Omaha, NE – The Salvation Army of Omaha needs more than 4,000 volunteers for its annual Tree of Lights Campaign.
That's how many people volunteered during last year's Campaign, which raised $2.7 million for the Salvation Army's programs and services. Salvation Army spokeswoman Susan Eustice says this year's goal will be announced during the Omaha chapter's tree lighting ceremony November 14th.
Omaha, NE – Three Omaha-area businessmen are providing their unique perspectives on the financial crisis.
Patrick Miner of Mutual of Omaha, Mike Gallagher of Harrah's Council Bluffs, and Eric Bunderson of American National Bank were the featured speakers at a business discussion last week. Bellevue University hosted the financial crisis discussion.
Omaha, NE – Independent Presidential Candidate Ralph Nader is on the ballot in 45 states, including Nebraska. Nader campaigned in Omaha Friday night and talked about jobs, the two-party system, war, and health care.
Nader says the current system is controlled by corporations and favors incumbents. He says while there are an abundance of problems, lawmakers have offered few solutions.
We'll have more on this story Monday morning on Omaha Public Radio.
Omaha, NE – Omaha's Durham Museum is hosting an exhibit that gives first-person accounts of some of America's historic events.
The exhibit is called Eyewitness: American Originals from the National Archives. It's on display at the Durham Museum through January. Among the first-person accounts featured are those of Georgia Congressman John Lewis. Lewis was a leader in the Civil Rights Movement, leading marches and voter registration events in the South.
Omaha, NE – A new report shows the number of homeless in the Omaha metro area is up from last winter.
Metro Area Continuum of Care for the Homeless, or MACCH, says their first-ever summer count shows 1,263 people in the metro area are homeless. That's a six percent increase since the previous count in January.
Omaha, NE – The University of Nebraska at Omaha is celebrating its 100th birthday.
It was October 8, 1908 when the Articles of Incorporation were signed that formed the University of Omaha. The following fall, the University welcomed its first class of 26 students. The University then was a one-block area at 24th and Pratt Streets.
Omaha, NE – Nebraska's U.S. Senate and Second Congressional District candidates squared off in separate events Tuesday at Creighton University.
Senate Candidates Mike Johanns and Scott Kleeb participated in a health care forum. Both candidates support the further development of community-based clinics to serve the needs of rural Nebraskans. Kleeb says the government could learn from the values of community-based providers.
Omaha, NE – Where do high school students stand on energy policy? What about the environment, the economy and education?
Seven students from Omaha's high schools debated those issues last week during a mock Presidential debate. The students, acting as candidates, discussed how they would handle the No Child Left Behind Act, alternative energy, and the economic bailout plan.
Omaha, NE – National security, the economy, and energy independence were on Governor Sarah Palin's agenda as she visited Omaha Sunday night.
The Republican Vice Presidential Candidate spoke to a crowd of more than 8,000 at Omaha's Civic Auditorium. Governor Palin's visit came two months after Senator John McCain visited Ashland for a fundraiser.
Omaha, NE – An Omaha business expert says the metro area economy remains strong despite trouble in the national financial markets.
Scott Strain is Senior Director of Research for the Greater Omaha Chamber of Commerce. He says there's a lot of uncertainty right now on Wall Street as the financial industry watches the vote on a new bailout plan. But Strain says the Omaha economy is strong and continuing to grow despite the turmoil. He credits responsible lending by area banks and a solid housing market for that growth.