Omaha, NE Government

Route announced for Hermanson procession

The public is encouraged to line the route from the funeral home to Cedar Bluffs Tuesday for Saunders County Sheriff’s Deputy Jeff Hermanson. Hermanson, 45, of Cedar Bluffs was on duty June 22 when he died of what officials believe was a heart ailment. The escort for Hermanson is...
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City of Omaha takes action to slow drivers down along popular street

OMAHA, Neb. (WOWT) - The City of Omaha is taking action to slow down drivers along a busy road in Elkhorn. Electronic signs are now up along Skyline Drive between Harney and Pacific after neighbors complained that it was turning into a dangerous speedway. Resident John Mackenzie says drivers speed...
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Omaha metro schools adjust to changes in free lunch programs

OMAHA, Neb. (WOWT) - Last week, Congress passed the Keep Kids Fed Act, extending the expanded pandemic-era distribution of free meals for all students through the summer. Starting in the fall, schools will have to turn to other programs to provide free or affordable meals to students. Free meals for...

Council Bluffs receives $500k grant from EPA

OMAHA, Neb. (WOWT) - The spot of an old neighborhood eyesore is one step closer to seeing some productive use. The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency chose Council Bluffs to receive $500,000 as part of the Brownfields Cleanup Grant. One year ago, the old Reliance Battery Manufacturing Company on 22nd Ave...

Ricketts to appear at Voter ID town hall meeting

Nebraska Gov. Pete Ricketts will appear Tuesday in Fremont for a Voter ID town hall meeting. The governor will headline the meeting that is scheduled for 10 a.m. at LA Fire Proof Door, 325 N. Main St. “We are grateful to Gov. Ricketts for his support of the campaign for...

Bellevue Recreation Announces Updated Pool Schedule for Tuesday, June 28th Due to Staff Shortages

The Bellevue Recreation Department has announced that due to staff shortages there will be some changes to the Bellevue Public Swimming Pools Schedule for Tuesday, June 28th:. While the City is hoping that all three pools will be back open on Wednesday, June 29th for their regular operationg hours, the City's three splash pads at Banner Park (50th & Virginia). Looking Glass Park (Lynnwood and 30th St., right behind Leonard Lawrence Elementary School) and the Everett Park Splash Pad (Adjacent to Betz Road) are still open daily for the public. All splash pads are free to the public and open daily from 9am to 8pm. Push the marked button to start the water features during operating hours.

Candidates for First Congressional District prepare for special election

LINCOLN, Neb. — "A lot at stake," that's what both candidates vying for Nebraska's First Congressional seat say about Tuesday's special election. The run-off between Republican Mike Flood and Democrat Patty Pansing Brooks was prompted by 17-year incumbent Jeff Fortenbury's resignation on March 31 after he was convicted of three federal counts of concealing facts and lying to investigators about illegal foreign campaign contributions.

Free Symphony Show Celebrates Our Military, Our City, and Our Ship-The USS Omaha…Gary Gates Explains

The Maestro, Ankush Kumar Bahl is conducting the Omaha Symphony Orchestra during a spectacular July 4th Symphony concert in the new Gene Leahy Mall. This concert will feature a salute to our military. The orchestra will perform beloved American patriotic favorites including Williams’ “Summon the Heroes,” Sousa’s “Stars and Stripes Forever,” and Bernstein’s “Overture to West Side Story.” Notable guest performers will include Camille Metoyer Moten who will perform hits from the American Songbook and vocal ensemble Resonance followed by a spectacular July 4th fireworks display set to Tchaikovsky’s explosive and stirring “1812 Overture!”

Wayne State to undertake $26.5 million athletic, rec facilities project

OMAHA — Perhaps as soon as fall 2025, Wayne State College’s athletics and recreation offerings will be transformed with a new air-supported dome and upgraded facilities. In a news release issued last week, officials announced plans to spend $26.5 million to build the new structure, as well as renovate the college’s Recreation Center, Rice Auditorium and Kirk Gardner Indoor Athletic Complex. The college will also enclose an alleyway that links the rec center to the auditorium and add a student weight room and fitness area. The entire project is expected to begin next spring.

Streetcar Redevelopment and Highway Plan: What’s Happening in Your Local Government on June 28

Our awesome email newsletter briefing tells you everything you need to know about what’s going on in Omaha. Delivered to your inbox every day at 11:00am. Every week, The Reader picks out noteworthy agenda items from the Douglas County Board of Commissioners and the Omaha City Council. Visit the county and city’s websites to view the full agendas.

Omaha prepares for fireworks season

OMAHA, Neb. (WOWT) - The city of Omaha is in the blocks getting ready for the start of the July fourth fireworks sales tomorrow but there are other cities in the metro that are already running at full speed. People in Omaha who didn’t want to wait to buy fireworks...