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Omaha Public Radio News
1:43 pm
Fri September 30, 2011

Almost 1 in 5 kids in Nebraska are living in poverty

Omaha, NE – Census numbers released last week indicate approximately 18.2% of Nebraska's children were living below the poverty line in 2010.

Aubrey Mancuso is with Voices for Children. She says the number has been increasing since 2000 when Nebraska had a child poverty rate of 10%. The federal poverty line for a family of four in 2010 was $22,000. Mancuso says lawmakers need to take the poverty problem seriously because these kids are the state's next generation of workers and taxpayers.

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Omaha Public Radio News
11:14 am
Fri September 30, 2011

Metropolitan Community College enrollment tops 18,500

Omaha, NE – More than 18,000 students are enrolled at Metropolitan Community College this fall.

Online credit hours are up six percent from last fall, and total enrollment is 18,518 students. David Ho is Vice President of Academic Affairs. He says credit hours are up in general education study areas such as math and science.

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Omaha Public Radio News
2:32 pm
Thu September 29, 2011

American Landscape opens at the Joslyn Art Museum

Joe Deal, Missouri Plateau, 2005

Omaha, NE – American Landscape: Contemporary Photographs of the West opened at the Joslyn Art Museum last week.

The Joslyn's Chief Curator Toby Jurovics says the exhibit features the work of 14 contemporary American photographers. He says the photographs in the exhibition illustrate a shift in how artists began to see the American landscape after 1975. Prior to that, landscapes had excluded the human presence.

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Omaha Public Radio News
1:41 pm
Thu September 29, 2011

Economy, job opportunities driving migration to Nebraska

Omaha, NE – A new report shows eight Nebraska counties grew in 2009 thanks to state-to-state migration.

David Drozd of UNO's Center for Public Affairs Research says the uncertain economy has led more people to move to Nebraska. Nebraska's unemployment rate is 4.2 percent, half the national average.

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Omaha Public Radio News
2:48 pm
Wed September 28, 2011

Roger Weitz takes over leadership at Opera Omaha

Roger Weitz

Omaha, NE – Roger Weitz is the new General Director for Opera Omaha. Weitz took the helm in early August and is excited to return to Omaha, where he had his first professional experience in arts administration through a summer internship at Opera Omaha in 1998.

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Omaha Public Radio News
2:43 pm
Wed September 28, 2011

Workshop held Thursday on caring for flood-damaged trees

Omaha, NE – Fontenelle Forest is the site of a workshop on caring for flood-damaged trees this Thursday.

The workshop is being offered by the Nebraska Forest Service's Eastern Nebraska office. Graham Herbst, Community Forest Assistant, says the workshop will primarily focus on the long-term effects of flooding on trees as well as the landscape. He says some of the biggest problems with trees have to do with stability after the flood waters recede.

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Omaha Public Radio News
2:39 pm
Wed September 28, 2011

Douglas County creating a High School Citizens Health Advisory Council

Omaha, NE – Douglas County wants to hear from high school students about issues affecting the county's youth.

A High School Citizens Health Advisory Council is being formed. Juniors and Seniors in Douglas County high schools can apply to be part of the council. The goal is to have one junior and one senior from each Douglas County school district on the Advisory Council.

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Omaha Public Radio News
11:55 am
Tue September 27, 2011

Panel to review Corps of Engineers operations during Missouri River flooding

Gavins Point Dam
image courtesy U.S. Army Corps of Engineers

Omaha, NE – A four-person panel will review the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers' response and operations during this summer's Missouri River flooding.

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Omaha Public Radio News
2:43 pm
Mon September 26, 2011

Creighton tops national rankings for the Midwest Region

Omaha, NE – Creighton University has been named the #1 Midwest Regional university by U.S. News & World Report for the 9th year in a row.

Patrick Borchers, Vice President of Academic Affairs at Creighton, says the university has also been recognized for the fifth consecutive year as #1 in the Midwest region as a "best value" university. Borchers says all of these rankings recognize Creighton's good reputation and acknowledge the quality education the university provides.

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Omaha Public Radio News
12:53 pm
Mon September 26, 2011

West Nile Virus case confirmed in Mills County, Iowa

Omaha, NE – Mills County, Iowa health officials say there's a confirmed case of West Nile Virus there.

A news release from Mills County says the victim is an adult woman. Earlier this month, West Nile cases were confirmed in Pottawattamie and Harrison Counties.

Health officials recommend using mosquito repellant with DEET, picaridin, IR3535, or oil of lemon or eucalyptus when you're outside. Wear long pants, long sleeve shirts, shoes, and socks. You should also remove areas of standing water.

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