Omaha, NE – Nebraska voters will decide in two weeks if the State Constitution should be amended to ban affirmative action in certain situations.
The ballot measure would ban preferential treatment in public hiring, contracting, or education. The group Nebraska Civil Rights Initiative is backing the measure and collected more than 172,000 signatures to get it on the ballot.
Omaha, NE – The Douglas County Health Report card shows improvements in some areas and deficiencies in others.
The Health Report Card is based on several factors, including economics, infant health, childhood obesity, instances of diabetes, and domestic violence. Health Department Director Dr. Adi Pour says 14 percent of Douglas County's 18 to 64 year olds are uninsured. 60 percent of Douglas County residents are overweight or obese, and four people were killed last year in domestic violence situations.
Omaha, NE – The League of Women Voters is striking back at the Nebraska Republican Party after they used the League's name in campaign ads.
State Republican Party officials claim that the information used in one of two flyers attacking a Legislative candidate came from a League of Women Voters survey. Greater Omaha Chapter President Linda Duckworth says no such survey exists. She says the information in the other flyer came from the group's Primary Voters' Guide.
Omaha, NE – Six of Nebraska's Unicameral hopefuls are talking economic issues.
The candidates participated in a forum Thursday night sponsored by Voices for Children in Nebraska. That forum gave the public a chance to ask candidates about child care assistance, retirement accounts, and whether the state should give incentives to corporations wanting to move here.
Omaha, NE – The economy, energy policy, wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, and even the new Bob Kerrey Pedestrian Bridge were topics of debate Thursday at the Omaha Press Club.
Second Congressional District candidates Jim Esch and Lee Terry debated those issues before a crowd of nearly 200 people. Terry is seeking his sixth term in the U.S. House. He defeated Jim Esch by a narrow margin two years ago.
Here are some of the candidates' comments from the debate.
Omaha, NE – The Salvation Army of Omaha needs more than 4,000 volunteers for its annual Tree of Lights Campaign.
That's how many people volunteered during last year's Campaign, which raised $2.7 million for the Salvation Army's programs and services. Salvation Army spokeswoman Susan Eustice says this year's goal will be announced during the Omaha chapter's tree lighting ceremony November 14th.
Omaha, NE – Three Omaha-area businessmen are providing their unique perspectives on the financial crisis.
Patrick Miner of Mutual of Omaha, Mike Gallagher of Harrah's Council Bluffs, and Eric Bunderson of American National Bank were the featured speakers at a business discussion last week. Bellevue University hosted the financial crisis discussion.