Lincoln, NE – 79 percent of Nebraska taxpayers filed their 2009 income tax returns electronically.
Governor Dave Heineman and Tax Commissioner Doug Ewald updated e-filing efforts during a news conference Tuesday. In the 2008 tax year, 70 percent of Nebraskans filed their tax returns online. Heineman says this year's goal was 75 percent. "The ability to file and pay taxes online is another way our state is providing the services Nebraskans want while also helping ensure greater efficiency in government," Heineman says.
Omaha, NE – Omaha's Malcolm X Foundation is holding a birthday tribute and African Festival this Saturday to honor the memory of the late Civil Rights leader.
Malcolm X was assassinated in February 1965 while giving a speech in New York City. He was born Malcolm Little on May 19, 1925 in Omaha. Sharif Liwaru, President of the Malcolm X Foundation, says there's a lot of interest in the community about Malcolm X.
Omaha, NE – Metro Community College is hosting 150 African American high school males this Saturday at its Men of Distinction Conference.
Fred Conley coordinated the event and says the 11th and 12th graders will learn about setting goals, male responsibility, personal relationships and how to finance a college education. Conley says it's important for young people to have a vision of what they want to accomplish in their lives. He hopes to grow the Men of Distinction Conference into a bigger event next year.
Omaha, NE – The UNO 2110 Time Capsule will be placed in the new College of Business Administration Building.
Suzanne Sollars, Associate Professor of Psychology at UNO, coordinated the project. She says the time capsule will be placed in an interior wall of Mammel Hall instead of buried. She says there were nine total capsules, representing various groups including students, faculty, community and alumni.
Omaha, NE – Governor Dave Heineman and Democrat Mark Lakers are the candidates in the November gubernatorial election.
Lakers ran unopposed for the Democratic nomination. Governor Heineman received 90 percent of the vote in the Republican primary. His two opponents, Christopher Geary and Paul Anderson, each received about five percent.
Omaha, NE – The second annual Big Omaha Conference happens next week.
The conference, designed to bring together entrepreneurs, runs May 13th through the 15th. Jeff Slobotski is the Co-Founder of Silicon Prairie News and the Big Omaha Event. He says the conference offers entrepreneurs and start-ups in the region opportunities to collaborate and learn from one another.