Omaha, NE – The Douglas County Election Commissioner's office predicts 20 percent voter turnout for Tuesday's primary election.
Election Commissioner Dave Phipps says four years ago, primary election turnout was just over 13 percent. It was 23 percent two years ago during the gubernatorial primary. He says early voting has been slow in Douglas County as well.
Omaha, NE – Iowa is Bicycle Safety Month and that state's Department of Transportation is encouraging more people to ride their bicycles to work.
The Department of Transportation is promoting the benefits of riding your bicycle instead of driving to work. Milly Ortiz, bicycle and pedestrian coordinator, says riding your bicycle to work benefits your health and the environment. She says it's also a smart choice given the rising gas prices.
Omaha, NE – Second District Congressman Lee Terry is among the House Republicans introducing legislation to help the housing market.
Terry's legislation would provide a one-time tax credit, up to $10,000, to homebuyers. The goal is to encourage home buying and spur economic growth. Terry says too many jobs rely on the housing market and too many people are afraid to buy homes given the current economy.
Omaha, NE – Newly released economic indicators show job growth in the Omaha metro area remains strong despite national troubles.
The Greater Omaha Indicators are published by the Greater Omaha Economic Development partnership. The Indicators measure job growth, housing permits, and the unemployment rate. April's report shows Omaha's unemployment rate is holding at three point four percent.
Omaha, NE – Nebraska tourism officials don't expect high gas prices to deter travelers from vacationing in the Cornhusker State this summer.
A new report by AAA ranks Nebraska as the second most affordable vacation spot in the United States, behind North Dakota. Sarah Baker, spokeswoman for the Nebraska Division of Travel and Tourism, says tourists are better able to handle higher gas prices when they visit an affordable vacation spot.
Omaha, NE – The Douglas County Health Department says there's no reason to be concerned about a recent outbreak of tuberculosis cases. The latest involves a homeless man, who was diagnosed while staying at the Open Door Mission.
Health Department Director Dr. Adi Pour says that man is hospitalized. A staff member at Open Door Mission tested positive for TB based on a skin test. But Dr. Pour says that person has latent TB and isn't infectious. She says in people with latent TB, the germ is dormant.
Omaha, NE – A Memorandum of Understanding between CWS of Omaha, Inc. and the NCAA now has approval from both sides.
The College World Series Stadium Oversight Committee announced Tuesday that NCAA President Myles Brand has signed off on the Memorandum of Understanding. CWS of Omaha and the NCAA reached an agreement last week. Under the terms of that agreement, the College World Series would remain in Omaha for the next 25 years.
Council Bluffs, IA – A federal building in Council Bluffs that's housed the U.S. Postal Service for more than 100 years has a new owner.
The federal building opened in 1883 as the home of the U.S. Postal Service and Customs House. In 1959, the original building was torn down and replaced with a more modern federal building. The Post Office remains at that site. The building was auctioned off Wednesday for $1.3 million.
Omaha, NE – An Omaha Central High School student diagnosed earlier this month with tuberculosis continues to recover. Douglas County Health Department Director Dr. Adi Pour says the student hasn't returned to school.
Following the diagnosis, health department officials tested 150 people at Central High School. Of those, four students and one staff member tested positive. But Dr. Pour says they don't have the disease and aren't infectious. The Health Department plans a second round of testing in May to confirm that TB hasn't spread.