Omaha Police Chief Todd Schmaderer says he’s glad people got to know slain Officer Kerrie Orozco (ah-ROSE-coe) in the past week after her death. Schmaderer spoke at Orozco’s funeral today (Tuesday), less than a week after she was killed while trying to arrest a suspect on a warrant. Schmaderer says that Orozco was an excellent example of his profession who had a talent for connecting with people as a human being, not just as an officer. Orozco was active in the community, and volunteered to coach a youth baseball team at the Boys and Girls Club. The players on that team attended the funeral. Schmaderer says he believes Orozco’s legacy will be breaking down barriers.
Nebraska drivers could receive refunds from the state on clean-burning fuel converters and pumps under a bill advanced by lawmakers. Senators gave initial approval today (Tuesday) to the incentives for companies and individuals that use vehicles which run on hydrogen fuel cells and liquefied petroleum. Supporters compare clean-burning fuel alternatives to ethanol, which needed government support to jump-start its success. They say new infrastructure, production and fueling stations will likely follow the proposed 500-thousand dollar investment. The bill also includes rebates for purchasing or converting fuel pumps and cars to run on fuels with higher ethanol content.
Students at schools in Nebraska and Iowa are joining others around the nation in planting milkweed plants to help attract monarch butterflies. About 30 students and 10 adults last week planted milkweed, a plant that provides the only food for newly emerged butterfly larvae, behind St. Margaret Mary School in Omaha, Nebraska. Another group of students and volunteers also recently dug and planted milkweed at St. Albert School in Council Bluffs, Iowa. The two schools were among 10 Catholic schools in the Midwest that received grants to start butterfly-friendly gardens from the National Catholic Education Association.