Omaha, NE – Nebraska and Iowa play the first "Heroes Game" Friday morning, and it'll mean a new house for a needy family in Omaha or Council Bluffs.
Omaha Mayor Jim Suttle and Council Bluffs Mayor Tom Hanafan met on the pedestrian bridge last week to wager on the game. If Iowa wins, Mayor Suttle and his staff will build a house in Council Bluffs with Habitat for Humanity. If Nebraska wins, it'll be Mayor Hanafan and his staff building a house with Habitat for Humanity in Omaha.
Omaha, NE – Third quarter statistics for the 2-1-1 Call Center showed an increase in areas of need in Nebraska and Southwest Iowa.
Karen Brickelmyer is the President and CEO of the United Way of the Midlands. She says the 2-1-1 line is a source for information, with the goal of connecting individuals who have needs with service providers in the community.
Lincoln, NE – It took less than 45 minutes for the 15th day of the Unicameral's special legislative session to pass four bills and then Gov. Dave Heineman to sign them into law.
Following unopposed votes on the floor, members of the Natural Resources Committee hand delivered the bills to the governor, who quickly signed them during a five-minute ceremony in his second-floor office. "Our work is done," Heineman said before signing the bills while flanked by the eight- member committee.
Omaha, NE – The manager of campus security at UNO says the university will have a new text messaging system that allows anyone to send texts directly to campus security.
Paul Kosel says individuals on and off campus may use the new system to report an emergency or a crime, as well as share tips anonymously with campus security. The process to find an affordable text system took several years, but Kosel says UNO will finally implement the new system on Tuesday.
Omaha, NE – November is National Family Caregivers Month.
The National Family Caregivers Association estimates 65 million Americans are caregivers for an aging loved one. Brian Petranick, president and COO of Omaha-based Right at Home Inc., estimates there are 240,000 family caregivers in the Omaha metro.
Omaha, NE – The Omaha Public Schools board has set April 9, 2012 date to name a new superintendent.
Board members set a timeline last week for the selection of the new superintendent. Dr. John Mackiel is retiring from OPS at the end of this school year after 39 years with the school district. OPS hired Illinois-based consulting firm Hazard, Young, Attea and Associates to assist with the search.
Omaha, NE – The VA of Nebraska-Western Iowa is providing free services for homeless veterans tomorrow from 9 until Noon at the Omaha Civic Center.
VA Public Affairs Officer Will Ackerman says the event, called Stand Down, is intended to give back to the veterans who have served and sacrificed honorably. He says this event is one part of the Department of Veterans Affairs' goal to end veterans' homelessness by 2015.
Ackerman says Stand Down is one way for the VA to reach veterans that may not yet be connected with services.
Omaha, NE – This week is National Hunger and Homelessness Week.
Ken Lyons, President and CEO of NeighborWorks Omaha, says the week is meant to make people aware of the seriousness of these two issues in our community. He says Nebraska has alarming statistics concerning poverty and homelessness.
Lyons says in 2010, Nebraska had more than 215,000 individuals living in poverty. Of those, 38,000 were children. He says single mothers face the highest percentage of food insecurity. But Lyons says there are ways we can help.