Lincoln, NE – An Omahan is the new CEO of the Nebraska Department of Health and Human Services.
Kerry Winterer begins as HHS director July 13. He's the co-founder of The Benefit Group and a western Nebraska native.
Winterer says becoming the CEO of an agency as large as DHHS is challenging, but also invigorating. DHHS has a $2.9 billion budget and employs more than 5,000 Nebraskans. There are six divisions within DHHS, including behavioral health and children and family services.
Omaha, NE – A former Omaha Mayoral candidate and City Councilman has created his own Political Action Committee.
Jim Vokal's group is called OMAPAC. Vokal says he set up the PAC to make sure the newly-elected city government is accountable to Omaha taxpayers. He says economic development and taxpayer involvement in government are among the PAC's key issues. Vokal says the city should focus on "keeping Omaha open for business" and attracting young professionals.
Omaha, NE – Omaha was Tiger Town Wednesday night after LSU won the College World Series. At Rosenblatt Stadium, the LSU Tigers defeated the Texas Longhorns, 11-4, to win their sixth national title and first since 2000. The Tigers have never lost a championship game in Omaha. Omaha Public Radio's Greg Echlin has the story.
Omaha, NE – Omaha has a $5 million budget shortfall this fiscal year and a projected $11 million shortfall in 2010.
Wednesday, Mayor Jim Suttle unveiled plans to fill the budget gaps. Among the options for the current fiscal year are a two-dollar fee increase for parking in city lots and garages. Wage freezes, fire alarm fees, and ending financial support for the Convention and Visitors' Bureau are also options.
Omaha, NE – It will be a winner-take-all contest Wednesday to decide the College World Series at Rosenblatt Stadium. Tuesday night, Texas tied the best-of-3 title series at a game apiece after a 5-1 victory over LSU. Longhorns pitcher Taylor Jungmann quieted the LSU bats. Omaha Public Radio's Greg Echlin has more.
Omaha, NE – The National Weather Service says while temperatures in the 90s may be uncomfortable, they're not uncommon this time of year.
An excessive heat warning is in effect for Omaha through Wednesday evening. The NWS issues those when the heat index is projected to reach 115 degrees or higher. The excessive heat warning takes in to account both temperature and humidity.
Omaha, NE – The head-to-head match-up between two college baseball powers resembled a heavyweight bout Monday night at Rosenblatt Stadium. LSU got by Texas, 7-6, in 11 innings in the finals of the College World Series. Omaha Public Radio's Greg Echlin has more.