Bellevue, NE – Visitation and funeral services are set for former Bellevue Mayor Ed Babbitt.
Babbitt died Wednesday evening. He was 70 years old. His visitation is Friday from 3 to 8 PM at the Bellevue Funeral Chapel. That's located at 2202 Hancock Street in Olde Towne Bellevue. Babbitt's funeral is 10:30 AM Saturday at Immanuel Lutheran Church, at 104 Galvin Road North in Bellevue. The public is welcome to attend both services.
Omaha, NE – Voters in Douglas County could register and cast ballots at a different location next year.
Douglas County Commissioners are scheduled to vote Tuesday on a request to move the Election Commission headquarters to 9744 Mockingbird Drive in Omaha. The current location is at 115th and Dodge Streets.
Election Commissioner Dave Phipps says the current location has parking and space issues. He says during the 2008 general election, voters had to park six blocks away and wait in line up to four hours to vote.
Saxophonist kicked off 2009 Jazz on the Green Concert Series.
By Chris Cooke
Omaha, Nebraska – Bobby Watson and his quartet opened the 25th Annual Jazz on the Green concert series Thursday night at Joslyn Art Museum. The performance was a spirited one, spearheaded by Watson, an accomplished saxophonist, composer, producer, and educator. The veteran saxophonist performed at Jazz on the Green in 2002 and 2005.
Omaha, NE – Changes are coming to Nebraska's system of issuing drivers licenses.
Starting July 20th, drivers will no longer receive their license at the DMV the day they renew it. Instead, they'll walk out with a temporary license. The permanent license will be mailed to drivers within five to seven days.
Omaha, NE – State Senator Tom White could be running for Congress in 2010.
White set up a Congressional Exploratory Committee Monday. That's the first step toward a possible run for the Second Congressional District next year. White was elected to the Nebraska Legislature in 2006.
Omaha, NE – Bellevue University's Human Capital Lab is beginning a three-year study of the effectiveness of workforce development programs.
The Omaha Workforce Funding Collaborative approached BU about the study. It could lead to changes that better serve the unemployed and underemployed. The Human Capital Lab's study will provide concrete data about the impact of current programs.
Lincoln, NE – An Omahan is the new CEO of the Nebraska Department of Health and Human Services.
Kerry Winterer begins as HHS director July 13. He's the co-founder of The Benefit Group and a western Nebraska native.
Winterer says becoming the CEO of an agency as large as DHHS is challenging, but also invigorating. DHHS has a $2.9 billion budget and employs more than 5,000 Nebraskans. There are six divisions within DHHS, including behavioral health and children and family services.