Omaha, NE – The Nebraska Department of Health and Human Services says 13 people died last year from confirmed cases of the flu.
Chief Medical Officer Dr. Joann Schaefer says this year's flu vaccine includes both the common strain of flu and the H1N1 strain. Dr. Schaefer says now is the time to get a flu shot and be protected from the virus all season. While a flu shot is recommended for everyone over six months old, Dr. Schaefer says some groups are especially vulnerable to the virus.
Omaha, NE – A Bellevue lawmaker wants to clarify state law regarding wheel taxes.
State Senator Abbie Cornett has drafted legislation that continues cities' ability to impose wheel taxes, so long as the tax is only imposed within city boundaries. The legislation is in response to Omaha's new $50 dollar per-year tax on people who live outside Omaha but work in the city at least 30 days a year.
Omaha, NE – Everyone is invited to the Blessing of the Pets at College of St. Mary on Monday.
Marketing Director Carmen Steele says people are welcome to come to the event and bring their pets, whether cats or dogs, fish or snakes. The event takes place in the college's new Prayer Circle and is being held in honor of St. Francis of Assisi, patron saint of animals. She says the Prayer Circle has been created around a new sculpture by a local artist. The crucifix sculpture is called "Embrace of Hope".
Omaha, NE – The 13th annual Omaha Women's Health and Wellness Conference takes place Friday at the Mid-America Center in Council Bluffs. Sponsored by the Olson Center for Women's Health, the event includes workshops, exhibitions, and several guest speakers.
Omaha, NE – Swing, Swing, Swing! is Ballet Nebraska's debut production.
Artistic Director Erika Overturff says the production focuses on a love story set against the backdrop of the 1940's. Dance sequences include a G.I. Jive and a salute to Rosie the Riveter. Overturff says she thought Swing, Swing, Swing! would be a good way for Ballet Nebraska to reach out to a lot of people because it features more than just ballet, with both live music and swing numbers.