Lincoln, NE – Now that legislators know they have to cut over $300 million from the state budget in a special session, where should they begin? An Omaha State Senator wants to know what priorities lawmakers should set, and he's asking for your help. Martin Wells reports.
Omaha, NE – An Omaha hospital has implemented a new policy it hopes will help protect patients from catching the flu.
Children's Hospital and Medical Center announced the new policy this week. The policy limits patient visitors to parents, guardians, grandparents, and siblings. Visitors to patient care areas, the emergency room or the Hospital's clinic must wear masks. A spokeswoman for Children's Hospital and Medical Center says medical staff will also wear masks when visiting patients.
Omaha, NE – Nebraska Senator Mike Johanns says a test should be applied to the Senate's 1,500 page health care reform bill.
Senator Johanns delivered the Republican radio address Saturday. He says the health care bill should lower costs and improve access to care. But Nebraska's Junior Senator says the bill doesn't do that. Instead, according to Johanns, it'll increase costs and end programs such as flexible spending accounts.
Omaha, NE – Omaha's Ray and Joan Kroc Corps Community Center opens November 16.
Joan Kroc, the widow of McDonalds founder Ray Kroc, left $1.6 billion to the Salvation Army. Those funds are being used to build Kroc Centers nationwide. In Omaha, the Kroc Center is located at 28th and Y Streets. The Salvation Army of Omaha received $60 million of the Kroc Center funding. Another $15 million was raised locally.
Omaha, NE – A Douglas County man in his 30s suffered from multiple underlying health conditions before being diagnosed with swine flu.
The Douglas County Health Department announced the man's death Thursday. He was hospitalized for several weeks before his death. The Health Department says the man suffered from congestive heart failure and diabetes. He tested positive Tuesday for swine flu. No additional information about the man can be released.
Omaha, NE – The Douglas County Health Department says more than two thousand additional doses of vaccine against swine flu are on their way.
Douglas County has received 14,500 doses of the vaccine so far, mostly in nasal spray form. 500 providers are getting the vaccine to patients. Health Department officials are dividing up smaller shipments of the vaccine and delivering them to providers.
Mike Jacobs talks with the world-renowned pianist, arranger, and producer Oscar Hern?ndez in anticipaton of a performance by Spanish Harlem Orchestra at the Holland Performing Arts Center (Omaha) on Thursday, October 29 at 7:30 p.m.
Omaha, NE – A new report shows 11 percent of Nebraska and Iowa children are enrolled in an afterschool program.
The Afterschool Alliance's America after 3PM study is based on surveys of 30,000 households nationwide. In Nebraska, 36 percent of children in kindergarten through 12th grades are at home unsupervised after school. In Iowa, 32 percent of those children are at home alone.
Omaha, NE – Omaha Mayor Jim Suttle says he became aware of the city's financial situation within days after the May election.
Mayor Suttle's comments came at the Omaha Press Club's monthly noon forum. The city has a $9 million budget deficit this fiscal year, which ends December 31. Mayor Suttle says a plan is in place to get the city through the rest of the fiscal year. That plan includes police and fire negotiations, wage freezes, and drawing on the city's cash reserve.