A bill providing tax credits to redevelop historic properties is moving forward in the Unicameral.
Speaker Mike Flood chose LB888 as one of his priority bills. It would provide a 25 percent tax credit for developers who rehabilitate historic properties. Nonprofits that do so could get a 30 percent tax credit.
Omaha Public Schools officials don’t anticipate that budget cuts will be needed in the 2012-2013 spending plan.
OPS board members were updated Wednesday on the preliminary revenue forecast for the 2012-13 budget. Assistant Superintendent Dennis Pool says that forecast shows OPS will receive$9.9 million more in state aid next fiscal year. State aid certification will happen in May.
OPPD officials say the Fort Calhoun Nuclear Station won’t reopen until they’re confident safety issues at the plant are resolved.
Utility leaders met in Washington, D.C., Wednesday with the NRC to update performance issues at the plant. Fort Calhoun Station has been closed since last April. Since then, the NRC has cited OPPD for multiple violations at the plant, including being ill-prepared for a flood. NRC officials say a fire at the plant last June also wasn’t reported within the required time frame.
The leader of the Corps of Engineers’ Omaha District believes the agency is better prepared in the event of flooding this year.
About 70 emergency managers and levee sponsors gathered Tuesday in Omaha for the annual Missouri River flood fight preparedness training. Last year’s Missouri River flooding inundated farms, businesses, and homes in western Iowa for more than three months.
Western Iowa residents forced out of their homes by Missouri River flooding may have another option for temporary housing.
Iowa Finance Authority spokeswoman Ashley Jared says flood victims can apply for a waiver to live in housing usually restricted by the federal government to low-income families.
Jared says the waiver applies to flood victims in Monona, Harrison, Pottawattamie, Mills, and Fremont counties. People who lived in those counties between May 25th and August first of 2011 can apply for the housing waiver.
Four Omaha Public Schools board members aren’t seeking re-election.
Last Wednesday was the deadline for incumbents to file for the 2012 election. Board members Mary Ellen Drickey, Kersten Borer, Sandra Jensen, and Nancy Huston did not file. Drickey, Huston, and Jensen are longtime board members.
Board president Freddie Gray and Subdistrict 6 board member Mary Morrissey are seeking re-election. Candidate information from the Douglas County Election Commission shows James M. English is running against Gray in Subdistrict 2. Morrissey is running unopposed.
The Liverpool Legends will perform at Morton Magnet Middle School tonight at 7:00.
The group is comprised of musicians specially picked by Beatle George Harrison’s sister, Louise.
Dan Mattran, Instrumental Music Director at Morton Magnet, says the concert will offer a complete Beatles experience with music that spans the Fab Four’s entire career. He says the performance will feature Morton’s chorus and band on selected songs.
Researchers at UNMC are making strides in dealing with Her2.
Dr. Kay Wagner says Her2 is an aggressive type of breast cancer. He says there are several subsets and that each case must be treated differently.
Dr. Wagner says in previous studies, it was thought that by inhibiting a certain protein called Cyclin D1, the growth of breast cancer cells could be stopped or slowed. But he says his research indicated the opposite was true.
Omaha’s young professionals will gather next week for an event focused on their community.
The event happens next Wednesday, February 29, at the CenturyLink Center. Last year, Forbes Magazine named Omaha as one of the top cities for young professionals. Omaha also made Forbes’ list of most affordable cities.
Among the topics are community development, leadership, building a a personal brand, and social media. Author and designer Bruce Mau is the keynote speaker.