This week in News…


Summer jobs in Omaha

The Step-Up initiative will be back in action in Omaha this summer. The program helps at-risk Omaha youth get jobs with business and nonprofit organizations. Over the past seven years, more than 3,000 participants have gained employment. This summer, the program’s goal is to help 500 men and women find jobs. Step-Up Omaha! runs through the Empowerment Network and Omaha Economic Development Corporation. The initiative provides summer jobs, vocational training, tutoring, life skills training and community services opportunities. According to Mayor Jean Stothert, the city will contribute $500,000 to the program.


Marijuana Party of Nebraska to hold rally

The Marijuana Party of Nebraska will host a rally and petition signing on April 20 from 3 to 6 p.m. at Memorial Park in Omaha. The newly created party is holding this rally in support of the legalization of hemp, medical and recreational marijuana in the state of Nebraska. Their goal and slogan is, “We demand the end of the prohibition of marijuana.” There will be guest speakers members of the party present to answer questions and gather signatures. Any questions or concerns can be directed to Mark Elworth Jr. at (402) 812-1600 or


Late-night bus service coming to Omaha this summer

An Omaha entrepreneur is planning on making a late night out a little easier through a new transit option. Eric Burns has created Nightlife Transit, a late-night bus service that runs from 9:30 p.m. to 12:30 a.m. on Fridays and Saturdays. The bus route will pick up and drop off in Benson, Dundee, Midtown, Downtown and the Blackstone District. Users of the service will be able to track the bus location via GPS. Burns says there will be more buses available during the College World Series and other big events in Omaha. The launch date is June 5.


UNO’s Nguyen Elected Metro Rep to Student Education Association of Nebraska Board

University of Nebraska at Omaha student An Nguyen will serve as the Metro Region Representative for the 1,500-member Student Education Association of Nebraska (SEAN) Board of Directors in the 2015-16 school year. SEAN is a statewide organization for college students preparing to become educators. Nguyen was elected at SEAN’s annual Delegate Assembly in Lincoln on April 11.