Omaha, NE – Flood Warnings are in effect for the Platte River near Ashland affecting western Sarpy County, and the Nishnabotna River in western Iowa affecting Pottawattamie, Fremont and Montgomery Counties. Both Flood Warnings are in effect until Friday afternoon.
The National Weather Service says river levels in those areas are expected to rise near flood stage Thursday afternoon.
Ice jams also continue to cause flooding in low-lying areas.
Omaha, NE – The American Red Cross Heartland Chapter held its 10th Annual Heroes in the Heartland event earlier this week. Heroes in the Heartland recognizes those who have had a positive impact on quality of life. This year's Heroes include:
Jeff Wilke, who was awarded the Lifetime Hero Award for donating blood, platelets, bone marrow and stem cells for over 20 years.
LaDonn Stennis, who received the Call to Action Award for assisting an Omaha Police Officer injured in the line of duty.
Omaha, NE – The University of Nebraska-Omaha's Center for Public Affairs Research is out with a new report that characterizes Nebraskans without health insurance.
Research Coordinator David Drozd says he was surprised to learn that uninsured rates are highest among college age individuals and those in their early working years. The report, released last week, provides new information that may aid the current public debate regarding health insurance coverage.
Omaha, NE – Nebraska's Senior U.S. Senator says the state's financial condition would be much worse had Congress not passed a stimulus bill last year.
Senator Ben Nelson says lawmakers are discussing a second jobs bill, and voted Tuesday to extend unemployment benefits for another month. Nelson says the stimulus money helped Nebraska and many other states avert a financial crisis.
Nelson says the second jobs bill would extend unemployment benefits and so-called COBRA health benefits for a longer period of time.