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Omaha Public Radio News
3:28 pm
Wed October 12, 2011

The Downtown Omaha Lit Fest kicks off this Thursday

Omaha, NE – The Downtown Omaha Lit Fest takes place Thursday through Saturday.

Director Timothy Schaffert says the three day lit fest will feature authors, journalists and visual artists discussing the mechanics of creativity. He says panel discussions will focus on the writing process.

Friday night, guests can enjoy a reception and two art exhibits. Schaeffert says the first exhibit is called "Possessions: Literary characters and the things they carried."

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Omaha Public Radio News
9:44 am
Wed October 12, 2011

Omaha named one of top 27 cities for afterschool programs

Omaha, NE – A National League of Cities report names Omaha as one of the top 27 cities in the U.S. for afterschool programs.

The League's Institute for Youth, Education, and Families released the report last week. It looked at how citywide afterschool programs are funded, the quality of those programs, and participation.

Barb Farho, Education Initiatives Director for Mayor Jim Suttle's office, says more afterschool programs are needed, particularly during the hours of 3 and 6 PM.

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Omaha Public Radio News
3:29 pm
Tue October 11, 2011

UNO sees slight increase in enrollment

Omaha, NE – UNO's enrollment increased .3% this year overall.

BJ Reed is the Interim Senior Vice Chancellor for Academic and Student Affairs. Reed says the number of incoming freshmen is on par with last year, while the numbers of minority students and incoming graduate students has increased. He says he's happy with the numbers since there were several one-time events that put some downward pressure on enrollment numbers.

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Omaha Public Radio News
1:24 pm
Tue October 11, 2011

Council Bluffs officials: look at future needs when rebuilding Interstates

Omaha, NE – Western Iowa representatives want the reconstruction and expansion of I-29 to be a top priority of the Iowa Department of Transportation.

Council Bluffs Mayor Tom Hanafan and Chamber of Commerce officials were among the speakers at an IDOT public meeting Tuesday morning. I-29 south of Council Bluffs reopened last weekend, four months after Missouri River flooding shut it down.

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Omaha Public Radio News
3:26 pm
Mon October 10, 2011

The Omaha Children's Museum has been awarded a prestigious grant

Omaha, NE – The Omaha Children's Museum recently received a grant from the federal Institute of Museum and Library Services.

Executive Director Lindy Hoyer says though the Museum has applied for the Museums for America grant in the past, this is the first year the Children's Museum has been honored.

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Omaha Public Radio News
8:15 am
Mon October 10, 2011

Omaha closes part of Riverfront Trail

Omaha, NE – Part of Omaha's Riverfront Trail is closed as crews work to remove infrastructure following this summer's Missouri River flooding.

A news release from the city of Omaha says the part of Riverfront Trail from north of the Bob Kerrey Pedestrian Bridge to west of the National Park Service headquarters will be closed until at least November first. Crews will be removing pipes and pumps installed along the Riverfront to remove standing water from downtown.

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Omaha Public Radio News
4:31 pm
Fri October 7, 2011

FEMA makes home visits

Omaha, NE – Specialists from FEMA have been going door to door in the 12 Nebraska counties that were designated major disaster areas due to flooding.

Cheri Huber, Public Information Officer for FEMA, says homeowners and renters who live in the affected counties and whose properties sustained damage are eligible for individual assistance. Affected counties include Boyd, Burt, Cass, Dakota, Dixon, Douglas, Knox, Sarpy and Washington. Huber says it is important to register with FEMA right away.

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Omaha Public Radio News
1:33 pm
Fri October 7, 2011

I-29 south of Council Bluffs to reopen Saturday

Omaha, NE – The Iowa Department of Transportation plans to reopen I-29 south of Council Bluffs Saturday morning.

A news release from IDOT says the Interstate will open at 10am. It's been closed since June because of Missouri River flooding.

IDOT spokeswoman Dena Gray-Fisher says drivers should expect heavy traffic and a crossover at mile post one. The northbound bridge is closed at that location for repairs.

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Omaha Public Radio News
12:37 pm
Fri October 7, 2011

Plattsmouth Mayor named to District 2 legislative seat

Omaha, NE – The Mayor of Plattsmouth is Nebraska's new District 2 State Senator.

R. Paul Lambert was sworn in Friday morning. Lambert served as Plattsmouth Mayor for eight years, experience he says will help him in his new position. "Lots of challenges, but I feel that we will face them head on just as we did in Plattsmouth, solving problems is no different whether it's in Plattsmouth or for the state of Nebraska. We will move forward, we will do the right thing, and work for the people who put us here."

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Omaha Public Radio News
4:32 pm
Thu October 6, 2011

UNO's Chancellor gives the state-of-the-university address

Chancellor John Christensen

Omaha, NE – University of Nebraska at Omaha Chancellor John Christensen delivered the state-of-the-university address yesterday.

The Chancellor discussed the importance of identifying strategic priorities around the campus as well as the success of UNO's efforts to build capacity. He says UNO has added over 800,000 square feet of new space and renovated and repurposed over 700,000 square feet on campus. Christensen says now is the time for UNO to get serious about growing the operation as they look toward 2020.

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