Omaha, NE – After a more than nine-hour meeting, Omaha City Councilmen approved an amended 2010 budget Tuesday night.
The $457 million budget has a projected $11 million deficit. Councilmen voted to cut $1.5 million from the Fire Department budget and $1 million for the purchase of police cars to save money. New revenue sources include a satellite television inspection fee, as well as increased building inspection fees. It also includes a two-and-a-half day furlough at a cost savings of $1.3 million.
Omaha, NE – Omaha City Councilman Chuck Sigerson's condition has improved. In a statement issued Tuesday evening, Sigerson's family says he remains in a critical stage. But they say he has begun therapy and is walking the halls at the hospital.
Sigerson suffered the stroke and heart attack Saturday evening. The statement says "We all believe in God's power to heal and continue to urge the community to continue praying for Chuck and the health care professionals."
Omaha, NE – Significant changes are coming in October to the Women, Infants and Children program.
WIC was created in 1974 as a supplemental nutrition program for pregnant women and those with young children. Through WIC, participants receive vouchers to buy essentials such as milk, bread, eggs and cereal. Starting in October, WIC participants can also receive vouchers for fresh fruit and vegetables, whole grain bread and cereal, canned beans and canned salmon.
Omaha, NE – An organization providing housing for Guatemalans hopes Nebraskans will help with their efforts.
Carolina van Heerde founded Constru Casa five years ago while living in Guatemala. Each year, the organization builds about 75 homes for families living in extreme poverty. Each home costs $3,500. In Constru Casa's five-year history, 320 homes have been built.