What happened in the Midlands on this day? Here's a sampling from the World-Herald archives.

County aim shift in cost for hospital

January 20, 1976: Douglas County commissioners urged legislation that would shift part or all of the burden of operating Douglas County Hospital to the state. Commissioners contended more state financial help was needed because Douglas County was paying for care that the state underwrites in other counties. The proposal came at a time when the county was faced with a cash-flow problem and was looking for ways to trim costs. The hospital was operating at a $7 million annual deficit, said Commissioner Daniel Lynch, chairman of the board's hospital committee.

1949: The answer to Nebraska's problem of finance was not a sales tax or an income tax. “These are not replacement taxes and will only increase the total tax burden of the citizen,” said Robert M. Armstrong, president of the Association of Omaha Taxpayers. “At the proper time I propose to demonstrate that fact to the proper committee of the Legislature,” Armstrong said. “I do not believe the Legislature will surrender to the pressure demand of minority groups for enactment of either a sales tax or an income tax.”

1998: Government offices in the 22-year-old City-County Building were due during the next five years for a major upgrade that could cost taxpayers millions of dollars, building manager Eric Pehrson said. “I don't think it needs to be done; I know it needs to be done,” Pehrson said. The renovations were to begin this fall in the offices of the City Council and city clerk at an estimated cost of more than $500,000. Renovations to the entire building could cost up to $10 million, although Pehrson called the estimate "very rough."

2003: Billy Bluejay was breaking into the bar business. Creighton University would open a restaurant and bar inside its new student center this summer, a “sports cafe” that school officials are billing as a unique meeting place for alumni, students and downtown workers. The university had received approval for a liquor license from the Omaha City Council and would become the only college in Nebraska — and one of only a handful in the Midwest — to serve beer, wine and liquor daily on campus.

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