Omaha, NE – Alex Hayes is the new Acting Chief of the Omaha Police Department.
Hayes, a Deputy Chief, is a 23 year veteran of the police force. Earlier this year, he was named Deputy Chief of the Criminal Investigations Bureau. He also previously served as Lieutenant of the Department's homicide and narcotics divisions.
Omaha, NE – Tuesday night, the public gets its first look at a unique elementary school opening in northwest Omaha. Saddlebrook Elementary is partnering with Omaha Public Library and the city's Parks and Recreation department to create a joint facility the whole community can use. And, the new building features so-called "green construction" techniques that will help the environment, while reducing costs. Martin Wells has more.
Omaha, NE – All members of Omaha Mayor Jim Suttle's staff will take eight furlough days between September and December.
A news release from the Mayor's office says the staff voluntarily agreed to the furlough days, which begin September eighth. The City's Finance Department estimates that'll save $30,000 this fiscal year.
In addition, new Finance Director Pam Spaccarotella will take a $40,000 pay cut. That'll bring her salary to $140,000 a year.
Omaha, NE – A public hearing is set for tomorrow night to give the public a chance to weigh in on Omaha's 2010 budget.
City officials project an $11 million deficit in the 2010 city budget. The current fiscal year budget has a $12 million shortfall. Last week, Mayor Jim Suttle announced 130 city employees will be laid off immediately to save money. A police recruit class scheduled for November is moving to January.
Omaha, NE – Omaha plans to lay off 130 employees, delay a Police recruit class and suspend the Department's helicopter operation to save money.
Last week, city officials announced that the 2009 budget deficit has grown to $12 million. Mayor Jim Suttle says that's forced him to make additional cuts. The 130 employees being laid off are 45 full-time and 85 part-time civilian employees. They'll be laid off immediately, and city officials estimate that'll save $750,000 to $1 million.
Washington, DC – Iowa and Nebraska senators voted Thursday along party lines on the Supreme Court nomination of Judge Sonia Sotomayor. From Capitol News Connection, Manuel Quinones reports from Washington.
Omaha, NE – Omaha's Benson West Elementary students will return to class August 17th to a new playground.
Benson West was chosen by the organization KaBoom for a new playground. KaBoom receives applications from schools throughout the country and selects 200 to 220 each year for a new playground. This is the second KaBoom playground built in Omaha. The first was built last year at Jackson Elementary.
Omaha, NE – The 2010 proposed Omaha city budget calls for the elimination of the Director of Human Rights and Relations.
The budget plan would roll Human Rights and Relations in to the Human Resources Department, which would manage both. A total of four Human Rights and Relations positions could be cut, according to budget documents. Human Rights and Relations handles discrimination complaints, contract compliance and enforcement. Last year, the Department handled 125 cases.