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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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General News
5:06 am
Fri February 24, 2012

Salvation Army's Tree of Lights Campaign raises more than $3 million

More than $3 million was raised during the Omaha Salvation Army’s 2011 Tree of Lights Campaign. 

Joanne Bemis is the Divisional Director of Development. She says last year, the Salvation Army assisted more than 170,000 people and she anticipates the need increasing this year.  

The Salvation Army has more than 20 social service programs, serving families from teens to senior citizens. Bemis says 100% of the money raised during the campaign goes to support these programs.

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Politics & Elections
1:51 pm
Thu February 23, 2012

Historic preservation tax credit legislation moves forward

 

A bill providing tax credits to redevelop historic properties is moving forward in the Unicameral.

Speaker Mike Flood chose LB888 as one of his priority bills. It would provide a 25 percent tax credit for developers who rehabilitate historic properties. Nonprofits that do so could get a 30 percent tax credit.

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Education
9:24 am
Thu February 23, 2012

Omaha Public Schools begins 2012-13 budget process

Omaha Public Schools officials don’t anticipate that budget cuts will be needed in the 2012-2013 spending plan.

OPS board members were updated Wednesday on the preliminary revenue forecast for the 2012-13 budget.  Assistant Superintendent Dennis Pool says that forecast shows OPS will receive$9.9 million more in state aid next fiscal year. State aid certification will happen in May.

Missouri River Flooding
2:17 pm
Wed February 22, 2012

OPPD: we take full responsibility for "broad performance issues" at Ft. Calhoun Station

OPPD officials say the Fort Calhoun Nuclear Station won’t reopen until they’re confident safety issues at the plant are resolved.

Utility leaders met in Washington, D.C., Wednesday with the NRC to update performance issues at the plant. Fort Calhoun Station has been closed since last April. Since then, the NRC has cited OPPD for multiple violations at the plant, including being ill-prepared for a flood. NRC officials say a fire at the plant last June also wasn’t reported within the required time frame.

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