Omaha, NE – Creighton University's monthly business report shows the Midwest is in a recession.
Creighton Economics Professor Ernie Goss compiles the report on business conditions in nine states, including Nebraska and Iowa. Goss' report shows the overall Business Conditions Index for January was 33.5. While that's better than December's figure, Goss says that indicates a recession. The Index measures the overall health of the economy. A number higher than 50 indicates economic growth.
Omaha, NE – Iowa Governor Chet Culver wants that state to borrow $700 million for infrastructure projects statewide.
Governor Culver's comments came during a visit Tuesday to Council Bluffs. He says the $700 million would be used for both flood rebuilding projects and other critical needs statewide such as roads and bridges. Culver says all parts of Iowa would benefit from the stimulus package.
Omaha, NE – Omaha Mayor Mike Fahey says the city has improved public safety and had seven balanced budgets during his tenure.
Fahey gave his final State of the City address Tuesday. In the address, Fahey talked about improvements to roads, parks, and neighborhoods; the city's crime rate since 2001; and what he hopes to accomplish during his final months in office.
Omaha, NE – A Michigan State University professor says higher education can transform the lives of young black men.
James Minor is an Associate Professor of Educational Administration. He spoke recently at a Town Hall Meeting at Metropolitan Community College. Minor argues that higher education can transform the lives of young black men more than any other experience. But Minor says many young black children are challenged by growing up in low-income, single-parent households.
Omaha, NE – Individuals living with autism, and families of children with autism, have a new comprehensive resource for information.
The Omaha-based Autism Action Partnership launched a new web site and hotline this week. The Resource Center provides information about education, recreation, and therapy opportunities; what autism is and warning signs to look for; support groups for families; and community resources.
Omaha, NE – Former U.S. House Speaker Newt Gingrich says President Barack Obama faces several significant challenges in his new administration.
Gingrich was the keynote speaker at the Greater Omaha Chamber of Commerce luncheon Wednesday. He says Obama's inauguration was emotionally powerful, especially since the White House changed parties after the Election. Gingrich says the new President faces challenges from world leaders.
Omaha, NE – Several celebrations Tuesday in Omaha marked the inauguration of President Barack Obama.
At the Omaha Children's Museum, students from Jackson and Liberty Elementary Schools toured the Headed to the White House exhibit. The exhibit takes kids through the election process, from the announcement to the inauguration. Jackson Elementary students watched President Obama's inauguration on a television set up inside the exhibit.