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Omaha Public Radio News
3:14 pm
Fri January 6, 2012

Ellis Hall's Tribute to Ray Charles takes place at the Holland Center on January 14th

Ellis Hall, Vocalist/Pianist

Omaha, NE – Vocalist and pianist Ellis Hall presents a Tribute to Ray Charles with the Omaha Symphony on Saturday, January 14th.

Once dubbed Charles' protege, Hall first met Ray in 2001 while he was playing at a local Christmas party. He gave Charles his CD and the two soon began a friendship that lasted until Charles' death in 2004.

Hall's performance in Omaha will feature some of Ray Charles' most popular songs including "Hit the Road Jack" and "Georgia on my Mind." Hall started learning piano in the third grade at the Perkins School for the Blind.

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Omaha Public Radio News
2:15 pm
Fri January 6, 2012

Girl Scouts Spirit of Nebraska Debuts Direct Sale Cookie Program

The Girl Scouts are launching a direct sale program this year. When Girl Scout Cookies go on sale January 13th, the girls will have boxes of cookies in hand. Theresa Cassaday is the Chief Communications Officer for Girl Scouts Spirit of Nebraska.

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Omaha Public Radio News
3:23 pm
Thu January 5, 2012

Freedom Award Nominations are due by January 16th

Omaha, NE – The deadline for nominations for the 2012 Freedom Awards is January 16th.

Retired Army Major General Walt Zink Chairs the Nebraska Employer Support to Guard and Reserve Committee. He says 15 employers are recognized with Freedom Awards each year. The three award categories are large employer, small employer and governmental employer.

Zink says the Freedom Award is the highest honor an employer can receive from the Department of Defense. These employers receive award for having a culture of support that goes above and beyond what the law mandates.

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Omaha Public Radio News
10:54 am
Thu January 5, 2012

One year later, Millard South marks anniversary of deadly school shooting

Omaha, NE – It was one year ago Thursday that former Millard South High School assistant principal Vicky Kaspar was shot and killed by a former student.

The shooting happened January 5, 2011 at about 12:45 pm. 17-year-old Robert Butler Junior, who had been suspended, went to the school's administrative office to talk to Kaspar. He shot Kaspar and principal Curtis Case. Butler was found dead in a vehicle near the school a short time later. Kaspar died that evening and Case was seriously injured.

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Omaha Public Radio News
9:16 am
Thu January 5, 2012

Red Cross responded to more than 400 regional disasters in 2011

Omaha, NE – The Heartland Chapter of the American Red Cross responded to more than 400 disasters last year.

The Nebraska/southwest Iowa Region's disaster response included opening 11 shelters and providing more than 23,000 meals to people displaced by Missouri River flooding.

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Omaha Public Radio News
3:03 pm
Wed January 4, 2012

Nearly 123,000 Iowans voted in GOP caucus

Omaha, NE – A UNO political scientist says the results of Tuesday night's Iowa caucus show divisions in the state's Republican party.

Eight votes separated the caucus winner, former Massachusetts Governor Mitt Romney, from second-place finisher Rick Santorum, a former Senator from Pennsylvania. Nearly 123,000 Iowans participated in the GOP caucus.

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Omaha Public Radio News
11:54 pm
Tue January 3, 2012

Western Iowa GOP voters choose Romney, Santorum

Omaha, NE – Western Iowa voters were split in their support of the GOP candidates for president.

Pottawattamie County GOP chairman Jeff Jorgensen says some precincts reported record turnout for Tuesday night's caucuses. Even with the strong turnout, Jorgensen says the caucus process went quickly.

543 Republican voters caucused in Mills County, Iowa. Sharon McNutt, co-chair of the Mills County Republican Party, says things went smoothly.

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Omaha Public Radio News
3:54 pm
Tue January 3, 2012

The Learning Community has launched a new website for 2012-2013 Open Enrollment

Lorraine Chang, Vice Chair of the Learning Community Coordinating Council, says the Learning Community consists of eleven school districts. She says the Learning Community consists of students from all walks of life; all of whom are worthy of the best possible education. With that in mind, the Learning Community is offering open enrollment for the 2012-2013 school year.

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Omaha Public Radio News
12:33 pm
Tue January 3, 2012

Mid-America Business Conditions report shows slight decline in December

Omaha, NE – A monthly economic indicator for the nine-state Mid America region shows a slight decline in December.

Creighton University economist Ernie Goss compiles the Mid America Business Conditions report. The monthly business conditions index declined to 50 in December from 52.6 in November.

Goss says the economy will grow this year, albeit slowly. He expects interest rates will remain low and inflation won't be an issue.

The index is an indicator of overall economic health in the nine-state region.

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Omaha Public Radio News
9:16 am
Tue January 3, 2012

Caucus day in Iowa

Omaha, NE – The Pottawattamie County Republican Party is preparing for more than double the turnout at Tuesday's caucus than in 2008.

The caucus begins at 7pm. It's the first vote in the nation for GOP presidential candidates. Naomi Leinen, co-chairman of the Pottawattamie County Republican Party, says they won't be endorsing a candidate.

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