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General News
5:06 am
Wed March 28, 2012

The Omaha Public Library Celebrates Another Record-Breaking Year

Last year, more than 2.4 million people visited the 12 Omaha Public Library branches.

Executive Director Gary Wasdin says the libraries continued to see every measurable aspect of use going up in 2011. 

Though people still use the libraries for books and reading, Wasdin says residents are often surprised to find out just how much more there is to find and do in the library.

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Missouri River Flooding
1:00 am
Wed March 28, 2012

Corps of Engineers to hold seven public meetings in April

A view of Missouri River flooding last summer near Fort Calhoun.
courtesy Google Images

 

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers will hold seven public meetings next month in cities along the Missouri River.

The meetings will be held April 16th through 20th. Each is an opportunity for the public for hear from Northwest District officials about this year’s runoff season. The 2012 runoff season began March first.

Omaha’s meeting is April 18th at the Marriott. It begins at 6 PM.

Education
8:48 am
Tue March 27, 2012

OPS superintendent finalists announced

OPS Assistant Superintendent of Curriculum and Learning ReNae Kehrberg.
courtesy OPS

An Omaha Public Schools Assistant Superintendent is among the three finalists for the District’s new leader.

The OPS board announced the finalist candidates Tuesday morning. One is ReNae Kehrberg, OPS’ Assistant Superintendent of Curriculum and Learning. Daniel Nerad, the Superintendent of the Madison Metropolitan School District in Wisconsin, and Nancy Sebring, the Superintendent of the Des Moines Public Schools, are the other two candidates.

Meet-and-greet sessions with the candidates will be held Wednesday through Friday.

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General News
5:06 am
Tue March 27, 2012

Iowans encouraged to prepare for severe weather in advance

April 2nd through the 6th is Severe Weather Awareness Week in Iowa. Lucinda Robertson is Public Information Officer for the Iowa Department of Homeland Security and Emergency Management. 

She’s encouraging all Iowans to be prepared for year-round emergencies by attention to local news and investing in a weather radio. Robertson says individuals should also make an emergency plan because a family may not be together when an emergency happens.  Finally, she says it’s important to create an emergency supply kit.

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Politics & Elections
1:10 pm
Mon March 26, 2012

A 2nd Congressional District Democratic Debate was held Friday at the Omaha Press Club

The candidates for Nebraska’s Second Congressional District participated in their second debate Friday. With more here’s Omaha Public Radio’s Cheril Lee…

Business
8:34 am
Mon March 26, 2012

Good 360 opens national distribution and sorting center in Omaha

image courtesy Good 360

North Omaha is the new home of a national distribution company’s new centralized location.

Good 360 opened its distribution and sorting center on North 16th Street Friday. The organization gets donations of new surplus or out of season products from corporations. They repackage and donate the products to nonprofits, who distribute the items to people in need.

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Education
1:13 pm
Sun March 25, 2012

OPS board to name superintendent candidate finalists Tuesday

The Omaha Public Schools board meets Tuesday morning to name its superintendent candidate finalists this week.

Board members interviewed four candidates Saturday in an all-day, closed-door session. A meeting is set for 8:30 AM Tuesday to announce the three finalists. They'll be interviewed starting Friday.

Whoever is named superintendent will take over following John Mackiel's retirement at the end of this school year. Mackiel has been with OPS for nearly four decades.

On the web: Omaha Public Schools

Missouri River Flooding
2:59 pm
Fri March 23, 2012

Corps of Engineers officials estimate 2012 runoff season will be normal

An aerial view of Missouri River flooding last year near Ft. Calhoun.

Army Corps of Engineers officials say so far, this year’s Missouri River runoff season appears normal.

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Politics & Elections
1:08 pm
Fri March 23, 2012

Nebraska lawmakers debating smaller tax cut plan

 

An amended version of Governor Dave Heineman’s tax cut plan is awaiting second-round debate in the Unicameral.

The tax cut plan passed the first round of debate earlier this week. Governor Dave Heineman originally called for $327 million dollars worth of tax cuts over three years. In addition to income taxes, the plan would’ve cut corporate income taxes and ended the state’s inheritance tax.

Senator Lavon Heidemann, chairman of the Legislature’s Appropriations Committee, says the amended plan is now $97.2 million. The inheritance tax remains part of state law.

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General News
5:06 am
Fri March 23, 2012

Demand for Youth Services is on the Rise at Salvation Army Centers

A recent survey released by the Salvation Army found 56% of Salvation Army Youth Programs are operating at or beyond their capacity.

Susan Eustice, Director of Public Relations for Salvation Army Omaha, says the survey covered more than 80 cities, including Omaha.  Results show that more than 80 percent of youth programs saw an increase in demand from children and families in the past year, due to unemployment issues and funding cuts.  Eustice says Omaha North Corps has been especially busy.

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