Omaha, NE – The Omaha metro area economy should be able to withstand national troubles in 2009, according to a new report.
The Greater Omaha Chamber of Commerce is out with its 2009 Economic Outlook report. The report is based on surveys of economic and business leaders as well as Chamber members. It shows that 56 percent of Chamber members expect stronger growth in 2009. 35 percent of members expect to add jobs in the coming year.
Omaha, NE – The League of Women Voters is bringing together child advocates, city leaders, and social service organizations to talk about the causes of and solutions to youth violence.
A two-night youth violence discussion panel happens Monday and Tuesday at UNO's Alumni Center. League of Women Voters of Greater Omaha President Linda Duckworth says the event was motivated in part by a recent rash of violence in Omaha.
Omaha, NE – 40 people have been murdered in Omaha this year.
The city's latest homicide happened early Friday morning outside a bar on South 42nd Street. 41 people were murdered in Omaha in 2007 and that included the eight people killed in a mass shooting at Westroads Mall.
The Omaha Police Department is sharing some basic safety tips.
Omaha, NE – The Salvation Army of Omaha is preparing for its annual Tree of Lights Campaign.
Tree of Lights officially kicks off Friday with the lighting ceremony at 90th and Dodge. It'll run through December 24th. The Salvation Army will announce the Tree of Lights campaign goal at Friday's event.
Salvation Army of Omaha spokeswoman Susan Eustice says the financial downturn has strained charities' resources. That's because more people are seeking assistance at the same time groups are being asked to expand their services.
Omaha, NE – Former Mexican President Vicente Fox says building a wall between the United States and Mexico isn't the answer.
Fox spoke to a crowd Tuesday at Omaha's Orpheum Theatre about the financial crisis, immigration and President-elect Barack Obama. The former Mexican President's speech followed the signing of a contract with Gallup for services to the Centro Fox Foundation.
Omaha, NE – Peace Center USA hopes to provide Veterans with another outlet for Post Traumatic Stress Disorder treatment.
Omaha's Peace Center USA is launching a PTSD treatment program in January. It's designed to help Veterans who may be uncomfortable receiving treatment for the disorder at the VA Hospital. Families and loved ones of Veterans can also receive treatment through Peace Center's program.
Omaha, NE – Metropolitan Community College officials want lawmakers to change the state aid funding formula for those schools.
Metro Board of Governors Chairman Dave Newell says they're requesting a freeze of the current system. He says right now, the state aid funding formula relies too heavily on property tax relief, which Newell believes is unfair to students.
Omaha, NE – Voters in Nebraska chose Mike Johanns as their next U.S. Senator. Johanns defeated Democrat Scott Kleeb tonight to win the Senate race. Johanns is a former Governor and Secretary of Agriculture.
The Second Congressional District race went to Republican Lee Terry. Terry won by a 53 to 47 percent margin over Jim Esch.