Omaha, NE – A Navy Lieutenant stationed at Offutt Air Force Base is preparing for a cross-country bicycle ride to benefit the American Red Cross. Lieutenant Jeffrey Greene is a Red Cross Volunteer and a planning officer for U.S. Stratcom. He plans to leave March 10 from Oceanside, California for the bike ride. The bike ride is expected to last two and a half months and end in Buffalo, New York, in May.
Omaha, NE – The victims and families of the Von Maur shootings are about to receive the final allocations from the Victims' Fund. The Fund was set up by the United Way after the December fifth shootings, which killed eight people and left four injured. $1.2 million was donated to the fund and initial payments totaling $240,000 were distributed. Monday morning, Von Maur Victims Fund Advisory Chairman John Ewing announced how the remainder of the donations will be disbursed.
Omaha, NE – North Omaha residents have the opportunity to take part in a program designed to improve neighborhood security. The Light it Up program is a partnership of OPPD and the weed and seed areas in Northwest and Northeast Omaha. Residents can apply through their weed and seed coordinator. If the application is approved, OPPD will place a security light on the nearest utility pole.
Omaha, NE – The report notes decreases in the number of asthma deaths. The death rate among minorities is also on the decline.
Dr. Pour says there's mixed news about Douglas County's STD rates. She says while the Chlamydia rates are on the declines, there's a slight increase in the number of gonorrhea cases. Dr. Pour says information from the Centers for Disease Control shows gonorrhea is starting to show resistance to treatment, which is something the Health Department needs to explore further.
Omaha, NE – Omaha's McMillan Magnet Middle School is receiving two federal grants to create safe ways for students to get to school. McMillan was awarded two Safe Routes to School grants. One is for more than $130,000 and will pay for several projects, including expansion of the school's speed zone and establishment of a pick-up/drop-off area.
The second grant, for $15,000, will be used to pay for projects such as establishing a walking club, safety sessions and traffic enforcement.
Omaha, NE – After a slow start, the flu season is underway in Douglas County. Health Department Director Dr. Adi Pour says there are more than 600 confirmed cases of the flu virus in Douglas County as of this week. She says that's the third highest instance of flu cases in the past 12 years.
Omaha, NE – The Save Rosenblatt Committee is responding to the Stadium Oversight Committee's recommendation for a new stadium. Save Rosenblatt Chairman Jason Smith says the recommendation is, for right now, just that. He says the stadium recommendation is still subject to public hearings and city council approval.
Omaha, NE – Omaha city officials, the Stadium Oversight Committee and NCAA are scheduled to meet next Tuesday. That meeting follows Monday's recommendation to build a new stadium at Qwest Center Lots C and E. Bob Williams, Managing Director of Media and Public Relations for the NCAA, says the organization never requested that Omaha build a new ballpark in order to secure a long-term deal for the College World Series. Williams says the NCAA simply relayed its requirements for a long term deal to the city.
Omaha, NE – MECA Chairman David Sokol says he's disappointed in the Stadium Oversight Committee's selection of Lots C and E for a new ballpark. MECA voted last week to reject any plan for a new stadium to be built on those parking lots. Sokol says the group's position hasn't changed and that permission will not be granted for the use of those lots.