Social Services

Lawsuit settlement funds obtained by the state go to many places, purposes

BY: - November 28, 2022

LINCOLN — The State of Nebraska recently raked in more than $20 million as part of settlements of multi-state consumer lawsuits against corporate giants Google and Walmart. The state will receive nearly $12 million from Google as part of a $391.5 million out-of-court settlement over misleading tracking of users’ locations. Another $11 million is on […]

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Scholarships now available for nursing students to address shortage created by COVID-19 resignations

BY: - November 28, 2022

LINCOLN — In an effort to address a COVID-19-induced shortage of nurses in Nebraska, the state is now seeking applicants for $2,500-per-semester scholarships for nursing students. A total of $5 million in scholarships is being offered, with recipients being required to practice nursing in Nebraska for a minimum of two years. “Nurses are an indispensable part […]

Prosperity index: Nebraska ranked No. 11 among states

BY: - November 22, 2022

OMAHA — Nebraska ranked 11th among the states for overall prosperity in a newly released report, scoring low in certain areas such as its natural environment but making up ground in others including health and employment. Behind the findings are partnering organizations, the Legatum Institute and the Milken Center for Advancing the American Dream. The […]

Omaha group poised for role in helping asylum-seekers crowding southern U.S. border

BY: - November 17, 2022

OMAHA — A team of Omahans is preparing to offer temporary refuge to a busload of asylum-seeking migrants crossing the Texas border at a rate that has overwhelmed shelters and has had some sleeping on the streets. Calling it a humanitarian outreach, the local volunteers have formed a nonprofit organization and dubbed their effort Omaha […]

Nebraska agrees to settlement with Walmart in lawsuit over opioid dispensing

BY: - November 15, 2022

LINCOLN — Nebraska has given its OK to a $3 billion settlement with Walmart in a lawsuit alleging that the company contributed to the opioid addiction crisis by failing to properly oversee the dispensing of the highly addictive painkillers. The settlement, if ratified by 43 states by the end of the year, would provide more […]

A ‘golden’ year ushers in new leadership for Nebraska’s Latino commission

BY: - November 15, 2022

As it marks 50 years of advocating for Nebraska’s Latino population, a state commission has announced another milestone. Following a nearly yearlong search, the Commission on Latino-Americans named Maria Arriaga as the new executive director of the agency that is to serve as a link between state government and area Hispanics. Arriaga, a native of […]

State officials urge Nebraskans to consider adoption amid low numbers

BY: - November 14, 2022

LINCOLN — Adoption rates in Nebraska are the lowest since 2003, and state officials  are urging Nebraskans to consider adopting a child  November is adoption awareness month, and the Federal Children’s Bureau set this year’s theme as Small Steps Open Doors.  The theme highlights the challenges that may arise when building trust with youth seeking […]

Omaha psychiatrist regains medical license, but can’t treat female patients

BY: - November 11, 2022

LINCOLN — The medical license of an Omaha psychiatrist has been reinstated — with the condition that he not treat any female patients. The license of Dr. Gregory Wigington was suspended for six months beginning in April for unprofessional conduct after he admitted having sexual relations with two female patients, including one woman he eventually […]

$66 million headed to support Nebraska child care workers with stipends, student loan aid

BY: - November 11, 2022

OMAHA — In an effort to build up Nebraska’s child care workforce, the state is preparing to distribute $66 million in incentives that include worker stipends and student loan repayments. The funds target providers and employees and are expected to expand access to quality child care. Applications for the dollars will be accepted starting in […]

A $2.9 million gift is jaw-dropper for Urban League president

BY: - November 10, 2022

OMAHA — When Wayne Brown got the $2.9 million phone call a few weeks ago, you might say he was a bit floored. “My jaw was on the ground,” said the relatively new chief executive of the Urban League of Nebraska. “I mean, this doesn’t happen. It just doesn’t happen, right?” Neither he nor his […]

Q-and-A with cyberbullying expert who is slated to speak in Omaha Nov. 17

BY: - November 8, 2022

OMAHA — For Richard and Pat Bennett, bringing a renowned cyberbullying expert to the metro area was personal, having seen a family member and other young people devastated by technology-enabled harassment. Richard Bennett said his niece, while living in Utah, died from suicide, and he believed that cyber cruelty was a contributing factor.  “The confrontation […]

‘Unexpected’ help for heating costs headed to eligible Nebraskans

BY: - November 4, 2022

OMAHA — Nebraska will get an “unexpected” boost of nearly $9 million in federal funding for a home energy program that helps financially strapped  households, a state agency spokesperson said Friday. The Biden administration this week announced that $4.5 billion is being distributed nationally to help Americans with heating costs this winter under the long-established […]