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.
Omaha, NE – This week is Severe Weather Awareness Week in Nebraska and Iowa. The National Weather Service sets aside the week to educate the public about safety during inclement weather.
As part of Severe Weather Awareness Week, the National Weather Service Omaha office will conduct a tornado drill Wednesday. The drill is an opportunity for schools, businesses, and government agencies to review their procedures during severe weather and practice what to do when a tornado strikes.
Omaha, NE – The first annual Heartland Walk for Warmth is being called a success by its organizers. The Walk was held February first in downtown Omaha, with the goal of raising awareness about the need for utility assistance. The Salvation Army, United Way of the Midlands, and American Red Cross Heartland Chapter all sponsored the event.
Omaha, NE – A committee seeking to force a recall election of Omaha Mayor Mike Fahey has requested additional petitions. Recall Fahey Co-Chairman Greg Lyons says they've asked the Election Commissioner's office for 300 more petitions. Those were picked up this morning for distribution.
Lyons says 1,150 petitions have been distributed since the beginning of the drive March 24. The Recall Fahey Committee set a goal of 26,000 signatures. Petitions are due back April 22nd.
Omaha, NE – Alegent Health is preparing to open a new recovery center that focuses on all-around treatment for those suffering from mental illness. The Lasting Hope Recovery Center opens April 8.
Lasting Hope features 64 private rooms in three wings. Two of those wings are for new patients who require short says at the center. The third wing is for longer inpatient treatment. Patient rooms at Lasting Hope were designed to be quiet and calming, with earth tones and natural lighting.