A State Senator from Omaha wants to be the city’s next Mayor.
Senator Brad Ashford says he’ll make an official announcement after Labor Day. Ashford was first elected to the Nebraska Legislature in 1986 and re-elected in 1990. He ran for Legislature again in 2006 and has represented District 20 since then.
Omaha Performing Arts offers five different series: Broadway, Dance, Family, Jazz and Showcase, formerly the Popular Series.
Executive Director Joan Squires says several of the shows offered during this season’s Broadway series are coming to Omaha for the first time. The season begins with Shrek! The Musical in October. Squires says that’s followed by Billy Elliot in November.
The Omaha Public Schools board will again conduct a national search for a new superintendent.
Board members voted unanimously Monday night to begin a new search. That followed a vote Saturday afternoon to accept the resignation of Nancy Sebring. She was set to become OPS' new superintendent July 1. Sebring resigned after reports surfaced that she sent and received sexually explicit emails from her official Des Moines Public Schools account.
The OPS board will also name an interim superintendent. Right now there's no timeline for that to happen.
Douglas County’s new fiscal year budget is once again up for discussion Tuesday.
County Commissioners will discuss the budget at their 9am meeting Tuesday. Two weeks ago, Finance Committee members grilled county department heads on their budget requests for the coming fiscal year, which begins July 1.
The County Board asked all departments to present flat budgets, and justify any requests for additional funding.
County Commissioners are scheduled to vote on the 2012-13 budget later this month.
The board voted 9-1 Saturday afternoon, with two members absent, to accept Nancy Sebring's resignation. Board member Justin Wayne voted no. Sebring, the former Des Moines Public Schools superintendent, notified the board Saturday morning she'd resign following reports that she sent and received sexually explicit emails from her school district account.
Sebring was set to begin work July first, taking over for retiring superintendent John Mackiel.
A worker injured Tuesday while working on the decking for the U.S. Olympic Swim Trials competition pool could be released from the hospital today.
Swim Trials COO Harold Cliff says the worker was installing plywood on the deck when he slipped and fell. The worker, a member of the International Alliance of Theatrical Stage Employees Local Union 42, suffered a concussion and broke two fingers.
MECA spokeswoman Rebecca Kleeman says the worker was conscious when he was taken to the hospital and is expected to fully recover.
Construction on two swimming pools at the CenturyLink Center is Omaha is nearly complete.
Workers are building the pools in the convention center and arena for the U.S. Olympic Swim Trials. This is the second time Omaha is hosting the trials. In 2008, more than 1,200 U.S. Swimming team members competed in Omaha. This time around it’ll be 1,800 swimmers.
Swim Trials COO Harold Cliff says construction has gone smoothly, and both pools are on schedule. Once construction is finished, both pools they’ll be filled and heated.