Omaha, NE – The Omaha Symphony was recently awarded the Leonard Bernstein Award for Education Programming.
Jennifer Boomgaarden is Vice President of Education and Community Partnerships for the Symphony. She says the award is given out by the American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers, or ASCAP, to an orchestra that demonstrates a significant commitment to performing new music. She says new music refers to works composed in the last 25 years.
Omaha, NE – ServeNebraska's 2010 Listening Tour stops in Omaha this afternoon at the Scott Conference Center.
Barbara Thomas is the Executive Director for ServeNebraska. She says the purpose of the Listening Tour is to identify the most pressing needs in local communities and explore potential service solutions. Thomas says once the tour concludes, ServeNebraska will put together a state service plan for 2010-2012.
Omaha, NE – The 60th and final College World Series championship at Rosenblatt Stadium began Monday night. Among the fans in attendance were members of the first two teams to play for a College World Series championship in Omaha. In 1950, Texas and Washington State played the first CWS championship games at what was then Omaha Municipal Stadium. Omaha Public Radio's Katie Knapp Schubert spoke with members of those 1950 teams.
Omaha, NE – Bellevue's Haworth Park remains underwater, and city officials are unsure when it will reopen.
The park sits along the west bank of the Missouri River. Its camp sites and picnic shelters are flooded. City Administrator Gary Troutman says significant cleanup and repair are needed before the park can reopen.
Omaha, NE – The 36th annual Summer Arts Festival takes place this weekend in downtown Omaha.
The Executive Director of the Summer Arts Festival says highlights include the artists' market, live artist demonstrations and the children's fair. Vic Gutman says the theme of this year's children's fair is "Kids around the World" and all of it will have an international flavor, from the hands-on activities to the food.
Omaha, NE – The 1st annual Thrive Omaha Small Business Conference takes place on Friday, July 9th at the Scott Center.
Michael Mitilier is the Director of the Small Business Association of the Midlands. He says the purpose of the conference is to help small business owners learn how to grow their business, achieve more sales and become more efficient. Mitilier says Bruce Loeffler will be the guest speaker at the conference. Loefler worked for Disney for ten years and will run a couple of breakout sessions.
Omaha, NE – As memorable as the games at Rosenblatt Stadium are the legions of fans who travel to Omaha. A seasoned local College World Series fan who has been there often enough usually has an opinion on the out-of-town fans. Omaha Public Radio's Greg Echlin has more.
Omaha, NE – The Missouri River remains well above flood stage at Rulo and Nebraska City.
A news release from the Nebraska Emergency Management Agency says the river is above 26 feet at Rulo. The water level is expected to drop by Friday. Flood stage is 17 feet. At Nebraska City, the Missouri River is seven feet above flood stage.
NEMA says Highway 159 is closed at the Rulo bridge. Highway 275 is also closed between Scribner and West Point due to flooding.
Omaha, NE – A coalition of nonprofit organizations is calling on the Unicameral to craft a budget based on the state's values.
The Nebraska Appleseed Center for Law in the Public Interest, Opportunity at Work and several other partner organizations released a "Statement of Principles" earlier this week. It calls on the Legislature to promote entrepreneurship, create good jobs and find cost savings in the budget.