Terry Kroeger, Publisher and CEO of Omaha World Herald, was the guest speaker at February’s Omaha Press Club Noon Forum.
Kroeger talked about the recent sale of the newspaper to Warren Buffett’s company Berkshire Hathaway. He also discussed how the sale will affect the paper in the future as well how it came about. Kroeger says the World Herald editorial writers won’t be influenced by the paper being owned by Buffett.
The public had a chance to witness Iowa Supreme Court hearings in-person Wednesday night in Council Bluffs.
The Iowa Supreme Court heard oral arguments at Iowa Western Community College on two cases. One case involved the ACLU and Atlantic School District, and focused on records requests regarding disciplinary action taken against employees. The other case involved local ordinances in Hamburg, Iowa, relating to sexually-oriented businesses.
Motorists may have noticed a recent increase in gas prices in the metro area.
John Deskins, Associate Professor of Economics at Creighton University, says there’s no need to worry. Though he does anticipate gas prices will rise in April, May and June as they usually do when summer approaches, he expects the prices will also decrease by fall.
According to Deskins, it is difficult to pinpoint one specific reason for the recent run up in gas prices.
Omaha Police Chief Alex Hayes is retiring from the department.
A news release from Mayor Jim Suttle’s office says Hayes will retire March 30th. He’s been with the Omaha Police Department for 25 years, the last two-and-a-half as Police Chief. Hayes took over following former Chief Eric Buske’s departure in 2009.
UNO’s Department of Black Studies is hosting its 11th annual Malcolm X Festival Wednesday, March 7th and Thursday, March 8th.
Peggy Jones, Assistant Professor in the Black Studies Department, says this year’s theme is “Juveniles and Justice: Law and the Prison Industrial Complex.” She says the two-day event will feature a mix of presenters and topics, including poverty, youth and the law.
Jones says Ameena Fort-Matthews is the guest speaker. Fort-Matthews was featured in the documentary film, “The Interrupters.”
An estimated one in five Nebraskans is “food insecure”---that is, they don’t know where their next meal will come from.
An event this coming Saturday in Omaha seeks to provide 300,000 meals for local families struggling with hunger. It’s called the “Million Meal March.” Volunteers are needed to help the Omaha chapter of Minnesota-based Kids Against Hunger pack meals at the CenturyLink Center for international and local distribution.