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5:06 am
Thu March 1, 2012

Omaha DID produces a study that looks at ways to maximize downtown parking

Joe Gudenrath, Executive Director for Omaha’s Downtown Improvement District, says downtown parking has been an issue for residents, visitors and business owners for a number of years.  

A little over a year ago, the DID decided to conduct a study of the current public parking system. 

Gudenrath says it examines the current parking conditions to see how the city can better maximize use of the existing parking assets.

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Arts
12:42 pm
Wed February 29, 2012

Andrew Bird: Fever Year screens next week at the 2012 Omaha Film Festival

The Great Escape Cinema 16 is the venue for the 2012 Omaha Film Festival.  The festival kicks off March 7th.  Omaha Public Radio’s Cheril Lee joins us now with the details on one of the featured documentaries…

Politics/Elections
10:38 am
Wed February 29, 2012

Bob Kerrey running for U.S. Senate

former Nebraska Governor and U.S. Senator Bob Kerrey.
courtesy Google Images

Former U.S. Senator and Nebraska Governor Bob Kerrey will seek the Democratic nomination for U.S. Senate.

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General News
5:06 am
Wed February 29, 2012

11th Annual Malcolm X Festival takes place next week at UNO

UNO’s Department of Black Studies is hosting its 11th annual Malcolm X Festival Wednesday, March 7th and Thursday, March 8th.

Peggy Jones, Assistant Professor in the Black Studies Department, says this year’s theme is “Juveniles and Justice: Law and the Prison Industrial Complex.”  She says the two-day event will feature a mix of presenters and topics, including poverty, youth and the law. 

Jones says Ameena Fort-Matthews is the guest speaker.  Fort-Matthews was featured in the documentary film, “The Interrupters.”

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Education
2:32 pm
Tue February 28, 2012

UNO looks to add Bachelors Degree program in emergency management

 

A Bachelors Degree in emergency management could soon be offered at the University of Nebraska-Omaha.

The program would be offered as a Bachelor of Science Degree. John Bartle, acting dean of UNO’s College of Public Affairs and Community Service, says a degree in emergency management is critical given recent natural and man made disasters. “Unfortunately these emergencies seem to be with us. It’s a profession that is evolving, and increasingly there’s a need for higher level education, more than just training, but education for people in this field.”

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Arts
12:59 pm
Tue February 28, 2012

Hard Times: Lost on Long Island screens at the Omaha Film Festival next week

Nick and Regina Puccio
By Julia Willoughby Nason

The 7th annual Omaha Film Festival runs March 7th through the 11th.  All movies will be screened at the Great Escape Cinema 16.  Today, Omaha Public Radio’s Cheril Lee introduces us to the documentary film Hard Times: Lost on Long Island…  

Education
5:06 am
Tue February 28, 2012

According to a new Bellevue University Study: 1 in 3 Americans struggle to get by, consider school

A recent survey done by Bellevue University shows 2 out of 3 people who don’t have a degree are thinking about going back to school. 

Dr. Mary Hawkins, President of Bellevue University, says the purpose of the study was to understand the thoughts, motives and concerns of adults who have thought about going back to college and why they aren’t doing so. 

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Arts
1:41 pm
Mon February 27, 2012

The 2012 Omaha Film Festival kicks off next week

The Omaha Film Festival runs March 7th through the 11th at the Great Escape Cinema 16.  The Festival will screen several documentaries next week, including Ecstasy of Order: The Tetris Masters.  Omaha Public Radio’s Cheril Lee introduces us to the filmmakers…

Politics & Elections
1:11 pm
Mon February 27, 2012

City Council to discuss ordinance banning discrimination on basis of sexual orientation

 

Omaha City Councilmen will discuss an ordinance Tuesday that bans discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation or gender identity.

The ordinance is sponsored by Councilman Ben Gray. It seeks to prohibit discrimination in the workplace and all public places in Omaha on the basis of “actual or perceived” gender identity or sexual orientation. Anyone who believes they’ve been the target of discrimination could file a complaint with Omaha’s Human Rights and Relations Department.

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Omaha
1:00 am
Mon February 27, 2012

'Million Meal March' seeks to provide food for families in Omaha, throughout the world

An estimated one in five Nebraskans is “food insecure”---that is, they don’t know where their next meal will come from.

An event this coming Saturday in Omaha seeks to provide 300,000 meals for local families struggling with hunger. It’s called the “Million Meal March.” Volunteers are needed to help the Omaha chapter of Minnesota-based Kids Against Hunger pack meals at the CenturyLink Center for international and local distribution.

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