By Katie Knapp and sports correspondent Greg Echlin
Omaha, NE – Second round action of the NCAA Men's Basketball Tournament continues Saturday in Omaha. Kansas State plays Wisconsin in the afternoon game. Kansas takes on UNLV following the first game.
The Omaha Convention and Visitors Bureau says hosting the first and second rounds of the NCAA tournament has several benefits. Executive Director Dana Markel says the tournament brings national publicity and exposure that the Convention and Visitors Bureau might otherwise not get.
Omaha, NE – The sandhill cranes have returned to the Platte River Valley. The cranes migrate to the area near Gibbon and Brad Mellema of the Nicholson Audubon Center at Rowe Sanctuary says now is a good time to see the birds.
Rowe Sanctuary is giving guided tours through April sixth. Mellema says the best times to see the cranes are at sunrise and sunset. You can also see the cranes during midday by driving along county roads in the Sanctuary area.
Omaha, NE – Omaha is playing host to the first and second rounds of the Midwest Regional of the NCAA Men's Basketball tournament. The tournament tips off Thursday morning at the Qwest Center with Kansas playing Portland State. Kansas State, USC and Wisconsin are also playing in Omaha.
Omaha, NE – U.S. Senator Chuck Hagel says securing America's borders won't solve illegal immigration problems. Hagel discussed illegal immigration, and several other issues, during a speech Monday night at Creighton University.
Omaha, NE – A committee seeking the recall of Omaha Mayor Mike Fahey plans to start distributing petitions next Monday. The Recall Fahey Committee announced the March 24th petition circulation during a news conference over the weekend. Once the petitions are distributed, the Committee will have 30 days to collect more than 21,000 signatures.
Los Angeles drummer releases astounding debut effort "Just Play".
By Chris Cooke
Omaha, Nebraska – A surprising debut recording from an up and coming drummer reached my desk in late 2007. Craig Pilo has released a new disc entitled Just Play, featuring his considerable talents on drums with an outstanding band of fellow musicians.
Omaha, NE – The Greater Omaha Chamber of Commerce is backing Omaha Mayor Mike Fahey and the Stadium Oversight Committee's recommendation to build a new ballpark. In a statement released Friday, the Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors says:
Omaha, NE – The Nebraska Legislature is preparing to debate budget bills next week. On Monday, lawmakers will deal with four budget bills. The legislature's Appropriations Committee forwarded final budget recommendations to the full Unicameral earlier this week.
Appropriations Committee Chairman Senator Lavon Heidemann says the budget recommendations include a reduction in the amount of state aid schools will receive. It also warns against using money from the state's nearly $500 million cash reserve to balance the budget.
Omaha, NE – Construction on the second phase of the Joslyn Art Museum sculpture garden is underway. On Monday, workers began laying the foundation for water sculptures.
The sculpture garden will feature granite pathways, two flowing water features, outdoor art galleries, and a variety of sculptures from the 19th and 20th Centuries. Joslyn Art Museum Director J. Brooks Joyner says the garden will also be pedestrian friendly, with green space.
Omaha, NE – Nebraska lawmakers narrowly approved legislation Wednesday that makes changes to state gun laws. The bill is sponsored by Senator Brad Ashford of Omaha. A key component of the legislation repeals a 1991 law that requires gun buyers to secure a permit before purchasing a firearm. Instead, instant background checks would be done at the time of the purchase. Ashford says he supported the 1991 law but promised to push for its repeal if technology allowed for background checks to be done when a buyer goes to make a firearm purchase.