Omaha, NE – Omaha plans to lay off 130 employees, delay a Police recruit class and suspend the Department's helicopter operation to save money.
Last week, city officials announced that the 2009 budget deficit has grown to $12 million. Mayor Jim Suttle says that's forced him to make additional cuts. The 130 employees being laid off are 45 full-time and 85 part-time civilian employees. They'll be laid off immediately, and city officials estimate that'll save $750,000 to $1 million.
Washington, DC – Iowa and Nebraska senators voted Thursday along party lines on the Supreme Court nomination of Judge Sonia Sotomayor. From Capitol News Connection, Manuel Quinones reports from Washington.
Omaha, NE – Omaha's Benson West Elementary students will return to class August 17th to a new playground.
Benson West was chosen by the organization KaBoom for a new playground. KaBoom receives applications from schools throughout the country and selects 200 to 220 each year for a new playground. This is the second KaBoom playground built in Omaha. The first was built last year at Jackson Elementary.
Omaha, NE – The 2010 proposed Omaha city budget calls for the elimination of the Director of Human Rights and Relations.
The budget plan would roll Human Rights and Relations in to the Human Resources Department, which would manage both. A total of four Human Rights and Relations positions could be cut, according to budget documents. Human Rights and Relations handles discrimination complaints, contract compliance and enforcement. Last year, the Department handled 125 cases.
Omaha, NE – The role of genetics versus environment in determining a person's health is the focus of UNMC's next Science Caf .
The event is Tuesday evening at the Slowdown in Omaha. This topic of this month's Science Caf is "Modifying Our Genetic Blueprint: Nature versus Nutrition." Dr. Bruce Buehler is the presenter. He says many people don't understand the role environmental factors play in prolonging the onset of diseases such as cancer.
Omaha, NE – Creighton University's latest Business Conditions report shows signs the economy is improving.
Creighton Economics Professor Ernie Goss compiles the report. It shows the overall business conditions index rose to 51.7 in July. That's the first time since last August the index has been above 50. A number above 50 indicates economic growth, while a number below 50 indicates an economic slowdown.
Omaha, NE – Omaha Police Chief Eric Buske is the new Chief of the Bryan, Texas Police Department. A news release Friday afternoon from the Omaha Police Department announced Buske's new position. Chief Buske is a 25-year veteran of the Omaha Police Department. He's served as Police Chief for the past year and a half. OPD says Chief Buske's last day will be August 13th.