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Omaha Public Radio News
7:52 am
Mon September 20, 2010

Nebraska's poverty rate, median income down in 2009

Omaha, NE – Nebraska's poverty rate fell in 2009, but so did the state's median household income.

That's according to national and state economic data released last week. The Current Population Survey measures poverty, income, and the percentage of people with health insurance. Nebraska's poverty rate was 9.9 percent last year, compared to 10.6 percent in 2008.

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Omaha Public Radio News
12:24 pm
Fri September 17, 2010

Omaha Metropolitan Community College will present its 19th annual Intertribal Powwow on Saturday

Omaha, NE – Metro's Coordinator of International/Intercultural Education says the Intertribal Powwow is a celebration that represents the coming together of many different tribes.

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Omaha Public Radio News
7:32 am
Fri September 17, 2010

Project Vote Smart launches tool matching voters with candidates

Omaha, NE – A new voter information tool hopes to match voters with candidates for office in their respective districts.

The nonpartisan voter education group Project Vote Smart is behind the system, called "Vote Easy." Its goal is to inform voters where candidates stand on major political issues.

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Omaha Public Radio News
3:13 pm
Thu September 16, 2010

The first female governor of New Jersey is this year's guest speaker at the 15th Annual Governor's Lecture in Lincoln.

Christine Todd Whitman

Omaha, NE – Former New Jersey governor Christine Todd Whitman is the featured speaker for the 15th Annual Governor's Lecture in the Humanities.

Jane Hood, Executive Director for the Nebraska Humanities Council, says after Whitman's tenure as governor, she went to work at the EPA, where she promoted environmental improvements including reductions in sulfur emissions and water protection policies. Hood says Whitman's talk is titled "Staying Ahead While Going Green" and will focus largely on alternative energy sources and water issues.

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Omaha Public Radio News
2:33 pm
Wed September 15, 2010

Board Authorizes Proposed Budget Statement for 2010-2011

Metropolitan Community College

Omaha, NE – Metropolitan Community College's tax levy won't increase during the 2010-2011 budget year.

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Omaha Public Radio News
12:25 pm
Wed September 15, 2010

Pertussis cases on the rise in Douglas County

Omaha, NE – Pertussis cases are again on the rise in Douglas County.

In its early stages, the symptoms of pertussis, also known as whooping cough, are similar to that of a cold. But the infection can become severe within one to two weeks. 73 cases of pertussis were reported in Douglas County for the year as of September third. Since then, 12 more cases have been reported.

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Omaha Public Radio News
11:25 am
Tue September 14, 2010

UNO Presents its 2010 Latino Heritage Month

Milo Bail Student Center, UNO

Omaha, NE – The 2010 Latino Heritage Month celebration starts tomorrow at UNO.

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Omaha Public Radio News
8:25 am
Mon September 13, 2010

Nebraska tax revenues up in August

Omaha, NE – Nebraska's tax revenues were above forecast levels in August, according to a new report.

The Nebraska Department of Revenue said Friday that all four categories of net tax receipts exceeded expectations. Ken Kriz is a professor at UNO's School of Public Administration, teaching Public Finance and Public Economy. He says those figures aren't surprising given reports that Nebraska's economy has been recovering since March.

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Omaha Public Radio News
11:09 am
Sat September 11, 2010

Iowa Business Council: sales up, capital investments down

Omaha, NE – The Iowa Business Council publishes the quarterly economic indicators report.

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Omaha Public Radio News
1:55 pm
Fri September 10, 2010

Fr. Timothy Lannon named Creighton University's new president

Fr. Timothy Lannon
Courtesy Creighton University

Omaha, NE – A Creighton University alumnus is the school's new president.

Father Timothy Lannon was introduced Friday as the new president of Creighton University. He'll succeed Father John Schlegel, who's retiring next July. Father Lannon graduated from Creighton in 1973 with a degree in mathematics.

Fr. Lannon comes to Creighton from St. Joseph's University in Philadelphia, where he's served as president since 2003. He was also president of Creighton Prep High School from 1988 to 1995.

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