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.
Papillion, NE – The Omaha Royals' new home in Sarpy County has a first base line wall and the beginnings of a dugout.
Royals' Vice President and General Manager Martie Cordaro says steel and concrete are emerging from the foundation at the team's new home in Papillion. He says this winter's heavier than average snowfall hasn't moved back the stadium's completion date. Construction is still scheduled to be complete March 15th, 2011. The Royals will pay their first game at the new ballpark in April 2011.
Council Bluffs, IA – A 14-year-old Council Bluffs girl has been found safe in southern Illinois.
A news release from the Pottawattamie County Sheriff's Department says Janakaye Lee and 19-year-old Steven Hecker were located yesterday (Sun) at a motel in Sparta, Illinois. Hecker and Lee were in good physical condition. Lee was taken to a juvenile detention facility and Hecker was booked at the Randolph County, Illinois jail. He's awaiting extradition to Pottawattamie County.
Omaha, NE – A group of Omaha North High School students have designed a project that, if built, would become a transitional living center for people with disabilities.
The 15-students are in honors engineering classes at North High. They presented their design Friday for a facility called the Omaha Center for Independence. It would be located in north Omaha and provide transitional housing for paraplegic and quadriplegic individuals.
Omaha, NE – Omaha Public Works officials say the city's pothole problems are so great it's difficult to decide which areas should be repaired first.
Street Maintenance Superintendent Scott McIntyre says potholes are a city-wide problem and tend to be worse in areas with older pavement. He says crews are working around the clock, six days a week to repair potholes. But there are so many areas needing repairs McIntyre says it's hard to decide which ones will be fixed first.
Omaha, NE – Nebraska Organ Recovery says Black History Month is about more than celebrating the achievements of African-American leaders.
Stephanie Lochmiller, spokeswoman for Nebraska Organ Recovery, says it's also a good time to spread the word about the need for African-American organ donors. Right now African-Americans comprise almost 30% of the transplant waiting list nationally. But only 12% of organ donors are of African-American descent.
Council Bluffs, IA – A missing 14-year-old Council Bluffs girl was spotted Monday night in south central Illinois.
Pottawattamie County Sheriff Jeff Danker says Janakaye Lee and 19-year-old Steven Hecker were spotted late Monday in Sorento, Illinois, about 50 miles northeast of St. Louis. An Amber Alert was issued Monday afternoon following Lee's disappearance. It named 19-year-old Steven Hecker of Council Bluffs as the suspect. Sheriff Danker says Hecker has family in south central Illinois.