Omaha, NE – The National Trust for Historic Preservation completed a metro preservation assessment report for Omaha by Design.
Omaha by Design was specifically interested in projects, programs and incentives that could result in action plans to assist the Omaha metro area and Council Bluffs in preservation efforts. Director Connie Spellman says the report focuses on three basic themes: infrastructure, incentives and image.
Omaha, NE – The Nebraska Legislature begins a special session Tuesday on the Keystone XL pipeline.
Governor Dave Heineman called a special session last week, saying lawmakers should discuss alternatives to the route of the Keystone XL project. The State Department could decide by the end of the year if the XL pipeline goes forward. TransCanada's proposed route for the pipeline takes it through the Nebraska Sandhills.
Omaha, NE – After nearly two years of growth, an index of economic indicators dropped below growth-neutral in October.
Creighton University economist Ernie Goss oversees the monthly survey of supply managers in nine states. The Business Conditions Index dropped below 50 in October, for the first time since November 2009. An index below 50 indicates economic decline.
Omaha, NE – The University of Nebraska campuses could begin offering health insurance benefits to the same-sex partners of gay and lesbian employees and staff.
The Board of Regents discussed last week what's called the employee plus-one plan. It would extend health insurance benefits to domestic partners if they're dependent on the employee or staff member for coverage.
Omaha, NE – The Omaha Community Foundation awarded more than $264,000 in grants to the African American and Latino communities.
Sarah Gilbert, Director of Philanthropic Services, says the Futuro Latino Fund and the African American Unity Fund are set up to address needs and support programs in their respective communities. She says both funds also try to pinpoint organizations that have the potential to grow.
Omaha, NE – The dinosaurs have returned to the Omaha Children's Museum and they are bringing some new friends with them.
Dinosaurs: Dawn of the Ice Age is on view at the Museum through January 2012. Marketing Director Christina Kahler says half of the exhibit features lifelike animatronic dinosaurs, including the Tyrannosaurus Rex. The other half of the exhibit features Ice Age mammals, including the Saber-toothed Tiger and the Woolly Mammoth.
Omaha, NE – A new exhibit at the Strategic Air and Space Museum explores the life of a U.S. war hero who also fought for the Soviet Union in World War Two.
The exhibit is called "Joe Beyrle: Hero of Two Nations." Beyrle was a paratrooper in World War Two. He was captured by the Nazis at the Battle of Normandy and held in a POW camp for several months before escaping, and joining up with the Soviet army fighting the Nazis. Beyrle returned home in 1945 after being wounded in combat.
Omaha, NE – Warren Buffett is the special guest for Girls Inc.'s 10th annual Lunch for the Girls.
Executive Director Roberta Wilhelm says the luncheon takes place at 11:30 on Monday, November 14th in the Century Link Center.
Buffett will be interviewed by CNBC's Becky Quick and will also answer questions submitted by the audience. Wilhelm says Buffett's presentation complements Girls Inc.'s economic literacy program. She says she's excited for Buffett to share his financial expertise with the audience.