Omaha, NE – Three new cases of measles have been reported in Douglas County.
The Douglas County Health Department said Wednesday that three children began showing symptoms Monday of measles. They're siblings of a child diagnosed with measles last week. None of the children had been vaccinated against measles.
Omaha, NE – The Chief of Police for the VA of Nebraska-Western Iowa has been awarded The Chief of the Year by the Department of Veterans Affairs.
Dennis Moore has been with the local VA for two years. Moore was recognized for securing funding to implement a security overhaul that covered the three geographically separated health care facilities. He attributes his success to being surrounded by a good team of people.
Omaha, NE – Nearly all of Omaha's retired city employees will begin paying for their health insurance coverage in July.
The City Council voted unanimously Tuesday afternoon in favor of an amended plan. Police, fire and civilian retirees will pay 25 percent for single coverage, 30 percent for single plus one, or 35 percent for family coverage. Councilwoman Jean Stothert says not controlling health care costs has dire financial consequences for the city.
Lincoln, NE – 79 percent of Nebraska taxpayers filed their 2009 income tax returns electronically.
Governor Dave Heineman and Tax Commissioner Doug Ewald updated e-filing efforts during a news conference Tuesday. In the 2008 tax year, 70 percent of Nebraskans filed their tax returns online. Heineman says this year's goal was 75 percent. "The ability to file and pay taxes online is another way our state is providing the services Nebraskans want while also helping ensure greater efficiency in government," Heineman says.
Omaha, NE – Omaha's Malcolm X Foundation is holding a birthday tribute and African Festival this Saturday to honor the memory of the late Civil Rights leader.
Malcolm X was assassinated in February 1965 while giving a speech in New York City. He was born Malcolm Little on May 19, 1925 in Omaha. Sharif Liwaru, President of the Malcolm X Foundation, says there's a lot of interest in the community about Malcolm X.
Omaha, NE – Metro Community College is hosting 150 African American high school males this Saturday at its Men of Distinction Conference.
Fred Conley coordinated the event and says the 11th and 12th graders will learn about setting goals, male responsibility, personal relationships and how to finance a college education. Conley says it's important for young people to have a vision of what they want to accomplish in their lives. He hopes to grow the Men of Distinction Conference into a bigger event next year.