Omaha, NE – This week is Severe Weather Awareness Week in eastern Nebraska and western Iowa.
Each year, the National Weather Service sets aside a week for public education about tornadoes, severe thunderstorms and floods. An emphasis is placed on safety and planning for severe weather events. Monday's events focus on flooding. Tuesday's focus is severe thunderstorms, and Wednesday focuses on tornadoes.
Lincoln, NE – Concealed weapons would be allowed in churches under a bill advanced by the Nebraska Legislature Thursday.
A 2006 law allows Nebraskans to carry concealed handguns, but churches were among places where such weapons were prohibited. The amendment to allow this change in the law was sponsored by Senator Beau McCoy. He says it will give an added measure of protection to places of worship.
Omaha, NE – The Nebraska AFL-CIO says the Employee Free Choice Act is necessary to help small businesses grow.
AFL-CIO leaders and two small business owners held a forum Thursday in Omaha about the EFCA. Supporters, including the AFL-CIO, say the act will make it easier for workers to unionize. Opponents say the bill could devastate businesses.
Omaha, NE – The VA of Nebraska-Western Iowa has opened a new clinic in Bellevue.
The center at Offutt Air Force Base opened Monday. It's located inside Offutt's Ehrling-Bergquist Center at 2501 Capehart Road.
VA officials say the new clinic is designed to give veterans in Bellevue and Sarpy County access to primary health care. The new clinic features exam and minor procedure rooms, as well as a videoconferencing area. The clinic is open Monday through Friday from 8AM to 4:30PM.
Omaha, NE – Omaha Police have identified the victims of an apparent murder-suicide Sunday night in Midtown.
71-year-old Robert Anderson and 63-year-old Karla Anderson were found dead inside a home at 112 South 50th Street. Omaha Fire and Rescue Personnel were called to the home around 10:30 Sunday night for a report of an unconscious person. They found Mrs. Anderson's body and notified Police. Police found Mr. Anderson's body inside the home a short time later.
Omaha, NE – Early voting for Omaha's April seventh city primary is reported to be slow and steady.
Douglas County Election Commissioner Dave Phipps says his office has mailed about about four thousand to five thousand ballots to early voters. He says anyone coming in to the Election Commission office to vote early won't have to wait in line.