The plaza project is part of a larger plan that includes business and workforce development, new housing and a parking garage. The plaza makeover, to include a new performance stage, community cultural center, playground and other amenities, could be done for $25 million. He noted that the recommendations for the South Omaha projects were made by contractor Olsson Engineering after a rigorous process. Vargas said he is confident the group can get the plaza done with the $25 million and plans to defend it and other South Omaha projects in Lincoln. "We're gonna fight like hell to make sure that it's getting to the most transformational projects, projects like this."
World-Herald staff writer Stu Pospisil has everything you need to know about the Nebraska high school football playoff teams . 10 Omaha North (6-3) at No. 8 North Platte (6-3), 7First time the Junior Jays hit the road in a playoff game with the Bulldogs. 9 Elkhorn North (6-3) at Lincoln Pius X (5-4), 7Josh Baslievac is the hub of Elkhorn North’s offense, throwing for 1,523 yards and rushing for 666. Central Valley (8-1) at No.9 Sandhills/Thedford (8-1), 6:30Kyle Cox has thrown for 1,283 yards and rushed for 459 for Sandhills/Thedford.5 months ago Omaha World Herald
Two seats on the University of Nebraska Board of Regents are up for election this year and both have contested races. In District 7, outgoing State Sen. Matt Williams is running against Kathy Wilmot, a former member of the Nebraska State Board of Education. I believe Nebraskans deserve to have an experienced, knowledgeable and passionate educator serving on the Nebraska Board of Regents, which determines the direction of Nebraska higher education. The greatest challenge currently facing the Nebraska University System is increased enrollment and sustainability of students. In 2021 the regents narrowly voted down a resolution seeking to ban the “imposition” of critical race theory in curriculum.5 months ago Omaha World Herald
“Fortunately,” he said, “it never came.”‘The most dangerous moment in human history’Six decades removed, the Cuban Missile Crisis can feel like ancient history. SAC’s central role in responding to the Cuban Missile Crisis also remained cloaked in secrecy until well after the end of the Cold War. SAC air reconnaissance crews photographed Cuba from above, gathered weather data and monitored Cuban radar and anti-aircraft sites. SAC missile crews stood ready to launch on command. Half of his bomber wing was sent to stand ground alert at RAF Fairford, a British air base.5 months ago Omaha World Herald
Ticket sales, the number of season subscribers, the Opera Omaha endowment fund and the company’s annual budget all doubled over the last 10 years. Weitz said Opera Omaha had been working on improving its diversity before those sobering events. As racial unrest found its way to Omaha, Opera Omaha began consulting with partners about how it could help. He said he’ll be available to answer questions but doesn’t want to be a lingering presence at Opera Omaha. He expressed deep gratitude for his colleagues at Opera Omaha, its partners, artists, donors and scores of others.3 months ago Omaha World Herald
On Jan. 1, the state’s minimum wage will rise from $9 per hour to $10.50 per hour. A report from the National Employment Law Project said more than 147,000 Nebraska workers make under $15 an hour. A $15 per hour wage is the bare minimum to make ends meet for most people, she said. Opponents of Initiative 433 largely argued that raising the minimum wage would hurt small businesses, and lead to rising costs amid record-breaking inflation. Dave Titterington, who owns two Wild Bird Habitat Stores in Lincoln, already pays his employees above minimum wage.3 months ago Omaha World Herald
The media coverage of Aaron Judge’s quest to break Roger Maris’ American League home run record had me reminiscing about growing up in the 1960s. During the summer, we played in leagues and, when there wasn’t a league, we’d play in pickup game in the park. My prized possessions were cards of Mickey Mantle, Roger Maris and Willie Mays. Roger Maris was 6-feet tall and weighed 197 pounds. Aaron Judge is 6-feet, 7-inches tall, weighs 282 pounds and can bench press 450 pounds.5 months ago Omaha World Herald
Ranked choice votingThank you for running the editorial by Walter Olson addressing Ranked Choice Voting (RCV). We can establish a system where over 50% of voting constituents will be represented by someone they voted for. Diana Benzing, Neola, IowaFirearm-related lawsThere is an amendment on the Iowa ballot this year that reads almost like the Second Amendment. Donald Bacon is drawing a congressional salary of $174,000 per year, in addition to his military pension of over $100,000 per year. For example, she followed through by engaging state senators to work together to vote to eliminate state taxes on Social Security benefits and lower property taxes.5 months ago Omaha World Herald