Omaha, NE – An organization providing housing for Guatemalans hopes Nebraskans will help with their efforts.
Carolina van Heerde founded Constru Casa five years ago while living in Guatemala. Each year, the organization builds about 75 homes for families living in extreme poverty. Each home costs $3,500. In Constru Casa's five-year history, 320 homes have been built.
Omaha, NE – Students at the University of Nebraska-Omaha and Creighton return to class Monday.
Both schools have welcome week activities planned. At UNO, incoming freshmen have the opportunity to participate in a service event called Durango Days. This year's incoming freshmen will be volunteering at one of four organizations in Omaha.
Omaha, NE – Omaha plans to lay off a total of 156 employees to save money in the 2009 budget.
Mayor Jim Suttle's office announced the layoffs Wednesday. The Parks and Recreation Department, and the Library, are facing the most employee layoffs. The city plans to lay off 76 Parks and Recreation Employees and 60 Library employees. Suttle's office estimates the layoffs, along with furloughs, will save the city $756,000.
Omaha, NE – Omaha won't have an entertainment tax next fiscal year.
City Councilman voted 6-to-1 Tuesday to oppose the two-percent tax. Mayor Jim Suttle proposed the entertainment tax last month as a way to fix a projected $11 million shortfall in the 2010 budget. Numerous amendments were filed. Those would have lowered the tax to one percent or raised it to as much as five percent, exempted nonprofits, and set an expiration of four years.
Omaha, NE – Omaha's newest economic indicators show growth in the metro area housing market.
The Greater Omaha Economic Development Partnership compiles the monthly economic indicators. July's report reflects unemployment and housing conditions for June. According to the report, home sales grew in June in the metro for the seventh month in a row.
Omaha, NE – Another candidate has entered the Second Congressional District race.
Republican Matt Sakalosky hopes to challenge six-term incumbent Lee Terry in next year's primary. Sakalosky is an Omaha native and owns a health care consulting firm. He says health care reform, spending, and taxes are the major issues his campaign will focus on. Sakalosky says he hopes for "healthy debate" with Terry. Terry was re-elected last November and plans to run again in 2010.
Omaha, NE – The Omaha City Council is set to vote Tuesday on a two-percent entertainment tax.
Mayor Jim Suttle introduced that tax proposal last month, saying it'll generate $10 million during the 2010 fiscal year. The 2010 budget is projected to have an $11 million deficit. Since the introduction of the entertainment tax, eight amendments have been filed. Those amendments would lower the tax to one percent or raise it to as much as five percent. Fitness centers and nonprofit organizations would also be exempt.
Omaha, NE – Omaha Postmaster EvaJon Sperling has died at the age of 70.
A news release from the Omaha office says Sperling died unexpectedly Thursday. She was named Postmaster of Omaha in 1995. Her postal career began in 1972 in Flint, Michigan. She also worked for the Postal Service in Denver and in Wausau, Wisconsin.
Sperling graduated from the University of Nebraska-Omaha in 2001. Before joining the Postal Service, she served in the Marine Corps for three years, where she achieved the rank of Lieutenant.
Program on historic festival airs Sunday August 16th on KIOS.
Join us for a 2-hour radio documentary celebrating the 40th anniversary of the Woodstock Festival hosted by Fred Migliore. Migliore is joined by legendary New York radio personality, Pete Pete Fornatale, who's new book "Back To The Garden" provides incredible insight to this show.