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.
Omaha, NE – The Aksarben Village Farmer's Market opened on Memorial Day weekend. Project Manager Heidi Walz says the market will be open from 10 to 2 on Sundays through Labor Day weekend.
Walz says although the Aksarben Village Farmer's Market is quite a bit smaller than the downtown market, Askarben still offers a wide array of vendors. She says while the Downtown Market has an urban vibe, the Askarben Market is more family oriented with lots of green space and a water feature.
Omaha, NE – A Creighton law professor expects the city of Fremont to face a long, costly legal battle over a new immigration ordinance.
Fremont voters approved a plan Monday that bans renting to or hiring illegal immigrants. Anyone wanting to rent property in the city will have to apply for a license. If they're found to be illegal immigrants, the license will be denied. Fremont's ordinance also requires employers to verify an employee's legal status.
Omaha, NE – Musician Lambert Bartak first started playing the organ at Rosenblatt Stadium as a substitute when the College World Series made Omaha its home in 1950. As the College World Series approaches the end of its era at Rosenblatt, Bartak is firm with what's in store for him. Omaha Public Radio's Greg Echlin has the story.
Omaha, NE – Metropolitan Community College is partnering up with Omaha Public Schools to offer the Gateway to College program.
Peggy Swanson is the Director of the Gateway to College program and says it's geared toward high school dropouts, ages 16 to 21. She says Gateway to College gives them the opportunity to earn their diploma as well as college credits, putting them back on track towards a better future.