Omaha, Nebraska – Downbeat Magazine named Kurt Elling the 2007 Male Vocalist of the Year. Kurt is also a seven-time Grammy award nominee. Having performed and/or recorded with artists like Dave Brubeck, Al Jarreau, Christian McBride and Marian McPartland, Elling's rich baritone voice and vocalese skills have brought this Chicago native worldwide critical acclaim.
Omaha, NE – A member of the Metropolitan Entertainment and Convention Authority Board says reaching an agreement with the city of Omaha and the Stadium Oversight Committee in the next four weeks could be difficult.
Des Moines, IA – The Iowa Attorney General's Office is warning of a new scam targeting homeowners who are facing foreclosure. Attorney General Tom Miller says scammers are contacting homeowners by phone, mail, e-mail or in person, offering a so-called foreclosure rescue in exchange for hundreds of dollars. Miller says the scammers have no intention of helping homeowners and are merely scamming people.
Omaha, NE – An Omaha man who narrowly lost the 2006 election for the Second Congressional District seat is running again. Jim Esch is one of two Democrats seeking the seat currently held by Congressman Lee Terry.
Esch says he didn't plan to run again after his narrow defeat two years ago. But he says the momentum in this year's elections, combined with an outpouring of support, changed his mind.
Omaha, NE – The Recall Fahey Committee's petition drive begins today. Recall Fahey Co-Chairmen Greg Lyons and Ryan Chappelear picked up the petitions Monday morning at the Douglas County Election Commissioner's Office.
By Katie Knapp and sports correspondent Greg Echlin
Omaha, NE – Second round action of the NCAA Men's Basketball Tournament continues Saturday in Omaha. Kansas State plays Wisconsin in the afternoon game. Kansas takes on UNLV following the first game.
The Omaha Convention and Visitors Bureau says hosting the first and second rounds of the NCAA tournament has several benefits. Executive Director Dana Markel says the tournament brings national publicity and exposure that the Convention and Visitors Bureau might otherwise not get.
Omaha, NE – The sandhill cranes have returned to the Platte River Valley. The cranes migrate to the area near Gibbon and Brad Mellema of the Nicholson Audubon Center at Rowe Sanctuary says now is a good time to see the birds.
Rowe Sanctuary is giving guided tours through April sixth. Mellema says the best times to see the cranes are at sunrise and sunset. You can also see the cranes during midday by driving along county roads in the Sanctuary area.
Omaha, NE – Omaha is playing host to the first and second rounds of the Midwest Regional of the NCAA Men's Basketball tournament. The tournament tips off Thursday morning at the Qwest Center with Kansas playing Portland State. Kansas State, USC and Wisconsin are also playing in Omaha.
Omaha, NE – U.S. Senator Chuck Hagel says securing America's borders won't solve illegal immigration problems. Hagel discussed illegal immigration, and several other issues, during a speech Monday night at Creighton University.
Omaha, NE – A committee seeking the recall of Omaha Mayor Mike Fahey plans to start distributing petitions next Monday. The Recall Fahey Committee announced the March 24th petition circulation during a news conference over the weekend. Once the petitions are distributed, the Committee will have 30 days to collect more than 21,000 signatures.