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'A Taste of 27th' invites eaters on a walking tour

In March, NeighborWorks Lincoln led 40 foodies on a four-restaurant tour featuring Vietnamese eateries on North 27th Street -- Vung Tau Pho Grill, Little Saigon Oriental Market, Pho Factory and Banhwich Cafe. That event sold out, and this month, the nonprofit is branching out cuisine-wise, but keeping the focus on the same part of town.

The Taste of 27th Street -- Take II will be held June 27, and will lead two groups of up to 20 people on a walking (and eating) tour of four venues on 27th between O and Holdrege streets -- Big Sal's Pizza, Dory BBQ, Imperial Palace and Pan Dulce’ Bakery.

LINCOLN, Neb. – Military veterans in Nebraska who are new to farming, or just interested in finding out about it, have an opportunity this week to see how others have turned their military skills into a career in agriculture. The Answering the Call conference on Thursday in Seward offers an opportunity for veterans to get an up-close look at how other veterans are building farming operations. Jordan Rasmussen, a policy program associate with the Center for Rural Affairs, explains farming is a challenge, but many veterans have what it takes. - See more at: http://www.publicnewsservice.org/2017-06-20/rural-farming/a-call-to-farms-help-for-military-veterans/a58180-1#sthash.0YQkPAgS.dpuf

Members of Habitat for Humanity of Sarpy County’s Groundbreaker’s Club helped break ground Sunday on the organization’s 43rd and 44th homes to be built in the area of 15th Avenue and Hancock Streets.

The homes will be occupied by the families of Messan and Keke Liassidj, as well as Mary Hoth.

NeighborWorks Lincoln (NWL) has completed the Community Build Project begun this past September in honor of the organization’s 30th anniversary of making an impact in the City of Lincoln.

It is easy to dismiss it as a “not-in-my-backyard”-kind of problem; a seamy issue rampant in places like Algeria, Russia and Thailand. But Omaha, Lincoln and Grand Island? Yes, says the Women’s Fund of Omaha, we have a significant sex trafficking problem here too.

“This no longer looks like ‘street walking.’ Present day sex trafficking looks more like a young teen going to a hotel room after school where he or she is bought and sold for sex multiple times. The next day, it starts all over again,” says Meghan Malik, trafficking project manager for the Women’s Fund of Omaha.

With future Medicaid funding support for children, older Nebraskans and the disabled in jeopardy, several beneficiaries stepped forward Thursday to tell their stories.

Nebraska residents who have relied on Medicaid for themselves or their families said Thursday that elected officials must preserve the health coverage program for children, seniors and people with disabilities.

During a gathering sponsored by Nebraska Appleseed, a law firm that advocates for low-income people, the residents voiced their concerns about proposed caps on the program under the Republican-sponsored American Health Care Act. Medicaid covers nearly 230,000 people in Nebraska.

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Enviros Say It Would Be ‘An Unacceptable Risk’ If Keystone XL Kills Even One Whooping Crane

Activists believe the highly contentious Keystone XL Pipeline should be re-routed in Nebraska to avoid the state’s native whooping crane population.

Academics testifying on behalf of Bold Nebraska and Sierra Club argued Tuesday in front of regulators that the project’s electrical transmission lines would devastate the area’s bird population. The activists said that Keystone posed “an unacceptable risk” if even one whooping crane is killed.

OMAHA, Neb. (KMTV) - The Women's Fund of Omaha will be raising awareness for sex trafficking over the course of the College World Series.

Partnering with the Coalition of Human Trafficking, silhouettes of individuals with local sex trafficking statistics will be placed around the Omaha metro. Some of the spots included are Eppley Airfield, Westroads Mall and local hotels.

The 2017 Kids Count was released early this morning. In the overall rankings Nebraska was 11th, down from 9th last year.

The Kids Count is a collection of data gathered by Annie E. Casey Foundation and Voices for Children in Nebraska. They rank the states based on factors that include economic well being, health, and education.

Ten Omaha families are on their way to their first welcome home as part of Habitat for Humanity of Omaha’s annual Home Builders Blitz.

Professional builders and hundreds of volunteers are constructing 10 homes in about 10 days in one of Habitat Omaha’s biggest events of the year.

Board members of Disability Rights Nebraska met in Kearney on Saturday to discuss policies, and continue their focus on rights and safety of those with disabilities - both in facilities and in social settings.

The Omaha Planning Board voted Wednesday to back tax-increment financing for proposals to build apartment buildings in two of Omaha’s most happening neighborhoods — Aksarben Village and midtown.

The board also voted to recommend that the City Council approve TIF for an apartment complex near 72nd Street and West Center Road and for a Habitat for Humanity housing development in north Omaha.

Habitat for Humanity of Omaha has partnered with 11 local professional homebuilders and suppliers to build 10 homes for local families from June 7-17 in the Adams Park neighborhood near 30th and Maple Streets. Local professionals and volunteers are providing the labor, funding and material, which include framing and drywall, electric and plumbing, painting and siding. Local support is provided by Build Omaha, JE Dunn Construction, Kiewit, Kitchens Redefined, Lund Ross Constructors, The M Group, McLeay Building Company, McNeil Company Builders, MCL Construction, Project Advocates and The Weitz Company. More than 20 homes will be constructed on adjacent streets in 2018 and 2019.

Nebraska Appleseed is amplifying the alarm sounded two weeks ago when the federal Congressional Budget Office released its assessment of the U.S. House of Representatives’ American Health Care Act.

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