Omaha, NE – Omaha's YWCA is now the Women's Center for Advancement, but WCA leaders say the mission remains the same.
Women's Center for Advancement President and CEO Natalia Peart says the name change better reflects what the agency does: provides for the needs of women and families. While some programs are being expanded and others added, Peart says the program WCA is known for, its sexual assault and domestic violence crisis program, is still the most used.
Omaha, NE – Nebraska Attorney General Jon Bruning has begun his campaign for U.S. Senate. Bruning kicked off what he's calling the "Principles Matter Tour" Wednesday.
He's seeking the Senate seat currently held by Senator Ben Nelson. Bruning, a three-term Republican Attorney General, says his campaign will focus on fiscal responsibility. "We need to get a handle on federal spending in Washington. We need to cut the debt, we need to cut the deficit, we need to reduce spending, and that's why I'm running."
Omaha, NE – The National Weather Service says a tornado that caused significant damage in Mapleton, Iowa, Saturday evening was an EF3, with winds of at least 136 miles per hour.
The tornado damaged more than half of the Monona County town. The Siouxland Chapter of the American Red Cross and Salvation Army volunteers are in Mapleton, doing disaster assessment and providing assistance.
Omaha, NE – The Nebraska Department of Health and Human Services says more than 18 percent of ninth through 12th graders in Nebraska smoked cigarettes in 2009.
A program in the Omaha Public Schools seeks to keep young people from smoking through outreach by their peers. Youth Congress began six years ago. Four times during the school year, students in three grades meet to discuss real-world strategies for drug prevention.