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.
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.