News Minute: Here is the latest Nebraska news from The Associated Press at 11:40 a.m. CDT
LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) - Nebraska's child welfare agency is moving forward with a new approach to child welfare cases designed to help more youths stay with their families. The plan was outlined as part of a series of meetings held throughout the state. The new approach encourages case workers to spend more time with at-risk families, discuss solutions to their problems and work with them to create a network of positive influences, such as relatives or neighbors.
DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) - Officials say a mysterious illness that can paralyze children has been confirmed in two Iowa cases and is suspected in one Nebraska case. The federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention says at least 62 cases of acute flaccid myelitis have been confirmed in 22 states this year.
GRAND ISLAND, Neb. (AP) - Officials say plans are in the works for a new outdoor concert venue at the Nebraska State Fair in Grand Island. Station KSNB reports the idea found favor Tuesday when fair officials pitched it Tuesday to the Grand Island City Council. The proposed venue could cost $10 million and could hold more than 10,000 people in a half covered arrangement.
LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) - Consistently ranking as the least likely state tourists plan to visit, Nebraska has a new message for the world: "Nebraska. Honestly, it's not for everyone." The Nebraska Tourism Commission on Wednesday unveiled the new campaign, which will launch next spring. State tourism director John Ricks says the agency decided to take such a novel approach because, "To make people listen, you have to hook them somehow."
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