Omaha, NE – Omaha city officials, the Stadium Oversight Committee and NCAA are scheduled to meet next Tuesday. That meeting follows Monday's recommendation to build a new stadium at Qwest Center Lots C and E. Bob Williams, Managing Director of Media and Public Relations for the NCAA, says the organization never requested that Omaha build a new ballpark in order to secure a long-term deal for the College World Series. Williams says the NCAA simply relayed its requirements for a long term deal to the city.
Omaha, NE – MECA Chairman David Sokol says he's disappointed in the Stadium Oversight Committee's selection of Lots C and E for a new ballpark. MECA voted last week to reject any plan for a new stadium to be built on those parking lots. Sokol says the group's position hasn't changed and that permission will not be granted for the use of those lots.
Omaha, NE – The Douglas County Assessor's office says resources are available for eligible taxpayers who have questions about the Homestead Exemption. Assessor Roger Morrissey says more than 13,000 applications went out earlier this month to seniors, physically disabled homeowners and physically disabled veterans. The Homestead Exemption is designed to provide property tax relief to those groups.
Omaha, NE – Democrat Richard Carter announced over the weekend his intentions to run for the Second Congressional District seat. Carter is an Air Force veteran and an economics instructor at Metropolitan Community College. Carter says his campaign priorities include strengthening America's military and bringing troops home from Iraq. He also wants to end tax breaks for businesses that move out of the United States, and reward those who invest in America's economy. Carter has set up a campaign web site with more information.
Omaha, NE – Bemis' Building a Creative Community discussion brought together panelists from different genres. The goal, according to Community Arts Director Natalie Linstrom, is to support budding artists and get the public more involved. Linstrom says community involvement is crucial to sustaining programs such as the center's discussions and workshops about art.