Washington, D.C. – President Barack Obama gives his first State of the Union address tonight and Nebraska lawmakers from both parties want to hear the president address the same issues. Capitol News Connection's Peter Granitz reports from Washington.
Omaha, NE – Dr. Jonathan Benjamin-Alvarado, Assistant Director for Research and Outreach of the Office of Latino and Latin American Studies at UNO (OLLAS), recently released a report detailing the results of Project Animate. This service project, funded by the office of the Nebraska Secretary of State, took place in South Omaha, from the winter of 2007, leading up to the 2008 General Election.
Omaha, NE – A Douglas County man in his 30s has died of complications from the swine or H1N1 flu.
The Douglas County Health Department says the man had been hospitalized since November. He had multiple underlying health conditions and died earlier this month.
The Health Department is offering free walk-in clinics for anyone wanting to be vaccinated against the swine flu. Those clinics are held every day except Sunday. More information is available at www.douglascountyhealth.com.
Omaha, NE – A former U.S. Senator from Nebraska believes the House and Senate's health care reform bills are "probably dead."
Chuck Hagel spoke Monday in Omaha before an event to benefit PTSD treatment services for military veterans. Hagel left office in 2008 after representing Nebraska in the U.S. Senate for 12 years. He's now a distinguished professor at Georgetown University and chairman of the Atlantic Council.
Omaha, NE – The Douglas County Health Department is working with the Visiting Nurse Association to offer the community free H1N1 vaccinations. Five clinics are now open at different times throughout the week where people can walk in and get their free H1N1 vaccination.
Omaha, NE – A team of 12 surgeons, nurses and anesthesiologists from the UNMC system are going to Port-au-Prince, Haiti.
UNMC officials held a news conference Friday about the medical mission. The team includes two trauma surgeons and an orthopedic trauma surgeon. They'll be performing surgery and providing care at hospitals in Haiti's capital city for the next one to two weeks.
Omaha, NE – A new report shows the fetal and infant mortality rate in Douglas County is on the decline. But it's still well above the national average.
The Douglas County Health Department released the report Wednesday. It shows the fetal and infant mortality rate was 8.2 between 2005 and 2008. The rate is calculated based on number of deaths per 1,000 births plus fetal deaths. While the Douglas County rate is an improvement, it's well above the national rate of 5.7.
Omaha, NE – Nebraska Senator Ben Nelson says the results of a special election in Massachusetts show people are fed up with partisanship in Washington.
Republican Scott Brown defeated Democrat Martha Coakley in a special election to fill the seat vacated when Senator Edward Kennedy died. Brown's election means Democrats no longer hold a 60 vote majority in the Senate.
Omaha, NE – A third team of medical personnel could be sent to Haiti later this week to provide medical care to injured earthquake victims.
A nine-member medical team left Omaha Saturday afternoon for the Dominican Republic. They're performing about 50 surgeries a day at two hospitals in Jamani, a town on the Haiti-Dominican Republic border. Almost all of those surgeries are amputations. The medical team has requested x-ray machines, more supplies and eight additional nurses.