Omaha, NE – Transportation Manager Greg Youell says MAPA applied for the federal grant because of all the different projects taking place across the metro.
He says Bellevue recently passed an ordinance that says all streets must be designed for vehicles as well as other types of transportation. Omaha has a transportation master plan that places heavy emphasis on other modes of transportation. Youell says other jurisdictions are working on similar projects.
Special airs Thursday September 1st at 8:00PM on KIOS.
KIOS will air a 2-hour special of highlights from the 2010 Detroit Jazz Festival on Thursday September 1st at 8:00PM. Performers include Mulgrew Miller & Kenny Barron, Danilo Perez, Kurt Elling, Maria Schneider Orchestra, Manhattan Transfer and more. The festival was subtitled "Flame Keepers: Carrying the Torch
for Modern Jazz" and paid homage to six trailblazers of modern jazz: Art Blakey,
Ray Brown, Miles Davis, Horace Silver, Betty Carter and Gil Evans.
Omaha, NE – UNO's freshman class numbers 2000 for the current school year. Assistant Director of Media Relations Wendy Townley says new this year, incoming freshmen will participate in a Freshman Convocation.
Omaha, NE – The Omaha police union is threatening a lawsuit if the city doesn't get a new agreement with the fire union in place.
The police union sent a letter Friday to Mayor Jim Suttle, saying they'll file a lawsuit to separate the police and fire pension systems if a new fire union contract isn't approved. Mayor Suttle says he'll send the original fire union contract back to the city council for an up-or-down vote.
Omaha, NE – Creighton University has a freshman class of 975 students this year.
On Tuesday, the students participated in The Creighton Pathway, a new academic precession held before the President's academic convocation. Patrick Borchers, Vice President of Academic Affairs, says the academic profile of the incoming class puts Creighton among the top-10 private universities in the Midwest. He says the incoming class scored in the 88th percentile on the ACT's on average.
Omaha, NE – The US Small Business Administration is offering low-interest federal disaster assistance loans to nine counties in Nebraska.
Public Information Officer Alex Contreras is with the SBA's Office of Disaster Assistance. He says the SBA offers disaster loans to homeowners, renters, businesses and private non-profit organizations. The first step in the process is registering with FEMA at 1-800-621-FEMA
Omaha, NE – The Omaha City Council has approved Mayor Jim Suttle's 2012 budget plan, with two amendments.
Councilmen voted Tuesday afternoon in favor of the $730 million dollar spending plan. It contains no tax increases and no deficit. Next year's budget accounts for fewer city employees overall, although the city plans to hire 22 civilian workers for the combined sewer overflow project.
Omaha, NE – Monday's heavy rainfall caused damage at five of Omaha's 11 lift stations.
Nearly five inches of rain fell in parts of the city early Monday morning. That caused road closures and significant flooding in downtown Omaha, including TD Ameritrade Park and the CenturyLink Center.
Omaha, NE – Mills County, Iowa Emergency Management officials say a 30 foot section of berm in the St. Mary's Drainage District breached Wednesday afternoon.
Officials say ongoing flooding and recent heavy rain contributed to the breach. 182nd Street and Gaston Avenue are closed because of water rushing over the roads. Mills County officials say residents in that area should be prepared to evacuate.