Omaha, NE – The price of a new downtown stadium for the College World Series is staggering: $140 million. The Stadium Oversight Committee wants to pay for a new ballpark with three revenue sources. The largest of those is public money, including keno funds and bonds that don't require a public vote.
Omaha, NE – Last week, the Metropolitan Entertainment and Convention authority voted unanimously in favor of an agreement with the city of Omaha. That agreement gives MECA significantly more control over the construction and management of a new ballpark. In part two of our four-part series, we'll tell you more about the agreement and what compromises were made to reach it.
Omaha, NE – Omaha Mayor Mike Fahey and Stadium Oversight Committee members are meeting in Indianapolis Monday with the NCAA. That meeting could move the city of Omaha one step closer to securing a long-term College World Series contract. In part one of a four-part series about the downtown stadium proposal, Omaha Public Radio's Katie Knapp talks with Mayor Fahey about the plans, and the controversy surrounding them.
Omaha, NE – The Recall Fahey Committee is making a last-minute push to collect signatures before their deadline. The Committee set a goal of collecting 26,000 signatures by April 22nd.
Recall Fahey Committee Co-Chairman Ryan Chappelear says 1,300 petitions have been distributed to volunteers. Those petitions represent 26,000 signatures. Chappelear says 300 additional petitions were requested so volunteers can get more petitions if needed.
Omaha, NE – Omaha's Metropolitan Entertainment and Convention Authority is officially supporting the downtown ballpark proposal. The MECA board voted unanimously Monday morning on a new Memorandum of Understanding.
Omaha, NE – A contract dispute between the City of Omaha and the Police Union is going to arbitration.
Omaha Mayor Mike Fahey announced Thursday morning that the negotiations are being turned over to the Nebraska Commission of Industrial Relations. That move comes after several months of negotiations failed to produce a new contract. The current Police Union contract expired at the end of 2007.
Fahey says he believe the city's final offer was fair. It included:
KIOS will air a special concert in honor of Jazz Appreciation Month on Thursday April 10th at 8:00PM.
From Lincoln Center in New York, The Wynton Marsalis Septet will reunite for a performance of In This House, On This Morning. The work was originally issued on Columbia Records in 1994. It takes the form of a Sunday church service in three parts and combines gospel, blues and New Orleans style jazz.
The program is produced by Steve Rathe for the WFMT Radio Network.
Omaha, NE – The former Durham Western Heritage Museum has a new name. It's now just the Durham Museum.
Museum Director of Marketing and Public Relations Shawna Forsberg says the Western Heritage part of the title was dropped to better reflect the Durham's mission. In the past several years, the Durham Museum has formed partnerships with the Smithsonian, National Archives and the Library of Congress.