Omaha, NE – The Omaha City Council has approved one of the first steps in the possible building of a downtown stadium for the College World Series.
Tuesday, City Councilmen signed off on a plan to demolish the Pinnacle Foods site in downtown Omaha. The Stadium Oversight Committee's ballpark proposal calls for tearing down the Pinnacle plant and using the site for parking. It'll cost $3.4 million to demolish the building.
Omaha, NE – The Douglas County Health Department has begun its West Nile Virus surveillance.
Reid Steinkraus of the Health Department says dead bird collection began Monday. The birds are tested for West Nile, which is spread by bites from infected mosquitoes. Testing will happen until three dead birds test positive for the virus.
Omaha, NE – Monday would have been the 83rd birthday of civil rights leader Malcolm X.
Malcolm X was born Malcolm Little May 19, 1925 in Omaha. He was 39 years old when he was assassinated in 1965 during a speech in New York City. Saturday, Omaha's Malcolm X Foundation hosted a celebration of his life.
Omaha, NE – Former Omaha Mayor Hal Daub could be ready to seek that office again. Daub confirmed Thursday that he's formed an Exploratory Committee, a first step toward another mayoral run.
Daub served two terms as Mayor before Mike Fahey was elected in 2001. During Daub's tenure, Qwest Center Omaha became a reality. He now serves on the Metropolitan Entertainment and Convention Authority Board, which manages the Qwest Center.
Omaha, NE – A local election expert doesn't expect Nebraska to go Democrat in November. Randy Adkins, the Chair of the Graduate Program at the University of Nebraska-Omaha Department of Political Science, says Nebraska has a long history of supporting Republican candidates.
Senator Barack Obama won the Democratic Presidential primary in Nebraska Tuesday, but the vote is largely symbolic. Nebraska Democrats caucused in February and officially selected Obama as the nominee.
Omaha, NE – Voter turnout in Douglas County for Tuesday's primary election was lower than anticipated.
Douglas County Election Commissioner Dave Phipps says 16 percent of the county's registered voters actually cast ballots in the primary election. Phipps anticipated 20 percent voter turnout. He says while low turnout is typical for a primary election, he's disappointed. Phipps says it seems as though many voters were either disinterested or unaware that an election was going on.
Omaha, NE – Omaha plans to add 20 miles of bicycle routes throughout the city over the next 12 months.
Mayor Mike Fahey announced Monday that Activate Omaha and Bikable Communities secured $600,000 for 20 miles of bicycle routes. The goal is to link downtown with bike trails and give bicyclists a safe place to ride.
Omaha, NE – Construction is underway on the first of two swimming pools that'll be used for the U.S. Olympic Swim Trials in Omaha. The Trials are June 29th through July Sixth.
Monday morning, crews began welding the foundation and the vinyl lining for the warm-up pool. It'll take approximately seven days to complete the first pool. Then, construction will begin on the second the ten-lane competition pool. It'll be built inside the Qwest Center Omaha arena and take up the first nine rows of seats.
Omaha, NE – Omaha's GO HOPE Coalition continues to offer free counseling to homeowners facing foreclosure.
The Coalition held its third foreclosure prevention workshop Saturday at the Omaha Public Library Washington Branch. GO HOPE stands for Greater Omaha Home Ownership Preservation Efforts. It's made up of lenders, social service agencies, and government entities. The goal is to provide free housing counseling and assistance to homeowners at risk of foreclosure.