Omaha, NE – After two years of construction, the Bob Kerrey Pedestrian Bridge is open to walkers and bicyclers.
The bridge opened Sunday afternoon. It's 3,000 feet long and at its highest point is 60 feet above the Missouri River. The bridge connects to bicycle trails on both sides of the river. Groups such as the Omaha Pedalers Bicycle Club, Trails Have Our Respect (THOR) and the Omaha Walking Club handed out trail information at the opening celebration. Those groups hope the pedestrian bridge will mean more members.
Nebraskans who want to vote early can do so in person at their local Election Commissioner's Office, or by requesting a ballot via mail or fax. Early voting happens until the Monday before Election Day.
Omaha, NE – The University of Nebraska-Omaha wants to give voters the chance to discuss the upcoming Presidential debates.
UNO is hosting Debatewatch 2008 in conjunction with the three Presidential and one Vice-Presidential debate. The first event happens tomorrow at 7:30 PM. Following the 90-minute debate, a series of small group discussions are held.
Omaha, Nebraska – KIOS will air the final installment of the 2008 Jazz Heritage Series featuring The USAF Airmen of Note this week.
The final program, airing Thursday, September 25th, features the talents of drummer Butch Miles. Miles played with the Count Basie Orchestra from 1975-1979 and again from 1997-2007. He also has played with such luminaries as Frank Sinatra, Mel Torme', Ella Fitzgerald and Woody Herman.
Omaha, NE – The Chairman of Sarpy County's Ad Hoc ballpark committee says the results of a feasibility study are encouraging.
The Sarpy County Board hired Convention Sports and Leisure to study the potential impact and benefits of a Minor League stadium being built there. The Omaha Royals are thought to be considering Sarpy County as a possible relocation option.
Omaha, NE – A Creighton University economics expert says the trouble in the financial markets isn't entirely unexpected.
Ernie Goss teaches Economics at Creighton and also compiles the Mid-America Business Conditions Index. Goss says former Federal Reserve Chairman Alan Greenspan warned several years ago that Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac were in danger of collapse. But Goss says Congress and Wall Street ignored those warnings.
Council Bluffs, IA – An Iowa group is reaching out to voters with disabilities.
Iowans with Disabilities in Action, or ID ACTION, held a voter education and registration workshop Thursday in Council Bluffs. The workshop was designed to help disabled voters understand the process. Attendees also had the chance to practice voting on a machine that accommodates the disabled.
Omaha, Nebraska – KIOS will air the 2008 Jazz Heritage Series featuring The USAF Airmen of Note with special guests on Thursdays at 8:00 this month.
The second program, airing September 18th, features the talents of Paquito D' Rivera, a latin jazz legend who is an 8-time Grammy award winner. Most recently he won for Best Classical Recording for "Riberas" with the Buenos Aires String Quartet.
Omaha, NE – Security issues, a poor economy, and lack of opportunities are hindering Afghanistan's ability to rebuild, according to an expert on the country.
Tom Gouttierre is Director of the Center for Afghanistan Studies at the University of Nebraska-Omaha. During a lecture last week at Creighton University, Gouttierre said the country's infrastructure, economy, and schools are all in poor condition. Security is not adequate, and warlords still control some provinces in the country.
Omaha, NE – The Bob Kerrey Pedestrian Bridge is two weeks away from opening.
Saturday night, Omaha and Council Bluffs officials, along with former Nebraska Governor and U.S. Senator Bob Kerrey, celebrated the lighting of the bridge. It's the only pedestrian bridge linking two states, and cost $22 million. Kerrey secured an $18 million federal earmark for the project.