Council Bluffs, IA – Red Oak, Iowa is preparing to host RAGBRAI for the fourth time.
The 37th Register's Annual Great Bicycle Ride Across Iowa begins Sunday in Council Bluffs. The riders' first stop is Red Oak, where up to 30,000 visitors are expected. Red Oak RAGBRAI Publicity Chairman Melanie West says it's a challenge for a town of 6,500 to prepare for that many people.
Omaha, NE – Metro area families needing help paying utility bills may be able to receive assistance.
A partnership between the Omaha Public Power District and American Red Cross provided $265,000 in assistance last year to 1,014 metro area families. This year's energy assistance program began June 29.
The elderly, people with serious medical conditions and families experiencing a financial crisis are given priority. One-time assistance of up to $300 is available.
Bellevue, NE – Visitation and funeral services are set for former Bellevue Mayor Ed Babbitt.
Babbitt died Wednesday evening. He was 70 years old. His visitation is Friday from 3 to 8 PM at the Bellevue Funeral Chapel. That's located at 2202 Hancock Street in Olde Towne Bellevue. Babbitt's funeral is 10:30 AM Saturday at Immanuel Lutheran Church, at 104 Galvin Road North in Bellevue. The public is welcome to attend both services.
Omaha, NE – Voters in Douglas County could register and cast ballots at a different location next year.
Douglas County Commissioners are scheduled to vote Tuesday on a request to move the Election Commission headquarters to 9744 Mockingbird Drive in Omaha. The current location is at 115th and Dodge Streets.
Election Commissioner Dave Phipps says the current location has parking and space issues. He says during the 2008 general election, voters had to park six blocks away and wait in line up to four hours to vote.
Saxophonist kicked off 2009 Jazz on the Green Concert Series.
By Chris Cooke
Omaha, Nebraska – Bobby Watson and his quartet opened the 25th Annual Jazz on the Green concert series Thursday night at Joslyn Art Museum. The performance was a spirited one, spearheaded by Watson, an accomplished saxophonist, composer, producer, and educator. The veteran saxophonist performed at Jazz on the Green in 2002 and 2005.
Omaha, NE – Changes are coming to Nebraska's system of issuing drivers licenses.
Starting July 20th, drivers will no longer receive their license at the DMV the day they renew it. Instead, they'll walk out with a temporary license. The permanent license will be mailed to drivers within five to seven days.
Omaha, NE – State Senator Tom White could be running for Congress in 2010.
White set up a Congressional Exploratory Committee Monday. That's the first step toward a possible run for the Second Congressional District next year. White was elected to the Nebraska Legislature in 2006.
Omaha, NE – Bellevue University's Human Capital Lab is beginning a three-year study of the effectiveness of workforce development programs.
The Omaha Workforce Funding Collaborative approached BU about the study. It could lead to changes that better serve the unemployed and underemployed. The Human Capital Lab's study will provide concrete data about the impact of current programs.