Cleanup is underway in southwest Iowa after a tornado left a half-mile-wide damage path in Thurman.
The National Weather Service in Omaha says the tornado touched down two miles north of Percival, Iowa, and continued in to Thurman just after 5:30 PM Saturday. The tornado left a ten-mile long path of damage before lifting just south of Tabor.
The Salvation Army of Omaha says the need for assistance from their food pantry is up 36 percent.
The Salvation Army and UNO’s Just Can It food drive has a new partner this year: the city of Omaha. Next week, all three will collect donations will the Salvation Army’s food pantry. The city of Omaha will collect donations as part of its Tuna Tuesdays food drive.
A day-long workshop Sunday at UNO focuses on events in the Middle East in the year since the so-called Arab Spring.
Arab Spring refers to the uprisings in Tunisia, Egypt, Libya, and other Middle East nations. It led to the overthrow of longtime dictators, and transitions to new governments. Workshops at Sunday’s conference will focus on Israel and Palestine, Iran, North Africa, and Egypt.
April is National Child Abuse prevention month, and the Nebraska Internet Crimes Against Children task force is working to keep them safe.
The ICAC task force is comprised of 50 federal, state and local law enforcement agencies, as well as prosecutors. The purpose of the task force is to investigate cases of child exploitation facilitated by the Internet or technology.
An estimated 250 Omahans commuted to work and home by bicycle during the winter.
Activate Omaha sponsored the Winter Bicycle Commuter Challenge. The 250 cyclists logged 5,350 trips and more than 65,000 miles. Activate Omaha director Julie Harris says exercise is only one reason why some people choose to commute by bicycle. For others, Harris says it's a necessity: commuting by bicycle is less expensive than driving.
Omaha Police are investigating a carjacking Thursday night on the University of Nebraska at Omaha campus.
The incident happened just after 7 PM Thursday. Police say the victim, 57-year-old Barbara Simcoe, was in her vehicle and had the door open. The suspect allegedly approached her vehicle, displayed a knife, and told her to get out of the car. Police say the suspect pulled Simcoe from her car and took off in the vehicle, a white 2000 Subaru Legacy Wagon.
Simcoe is an associate professor of art and art history at UNO.