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Weather
9:51 am
Thu February 2, 2012

Omaha metro gets 9 to 12 inches of snow from winter storm

The season's first significant winter storm left behind nine to 12 inches of snow in the Omaha metro area.

The National Weather Service says 8 inches of snow was reported at Offutt Air Force Base, and 9 inches in Omaha.  In southwest Iowa, Pacific Junction received 10 inches of snow. 

Road conditions are expected to remain hazardous. Before traveling, check www.511.nebraska.gov and www.511ia.org for road conditions.

 

On the web: http://www.crh.noaa.gov/oax

 

Business
9:22 am
Thu February 2, 2012

BioProcess Algae, Green Plains Renewable Energy break ground on new plant

 

A Rhode Island-based biofuels company is expanding its operation at a southwest Iowa plant.

BioProcess Algae broke ground Wednesday on a five-acre facility at the Green Plains Energy ethanol plant in Shenandoah. BioProcess opened a demonstration plant in 2009 at GPRE’s Shenandoah campus. The facility captures the waste products used to make ethanol, and uses them to grow algae. The algae is then used in animal feed.

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Arts
5:00 am
Thu February 2, 2012

Youth Symphony Performs Two Large-Scale Masterpieces

UNO's Strauss Performing Arts Center

The Omaha Area Youth Orchestra’s Youth Symphony presents its Winter Concert Sunday at 2:00 in the Strauss Performing Arts Center.

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Arts
1:17 pm
Wed February 1, 2012

Exhibit highlights the African-American church experience

An image from Jason Miccolo Johnson's exhibit Soul Sanctuary.
courtesy www.soulsanctuarybook.com

A new exhibit at Omaha’s Loves Jazz and Art Center focuses on the African-American church experience.

The exhibit is called “Soul Sanctuary.” It’s a collection of images by photographer Jason Miccolo Johnson of the black church experience. Tim Clark, executive director of Loves Jazz and Arts Center, says the 50 portraits show the worship, energy, and spirituality present in African-American churches.

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Arts
5:00 am
Wed February 1, 2012

Film Streams holds three panel discussions this month

Film Streams offers panel discussions after three documentary film screenings this month.  With more, here’s Omaha Public Radio’s Cheril Lee…

General News
4:16 pm
Tue January 31, 2012

5th Annual Heartland Walk for Warmth takes place this week

The 5th Annual Heartland Walk for Warmth takes place tomorrow (Thursday) at 6:00 p.m. at Westroads Mall.

Kathy O’Hara, Spokesperson for United Way of the Midlands, says the event helps raise funds for energy assistance programs.  She says the organization has seen a 30% increase in requests for help with energy assistance over the past year.  O’Hara says the Walk for Warmth is a one mile walk outside.  She says even though it’s been a milder winter, it can get cold in the house when you can’t afford to turn the heat on…

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Politics & Elections
3:16 pm
Tue January 31, 2012

Democrat enters race for Nebraska's U.S. Senate seat

Nebraska’s U.S.  Senate race has another candidate.

Steve Lustgarten filed Monday as a Democratic candidate for the U.S. Senate. Lustgarten owns a video production company in Omaha. He’s the first Democrat to enter the race.

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General News
2:36 pm
Tue January 31, 2012

Authorities investigating death of Ralston's Fire Chief

former Ralston Fire Chief Kyle Ienn.
photo courtesy Ralston Fire Department

Omaha Police are investigating the death of Ralston’s Fire Chief.

Authorities were called to 6902 Pine Street around 7:30 AM for a report of a down party. There, they found the body of 40-year-old Kyle Ienn hanging from a bridge. Ienn was a Ralston firefighter for more than 20 years. He was named Fire Chief in 2000.

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Politics & Elections
2:14 pm
Mon January 30, 2012

Bill seeks to keep young people in school until age 18

 

A measure in the Unicameral seeks to keep young people in school until graduation or age 18.

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Politics & Elections
5:00 am
Mon January 30, 2012

Senator Harms introduces all vote by mail elections options

A bill in the Nebraska legislature would allow residents in counties with fewer than 10,000 residents the opportunity to participate in vote by mail elections.

It would require the approval of eligible voters in the counties. The bill’s sponsor, Nebraska Senator John Harms, says the measure would streamline the voting process, save counties money and give more people the opportunity to vote.  He says the voting by mail turnout for special elections in the state has always been positive.

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