Omaha, NE – A new report shows more Nebraska children are living in poverty and are victims of child abuse.
Voices for Children in Nebraska publishes the Kids Count report. One finding in the 2008 edition is that reports of alleged child abuse or neglect in 2007 were the most on record. The report also notes that 14.5% of Nebraska children lived in poverty in 2007. That's almost double the number living in poverty in 2000.
Omaha, NE – Nebraska Congressman Lee Terry says health care, the economy, and energy issues are likely to dominate Congress this session.
Terry says economic issues will be the main focus once President-elect Barack Obama is sworn in. Terry expects Congress will also focus on health care. He says the system should be strengthened without being socialized, something he says Congress can do by working together.
Omaha, NE – The Salvation Army's 2008 Tree of Lights Campaign exceeded its goal.
Salvation Army of Omaha officials announced Thursday that the 2008 campaign raised $2.9 million. The 2008 goal was $2.8 million. Spokeswoman Susan Eustice says year-end giving and additional bell-ringing sites helped push the Campaign beyond its goal.
Lincoln, NE – Nebraska lawmakers could soon be debating legislation that changes the method of execution for the state's death row inmates.
Speaker Mike Flood joined Attorney General Jon Bruning and Governor Dave Heineman at a news conference Thursday morning to announce the lethal injection bill. The Nebraska Supreme Court ruled last year that the state could no longer execute death row inmates by way of electrocution.
Omaha, NE – A candidate for Mayor of Omaha says job creation is critical to reducing violence in Omaha.
Jim Suttle is one of two City Councilmen running for Mayor. Suttle says he wants to create 1,000 jobs along the Missouri River corridor. Those jobs, according to Suttle, would be manufacturing, green industry, and high-tech jobs, providing employment to residents of north Omaha. Suttle says every manufacturing job would create eight additional jobs.
Omaha, NE – Starting February Second, changes are coming to what you hear on Omaha Public Radio.
National Public Radio is canceling Day to Day, which currently airs at 11 AM on KIOS-FM. In its place will be The Story, which airs at one PM. Also, two new programs will join the morning lineup: On Point with Tom Ashbrook and Tell Me More, hosted by Michele Martin.
Omaha, Nebraska – Almost two years after making his latest recording live at the Village Vanguard (the two-disc set The Remedy), Jazz guitarist Kurt Rosenwinkel returned with his quartet this week for a special night of music.
Kurt Rosenwinkel performed Wednesday night, January 7, at the Village Vanguard in New York City. That concert is available for listening and download over www.npr.org/music as part of the Live from the Village Vanguard Webcast series.
Omaha, NE – Douglas County has its first confirmed flu case of the season.
The Douglas County Health Department says an elderly woman was hospitalized last week with the county's first confirmed case of the flu. She is now home and recovering.
Health Department Director Dr. Adi Pour says it's not too late to get a flu shot. She says that's the best way to prevent catching the flu. Dr. Pour says you should also wash your hands frequently, cover your cough, and stay home when you're sick.
Omaha, NE – Two candidates for Mayor of Omaha are releasing their plans for reducing violence in the city.
Hal Daub and Jim Vokal released their plans Monday. Daub's plan is a seven-part approach, which includes working with federal agencies to prosecute gang members under racketeering laws. Daub also wants to create a Hometown Security Commissioner position and put more uniformed Police officers on the streets.