Governor Dave Heineman has declared a state of emergency due to drought conditions.
The Governor's office said Monday in a news release that the declaration makes state personnel and resources available for prevention and emergencies, Heineman says the drought conditions "are presenting an imminent threat to the ability of local governments to respond."
150 years ago, President Abraham Lincoln signed the Pacific Railway Act, establishing the Union Pacific Railway. In honor of Union Pacific’s sesquicentennial, six local organizations are collaborating to offer Railroad Days. The two-day celebration takes place July 14th and 15th.
Each venue will offer special activities to explore the region’s railroad heritage. The Durham Museum is one of the participating venues. Shawna Forsberg is Director of Marketing and Public Relations for the Durham.
Omaha’s high temperature reached 102 Wednesday and hot weather is expected the next few days.
Alegent Health spokeswoman Jodi Hoatson says 12 people were treated in the five hospitals’ emergency rooms for heat-related illness as of Wednesday evening. Heat exhaustion and heat stroke can set in quickly during hot weather unless you take precautions.
Areas south of the Omaha metro are under a heat advisory Thursday. Lincoln’s high temperature also reached 102 Wednesday.
This morning is the public’s final opportunity to weigh in on the draft of MAPA’s 2013-18 Transportation Improvement Program.
Greg Youell, Transportation and Data Manager for the Metropolitan Area Planning Agency, says the TIP represents all federally funded transportation projects in the metro area. He says transportation projects slated for Douglas and Sarpy Counties in Nebraska, and the Council Bluffs area in Iowa, are included in the TIP.
Youell says it’s important for citizens to understand they do have an opportunity to give input on the selected projects.
Douglas County Commissioners are set to vote July 10 on the new fiscal year budget.
The county’s new fiscal year begins Sunday. Commissioners held a public hearing Tuesday on the $325 million budget proposal. Departments were asked to keep their budgets flat, and justify any requested increases.
Budget and Finance Director Joe Lorenz says the county won't have to dip in to its existing reserves to fund programs in the 2012-13 budget year.
Throughout the month of June, 28 young women have been participating in an educational experience called the Eureka Program.
Angie Hodge directs the program. She says this is the first year the nationwide program has been offered in Nebraska. Eureka offers 8th grade girls the opportunity to explore science, technology, engineering and math.
In addition to focusing on the STEM fields, Hodge says the program also helps build character, and encourage physical wellness.
The Salvation Army of Omaha re-opens its four cooling centers Tuesday morning.
Temperatures are expected to reach about one hundred degrees Wednesday and Thursday. The cooling centers open at 11 am at the Kroc Center, North Corps, Council Bluffs Corps, and Lied Renaissance Center.
Each center will be open until 8 pm through Friday.
Salvation Army officials say donations are needed for the cooling centers, as well as for the fan distribution program.
The Salvation Army of Omaha plans to open four cooling centers Monday for residents needing relief from the heat.
The centers are open from 11 am to 8 pm Monday and Tuesday. They’re at the Kroc Center at 28th and Y Streets, the North Corps at 24th and Pratt, The Council Bluffs Corps, and the Lied Renaissance Center.
Salvation Army officials say the cooling centers will be open whenever temperatures reach 90 degrees or more for at least two days.
Temperatures are expected to reach the mid to upper 90s in the Omaha metro area Monday and Tuesday.