Omaha, NE – Omaha Mayor Jim Suttle doesn't plan to veto the changes City Councilmen made to the 2011 budget.
Suttle sent a letter Friday to Councilmen saying the items Councilmen put in the budget earlier this week will stay. In the letter, Suttle says "After reviewing the revised budget package with the Finance Department and other department directors, I am confident that we will be able to continue to move the city forward with this budget as our guiding document."
Omaha, NE – Creighton University has a freshman class of more than 1,000 students for the second year.
Associate Vice President for Enrollment Mary Chase says last year, Creighton had 1,054 freshmen. This year's class will have 1,010 to 1,015 students. Chase says the university's enrollment is holding steady as interest from outside the metro grows.
Omaha, NE – The Rose Theater kicks off its 2010-2011 season on September 10th with Pinkalicious-The Musical. Membership Manager Mandy Aleksiak says the theater is encouraging everyone who comes to see "Pinkalicious" to wear pink. She says theater staff will pass out pink beads to everyone who comes to the show.
Omaha, NE – It'll cost more to own a home, eat out, and register your vehicle in Omaha if changes made to the 2011 budget stand.
Omaha City Councilmen approved an amended budget plan at Tuesday's meeting. It raises Omaha's property tax rate by 2.3 cents. That's less than the 4.4 cents Mayor Jim Suttle requested. But other amendments to the city's spending plan mean the property tax levy ultimately will be more than that amount.
Omaha, NE – The work of artist and storyteller Ashley Bryan is on display at the Joslyn Art Museum.
Communications Manager Amy Rummel says Bryan is one of the most award-winning children's book illustrators. She says Bryan is a scholar of African-American folklore, poetry and spirituals whose literary career began at an early age. Rummel says, "Bryan actually published his first book when he was in kindergarten. He did an alphabet book that he wrote, illustrated and then he bound and distributed the book."
Omaha, NE – Voting is underway on Omaha's contract with the Police Officers Association.
Police Union President Officer Aaron Hanson says voting began just after midnight Tuesday. It'll end at 6 PM Thursday.
The Omaha City Council approved the police contract last week on a four-to-three vote. It requires each officer to contribute $1,300 a year to the city's pension system. The agreement uses base pay as the calculation of pensions for new and future police officers.
Omaha, NE – Omaha's city transit system has two dozen new buses, and a new name.
Metro Area Transit's new name is Metro. Marketing Director Linda Barritt says after 38 years, it was time to modernize and update the name. Metro was founded in 1972 as the Transit Authority City of Omaha d/b/a Metro Area Transit.
Metro also bought 24 new, clean-diesel buses with $7.8 million dollars in economic stimulus money. 24 of Metro's oldest buses will be either salvaged or auctioned.