL pipeline.
Governor Heineman announced Monday afternoon that the special session will begin November 1. Heineman says a special session is necessary to discuss alternative routes for the controversial pipeline project. "There may be alternatives, but it won't be easy. Additionally, there is no question that this is a potential legal mine field. However, I believe Nebraskans are expecting our best efforts to determine if alternatives exist."