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Iowa
8:44 am
Thu March 8, 2012

Iowa Supreme Court hears two cases in Council Bluffs

The Iowa Supreme Court.
courtesy Google Images

The public had a chance to witness Iowa Supreme Court hearings in-person Wednesday night in Council Bluffs.

The Iowa Supreme Court heard oral arguments at Iowa Western Community College on two cases. One case involved the ACLU and Atlantic School District, and focused on records requests regarding disciplinary action taken against employees. The other case involved local ordinances in Hamburg, Iowa, relating to sexually-oriented businesses. 

Education
5:15 am
Thu March 8, 2012

UNO to Open Military and Veteran Services Office

UNO has a long history of working with military and veteran students as well as their families.  In the fall of 2010 UNO’s Mav USO office conducted a survey of military and veteran students. 

The results of the study showed that military and veteran students knew UNO had a lot of great programs and services to support them. What they didn’t know was how to access those programs. 

Hayley Patton, Director of Military and Veterans Programs at UNO, says that will change in a few weeks as UNO opens a new military and veterans university services office to assist these students.

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Missouri River Flooding
1:02 pm
Wed March 7, 2012

2012 spring runoff season begins

A view of Missouri River flooding near Ft. Calhoun.
courtesy Google Images

The 2012 spring runoff season is underway along the Missouri River.

U.S. Army Corps of Engineers officials say releases from Gavins Point Dam averaged 22,000 cubic feet per second during February. It’ll stay at that level through the middle of this month, and then increase for the start of the navigation season. Last year’s record runoff season led to devastating flooding along the Missouri River in Nebraska and Iowa.

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General News
5:06 am
Wed March 7, 2012

Gas Prices on the Rise

Motorists may have noticed a recent increase in gas prices in the metro area. 

John Deskins, Associate Professor of Economics at Creighton University, says there’s no need to worry.  Though he does anticipate gas prices will rise in April, May and June as they usually do when summer approaches, he expects the prices will also decrease by fall.  

According to Deskins, it is difficult to pinpoint one specific reason for the recent run up in gas prices.

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Politics & Elections
4:00 am
Wed March 7, 2012

UNO political scientist expects GOP presidential race to remain close

A UNO political scientist expects all four GOP presidential candidates will stay in the race following Super Tuesday.

Results of the ten Super Tuesday primaries were split. In Ohio, GOP candidates Mitt Romney and Rick Santorum were locked in a close race. Santorum, Romney, and Newt Gingrich all picked up wins, and delegates.

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Omaha
1:55 pm
Tue March 6, 2012

Omaha Mayor to name acting Police Chief by March 30th

Omaha Mayor Jim Suttle says he hopes the city’s next Police Chief will lead the department long-term.

Police Chief Alex Hayes announced Monday he’ll retire at the end of March. Hayes became Police Chief in 2009, taking over for former Chief Eric Buske.

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Arts
5:06 am
Tue March 6, 2012

The Douglas County Historical Society is presenting its 2nd annual runway show and lunch on Saturday

Happily Ever After: Wedding Dresses and Traditions is the title of the Douglas County Historical Society 2nd annual luncheon and runway show.

Cassandra Novotne, Coordinator for the Douglas County Historical Society, says the show highlights wedding gowns, bridesmaids’ dresses and other matrimonial clothing from the 1890’s to the 1970’s. 

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Arts
5:06 am
Tue March 6, 2012

Rock of Ages opens at the Orpheum Theatre tonight

The rock and roll musical is set in 1987 around a club on the Sunset Strip.  Actor Matt Ban plays Dennis Dupree in the production. 

He says Dennis is the 70’s leftover in the show and owns the rock club.  Ban says this is the first rock show he’s ever done and he’s having a good time singing some of the 80’s best hair metal music.  

He says the show gets big reactions wherever it goes and he thinks it’s because the music is so much fun and so well-known.

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Omaha
2:07 pm
Mon March 5, 2012

Omaha Police Chief Alex Hayes retiring March 30th

Omaha Police Chief Alex Hayes
courtesy City of Omaha

Omaha Police Chief Alex Hayes is retiring from the department.

A news release from Mayor Jim Suttle’s office says Hayes will retire March 30th. He’s been with the Omaha Police Department for 25 years, the last two-and-a-half as Police Chief. Hayes took over following former Chief Eric Buske’s departure in 2009.

Health/Medical
1:06 pm
Mon March 5, 2012

Study finds workforce discrimination prevalent in LGBT community

Researchers at UNMC’s College of Public Health released an initial community report last June on issues surrounding Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender individuals. 

Dr. Christopher Fisher is an Assistant Professor in the College of Public Health. He says the goal of the study was to examine the physical, mental, social and sexual health of the LGBT community.  

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