Omaha, NE – Nebraska has the second-best overall census participation rate in the nation, according to a new report.
The U.S. Census Bureau says Nebraska is tied with North Dakota for the second-best participation rate. As of Monday, 57 percent of households had returned their 2010 Census forms. UNO's Center for Public Affairs Research released the new participation figures this (Tue) morning.
Omaha, NE – The United Way of the Midlands exceeded its $21 million fundraising goal for 2009.
The results were announced Tuesday during the organization's annual meeting. Rex Fisher, Chairman of the Board, says the Midlands chapter received donations from more than 80,000 individuals and over 1,000 businesses.
Dick Holland won the United Way's 2010 Citizen of the Year Award for his work with a variety of causes including the arts, various colleges, medical institutions and most recently, Building Bright Futures.
Omaha, NE – The new Omaha Royals baseball stadium is slated to open in time for the club's 2011 season.
Omaha Royals President Alan Stein spoke at the Press Club noon forum last week. He ays the new stadium is a greater Metropolitan Omaha project; the stadium is in Papillion with the contractors, Construction Company and marketing firm all based in the Omaha metro. Stein says so far the stadium project is gaining great momentum, with sponsorship sales for 2010 and heading into 2011 already breaking records.
Lincoln, NE – Further cuts to Nebraska's budget are headed to Governor Dave Heineman.
The state faces a $45 million budget shortfall. Lawmakers cut an additional two-percent from most agencies' budgets, according to Senator Lavon Heidemann. Heidemann, the chairman of the Appropriations Committee, says other legislation that requires an appropriation can be read on final reading. But he says there are only a dozen of those bills pending and many won't become law.
Omaha, NE – About 700 metro area homeless received services Friday at the third annual Project Homeless Connect.
The event started as a way to bring together all the services Omaha's homeless need in one location. Medical, legal, housing, and other services are available. Each person is matched with a volunteer who helps them find the services they need.
Omaha, NE – The Rural Mainstreet Index improved in March to its highest level in nearly two years.
The RMI measures the overall health of the rural economy in nine states, including Nebraska and Iowa. In March, the index rose to 47.4, an 11 point jump from February. Creighton University Economist Ernie Goss says while that's an improvement, the economy is still struggling.
Washington, D.C. – Nebraska Democrat Ben Nelson says there isn't much he can do to stop the federal government from increasing its role in the student lending industry. The language has been tied onto the Democrats health care overhaul effort.
Council Bluffs, IA – Iowa's District 99 will have a new representative this November.
Democrat Kurt Hubler and Republican Mary Ann Hanusa have filed for election to that seat. This is Hubler's second run for the District 99 seat. He narrowly lost to Struyk a couple of years ago. Hanusa ran for Iowa Secretary of State in 2006. She's an administrator at Abraham Lincoln High School in Council Bluffs.
Both candidates name jobs and education as their top campaign issues.