Omaha, NE – Mike Johanns brings a wealth of experience to the U.S. Senate race. He's a former Lancaster County Commissioner, Mayor of Lincoln, Nebraska Governor, and Secretary of Agriculture. But Johanns says he has an open-door policy and would bring all sides to the table if he's elected to the Senate. In the third of our five-part series of candidate profiles, Omaha Public Radio's Katie Knapp introduces you to Mike Johanns and where he stands on the issues.
Omaha, NE – Second District Congressman Lee Terry says there's unfinished business in Washington--and he hopes voters send him back to finish it. Terry is a five-term member of the U.S. House and the Republican Candidate in the Second District race. Recent polls have him in a virtual dead heat with his Democratic opponent, Jim Esch. In the second of our five-part series of candidate profiles, Omaha Public Radio's Katie Knapp introduces you to Lee Terry, and where he stands on the issues.
Omaha, NE – Jim Esch narrowly lost to Lee Terry in the 2006 Second Congressional District race. Esch was a newcomer to politics then. This Election season, Esch is once again running against Terry. Esch's campaign has more money and the backing of the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee. This week on Omaha Public Radio, we'll bring you profiles of Jim Esch, Lee Terry, and the candidates for U.S. Senate and Iowa's Fifth Congressional District.
Omaha, NE – Internet company Yahoo! plans to build two operations in the Omaha metro area.
Yahoo! officials announced Friday morning that a Data Center will be built in La Vista. Also, a Customer Care Center is planned in west Omaha. Together, the projects represent a more than $100 million investment.
Omaha, NE – Nebraska voters will decide in two weeks if the State Constitution should be amended to ban affirmative action in certain situations.
The ballot measure would ban preferential treatment in public hiring, contracting, or education. The group Nebraska Civil Rights Initiative is backing the measure and collected more than 172,000 signatures to get it on the ballot.
Omaha, NE – The Douglas County Health Report card shows improvements in some areas and deficiencies in others.
The Health Report Card is based on several factors, including economics, infant health, childhood obesity, instances of diabetes, and domestic violence. Health Department Director Dr. Adi Pour says 14 percent of Douglas County's 18 to 64 year olds are uninsured. 60 percent of Douglas County residents are overweight or obese, and four people were killed last year in domestic violence situations.
Omaha, NE – The League of Women Voters is striking back at the Nebraska Republican Party after they used the League's name in campaign ads.
State Republican Party officials claim that the information used in one of two flyers attacking a Legislative candidate came from a League of Women Voters survey. Greater Omaha Chapter President Linda Duckworth says no such survey exists. She says the information in the other flyer came from the group's Primary Voters' Guide.