What happened in the Midlands on this day? Here’s a sampling from the World-Herald archives.
pedersen bill: make UNIVERSITY OF OMAHA A state INSTITUTION
December 3, 1966: A bill would be introduced in the 1967 Legislature designating the University of Omaha as a state-supported institution, State Senator Henry F. Pedersen, Jr., announced. He suggested the name, “Omaha State University.” The Omaha Senator said he would take the action to honor a campaign pledge. Pedersen was once a student at the school and had been an instructor in the College of Adult Education.
1939: Department revisions and appointment of two new department chairmen by action of the Board of Regents of the University of Nebraska were announced by Chancellor C. S. Boucher. Through reorganization effective Sept. 1, 1940, the Department of Romance Languages and Literature would be combined with the Department of Germanics Languages and Literature and would be known as the Department of Modern Languages and Literature.
1994: The City of Omaha would have to compensate Imperial Empire Trading Co. for cable-television signal descramblers police seized in 1988, the Nebraska Supreme Court ruled. The court, in a 6-0 decision, ruled that a lawful market existed for the descramblers and that the company should be paid for them. The decision overturned a $1 damage award made in Douglas County District Court. The district court must reconsider the matter and determine the proper amount of damages, the Supreme Court said.
2003: After considering higher library fees, a special library tax and a garbage or yard waste fee, the Omaha City Council said no way. Efforts to win legislative authority to institute new fees or taxes on Omaha residents fell on their face, receiving little support. It’s not that the council is so conservative, Councilman Chuck Sigerson said. It’s that the council was being cautious. Sigerson, the former state Republican Party chairman, teamed up with the council’s three Democrats to defeat a resolution asking the Nebraska Legislature to give Omaha the power to install a garbage or yard waste fee without a vote of the people.