Omaha, NE – Longer school days await some high school students in the Omaha Public Schools.
OPS officials plan to extend the high school day by 15 minutes from February 18 to May 21. High School students will also attend school the entire day on March fourth and fifth. Those days were originally set aside for parent-teacher conferences.
The schedule was changed due to the number of snow days used so far this school year.
Omaha, NE – State Senator Steve Lathrop plans to run for a second term.
Lathrop, who represents District 12, filed Friday for re-election. His District includes Ralston, Millard and parts of southwest Omaha. Lathrop was first elected to the Nebraska Legislature in 2006.
Lathrop says he wants to continue work on issues affecting people with disabilities. He also wants to help the Unicameral find solutions to budget issues. Lathrop says the budget for the next biennium will be much different without stimulus money.
Omaha, NE – The first Social Impact Forum Omaha is February 26.
The event focuses on how business leaders and the community can affect positive change in Omaha. The Forum's theme is "Challenge Yourself, Challenge Your World." Sessions focus on eating locally, creating a culture of prosperity, empowering youth, and social entrepreneurship.
Taylor Keen, co-chairman of the Social Impact Forum, says the event is geared toward both nonprofit and for-profit organization.
Omaha, NE – Nebraska Senator Mike Johanns says accused 9/11 terror suspects should be tried in military courts, not in U.S. civilian courts.
During his weekly conference call with reporters, Senator Johanns criticized plans to try Khalid Sheikh Mohammed and four other terror suspects in civilian court in New York City. Johanns is co-sponsoring a bill that would ban Department of Justice funds from being used to pay for those trials. He says military courts are a more appropriate venue.
Lincoln, NE – State Senator Rich Pahls is in intensive care at a Lincoln hospital.
Pahls represents Omaha's 31st District. A news release from Speaker Mike Flood's office says Pahls is suffering from an auto-immune condition. He's hospitalized at Bryan LGH West in Lincoln. No additional information about Pahls' condition was released. It may be several weeks before doctors determine when Pahls can return to the Legislature, according to his family.
Omaha, NE – Creighton University's monthly business conditions report shows the region's economy is recovering.
The report is based on a survey of supply managers in nine states, including Nebraska and Iowa. In January, the Business Conditions index rose to 54.7. It was 50.3 in December. A figure above 50 indicates economic growth. Creighton economist Ernie Goss is encouraged by the January index. But he believes the economic recovery will be modest.