Omaha Public Radio News
2:01 pm
Mon January 16, 2012

Gallup Chairman and CEO Jim Clifton and Gov. Dave Heineman to speak at the Chamber's Annual Luncheon

Omaha, NE – The Greater Omaha Chamber of Commerce is holding its annual meeting luncheon on Wednesday, February 1st.

David Brown is Chamber President and CEO. He says awards that'll be given out at the luncheon include the Chairman's Award of Excellence and Volunteer of the Year. He says the meeting is for anyone who's interested in how communities grow and what Omaha needs to do to make sure there are enough jobs here for future generations.

Brown says Governor Dave Heineman is one of two guest speakers at this year's luncheon.

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Omaha Public Radio News
12:33 pm
Tue January 3, 2012

Mid-America Business Conditions report shows slight decline in December

Omaha, NE – A monthly economic indicator for the nine-state Mid America region shows a slight decline in December.

Creighton University economist Ernie Goss compiles the Mid America Business Conditions report. The monthly business conditions index declined to 50 in December from 52.6 in November.

Goss says the economy will grow this year, albeit slowly. He expects interest rates will remain low and inflation won't be an issue.

The index is an indicator of overall economic health in the nine-state region.

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The Economy Project
4:00 pm
Tue April 20, 2010

Retired Omaha City Employees Could Pay More for Health Insurance

Omaha, NE – Retired Omaha city employees can expect to pay more for their health insurance beginning this summer.

City officials announced Tuesday that all retirees will pay a share of their health insurance costs starting July 1. Right now, 84 percent of retired city employees don't pay health insurance premiums. The ones who do pay between $30 and $80 a month. Health care claims from retirees have increased 303 percent in the past nine years.

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The Economy Project
3:29 pm
Mon April 5, 2010

SBA Warns of Loan Scams Targeting Small Business Owners

Omaha, NE – The Small Business Administration is warning Nebraska and Iowa businesses about several new loan scams.

SBA Inspector General Peg Gustafson says a variety of scams are circulating. One involves a business owner receiving a phone call saying they can't get a loan if they don't do business with a particular firm.

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The Economy Project
12:39 pm
Thu March 25, 2010

Rural Mainstreet Economy Shows Improvement in March

Omaha, NE – The Rural Mainstreet Index improved in March to its highest level in nearly two years.

The RMI measures the overall health of the rural economy in nine states, including Nebraska and Iowa. In March, the index rose to 47.4, an 11 point jump from February. Creighton University Economist Ernie Goss says while that's an improvement, the economy is still struggling.

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The Economy Project
10:33 am
Thu March 4, 2010

New UNO Report Shows Needs, Characteristics of Uninsured Nebraskans

Omaha, NE – The University of Nebraska-Omaha's Center for Public Affairs Research is out with a new report that characterizes Nebraskans without health insurance.

Research Coordinator David Drozd says he was surprised to learn that uninsured rates are highest among college age individuals and those in their early working years. The report, released last week, provides new information that may aid the current public debate regarding health insurance coverage.

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The Economy Project
2:10 pm
Wed February 10, 2010

Local and State Leaders Optimistic Nebraska's Economy is Recovering

Omaha, NE – Local and state leaders are optimistic that Nebraska's economy is rebounding.

Nebraska's unemployment rate was 4.7 percent in December, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics. That's the second lowest unemployment rate in the nation. Governor Dave Heineman says fiscal responsibility is key to a strong economy. He says Nebraskans follow a simple principle: if you don't have the money, don't spend it.

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The Economy Project
1:07 pm
Mon November 16, 2009

Salvation Army of Omaha sets $2.8 million goal for Tree of Lights Campaign

Omaha, NE – The Salvation Army of Omaha says 400 more families signed up for Christmas assistance this year than last.

The Tree of Lights Campaign, with its familiar bell ringers and red kettles, began Friday. The goal of this year's campaign is to raise $2.8 million. Salvation Army of Omaha spokeswoman Susan Eustice says funds raised during the Tree of Lights Campaign benefit 23 programs.

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The Economy Project
11:49 am
Thu August 27, 2009

Changes Coming to WIC Program

Omaha, NE – Significant changes are coming in October to the Women, Infants and Children program.

WIC was created in 1974 as a supplemental nutrition program for pregnant women and those with young children. Through WIC, participants receive vouchers to buy essentials such as milk, bread, eggs and cereal. Starting in October, WIC participants can also receive vouchers for fresh fruit and vegetables, whole grain bread and cereal, canned beans and canned salmon.

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