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Snow removal 'challenging,' but helped by additional resources

Feb 7, 2012
Photo by Katie Schubert, KIOS

 

Omaha city officials say the combination of a weekend storm and extra contractors prevented the need to declare a snow emergency.

 Mayor Jim Suttle and Public Works officials updated the city’s snow removal efforts during a news conference Tuesday. Saturday’s storm left more than nine inches of snow in Omaha.

Omaha metro gets 9 to 12 inches of snow from winter storm

Feb 2, 2012

The season's first significant winter storm left behind nine to 12 inches of snow in the Omaha metro area.

The National Weather Service says 8 inches of snow was reported at Offutt Air Force Base, and 9 inches in Omaha.  In southwest Iowa, Pacific Junction received 10 inches of snow. 

Road conditions are expected to remain hazardous. Before traveling, check www.511.nebraska.gov and www.511ia.org for road conditions.

 

On the web: http://www.crh.noaa.gov/oax

 

Authorities investigating death of Ralston's Fire Chief

Jan 31, 2012
photo courtesy Ralston Fire Department

Omaha Police are investigating the death of Ralston’s Fire Chief.

Authorities were called to 6902 Pine Street around 7:30 AM for a report of a down party. There, they found the body of 40-year-old Kyle Ienn hanging from a bridge. Ienn was a Ralston firefighter for more than 20 years. He was named Fire Chief in 2000.

 

An exhibit on Nebraska’s role in civil rights and a program on the history of the Omaha Star are among events planned at the Omaha Public Library for Black History Month.

Courtesy city of Omaha

Construction is set to begin early next year on a major restoration project in Omaha’s Dundee neighborhood.

City officials announced the Dundee restoration project Thursday. It’ll involve new sidewalks, landscaping, benches, and parking along Underwood Avenue from 49th to 51st streets. Work will also be done along 50th street.

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Developers wanting to rehabilitate state, federal, or locally-designated historic sites could get a tax credit for doing so under legislature in the Unicameral.

The Historic Property Restoration and Reuse Act is sponsored by Bellevue Senator Abbie Cornett. Developers who restore a historic property, or a facility within a historic district, could apply for a 25 percent tax credit. Nonprofits could be eligible for a 30 percent tax credit.

Douglas County Commissioners say taxpayers could be forced to pay more if the state of Nebraska does away with its inheritance tax.

During his State of the State address, Governor Dave Heineman told lawmakers he wants the inheritance tax to end. The inheritance tax is based upon the fair market value of a property at the time of a person’s death. The amount of tax paid varies depending on the relationship between the deceased and the person who inherits the property.

Omaha, NE – The Omaha Public Schools board is opposing two measures that would cut the size of school boards.

Senator Scott Lautenbaugh's bill had its first hearing in a Unicameral committee meeting Wednesday. In addition to cutting the board to five members from its current 12, the legislation would also pay board members $20,000 and limit them to two four-year terms.

Omaha, NE – Lutheran Family Services of Nebraska presents its annual At Ease Luncheon on Monday, January 30th.

The event takes place at Omaha's CenturyLink Center. Bev Carlson is PR Director for LFS. She says At Ease is a program that provides therapeutic support and trauma treatment for active duty military, veterans and their families. Funds raised from the luncheon will go back into the program.

January is National Mentoring Month

Jan 17, 2012

Omaha, NE – The Midlands Mentoring Partnership estimates 35,000 youth in the Omaha metro need mentors.

Omaha Mayor discusses legislative priorities

Jan 11, 2012

Omaha, NE – Omaha Mayor Jim Suttle hopes Nebraska lawmakers will use this legislative session to address sales taxes, economic development, and tax increment financing districts.

David Crouse, a professor in the Department of Genetics, Cell Biology and Anatomy at UNMC, is the guest speaker. He says issues related to radiation and radiation exposure have always been in the public eye. Crouse says there's a great deal of knowledge about radiation and its effects, but since radiation can't be seen, tasted or heard, the public is fearful of it.

Omaha, NE – The former chairman of the Douglas County Republican Party is seeking the GOP nomination for the Second Congressional District.

Glenn Freeman announced his candidacy last week. Freeman is the third challenger to incumbent Congressman Lee Terry in the Second District race. Financial Advisor and former Husker Quarterback Brett Lindstrom, and UNO mathematics department chairman Jack Heidel, are also candidates.

Freeman says his campaign will focus on the national deficit and state sovereignty.

Omaha, NE – It was one year ago Thursday that former Millard South High School assistant principal Vicky Kaspar was shot and killed by a former student.

The shooting happened January 5, 2011 at about 12:45 pm. 17-year-old Robert Butler Junior, who had been suspended, went to the school's administrative office to talk to Kaspar. He shot Kaspar and principal Curtis Case. Butler was found dead in a vehicle near the school a short time later. Kaspar died that evening and Case was seriously injured.

Job creation, public safety priorities for Omaha Mayor in 2012

Dec 31, 2011

Omaha, NE – Omaha Mayor Jim Suttle says job creation and strategic planning are among his priorities for 2012.

In a video message released Wednesday, Suttle talked about the challenges the city faced this year, including Missouri River flooding and the downgrade of Omaha's bond rating. The rating was restored in early December.

OPS board gets superintendent leadership profile

Dec 21, 2011

Omaha, NE – Stakeholders in the Omaha Public Schools district want a new superintendent who's approachable, fully involved in the community, and focused on students.

Those are some of the results from 1,090 responses received during public forums and from an online survey. Consulting firm Hazard, Young, Attea and Associates used those responses to shape a leadership profile presented to the OPS board Wednesday.

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