Omaha, NE – Cancer researchers at Creighton University are beginning a study on prostate cancer in African-American men.
Creighton's Hereditary Cancer Center and Jackson State University in Mississippi are partnering for the study. Dr. Henry Lynch, Director of the Cancer Center, says the goal is to determine the risk of prostate cancer based on family history. He says they also hope to develop new tools for preventing prostate cancer.
Omaha, NE – Another disaster recovery center opens today, this one in Douglas County.
NEMA says the DRC opens at 1PM at the Omaha-Douglas Civic Center, at 1819 Farnam Street. It'll be open through 7pm Thursday.
DRCs opened last week in Tekamah, Blair, and Sioux City. The centers are a place where flood victims can go to get information on assistance. You must register with FEMA before visiting one of the centers.
To register, call 1-800-621-3362 or log on to www.disasterassistance.gov.
Omaha, NE – Transportation Manager Greg Youell says MAPA applied for the federal grant because of all the different projects taking place across the metro.
He says Bellevue recently passed an ordinance that says all streets must be designed for vehicles as well as other types of transportation. Omaha has a transportation master plan that places heavy emphasis on other modes of transportation. Youell says other jurisdictions are working on similar projects.
Omaha, NE – UNO's freshman class numbers 2000 for the current school year. Assistant Director of Media Relations Wendy Townley says new this year, incoming freshmen will participate in a Freshman Convocation.
Omaha, NE – The Omaha police union is threatening a lawsuit if the city doesn't get a new agreement with the fire union in place.
The police union sent a letter Friday to Mayor Jim Suttle, saying they'll file a lawsuit to separate the police and fire pension systems if a new fire union contract isn't approved. Mayor Suttle says he'll send the original fire union contract back to the city council for an up-or-down vote.
Omaha, NE – Creighton University has a freshman class of 975 students this year.
On Tuesday, the students participated in The Creighton Pathway, a new academic precession held before the President's academic convocation. Patrick Borchers, Vice President of Academic Affairs, says the academic profile of the incoming class puts Creighton among the top-10 private universities in the Midwest. He says the incoming class scored in the 88th percentile on the ACT's on average.
Omaha, NE – The US Small Business Administration is offering low-interest federal disaster assistance loans to nine counties in Nebraska.
Public Information Officer Alex Contreras is with the SBA's Office of Disaster Assistance. He says the SBA offers disaster loans to homeowners, renters, businesses and private non-profit organizations. The first step in the process is registering with FEMA at 1-800-621-FEMA
Omaha, NE – The Omaha City Council has approved Mayor Jim Suttle's 2012 budget plan, with two amendments.
Councilmen voted Tuesday afternoon in favor of the $730 million dollar spending plan. It contains no tax increases and no deficit. Next year's budget accounts for fewer city employees overall, although the city plans to hire 22 civilian workers for the combined sewer overflow project.