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.
Omaha, NE – Omaha Public Works officials say the city's pothole problems are so great it's difficult to decide which areas should be repaired first.
Street Maintenance Superintendent Scott McIntyre says potholes are a city-wide problem and tend to be worse in areas with older pavement. He says crews are working around the clock, six days a week to repair potholes. But there are so many areas needing repairs McIntyre says it's hard to decide which ones will be fixed first.
Omaha, NE – Nebraska Organ Recovery says Black History Month is about more than celebrating the achievements of African-American leaders.
Stephanie Lochmiller, spokeswoman for Nebraska Organ Recovery, says it's also a good time to spread the word about the need for African-American organ donors. Right now African-Americans comprise almost 30% of the transplant waiting list nationally. But only 12% of organ donors are of African-American descent.
Council Bluffs, IA – A missing 14-year-old Council Bluffs girl was spotted Monday night in south central Illinois.
Pottawattamie County Sheriff Jeff Danker says Janakaye Lee and 19-year-old Steven Hecker were spotted late Monday in Sorento, Illinois, about 50 miles northeast of St. Louis. An Amber Alert was issued Monday afternoon following Lee's disappearance. It named 19-year-old Steven Hecker of Council Bluffs as the suspect. Sheriff Danker says Hecker has family in south central Illinois.
Council Bluffs, IA – The Iowa State Patrol has canceled an Amber Alert for a missing 14-year-old Council Bluffs girl whose whereabouts remain unknown.
Pottawattamie County authorities say Janakaye Marie Lee's case is now an active missing persons investigation. Lee was last seen Monday morning in Council Bluffs. She is white, 5'9", 130 pounds with black-brown hair and blue eyes. She was last seen wearing a white hoodie, gold top with black straps, blue jeans, and brown boots.
Omaha, NE – The race for Nebraska's Second Congressional District seat has three candidates.
Incumbent Republican Lee Terry announced his re-election bid Sunday afternoon. Terry was first elected to the U.S. House in 1998. He narrowly defeated Jim Esch in the 2008 general election.
One of Terry's two opponents is State Senator Tom White of Omaha, a Democrat. White was elected to the Nebraska Legislature in 2006. He serves on the Business and Labor, Revenue, and Urban Affairs Committees.
Omaha, NE – Nebraska's Second District Congressman wants another term.
Lee Terry is set to announce his re-election bid Sunday in Omaha. Terry, a Republican, was first elected to the U.S. House in 1998. He serves on the energy and commerce committee. Terry narrowly won re-election to a sixth term last November.
Two candidates have already filed to challenge Terry in the May 11 primary. One is Democrat Tom White, a State Senator from Omaha. The other is Omaha businessman Matt Sakalosky, a Republican.