Omaha, NE – Nebraska's poverty rate fell in 2009, but so did the state's median household income.
That's according to national and state economic data released last week. The Current Population Survey measures poverty, income, and the percentage of people with health insurance. Nebraska's poverty rate was 9.9 percent last year, compared to 10.6 percent in 2008.
Omaha, NE – Former New Jersey governor Christine Todd Whitman is the featured speaker for the 15th Annual Governor's Lecture in the Humanities.
Jane Hood, Executive Director for the Nebraska Humanities Council, says after Whitman's tenure as governor, she went to work at the EPA, where she promoted environmental improvements including reductions in sulfur emissions and water protection policies. Hood says Whitman's talk is titled "Staying Ahead While Going Green" and will focus largely on alternative energy sources and water issues.
Omaha, NE – Pertussis cases are again on the rise in Douglas County.
In its early stages, the symptoms of pertussis, also known as whooping cough, are similar to that of a cold. But the infection can become severe within one to two weeks. 73 cases of pertussis were reported in Douglas County for the year as of September third. Since then, 12 more cases have been reported.
Omaha, NE – Nebraska's tax revenues were above forecast levels in August, according to a new report.
The Nebraska Department of Revenue said Friday that all four categories of net tax receipts exceeded expectations. Ken Kriz is a professor at UNO's School of Public Administration, teaching Public Finance and Public Economy. He says those figures aren't surprising given reports that Nebraska's economy has been recovering since March.
Omaha, NE – A Creighton University alumnus is the school's new president.
Father Timothy Lannon was introduced Friday as the new president of Creighton University. He'll succeed Father John Schlegel, who's retiring next July. Father Lannon graduated from Creighton in 1973 with a degree in mathematics.
Fr. Lannon comes to Creighton from St. Joseph's University in Philadelphia, where he's served as president since 2003. He was also president of Creighton Prep High School from 1988 to 1995.