What happened in the Midlands on this day? Here’s a sampling from the World-Herald archives.
Second group enters fight against low-cost housing
February 13, 1944: The Wilson Gardens Improvement club, representing a group of property owners living south of Fontonelle Park, was joining the Florence Field Improvement club in its fight against low-cost housing, Jack T. Miller, president of the Wilson Gardens organization, announced. Miller said his group was “unhappy” about FHA housing that was being started on Pratt Street, between 48th and 50th Streets. “We expect to have a meeting right away,” he said, “and send a delegation to the city council meeting.”
1976: A group of Nebraska news organizations appealed a Jefferson County judge’s restrictions on photographs taken outside of a courtroom of a man held in connection with a Fairbury death. The ban on publication of photographs taken of Floyd James Yarbrough was issued by Jefferson County Judge Dennis Winkle after photographers had taken pictures of Yarbrough as he was about to enter the courtroom for his arraignment.
1992: The University of Nebraska Board of Regents did not violate the state’s open-meetings law when it held closed-door sessions last year, State Attorney General Don Stenberg said. However, Stenberg said, although the law allows secret meetings, such sessions tend to undermine public confidence and trust. “In other words, in a democratic government, the people have a right to be informed of and participate in the formation of public policy,” Stenberg wrote in a letter dated Feb. 12 to Regents Chairman John Payne of Kearney, a copy of which was made public.
2006: A legislative amendment could blow a $9 million hole in Omaha’s general fund budget and take $5 million from Lincoln. The amendment, added to Legislative Bill 248, would require cities to devote the money they get from sales taxes on motor vehicles to building and maintaining streets and roads. LB 248 was awaiting second-round consideration by the Legislature. “They (cities) keep asking us for more money for roads, but they’ve never shown us they’re using what they have,” said State Sen. Tom Baker of Trenton, who proposed the amendment. “We just want some accountability.”