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3:16 pm
Wed February 8, 2012

Three exhibits coming to Omaha celebrate the history of the Negro Leagues

Jack Roosevelt "Jackie" Robinson became the first black player in Major League Baseball in 1947, when he joined the Brooklyn Dodgers.
photo courtesy www.mlb.com

Three exhibits coming to Omaha in May tell the story of the Negro Leagues.

“Discover Greatness” opens May 20th at Conestoga Magnet School in north Omaha. Discover Greatness uses a series of photographs to discuss the history and significant of the Negro Leagues. The exhibit is being presented in partnership with Omaha’s Great Plains Black History Museum, and the Kansas City-based Negro Leagues Baseball Museum.

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Politics & Elections
3:00 pm
Wed February 8, 2012

Senator Nordquist introduces a bill to make chemotherapy affordable

Senator Jeremy Nordquist

LB 882 would take cancer treatment decisions away from insurance companies and put them back into the hands of patients and their doctors.

That’s according to Omaha Senator Jeremy Nordquist, who introduced LB 882.  He says the measure creates parity between oral chemotherapy medications and IV medications for cancer patients.  Senator Nordquist says under the current system, IV medications are considered a medical benefit. 

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General News
4:00 am
Wed February 8, 2012

278 of Omaha's "string of pearls" to be replaced in April

Omaha's "string of pearls" light a three-quarter mile stretch of Abbott Drive.
courtesy Google Images

278 broken light fixtures that are part of Omaha’s so-called “string of pearls” will be replaced in April.

The string of pearls are 700 lights that line a three-quarter mile stretch of Abbott Drive, from downtown Omaha to Eppley Airfield. A hailstorm last August shattered 278 of those lights. City engineer Todd Pfitzer says original estimates put the replacement cost at $500,000. But Pfitzer says those lights will be replaced with LED ones, which will save the city $120,000 to $150,000 in energy costs over the next five years.

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Politics & Elections
3:24 pm
Tue February 7, 2012

Former Nebraska Governor Bob Kerrey says no to run for U.S. Senate

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

A UNO political scientist says former U.S. Senator Bob Kerrey’s decision not to seek the Democratic nomination for Ben Nelson’s seat will make it difficult for the state Democratic party to field a viable candidate.

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Weather
12:57 pm
Tue February 7, 2012

Snow removal 'challenging,' but helped by additional resources

Mayor Jim Suttle and Public Works officials update snow removal efforts during a news conference Tuesday.
Photo by Katie Schubert, KIOS

 

Omaha city officials say the combination of a weekend storm and extra contractors prevented the need to declare a snow emergency.

 Mayor Jim Suttle and Public Works officials updated the city’s snow removal efforts during a news conference Tuesday. Saturday’s storm left more than nine inches of snow in Omaha.

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General News
5:06 am
Tue February 7, 2012

LFS' 3rd Annual At Ease Lunch featured Medal of Honor recipient Sal Giunta

Staff Sergeant Sal Giunta

Lutheran Family Services’ 3rd Annual At Ease Luncheon featured a Medal of Honor recipient.

This year’s keynote speaker was former U.S. Army Staff Sergeant, Sal Giunta.  Sgt. Giunta is the first living American serviceman to receive the Medal of Honor for service in Iraq or Afghanistan.  

Sgt. Guinta said he was happy to support At Ease, a program he said helps soldiers fighting for the freedoms all Americans enjoy.

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Missouri River Flooding
8:56 am
Mon February 6, 2012

Corps of Engineers makes additional space available in reservoirs ahead of runoff season

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers says additional storage space will be available in the six Missouri River main stem reservoirs this spring.

During a biweekly conference call Friday, Corps officials discussed conditions going in to the start of the spring runoff season, which begins March first. Jody Farhat, Chief of the Omaha District’s Water Management Division, says plains and mountain snowpack are below this time last year.

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Education
5:06 am
Mon February 6, 2012

UNO Celebrates Black History Month with Educational and Entertaining Events

UNO is celebrating Black History Month with three public events.

Helen Kang is the Assistant Director for Cultural Programming at UNO.  She says the process of choosing events begins with reaching out to student and community groups.  After the Black History Month committee is formed, the brainstorming session begins. 

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General News
11:40 am
Fri February 3, 2012

Nebraska State Patrol advises caution on snowy roadways

The Nebraska State Patrol says using caution is key when traveling during winter weather.

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Sports
5:10 am
Fri February 3, 2012

UNO Athletic Director headlined last month's Press Club

Trev Alberts

Omaha Press Club’s January Noon Forum featured Trev Alberts, UNO’s Director of Athletics.

Alberts started at UNO in 2009.  Last year, Alberts’ plan to reclassify UNO athletics from Division 2 to Division 1 was approved by the board of regents.  In July of 2011, Alberts secured a spot for the UNO Hockey Team in the new National Collegiate Hockey Conference. 

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