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7:06 pm
Tue May 15, 2012

UNO Political Science Professor, Paul Landow weighs in on election day

Paul Landow
Courtesy of UNO

Paul Landow, a professor in the Political Science department at UNO, says the economy is the main issue on voters’ minds.  Landow says people are concerned about their jobs, their bank accounts and what direction things are heading in terms of their personal financial life.  

He says anything voters can do to better their own personal financial life at the ballot box is what they’ll do...and if that means voting for new leadership in the House and Senate, they will.  Landow says turnout should be above average for the primary.

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Omaha
10:06 am
Tue May 15, 2012

Tax increase possible in Douglas County's new fiscal year budget

The Douglas County Board is starting the process of putting together a 2012-2013 budget.

Douglas County’s new fiscal year begins July 1. Chairman Marc Kraft says everything is on the table, including a tax increase, because the county has limited sources of revenue. “The major challenge is that we have limited ability to create income sources. Most of our income comes from either grants or from property taxes, and a small amount comes from fees we charge.”

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Politics
5:06 am
Tue May 15, 2012

The Douglas County Election Commission expects a good turnout

Polls are open from 8:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. today. 

Today is Nebraska’s Primary Election and Dave Phipps, Douglas County Election Commissioner, says they predict a turnout of 21%.  He says that would be about 66,500 people voting, with early ballots and votes cast today. 

Phipps says he doesn’t expect voters to have many issues with the new polling places.  He says the election commission sent cards in March advising people of their polling places.  Phipps says the election commission has been busy with a higher than usual rate of early votes.

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Omaha
3:21 pm
Mon May 14, 2012

D.J.'s Hero Awards honor young people who have overcome obstacles, given back to the community

Bob and Lee Woodruff speak Monday at the D.J.'s Hero Awards luncheon in Omaha.
photo by Katie Schubert/KIOS-FM

Seven high school seniors are the recipients of this year’s DJ’s Hero awards.

The scholarships were awarded at Monday’s D.J.’s Hero Awards luncheon. The awards, sponsored by the Salvation Army, honor young people who’ve overcome obstacles and given back to their community.

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Education
8:19 am
Mon May 14, 2012

Springfield Community Schools? South Sarpy district considers changing its name

The South Sarpy School District could soon have a new name.

The District 46 school board will hold a public meeting Monday about a possible name change. The board is considering two options: Springfield Community Schools, or Springfield Platteview Community Schools.

Director of Operations Brett Richards says the school district needs a clear identity, something it doesn't have with its current name. South Sarpy is part of the Learning Community, and Richards says a more specific name would help the school district attract students. 

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General News
5:06 am
Mon May 14, 2012

The 2012 Malcolm X Celebration starts Thursday

The Malcolm X Birthday Celebration features three days of events this week.

Walter Brooks is the Administrative Director for the Malcolm X Memorial Foundation.  He says the festivities kick off Thursday night with a program called “Verbal Gumbo.” 

The evening features spoken word artists and live music at the House of Loom.  Brooks says that’s followed by a presentation from a dynamic African-American motivational speaker on Friday called “Mental Liberation.”  

The guest speaker Friday is Nationally-acclaimed poet and author Basheer Jones.

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Politics & Elections
1:00 am
Fri May 11, 2012

With primary approaching, Second Congressional District candidates focusing on the federal deficit

With Nebraska’s primary election approaching, the candidates for the Second Congressional District are talking jobs, the economy, and federal spending.

The primary election is next Tuesday. Second District Congressman Lee Terry is running for his seventh term in the U.S. House. Terry’s campaign chairman, Dave Boomer, says the Congressman is focusing his campaign on spending and fiscal accountability.

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Politics & Elections
3:17 pm
Thu May 10, 2012

GOP presidential candidate Mitt Romney talks jobs, economy, health care at Omaha rally

GOP Presidential candidate Mitt Romney speaks to a crowd of supporters Thursday in Omaha.
photo by Katie Schubert/KIOS-FM

Former Massachusetts Governor Mitt Romney says the Keystone XL pipeline project should be built. 

Romney spoke at a campaign rally Thursday afternoon in Omaha. The rally comes five days before Nebraska’s primary election. During his ten-minute speech to an overflow crowd, Romney talked about jobs, health care, and domestic sources of energy. He says all sources of power should be considered, including the Keystone XL pipeline. 

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Politics
1:42 pm
Thu May 10, 2012

Two democrats compete for the Second Congressional District Nomination

State Senator Gwen Howard and Douglas County Treasurer John Ewing are vying for the democratic nomination in the Second Congressional District race. 

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Health/Medical
8:33 am
Thu May 10, 2012

Forum focuses on veterans' health care needs

The VA medical center in Lincoln.
courtesy VA of Nebraska-Western Iowa

A forum next week in Lincoln focuses on the health care needs of veterans.

The VA of Nebraska-Western Iowa is hosting the forum next Wednesday evening. It’s an opportunity for veterans to ask questions about health care and find out what services they’re eligible for.

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