Election Commissioner Dave Phipps says the polling places will reopen before the November general election. How many polling places will reopen has yet to be determined. Primary election turnout, along with general election results from the past two presidential elections, will determine which polling places reopen.
A half-cent increase in Omaha’s sales tax could generate $45 million for the city.
Nebraska lawmakers last week overrode Governor Dave Heineman’s veto of legislation allowing cities to raise their sales tax rate. Doing so would require supermajority approval from both the city council and voters.
Omaha’s current sales tax rate is 7 percent, with 1.5 percent of it local. Mayor Jim Suttle says there are no plans to put the sales tax initiative on the November general election ballot.
The federal deficit was on the minds of the GOP candidates for Nebraska’s Second Congressional District at a debate Friday. The Omaha Press Club and League of Women Voters sponsored the debate.
Incumbent Congressman Lee Terry has three challengers. One is financial advisor Brett Lindstrom. UNO mathematics professor Jack Heidel and former Douglas County Republican Party Chairman Glenn Freeman are also running for Congress.
A new report on county health rankings in Nebraska shows Douglas County’s STD rate and percent of children living in poverty are on the rise.
The County Health Rankings report was discussed at this week’s Board of Health Meeting. Douglas County had 540 reported STD cases per 100,000 population, according to the 2012 rankings. The percent of children living in poverty climbed from 15 percent to 21 percent.
Donate Life Nebraska is inviting everyone to link hands on the Bob Kerrey Pedestrian Bridge on Saturday to celebrate national Donate Life Month.
Joey Hoffman, Spokesperson for Donate Life Nebraska, says in 18 people die in America each day due to a lack of donor organs. She says Donate Life Nebraska is joining the national campaign to sign up 20 million organ donors in 2012. Hoffman says becoming a donor because is one of the only opportunities you’ll have in your lifetime to save someone else’s life.
National Park Service officials on Thursday announced the formation of the Lewis and Clark Trust. Meriwether Lewis and William Clark’s two-year expedition from Illinois to Washington is documented along what is now the Lewis and Clark National Historic Trail.
Herbert Karliner, Philip Freud, Hans Fisher and Sol Messinger will present a special lecture at the Durham Museum on Friday morning at 10:30.
The four men are survivors of the tragic 1939 voyage of the SS St. Louis. After trying to dock in several countries, including the U.S., the ship was forced to return to Europe.
Many passengers subsequently found themselves under Nazi rule, and many died as a result. The majority of the passengers that were granted refuge in Great Britain survived the ordeal. Shawna Forsberg is Director of Marketing for the Durham.
Area students and community volunteers have an opportunity to become “Mindbender Masters” through the Durham Museum’s Good Works Program.
The program is a service-based initiative that will train participants for the Museum’s summer exhibition, Mindbender Mansion. Volunteers or “Mindbender Masters” will guide visitors through the exhibition, helping them complete brainteasers and challenges.