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Omaha Public Radio News
7:55 am
Mon August 29, 2011

MAPA receives grant to develop bike and pedestrian-friendly street plan

Omaha, NE – Transportation Manager Greg Youell says MAPA applied for the federal grant because of all the different projects taking place across the metro.

He says Bellevue recently passed an ordinance that says all streets must be designed for vehicles as well as other types of transportation. Omaha has a transportation master plan that places heavy emphasis on other modes of transportation. Youell says other jurisdictions are working on similar projects.

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Jazz
9:15 am
Sun August 28, 2011

The Best of the 2010 Detroit Jazz Festival

Special airs Thursday September 1st at 8:00PM on KIOS.

KIOS will air a 2-hour special of highlights from the 2010 Detroit Jazz Festival on Thursday September 1st at 8:00PM. Performers include Mulgrew Miller & Kenny Barron, Danilo Perez, Kurt Elling, Maria Schneider Orchestra, Manhattan Transfer and more. The festival was subtitled "Flame Keepers: Carrying the Torch

for Modern Jazz" and paid homage to six trailblazers of modern jazz: Art Blakey,

Ray Brown, Miles Davis, Horace Silver, Betty Carter and Gil Evans.

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Omaha Public Radio News
3:37 pm
Fri August 26, 2011

UNO welcomes a freshman class of 2000 for the 2011-2012 school year

Omaha, NE – UNO's freshman class numbers 2000 for the current school year. Assistant Director of Media Relations Wendy Townley says new this year, incoming freshmen will participate in a Freshman Convocation.

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Omaha Public Radio News
2:09 pm
Fri August 26, 2011

Omaha police union threatens to file lawsuit if fire contract isn't approved

Omaha, NE – The Omaha police union is threatening a lawsuit if the city doesn't get a new agreement with the fire union in place.

The police union sent a letter Friday to Mayor Jim Suttle, saying they'll file a lawsuit to separate the police and fire pension systems if a new fire union contract isn't approved. Mayor Suttle says he'll send the original fire union contract back to the city council for an up-or-down vote.

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Omaha Public Radio News
10:14 am
Fri August 26, 2011

Releases from Gavins Point Dam to drop below 100,000 cfs next week

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

Omaha, NE – Water releases from Gavins Point Dam in South Dakota will be below 100,000 cubic feet per second next week.

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers began cutting releases from Gavins Point earlier this month. That's dropped the river level at Omaha to 33 feet, four feet above flood stage.

Jody Farhat, chief of the water management division for the Corps' Omaha office, says Gavins Point releases will drop to 95,000 cubic feet per second Monday and 90,000 cubic feet per second Tuesday.

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Omaha Public Radio News
2:11 pm
Thu August 25, 2011

Creighton Freshmen walk a new path to education

Omaha, NE – Creighton University has a freshman class of 975 students this year.

On Tuesday, the students participated in The Creighton Pathway, a new academic precession held before the President's academic convocation. Patrick Borchers, Vice President of Academic Affairs, says the academic profile of the incoming class puts Creighton among the top-10 private universities in the Midwest. He says the incoming class scored in the 88th percentile on the ACT's on average.

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Omaha Public Radio News
3:26 pm
Wed August 24, 2011

SBA is ready to assist Nebraska residents and businesses affected by flooding

Omaha, NE – The US Small Business Administration is offering low-interest federal disaster assistance loans to nine counties in Nebraska.

Public Information Officer Alex Contreras is with the SBA's Office of Disaster Assistance. He says the SBA offers disaster loans to homeowners, renters, businesses and private non-profit organizations. The first step in the process is registering with FEMA at 1-800-621-FEMA

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Omaha Public Radio News
1:51 pm
Wed August 24, 2011

City Council approves amended 2012 budget

Omaha, NE – The Omaha City Council has approved Mayor Jim Suttle's 2012 budget plan, with two amendments.

Councilmen voted Tuesday afternoon in favor of the $730 million dollar spending plan. It contains no tax increases and no deficit. Next year's budget accounts for fewer city employees overall, although the city plans to hire 22 civilian workers for the combined sewer overflow project.

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Omaha Public Radio News
1:48 pm
Wed August 24, 2011

City officials: Monday's heavy rain damaged five lift stations in Omaha

Omaha, NE – Monday's heavy rainfall caused damage at five of Omaha's 11 lift stations.

Nearly five inches of rain fell in parts of the city early Monday morning. That caused road closures and significant flooding in downtown Omaha, including TD Ameritrade Park and the CenturyLink Center.

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Omaha Public Radio News
1:47 pm
Wed August 24, 2011

30 foot section of berm breaches in Mills County, Iowa

Omaha, NE – Mills County, Iowa Emergency Management officials say a 30 foot section of berm in the St. Mary's Drainage District breached Wednesday afternoon.

Officials say ongoing flooding and recent heavy rain contributed to the breach. 182nd Street and Gaston Avenue are closed because of water rushing over the roads. Mills County officials say residents in that area should be prepared to evacuate.

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