The day South Carolina clinched its second straight College World Series championship last year, the Omaha Storm Chasers played a day game. Combined attendance at the two venues reached almost 34,000. That surpassed attendance numbers in nine cities during a full slate of games in Major League Baseball. But as good as it sounds for Omaha as a baseball mecca, the Storm Chasers are struggling to grab some attention.
The Douglas County Election Commission wants to add 30 precincts and make changes to 69 others before the November election.
Election Commissioner Dave Phipps made the announcement Wednesday, following public and advisory coalition meetings on the closure of polling places. The number of precincts was reduced by almost half prior to the May 15th primary election. State law, the 2010 Census, and redistricting meant changes to precincts would be needed in all of Nebraska’s 93 counties.
80 students from Omaha’s Lewis and Clark Middle School are spending the week at UNO, learning college and life skills.
The four-day program, which began Tuesday, incorporates arts, music, activities at UNO’S HPER building, and academics. The middle school students spend the week with UNO faculty, staff, and College of Education students.
Though one Cinderella team is out at the College World Series, the other one has pulled off an upset. The Kent State baseball team held off the University of Florida, 5-4, Monday night to remain alive in the double elimination tournament at TD Ameritrade Park.
In the late game, Arkansas beat South Carolina 2-1. The Gamecocks won the College World Series in 2010 and 2011.
Omaha’s arts and culture industry is one the city can count on, according to a new report released last week.
The Arts and Economic Prosperity report shows arts and culture provides for 3,400 full-time jobs, both directly and indirectly, in Omaha.
Marjorie Maas, Director of Nebraskans for the Arts, says the city’s arts and culture organizations provided 89 million dollars worth of economic impact last year, making up half of the state’s 174 million.
The Salvation Army of Omaha plans to open four cooling centers Monday for residents needing relief from the heat.
The centers are open from 11 am to 8 pm Monday and Tuesday. They’re at the Kroc Center at 28th and Y Streets, the North Corps at 24th and Pratt, The Council Bluffs Corps, and the Lied Renaissance Center.
Salvation Army officials say the cooling centers will be open whenever temperatures reach 90 degrees or more for at least two days.
Temperatures are expected to reach the mid to upper 90s in the Omaha metro area Monday and Tuesday.
Day four of the NCAA Mens College World Series begins at 4PM.
There are two games at TD Ameritrade Park Monday. The first is Florida and Kent State. Kent State is one of two first-time participants in the College World Series. The other, Stony Brook, lost Sunday.
At 8PM, Arkansas plays South Carolina. The Gamecocks won the College World Series in 2010 and 2011.
This is the second year of the Series at TD Ameritrade Park.