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Civic Nebraska recognizes five Nebraskans for ‘strengthening democracy’

BY: - May 20, 2022

Civic Nebraska is honoring five Nebraskans for their efforts in creating a more “modern and robust democracy” in the Cornhusker state. The organization’s 2022 Strengthening Democracy Awards recipients include educators, advocates, students and activists. “A strong democracy does not build itself,” said Adam Morfeld, executive director. “It requires dedicated Americans putting community, learning, innovation, empowerment […]

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Nebraska’s lone astronaut lands on familiar turf

BY: - May 19, 2022

Clayton Anderson is energized when he chats it up with visitors at the Strategic Air Command & Aerospace Museum — and they suddenly realize they’re talking to the real-life space hero showcased in an exhibit. “When it dawns on them, and their faces change, it’s incredible,” said Anderson, who is resettling in his hometown of […]

Parents warned about increase in ‘sextortion’ schemes targeting kids

BY: - May 19, 2022

LINCOLN — Nebraska law enforcement officials warned parents Thursday to be on the lookout for internet blackmailers fooling children into sending them sexually explicit photos and videos. In the scheme, known as “sextortion,” blackmailers pose as close-in-age peers or love interests on social media. After receiving images, they threaten to release them or show them […]

Omaha’s ICAN event draws about 2,500 and recognizes leader in elder care industry

BY: - May 18, 2022

OMAHA — Julie Kaminski, whose work in the elder care industry touches Nebraska, Iowa and beyond, received the ICAN Leadership Award Wednesday at a conference that drew about 2,500 participants. Three-fourths attended in person at the CHI Health Center. The 29th annual event, also offered virtually, included people from 323 companies and 37 states. As […]

Malcolm X Memorial Foundation hosts four-day celebration marking the Omaha native’s May 19 birthday

BY: - May 18, 2022

The North Omaha-based Malcolm X Memorial Foundation is hosting a four-day birthday celebration starting May 19 to pay tribute to the legacy of the African-American Muslim minister and human rights activist, who was born in Omaha in 1925. Events are centered at 3448 Evans St., the foundation site that marks the childhood home of the […]

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Golfing legend joins UNMC officials in declaring ‘war’ on pancreatic cancer

BY: - May 17, 2022

OMAHA — Golf legend Gary Player joined officials of the University of Nebraska Medical Center on Tuesday in “declaring war” on pancreatic cancer. UNMC Chancellor Jeffrey Gold said that many diseases have been attacked and conquered but that pancreatic cancer has eluded effective ways to detect it early and treat it effectively. The idea that […]

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Nebraskans help Ukrainian refugees find safety, comfort in Warsaw hotel

BY: - May 14, 2022

In the hallway of a Best Western hotel in Warsaw, a nurse from Nebraska reached out to a refugee fleeing the war in Ukraine. “How can I help you?” asked Kathleen Nene Nolan, using her “best friend,” the Google Translate app on her cell phone, to transform her request into Russian.  The 32-year-old woman, a […]

Nurses say their field is challenging and rewarding, despite workforce challenges

BY: - May 9, 2022

LINCOLN — Nursing remains a rewarding job despite the workforce challenges facing the profession.   That was the message Monday from a handful of nurses during a Zoom press conference about the annual commemoration of Nurses Week, May 6-12. Stress caused by COVID-19, as well as earlier than expected retirement of some nurses, is contributing to […]

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Report: Unmet demand for after-school programs in Nebraska is at all-time high

BY: - April 18, 2022

Unmet demand for after-school programs in Nebraska has reached an all-time high, according to a new national report from Afterschool Alliance, which counted more than 60,000 kids in the state left unsupervised after school. Edge Research conducted the survey for the Washington, D.C.-based nonprofit Alliance. It reflected responses in 2020 of more than 31,000 U.S. […]

More than $600,000 in “impact” grants go to boost area housing and small-business efforts

BY: - April 6, 2022

More than $600,000 in grants from First National Bank of Omaha will help boost affordable housing, neighborhood stability and small-business development in Nebraska and western Iowa. The funds are to go to 28 area organizations devoted to those efforts. They’re part of First National’s broader disbursement of $880,000 in “impact grants” to 44 organizations in […]

A growing ACLU Nebraska sees change in top spots

BY: - March 29, 2022

A civil rights attorney who led a Lincoln human rights agency and earlier was a prison librarian has been named the new legal director of the American Civil Liberties Union of Nebraska. Mostly recently, Mindy Rush Chipman led the Lincoln Commission on Human Rights, a city agency that works to prevent and respond to illegal […]

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Lawmakers continue the push to make Gov. Pete Ricketts apply for emergency rent aid for Nebraskans

BY: - March 16, 2022

LINCOLN — A bill that attempts to force Gov. Pete Ricketts’ hand in applying for $120 million in emergency federal rental assistance is one step closer to being approved. The Nebraska Legislature advanced the measure to the final vote Wednesday on a voice vote. Ricketts has been adamant that the state should not apply for […]