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Despite some gains, health professionals still lacking in rural areas of Nebraska

BY: - June 16, 2022

LINCOLN — Despite some recent statewide gains in nurse practitioners and pharmacists, health professionals are still lacking in many rural areas of Nebraska, a report released Thursday concluded. A health care workforce report from the University of Nebraska Medical Center based on 2021 statistics also flagged as a concern the aging of health care workers […]

Abortion care on wheels

BY: - June 11, 2022

As the nation braces for a decision that could come any day from the U.S. Supreme Court ending federally protected abortion rights — and making abortion a crime from the earliest stages of pregnancy in some states — women’s health care advocates have been thinking outside the box about ways to protect abortion access. Here’s […]

Hunting for a Nebraska directory of grant resources? (There’s a shift)

BY: - June 10, 2022

LINCOLN — A state directory of philanthropic and funding organizations now will be maintained and published by the Nebraska Children and Families Foundation. Historically, that “Foundation Resource Directory” was published by the Nebraska Department of Economic Development, which announced the change Friday. The directory now on the NCFF website offers a convenient online listing of […]


Ricketts announces new effort to combat suicide by veterans and active military

BY: - June 6, 2022

LINCOLN — In the past two years, 87 veterans have committed suicide in Nebraska. That sobering statistic, and a desire to reach more veterans before they take their life, prompted state officials Monday to announce that they’re joining a national effort to prevent suicides by veterans, active military members and their family members. With a […]

Health-care providers seek solutions for increase in workplace violence

BY: - June 3, 2022

LINCOLN — Profanities aimed at nurses. Taser needed in the emergency room. Physical assault of front-desk personnel.  Nebraska health care officials said Friday they’re seeing a significant uptick in violence aimed at medical professionals. And after deadly incidents at hospitals in Tulsa and Dayton this week, they’re seeing more nurses and health care workers considering […]

Durham Museum's Great Hall

‘History with Hops’ featured at Omaha’s Durham Museum

BY: - May 31, 2022

The Durham Museum in Omaha is hosting an adults night out event on June 9 — called History with Hops — where participants can have a cold drink while exploring the historic Union Station and learning about Omaha history. The event, for guests 21 years of age and older, offers a chance to visit the […]

Sarah Harris paints Standing Bear mural

Nebraska government building to be renamed for Chief Standing Bear

BY: - May 28, 2022

LINCOLN — A tired, 1960s-era government office building is about to be revamped and renamed in recognition of a Nebraska icon whose place in history also has seen a revival of sorts. Come July, the Executive Building just west of the State Capitol will be officially dedicated as the Chief Standing Bear Justice Administration Building. […]

Omaha’s Do Space offers free laptops, mobile internet access to promote ‘digital equity’

BY: - May 24, 2022

As part of an effort to promote “digital equity,” Do Space plans to distribute 945 free laptop computers, mobile hotspot devices and internet access to Omahans who don’t have access to such services at home. Applications are now being accepted for the Tech Pack program, which is supported by federal funds and allows the electronic […]

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 […]

Clayton Anderson

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 […]