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Omaha Public Radio News
4:06 pm
Wed November 2, 2011

Occupy Omaha granted permit for Elmwood Park

Omaha, NE – The city of Omaha has granted a conditional permit for members of Occupy Omaha to camp at Elmwood Park.

City officials announced Wednesday that a woman claiming to be from Occupy Omaha applied for and was granted the permit. Occupy members can't camp overnight at the park unless the City Council grants a waiver allowing them to do so. City Attorney Paul Kratz says a waiver is being drafted.

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Omaha Public Radio News
2:52 pm
Wed November 2, 2011

Forum to Address Nebraska's Skills Gap

Omaha, NE – Nebraska Appleseed will present a forum tomorrow to address Nebraska's skills gap.

Executive Director Becky Gould says by 2018, 63% of jobs in the state will require post-secondary education. Currently, only 36% of Nebraska adults have an Associate's Degree or higher.

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11:17 am
Wed November 2, 2011

Hank Williams: The Lost Notebooks

Special airs Sunday November 6th.

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Omaha Public Radio News
2:37 pm
Tue November 1, 2011

Omaha by Design releases metro preservation assessment report

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Omaha, NE – The National Trust for Historic Preservation completed a metro preservation assessment report for Omaha by Design.

Omaha by Design was specifically interested in projects, programs and incentives that could result in action plans to assist the Omaha metro area and Council Bluffs in preservation efforts. Director Connie Spellman says the report focuses on three basic themes: infrastructure, incentives and image.

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Omaha Public Radio News
2:31 pm
Tue November 1, 2011

Nebraska lawmakers begin special session on Keystone XL pipeline

Omaha, NE – The Nebraska Legislature begins a special session Tuesday on the Keystone XL pipeline.

Governor Dave Heineman called a special session last week, saying lawmakers should discuss alternatives to the route of the Keystone XL project. The State Department could decide by the end of the year if the XL pipeline goes forward. TransCanada's proposed route for the pipeline takes it through the Nebraska Sandhills.

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Omaha Public Radio News
12:48 pm
Tue November 1, 2011

Monthly business survey shows economic decline in October

Omaha, NE – After nearly two years of growth, an index of economic indicators dropped below growth-neutral in October.

Creighton University economist Ernie Goss oversees the monthly survey of supply managers in nine states. The Business Conditions Index dropped below 50 in October, for the first time since November 2009. An index below 50 indicates economic decline.

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Omaha Public Radio News
10:34 am
Mon October 31, 2011

Nebraska Board of Regents discussing employee plus-one health plan

Omaha, NE – The University of Nebraska campuses could begin offering health insurance benefits to the same-sex partners of gay and lesbian employees and staff.

The Board of Regents discussed last week what's called the employee plus-one plan. It would extend health insurance benefits to domestic partners if they're dependent on the employee or staff member for coverage.

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Omaha Public Radio News
8:11 am
Mon October 31, 2011

OPS board to interview two consulting firms Wednesday

Omaha, NE – Two consulting firms will be interviewed this week as part of the search for a new OPS superintendent.

The Omaha Public Schools board narrowed the consulting firms to two: Hazard, Young, Attea and Associates; and PROACT Search. A special meeting will be held Wednesday afternoon to interview both firms.

A consultant could be chosen at the board's November 7 meeting. Superintendent Dr. John Mackiel is retiring at the end of this school year after 39 years with OPS.

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Omaha Public Radio News
3:48 pm
Fri October 28, 2011

Grants awarded to 20 Omaha-area nonprofits that work with the African-American and Latino communities

Omaha, NE – The Omaha Community Foundation awarded more than $264,000 in grants to the African American and Latino communities.

Sarah Gilbert, Director of Philanthropic Services, says the Futuro Latino Fund and the African American Unity Fund are set up to address needs and support programs in their respective communities. She says both funds also try to pinpoint organizations that have the potential to grow.

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Omaha Public Radio News
3:40 pm
Thu October 27, 2011

Oh those dinos!!

Omaha, NE – The dinosaurs have returned to the Omaha Children's Museum and they are bringing some new friends with them.

Dinosaurs: Dawn of the Ice Age is on view at the Museum through January 2012. Marketing Director Christina Kahler says half of the exhibit features lifelike animatronic dinosaurs, including the Tyrannosaurus Rex. The other half of the exhibit features Ice Age mammals, including the Saber-toothed Tiger and the Woolly Mammoth.

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