Omaha, NE – A group of neighborhood associations in Omaha have joined to form the Alcohol Impact Coalition.
Margie Magnuson is Chairwoman of the Coalition. She says their goals include educating the public about alcohol-related issues and density concerns in communities. They want the public to know what effects liquor establishments can have on neighborhoods.
Magnuson says the Alcohol Impact Coalition is a grassroots effort, although they are working with Creighton, UNO and UNMC.
Omaha, NE – Nebraska's Junior Senator has doubts that the $920 billion economic stimulus bill will actually stimulate the economy.
During his weekly conference call with reporters, Senator Johanns expressed concerns about the stimulus package. The U.S. Senate is currently debating the stimulus plan. Johanns says many of the items in the stimulus are better suited for a budget plan.
Omaha, Nebraska – KIOS celebrates Black History Month with a Duke Ellington documentary Thursday, Jump For Joy-Duke Ellington's Celebratory Musical.
Jump For Joy was an all-black musical revue featuring up- and- coming African American performers like Dorothy Dandridge and Big Joe Turner who spoke, sang, danced, and joked in rebellion against traditional representations of blacks in movies and musical theater.
Omaha, NE – Creighton University's monthly business report shows the Midwest is in a recession.
Creighton Economics Professor Ernie Goss compiles the report on business conditions in nine states, including Nebraska and Iowa. Goss' report shows the overall Business Conditions Index for January was 33.5. While that's better than December's figure, Goss says that indicates a recession. The Index measures the overall health of the economy. A number higher than 50 indicates economic growth.
Omaha, NE – Iowa Governor Chet Culver wants that state to borrow $700 million for infrastructure projects statewide.
Governor Culver's comments came during a visit Tuesday to Council Bluffs. He says the $700 million would be used for both flood rebuilding projects and other critical needs statewide such as roads and bridges. Culver says all parts of Iowa would benefit from the stimulus package.
Omaha, NE – Omaha Mayor Mike Fahey says the city has improved public safety and had seven balanced budgets during his tenure.
Fahey gave his final State of the City address Tuesday. In the address, Fahey talked about improvements to roads, parks, and neighborhoods; the city's crime rate since 2001; and what he hopes to accomplish during his final months in office.