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Donations from meatpacker JBS USA mean that South Omaha kids and their families will enjoy improved athletic facilities, with indoor bathrooms, concessions and new scoreboards.
Eight finalists were selected Wednesday by the committee that will appoint a replacement for the late Mike Boyle on the Douglas County Board.
Three current elected officials, two former officeholders and a former U.S. marshal are among the 14 people seeking to fill the Douglas County Board vacancy created by the death of Mike Boyle.
Nebraska resettlement agencies have committed to settling at least 775 Afghan evacuees, including more than 500 in Omaha. Meanwhile, they had been expecting up to 700 refugees from other nations.
Douglas County will use federal funds to support a program that connects volunteer lawyers with people facing eviction. It will hire two full-time attorneys and an assistant to run the program.
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.