General News

Omaha
1:00 am
Thu May 31, 2012

Public meeting scheduled on Historic Parks and Boulevard Master Plan

The design and restoration of Omaha’s historic boulevards system is the subject of a public meeting Thursday.

Omaha Parks and Recreation has scheduled a 6pm meeting at the Elmwood Park Pavilion on the historic parks and boulevards master plan. Pat Slaven of Omaha Parks and Rec says public input will guide the development of the plan’s design, restoration, and enhancement initiatives.

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General News
5:06 am
Wed May 30, 2012

Child Welfare in Nebraska the Subject of May's Press Club

The May Press Club featured Lincoln Senator Kathy Campbell, Chairwoman of the Health and Human Services Committee and Carolyn Rooker, Executive Director of Voices for Children in Nebraska.

The two talked about the changes the legislature has made dealing with the safety and well-being of abused and neglected children in Nebraska.  Senator Campbell guided the legislation through the Unicameral. Rooker is an advocate on child welfare issues.  She says nationally there are three main things the child welfare system strives to do.

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Omaha
6:02 pm
Tue May 29, 2012

Community garden stolen

courtesy www.cityofomaha.org/parks

Omaha Parks and Recreation officials say a community garden was stolen over the weekend.

In a news release, Parks officials say the 4,800 square foot garden at Sherman Community Center was dug up and stolen. Sherman Community Center is located at 5701 North 16th Street.

Children who participate in programs at the Sherman Community Center planted the garden. Among the produce planted there were tomatoes, peppers, zucchini, and onions.

There were about 75 plants in the garden.

Omaha
7:33 pm
Mon May 28, 2012

Point-in-time report shows slight decrease in number of Omaha's homeless

A new report shows 1,530 people in the Omaha-Council Bluffs metro were homeless as of January.

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Omaha
10:47 am
Thu May 24, 2012

Open house next week on Transit Alternatives Analysis

courtesy www.omahalternativesanalysis.com

The executive director of Omaha’s Metro Area Transit says all options are on the table to expand alternative transportation.

An open house is scheduled for next Wednesday on the Central Omaha Transit Alternatives Analysis. Metro and the city of Omaha are working to identify transportation options in a corridor that borders 72nd Street, Center Street, Cuming Street, and the Riverfront.

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Douglas County
2:31 pm
Tue May 22, 2012

Douglas County Sheriff: budget request is flat, but additional deputies are needed

Douglas County Sheriff Tim Dunning says he stands by his department’s request for additional funding in the coming fiscal year.

County department heads presented their budgets at a Finance Committee meeting Tuesday. Douglas County’s new fiscal year begins July first. Commissioners asked all departments to present a flat budget.

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General News
2:00 pm
Tue May 22, 2012

Lawsuit Filed to Protect the Rights of Nebraska Children with Autism and Developmental Disabilities

Nebraska Appleseed and the National Health Law Program filed a class action lawsuit last Friday in Lancaster County District Court over services provided to disabled children. 

James Goddard, a staff attorney for Nebraska Appleseed, says the suit was filed on behalf of two children who were denied necessary behavioral health treatment.  

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Nebraska
1:00 am
Tue May 22, 2012

Homestead Act turns 150

A certificate showing land ownership under the Homestead Act.
courtesy National Archives

Sunday was the 150th anniversary of the Homestead Act.

The act, signed in 1862 by President Abraham Lincoln, offered 160 acres of free land to anyone who was the head of a household or at least 21 years old. The landowner had to develop the land and grow crops within five years. The only costs associated with acquiring the land were filing fees of $18.

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Omaha
1:38 pm
Mon May 21, 2012

Douglas County Board meets Tuesday to continue budget discussions

The Douglas County Board wants to hear from the public about its 2012-13 budget.

County Commissioners will continue discussions on the budget Tuesday morning at the Omaha-Douglas Civic Center. Last week, board chairman Marc Kraft told Omaha Public Radio that all options are on the table in the coming fiscal year to raise revenue, including a possible tax increase. No decision has been made on that yet.

The current fiscal year budget of $311 million contains no tax increase.

Transportation
1:00 am
Mon May 21, 2012

Chicago-to-Omaha rail study online open house ends Monday

Monday is the last day to participate in an online open house about the Chicago-to-Omaha passenger rail study.

The Iowa DOT has taken public comments on the rail study since February, and held public meetings throughout the state. It’s part of a five-step process that could lead to passenger rail travel through Iowa.

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