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Current Omaha Public Schools retirees and employees would see lower cost-of-living adjustments, newly hired employees would get less generous pensions, and the school district would kick in more money annually under a new plan for shoring up the district’s troubled pension fund.
The proposal was hashed out by a working group made up of members of the district’s unions, OPS leaders, retirees and others who spent a year looking for ways to reduce the system’s $800 million-plus shortfall.
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Concerns over careers and salaries have spurred a decline over the past 20 years in the number of liberal arts degrees being pursued by college students. The rising cost of higher education has put students on high alert to the connection between college and career.
College students increasingly turn toward major fields of study that have a direct tie to a career or a job. This puts the liberal arts in a worrisome place.
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When the downtown Capitol District’s three-story office building finishes construction this spring, it will be the final structural piece that fully wraps the project’s much-touted outdoor entertainment plaza. That milestone — which caps major landscape changes at the site at 10th Street and Capitol Avenue — comes nine years after the $200 million-plus redevelopment was announced.
While many of the Capitol District's retail and office bays have yet to be filled — four new tenants push the amount of leased space to about 60% — the journey so far is remarkable for reasons including all the new development that has since started on blocks around it.
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A massive $2.6 billion proposal to transform the University of Nebraska Medical Center campus may hinge on state funding, as well as commitments from the City of Omaha and Douglas County.
The so-called NExT Project would generate an estimated 8,700 permanent jobs paying an average of $74,000 to $75,000 a year.
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Memories of Nebraska’s last redistricting were still raw when state lawmakers started looking for ways to reduce the rancor and partisanship of the process. Every proposal put forward in the years since then has failed. Now, on the eve of the 2021 redistricting, some senators and citizen groups are intensifying efforts to make changes.
Some citizen groups want an independent, nonpartisan commission put in charge of redrawing political maps, similar to the process used in Iowa. Gov. Pete Ricketts doesn’t believe any changes are needed and said the Legislature "shouldn’t try to dodge" its constitutional duty of redistricting. State Sens. John McCollister of Omaha and Wendy DeBoer of Bennington favor a middle ground.
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For the Omaha Police Department’s air support unit, the 16th turned into a bad omen day, like Friday the 13th. In 2019, two different police helicopters crashed on the 16th of both April and August. Fortunately, the pilots suffered only minor injuries.
An outside company inspected the unit and recommended that Omaha police hire an “experienced aviator in a command leadership position,” and a retired Nebraska State Patrol captain fit that description, Deputy Police Chief Kerry Neumann said.
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The machine that is the University of Nebraska-Lincoln athletic department once again generated more money than it spent in the 2018-19 budget year, according to a report disclosed this week.
The University of Nebraska-Lincoln athletic department continued to prosper in 2018-19, generating more money than it spent.
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“It was designed as a church, but I feel like what I want to create is a different kind of church,” Katrina Adams said. “So maybe it’s not grounded in religion so much as it is community. It’s still a place for fellowship, it’s still a place for hope and faith and connection to something bigger than oneself.”
Katrina Adams has big plans to bring the nearly 110-year-old building into the 21st century and transform it into a new kind of neighborhood gathering place: a community center.
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“Creighton has the best culture I’ve been around, from the president on down,” sports psychologist Jack Stark said. “They are always looking for something that can make it better. The thing about (coach Greg McDermott), he’s evolved. “Think of it as the cherry on top. We don’t have a single stinker on the team. Good kids, good families.”
Welcome to Creighton basketball 2019-20, where class is always in session. Call this one Leadership 101. Or Toughness 101.