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1:41 pm
Wed August 3, 2011

Creighton economist: with debt ceiling increase in place, Congress should focus on the budget

Omaha, NE – A Creighton University economist says the two trillion dollars in cuts approved in the new debt ceiling law don't go far enough.

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Omaha Public Radio News
6:39 pm
Tue August 2, 2011

Fr. Timothy Lannon begins his tenure as president of Creighton University

Fr. Timothy Lannon
photo courtesy Creighton University

Omaha, NE – Creighton University's new president says he'll spend his first month on campus listening to what faculty and students want for the university.

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Omaha Public Radio News
3:09 pm
Tue August 2, 2011

Johanns votes for, Nelson votes against debt ceiling bill

Sen. Mike Johanns, R-NE

Omaha, NE – Nebraska's junior U.S. Senator says he doesn't believe the debt ceiling law approved Tuesday by Congress goes far enough.

Senator Mike Johanns voted for the debt ceiling bill. It was signed in to law Tuesday afternoon by President Obama. The legislation contains two trillion dollars in cuts.

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Omaha Public Radio News
1:59 pm
Tue August 2, 2011

School superintendents unveil plan to approve student attendance

Omaha, NE – The superintendents of Douglas and Sarpy County's learning community school districts are backing a new plan designed to reduce truancy.

They joined Governor Dave Heineman and Senator Brad Ashford Tuesday to unveil the plan. It focuses on prevention, early intervention, and connecting families who need services to community agencies. Heineman says students who miss more than 20 days of school scored 30 points less on Nebraska's 11th grade reading assessment.

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Omaha Public Radio News
8:56 am
Mon August 1, 2011

City employees, private contractors take over levee surveillance in Omaha

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

Omaha, NE – Omaha Public Works employees and private contractors are now on surveillance of the city's 13 mile levee system.

The Nebraska National Guard's six-week levee surveillance mission ended at noon Sunday. Now, Public Works employees and private contracting firms are monitoring the levee, looking for possible issues.

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Omaha Public Radio News
7:28 am
Mon August 1, 2011

The Better Business Bureau advises consumers to watch out for flood scams

Omaha, NE – Whenever there's any kind of catastrophic event, whether it's a tornado, hail or prolonged flooding, there's a good opportunity for scam artists.

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Omaha Public Radio News
4:22 pm
Fri July 29, 2011

The Iowa Emergency Management Agency announces an individual assistance program at its weekly conference call

Omaha, NE – The Iowa Emergency Management Agency says one million dollars has been set aside to assist individuals affected by the floods.

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Omaha Public Radio News
4:18 pm
Fri July 29, 2011

Omaha is the Best Value City for 2011

Omaha, NE – Omaha has been named the Best Value City 2011 by Kiplinger's Personal Finance Magazine.

Senior Editor Bob Frick says Omaha was chosen after conducting months of research and visiting the city. He says criteria included the cost of living, vibrancy of the local economy and arts and culture in the city.

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Omaha Public Radio News
12:53 pm
Fri July 29, 2011

Corps of Engineers to reduce Gavins Point Dam releases to 40,000 cfs by October 1

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

Omaha, NE – The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers plans to step down releases from Gavins Point Dam to 40,000 cubic feet per second by October first.

Northwestern Division Commander, Brigadier General John McMahon, announced the release schedule during a conference call Friday. The Corps plans to reduce releases from Gavins Point to 150,000 cubic feet per second Monday. That'll continue through mid-August.

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Omaha Public Radio News
9:42 am
Fri July 29, 2011

Dewatering wells keeping groundwater levels down at Eppley Airfield

Omaha's Eppley Airfield

Omaha, NE – 70 dewatering wells are drilled and functioning at Omaha's Eppley Airfield.

Omaha Airport Authority executive director Steve Coufal says they're in the third phase of their flood control plan monitoring the levees and dewatering wells. Coufal says the dewatering wells are doing their job, which is to reduce groundwater levels. Groundwater levels are down as much as 14 feet near the dewatering wells and two and a half feet near the Airfield itself.

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