The daily Nebraskan. ([Lincoln, Neb.) 1901-current, October 27, 1998, Page 6, Image 6

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    Fewer dependeni
. From staff reports
Fewer families with .children
received welfare funds in September,
Gov. Ben Nelson announced at a
press conference Monday mochihg.
The number of cases handled by
the Aid to Dependent Children pro
gram dropped by more than 1,000 to
its lowest point since 1980.
“This is the direct result of our
strong economy, individuals finding
employment and the state being
responsive to the needs of families
and providing them with the kind of
support they need to become self-suf
ficient,” Nelson said.
The September decline tn the
number of cases is a continuation of
the general downshift in the number
of welfare caseloads the state has
seen during the last five years,
Nelson said. * .
He said the smaller number of
caseloads has translated into fewer
dollars spent per year.
In the past year Nebraska paid out
approximately $52 million through
the ADC program, compared to $66
million in 1993, die highest spending
year for the program.
Nblson said the decline in the
number of ADC welfare cases was
also die result of state welfare reform
programs that require recipients to
We realized that people had become
entangled in the spider web of welfare, in
essence become trapped in poverty
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participate in the Employment First
The program provides training,
education and work experience for
adults who receive money from the
“We realized that people had
become entangled in the spider web
of welfare, in essence beeeme
trapped in poverty,” Nelson said. /
“We knew that what people need
ed was not a handout, buta hand-up.”
* Because of a lack of communica
tion Sunday night, RHA senators
decided to table a bill that would pay
for a root beer keg party at Neihardt
Residence Center.
The Neihardt Council is planning
a party in celebration of the Nebraska
vs. Kansas State football game,
which will include root beer, deli
sandwiches,.ice cream and popcorn.
The original bill requests $120
from RHA funds to be used for the
imendmerit was passed
amount to $70, andafter
ite, a motion was made to
increase that sum to $95. "
“This is going to affect a lot of
people,” Brian Opplinger, RHA trea
surer, said. “I think $120 is perfectly
Larry Willis, speaker of the RHA
senate, disagreed. Neihardt will get
most of its money back through a
deposit necessary for the root beer,
hfe said, but RHA will not.
“We were told all they would
need is $68,” Willis said. “So, that’s
what we recommended.”
Laura Sullivan, Neihardt sena
tor, said event coordinators are plan
ning to advertise with their own
money and that RHA would be pro
viding less than one dollar a student,
as ISO students are expected to
“There was some misunderstand
ing between myself and the Review
and Recommendation Committee,”
she said. “But, I would definitely
appreciate the $95.” ..
In other RHA news, a resolution
was passed requiring any programs
receiving RHA funds to subniil a
report following their program.* '
"Since we’re giving people
money, they should have to come
back and say how they did,” said
Courtney Mears, Smith Residence
Hall senator.
The Senate also approved a
request from RHA President fien
Wallace to pay for him to go to the
Upper Midwest Region Association of
College and University Housing
Officials Conference froda Nov. 4 to 6.
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Vandals cause water damage
Vandals caused $60,000 damage to
a south Lincoln home last week.
The home, on the 4800 block of ■
South 72nd Street, is for sale and was
vandalized sometune between Oct. 20
and Sunday, Lincoln Police Sgt. Ann
Heermann said.
The property manager found water
pouring through the ceilings and
flooding the house when he entered it
Vandals had left water running in
the upstairs sinks and blocked the
drains. They also scratched floors and
countertops throughout die house.
Damage is estimated at $50,000
from the water and $10,000 in other
Five houses vandalized
Five northeast Lincoln homes in
various stages of construction were
vandalized Friday night
One house sustained $12,200 in
water and other damage when vandals
blocked the drains and ran water in
some of the horned sinks, Heermann
The other four homes all sustained
minor damage from the vandals, who
. kicked in drywall, wrote messages on
windows with glue and bent some
heating ductwork. Damage to these
four homes totaled $540.
All of the homes are on Wemsha
Street and Wemsha Court, a residen
tial area near the North Forty Golf
Gas *N Shop robbed
Friday night one man robbed a Gas
’N Shop by threatening foe cleric.
At 11:20 pun. foe man entered foe
5500 Superior St. store and demanded
money from the woman behind the
counter, Heermann said.
The man did not pull a gun, but
during the robbery foe clerk thought
he had one.'
The robber is a heavyset man of
average height wearing a green sweat
suit and a red bandanna across his
Compiled by senior staff writer
Josh Funk
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