Omaha, NE – 4,800 Omaha Public Power District customers remained without power Thursday morning after a powerful storm moved through the metro Wednesday evening.
OPPD says the storm knocked down 14 large transmission line support structures near Valley. Power poles and lines were down near the National Weather Service office in Valley, according to storm reports. Crews from NPPD and Lincoln Electric System are helping OPPD crews restore power.
Omaha, NE – Omaha Police officers will pay $1311 dollars each in to the pension system under a tentative contract agreement with the city.
Mayor Jim Suttle discussed details of the agreement during a news conference Wednesday afternoon. The city will pay less in to the pension system in 2010 and 2011. Also, the agreement calls for all future police officers' pensions to be calculated using their base pay.
Omaha, NE – Midland Lutheran College in Fremont has enrolled 300 of the displaced students from Dana College.
MLC President Ben Sasse says the two schools have a long history together and MLC wanted to make sure former Dana students were able to smoothly transition into the college. Sasse says the MLC board committed to six provisions for the Dana students. Those include honoring rooming commitments, automatic enrollments, honoring all financial aid and scholarship packages and restoring athletic eligibility to Dana athletes.
Omaha, NE – Nebraska Senator Ben Nelson says he'll support the financial reform bill.
Senator Nelson expects a vote to happen Wednesday in the U.S. Senate. The bill would implement new consumer protections as well as regulations on large financial institutions. "Nebraska taxpayers have already been asked to bail out banks," Nelson says, "and now we need to protect them from future abuses by Wall Street that has already cost thousands of Nebraskans and millions of Americans their jobs, savings, and financial security."
Omaha, NE – The Douglas County board has approved a new fiscal year budget that raises the tax levy two cents.
Board members approved the 2010-2011 budget Tuesday on a 5-2 vote. An amendment approved by the Board added $1.7 million in cuts from the Department of Corrections, Douglas County Health Center, Public Defender's office, County Attorney's office, veterans' services, community services, and the Sheriff's Department back to the budget.
Concert series presents Thursday shows through August.
Omaha, Nebraska – The inaugural season of Jazz on the Green at Midtown Crossing is underway. The concert series which has presented a stellar lineup of musicians for Omaha summer audiences has now been reborn at a new venue, Turner Park at Midtown Crossing, 31st and Dodge Streets.
The first concert in the new series & new location took place Thursday, July 8th with the Poncho Sanchez Latin Jazz Band and an evening of soulful latin jazz.