Omaha, NE – Metropolitan Community College plans to break ground Thursday on the Institute for Culinary Arts and Alumni Conference Center.
The 39,000 square foot facility costs $16 million. Sheila O'Connor, Director of Marketing and Public Relations for Metro Community College, says it'll house culinary arts classrooms, labs, and a public bistro.
Omaha, NE – Work is nearly complete on the first of two swimming pools being built inside Qwest Center Omaha.
The swimming pools are for the Mutual of Omaha Swimvitational and the U.S. Olympic Swim Trials. Construction began last Monday on the warm-up pool, which is inside Halls B and C of the Convention Center. Omaha Sports Commission Chairman Harley Schrager says that swimming pool is about two days away from completion.
Omaha, NE – Educare is preparing to begin construction on its second site in Omaha. Educare of Omaha-South will provide child care and education for 200 low-income children.
Omaha is one of only six cities nationwide with an Educare facility. Educare focuses on the total development of a child, including social, cognitive, physical, and intellectual. The goal is to close the achievement gap by preparing at-risk students for kindergarten.
Omaha, NE – The Omaha City Council has approved one of the first steps in the possible building of a downtown stadium for the College World Series.
Tuesday, City Councilmen signed off on a plan to demolish the Pinnacle Foods site in downtown Omaha. The Stadium Oversight Committee's ballpark proposal calls for tearing down the Pinnacle plant and using the site for parking. It'll cost $3.4 million to demolish the building.
Omaha, NE – The Douglas County Health Department has begun its West Nile Virus surveillance.
Reid Steinkraus of the Health Department says dead bird collection began Monday. The birds are tested for West Nile, which is spread by bites from infected mosquitoes. Testing will happen until three dead birds test positive for the virus.
Omaha, NE – Monday would have been the 83rd birthday of civil rights leader Malcolm X.
Malcolm X was born Malcolm Little May 19, 1925 in Omaha. He was 39 years old when he was assassinated in 1965 during a speech in New York City. Saturday, Omaha's Malcolm X Foundation hosted a celebration of his life.
Omaha, NE – Former Omaha Mayor Hal Daub could be ready to seek that office again. Daub confirmed Thursday that he's formed an Exploratory Committee, a first step toward another mayoral run.
Daub served two terms as Mayor before Mike Fahey was elected in 2001. During Daub's tenure, Qwest Center Omaha became a reality. He now serves on the Metropolitan Entertainment and Convention Authority Board, which manages the Qwest Center.
Omaha, NE – A local election expert doesn't expect Nebraska to go Democrat in November. Randy Adkins, the Chair of the Graduate Program at the University of Nebraska-Omaha Department of Political Science, says Nebraska has a long history of supporting Republican candidates.
Senator Barack Obama won the Democratic Presidential primary in Nebraska Tuesday, but the vote is largely symbolic. Nebraska Democrats caucused in February and officially selected Obama as the nominee.