Omaha, NE – The American Red Cross Heartland Chapter held its 10th Annual Heroes in the Heartland event earlier this week. Heroes in the Heartland recognizes those who have had a positive impact on quality of life. This year's Heroes include:
Jeff Wilke, who was awarded the Lifetime Hero Award for donating blood, platelets, bone marrow and stem cells for over 20 years.
LaDonn Stennis, who received the Call to Action Award for assisting an Omaha Police Officer injured in the line of duty.
Omaha, NE – The University of Nebraska-Omaha's Center for Public Affairs Research is out with a new report that characterizes Nebraskans without health insurance.
Research Coordinator David Drozd says he was surprised to learn that uninsured rates are highest among college age individuals and those in their early working years. The report, released last week, provides new information that may aid the current public debate regarding health insurance coverage.
Omaha, NE – Nebraska's Senior U.S. Senator says the state's financial condition would be much worse had Congress not passed a stimulus bill last year.
Senator Ben Nelson says lawmakers are discussing a second jobs bill, and voted Tuesday to extend unemployment benefits for another month. Nelson says the stimulus money helped Nebraska and many other states avert a financial crisis.
Nelson says the second jobs bill would extend unemployment benefits and so-called COBRA health benefits for a longer period of time.
Papillion, NE – The Omaha Royals' new home in Sarpy County has a first base line wall and the beginnings of a dugout.
Royals' Vice President and General Manager Martie Cordaro says steel and concrete are emerging from the foundation at the team's new home in Papillion. He says this winter's heavier than average snowfall hasn't moved back the stadium's completion date. Construction is still scheduled to be complete March 15th, 2011. The Royals will pay their first game at the new ballpark in April 2011.
Council Bluffs, IA – A 14-year-old Council Bluffs girl has been found safe in southern Illinois.
A news release from the Pottawattamie County Sheriff's Department says Janakaye Lee and 19-year-old Steven Hecker were located yesterday (Sun) at a motel in Sparta, Illinois. Hecker and Lee were in good physical condition. Lee was taken to a juvenile detention facility and Hecker was booked at the Randolph County, Illinois jail. He's awaiting extradition to Pottawattamie County.
Omaha, NE – A group of Omaha North High School students have designed a project that, if built, would become a transitional living center for people with disabilities.
The 15-students are in honors engineering classes at North High. They presented their design Friday for a facility called the Omaha Center for Independence. It would be located in north Omaha and provide transitional housing for paraplegic and quadriplegic individuals.