Omaha, NE – The Islamic Center of Omaha recently launched a public awareness campaign.
Spokesperson Fa'iz Rab says the ad campaign started in late February. It features billboards on 33rd and Leavenworth Streets and 143rd and Industrial Highway. Rab says a poll conducted in March 2006 by ABC News found that nearly 6 in 10 Americans think the religion of Islam is prone to violent extremism. But the same number admitted they didn't have a basic understanding of Islam.
Omaha, NE – The Small Business Administration is warning Nebraska and Iowa businesses about several new loan scams.
SBA Inspector General Peg Gustafson says a variety of scams are circulating. One involves a business owner receiving a phone call saying they can't get a loan if they don't do business with a particular firm.
Omaha, NE – Voters in Nebraska cities now have the option of approving a local sales tax for tourism and redevelopment.
Governor Dave Heineman signed an expansion of the Nebraska Advantage Act in to law Monday morning. It gives voters the opportunity to approve a sales tax to attract new tourism and redevelopment opportunities under certain conditions. A $10 million to $50 million dollar investment in the community is required.
Omaha, NE – Creighton University is now the home of a Native American Center.
The Center formed last summer with financial support from the Jesuit Community. Director Taylor Keen says the primary efforts of the program center on the recruitment and retention of Native American students.
Omaha, NE – A crowd of more than one thousand people turned out Thursday for the Tea Party Express Bus Tour stop in Omaha.
The tour arrived for a 90 minute rally at Lake Zorinsky. Patrick Bonnett of Nebraska Taxpayers for Freedom organized the Omaha event. He says one goal of the bus tour is to dispel criticism that the Tea Party movement lacks diversity and spreads hate. Instead, he says the movement is about transparency, accountability, and simplicity in government.
Omaha, NE – Platte and Sarpy Counties are among almost two dozen counties declared disaster areas after heavy snow in December and January.
The Nebraska Emergency Management Agency announced the disaster declaration Tuesday. Spokeswoman Jodie Fawl says two types of assistance are available to the counties declared disasters. Platte and Sarpy have been declared snow counties--meaning they can receive federal money to recoup the costs of snow removal during a 48 continuous hour period after the storms.
Omaha, NE – Nebraska has the second-best overall census participation rate in the nation, according to a new report.
The U.S. Census Bureau says Nebraska is tied with North Dakota for the second-best participation rate. As of Monday, 57 percent of households had returned their 2010 Census forms. UNO's Center for Public Affairs Research released the new participation figures this (Tue) morning.
Omaha, NE – The United Way of the Midlands exceeded its $21 million fundraising goal for 2009.
The results were announced Tuesday during the organization's annual meeting. Rex Fisher, Chairman of the Board, says the Midlands chapter received donations from more than 80,000 individuals and over 1,000 businesses.
Dick Holland won the United Way's 2010 Citizen of the Year Award for his work with a variety of causes including the arts, various colleges, medical institutions and most recently, Building Bright Futures.
Omaha, NE – The new Omaha Royals baseball stadium is slated to open in time for the club's 2011 season.
Omaha Royals President Alan Stein spoke at the Press Club noon forum last week. He ays the new stadium is a greater Metropolitan Omaha project; the stadium is in Papillion with the contractors, Construction Company and marketing firm all based in the Omaha metro. Stein says so far the stadium project is gaining great momentum, with sponsorship sales for 2010 and heading into 2011 already breaking records.