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Omaha Public Radio News
12:09 pm
Tue November 29, 2011

Huskers' Heroes Game victory means new Habitat House in Omaha

Omaha, NE – A wager between Omaha and Council Bluffs' Mayors means a new Habitat for Humanity house will be built in north Omaha.

Omaha Mayor Jim Suttle and Council Bluffs Mayor Tom Hanafan wagered on last week's so-called "Heroes Game" between Nebraska and Iowa. If Iowa won, Mayor Suttle would help build a Habitat house in Council Bluffs. Since Nebraska won, it'll be Council Bluffs Mayor Tom Hanafan working with Habitat volunteers in Omaha to build a house at 38th and Seward Streets.

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Omaha Public Radio News
11:00 am
Tue November 29, 2011

The Live Well Omaha Health Summit takes place Wednesday

Omaha, NE – The 2011 Live Well Omaha Health Summit takes place Wednesday at 8:30 a.m.

Kerri Peterson is the Executive Director for Live Well Omaha. She says the purpose of the summit is to update people on the latest health data for Douglas County, health trends and the work that's happening to make Omaha a healthier city.

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Omaha Public Radio News
1:51 pm
Mon November 28, 2011

OPS sets public forums, sets up online survey for superintendent search

Omaha, NE – The Omaha Public Schools community has several upcoming opportunities to weigh in on the school district's search for a new superintendent.

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Omaha Public Radio News
5:44 am
Mon November 28, 2011

The Salvation Army Behavioral Health Program Offers Peer Support Services

Omaha, NE – The Salvation Army offers more than 20 programs that help people through points of crisis in their lives.

Susan Eustice is the Director of Public Relations for the Salvation Army in Omaha. She says one of these programs is called Peer Support Services. The one-year-old program matches mentors to participants who are struggling with mental health issues.

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Omaha Public Radio News
2:06 pm
Thu November 24, 2011

Traveling exhibition at the downtown library explores the work of Maurice Sendak

From \"Where the Wild Things Are\" by Maurice Sendak

Omaha, NE – The Omaha Public Library is presenting an exhibit called "In a Nutshell: The Worlds of Maurice Sendak."

Gary Wasdin is the Executive Director for the Omaha Public Library. He says the exhibit is a celebration of one of the most beloved children's authors of all time.

Sendak has illustrated more than 100 picture books including "Where the Wild Things Are" and "In the Night Kitchen." Wasdin says the exhibit focuses on Sendak's work, life and influences.

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Omaha Public Radio News
9:49 am
Thu November 24, 2011

Omaha, Council Bluffs Mayors wager on Heroes Game

Omaha, NE – Nebraska and Iowa play the first "Heroes Game" Friday morning, and it'll mean a new house for a needy family in Omaha or Council Bluffs.

Omaha Mayor Jim Suttle and Council Bluffs Mayor Tom Hanafan met on the pedestrian bridge last week to wager on the game. If Iowa wins, Mayor Suttle and his staff will build a house in Council Bluffs with Habitat for Humanity. If Nebraska wins, it'll be Mayor Hanafan and his staff building a house with Habitat for Humanity in Omaha.

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Omaha Public Radio News
3:31 pm
Wed November 23, 2011

Basic needs call rise to 2-1-1 Call Center

Omaha, NE – Third quarter statistics for the 2-1-1 Call Center showed an increase in areas of need in Nebraska and Southwest Iowa.

Karen Brickelmyer is the President and CEO of the United Way of the Midlands. She says the 2-1-1 line is a source for information, with the goal of connecting individuals who have needs with service providers in the community.

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Omaha Public Radio News
3:35 pm
Tue November 22, 2011

Senator Mike Johanns comments on the Keystone XL Pipeline in his weekly conference call

Senator Mike Johanns

Omaha, NE – The Keystone XL Pipeline was the primary focus of Senator Mike Johanns' weekly conference call last Thursday.

Senator Johanns said he was pleased to hear that TransCanada had agreed to work with state government to reroute the pipeline. Johanns previously expressed concerns about the original route.

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Omaha Public Radio News
1:26 pm
Tue November 22, 2011

Gov. Heineman signs pipeline bills in to law

Lincoln, NE – It took less than 45 minutes for the 15th day of the Unicameral's special legislative session to pass four bills and then Gov. Dave Heineman to sign them into law.

Following unopposed votes on the floor, members of the Natural Resources Committee hand delivered the bills to the governor, who quickly signed them during a five-minute ceremony in his second-floor office. "Our work is done," Heineman said before signing the bills while flanked by the eight- member committee.

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Omaha Public Radio News
2:29 pm
Mon November 21, 2011

UNO implements a new text message system to campus security

Omaha, NE – The manager of campus security at UNO says the university will have a new text messaging system that allows anyone to send texts directly to campus security.

Paul Kosel says individuals on and off campus may use the new system to report an emergency or a crime, as well as share tips anonymously with campus security. The process to find an affordable text system took several years, but Kosel says UNO will finally implement the new system on Tuesday.

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