General News

Omaha
1:00 am
Mon February 27, 2012

'Million Meal March' seeks to provide food for families in Omaha, throughout the world

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.

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General News
5:06 am
Fri February 24, 2012

Salvation Army's Tree of Lights Campaign raises more than $3 million

More than $3 million was raised during the Omaha Salvation Army’s 2011 Tree of Lights Campaign. 

Joanne Bemis is the Divisional Director of Development. She says last year, the Salvation Army assisted more than 170,000 people and she anticipates the need increasing this year.  

The Salvation Army has more than 20 social service programs, serving families from teens to senior citizens. Bemis says 100% of the money raised during the campaign goes to support these programs.

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Omaha
2:02 pm
Thu February 16, 2012

Omaha ends 2011 budget year with projected $740,000 deficit

The city of Omaha ended 2011 with a $740,000 budget deficit.

City officials released the preliminary fourth quarter financial report Thursday. The report says Omaha’s lack of a new contract with the fire union cost the city two million dollars. The City Council rejected a new contract with the fire union last year. Since then, a ruling from the Commission of Industrial Relations cost the city of Omaha $3.2 million.

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General News
5:06 am
Thu February 16, 2012

Ultra Chic Prom Boutique Celebrates Five Years

The 5th annual Ultra Chic Prom Boutique takes place Saturday, February 25th.

Lisa Sekundiak, Vice President and Owner of Max I. Walker, says she was inspired to start the event after looking through her own closet of gently used formal wear.  She says the company asks people to look through their own closets, and consider donating any unwanted bridesmaids gowns or prom dresses. 

Sekundiak says Max I. Walker cleans all the dresses and then displays them all at the boutique.  Each dress is sold for $25.  Sekundiak says the prom boutique features more than dresses.

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General News
2:25 pm
Mon February 13, 2012

PRIDE-Omaha, Inc. Closing

PRIDE-Omaha, Inc. is dissolving its non-profit corporation on March 31, 2012.

The organization was formed in 1978 with the purpose of working to keep children safe and drug-free.  Executive Director Susie Dugan says even though the need for drug prevention is as great as ever when it comes to kids and drugs, it has become increasingly difficult to sustain funding for their resource center. 

She says PRIDE-Omaha is grateful to the community and state supporters who made it possible for them to do their work for so long. 

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Omaha
1:41 pm
Fri February 10, 2012

New apartments, community services facility planned for Siena/Francis House campus

Officials break ground for new efficiency apartments and a community services facility at Siena/Francis House.
photo by Katie Schubert, KIOS-FM

Omaha’s Siena/Francis House plans to open 48 new efficiency apartments and a community services center.

A groundbreaking Friday morning marked the official start of the project on 18thStreet. The $7.2 million dollar project is set for completion in August. Siena/Francis House executive director Mike Saklar says the new apartments are for homeless people with disabilities. They’ll pay 250 dollars a month rent, with assistance available.

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General News
4:00 am
Wed February 8, 2012

278 of Omaha's "string of pearls" to be replaced in April

Omaha's "string of pearls" light a three-quarter mile stretch of Abbott Drive.
courtesy Google Images

278 broken light fixtures that are part of Omaha’s so-called “string of pearls” will be replaced in April.

The string of pearls are 700 lights that line a three-quarter mile stretch of Abbott Drive, from downtown Omaha to Eppley Airfield. A hailstorm last August shattered 278 of those lights. City engineer Todd Pfitzer says original estimates put the replacement cost at $500,000. But Pfitzer says those lights will be replaced with LED ones, which will save the city $120,000 to $150,000 in energy costs over the next five years.

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Weather
12:57 pm
Tue February 7, 2012

Snow removal 'challenging,' but helped by additional resources

Mayor Jim Suttle and Public Works officials update snow removal efforts during a news conference Tuesday.
Photo by Katie Schubert, KIOS

 

Omaha city officials say the combination of a weekend storm and extra contractors prevented the need to declare a snow emergency.

 Mayor Jim Suttle and Public Works officials updated the city’s snow removal efforts during a news conference Tuesday. Saturday’s storm left more than nine inches of snow in Omaha.

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General News
5:06 am
Tue February 7, 2012

LFS' 3rd Annual At Ease Lunch featured Medal of Honor recipient Sal Giunta

Staff Sergeant Sal Giunta

Lutheran Family Services’ 3rd Annual At Ease Luncheon featured a Medal of Honor recipient.

This year’s keynote speaker was former U.S. Army Staff Sergeant, Sal Giunta.  Sgt. Giunta is the first living American serviceman to receive the Medal of Honor for service in Iraq or Afghanistan.  

Sgt. Guinta said he was happy to support At Ease, a program he said helps soldiers fighting for the freedoms all Americans enjoy.

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General News
11:40 am
Fri February 3, 2012

Nebraska State Patrol advises caution on snowy roadways

The Nebraska State Patrol says using caution is key when traveling during winter weather.

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