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.
Omaha, NE – The Douglas County Assessor's office says resources are available for eligible taxpayers who have questions about the Homestead Exemption. Assessor Roger Morrissey says more than 13,000 applications went out earlier this month to seniors, physically disabled homeowners and physically disabled veterans. The Homestead Exemption is designed to provide property tax relief to those groups.