Omaha, NE – Retired Omaha city employees can expect to pay more for their health insurance beginning this summer.
City officials announced Tuesday that all retirees will pay a share of their health insurance costs starting July 1. Right now, 84 percent of retired city employees don't pay health insurance premiums. The ones who do pay between $30 and $80 a month. Health care claims from retirees have increased 303 percent in the past nine years.
Omaha, NE – UNMC's College of Nursing recently received a $1.5 million grant to establish a Healthy Heart Center.
Dr. Carol Pullen, Nursing Professor, says the center will focus on building interdisciplinary research teams and developing rural technology. Dr. Pullen says technology is a good way to reach rural residents, which is why UNMC will be looking at new ways of using technology to decrease cardiac risk.
Omaha, NE – The North Omaha Voter Participation Project plans a series of candidate discussions and get-out-the-vote efforts before the primary.
The group held a news conference Monday morning at the Urban League. In 2008, Project members registered eligible north Omahans to vote, provided rides to the polls and held a series of candidate discussions. Organizer Preston Love Junior says those efforts were successful.
Omaha, NE – There are three more opportunities to give input on Omaha's 2011 city budget.
A budget forum is scheduled for 6:30 PM at South High School. Another is Wednesday at Northwest High school. At each budget forum the public has the chance to discuss what city services are most important to them.
Mayor Jim Suttle says the public comments will be considered when the 2011 budget is put together. Suttle expects the 2011 budget year to be challenging because of continued declines in revenue.
Omaha, NE – Nebraska corn growers expect to plant about 9.2 million acres this season.
Corn Board Executive Director Don Hutchens says planting will probably be underway in earnest this week. But Hutchens says some farmers are still working to get last fall's harvest completed, and fertilizer applied in preparation for this growing season.
Omaha, NE – Doctors from Creighton University Medical Center and UNMC hope to have a long-term presence in Haiti.
It was more than three months ago that a magnitude seven earthquake devastated Haiti, killing more than 200,000 people. Doctors from CUMC and UNMC talked about their medical missions to Haiti during the Omaha Press Club's monthly noon forum Thursday.
Omaha, NE – Omaha is the home of the United Football League's newest team.
UFL Commissioner Michael Huyghue announced the team Thursday morning. Omaha's team begins play this September at Rosenblatt Stadium and is the fifth UFL franchise. Huyghue says Omaha met all the criteria UFL officials set when considering expansion, including media market size, commitment to a new league and potential for growth.
Omaha, NE – A new fundraising scam is targeting Metropolitan Community College.
Assistant Director of Public Safety Mark Sundermeier says two cases have been reported in Douglas and Dodge counties. He says the scam artists claim they're selling magazine subscriptions to pay for a trip overseas or a film making class. Sundermeier says Metro is not involved in any way with the magazine sales.
Sundermeier says anyone who's visited by the scam artists should call police.
Omaha, NE – Early voting is underway for the May 11th primary.
You have until May 5th to request an early voting ballot by mail, and May 10th to vote in-person at the Election Commission office. Douglas County Election Commissioner Dave Phipps says he's surprised by a lack of interest so far in early voting given the races on the ballot. They include the Second Congressional District race and several bond issues in Omaha.
Omaha, NE – 72 percent of Nebraskans have returned their 2010 Census forms.
That ranks Nebraska in a tie with three other states for fourth in Census participation, according to a new report from the U.S. Census Bureau. UNO's Center for Public Affairs Research issued the report Tuesday.
CPAR Research Coordinator David Drozd says households that don't return their Census forms after Friday will get a visit from a Census taker. He says that process is much more expensive than mailing the Census form.