Omaha, NE – The superintendents of Douglas and Sarpy County's learning community school districts are backing a new plan designed to reduce truancy.
They joined Governor Dave Heineman and Senator Brad Ashford Tuesday to unveil the plan. It focuses on prevention, early intervention, and connecting families who need services to community agencies. Heineman says students who miss more than 20 days of school scored 30 points less on Nebraska's 11th grade reading assessment.
Omaha, NE – Omaha has been named the Best Value City 2011 by Kiplinger's Personal Finance Magazine.
Senior Editor Bob Frick says Omaha was chosen after conducting months of research and visiting the city. He says criteria included the cost of living, vibrancy of the local economy and arts and culture in the city.
Omaha, NE – The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers plans to step down releases from Gavins Point Dam to 40,000 cubic feet per second by October first.
Northwestern Division Commander, Brigadier General John McMahon, announced the release schedule during a conference call Friday. The Corps plans to reduce releases from Gavins Point to 150,000 cubic feet per second Monday. That'll continue through mid-August.
Omaha, NE – 70 dewatering wells are drilled and functioning at Omaha's Eppley Airfield.
Omaha Airport Authority executive director Steve Coufal says they're in the third phase of their flood control plan monitoring the levees and dewatering wells. Coufal says the dewatering wells are doing their job, which is to reduce groundwater levels. Groundwater levels are down as much as 14 feet near the dewatering wells and two and a half feet near the Airfield itself.