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5:06 am
Thu April 5, 2012

First Lady Michelle Obama will Speak at Girls, Inc. Luncheon

First Lady Michelle Obama
Courtesy of ezinemark.com

Girls Inc. of Omaha will hold its 12th Annual Lunch for the Girls on Tuesday, April 24th at the CenturyLink Center.

First Lady Michelle Obama will give the keynote address at this year’s event.  Roberta Wilhelm is the Executive Director for Girls, Inc.  

She says the girls will present a special video in support of Mrs. Obama’s Let’s Move! Initiative, which is dedicated to fighting childhood obesity.

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Politics & Elections
2:53 pm
Wed April 4, 2012

Groups call for investigation in to closure of polling places in Douglas County

Two groups are calling for an investigation in to the Douglas County Election Commissioner’s office over the closing of polling places.

Nebraska’s primary election is May 15th. Nebraskans for Civic Reform and Nebraska Appleseed want Secretary of State John Gale’s office to investigate the closure of some polling places in Douglas County.

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Politics & Elections
11:44 am
Wed April 4, 2012

Bill to reduce size of OPS board off the table

Legislation that would cut the size of the Omaha Public Schools board to seven members is off the table in the Nebraska Legislature.

Senator Scott Lautenbaugh, the bill’s sponsor, pulled the measure Tuesday  night after other lawmakers threatened to filibuster it. Lautenbaugh’s legislation originally called for reducing the board to five members. It was amended to seven. The bill has been sent back to the Unicameral's Government, Military, and Veterans' Affairs Committee.

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General News
5:06 am
Wed April 4, 2012

Omaha's 2012 Earth Day set for April 21st

The city’s largest ecological celebration takes place Saturday, April 21st in Elmwood Park from 11 to 6.  Dennis Bryars is the Chairperson for the event.  

He says they hope to show people ways they can live a greener, more sustainable lifestyle.  Bryars says there will be between 75 to 100 exhibitors taking part in Earth Day Omaha.

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General News
3:01 pm
Tue April 3, 2012

Omaha bicyclists log more than 65,000 miles during winter challenge

 An estimated 250 Omahans commuted to work and home by bicycle during the winter.

Activate Omaha sponsored the Winter Bicycle Commuter Challenge. The 250 cyclists logged 5,350 trips and more than 65,000 miles. Activate Omaha director Julie Harris says exercise is only one reason why some people choose to commute by bicycle. For others, Harris says it's a necessity: commuting by bicycle is less expensive than driving.

 

General News
5:06 am
Tue April 3, 2012

Nebraska's Long Range Transportation Plan Available for Comment

The Nebraska Department of Roads has posted a draft of Vision 2032, the state’s new long-range transportation plan.

The public is encouraged to review the plan and make comments through May 11th.  Spokesperson Mary Jo Oie says the department has been working on the plan for months. 

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Education
1:04 pm
Mon April 2, 2012

OPS board chooses Des Moines schools leader as new superintendent

Des Moines Public Schools superintendent Nancy Sebring.
courtesy OPS

The superintendent of the Des Moines Public Schools is OPS’ choice for its new leader.

The OPS board voted Monday to hire Nancy Sebring as superintendent. Sebring has served as superintendent in Des Moines for the past six years. 11 board members voted in favor of Sebring, with board member Nancy Kratky not voting.

Sebring will take over following the retirement of John Mackiel at the end of this school year.

The OPS board will meet Monday night in closed session to discuss the terms of Sebring’s contract.

Education
1:00 am
Mon April 2, 2012

OPS meeting Monday to discuss, possibly vote on new superintendent

The Omaha Public Schools board has a special meeting Monday at noon to discuss and possibly vote on a superintendent candidate finalist.

OPS held public meetings last week with the three superintendent candidates. Wednesday, OPS’ current Assistant Superintendent of Curriculum and Learning, ReNae Kehrberg, took questions. Thursday’s meet and greet was with Daniel Nerad, superintendent of the Madison Metropolitan School District in Wisconsin. Last Friday, Des Moines Public Schools superintendent Nancy Sebring took questions on the achievement gap, leadership, and testing.

Missouri River Flooding
11:32 am
Fri March 30, 2012

New levee being built along Missouri River near Nebraska City

Flooding along the Missouri River heavily damaged parts of western Iowa last summer.
courtesy Des Moines Register/Google Images

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers plans to build a new, three-mile long levee near Nebraska City.

The $12.9 million project will re-align levee L-575 along Highway 2. It’ll be built further away from the Missouri River than the existing section of levee. Once it’s built, the existing levee at that location in Fremont County, Iowa, will be torn down. The Corps of Engineers awarded a contract earlier this week for the levee setback project.

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Crime
9:27 am
Fri March 30, 2012

Omaha Police investigating a carjacking at UNO

Omaha Police are investigating a carjacking Thursday night on the University of Nebraska at Omaha campus.

The incident happened just after 7 PM Thursday. Police say the victim, 57-year-old Barbara Simcoe, was in her vehicle and had the door open. The suspect allegedly approached her vehicle, displayed a knife, and told her to get out of the car. Police say the suspect pulled Simcoe from her car and took off in the vehicle, a white 2000 Subaru Legacy Wagon.

Simcoe is an associate professor of art and art history at UNO.

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