Social Issues

LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) — The director of the Nebraska Liquor Control Commission says without substantive proof the agency cannot act on allegations that beer-sellers in Whiteclay are abusing their licenses.

Creighton students' art to benefit Siena/Francis House

Dec 7, 2015

A Creighton University art class’s project will benefit Omaha’s Siena/Francis House.

LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) — A group of University of Nebraska-Lincoln students has launched a campaign to raise awareness about beer sales in Whiteclay, a Nebraska town on the border of an officially dry South Dakota Indian reservation.

The new president of Creighton University says the school’s commitment to the humanities can meet the needs of a changing world.

Siena Francis House expansion part of human services campus

Sep 30, 2015
Siena/Francis House

Omaha’s Siena/Francis House plans to expand its shelters and add new facilities as part of a human services campus.

Nebraska ranked 10th in overall well-being of children

Jul 21, 2015

A new report says 18 percent of Nebraska children live in poverty, and 37,000 live in high-poverty neighborhoods.

To Write Love On Her Arms founder speaks in Omaha

May 11, 2015

The National Alliance on Mental Illness says 58 million American adults live with depression or anxiety.

OMAHA, Neb. (AP) — A gay teacher whose Omaha Catholic school contract is not being renewed has found a new job.

RAPID CITY, S.D. (AP) — The 8th Circuit Court of Appeals has deferred arguments and a decision on four same-sex marriage cases until the U.S. Supreme Court rules on the issue.

OMAHA, Neb. (AP) — Supporters of a teacher whose Omaha Catholic school contract will not be renewed because of his same-sex relationship say the school is discriminating against him based on his sexual orientation.

OMAHA, Neb. (AP) — Students, parents and alumni of an Omaha Catholic high school have signed an online petition calling for the school to reverse its decision to fire a teacher over his same-sex relationship.

LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) — A judge has granted class-action status to a lawsuit alleging that Nebraska consistently failed to process food-benefit applications and renewals in a timely manner.

OMAHA, Neb. (AP) — Creighton University will soon begin offering health benefits to legally married same-sex spouses of its employees despite the objections of the local Catholic archbishop.

Creighton University and four community partners have received a grant for programs to reduce health disparities in Omaha's African-American community.

A group of Northwest High School and UNO students will mark the anniversary of the 9/11 terror attacks with an event about understanding differences.

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A new collaboration between the city of Omaha and more than 40 organizations seeks to meet the needs of and improve conditions for young black men.

Summit focuses on how to respond to, stop bullying

May 8, 2014

Students and educators from 32 schools gathered in Omaha Thursday morning to learn how to stand up against bullying.

Reports examine low-income Nebraskans' access to benefits

Apr 4, 2014

Nebraska Appleseed says about 180,000 Nebraskans receive Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program or SNAP benefits.

Event focuses on needs of young black women

Mar 24, 2014

100 young black women will participate Friday in a conference designed to teach them important life skills.

Wednesday event highlights food insecurity in Nebraska

Feb 18, 2014

An estimated one in seven Nebraskans are food insecure—meaning they don’t know where their next meal will come from.

Inclusive Communities takes over Omaha Table Talk program

Feb 10, 2014

Omaha's Table Talk programs are returning, as part of Inclusive Communities.

VA, HUD conduct point-in-time count of homeless veterans

Feb 5, 2014

The Omaha VA is awaiting results of a point-in-time count of homeless veterans.

PAPILLION, Neb. (AP) — Sarpy County commissioners have decided to extend health insurance benefits to spouses of gay county employees who have legally married in another state but live in Nebraska.

A documentary showing Thursday in Omaha explores the life and murder of Emmett Till, and the struggle for justice following his death.

Harkin: it's time for Congress to pass ENDA

Nov 7, 2013

The U.S. Senate Thursday afternoon passed a measure banning employment discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation or gender identity.

Documentary explores issues of race in education

Nov 5, 2013

A documentary showing Tuesday at Film Streams explores issues of race in education.

A new monthly forum in north Omaha seeks to bring the community together to discuss important issues.

Gay rights legislation draws standing room only crowd at legislative hearings

Mar 15, 2013

LINCOLN – More than 100 people came to a Judiciary Committee hearing Thursday on three legislative bills on adoptions and foster care by same-sex couples, and employee protections against discrimination based on sexual orientation.

Salvation Army of Omaha director to speak before United Nations

Mar 4, 2013

This week’s United Nations session of the Commission on the Status of Women will include a Salvation Army of Omaha representative.

A two-man show coming to Omaha this week discusses issues of race, diversity, and stereotypes through comedy and education.