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The 51 apartment buildings in the Southside Terrace public housing complex would be torn down and replaced by a new housing development in an effort to revitalize the South Omaha neighborhood.
Both Douglas County officials and members of the public at Tuesday's County Board meeting paid tribute to Mike Boyle, a 24-year County Board member and former Omaha mayor.
Boyle returned to public office after being recalled as Omaha mayor in 1987, serving 24 years on the Douglas County Board. "He cared about this community deeply," says fellow board member P.J. Morgan.
The annual SeptemberFest Labor Day Parade drew thousands of union members and paradegoers to downtown Omaha for a celebration of organized labor. It was the 43rd annual event, but the first since 2019 because COVID canceled the 2020 parade.
The three refugee resettlement agencies in Nebraska have initially committed to resettling 655 Afghan evacuees in Omaha and Lincoln. They stress that the number is fluid and likely to grow.
They made a perilous escape from Afghanistan on a crowded U.S. military transport plane and then a grueling 10-day journey via Qatar and Germany before reaching Virginia this week.
The State of Nebraska on Tuesday rejected a request from Douglas County’s health director who was seeking authority to implement a countywide mask mandate.
The Douglas County Board voted to prioritize mental health initiatives and to address county government needs before considering external requests.
The federal money will cover the cost of hiring someone to coordinate volunteer lawyers working on eviction cases. Earlier, the city council had rejected a plan to use city money for the position.