Lincoln, NE – A Nebraska lawmaker wants the state to return to a winner-take-all system.
Senator Beau McCoy of Omaha introduced legislation changing the way Nebraska awards its electoral votes. Right now, only Nebraska and Maine can split their electoral votes. In 2008, the vote tied to Omaha's Second Congressional District went to President Barack Obama.
McCoy says his legislation is an effort to bring Nebraska in line with what 48 other states do. He says the current system puts Nebraska at a political disadvantage.
Omaha, NE – Gusty winds are causing blowing and drifting snow conditions. That's reducing visibility and making roads hazardous. Two accidents were reported this afternoon, one on U.S. 6 and the other on Interstate 80.
Roads that are closed include:
-Nebraska 1, 34, 43, 50, 63, 64, 66, 77, 79, 92, and 109. All other roads are reported as snow and ice covered.
-U.S. 6 is closed in Council Bluffs from Interstate 80 to Iowa 48. Portions of U.S. 20, 30, 34, 59, 71, 169, and 275 are also closed.
Omaha, NE – Public Works crews are once again plowing and clearing streets after five inches of snow fell in Omaha Wednesday.
Street Maintenance Engineer Scott McIntyre says blowing and drifting snow is hampering crews' efforts to clear streets. Snow is pushed to the middle lane of major highways and then picked up at night. It's taken to the city-owned property at 11th and Locust streets.
Omaha, NE – Personalized medicine is the focus of UNMC's latest Science Caf .
The field of personalized medicine studies how drug therapies can be tailored to meet an individual's needs. It's a move away from a one-size-fits-all approach commonly used to treat people suffering from serious conditions, such as cancer or HIV.
Omaha, NE – Another winter storm has moved in to Omaha, bringing about three inches of snow so far.
The metro area remains under a Winter Storm Warning through early Thursday morning, and a snow emergency has been declared in Omaha. Omaha could receive five inches of snow by the time the storm moves out. Western Iowa and northeast Nebraska are forecast to receive about seven inches of snow.
Omaha, NE – Omaha is now under a snow emergency, and the costs of cleaning up after two snowstorms are adding up.
Mayor Jim Suttle declared a snow emergency Wednesday morning. That makes the city eligible for state and federal assistance. It also means residents should move their cars off the street until crews are finished plowing. Public Works officials estimate they'll finish clearing residential areas at the end of the week.
Omaha, NE – Pottawattamie, Shelby, Harrison and Crawford counties have been declared disaster areas following last week's winter storm.
Iowa Governor Chet Culver issued the emergency disaster declaration Tuesday. Almost 14 inches of snow fell in eastern Pottawattamie County during the two-day snow storm. Parts of Harrison County received up to 17 inches of snow.
Omaha, NE – The American Red Cross recommends putting together two winter weather survival kits, one for your car and one for your home.
Heartland Chapter spokeswoman Danelle Schlegelmilch says a car kit should include a flashlight, battery-powered or crank radio, bottled water and snacks. You should also have blankets, a coat, mittens or gloves, and boots in your vehicle in case you're stranded for an extended period of time.
Omaha, NE – It could be the end of this week before Omaha Public Works crews are finished plowing and clearing snow from residential neighborhoods.
Street maintenance superintendent Scott McIntyre says some residential areas need additional work. In others, blowing and drifting snow or cars parked along the street are making snow removal difficult.
McIntyre says the city has a good stockpile of salt. But he says a demand for salt throughout the region could create a shortage. The city can get sand quickly.