Omaha, NE – More than one thousand Omaha area residents will receive Thanksgiving dinner this year from the Salvation Army.
The Salvation Army of Omaha's Turkey Fest delivers meals to low-income and elderly families. This year, 1,220 meals will be distributed by volunteers.
Salvation Army of Omaha spokeswoman Susan Eustice says the organization has seen a request this year for holiday meals and assistance. The Chapter's Christmas Assistance program signed up 800 more families this year than in 2007.
Omaha, NE – Omaha's Open Door Mission expects to serve thousands of Thanksgiving meals this Thursday.
Open Door Mission Director Candace Gregory says 1,500 meals are served there every day. The Mission has seen a 46 percent increase in services over the past year. Because of that, Gregory says donations of items such as canned meat and canned soup are needed.
Omaha, NE – Omaha City Councilman Jim Suttle is running for Mayor.
Suttle is the third candidate to enter the Mayor's race. He announced his candidacy Monday night at the Slowdown, calling it a journey to unite and improve Omaha. Among Suttle's campaign platforms are creating 1,000 jobs along the Missouri River corridor and curtailing gun violence.
We'll have more on this story Tuesday on Omaha Public Radio.
Bellevue, NE – Bellevue University is offering a new program designed to help STRATCOM employees learn more about strategic deterrence.
The University will begin offering the nine-credit-hour Strategic Deterrence program this spring. Jim Biernesser, BU's Director of Military Programs, says the program focuses on using all elements of national power to defer attacks. He says students in the program will be asked to look at diplomatic and business approaches in addition to military ones.
Omaha, NE – The Omaha metro area economy should be able to withstand national troubles in 2009, according to a new report.
The Greater Omaha Chamber of Commerce is out with its 2009 Economic Outlook report. The report is based on surveys of economic and business leaders as well as Chamber members. It shows that 56 percent of Chamber members expect stronger growth in 2009. 35 percent of members expect to add jobs in the coming year.
Omaha, NE – The League of Women Voters is bringing together child advocates, city leaders, and social service organizations to talk about the causes of and solutions to youth violence.
A two-night youth violence discussion panel happens Monday and Tuesday at UNO's Alumni Center. League of Women Voters of Greater Omaha President Linda Duckworth says the event was motivated in part by a recent rash of violence in Omaha.
Omaha, NE – 40 people have been murdered in Omaha this year.
The city's latest homicide happened early Friday morning outside a bar on South 42nd Street. 41 people were murdered in Omaha in 2007 and that included the eight people killed in a mass shooting at Westroads Mall.
The Omaha Police Department is sharing some basic safety tips.
Omaha, NE – The Salvation Army of Omaha is preparing for its annual Tree of Lights Campaign.
Tree of Lights officially kicks off Friday with the lighting ceremony at 90th and Dodge. It'll run through December 24th. The Salvation Army will announce the Tree of Lights campaign goal at Friday's event.
Salvation Army of Omaha spokeswoman Susan Eustice says the financial downturn has strained charities' resources. That's because more people are seeking assistance at the same time groups are being asked to expand their services.