Washington, D.C. – As the U.S. Senate passed its version of health care reform Midlands lawmakers voted strictly along party lines. Democrat Ben Nelson has taken hits from conservatives for supporting the bill, but he says it's a win for Nebraskans. Matt Laslo reports from Washington.
Omaha, NE – A Blizzard Warning continues for Omaha through Saturday morning.
Snow increased in intensity Thursday evening. Near-blizzard conditions are expected to move in Thursday night as strong northwest winds create blowing and drifting snow. The National Weather Service says 10 to 15 inches of snow is expected in the Omaha metro.
Traveling is discouraged, but if you must do so, you can check road conditions at 511nebraska.org or 511ia.org.
Omaha, NE – Nebraska Senator Ben Nelson says he stood by his principles when he decided to vote in favor of a health care reform bill.
Senator Nelson's decision has drawn sharp criticism. But Nelson says he decided to vote for the $871 billion legislation because it helps Nebraskans and contains provisions he supports. Nebraska's senior Senator says he didn't ask for a special deal in exchange for his vote.
Omaha, NE – Nebraska Senator Ben Nelson says his vote on health care reform isn't for sale.
During his weekly conference call Wednesday with reporters, Nelson fired back at reports that he's been threatened with the closure of Offutt Air Force Base or offered something in exchange for a yes vote. Nelson says he hasn't been pressured, threatened, or offered anything, and dismissed the reports as rumors designed to distract from real discussion on health care reform.
Omaha, NE – The Salvation Army of Omaha is at 63 percent of its 2009 Tree of Lights Campaign goal with one week left.
This year's goal is $2.8 million. So far, $1.7 million has been raised at red kettle sites in the Omaha metro area. Salvation Army spokeswoman Susan Eustice attributes the decrease in donations to the down economy and recent bad weather.
Omaha, NE – Omaha Police are asking for the public's help in locating a missing adult.
31-year-old Elizabeth Ann Turner has been missing since November 11. She was last seen in the area of 30th street and Ames Avenue wearing a grey swimsuit with pink trim and a blonde wig. Turner's mother reported her missing.
Turner is black, five feet four inches tall and 170 pounds. She has black hair and brown eyes. Turner is schizophrenic and police say she left her purse and identification behind.
Omaha, NE – The Nebraska Medical Center has been named a Bariatric Surgery Center of Excellence.
Med center officials announced the designation Monday. It's based in part on site visits, surgical procedures and outcomes. Medical centers must perform at least 125 bariatric surgeries a year to qualify for the designation.
Omaha, NE – More bitterly cold temperatures are forecast this week in Omaha.
The Douglas County Health Department says frostbite can set in within a few minutes of being out in the cold. Resource Specialist Phil Rooney says cold weather safety starts with dressing warmly. If you must be outside, you should dress in layers and wear loose-fitting clothing. Tight clothing can reduce blood circulation. Pay special attention to your head, hands, ears and feet.