General News

12:24 pm
Mon July 23, 2012

Lincoln Police investigating a hate crime

Lincoln Police are investigating a hate crime that happened early Sunday morning.

Lincoln Police spokeswoman Officer Katie Flood says few details are available as the investigation is in its early stages. She says police are investigating a report of an assault and arson at a home on Lincoln’s south side.

Flood says derogatory language regarding a person's sexual orientation was spray painted inside the home. The victim, a 33-year-old woman, was injured and treated at a Lincoln hospital. She described her alleged attackers as three men wearing masks.

General News
5:06 am
Fri July 20, 2012

Bellevue Selected to Compete in National Green Contest

The City of Bellevue has been selected to represent Nebraska in the SC Johnson Green Choices Challenge.

The city with the biggest percentage of sustainable participation during the 6-month contest period, will win a $100,000 environmental grant.  The competition began July 2nd and runs through December. 

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General News
5:06 am
Thu July 19, 2012

Completely KIDS is Offering an Open Forum on Gang Violence Prevention

An open forum called “Gang Violence and Prevention Awareness” takes place this evening at the South Omaha Public Library.

L.D. Richardson, Senior, Teen Specialist with Completely KIDS, says the teens in his program helped put the forum together.  Richardson says tonight’s forum will bring the community together and offer them information to improve the safety of South Omaha. 

The evening includes a presentation by the South Omaha precinct gang unit, former gang members and a victim of gang violence.  Richardson says prevention starts in the home.

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General News
5:06 am
Wed July 18, 2012

Ravel/UnRavel Starts its Citywide Tour this Weekend

Ravel/UnRavel on tour

Project Interfaith is taking its Ravel/UnRavel initiative to the streets starting this Sunday. Volunteers will be parking a classic Bel Air Wagon around the city, drawing attention to the project. 

The idea for Ravel/UnRavel unfolded in the spring of 2010 during the first week of a student project. 

For six weeks, kids took flip cameras and a list of questions concerning service, spiritual identity and beliefs, into the community. These interviews were then uploaded to a video blog on Project Interfaith’s website. 

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2:00 pm
Tue July 17, 2012

No proposed tax increase in Omaha's 2013 budget

  • Mayor Suttle's 2013 budget presentation.

Omaha’s 2013 budget proposal contains no property tax increase, and estimates sales tax revenue will grow 1 to 3 percent.

Mayor Jim Suttle introduced the 2013 budget at Tuesday's City Council meeting. The general fund budget is $319.8 million, a 2.76 percent increase over the 2012 spending plan. Most of the growth in the 2013 plan is due to Omaha Public Works’ budget.

The budget plan accounts for 1.75 percent raises for police, fire, and civilian personnel in 2013. It also includes a police department recruit class.

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General News
5:06 am
Tue July 17, 2012

Move Over Law in Effect in Iowa

Courtesy of Iowa DOT

On July 1st, Iowa Governor Terry Branstad signed a new law into effect.  Under the new “Move Over” Law, motorists who are ticketed and convicted for not moving over for emergency vehicles will face increased penalties. 

Kim Snook is with the Iowa Department of Transportation. She says the purpose of the law is to keep emergency vehicles and highway personnel safe while they do their work.  Snook says there are two simple rules everyone should follow.

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1:00 am
Mon July 16, 2012

Mayor Jim Suttle to present Omaha's 2013 budget Tuesday

Annexation and budgets are on Tuesday's Omaha City Council agenda.

Omaha Mayor Jim Suttle is set to give his 2013 budget presentation to the City Council. No details are available at this point about the new budget. A public hearing will be held in August.

Councilmen will also vote on annexing eight Sanitary Improvement Districts in to the city of Omaha. If that’s approved, the city of Omaha will grow by 6,353 residents.

The Omaha City Council meets at 2pm Tuesday.

2:38 pm
Fri July 13, 2012

Salvation Army opening three cooling centers Saturday morning

The Salvation Army of Omaha plans to have three cooling centers open this weekend as temperatures soar in to the upper 90s.

Salvation Army officials announced Friday that the Kroc Center, North Corps, and Lied Renaissance Center will be open Saturday and Sunday from 8am to 5pm.

Those three locations will be open from 8am to 8pm as cooling centers Monday through Friday next week.

The National Weather Service expects a high temperature around 95 Saturday and 97 Sunday.

General News
12:00 pm
Wed July 11, 2012

Metro Fireworks/Gun Amnesty Day Saturday

The 4th of July is over and the Omaha Police Department is offering individuals the opportunity to turn in leftover fireworks this weekend.

The Metro Area Fireworks and Gun Amnesty day will take place this Saturday from 9:00 to 3:00 at two locations: Ambassador Worship Center, 103rd and Fort Streets and Seymour Smith Park, at 72nd and Harrison Streets.  OPD Sgt. Matt Manhart says guns, ammunition and fireworks will be accepted at both locations with no questions asked. 

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9:07 am
Wed July 11, 2012

Douglas County Board approves 2012-13 budget

Douglas County Commissioners have approved a $325 million 2012-13 budget.

The county’s new fiscal year began July first. The new fiscal year budget contains no tax increase and keeps the budgets of most offices flat.

Finance Director Joe Lorenz says it’s a responsible and aggressive spending plan, but achievable.

The county’s General Fund budget grew 2.1 percent compared to last fiscal year’s plan. Lorenz says cost increases in the Election Commission and Environmental Services offices increased, but it was offset by additional revenue.