Omaha, NE – Omaha's 2010 first quarter financial report projects a budget deficit of $12.3 million.
City Finance Director Pam Spaccarotella released the report Tuesday. She says a continued decline in sales tax receipts and revenue is hurting Omaha's budget. Spaccarotella says that's responsible for about three-fourths of the projected deficit.
Omaha, NE – A $1 million grant will help the University of Nebraska-Omaha continue an inmate re-entry program.
The program is called the Transformation Project. It just began its second year. Last year, 21 inmates at the Omaha Correctional Center took weekly classes on topics such as education, employment, social interaction, physical and mental health, and housing. Inmates also study the life and teachings of civil rights leader Malcolm X.
Omaha, NE – The 17th annual Omaha Farmer's Market opens this Saturday.
Project Manager Heidi Walz says the market runs from 8:00 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. in the Old Market, between 10th and 11th Streets along Jackson. Walz says for the first time this year the Omaha Farmer's Market is closing 11th Street between Jackson and Howard.
Omaha, NE – A new contract for Omaha Police Union members will likely be decided in court.
City council members Tuesday voted down an amendment to the contract they introduced six weeks ago. Councilmen then rejected the police union contract. Before the vote, Police Union president Aaron Hanson said that team wouldn't continue to negotiate unless at least two city council members were present. But Council President Garry Gernandt says the negotiations should be handled by the city's team.
Omaha, NE – Greg McDermott is the Creighton Bluejays' new men's basketball coach.
McDermott was introduced at a news conference Tuesday. He comes to Creighton from Iowa State, where he was the men's basketball coach for four years. Before that he spent five seasons as the head coach at Northern Iowa.
Omaha, NE – A five-year veteran of the Omaha Police force has died after a battle with stomach cancer.
A news release from OPD says Officer Kirk Tynes died Monday morning. He was 44 years old. Tynes joined the police department in October 2004. He's survived by his wife, Debra, two sons, and a daughter.
Visitation and Rosary for Officer Tynes are Wednesday at St. Wenceslaus Catholic Church. A Funeral Mass is Thursday morning at the church.
Omaha, NE – After more than a year of planning, the South Omaha Development Project Master Plan is moving forward.
Greater Omaha Chamber of Commerce officials unveiled the plan earlier this week. Project Coordinator Karen Mavropoulos says six core areas make up the Master Plan: neighborhoods, commercial centers and corridors is the second one, industry and employment, parks and recreation, transportation and mobility, and marketing and tourism.