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Omaha Public Radio News
3:09 pm
Wed July 27, 2011

Omaha budget forums begin Wednesday

Omaha, NE – The first of four public forums on the city of Omaha's 2012 budget is Wednesday evening.

The forum begins at 7PM at Common Ground Community Center in Elkhorn. It's a chance for the public to weigh in on Mayor Jim Suttle's 2012 budget proposal.

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Omaha Public Radio News
2:48 pm
Wed July 27, 2011

National Night Out is August 2nd

Omaha, NE – Tuesday, August 2nd is National Night Out and the Night Out for Neighbors.

Bridget Fitzpatrick is a Crime Prevention Specialist for the Omaha Police Department. She says on National Night Out, the police department encourages people to have neighborhood block parties and get together, or at least leave their outside lights on. Fitzpatrick says an organized and watchful neighborhood is one of the best ways to deter crime.

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Omaha Public Radio News
3:23 pm
Tue July 26, 2011

American Red Cross says blood donations are urgently needed

Omaha, NE – The American Red Cross says blood donations are urgently needed, both locally and nationally.

During May and June, donations were at the lowest level in 12 years. April Oppliger of the Heartland Chapter says locally, Missouri River flooding has reduced the number of available sites for blood drives.

Oppliger says all blood types are needed. She says blood products have a shelf life of 42 days, and are going out to hospitals as soon as donations come in.

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Jazz
2:32 pm
Tue July 26, 2011

NPR Music presents the Newport Folk Festival July 30 and 31st

Emmylou Harris is among the performers this year.

NPR Music will provide live streaming coverage of the Newport Folk Festival July 30 and 31st from 10:00AM - 6:30PM Central Time.

There are over thirty acts on the bill this year including Gillian Welch, Elvis Costello, Gogol Bordello, Earl Scruggs and Emmylou Harris. NPR will also have streaming video of the festival.

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Omaha Public Radio News
1:54 pm
Tue July 26, 2011

City of Omaha's Office of Sustainable Development is hosting an Open House Thursday

Omaha, NE – The City of Omaha's Sustainable Development department is offering residents the opportunity to view the final draft of the Comprehensive Energy Management Plan this Thursday.

Kristi Wamstead-Evans is Sustainability Coordinator for the city. She says the open house will take place at the W. Dale Clark Library, from 1:00 to 3:00 and from 5:00 to 7:00.

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Omaha Public Radio News
2:19 pm
Mon July 25, 2011

The Iowa Emergency Management Agency unveils a new phone number for crisis counseling

Omaha, NE – This season's Missouri River flooding has left both physical and emotional damage behind.

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Omaha Public Radio News
1:27 pm
Mon July 25, 2011

Omaha's sandbagging operations move downtown

Sandbags sit atop an earthen berm protecting Omaha's Waste Water Treatment Plant.
Photo by Katie Knapp Schubert, KIOS-FM

Omaha, NE – Omaha's sandbag operations move downtown this week.

Parks and Recreation officials say volunteers are needed Thursday through Saturday to fill sandbags at 18th and Chicago Streets. Two shifts are available Thursday and Friday between 12:30 and 8. On Saturday, volunteers are needed from nine AM to three PM. Volunteers must be 19 or older. To register for a shift, log on to http://volunteer.truist.com/omaha/volunteer/.

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Omaha Public Radio News
8:21 am
Mon July 25, 2011

Office of Violence Prevention and Intervention coming to Creighton University

Omaha, NE – Creighton University plans to add an office of violence prevention and intervention this fall.

The University and Omaha's Womens Center for Advancement received a grant for the program. It'll be part of Creighton's Division of Student Life.

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Omaha Public Radio News
3:18 pm
Fri July 22, 2011

The Missouri River Flood of 2011 is the topic of July's Omaha Press Club

Omaha, NE – Missouri River flooding was the topic of this month's Omaha Press Club noon forum.

Jody Farhat, Chief of the Missouri River Water Management Office for the Corps of Engineers, updated the flooding situation. Farhat says heavy rainfall coupled with a large mountain snowpack have caused water to build up behind dams on the Missouri River. She says June 2011 runoff was the most on record dating back to 1898, with above normal rainfall and runoff expected throughout the remainder of the year.

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Omaha Public Radio News
1:55 pm
Fri July 22, 2011

Omaha Performing Arts will celebrate its 5th season in 2011-2012

Holland Center

Omaha, NE – Omaha Performing Arts kicks off its 5th season on September 9th with the Broadway Series and Jersey Boys.

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