Omaha, NE – Omaha Public Schools officials hope most of the 224 staff cuts coming next year will be made through attrition, resignations and leaving vacant positions unfilled.
Assistant Superintendent for Human Resources Janice Garnett says right now that figure is preliminary. How many cuts are made through attrition or unfilled vacancies, and how many are layoffs, will ultimately be based on projected enrollment and budgets. Garnett says cuts will be across the board and proportional.
Omaha, NE – A political science expert at the University of Nebraska-Omaha believes there won't be much short-term political fallout from the health care reform vote.
Randy Adkins is a Professor of Political Science at UNO. He says incumbents and voters are on the same side of the health care issue, according to recent public polls. Adkins says that's good for Nebraska's three U.S. Representatives, who are all seeking re-election.
Omaha, NE – The Nebraska Business Development Center plans to create a new program for veterans and active duty military personnel interested in starting a small business.
NBDC State Director Bob Bernier says the $100,000 grant from the Small Business Administration will be used to establish a course on entrepreneurship. It'll be an online course, so active duty service members deployed in the Middle East or elsewhere can still take the class.
Omaha, NE – A new report on wind energy development says 300,000 jobs could be created in that industry by 2025.
The Governors' Wind Energy Association released the report, titled "Great Expectations," earlier this week. The coalition of 29 Governors wants a national standard that ensures 25 percent of U.S. power comes from renewable sources by 2025.
Omaha, NE – Artist Mel Chin will present a lecture at the Bemis Center for Contemporary Arts Friday evening.
Chin's lecture will focus on his current projects, including the Fundred Dollar Bill Project. It's centered on lead contamination clean-up efforts in New Orleans. Holly McAdams, Community Arts Program Manager for the Bemis Center, says Chin's projects are usually politically-charged and environmentally-engaged.
Omaha, NE – The VA of Nebraska-western Iowa provides care to 167,000 veterans, 11,000 of whom are women.
VA officials are holding a Women Veterans Focus Group March 30th at the Omaha medical center. Spokesman Will Ackerman says they want to know how to best meet the unique needs of that population. He says the VA has always been very focused on the male veteran. But now facilities are being adjusted for more privacy for women veterans.
Omaha, NE – Alaadeen's jazz career spans more than 50 years and includes four albums, the most recent titled "and the beauty of it all." Two songs on that album, "Free Man" and "When Love Has" have a personal connection for Alaadeen. Omaha Public Radio's Chris Cooke recently spoke with Alaadeen about his career, his influences, and why those two tracks have a special meaning for the artist.