Omaha, NE – A variety of events are planned this weekend to celebrate Central High School's 150th anniversary.
The festivities mark the culmination of a successful three-year fundraising campaign. Central High School Alumni Barry Combs works with the group's History Association. Combs says the funds have been used to light the exterior of the school, to create scholarships for deserving students, and to help preserve the school's history. He says one of the biggest projects is scanning the school's more than 80,000 newspapers.
Omaha, NE – Omaha city officials want public input to be part of the 2011 budget process.
Mayor Jim Suttle says part of that process is hearing from the public about their priorities. A series of budget forums are underway, and the public is asked to rate their priorities for public safety, public works and parks.
Suttle says the budget situation for 2011 looks dire because sales tax revenue is flat. Also, the city anticipates there'll be a drop in property values, which translates to a decline in the tax revenue.
Omaha, NE – Omaha City Councilmen vote next Tuesday on a new District Seven representative.
Five candidates interviewed Tuesday morning for that seat. It was vacated when Chuck Sigerson resigned March first, citing health issues. 16 people applied for the opening, collected signatures and submitted their qualifications. A committee narrowed down the applicant pool to five finalists.
Omaha, NE – The Islamic Center of Omaha recently launched a public awareness campaign.
Spokesperson Fa'iz Rab says the ad campaign started in late February. It features billboards on 33rd and Leavenworth Streets and 143rd and Industrial Highway. Rab says a poll conducted in March 2006 by ABC News found that nearly 6 in 10 Americans think the religion of Islam is prone to violent extremism. But the same number admitted they didn't have a basic understanding of Islam.
Omaha, NE – The Small Business Administration is warning Nebraska and Iowa businesses about several new loan scams.
SBA Inspector General Peg Gustafson says a variety of scams are circulating. One involves a business owner receiving a phone call saying they can't get a loan if they don't do business with a particular firm.
Omaha, NE – Voters in Nebraska cities now have the option of approving a local sales tax for tourism and redevelopment.
Governor Dave Heineman signed an expansion of the Nebraska Advantage Act in to law Monday morning. It gives voters the opportunity to approve a sales tax to attract new tourism and redevelopment opportunities under certain conditions. A $10 million to $50 million dollar investment in the community is required.
Omaha, NE – Creighton University is now the home of a Native American Center.
The Center formed last summer with financial support from the Jesuit Community. Director Taylor Keen says the primary efforts of the program center on the recruitment and retention of Native American students.
Omaha, NE – A crowd of more than one thousand people turned out Thursday for the Tea Party Express Bus Tour stop in Omaha.
The tour arrived for a 90 minute rally at Lake Zorinsky. Patrick Bonnett of Nebraska Taxpayers for Freedom organized the Omaha event. He says one goal of the bus tour is to dispel criticism that the Tea Party movement lacks diversity and spreads hate. Instead, he says the movement is about transparency, accountability, and simplicity in government.
Omaha, NE – Platte and Sarpy Counties are among almost two dozen counties declared disaster areas after heavy snow in December and January.
The Nebraska Emergency Management Agency announced the disaster declaration Tuesday. Spokeswoman Jodie Fawl says two types of assistance are available to the counties declared disasters. Platte and Sarpy have been declared snow counties--meaning they can receive federal money to recoup the costs of snow removal during a 48 continuous hour period after the storms.