Omaha, NE – Nebraska's Junior Senator plans to vote against the confirmation of Judge Sonia Sotomayor to the U.S. Supreme Court.
Senator Mike Johanns issued a statement Monday saying he has concerns about Judge Sotomayor's impartiality and stance on the Second Amendment. Johanns says his decision is based on Sotomayor's record and judicial philosophy.
Omaha, NE – Omahans wanting to weigh in on the 2010 city budget have three chances to do so next week.
Mayor Jim Suttle's office is hosting three budget round tables, next Tuesday through Thursday. Each round table features a presentation of the 2010 budget proposal. The public has a chance to discuss the budget and ask questions of city department heads.
The round table schedule is:
Tuesday, July 28: Elkhorn Common Ground, 1701 Veterans Drive
Wednesday, July 29: Benson High School Library, 5120 Maple St
Omaha, NE – The Salvation Army of Omaha and Omaha Fire Department are teaming up to fill the organization's food pantry.
The Salvation Army says since June first, 726 families have received food assistance. That's up 27 percent since last year. The Omaha chapter's food pantry faces a critical shortage of food. Omaha Fire Department Captain Jim Gentile says donations are being accepted at all fire stations.
Council Bluffs, IA – The 37th RAGBRAI is underway.
More than 10,000 bicyclists left Council Bluffs Sunday morning. They spent Sunday evening in Red Oak before continuing on to Greenfield.
RAGBRAI Director T.J. Juskiewicz says Council Bluffs was chosen as host city for several reasons, including the new Bob Kerrey Pedestrian Bridge. This was the fourth time Council Bluffs hosted RAGBRAI.
The 442 mile bike ride ends Saturday in Burlington, Iowa.
Omaha, NE – Counselors will be available Friday at an Omaha elementary school for students to talk about the death of Michael Belitz.
The body of 12-year-old Belitz was found earlier this week in his north Omaha home. His mother, Angela Manns, is charged with first degree murder in connection with Belitz's death. She's being held without bail.
Belitz attended Minne Lusa Elementary School in Omaha. OPS officials says counselors and psychologists will be available at that school Friday from 10 AM to 3 PM.
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.