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Omaha Public Radio News
7:28 am
Mon August 1, 2011

The Better Business Bureau advises consumers to watch out for flood scams

Omaha, NE – Whenever there's any kind of catastrophic event, whether it's a tornado, hail or prolonged flooding, there's a good opportunity for scam artists.

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Omaha Public Radio News
4:22 pm
Fri July 29, 2011

The Iowa Emergency Management Agency announces an individual assistance program at its weekly conference call

Omaha, NE – The Iowa Emergency Management Agency says one million dollars has been set aside to assist individuals affected by the floods.

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Omaha Public Radio News
4:18 pm
Fri July 29, 2011

Omaha is the Best Value City for 2011

Omaha, NE – Omaha has been named the Best Value City 2011 by Kiplinger's Personal Finance Magazine.

Senior Editor Bob Frick says Omaha was chosen after conducting months of research and visiting the city. He says criteria included the cost of living, vibrancy of the local economy and arts and culture in the city.

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Omaha Public Radio News
12:53 pm
Fri July 29, 2011

Corps of Engineers to reduce Gavins Point Dam releases to 40,000 cfs by October 1

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

Omaha, NE – The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers plans to step down releases from Gavins Point Dam to 40,000 cubic feet per second by October first.

Northwestern Division Commander, Brigadier General John McMahon, announced the release schedule during a conference call Friday. The Corps plans to reduce releases from Gavins Point to 150,000 cubic feet per second Monday. That'll continue through mid-August.

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Omaha Public Radio News
9:42 am
Fri July 29, 2011

Dewatering wells keeping groundwater levels down at Eppley Airfield

Omaha's Eppley Airfield

Omaha, NE – 70 dewatering wells are drilled and functioning at Omaha's Eppley Airfield.

Omaha Airport Authority executive director Steve Coufal says they're in the third phase of their flood control plan monitoring the levees and dewatering wells. Coufal says the dewatering wells are doing their job, which is to reduce groundwater levels. Groundwater levels are down as much as 14 feet near the dewatering wells and two and a half feet near the Airfield itself.

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Omaha Public Radio News
10:19 pm
Thu July 28, 2011

Omaha officials take 2012 budget to the public

Omaha, NE – Questions about the impact of flooding on the city budget, privatization of some city services, and budget growth faced city officials at the first forum on the 2012 budget.

City Department leaders presented Omaha's $730 million dollar 2012 budget plan at the forum Wednesday night in Elkhorn. The 2012 budget is ten percent larger than this year's spending plan.

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Omaha Public Radio News
1:04 pm
Thu July 28, 2011

National Guard levee surveillance to end Sunday

Omaha, NE – The Nebraska National Guard's monitoring of Omaha's 13 mile levee system ends Sunday.

Omaha's Missouri River Unified Command requested Guard assistance with levee monitoring through the end of August. Marty Grate of Omaha Public Works says that request was denied with little explanation. That means city employees and private contractors will be trained in levee monitoring and surveillance starting Thursday.

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Omaha Public Radio News
10:09 pm
Wed July 27, 2011

Ft. Calhoun nuclear station to undergo multiple inspections before reopening

OPPD's Fort Calhoun Nuclear Station
Image courtesy NRC

Omaha, NE – Omaha Public Power District officials say the Fort Calhoun Nuclear Station will undergo several inspections before reopening.

OPPD and Nuclear Regulatory Commission representatives met Wednesday in Omaha about the post-flood future of the Fort Calhoun plant. It's been closed since April for refueling. NRC officials say the plant will be evaluated in four areas and all flood control items will be removed before the plant reopens.

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Omaha Public Radio News
3:09 pm
Wed July 27, 2011

Omaha budget forums begin Wednesday

Omaha, NE – The first of four public forums on the city of Omaha's 2012 budget is Wednesday evening.

The forum begins at 7PM at Common Ground Community Center in Elkhorn. It's a chance for the public to weigh in on Mayor Jim Suttle's 2012 budget proposal.

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2:48 pm
Wed July 27, 2011

National Night Out is August 2nd

Omaha, NE – Tuesday, August 2nd is National Night Out and the Night Out for Neighbors.

Bridget Fitzpatrick is a Crime Prevention Specialist for the Omaha Police Department. She says on National Night Out, the police department encourages people to have neighborhood block parties and get together, or at least leave their outside lights on. Fitzpatrick says an organized and watchful neighborhood is one of the best ways to deter crime.

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