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Omaha Public Radio News
9:24 am
Thu January 20, 2011

Republicans may get small changes, not repeal

Washington, D.C. – With the help of Nebraska and Iowa Republicans, the House approved a repeal of the new health care law on Wednesday. But since it's expected to die in the Senate, repeal supporters may have to settle for small changes in the bill.

"This is not the end of the repeal of Obamacare, but it is the beginning of the repeal of Obamacare," said Rep. Steve King (R-Iowa).

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Omaha Public Radio News
9:21 am
Thu January 20, 2011

State Senator wants voters to be able to recall state officials

Omaha, NE – State Senator Pete Pirsch is backing legislation that would allow Nebraska voters to recall elected state officials.

Pirsch introduced the legislation Wednesday. If it passes, voters could recall state Senators and Constitutional Officers. Senator Pirsch says the goal of his legislation is to bring parity to a system that right now only allows for the recall of local officials.

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Omaha Public Radio News
3:00 pm
Wed January 19, 2011

Snow Emergency last week tests the City's new procedures

Omaha, NE – The City of Omaha found itself in a snow emergency early last week as snow fell almost continuously over a 48-hour period.

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Omaha Public Radio News
2:44 pm
Wed January 19, 2011

First annual 24-hour UNMC skate-a-thon takes place next week

Omaha, NE – An event at UNMC January 28th and 29th seeks to raise funds for Parkinson's research. UNMC is hosting its first-ever skate-a-thon January 28th through the 29th.

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Omaha Public Radio News
1:05 pm
Tue January 18, 2011

Governor details Talent and Innovation Initiative

Omaha, NE – Governor Dave Heineman says the Talent and Innovation Initiative will grow the private sector and Nebraska's economy.

Heineman detailed the four-part initiative during a news conference Tuesday. It's a $16.5 million package of economic development tax credits and incentives. One of those initiatives is the Nebraska Internship Program. Governor Heineman says that program could create 500 to 750 new internships each year for Nebraska students.

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Omaha Public Radio News
1:02 pm
Tue January 18, 2011

Early voting for Mayoral recall election strong

Omaha, NE – More than 8,000 voters have requested early voting ballots for the January 25th recall election of Omaha Mayor Jim Suttle.

The Douglas County Election Commission says another 2,375 have voted early. Early voting continues through next Monday. Election Commissioner Dave Phipps says he's surprised by the amount of early voting.

Phipps says so far, few problems have been reported in the early voting process. He says early voters should expect a 15 to 30 minute wait at the Election Commission office.

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Omaha Public Radio News
8:33 am
Tue January 18, 2011

Legislation seeks 500 foot restriction on funeral protestors

Omaha, NE – A state Senator from Omaha is backing legislation that would require protestors to stay 500 feet away from a funeral.

State Senator Bob Krist introduced the legislation last week. Currently, state law says protestors have to remain 300 feet away. Krist says he received many suggestions for changing the legislation, including an outright ban on protests at funerals. He says a 500 foot restriction makes the most sense and protects the rights of both the families and the protestors.

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Omaha Public Radio News
9:34 am
Mon January 17, 2011

Ashland museum hosts five Medal of Honor recipients

Ashland, NE – An Army Staff Sergeant from Iowa awarded the Medal of Honor says he'll be leaving the military next month.

Staff Sergeant Salvatore Giunta was one of five Medal of Honor recipients who spoke Saturday at the Strategic Air and Space Museum in Ashland. He was awarded the Medal for his efforts to save a fellow soldier when his unit came under ambush in 2007 in Afghanistan. Specialist Hugo Mendoza and Sergeant Josh Brennan died in that ambush.

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Omaha Public Radio News
9:29 am
Mon January 17, 2011

First case of influenza A reported in Douglas County

Omaha, NE – The Douglas County Health Department recently confirmed the first case of Influenza A of the season.

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Omaha Public Radio News
6:41 am
Sat January 15, 2011

New work from three artists in the Bemis Underground

From Kenneth Adkins' New Works on Paper

Omaha, NE – The Bemis Underground opened three new solo exhibits Friday night.

The featured artists are Dan Crane, Victoria Mills and Kenneth Adkins.

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