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Omaha Public Radio News
7:59 am
Thu August 11, 2011

Omaha Healthy Kids Alliance backing updates to toxic chemicals act

Omaha, NE – The Omaha Healthy Kids Alliance is putting its support behind efforts to update federal law concerning toxic chemicals.

The Alliance and advocacy group Safer Chemicals, Healthy Families want Congress to update the 1974 Toxic Substances Control Act. The Safe Chemicals Act of 2011 would require all substances used in household products, building materials, and in the workplace to contain non-toxic chemicals.

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Omaha Public Radio News
3:37 pm
Wed August 10, 2011

Film Streams' second annual Local Filmmakers Showcase kicks off August 19th

Omaha, NE – Film Streams' 2011 Local Filmmakers Showcase features seven films all created by Nebraska filmmakers.

Executive Director Rachel Jacobson says though the competition was open to filmmakers in Nebraska, Iowa and South Dakota, the bulk of the submissions were from Nebraska. She says films were selected by an independent jury. In order to qualify for consideration, films cannot have screened anywhere for a paying audience.

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Omaha Public Radio News
10:41 am
Wed August 10, 2011

Omaha City Council to vote on 2012 budget August 23

Omaha, NE – A vote on Omaha's 2012 budget is set for August 23rd.

A public hearing was held Tuesday on the $730 million budget. There's no projected deficit or tax increases in the plan. The 2012 budget accounts for 11 fewer city employees overall.

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Omaha Public Radio News
2:04 pm
Tue August 9, 2011

55 arrested, $50,000 in weapons and drugs seized in Omaha

Omaha, NE – 55 people are in custody after a multi-agency drug and gun bust Tuesday morning in Omaha.

A news release from the ATF says that agency, along with Omaha Police, the US Attorney's Office, and the Douglas County Attorney's office, made the arrests Tuesday. It's the result of a seven-month investigation in to violent crime in Omaha. The charges against the 55 people arrested include possession of illegal firearms and drug trafficking.

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Omaha Public Radio News
12:36 pm
Tue August 9, 2011

Bachmann, Cain campaign in Council Bluffs

Omaha, NE – Presidential candidates are making their way through Iowa this week in advance of Saturday's straw poll.

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Omaha Public Radio News
1:59 pm
Mon August 8, 2011

Governor Heineman discusses the Talent & Innovation Initiative during a conference call Monday morning

Omaha, NE – At a news conference this morning, Governor Dave Heineman announced the new Nebraska Internship Program.

He says the purpose of the program is to keep college students working in the state after graduation. Governor Heineman says the state is putting up a dollar for every dollar they expect private sector companies to invest in their internship programs. So far, 45 companies have qualified to conduct internship programs with another 40 in the process.

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Omaha Public Radio News
9:19 am
Mon August 8, 2011

Bachmann, Cain to campaign in Council Bluffs Monday afternoon

Omaha, NE – Two 2012 GOP presidential candidates are in Council Bluffs Monday afternoon.

Michele Bachmann plans to hold a 2:45 rally in Bayliss Park ahead of this coming weekend's Iowa straw poll.

Herman Cain's campaign stop is also at Bayliss Park, at 5:15 pm.

The Iowa Straw Poll is Saturday.

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Omaha Public Radio News
9:15 am
Mon August 8, 2011

UNMC OBGYN responds to womens' health services ruling

Omaha, NE – A UNMC doctor of obstetrics and gynecology says new health insurance coverage guidelines will improve womens' health.

Health and Human Services issued the ruling last week. Many womens' preventive health services, including contraception, well woman visits, and screenings, must be covered without copays or deductibles starting August 1, 2012.

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Omaha Public Radio News
8:26 pm
Fri August 5, 2011

Sen. Nelson: debt ceiling law hurts economy, Medicare

Sen. Ben Nelson, D-NE

Omaha, NE – U.S. Senator Ben Nelson says he voted against the debt ceiling law because it would hurt Medicare and isn't a compromise.

Nelson discussed the bill during a media availability Thursday in Omaha. He's the only member of Nebraska's Congressional delegation to vote against the bill. It raises the debt ceiling and makes two-trillion dollars in cuts.

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Omaha Public Radio News
4:58 pm
Fri August 5, 2011

Project Interfaith's director is selected for highly competitive fellowship

Omaha, NE – Project Interfaith Executive Director Beth Katz was recently selected for and finished an intensive two-week business and humanities fellowship program.

The fellowship brought together 23 social entrepreneurs from the United States, the United Kingdom, France and Canada. Katz says the fellows took part in a mini-business school crash course hosted by the business schools of Cambridge and Cornell Universities during the two week period.

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