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Omaha Public Radio News
10:35 pm
Tue June 8, 2010

Branstad, Conlin, Campbell win Iowa primaries

Council Bluffs, IA – It'll be Matt Campbell and incumbent Republican Steve King in Iowa's Fifth Congressional District race.

Campbell won the Democratic primary Tuesday night with 76 percent of the vote to Mike Denklau's 24 percent. Campbell, a Manning, Iowa native, is a former international tax advisor with BKD in Omaha. He'll face Republican Steve King in November. King was elected to the U.S. House in 2002.

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Omaha Public Radio News
11:21 am
Tue June 8, 2010

College of St. Mary receives a grant from the Iowa West Foundation for its Latina Summer Academy.

Omaha, NE – The Iowa West Foundation recently awarded the school a $4,000 grant.

CSM Marketing Director Carmen Steele says the grant will be used to support the week-long workshop for 9th and 10th grade Latina students. It focuses on math and science, as well as health and community involvement. Steele says the program was initially created because the young Latina community is an underserved population.

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Omaha Public Radio News
10:09 am
Tue June 8, 2010

Latina Summer Academy returns to College of St. Mary

Omaha, NE – The Iowa West Foundation is putting its support behind the College of St. Mary's Latina Summer Academy.

CSM Marketing Director Carmen Steele says a $4,000 grant from the Foundation will be used to support the Latina Summer Academy. The week-long workshop for 9th and 10th grade Latina students focuses on math and science, as well as health and community involvement.

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Omaha Public Radio News
8:47 am
Tue June 8, 2010

OPS introduces $473 million budget proposal

Omaha, NE – A public hearing is scheduled for August on the Omaha Public Schools' new budget.

The $473 million budget proposal was introduced Monday. OPS plans to cut 69 positions and spend about 17 percent less on supplies and materials, such as equipment and tests.

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Omaha Public Radio News
12:17 pm
Mon June 7, 2010

Iowa primary election Tuesday

Council Bluffs, IA – Iowa voters go to the polls tomorrow for the Hawkeye State's primary election.

Polls are open from 7 am to 9 pm. In the race for Governor, incumbent Democrat Chet Culver is running unopposed. Three Republicans: former Governor Terry Branstad, Bob Vander Plaats, and Rod Roberts, are seeking the nomination.

U.S. Senator Charles Grassley is unopposed for the Republican nomination in that race. Three Democrats are vying for the nomination: Tom Fiegen, Bob Krause and Roxanne Conlin.

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Omaha Public Radio News
7:50 am
Sat June 5, 2010

Health Reform: What Does It Mean for My Company? Breakfast summit is set for mid-June at the Scott Conference Center.

Omaha, NE – A health summit coming up later this month focuses on helping businesses reduce costs.

Health Reform: What Does It Mean to My Company? is scheduled for Wednesday, June 16th. Business leaders are invited to attend the forum at the Scott Conference Center. It'll focus on ways to reduce health care costs and the immediate impact of the health care changes. Employee Benefit Consultant Scott Stevens says that's important because the Health Care Reform law is still very confusing to most people.

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Omaha Public Radio News
3:02 pm
Thu June 3, 2010

Some Nebraska, Iowa lawmakers received campaign contributions from BP

Photo courtesy Wikimedia Commons

Washington, D.C. – Some political experts say the longer the Deepwater Horizon oil spill lasts the more nervous politicians are likely to become about any BP campaign contributions. Iowa and Nebraska lawmakers are among those who have received cash from the oil giant. Sara Sciammacco reports.

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Omaha Public Radio News
2:51 pm
Thu June 3, 2010

Three seeking Democratic nomination in for one of Iowa's U.S. Senate seats

Roxanne Conlin
photo courtesy IA Democratic Party

Council Bluffs, IA – Iowa voters have three candidates to choose from in the Democratic race for the U.S. Senate.

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Omaha Public Radio News
11:31 am
Thu June 3, 2010

Sand in the City brings the beach to Omaha. Water is the theme for this year's sand castles.

Omaha, NE – The Nebraska Children's Home Society presents its seventh annual Sand in the City event this weekend.

Marketing Manager Kathleen Al-Marhoon says this year's Sand in the City will take place at 10th and Capitol Streets in downtown Omaha. New this year, families can get personalized lessons in building sand castles from professional sand sculptors. Other activities include the sand sculpting competition, an interactive Kid Zone and a petting zoo.

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Omaha Public Radio News
2:01 pm
Wed June 2, 2010

American Red Cross opening blood donor call center in Omaha

Omaha, NE – The American Red Cross plans to consolidate its blood donor call centers into three central locations, with one in the Omaha area.

The new call center will open in July in the Chalco Valley Tech Center. It'll mean 125 new jobs for the metro area. Red Cross spokeswoman April Oppliger says the call center consolidation will improve both customer service and efficiency.

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