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2:27 pm
Mon April 23, 2012

Some of Douglas County's 179 closed polling places to reopen

The Douglas County Election Commission will reopen some of the 179 polling places closed prior to this year’s primary election.

Election Commissioner Dave Phipps says the polling places will reopen before the November general election. How many polling places will reopen has yet to be determined. Primary election turnout, along with general election results from the past two presidential elections, will determine which polling places reopen.

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Omaha
12:57 pm
Mon April 23, 2012

Omaha Mayor says sales tax increase won't be on the November ballot

A half-cent increase in Omaha’s sales tax could generate $45 million for the city.

Nebraska lawmakers last week overrode Governor Dave Heineman’s veto of legislation allowing cities to raise their sales tax rate. Doing so would require supermajority approval from both the city council and voters.

Omaha’s current sales tax rate is 7 percent, with 1.5 percent of it local. Mayor Jim Suttle says there are no plans to put the sales tax initiative on the November general election ballot.

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Politics & Elections
7:19 pm
Sun April 22, 2012

Second Congressional District GOP candidates debate federal deficit, health care, tax code

The federal deficit was on the minds of the GOP candidates for Nebraska’s Second Congressional District at a debate Friday. The Omaha Press Club and League of Women Voters sponsored the debate.

Incumbent Congressman Lee Terry has three challengers. One is financial advisor Brett Lindstrom. UNO mathematics professor Jack Heidel and former Douglas County Republican Party Chairman Glenn Freeman are also running for Congress. 

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Health/Medical
12:39 pm
Fri April 20, 2012

Health Rankings report shows STD rate, percent of children living in poverty up in Douglas County

A new report on county health rankings in Nebraska shows Douglas County’s STD rate and percent of children living in poverty are on the rise.

The County Health Rankings report was discussed at this week’s Board of Health Meeting.  Douglas County had 540 reported STD cases per 100,000 population, according to the 2012 rankings. The percent of children living in poverty climbed from 15 percent to 21 percent.

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Health/Medical
5:06 am
Fri April 20, 2012

Hundreds will Link Hands for Life on Saturday

Donate Life Nebraska is inviting everyone to link hands on the Bob Kerrey Pedestrian Bridge on Saturday to celebrate national Donate Life Month.

Joey Hoffman, Spokesperson for Donate Life Nebraska, says in 18 people die in America each day due to a lack of donor organs.  She says Donate Life Nebraska is joining the national campaign to sign up 20 million organ donors in 2012.  Hoffman says becoming a donor because is one of the only opportunities you’ll have in your lifetime to save someone else’s life.

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Omaha
2:08 pm
Thu April 19, 2012

Lewis and Clark Trust seeking to expand National Trail, education, and outreach

Lewis and Clark Trust Inc. board member Jim Mallory speaks at a news conference Thursday announcing the Trust.
photo by Katie Schubert/KIOS-FM

A foundation seeking to expand the Lewis and Clark National Historic Trail will have its headquarters in Omaha.

National Park Service officials on Thursday announced the formation of the Lewis and Clark Trust. Meriwether Lewis and William Clark’s two-year expedition from Illinois to Washington is documented along what is now the Lewis and Clark National Historic Trail.

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Business
8:06 am
Thu April 19, 2012

Creighton finance expert believes Buffett diagnosis will impact Berkshire stock in coming months

A Creighton University finance expert expects Warren Buffett’s cancer diagnosis to be the dominant topic at the upcoming Berkshire Hathaway shareholders’ meeting.

Buffett, the longtime Berkshire CEO, announced Tuesday he has stage one prostate cancer. Berkshire Hathaway Class A and B stock finished down about one and a half percent Tuesday and Wednesday.

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General News
5:06 am
Thu April 19, 2012

Durham Museum presents a lecture on the tragic voyage of the SS St. Louis

Herbert Karliner, Philip Freud, Hans Fisher and Sol Messinger will present a special lecture at the Durham Museum on Friday morning at 10:30.

The four men are survivors of the tragic 1939 voyage of the SS St. Louis.  After trying to dock in several countries, including the U.S., the ship was forced to return to Europe.  

Many passengers subsequently found themselves under Nazi rule, and many died as a result. The majority of the passengers that were granted refuge in Great Britain survived the ordeal.  Shawna Forsberg is Director of Marketing for the Durham.

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Health/Medical
11:23 am
Wed April 18, 2012

American Cancer Society: prognosis good if prostate cancer is caught early

The American Cancer Society says the survival rate for men who have prostate cancer is nearly one hundred percent over five years if the cancer is caught early.

Berkshire Hathaway CEO Warren Buffett announced Tuesday that he has stage one prostate cancer. Buffett will begin a two-month course of treatment in July.

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Arts
11:08 am
Wed April 18, 2012

Durham Museum seeking Mindbender Masters

 

Area students and community volunteers have an opportunity to become “Mindbender Masters” through the Durham Museum’s Good Works Program. 

The program is a service-based initiative that will train participants for the Museum’s summer exhibition, Mindbender Mansion. Volunteers or “Mindbender Masters” will guide visitors through the exhibition, helping them complete brainteasers and challenges.

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