Omaha, NE – Specialists from FEMA have been going door to door in the 12 Nebraska counties that were designated major disaster areas due to flooding.
Cheri Huber, Public Information Officer for FEMA, says homeowners and renters who live in the affected counties and whose properties sustained damage are eligible for individual assistance. Affected counties include Boyd, Burt, Cass, Dakota, Dixon, Douglas, Knox, Sarpy and Washington. Huber says it is important to register with FEMA right away.
Omaha, NE – The Mayor of Plattsmouth is Nebraska's new District 2 State Senator.
R. Paul Lambert was sworn in Friday morning. Lambert served as Plattsmouth Mayor for eight years, experience he says will help him in his new position. "Lots of challenges, but I feel that we will face them head on just as we did in Plattsmouth, solving problems is no different whether it's in Plattsmouth or for the state of Nebraska. We will move forward, we will do the right thing, and work for the people who put us here."
Omaha, NE – University of Nebraska at Omaha Chancellor John Christensen delivered the state-of-the-university address yesterday.
The Chancellor discussed the importance of identifying strategic priorities around the campus as well as the success of UNO's efforts to build capacity. He says UNO has added over 800,000 square feet of new space and renovated and repurposed over 700,000 square feet on campus. Christensen says now is the time for UNO to get serious about growing the operation as they look toward 2020.
Omaha, NE – A State Senator from Omaha is the fifth candidate to enter Nebraska's Second Congressional District race.
Senator Gwen Howard announced her candidacy Wednesday. Howard is currently serving her second term in the Nebraska Legislature. Prior to that, she worked for the Nebraska Department of Health and Human Services.
Omaha, NE – Jeff Raikes, President of the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, was the guest speaker at last month's Rotary Metro Luncheon.
Raikes retired from Microsoft September 1st, 2008. He then was named CEO of the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation. He says the position offered him the opportunity to use his skills to create positive change and reduce inequities in the world. Raikes says the Gates Foundation has learned that in order to really make a difference, they have to focus on specific areas.
Omaha, NE – Author Rebecca Skloot is the guest speaker at this year's 21st Women and Health Lecture taking place at the Orpheum Theatre this Thursday at 7:00 p.m.
Skloot is the prize-winning science author of "The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks." Amy Haddad is the Director for the Center for Health Policy and Ethics at Creighton University. She says the lecture's goal is to offer a service project to the community that brings women's health issues, ethics and the humanities together.
Omaha, NE – Wednesday is International Walk to School Day.
The event encourages children to live a healthy lifestyle by walking or riding their bicycles to school. Nebraska has participated in Walk to School Day since 2005.
Angela Barry, Safe Routes to School Nebraska Program Coordinator, says walking or bicycling to school has benefits beyond good health. "When kids get to school, studies show they're more alert and ready to learn, and it decreases the traffic around the schools, so it's safer for children."
Omaha, NE – The Iowa Department of Transportation plans to reopen I-29 south of Council Bluffs later this week.
A news release from IDOT says temporary lane crossovers will be in place at mileposts 0.8 northbound and 3.2 southbound near the Hamburg exit. Missouri River flooding caused bridge damage at those locations. The southbound lanes of I-29 will become two-way traffic.