Bellevue, NE – Bellevue University has a new President.
The University announced earlier this week that Mary Hawkins will become President July first. She'll take over for John Muller, the current BU President. He's becoming the University's Chancellor and CEO of their foundation.
Omaha, NE – Omaha's Mayoral candidates are set to debate twice this week.
Hal Daub and Jim Suttle were the top two vote-getters in the April 7 city primary. Their first debate is Tuesday night at the Omaha Public Schools Administrative Building. That debate begins at 6:30 and is sponsored by the North Omaha Voter Participation Project.
Daub and Suttle will also debate Thursday at the Omaha Press Club. The Press Club hosted a similar debate before the primary.
Omaha, NE – Major facility upgrades are coming to Omaha's VA Hospital, thanks to economic stimulus money.
The VA of Nebraska-Western Iowa received $7.5 million in stimulus money. It'll be distributed among the medical centers in Lincoln, Omaha and Grand Island. More than half of the stimulus money is going toward two facility improvements at Omaha's VA Hospital.
Omaha, NE – With severe weather season upon us, the American Red Cross encourages the public to put together preparedness kits and practice tornado safety.
Dena Howard is Director of Programs for the American Red Cross Heartland Chapter. She says last year's violent weather stretched the Chapter's resources. One lesson the Heartland Chapter learned during last year's weather, according to Howard, is that many people are unprepared for severe thunderstorms and tornadoes.
Omaha, NE – This week is Severe Weather Awareness Week in eastern Nebraska and western Iowa.
Each year, the National Weather Service sets aside a week for public education about tornadoes, severe thunderstorms and floods. An emphasis is placed on safety and planning for severe weather events. Monday's events focus on flooding. Tuesday's focus is severe thunderstorms, and Wednesday focuses on tornadoes.