Omaha, NE – The city of Omaha has granted a conditional permit for members of Occupy Omaha to camp at Elmwood Park.
City officials announced Wednesday that a woman claiming to be from Occupy Omaha applied for and was granted the permit. Occupy members can't camp overnight at the park unless the City Council grants a waiver allowing them to do so. City Attorney Paul Kratz says a waiver is being drafted.
Omaha, NE – The National Trust for Historic Preservation completed a metro preservation assessment report for Omaha by Design.
Omaha by Design was specifically interested in projects, programs and incentives that could result in action plans to assist the Omaha metro area and Council Bluffs in preservation efforts. Director Connie Spellman says the report focuses on three basic themes: infrastructure, incentives and image.
Omaha, NE – The Nebraska Legislature begins a special session Tuesday on the Keystone XL pipeline.
Governor Dave Heineman called a special session last week, saying lawmakers should discuss alternatives to the route of the Keystone XL project. The State Department could decide by the end of the year if the XL pipeline goes forward. TransCanada's proposed route for the pipeline takes it through the Nebraska Sandhills.
Omaha, NE – After nearly two years of growth, an index of economic indicators dropped below growth-neutral in October.
Creighton University economist Ernie Goss oversees the monthly survey of supply managers in nine states. The Business Conditions Index dropped below 50 in October, for the first time since November 2009. An index below 50 indicates economic decline.
Omaha, NE – The University of Nebraska campuses could begin offering health insurance benefits to the same-sex partners of gay and lesbian employees and staff.
The Board of Regents discussed last week what's called the employee plus-one plan. It would extend health insurance benefits to domestic partners if they're dependent on the employee or staff member for coverage.
Omaha, NE – The Omaha Community Foundation awarded more than $264,000 in grants to the African American and Latino communities.
Sarah Gilbert, Director of Philanthropic Services, says the Futuro Latino Fund and the African American Unity Fund are set up to address needs and support programs in their respective communities. She says both funds also try to pinpoint organizations that have the potential to grow.
Omaha, NE – The dinosaurs have returned to the Omaha Children's Museum and they are bringing some new friends with them.
Dinosaurs: Dawn of the Ice Age is on view at the Museum through January 2012. Marketing Director Christina Kahler says half of the exhibit features lifelike animatronic dinosaurs, including the Tyrannosaurus Rex. The other half of the exhibit features Ice Age mammals, including the Saber-toothed Tiger and the Woolly Mammoth.