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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

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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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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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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Omaha
1:00 am
Mon March 5, 2012

Womens History Month events focus on civil rights, politics, history

A series of events this month in Omaha highlight the contributions women have made to Nebraska.

March is Womens History Month. The Omaha Public Library branches are hosting lectures on the role of women in politics, history, and civil liberties.

OPL executive director Gary Wasdin says one presentation, scheduled for March 22nd at the library’s Florence Branch, will focus on the role of women pioneers in the 1870s and 1880s.  

Federal judge Laurie Smith Camp will speak at the downtown branch on March 25th about women and civil liberties.

Arts
6:27 am
Sat March 3, 2012

The Girls in the Band

The 7th Annual Omaha Film Festival begins runs next Wednesday through Sunday at the Great Escape Cinema 16.  Omaha Public Radio’s Cheril Lee has the story of the documentaries selected for the festival.  It’s called The Girls in the Band…

Business
1:00 pm
Fri March 2, 2012

Omaha named among the best cities for jobs in the U.S.

image courtesy Silicon Prairie News

Omaha is among the best cities in the U.S. for jobs, according to Forbes Magazine.

Forbes released its list last month of best cities for jobs, with Omaha ranked seventh. Last year, Omaha was named as a top city for startup businesses.

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Education
5:06 am
Fri March 2, 2012

LB 1144 promotes career academies for Nebraska

Senator Brad Ashford introduced LB 1144 in the legislature.

He says the bill is part of the education priority package of bills that will be voted on by the legislature in the next few weeks.  Senator Ashford says the bill supports and encourages the creation of career academies for Nebraska. 

He says a career academy is a stand alone educational school that would provide courses and a pathway to employment for those students who do not seek a traditional college education.  

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