Omaha, NE – The Salvation Army of Omaha says 400 more families signed up for Christmas assistance this year than last.
The Tree of Lights Campaign, with its familiar bell ringers and red kettles, began Friday. The goal of this year's campaign is to raise $2.8 million. Salvation Army of Omaha spokeswoman Susan Eustice says funds raised during the Tree of Lights Campaign benefit 23 programs.
Omaha, NE – The Omaha Kroc Center is ready for business.
The Salvation Army's $60 million building in South Omaha opened Monday morning. The Center is named for McDonalds founder Ray Kroc and his wife, Joan. Joan Kroc left $1.8 billion to the Salvation Army at the time of her death. Her donation is being used to build Kroc Centers nationwide.
Omaha, NE – Omaha Mayor Jim Suttle is looking at other options to get a half-cent sales tax increase before the voters.
The Omaha City Council voted 3-3 Tuesday on a request to put the sales tax increase in the city's 2010 Legislative package. That means it won't be included in the legislation city officials want passed. A half-cent sales tax is one of three options proposed by the Pension Task Force to meet obligations in the city's underfunded pension system. A half-cent tax could generate $45 million a year.
Washington, D.C. – Senator Ben Nelson is working on changing a Senate health proposal so it does not indirectly fund abortions. Similar language has been attached to a House bill. From Capitol News Connection, Sara Sciammacco has more.
Omaha, NE – Organizers of an upcoming conference hope it strengthens relations between Omaha's Latino and non-Latino communities.
The tenth annual Heartland Latino Leadership Conference is this Friday. The conference provides networking opportunities to Latino business owners in the Metro area. Workshops, scholarships, and advice on growing a business are all offered at the conference.
Omaha, NE – The Douglas County Health Department plans to hold a third swine flu vaccination clinic this week.
The Health Department says another clinic is scheduled for Saturday morning at the Civic Auditorium. As with the clinics Tuesday and Thursday, only people at high risk of catching the swine or H1N1 flu can be vaccinated at the clinic. That includes:
Omaha, NE – Nebraska Congressman Lee Terry was one of 215 lawmakers who voted against a health care reform bill Saturday in the U.S. House.
The House advanced a health care reform measure on a 220-215 vote. The $1.2 trillion bill would extend coverage to nearly all Americans. It would also bar insurance companies from refusing to cover people based on pre-existing conditions.
Omaha, NE – Workshops on personal finance, credit, homebuying and identity theft are being offered during Money Smart Nebraska Week.
The financial education seminars will be held Monday through Saturday at the University of Nebraska-Omaha. The goal is to educate the UNO community and public about issues surrounding personal finance and budgeting.
Washington, D.C. – Omaha launched its swine flu vaccination program Thursday with the Douglas County Health Department's first clinic. More than four thousand people lined up for one of the vaccines. Congress is now looking in to what caused a nationwide shortage that postponed Douglas County's clinics for weeks. From Capitol News Connection, Megan Hughes reports.
Council Bluffs, Iowa – The Iowa Board of Pharmacy is taking public comment about whether or not marijuana should be legalized for medical use.
The board held the last of four public hearings Wednesday in Council Bluffs. 13 states have legalized marijuana for medicinal use. Susan Frey, Vice Chairman of the Board of Pharmacy, says the board must decide if marijuana should be moved to a different controlled substance schedule and, if so, what the implications would be.