What happened in the Midlands on this day? Here’s a sampling from the World-Herald archives.
oppd plan calls for $15 annual rate hike
November 12, 1977: Omaha Public Power District was considering a rate increase of about $15 a year for the average residential customer, beginning in March. OPPD said the average residential bill would increase from $322.69 to $337.32, including fuel cost adjustment. Meanwhile, the OPPD employees’ rate would increase by about 2.3 percent if the proposal was adopted.
1948: An additional 50 to 75 parking spaces may be “reclaimed” in the congested business district. Mayor Glenn Cunningham said he believed many businesses were taking up too much space with curb cuts. “I have made a pretty thorough check,” he said, “and I find lots of curb cuts are unnecessarily large. I see no reason why they can’t be cut down.”
1993: The Douglas County Sheriff’s Office was investigating the discovery of two chemical bombs in rural mailboxes. The homemade bombs were fashioned from 32-ounce pop bottles filled with a caustic substance, said Sheriff’s Capt. Ted Noveski. They were left in a row of mailboxes at 165th Avenue and Martha Streets in the Western Trails subdivision, he said. One had exploded, and the other was detonated by the Omaha Police Department’s bomb squad, Noveski said.
2004: Nebraska prison officials agreed to new rules to accommodate the religious and cultural needs of American Indian inmates in order to settle a federal court action. The settlement agreement arose out of a complaint filed by inmate Richard T. Walker, an American Indian sentenced to a life term in 1966 for second-degree murder in Thurston County. His complaint was filed in U.S. District Court in Lincoln on behalf of the prison system’s approximately 200 American Indian inmates. Among Walker’s allegations was a claim that prison officials made so many demands for qualifications on a medicine man that he stopped coming to the prison to conduct religious and cultural affairs for the Indian inmates.