January 1, 1937: City commissioners asked budget appropriations for 1937 totaling $3,083,725. Finance Commissioner Harry Knudsen said this figure exceeded the 1936 budget by approximately $913,000. The requests for each department were expected to be pared, but Knudsen believed a $350,000 increase would be needed if the salaries of firemen and policemen were increased. Knudsen estimated the city's income for the coming year would total approximately $2,215,523.

1959: Eastern Nebraska had a huge new electric utility going forward. With the New Year the merger of the Omaha Public Power District and Eastern Nebraska Public Power District went into effect, tying 12,000 farms and 47 communities together in a web of more than 9,400 miles of power lines.

1992: Rebuffed earlier by the City of Omaha, the federal government was moving ahead alone to lift the 11-year-old court order that had forced the city to hire more black police officers. The move places the U.S. Justice Department at odds with city government, leaders of the local police union against black officers, and some Omaha City Council members in opposition to Mayor P.J. Morgan's administration. At issue was the Oct. 23, 1980, consent decree in which the city, under pressure from the Justice Department, agreed to hire more black police officers until they represented at least 9.5 percent of the force — a goal the city reached several years ago.

2003: Starting today, home and business owners who want Omaha police to respond to alarms must have their security systems registered with the city through their alarm companies. If not, police would not be dispatched. People across Omaha have been paying a price for those registrations — $25 for a home and $35 for a business. Beginning today, security system owners get one free false alarm. After that, the City of Omaha will levy a fine of $50, $100 or $200 as the false alarms rack up.

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