Omaha, NE – The theme for the 12th annual Heartland Latino Leadership Conference is "Maximizing Latino Leadership and Cultivating Community Power."
The conference takes place November 3rd and 4th in LaVista. President Athena Ramos says the 2-day event serves as a great resource for area businesses to gain an understanding of and increase their accessibility to the multi-cultural workplaces that exist today. She says workshops will focus on personal, corporate and community development.
Omaha, NE – Nebraska Governor Dave Heineman is calling a special session on the Keystone XL pipeline.
Governor Heineman announced Monday afternoon that the special session will begin November 1. Heineman says a special session is necessary to discuss alternative routes for the controversial pipeline project. "There may be alternatives, but it won't be easy. Additionally, there is no question that this is a potential legal mine field. However, I believe Nebraskans are expecting our best efforts to determine if alternatives exist."
Omaha, NE – A Creighton University researcher has been awarded a $2.58 million grant by the National Institutes of Health to explore a new treatment for patients with cardiovascular disease.
Dr. Devendra Agrawal is a Professor of Biomedical Sciences. He says the current treatment for cardiovascular patients involves inserting a wire mesh stent into the blocked artery to keep it open. Dr. Agrawal says the main problem with that treatment is sometimes the arteries close or grow over the stent. This is known as restenosis.
Omaha, NE – The Omaha Public Schools board could choose a consultant Monday to lead the search for a new superintendent.
Last week, the OPS board opened bids from four consulting firms. Three are based in the Chicago area; the other is from Cedar Rapids, Iowa. At a special board meeting Monday at 2:30, board members will review those proposals and could choose a consultant.
OPS Superintendent Dr. John Mackiel is retiring at the end of this school year after 39 years with the district.
Omaha, NE – Monday, October 24th is Food Day. The Center for Science in the Public Interest modeled Food Day after Earth Day, but with the emphasis on encouraging Americans to eat healthier food.
Maureen Thomsen is a Marketing Coordinator for Vic Gutman. She says the City of Omaha will celebrate by extending its Aksarben Village Farmer's Market. The Farmer's Market takes place this Sunday from 9:00 until 1:00. Thomsen says the Farmer's Market is partnering with several food and farming organizations this weekend
Omaha, NE – U.S. Senator Ben Nelson plans to meet Thursday with a top Corps of Engineers official about this year's Missouri River flooding.
During his weekly conference call Wednesday with Nebraska media, Nelson announced he'll be meeting with Brigadier General John McMahon. Nelson says he wants to know if the Corps has accounted for winter weather projections in its 2012 operating plan.
Omaha, NE – Three Chicago-based firms and a Cedar Rapids, Iowa company have submitted bids for consulting services for the Omaha Public Schools' superintendent search.
The four consultant proposals were opened at a special OPS board meeting Monday afternoon. Hollins Group of Chicago, Ray and Associates of Cedar Rapids, Hazard, Young and Aetta of Rosemont, Illinois, and Proact Search of Wilmette, Illinois, submitted proposals.
Omaha, NE – Omaha's Dundee-Memorial Park neighborhood was named one of the nation's 10 best neighborhoods in America by the American Planning Association.
Omaha Mayor Jim Suttle says the Dundee-Memorial Park neighborhood was built at the end of a streetcar line in the early 20th century. He says the APA selected the neighborhood as one of the 10 best based on several factors, including the quality of the housing and what they've done to keep their neighborhoods strong.
Omaha, NE – UNMC is conducting adolescent and adult clinical trials of an experimental drug for people with Fragile X Syndrome.
Dr. Mark Fleisher is a Professor in the Department of Psychiatry. He is the principal investigator on the adult clinical trial. Dr. Fleisher says Fragile X may be present in either gender, but is more prevalent in males.
He says it is carried on the X chromosome of the mother. Dr. Fleisher says the condition manifests itself in symptoms such as poor social skills and physical aggression.