Omaha, NE – With spring comes severe weather season, and officials say now is the time to prepare for severe thunderstorms and tornadoes.
The Omaha metro area experienced an active severe weather season last year. Two natural disasters happened in Douglas County within 19 days of each other. One of those natural disasters happened in the middle of the night when two tornadoes damaged southwest Omaha and Millard. Another storm hit the Little Sioux Scout Camp, causing significant damage and killing four Scouts.
Council Bluffs, IA – Council Bluffs officials hope a $750 million state stimulus plan will mean road improvements, infrastructure upgrades, and the addition of a new Business Park.
Iowa Lieutenant Governor Patty Judge was in Council Bluffs Thursday to announce the I-JOBS program. The $750 million would be divided among infrastructure, water quality, public building, and community projects statewide. The Iowa Legislature must still approve the I-JOBS program before funds are allocated.
Omaha, NE – A UNMC Cardiologist has returned to Omaha after a two and a half week medical mission to Bangladesh.
Dr. Edward O'Leary was part of the medical team that performed heart procedures, lectured and trained doctors. He says only about two to three percent of Bangladesh's citizens can afford medical care. A majority of people are poor and must sell their belongings to be able to pay for medical procedures.
Omaha, NE – One of two new Habitat for Humanity houses going up in Council Bluffs is being built in memory of a Von Maur shooting victim.
The John McDonald Memorial Home is located at 1417 Avenue M in Council Bluffs. Habitat Council Bluffs Executive Director Gina Primmer says the idea came about when McDonald's family and friends donated to Habitat in his name. Primmer says that home, and another on Avenue C, will be finished in late April or early May.
Omaha, NE – Metropolitan Community College students who want to transfer to Dana College can do so without losing course credits.
Metro Interim President Randy Schmailzl and Dana College President Janet Phillip signed an articulation agreement Monday between the schools. The agreement means Metro students can continue their studies at Dana College and not have to worry about whether or not classes will transfer.
Omaha, NE – The North Omaha Voter Participation Project is kicking off registration and voter education events ahead of the 2009 municipal election.
Omaha's Primary Election is April seventh. The Voter Participation Project plans to hold voter registration drives at North Omaha churches, restaurants, and community events. A project-sponsored Mayoral Forum is planned for April 14th at the Omaha Public Schools TAC building.
Omaha, NE – The Omaha Royals are one step closer toward a move to Sarpy County.
Sarpy County released a 60-page Stadium Lease and Use Agreement Thursday. Under the agreement, the Royals would begin playing minor league baseball in Sarpy County in 2011. The agreement is valid for 25 years.
Omaha, NE – The field of candidates for Omaha Mayor and City Council is set.
Five people are running for Omaha Mayor. Hal Daub, Jim Suttle, Jim Vokal, Randy William Brown and Mort Sullivan are all seeking that position. The Primary election is April seventh, with the General election May 12th.
All but one Omaha City Council seat is contested in this year's City election. The candidates are:
District One: Pete Festersen, Sharon Chvala
District Two: James Montgomery English, Ben Gray, Frank Brown, Cheryl Weston