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Omaha Public Radio News
9:54 am
Tue October 5, 2010

Chief Medical Officer urges all Nebraskans to get flu shots

Omaha, NE – The Nebraska Department of Health and Human Services says 13 people died last year from confirmed cases of the flu.

Chief Medical Officer Dr. Joann Schaefer says this year's flu vaccine includes both the common strain of flu and the H1N1 strain. Dr. Schaefer says now is the time to get a flu shot and be protected from the virus all season. While a flu shot is recommended for everyone over six months old, Dr. Schaefer says some groups are especially vulnerable to the virus.

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Omaha Public Radio News
7:04 am
Tue October 5, 2010

Omaha Science Cafe looks at the psychological differences between liberals and conservatives.

Dr. John Hibbing

Omaha, NE – The Omaha Science Cafe continues this evening with a presentation by Dr. John Hibbing.

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Omaha Public Radio News
2:50 pm
Mon October 4, 2010

Kirsten Case-Penrod has been appointed Chief Service Officer for the City of Omaha

Kirsten Case-Penrod

Omaha, NE – The City of Omaha recently appointed Kirsten Case-Penrod as its first Chief Service Officer.

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Omaha Public Radio News
1:01 pm
Mon October 4, 2010

Lawmaker looks at changes to wheel tax law

Omaha, NE – A Bellevue lawmaker wants to clarify state law regarding wheel taxes.

State Senator Abbie Cornett has drafted legislation that continues cities' ability to impose wheel taxes, so long as the tax is only imposed within city boundaries. The legislation is in response to Omaha's new $50 dollar per-year tax on people who live outside Omaha but work in the city at least 30 days a year.

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Omaha Public Radio News
3:39 pm
Fri October 1, 2010

The 3rd Annual Green Home Tour Takes Place this Saturday

Omaha, NE – The 3rd annual Green Home Tour takes place this Saturday.

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Omaha Public Radio News
2:08 pm
Fri October 1, 2010

Blessing of the Pets Set for Monday

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Omaha, NE – Everyone is invited to the Blessing of the Pets at College of St. Mary on Monday.

Marketing Director Carmen Steele says people are welcome to come to the event and bring their pets, whether cats or dogs, fish or snakes. The event takes place in the college's new Prayer Circle and is being held in honor of St. Francis of Assisi, patron saint of animals. She says the Prayer Circle has been created around a new sculpture by a local artist. The crucifix sculpture is called "Embrace of Hope".

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Omaha Public Radio News
2:32 pm
Thu September 30, 2010

Omaha Performing Arts and the Rose Theater Announce Auditions for Aspen Santa Fe Ballet's The Nutcracker

Orpheum Theater

Omaha, NE – The Aspen Santa Fe Ballet will hold public auditions for The Nutcracker, onstage December 3rd through the 5th at the Orpheum Theater.

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Omaha Public Radio News
1:49 pm
Wed September 29, 2010

Women's Health and Wellness the Focus of Conference this Friday

Mid-America Center, Council Bluffs

Omaha, NE – The 13th annual Omaha Women's Health and Wellness Conference takes place Friday at the Mid-America Center in Council Bluffs. Sponsored by the Olson Center for Women's Health, the event includes workshops, exhibitions, and several guest speakers.

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Omaha Public Radio News
12:42 pm
Wed September 29, 2010

Ballet is Back: Curtain Rises on the New Ballet Nebraska This Weekend

Swing, Swing, Swing!

Omaha, NE – Swing, Swing, Swing! is Ballet Nebraska's debut production.

Artistic Director Erika Overturff says the production focuses on a love story set against the backdrop of the 1940's. Dance sequences include a G.I. Jive and a salute to Rosie the Riveter. Overturff says she thought Swing, Swing, Swing! would be a good way for Ballet Nebraska to reach out to a lot of people because it features more than just ballet, with both live music and swing numbers.

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Omaha Public Radio News
12:25 pm
Wed September 29, 2010

Valley man dead, two officers injured in shooting at Creighton University Medical Center

Omaha, NE – Authorities say a Valley man shot and killed at Creighton University Medical Center fired a handgun at officers.

Omaha Police responded to Creighton University Medical Center at 9:19 am Wednesday for a report of a despondent man making calls on a pay phone. Officers Lee Kerniskey and Eric Picht, along with Sergeant Lori Schenkelberg and Captain Katherine Belcastro-Gonzales, made contact with 39-year-old Jeffrey Layten.

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