Omaha, NE – Nebraska Organ Recovery says Black History Month is about more than celebrating the achievements of African-American leaders.
Stephanie Lochmiller, spokeswoman for Nebraska Organ Recovery, says it's also a good time to spread the word about the need for African-American organ donors. Right now African-Americans comprise almost 30% of the transplant waiting list nationally. But only 12% of organ donors are of African-American descent.
Council Bluffs, IA – A missing 14-year-old Council Bluffs girl was spotted Monday night in south central Illinois.
Pottawattamie County Sheriff Jeff Danker says Janakaye Lee and 19-year-old Steven Hecker were spotted late Monday in Sorento, Illinois, about 50 miles northeast of St. Louis. An Amber Alert was issued Monday afternoon following Lee's disappearance. It named 19-year-old Steven Hecker of Council Bluffs as the suspect. Sheriff Danker says Hecker has family in south central Illinois.
Council Bluffs, IA – The Iowa State Patrol has canceled an Amber Alert for a missing 14-year-old Council Bluffs girl whose whereabouts remain unknown.
Pottawattamie County authorities say Janakaye Marie Lee's case is now an active missing persons investigation. Lee was last seen Monday morning in Council Bluffs. She is white, 5'9", 130 pounds with black-brown hair and blue eyes. She was last seen wearing a white hoodie, gold top with black straps, blue jeans, and brown boots.
Omaha, NE – The race for Nebraska's Second Congressional District seat has three candidates.
Incumbent Republican Lee Terry announced his re-election bid Sunday afternoon. Terry was first elected to the U.S. House in 1998. He narrowly defeated Jim Esch in the 2008 general election.
One of Terry's two opponents is State Senator Tom White of Omaha, a Democrat. White was elected to the Nebraska Legislature in 2006. He serves on the Business and Labor, Revenue, and Urban Affairs Committees.
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: