Omaha, NE – Tornadoes can occur any month of the year in Nebraska. That's why FEMA advocates advance planning and quick response.
Maxine Cavanaugh is a Public Information Officer for FEMA. She says if you are inside when a tornado approaches, you should seek shelter in a room on the lowest floor of the house with no windows. If you are in your car and shelter is not available, you should lie in a ditch or low-lying area.
Omaha, NE – A new public art project in downtown Omaha was dedicated Thursday.
Installation of benches at the Gene Leahy Mall began about two weeks ago. Those benches are designed not only to be functional, but also to be works of public art. Downtown Improvement District Executive Director Joe Gudenrath says 13 architects and engineers worked on the benches that are now part of Gene Leahy Mall.
Dr. Jessica Snowden of UNMC says MRSA is a bacterial infection that is resistant to certain kinds of antibiotics and may cause abscesses if left untreated. She says MRSA may cause infections where there's a break in the skin or an irritated place that allows the bacteria to enter the soft tissue. Dr. Snowden says there are ways you can protect yourself and your children.
Omaha, NE – The Tea Party Movement was the subject of last week's Omaha Press Club Educational Series.
Americans for Prosperity state Director Brad Stevens was one of the guest speakers. He says the Tea Party Movement is best defined as conservative politics, with limited government, individual freedom, state's rights and having a constitutional framework for legislation as the key issues. Stevens says there is no leader of the Tea Party and there is no mission statement.
Omaha, NE – The Eastern Omaha Business Expo runs June 25th and 26th at the TAC Building. The Expo is supported by a dozen different local organizations, including the United Way. United Way of the Midlands spokeswoman Kathy O'Hara says the purpose of the Expo is to try and help aspiring entrepreneurs as well as current small business owners who want to expand.
O'Hara says one of the keys to a successful neighborhood is strong commerce. She says small businesses offer jobs and create wealth and pride for local neighborhoods.
Omaha, NE – A new report from the Congressional Budget Office says the health care overhaul law will cost $115 billion more than anticipated.
The CBO released the report earlier this month. It says the costs of administering new plans in the health law are largely behind the increase. The candidates for Omaha's Second Congressional District are responding to that report.
Omaha, NE – A lawsuit has been filed following the Omaha City Council's vote requiring retirees to pay health insurance premiums.
Councilmen voted unanimously Tuesday in favor of the plan. Starting July first, retirees will pay 25, 30, or 35 percent premiums per month for health insurance. For some retirees, that means $487 a month.