What happened in the Midlands on this day? Here's a sampling from the World-Herald archives.
MAYOR BACKS BAN ON DANCE
March 15, 1932: During a spirited conference at the city hall, Mayor Metcalfe told a dozen communists that he would support Dr. James P. Connolly, superintendent of the welfare board, in his stand against "Black and Tan" dances. In refusing their demand for a dance license for the Workers' Center, which was raided by police, the mayor charged the group was "defiant." He said the city had treated communists fairly, protecting their meetings.
1972: The city-council building project broke free of the legal and financial shackles that had stalled construction for two years. Attorneys for persons who challenged a tax levy that would pay part of the building said they would not appeal a Nebraska Supreme Court decision that the tax was valid. Bids on the building and underground garage were to be opened at City Hall. The "lowest and best" bid must be approved by the City Council and County Board.
1986: State officials said they feared Nebraska taxpayers may have to spend hundreds of thousands of dollars to clean up soil and underground water contaminated by landfills whose operators are financially strapped. But the Nebraska Department of Environmental Control's plan to raise cleanup money by quadrupling landfill operators' performance bonds from $500 per acre to $2,000 per acre ran into opposition. Public and private landfill operators said the department should focus on controlling the state's unregulated dumps and landfills before seeking higher bonds from those already operating under state licenses and inspection.
1996: Nebraska lawmakers decided to spend $37,450 on a high-speed process for creating Braille material for public school students who are visually impaired. The spending was approved, 27-13, as an amendment to Legislative Bill 1189, the main budget bill. Sen. DiAnna Schimek of Lincoln, who offered the amendment, said that about $23,000 of the money would buy a computer, a Braille printer and a scanner. About $14,000 would be for one year of operation. "This will be immeasurably helpful to a population of students whose advocates have been pressing for this for four or five years," Sen. Schimek said.