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Omaha Public Radio News
1:54 pm
Thu August 19, 2010

UNO's Roskens Hall to house the College of Education

A rendering of Roskens Hall when its $13.7 million renovation is complete.
Courtesy UNO

Omaha, NE – Students in UNO's College of Education will have a state-of-the-art facility to attend class in next year.

A groundbreaking was held Thursday morning for the redevelopment of Roskens Hall. Formerly UNO's College of Business, it'll now be home to the College of Education. The $13.7 million dollar redevelopment project will add 20,000 square feet of space.

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Jazz
2:22 pm
Wed August 18, 2010

Stevie Ray Vaughan & Double Trouble

Radio documentary examines the early years of the legendary guitarist.

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Omaha Public Radio News
2:11 pm
Wed August 18, 2010

Medicaid expansion could cost Nebraska $766 million

Omaha, NE – A new report says Medicaid expansion under the federal health care law could cost Nebraska as much as $766 million.

Governor Dave Heineman discussed the Medicaid expansion and its costs during a news conference Wednesday. An analysis done by actuarial firm Milliman shows Nebraska can expect to spend $526 million to $766 million between 2011 and 2020 on the Medicaid requirement.

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Omaha Public Radio News
9:15 am
Wed August 18, 2010

Police union vote still needed on contract

Omaha, NE – Omaha's new contract with the Police Officers Association is awaiting a final vote.

Police officers haven't yet voted on the agreement. It passed the Omaha City Council Tuesday on a 4-3 vote.

Officer Aaron Hanson is president of the police union. He says there's no guarantee union members will approve the contract, but he's moving forward expecting that it will. Hanson says his challenge is to explain to members why the contract is important to them and their families.

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Omaha Public Radio News
8:22 am
Tue August 17, 2010

Omaha's 2010 budget deficit now $4.7 million

Omaha, NE – Omaha's projected 2010 budget deficit is no longer $12.3 million dollars, according to city officials.

A news release from Mayor Jim Suttle's office says an increase in sales tax revenue in May and June reduced the budget deficit to $4.7 million dollars. Sales tax receipts were up 32 percent in May and 7.3 percent in June.

The Mayor's office also credits cost savings in the Police and Fire Departments for reducing the deficit. Both departments have smaller personnel counts due to attrition.

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Omaha Public Radio News
4:01 pm
Mon August 16, 2010

Omaha City Council approves police union contract

Omaha, NE – Omaha City Councilmen voted Tuesday afternoon to approve a new contract with the Police Officers Association.

The three-year agreement requires each officer to contribute an additional one-point-eight percent of pay, $1300 a year, toward the pension system. Base pay is now used to calculate pensions for new and future Omaha police officers. City officials say the new contract ends the practice of pension spiking.

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Omaha Public Radio News
7:39 am
Mon August 16, 2010

Nebraska Workforce Index declines in second quarter

Omaha, NE – A new report shows some area employers are looking to hire more workers.

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Omaha Public Radio News
4:01 pm
Fri August 13, 2010

A Welcome Home Warrior Citizen Award Ceremony Scheduled for Saturday

Omaha, NE – This Saturday, 150 personnel from the 443rd Transportation Company will be given the Welcome Home Warrior Citizen Award.

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Omaha Public Radio News
2:59 pm
Thu August 12, 2010

Use of Local, Statewide Census Data is Focus of August 17th Conference at UNO

UNO's College of Public Affairs and Community Service Building

Omaha, NE – The 21st annual Nebraska Data Conference takes place next Tuesday at UNO's CPACS building.

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Jazz
12:46 pm
Wed August 11, 2010

Jazz on the Green at Midtown Crossing to pay tribute to Omaha jazz legend

Tribute to Luigi Waites scheduled for August 12.

The inaugural season of Omaha Performing Arts Jazz on the Green at Midtown Crossing concludes Thursday with a special night of music at its new location, Turner Park at Midtown Crossing, 31st and Dodge Streets. The Jazz on the Green finale will be a fitting tribute to the late Luigi Waites and his impact on the local jazz scene.

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