Court orders raises for firefighters

The state labor court ruled Jan. 4 that the city owes its firefighters as much as $2 million in pay raises for 2009 because the two sides have yet to agree on a new contract. Earlier this year, the firefighters' union agreed to wage freezes for 2009 and 2010 if a new agreement could be reached. The decision could have a large impact on the city's 2011 budget, as the firefighters are now...

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Man shot in North Omaha

Marcus Hardin, 39, was shot Jan. 5 after a dispute at his ex-girlfriends house at 4915 N. 60th St. Hardin told police he was leaving the residence when he heard gunshots and realized he was hit a short time later. He is expected to survive. Police have made no arrests.

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Lincoln church offers immigration law workshop

Lincoln's First United Methodist Church is making Nebraska's immigration law the focus of its annual Peacemaking Conference scheduled for Jan. 16. Local lawmakers, lawyers and church leaders — including Rev. Frederick McCullough and State Sen. Brenda Council of Omaha — will speak on Nebraska's current and future immigration law at the one-day conference hosted at the church at 2723 N. 50th...

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Creighton report suggests economic growth in 2011

Creighton University's latest Business Conditions Index predicts healthy economic growth for the nine-state Mid-America region in 2011. The monthly index — which considers leading economic factors like wholesale prices, trade imports and exports, and inventory and employment rates — rose to 57.5 (on a scale of 100) in December, the 13th-consecutive month the BCI has remained above the...

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2010 traffic deaths second lowest on record in Nebraska

Traffic accidents claimed 186 lives in Nebraska in 2010, the second-lowest total since the state began keeping records in 1937. The low number marked the first time Nebraska fell below the rate of 1 fatality per 100 million miles driven, a goal set by safety officials in 2007's Nebraska Strategic Highway Safety Plan. In 2009, 223 people died in motor vehicle accidents in the state.

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Man killed girlfriend, tried to kill himself

Investigators believe Mitchel Hadan, 47, shot and killed his girlfriend, then tried to kill himself while the two were stopped inside a vehicle near 72nd and L on Jan. 1. An Omaha police officer approached the vehicle Saturday afternoon to see if the motorist needed assistance. After speaking with Hadan, the officer returned to his cruiser to divert traffic when he heard gunshots from inside...

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Russia halts shipments from Nebraska pork plant

Russia placed a Crete, Neb. pork plant on its list of banned meatpackers Dec. 27 after the United State's Food Safety Inspection Service said salmonella was found in meat exported to the country. The Farmland plant, a division of the world's largest pork producer, Smithfiled Foods, will be prohibited from shipping meat to Russia starting Jan. 5. John Harrington, a livestock consultant, told the...

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Wheel tax faces legal challenge

A group of concerned commuters is going to court to fight Omaha's new $50 wheel tax on employees who work in the city but live elsewhere. The tax is set to take effect Jan. 1. The Omaha Wheel Tax Coalition, led by Bellevue City Council president Carol Blood, says the new tax violates a state statute because it would be deducted from employees' paychecks. The group is also examining...

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