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.