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Omaha Public Radio News
8:19 am
Tue August 16, 2011

Royal blue or Husker red? Starling chooses baseball

Kansas City, MO – Center field or the center of attention with the Huskers football team? That decision went down to the wire last night for Bubba Starling, a 19-year old from Gardner-Edgerton High School in Kansas.

He was the Kansas City Royals number 1 draft choice, the fifth choice overall last June. Late Monday night, Starling announced he'd sign a contract with the Royals.

Omaha Public Radio's Greg Echlin fills us in on Starling's decision.

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Omaha Public Radio News
7:53 pm
Mon August 15, 2011

OPS Superintendent Dr. John Mackiel announces retirement

Omaha, NE – Omaha Public Schools Superintendent Dr. John Mackiel is retiring.

Mackiel announced at Monday night's board meeting he's ending his 39-year career with OPS as of August 2012. The announcement comes on OPS' first day of school.

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Omaha Public Radio News
2:37 pm
Mon August 15, 2011

Local, Statewide Census Data is the Focus of a Conference at UNO Tomorrow

Omaha, NE – The Center for Public Affairs Research at UNO will present a census data conference tomorrow from 8:00 to 4:00.

Researcher David Drozd says the conference will provide important information educators, government workers, health care and non-profit organizations. The day features six specific breakout sessions. Topics include the implications of an aging population, the latest on the housing market and unemployment data as well.

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Omaha Public Radio News
8:01 am
Mon August 15, 2011

Jobs, Social Security, health care on minds of Omahans at first town hall meeting

Omaha, NE – Jobs, Social Security, and the economy were on the minds of Omahans at Congressman Lee Terry's first town hall meeting Saturday.

More than 50 people attended the meeting at Miller Park. It's the first of three town hall meetings Terry has planned in Omaha. About a dozen attendees held signs saying "close the Social Security tax loophole, the fair fix for Social Security."

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Omaha Public Radio News
1:48 pm
Fri August 12, 2011

Nebraska education officials launch Virtual Scholars program

Omaha, NE – Nebraska education officials plan to launch a virtual high school program this year.

The Nebraska Virtual Scholars program will accept 50 students this school year through a competitive process. Those students will have access to all courses offered through Nebraska's independent study high school. Education commissioner Roger Breed says the program brings updated technology to Nebraska's education system.

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Omaha Public Radio News
3:57 pm
Thu August 11, 2011

Legislative summit brings discussion of economy, debt ceiling

Omaha, NE – Nebraska's federal lawmakers say spending cuts are needed and difficult budget decisions must be made in Washington D.C.

Congressmen Lee Terry, Jeff Fortenberry, and Adrian Smith, along with Senators Mike Johanns and Ben Nelson, spoke Thursday to business leaders at a Chamber of Commerce legislative summit.

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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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