Omaha, NE – The United Way of the Midlands hopes to raise $21 million during its 2009 campaign.
United Way partners with 52 agencies and supports 154 programs. That includes the 211 line, which connects callers with social service agencies. Kathy O'Hara, spokeswoman for United Way of the Midlands, says calls to the 211 line were up 20% in August.
O'Hara says economic troubles have more people seeking services from the United Way and its partner agencies. She says the programs meet both urgent and long-term needs.
Omaha, NE – A new scam targets veterans who get prescriptions through the VA Medical Center.
The scam works like this: scammers call veterans, saying they need credit card information to pay a pharmacy bill for a prescription. VA of Nebraska-western Iowa spokesman Will Ackerman says prescriptions are handled at a central distribution point. No one from the VA calls veterans to get credit card information for paying a pharmacy bill.
Omaha, NE – Nebraska Congressman Lee Terry says a new approach might be needed in order for health care reform to pass.
Terry held a public meeting Saturday in Bellevue. Last week, Montana Senator Max Baucus, a Democrat, introduced a health care reform bill. Terry, a Republican, says he believes that bill doesn't have much support. Terry, a Republican, says Congress should either start over on health care reform, or pass what's already agreed on.
Council Bluffs, Iowa – The Iowa School for the Deaf plans to build a state-of-the-art science center for its students.
The $1.5 million dollar science center is scheduled for completion next fall. School officials plan to locate the science center where a swimming facility and locker rooms currently are.
Jeanne Prickett is Superintendent of Iowa School for the Deaf. She says the new science center will give students the tools they need to pursue careers in healthcare, computer science, and many other fields of study.
Washington, D.C. – The House will vote this week on a bill that promises to streamline and expand student lending. The bill has bipartisan support, but Republican lawmakers from Iowa and Nebraska have lashed out against it. From Capitol News Connection, Peter Granitz reports.
Omaha, NE – More than 7,300 students are enrolled at Creighton University this fall.
Associate Vice President of Enrollment Management Mary Chase says this fall's enrollment is 7,350. That's 300 more students than last year. Creighton has its largest freshman class in history 1,054 students.
Chase says a growing student population poses challenges, especially in course offerings. But she says it's a challenge the school likes to have.
Omaha, NE – Calls to the United Way's 211 line are up as much as 50 percent this year compared to 2008.
The 211 line serves as a resource for referrals and information about utility assistance, food pantries, mortgage or rent assistance and other basic services. United Way of the Midlands spokeswoman Kathy O'Hara says call volume increased 30 percent in August compared to the same time last year.
Washington, D.C. – If President Obama wants to pass his health care bill, he'll need the votes of Democratic senators like Nebraska's Ben Nelson. But after hearing the president's speech Wednesday night, Nelson said he's still not convinced. From Capitol News Connection, Eric Niiler reports.