Lutheran Family Services is holding a yearlong celebration in honor of its 120th birthday.
LFS began as two orphanages in 1892. Spokeswoman Bev Carlson says since then, the human care organization has served children in multiple capacities. LFS offers assistance with adoption, foster care services, and childhood behavioral health. Carlson says the organization will hold a celebration on Saturday, September 22nd that’s meant to be a reunion
Construction is set to begin early next year on a major restoration project in Omaha’s Dundee neighborhood.
City officials announced the Dundee restoration project Thursday. It’ll involve new sidewalks, landscaping, benches, and parking along Underwood Avenue from 49th to 51st streets. Work will also be done along 50th street.
Developers wanting to rehabilitate state, federal, or locally-designated historic sites could get a tax credit for doing so under legislature in the Unicameral.
The Historic Property Restoration and Reuse Act is sponsored by Bellevue Senator Abbie Cornett. Developers who restore a historic property, or a facility within a historic district, could apply for a 25 percent tax credit. Nonprofits could be eligible for a 30 percent tax credit.
Douglas County Commissioners say taxpayers could be forced to pay more if the state of Nebraska does away with its inheritance tax.
During his State of the State address, Governor Dave Heineman told lawmakers he wants the inheritance tax to end. The inheritance tax is based upon the fair market value of a property at the time of a person’s death. The amount of tax paid varies depending on the relationship between the deceased and the person who inherits the property.
The Nebraska Humanities Council recently added 14 new programs to its Speakers’ Bureau.
Programs are available to any Nebraska nonprofit organization for a small processing fee. Mary Yager, Associate Director for the NHC, says there are about 300 programs in rotation at the Speakers’ Bureau at any given time. She says the NHC puts out a call for speakers every three to four years.
Yager says they recently expanded their programs to include subjects they haven’t had recently. New programs center on Annie Oakley, the railroad and spoken word artists.
Senator Jeremy Nordquist of Omaha recently introduced LB 835 into the legislature.
The bill would create a state-based Nebraska health insurance marketplace. Senator Nordquist says under the Affordable Care Act, each state is required to establish a healthcare exchange or the federal government will create one for them.
The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers has several levee repair projects underway following last summer’s Missouri River flooding.
The Corps updated the construction work during a conference call last Friday. One project is in Council Bluffs. Kim Thomas of the Omaha District’s Emergency Management Division says repairs are underway at the 28thStreet and Veterans Memorial Bridge locations. The existing pump stations have been demolished, and construction is scheduled to be complete on March first.
Jobs, immigration, and foreign policy were among the topics in the first debate of the Second Congressional District race.
Democratic candidates John Ewing and Gwen Howard debated Friday night at the Douglas County Democratic Party’s annual Truman Dinner. Ewing is Douglas County Treasurer. Howard is serving her second term as State Senator.