Omaha, NE – Nebraska's Second District Congressman wants another term.
Lee Terry is set to announce his re-election bid Sunday in Omaha. Terry, a Republican, was first elected to the U.S. House in 1998. He serves on the energy and commerce committee. Terry narrowly won re-election to a sixth term last November.
Two candidates have already filed to challenge Terry in the May 11 primary. One is Democrat Tom White, a State Senator from Omaha. The other is Omaha businessman Matt Sakalosky, a Republican.
Omaha, NE – Voice for Children recently released its Kids Count Report for 2009. Kids Count is a national and state by state effort. In Nebraska, the report is used to track child well-being and to assess how children are doing from year to year, in areas such as education, health and nutrition.
Omaha, NE – A new report shows rates of two sexually transmitted diseases are on the decline in Douglas County.
The State of Public Health report was released Wednesday. Chlamydia rates in Douglas County are down 8.9 percent from their peak level in 2004. Gonorrhea cases have declined 23 percent. Health Department Director Dr. Adi Pour says that's promising at a time when the number of STD cases is up nationwide. But Douglas County's STD rates remain above the state and national average.
Omaha, NE – Omaha Mayor Jim Suttle says the city's financial challenges will continue in to the next fiscal year.
Suttle delivered his first State of the City address Tuesday morning. Omaha has an $11 million budget deficit this year and a pension plan that's underfunded by more than $500 million. Suttle used his first State of the City message to announce several initiatives and agreements, including:
Omaha, NE – Economists are predicting a bleak year for commercial construction across the country. Despite billions of federal dollars for the industry through last year's stimulus package, contractors in Nebraska worry they'll make less money in 2010 than they did in 2009. Peter Granitz reports.
Omaha, NE – Omaha City Councilman Chuck Sigerson has resigned.
Sigerson represents District 7. He submitted a letter early Thursday to City Council President Garry Gernandt and Chief of Staff Warren Weaver notifying them of his resignation. Sigerson suffered a stroke and heart attack in late August. A timeline for his return to the Council was uncertain. City charter requires that the Council appoint a new representative if a Councilman cannot fulfill their duties for six consecutive months.
Omaha, NE – Local and state leaders are optimistic that Nebraska's economy is rebounding.
Nebraska's unemployment rate was 4.7 percent in December, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics. That's the second lowest unemployment rate in the nation. Governor Dave Heineman says fiscal responsibility is key to a strong economy. He says Nebraskans follow a simple principle: if you don't have the money, don't spend it.
Omaha, NE – Author and endocrinologist Deepak Chopra is coming to Omaha in April.
The Institute for Career Advancement Needs, or ICAN, is sponsoring the presentation, called "An Evening with Deepak Chopra," on April 6th. Chopra is an endocrinologist who believes in a holistic approach to health and wellness. Mary Prefontaine is Executive Director for ICAN. She says Chopra encourages people to find their purpose and develop their consciousness in order to experience something new in the world.
Omaha, NE – Former U.S. Treasury Secretary Henry Paulson says the nation's financial system is stable and an economic recovery is underway.
Paulson joined Berkshire Hathaway CEO Warren Buffett for a discussion Tuesday at the Greater Omaha Chamber of Commerce's economic outlook luncheon. The discussion brought together two of the nation's experts on economic issues. Paulson served as Treasury Secretary during President George W. Bush's administration.