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Omaha Public Radio News
3:35 pm
Fri December 9, 2011

There will be a public meeting next week to discuss the Fontenelle Park Master Plan

Fontenelle Park Pavilion

Omaha, NE – Work is underway on the Fontenelle Park Master Plan.

Melinda Pearson, Director of Parks and Recreation, says the City of Omaha is hosting a second public meeting to get input on possible designs. She says a Master Plan focuses on the best use for an area.

The Clean Solutions for Omaha Project, or CSO, recently identified several parks that could be potential sites for fresh water and clean water practices. Pearson says Fontenelle Park is one of these.

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Omaha Public Radio News
9:52 pm
Thu December 8, 2011

OPS begins public forums on superintendent search

Omaha, NE – A good communicator, consensus-builder, and an advocate for the arts are among the qualities some members of the public want in a new Omaha Public Schools leader.

Those were identified as key characteristics during Thursday night's first public forum on the search for a new OPS superintendent. OPS superintendent Dr. John Mackiel is retiring at the end of this school year after 39 years with the district.

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Omaha Public Radio News
2:27 pm
Thu December 8, 2011

Christmas with the Symphony returns to the Holland Center

Omaha, NE – Dancing Santas, Broadway stars and the audience sing-along are all included in one of Omaha's holiday traditions. Christmas with the Symphony returns for five performances, December 16th through 18th.

Resident Conductor Ernest Richardson says another highlight is the entire cast singing "O Holy Night." He says the production will also feature a group of dancers from Broadway. Richardson says one of the biggest challenges he faces every year is choosing the music for the program.

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Omaha Public Radio News
10:58 am
Thu December 8, 2011

Omaha's bond rating returned to a stable outlook

Omaha, NE – Omaha's AAA rating has been returned to a stable outlook, four months after it was downgraded.

Omaha's bond rating was moved to a negative outlook last August, along with the ratings of 176 other local governments. Those bonds were tied indirectly with the federal government's credit rating. City officials were notified Wednesday that Moody's restored the stable outlook.

Mayor Jim Suttle says the move means Omaha has better credit, which will save taxpayers about six million dollars when future bonds are issued.

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Omaha Public Radio News
3:35 pm
Wed December 7, 2011

MOTAC launches new commercials

Omaha, NE – This week the Metro Omaha Tobacco Action Coalition unveiled new spots that emphasize the importance of smoke-free housing. With more, here's Omaha Public Radio's Cheril Lee

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Omaha Public Radio News
11:00 am
Wed December 7, 2011

Creighton mens soccer team in final four

Omaha, NE – The Creighton University men's soccer team plays Charlotte Friday in its first trip to the final four since 2002.

It'll be the soccer team's fourth appearance in the College Cup. The Bluejays defeated South Florida Sunday afternoon. Rob Simms, associate sports information director at Creighton, says the 2011 soccer Bluejays team is the best he's seen in his 11 years with the university. Eight of the 11 starters from last year's team returned this year.

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Omaha Public Radio News
3:08 pm
Tue December 6, 2011

Omaha introduces app for road conditions, snow emergency information

Omaha, NE – There's a new way of finding out road conditions during winter weather.

Last week, Omaha Public Works introduced a smartphone app for those updates. Anyone with the app can check road conditions and be alerted when a snow emergency is in effect.

Public Works Street Maintenance Superintendent Scott McIntyre says the app is another way to keep everyone informed about winter conditions. The app will also have links to information about Omaha's parking procedures during a snow emergency.

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Omaha Public Radio News
1:41 pm
Tue December 6, 2011

Update on the Salvation Army's Tree of Lights Campaign

Omaha, NE – After two full weeks of bell ringing, the Salvation Army's Tree of Lights Campaign is 10% behind where it was last year.

Susan Eustice, Spokesperson for the Salvation Army of Omaha, says the goal of the campaign is $3.1 million and that's a lot to raise in six weeks. She says the red kettles are located at approximately 120 locations in the Metro, making it easy to donate that way. Eustice says the contributions stay local.

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Omaha Public Radio News
1:19 pm
Tue December 6, 2011

Three public forums set on OPS superintendent search

Omaha, NE – The Omaha Public Schools will hold three public forums this week on the search for a new superintendent.

The public forums are Thursday and Friday at 7pm, and Saturday at 10am. All three will be held at the OPS TAC building, at 30th and Cuming Streets. The forums are an opportunity for the public to give input on the superintendent search, and the characteristics they'd like to see in OPS' new leader.

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Omaha Public Radio News
3:56 pm
Mon December 5, 2011

UNMC College of Dentistry signs an affiliation agreement with the Omaha Tribe of Nebraska

Omaha, NE – The UNMC College of Dentistry and the Omaha Tribe of Nebraska have signed an affiliation agreement that expands dental care services on the reservation. Dr. Kim McFarland is with UNMC's College of Dentistry.

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