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Omaha Public Radio News
10:34 am
Mon October 24, 2011

Creighton receives $2.58 million to explore novel cardiovascular treatment

Omaha, NE – A Creighton University researcher has been awarded a $2.58 million grant by the National Institutes of Health to explore a new treatment for patients with cardiovascular disease.

Dr. Devendra Agrawal is a Professor of Biomedical Sciences. He says the current treatment for cardiovascular patients involves inserting a wire mesh stent into the blocked artery to keep it open. Dr. Agrawal says the main problem with that treatment is sometimes the arteries close or grow over the stent. This is known as restenosis.

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Omaha Public Radio News
7:52 am
Mon October 24, 2011

Action on consultant for OPS superintendent search possible Monday

Omaha, NE – The Omaha Public Schools board could choose a consultant Monday to lead the search for a new superintendent.

Last week, the OPS board opened bids from four consulting firms. Three are based in the Chicago area; the other is from Cedar Rapids, Iowa. At a special board meeting Monday at 2:30, board members will review those proposals and could choose a consultant.

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
5:23 pm
Fri October 21, 2011

UNO international relations discusses future of Libya following Qadhafi death

Omaha, NE – A UNO expert on international relations says the death of former Libyan leader Muammar Qadhafi may end the hostilities in that nation.

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Omaha Public Radio News
2:48 pm
Thu October 20, 2011

Omaha celebrates Food Day this weekend

Omaha, NE – Monday, October 24th is Food Day. The Center for Science in the Public Interest modeled Food Day after Earth Day, but with the emphasis on encouraging Americans to eat healthier food.

Maureen Thomsen is a Marketing Coordinator for Vic Gutman. She says the City of Omaha will celebrate by extending its Aksarben Village Farmer's Market. The Farmer's Market takes place this Sunday from 9:00 until 1:00. Thomsen says the Farmer's Market is partnering with several food and farming organizations this weekend

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Omaha Public Radio News
12:21 pm
Wed October 19, 2011

Sen. Ben Nelson meeting Thursday with Corps of Engineers officials

Gavins Point Dam
image courtesy U.S. Army Corps of Engineers

Omaha, NE – U.S. Senator Ben Nelson plans to meet Thursday with a top Corps of Engineers official about this year's Missouri River flooding.

During his weekly conference call Wednesday with Nebraska media, Nelson announced he'll be meeting with Brigadier General John McMahon. Nelson says he wants to know if the Corps has accounted for winter weather projections in its 2012 operating plan.

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Omaha Public Radio News
11:08 am
Tue October 18, 2011

Four consulting firms apply to assist OPS with superintendent search

Omaha, NE – Three Chicago-based firms and a Cedar Rapids, Iowa company have submitted bids for consulting services for the Omaha Public Schools' superintendent search.

The four consultant proposals were opened at a special OPS board meeting Monday afternoon. Hollins Group of Chicago, Ray and Associates of Cedar Rapids, Hazard, Young and Aetta of Rosemont, Illinois, and Proact Search of Wilmette, Illinois, submitted proposals.

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Omaha Public Radio News
7:11 pm
Mon October 17, 2011

Dundee-Memorial Park Neighborhood named to APA's top 10

Photo Lynn Meyer, Omaha Planning Department

Omaha, NE – Omaha's Dundee-Memorial Park neighborhood was named one of the nation's 10 best neighborhoods in America by the American Planning Association.

Omaha Mayor Jim Suttle says the Dundee-Memorial Park neighborhood was built at the end of a streetcar line in the early 20th century. He says the APA selected the neighborhood as one of the 10 best based on several factors, including the quality of the housing and what they've done to keep their neighborhoods strong.

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Omaha Public Radio News
2:22 pm
Mon October 17, 2011

UNMC is participating in clinical trials for Fragile X Syndrome

Omaha, NE – UNMC is conducting adolescent and adult clinical trials of an experimental drug for people with Fragile X Syndrome.

Dr. Mark Fleisher is a Professor in the Department of Psychiatry. He is the principal investigator on the adult clinical trial. Dr. Fleisher says Fragile X may be present in either gender, but is more prevalent in males.

He says it is carried on the X chromosome of the mother. Dr. Fleisher says the condition manifests itself in symptoms such as poor social skills and physical aggression.

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Omaha Public Radio News
1:45 pm
Mon October 17, 2011

Missouri River Governors: make flood control top priority in 2012

Gavins Point Dam
image courtesy U.S. Army Corps of Engineers

Omaha, NE – The Governors of seven Missouri River states met again Monday in Omaha with the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers.

The Governors want flood control to be the Corps' top priority. Monday's meeting with Corps officials focused on next year's operating plan, and what can be done now to prevent flooding in 2012.

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Omaha Public Radio News
3:37 pm
Fri October 14, 2011

Film Streams presents Silents in Concert

Omaha, NE – Film Streams' Silents in Concert series features classic silent films with live musical soundtracks.

Executive Director Rachel Jacobson says the series is challenging for the musicians because they have to be able to work within specific time constraints and still create something interesting. She says this is a great opportunity for audiences to combine the experience of seeing live music along with a movie classic.

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