Omaha, NE – Creighton University's President says the school must remain affordable in spite of tough economic times.
Father John Schlegel delivered the Founders Week Convocation address Tuesday. He says higher education has been hit hard by investment losses and volatility in debt markets. He says reduced availability of loans and job losses mean families and students are struggling to afford a college education. Creighton plans to raise tuition 3.5% next year, and add $2.4 million in financial aid resources.
Omaha, NE – Omaha Public Schools officials are considering building a new elementary school in the southeast part of the city.
A proposal was presented Monday to an OPS Committee that calls for building the new school along South 42nd Street. The district owns land from T to Y Streets and an early childhood center is currently on that property.
Lincoln, NE – The U.S. Postal Service is out with four new stamps commemorating the life of President Abraham Lincoln.
The four stamps were unveiled Monday during a ceremony at the State Capitol in Lincoln. The stamps depict Lincoln's life in four phases: as a railsplitter, a lawyer, a peacemaker, and at the Lincoln-Douglas debates.
Dave Baylor, Stamp Services Manager at the Postal Headquarters in Washington, D.C., says it's fitting to unveil the stamps with the 200th anniversary of Lincoln's birth approaching.
Omaha, NE – The University of Nebraska-Omaha is opening a new center dedicated to Israel and Jewish studies.
The Natan and Hannah Schwalb Center for Israel and Jewish Studies opens July first. New classes will be offered on subjects including the Israel-Palestinian conflict and foreign policy. A lecture series will also begin this fall.
Guy Matalon, a professor of Judaic Studies in UNO's Department of Philosophy and Religion, says the Center is important given recent conflicts and a new administration.
Omaha, NE – A group of neighborhood associations in Omaha have joined to form the Alcohol Impact Coalition.
Margie Magnuson is Chairwoman of the Coalition. She says their goals include educating the public about alcohol-related issues and density concerns in communities. They want the public to know what effects liquor establishments can have on neighborhoods.
Magnuson says the Alcohol Impact Coalition is a grassroots effort, although they are working with Creighton, UNO and UNMC.
Omaha, NE – Nebraska's Junior Senator has doubts that the $920 billion economic stimulus bill will actually stimulate the economy.
During his weekly conference call with reporters, Senator Johanns expressed concerns about the stimulus package. The U.S. Senate is currently debating the stimulus plan. Johanns says many of the items in the stimulus are better suited for a budget plan.
Omaha, Nebraska – KIOS celebrates Black History Month with a Duke Ellington documentary Thursday, Jump For Joy-Duke Ellington's Celebratory Musical.
Jump For Joy was an all-black musical revue featuring up- and- coming African American performers like Dorothy Dandridge and Big Joe Turner who spoke, sang, danced, and joked in rebellion against traditional representations of blacks in movies and musical theater.
Omaha, NE – Creighton University's monthly business report shows the Midwest is in a recession.
Creighton Economics Professor Ernie Goss compiles the report on business conditions in nine states, including Nebraska and Iowa. Goss' report shows the overall Business Conditions Index for January was 33.5. While that's better than December's figure, Goss says that indicates a recession. The Index measures the overall health of the economy. A number higher than 50 indicates economic growth.